11/06/15 – Weekly News Roundup

These are stories of resistance, renewal and triumph as ordinary people do the extraordinary things demanded by the times we live in.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Eugene Oregon: Occupy Medical in Eugene Offers Free Care To The Unhoused, by Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupe. Photo by Rob Sydor.
Sue Sierralupe. Photo by Rob Sydor.

“Occupy Medical offers free health care to all in the Park Blocks of downtown Eugene every Sunday. This is community supported care. Donors bring in boxes of granola bars, bags of socks or hand-made sewing kits. Our volunteers offer the kind of service that is needed with sometimes inadequate supplies. We have doctors, nurses, herbalists, nutritionists, mental health specialists and medical transcriptionists sharing their skills on their day off every week. We train students from as far away as Portland in the principles of patient-driven care.

We have a special niche. Free health care has no walls that keep back the poor. This means that our volunteers see patients who do not show up in clinics or hospitals that require pay. The population that we serve is diverse. Some are housed. Some are unhoused. Some have insurance. Some do not. ” From Eugene Weekly.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Palestine: How Palestinian Women Defy Israel’s Occupation

Despite losing her son and the mounting efforts to displace her, including offers of cash from the Israeli state, Wadid insists she is staying put [Susan Rahman/Al Jazeera]
Despite losing her son and the mounting efforts to displace her, including offers of cash from the Israeli state, Wadid insists she is staying put [Susan Rahman/Al Jazeera]

From mothering a child to mourning one, three women share stories of steadfastness and resistance.

“A painting hangs above a table, on which there is often freshly baked cake. It shows a young man on the ground with a stab wound on his chest. It is Wadid’s son. He was murdered by a settler…His killer remains free and his family lives just a few houses away…

…Despite losing her son and the mounting efforts to displace her, including offers of cash from the Israeli state, Wadid insists she is staying put. “They can’t kick me out,” she says…

…Sitting in her house, staring at the painting, Wadid reflects: ‘It is very difficult to live in this place, but we do not move from here. I stay here because it is our land. It’s Palestinian land.'” From Al Jazeera.

New York City: A New Squad of Superheroes in NYC!

Finding Paoloa

“We fight for those who are told their tears don’t matter. Where the police hurts more than serves, and eating establishments are built just to shorten the lives of the community. We fight for the strong who have been stripped of their powers. We fight for the invisible.” From Finding Paola.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Denver: Grace Lee Boggs Memorial

Grace Lee Boggs

Detroit philosopher-activist Grace Lee Boggs passed on October 5, 2015 at 100 years old. Allied Media Projects, in partnership with Cass Corridor Films, live streamed the memorial service for this legendary activist.

National – Protests Are Putting A Serious Dent In Tar Sands Expansion

Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline wait to be arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH.
Several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline wait to be arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH.

All of those marchesralliesarrests, and inflatable pipelines are working.

That’s the main finding of a report released this week by pro-clean energy group Oil Change International. According to the report, public opposition has been successful in stopping or delaying tar sands pipeline construction in North America. The existing pipelines carrying oil from Alberta’s tar sands region are 89 percent full, meaning that expansion of tar sands development depends heavily on new pipelines to get that oil to market. Oil Change International’s models found that without new pipelines or expansions on existing routes, tar sands producers will run out of pipeline capacity by 2017.

“This new report is conclusive proof that organizing works,” May Boeve of 350.org said in a statement. “In the four years since we began marching, sitting-in, and risking arrest to keep tar sands in the ground, no new pipelines have been built. It’s victory for our climate, our future, and for all the communities who are the front lines of this fight.” From Popular Resistance

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Orcas Island: How A Group Of Neighbors Created Their Own Internet Service

StarTouch installing a microwave link at the water tower
StarTouch installing a microwave link at the water tower

“When you live somewhere with slow and unreliable Internet access, it usually seems like there’s nothing to do but complain. And that’s exactly what residents of Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, were doing in late 2013. Faced with CenturyLink service that was slow and outage-prone, residents gathered at a community potluck and lamented their current connectivity.

‘Everyone was asking, ‘what can we do?’ resident Chris Brems recalls. “Then [Chris] Sutton stands up and says, ‘Well, we can do it ourselves…’

…”There’s actually a thriving global network of community wireless initiatives—many of whom stay in regular touch and swap information on recent software advances, promising hardware, and innovative business models,” Sascha Meinrath, X-Lab founder and Penn State telecommunications professor, told Ars. There are such projects in Austria, Spain, and Greece, and another that serves tribal reservations outside San Diego, he noted.” From Ars Technica.  Reasonably inexpensive equipment for building one’s own community internet service can be found at Village Telco.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Washington DC: Here’s why we’re committing civil disobedience -Millennials can no longer be silent about our broken system!

Credit: David Nehrt-Flores
Credit: David Nehrt-Flores

“On Nov. 9, we’re staging the largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice. Here’s why:

We are running out of patience. After years of political inaction and failure, young people are taking these crises into their own hands. The Occupy movement, Black Lives Matter, the climate justice movement, the immigrant rights movement, Moral Mondays led by people of faith, and fast food workers on strike have captured the attention of the American people, but not of Congress. Now our movements are starting to come together to begin to speak with one voice.

On November 9, one year ahead of the presidential election, hundreds of young people will take part in the largest-ever civil disobedience for racial, climate, and immigrant justice. The choice is clear: politicians are failing to take our country to where it needs to go, so a movement of young people will lead us there. While politicians and the media continue to talk about left versus right, the Millennial Movements are talking about a different direction: forward.” From Salon. The website for the November 9 action is Our Generation, Our Choice.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Off The Grid: How To Create A Complete Self-Sustaining Homestead On One Acre of Land

1-Acre-Self-Sustaining-Homestead

Here’s a working blueprint for building a DIY sustainable homestead. From dairy cows and goats to crop rotation, the basics are here. This was actually posted several weeks ago on Survival Grit but we liked it a lot and so we wanted to link you to this information. Enjoy!

And In Closing, Just For The Fun Of It!

 

#NoWarNovember #WagePeace

Campaign Nonviolence-Houston invites people all over the world to take 30 days to practice nonviolence and be a witness to ending war! We encourage you to engage the culture of violence and proclaim that we want NO MORE WAR. Use the power of social media to spread the message with #NoWarNovember.

Some of the ways we are encouraging you to help end war is to do the following:

1. Meditate Monday: Take time each monday to cultivate inner peace and disarm the violence within, through the ancient practice of meditation. Have a “Sit-In With Yourself” and give yourself permission to be nonviolent to yourself. Begin the process of healing your war wounds.

2. Truthful Tuesday: Share on social media and in public dialogue the truth of peacemaking and nonviolence. Expose the lies that the empire promotes and proclaim the truth of peace, justice, compassion, and kinship.

3. Witness Wednesday: Every wednesday be a public witness to peace and nonviolence by openly showing your discontent for the military industrial complex, your dislike of police brutality, and show your support for just, creative, and persistant resistance of the peacemakers who are working for a culture of peace through nonviolence.

4. Thoughtful Thursday: A creative way of resisting war and violence, is to sow the seeds of kindness. Take time each thursday to actively work to make your encounters with people more cordial. Make a conscious effort to be more kind, especially to those you do not normally get along well with. In the end, we are all in this together, so might as well be kind to each other.

5. Friday Fast: Every friday during #NoWarNovember we encourage you to “put your body on the line” by fasting (you decide what to fast from) so that you can experience in your body what the poor of the world are forced to go through, because of war and domination. We suggest that you fast from one or two animal products such as: Eggs, Meat, Cheese, or Milk…as well as drink only water.

6. Social Saturday: We encourage you to flood social media with the message of #NoWarNovember and promote the work of peacemakers all over the world. Also, in your typical saturday routine, we encourage you to incorporate some social time where you can get together and talk about how to end war through the methods of nonviolence. Maybe organize a social gathering at a home.

7. Service Sunday: Each sunday we encourage you to get our and engage the culture of violence through humble service. Show the world that we care for one another and through compassionate service, we can create a circle of kinship where all are our family and no one is left out.

You are not required to do all 7 of these suggested things but we do encourage you to participate in Meditate Monday, Friday Fast and the Service Sunday, so that you experience at the same time a personal, physical, and communal understanding of peacemaking and how resistance is multi-faceted.

Please take lots of pics and videos! All pics and videos are asked to be posted all over social media sites, and be sure to use the hashtag #NoWarNovember

Thanks! Let’s #WagePeace and #PracticeNonviolence together!

Campaign Nonviolence Houston
Campaign Nonviolence Houston

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

By Lawrence S. Wittner, Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany and syndicated by PeaceVoice. Our roll of honor in the collage above, starting from the upper left and going clockwise, includes Eugene Debs, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Helen Keller, Bayard Rustin, Albert Einstein, and Dolores Huerta.

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.  Continue reading Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

Weekly Activist Calendar: November 1 – 7, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day of Remembrance – Sunday Service, 11 am, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 901 W. Cleveland, Fayetteville AR

Day of Remberance Sunday Service

Dia de los Muertos teaches us how important it is to hold onto our full measure of humanity, including death. In the spirit of the Mexican holiday, we’ll bring photos, mementos and remembrances of our departed to build our “Ofrenda” (Altar), and speak the names of our departed. Children are invited to participate, and furry family are welcome.  Continue reading Weekly Activist Calendar: November 1 – 7, 2015

Morphing in the Moonlight on All Hallows Eve

a collaborative poem in four voices, by Dawn Jones, David Garcia, Ali Jewell, and Jessi Hicks


Morphing in the Moonlight on All Hallows Eve

Canto One of Four

We were such tender babies.

Hand in hands

extending from costumed sleeves.

Deliberately crushing the fallen leaves

Just for the after-dark lark of the noise of it;

The one-night-only permission to

Trespass on the grumpiest neighbors’

Much richer grass.

 

We felt daring wearing our obscurity.

Seeing everything from masked-scary eyes  Continue reading Morphing in the Moonlight on All Hallows Eve

10/30/15 Weekly News Round Up

We are restarting our weekly newswire to bring you a roundup of local, regional, and global stories you don’t often hear in the mainstream, corporate media. These are stories of resistance, renewal and triumph as ordinary people do the extraordinary things demanded by the times we live in.

The Past Week’s News

Friday, October 23

Indian Country – For Tribes in U.S., a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands

Sean Thompson, natural resource technician for the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa, looks out over restored wild rice on the reservation’s Perch Lake, near Cloquet, Minnesota. "It’s the crown jewel of the reservation lakes," Thompson says.
Sean Thompson, natural resource technician for the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa, looks out over restored wild rice on the reservation’s Perch Lake, near Cloquet, Minnesota. “It’s the crown jewel of the reservation lakes,” Thompson says.

“There has been a new movement by indigenous people to restore tribal lands and resources,” says Darren Ranco, an anthropology professor at the University of Maine in Orono, and a member of the Penobscot Nation, which is realizing an ambitious goal of reopening fish freeways on the dam-choked Penobscot River. “There’s also been a reimagined focus on food and food sovereignty…”

“…That’s brought some really important solutions to the table that probably weren’t there before,” says Ranco, who directs the university’s Native American Research program. “The Western tradition was continually marginalizing indigenous knowledge and values, and no longer is that happening…. At least it’s not happening as much.” From Indian Country.

Saturday, October 24

Chicago – More than 100 activists marched in Chicago to shut down the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

30 arrest so far. 50 more locked down. Need to raise the bail fund!
30 arrest so far. 50 more locked down. Need to raise the bail fund!

“Our basic human rights are being violated every day by the police. Black men and women are being harassed, assaulted and even murdered by police. And as the heads of police departments I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the IACP,” said Sade Richmond of the Workers Center For Racial Justice.

Black Out Collective has photos on their Facebook page and DNAInfo has the story. 

Denver – Denver Police arrest 10 Occupy protesters who refused to leave a community garden Saturday night.   Continue reading 10/30/15 Weekly News Round Up

Because I Won’t Give Up

The aftermath of reporting my abuse

By Kayla Kimball

Some of you may think I’m starting to rant, and if so, I’m sorry, but not really sorry for it. I’m trying to expose a system so corrupt that young women walk around their own towns scared of who they’ll see, who’s going to judge them, and worry about retaliation from others. How is that fair? Young women who were raped and abused, and now their rapist and/or abuser is walking around the streets free of all charges and these strangers and former friends look at these women in disbelief because “how could they do what they did?”

I am now scared to walk around my campus, in a town I grew up in. Everywhere I turn I see my abuser. Almost every time I eat in the dining halls on campus I see one of the women on my hearing panel who found my abuser not responsible. I walked into the Student Union the other day to see the vice chancellor who reviewed my appeal… a man who should’ve never looked at those documents because his son is in the choir class I was told to leave, he’s met both my abuser and I, and I’ve known his son since middle school.

My appeal outcome letter, for lack of better wording, was the sassiest, most offensive letter I have ever received from the University of Arkansas. I thought my hearing outcome letter was bad, where they told me that I could obviously handle my alcohol well enough to have ever been incapacitated or black out drunk, but this time they still told me there was no way I could’ve been assaulted or abused. Although, all of the witness statements say that every specific occasion I talked about in my report I was inebriated to the point of blacking out, he would talk about having sex with me, and my favorite statement is the one I was never asked about that stated they heard him hit me from the next room.

And he’s still “not responsible.”  Continue reading Because I Won’t Give Up

Irvin Comacho For Springdale!

‪#‎CamachoForSpringdale‬ ‪#‎Springdale‬ ‪#‎District89‬

It gives me great pride and honor to let you all know that today, (October 26, 2015), I announced my candidacy for Arkansas State Representative of District 89 in Springdale. I moved to Springdale in 6th grade and I attended JO Kelly Middle School where Sara Ford was our principal and there I became part of our amazing school system. I eventually made it up to the Springdale Senior High School and was majorly influenced by amazing faculty like Rachelle Moore, Summer Catron Marjay Hignite and many more that inspired me to graduate and pursue my educational dreams.

Ever since I graduated high school I’ve been involved with so many different organizations and so many amazing people that I fell in love with Arkansas and I fell deeper in love with the city of Springdale. I love the city, I love the people and most importantly, I love it’s potential. I am tired of people representing my community and I, who don’t even understand our struggles, values and dreams. I am running for this position because I want to give the power back to the people of Springdale. I want to tackle the real issues that are affecting our district that our past representatives don’t understand or value.

I ask you all to join me. Join this campaign that has evolved into a movement. Help us create a safer environment for everyone. Help us build new relationships between people of all color and unite as a district. I want to hear your voices so I can amplify them during the legislative session in Little Rock times 100 so our major concerns can all be heard when we win.

Like our page Irvin Camacho for Springdale and donate to make this campaign stronger and efficient. We will be meeting this Saturday so our team can get to know everyone. Send me a message here or to our page for info on the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

The journey begins now my friends. Let’s take Springdale back and most importantly. Let’s make Springdale better.

Irvin Camacho For Springdale

 

Activists Of Northwest Arkansas – Leora Jackson

She loves her family and her community deeply. That love is expressed in concrete actions that make a difference, from working with writers and poets, to community programs that make Black History come alive for children, to demonstrating  publicly that #BlackLivesMatter. May we introduce you to Leora Jackson, another powerful activist of Northwest Arkansas.

01 Leora Jackson Charleston Solidarity
Working with Tina Gaston and Jared Carter of #HandsUpNWA, Leora helped organize a local prayer vigil after the murders at a Charleston church this summer.
An activist, advocate, speaker, poet, author, and storyteller, Leora is originally from the Delta area, from a small town called Marianna. She is a country girl and grew up with 6 brothers. She was definitely a tomboy, so being tough and standing up for herself was nothing new. She knew her brothers had her back, but they also taught her how to protect herself and to know her defenses. Therefore, she learned early on how to take charge and stand in defense of others.

Continue reading Activists Of Northwest Arkansas – Leora Jackson

Send In The White Helmets

By Stephanie Van Hook, Executive Director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. This article was syndicated by PeaceVoice. The images in our cover graphic were taken from WhiteHelmets.org.

“Satyagraha brigades can be organized in every village and in every block of buildings in the city.”

–Gandhi (Harijan, March 17, 1946)

We’ve all heard of the Blue Helmets — the United Nations armed peacekeeping wing. But have you heard about the White Helmets, the unarmed peacekeeping and first responders in Syria?  Continue reading Send In The White Helmets

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