Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco's Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the #Urban garden is continuing to flourish.
President Barack Obama did not give his regular public address to the nation this week; in his place was Francine Wheeler, whose six-year-old child was brutally murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School four months ago. The grieving parent used the national broadcast to express why she believes that the United States must implement common sense gun #Safety reforms.
Rachel Maddow highlighted a satirical commercial featuring Exxon that is especially funny, because the bizarre scenario that it depicts is actually strangely close to reality. Comedian Andy Cobb is presented as a spokesperson for the #Corporate#oil giant's newest method of petroleum delivery, flooding your neighborhoods streets and lawns directly with their viscous toxic crude.
Decorated Iraq War veteran Tomas Young was paralyzed in a 2004, after be injured during his military service in Iraq. Young has since become a vocal activist protesting our occupation, and is also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Young reads from his powerfully honest letter, "A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from a Dying Veteran".
Rachel Maddow’s jaw-dropping documentary, Hubris: The Selling of the Iraq War, will #Air again on MSNBC this Friday night, March 22nd. The #documentary clearly illuminates the intricate web of deceit and fictional weapons of mass destruction constructed by Bush and his cronies to justify invading Iraq a decade ago. This is a must see film, that deftly explains how the United States was intentionally lied into an entirely unnecessary, deadly, and incredibly expensive war.
There are only two days left to help save one of the Mission District's most beloved and inspiring institutions, Adobe Books. Only a few more thousand dollars are needed to help keep this vital space from shuttering its doors forever. This shop is a cornerstone of artistic and cultural life in the neighborhood, as well as throughout the entire Bay Area — please don't let it die.
Last week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that the historic profits recently made by Wall Street demand that our nation increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour. The California Democrat explained that these enormous #Corporate financial gains have not translated into higher wages for most workers, and millions of working families are facing severe hardships as they continue to struggle.
Last week in Mississippi, the horribly mutilated dead body of Marco Watson McMillian, the first viable openly queer candidate for state office, was found dumped beneath a fence near the Mississippi River. McMillian's murdered corpse showed signs of torture and beatings, as well as being dragged and set on fire, according to a statement issued on Sunday by his family. McMillian’s godfather, Carter Womack, said that his 33-year-old godson was found naked, bruised and swollen.
Monsanto is a company that does little to no good, and a whole world of bad. Such massive and largely unaccountable corporations have been economically ravaging our world by externalizing the hidden costs of their dirty #Business and decades of environmental destruction. So what's a concerned citizen to do? Here's how to hurt Monsanto in the only place that they care about: their wallet.
It seems like every month the number of people who are unemployed, or in need of #Food stamps soars to record new levels, while #Corporate profits continue to skyrocket. Attempting to describe the gargantuan disparity in wealth that now exists in the United States is becoming increasingly difficult. Ordinary words can not adequately convey how enormously skewed the distribution of resources in our nation has become. Currently 1% of our population now possess 40% of the wealth, while the ...
Mark Fiore is an amazingly insightful Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and creator of genius animated short videos. His short comic film encapsulate and convey political misdeeds and international horrors with concise humor and informed intelligence; his most recent biting animation highlights the quagmire of #Corruption that has engulfed the resigning pope and the Catholic Church.
This week's inspired sermon from #Climate Change activist Reverend Billy Talen highlights our interconnectedness, and the #power inherent in sharing. The charismatic leader of the Church of Stop Shopping deftly weaves links between the extinct golden toad, the pope, the emerging gift economy, exuberant joy and hope for our future.
Eating a balanced diet that largely consists of plants and fresh whole foods is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health. Consuming large amounts of processed foods is a high risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune illnesses, atherosclerosis, cancer, and many more common sicknesses. If you would like to start feeling better, consider these 10 simple suggestions to help you begin your unprocessed diet:
Last week Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus signed legislation that legalized medicinal marijuana nationally. The cannabis reform was overwhelmingly passed in the Senate, with a 67-2 vote, and had already been approved in Parliament last year. Unfortunately, the pot reform does not allow citizens to grow their own plants, nor does it require that medical marijuana being covered by health insurance.
Those of us who do not remember history are forever condemned to repeat it. Could a #movie prevent our nation from waging another deadly, unnecessary war? Rachel Maddow's new MSNBC documentary, HUBRIS: Selling the Iraq War, might be able to accomplish just that.
Although, I have been personally steering away from processed foods ever since my grandmother taught me to be weary of any foods that required hazmat suits to produce, I recently viewed a report on #Food additives that stunned me.
On the same day that the US Justice Department was fighting for the right to indefinitely detain and imprison its own citizens without charge or trial, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the government, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, participated in a panel discussion in opposition to the NDAA. Hedges explains the frightening legal similarities between the infamous Bush torture memos and Obama's white #Paper leak attempting to justify our government's secret ...
"I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, #Renewable#solar#power is a growing source of U.S. #jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar."
This week Congress members Jared Polis and Earl Blumenauer introduced bills that would allow marijuana policy to be controlled by individual states, regulating it much like alcohol. These legal reforms would also create a federal excise tax on pot in states where it is already legal, such as Washington and Colorado. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove the Drug Enforcement Agency’s authority over weed, freeing each state to choose whether or not to legalize cannabis ...
In 1947 Woody Guthrie wrote House of Earth, a fictional story about struggling young sharecroppers, #Poverty and building sustainably with dirt and natural ingredients. The book was never published at the time, due in part to the novel's sexually explicit material, as well as the oppressive red-baiting political #climate during that era. The story has been recently re-discovered by historian Douglas Brinkley, and has just been released by Johnny Depp's new publishing division of Harper ...
It’s Just a Plant is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about marijuana by Ricardo Cortés, who also helped create the bedtime story classic Go the Fuck to Sleep. This juvenile cannabis tale chronicles the journey of a young girl as she learns more about the plant from various adults in her life, including her parents, a local farmer, a medical doctor and a cop. The book goes on to answer the child's many questions about the purpose and proper use of pot, and offers honest ...
Several determined protesters from the Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN publicly demonstrated against the World Economic Forum this week; the annual WEF meeting was held at the exclusive Swiss resort of Davos. These brave activists have become known internationally for their topless protests against sex trafficking, corrupt religious #power and oppressive sexism. Some of their stated goals include inspiring others to actively revolt against entrenched patriarchal institutions, as well as ...
This has already proven to be yet another rather exceptionally bad year for the Catholic Church. More unpleasant scandals continue to unfold for the beleaguered religious institution — from the revelation of Mussolini's enormous offshore Vatican nest egg investment and papal money laundering banking troubles, to the release of more secret information concerning the church's horrific pedophile priest cover up.
The Gates Foundation recently released a video describing why it is so incredibly important for all women to have free access to contraceptives and family planning services. Though the video is specifically talking about the developing world, these health issues are similar here in the United States.
Newark's Mayor Cory Booker is well known for his forward thinking activism, his devotion to public service and social compassion. This week we learn a bit more about Booker the man in an editorial that appeared in The Stanford Daily. Booker writes about his personal evolution from bigotry to compassionate understanding, as well as his ongoing fight for LGBT civil rights and equality.
Late last month the Kulluk Shell #oil rig was run aground on the pristine shores of Alaska's Kodiak Island while it was being towed to Seattle during a ferocious storm. Why would anyone even attempt towing something as dangerously precarious as an #oil rig in the middle of a massive winter storm? The reason that the mobile offshore drilling unit was being moved out of Alaska at the end of December, in spite of hurricane force winds and treacherous 40 foot waves, was because Shell was ...
One of the fasted growing recent offshoots to arise from the Occupy Wall Street movement is a new group entitled Occupy the NRA. The activist organization is demanding sensible gun #Safety legislation, and already has tens of thousands of members dedicated to stopping the rampant deadly gun violence epidemic that has spread across our country.
While staring at this image, I was struck by how simple it can be to radically reframe what is possible, if you just slightly #Change your perspective, or maybe erase a few letters. This photo came through my social media feed via Cristina Morales; it reminds me of joyful exuberance, and the message gives me hope.
Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits", and lasts from December 26th to January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith).
Some of the problems caused by rampant gun violence and our country's failed war on drugs are interconnected. Newark Mayor Cory Booker said that one of his primary agenda issues will be working to radically #Change our flawed drug war. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for drug reform, Booker is also a member of the Coalition of Mayors against Illegal Guns; he spoke with Rachel Maddow about much needed weapons regulation.
Today Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she will introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the first day of the new Congress. The California Democrat said that it was past time to once again outlaw these deadly weapons of war. Feinstein explained that she and her fellow politicians had been working on the reform for a year, the gun control bill was not a direct response to the horrific Newtown massacre.
Comic artist Matt Bors just reposted a recent cartoon that he drew a few months ago about the prevalence of violent mass shootings and the continued lack of discussion about gun control. His comic perfectly encapsulates the increasingly volatile situation that is now exploding across our country.
Grocery #shopping is one of the basic foundations of our health. Learning how to do it well can help you save tons of time and money. If you incorporate these simple steps into your weekly routine, you will not only reap the benefits of home cooked meals, as well as delicious leftovers for lunch, but will also be able to maintain a busy work schedule and usually get everything done.
Many thousands of families have lost their homes and #jobs due to our nation's dire #economic situation, which has also resulted in people being forced to give up untold numbers of beloved pets for adoption. Max is one of many rescued dogs in need of a loving family to help take care of him; he is a feisty mini Bull Terrier who is presently in Oregon. Can you help to find him a good home?
Today is the first time since 1937 that recreational use of pot has been legal anywhere in the United States. Beginning December 6th it is now legal for adults over 21 in Washington to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, making it the first state in our nation to legalize the popular drug. And although citizens in Colorado also voted to legalize weed in the recent election, their Amendment 64 will not go into effect in the state for a few more weeks.
Starting this month my friend Summer Bock will begin regularly contributing some of her vast nutritional and health wisdom to Ecolocalizer in our new weekly blog feature, Wellness Wednesdays. Ms. Bock will be helping to educate us about everything from how to make a diverse variety of your own fermented foods and plant-based medicinals, to better understanding and treating #Food allergies and persistent digestive problems.
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's new documentary, The House I Live In, examines our nation's enormous prison industrial complex, and also illustrates why our decades long War on Drugs has never been about drugs at all. Increasing US incarceration rates are largely just about making money.
This forlorn and starving cartoon bee from Occupy the EPA made me laugh out loud when I first saw it. The comic does a brilliant job of humorously expressing the very real plight of these vital insects, as they battle habitat loss, chemical pesticides and disease, in a desperate attempt to survive.