Revelations: “The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”

March 23, 2014 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Intersectionality, Spirituality, What People are Doing to Change the World

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, Wendell Berry

(h/t Kay Whitlock)

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Revelations: the god of small things…

February 23, 2014 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Eco-Justice, Education, Spirituality

 The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. (© Nicolas Reusens, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)

The knight and his steed, a tropical capture in Costa Rica. (© Nicolas Reusens, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards)

“And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Revelations: Earthlings

December 01, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Criminal Injustice Series, Eco-Justice, Intersectionality

EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”

Viewer Discretion.

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Revelations: #Blackfish Tonight

October 27, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Arts and Culture, Eco-Justice, Intersectionality, Spirituality

What People are Doing to Change the World: 13-Year-Old Activist’s Wise Words

September 15, 2013 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Education, Imperialism, Intersectionality, What People are Doing to Change the World

Courtesy Xiuhezcatl Martinez | Xiuhezcatl Martinez a 13-year-old indigenous youth with Mother Earth’s wellbeing on his mind

We cannot wait for our government to change the world, before power, before money, before greed – their purpose is to protect people. In my eyes they have failed us at that, so now it is time for the people to stand up for themselves and to be part of this global movement that is going to change the fundamental beliefs of our entire society. — Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

From Indian Country Today:

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 13-year-old indigenous environmental activist, rapper and public speaker from Boulder, Colorado. He is also the youth director of Earth Guardians, a youth based environmental non-profit organization that is committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere.

At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking to crowds at rallies and demonstrations and has spoken at such events as the United States iMatter March in Denver in 2010, which was attended by more than 2,000 youths and other events. He has also worked with Boulder City council members to change city policy and has traveled to several countries and cities to include Rio De Janeiro and Washington D.C. about environmental concerns for Mother Earth.

This year, he has been invited to speak at the United Nations. He is also the youngest member of the 2013 Presidential Youth Council.

A piano composer whose music was used in a documentary that featured him and was filmed by Peter Gabriel’s organization – Witness, recently did an interview on Native Trailblazers radio. During the interview the young Earth Guardian shared his message of strength and hope and how he hopes to remain an inspiration for others.

Read the full interview here.

BP Accuses Deepwater Horizon Settlement Victims Of Taking ‘Money They Don’t Deserve’

August 27, 2013 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Economic Terrorism

From ThinkProgress:

Three years after the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, BP is adopting a new narrative that demonizes coastal businesses for taking advantage of the oil giant’s generosity. In an attempt to reduce the amount BP owes in a settlement for damages suffered, BP has gone with a full offense PR campaign that alleges widespread fraud.

Here is an excerpt of the full-page ads BP has taken out in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, with the intent of reaching policymakers:

Its other newspaper ads make a similar case, but cite Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue to claim there is rampant fraud. Those ads neglect to mention that BP is a member of the Chamber.
BP launched its increasingly aggressive battle against legal claims after disappointing quarterly profits of $2.7 billion. Ironically, BP is accruing a hefty legal fee for its efforts to draw out litigation.

Three years after BP, Gulf fishermen struggle to survive

August 20, 2013 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Economic Terrorism, Poverty

From Southern Studies:

Arnesen explains that continuous use of dispersants to sink BP’s continually resurfacing oil, as well as reliance on it in response to other smaller spills, hasn’t helped.

Only a few days ago, they’d come across nothing but sheen from Southwest Pass to Grand Isle. As is often the case, it’s impossible to know if the sheen came from BP’s resurfacing oil or from another leak. Wells and rigs dot the horizon as far as the eye can see. He suspects that sheen and other oil recently seen was sprayed with dispersants.

“We lost so much land in the last two years, you go down there and you can’t even tell where you’re at … In some places the land moved almost a mile in the last year. That’s crazy. But you can’t kill the vegetation and expect it not to erode.”

When asked about the BP claims process, Arnesen shook his head, “The whole claims thing is a joke. They did pay out a lot of claims, but not where it needed to be.

“I’m only 46, I’m not going to retire for another 20 years, minimum … If fishing comes back, and I can make my own money, I’m good with them. I don’t want BP’s check, I’m not a charity case — I didn’t want their check to start with. But they destroyed my industry. What’d they offer me? One check — OK, that fixed last year. What about this year, next year, 10 years? That’s the problem.”

And there are other unknowns. Arnesen’s wife and daughter have suffered health issues attributed to BP’s oil and dispersant use. He’s suffered memory loss and worries about the long-term health effects and what the future holds.

Revelations: Apocalypse Fukushima

August 18, 2013 By: nancy a heitzeg Category: Eco-Justice

On-going Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, Greenpeace Updates

Shadowlands, Interactive Exhibit