Perhaps it is not just the words of truth you share, but the energy you exchange that will make the bigger impact. You may not be able to wake another from slumber and open their eyes, but you can touch their soul and help their spirit rise. That may just ripple on into their mind in due time. That is making a difference in this world. Be grateful for all and even the unseen and we will strengthen and expand our community in the best way possible.
The strength of our compassionate community that stretches further than any border, past that which we can see with our two eyes, and encompasses all in this experience will be what decides how well we may fare through these changes.
Reaching out to another soul and sending positive energy will have rippling effects. No small act of kindness goes unnoticed… and it always ripples further than we can see.
Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how “We The People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal – their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural gas fracking in the city. Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states
Can we protect the environment as long as we treat it as human property?
The Community (and nature’s) Rights program works with communities and allies in the US and around the world to recognize that as long as the law treats ecosystems as property we cannot truly protect nature.
Working with Communities
Like other movements for justice, the Rights of Nature movement will grow from the grassroots. Those very same communities asking, “who decides” are beginning to stand up and take action for their local ecosystems too. Not only are these communities reclaiming their democracy, they are transforming the legal understanding of nature as property (to be destroyed at will) to recognizing the inalienable rights of ecosystems to flourish. In addition to our work with US Communities to pass laws recognizing rights of nature; we are collaborating with international partners and community groups to build a global movement to support the rights of nature…
We are the newest generation of farmers, ranchers, chefs, artisans and sustainable food system advocates. With a passion for feeding our local communities, we come together to share skills, knowledge and a meal after a long day in the field, pasture and milking barn. Founded by farmers for farmers, our community helps to support every scale of healthy food production by collectively striving toward the economic viability of agriculture as well as the social networks necessary to attract, cultivate and sustain a new generation ready to work the land.”
WHAT IS A FARMERS GUILD?
A Farmers Guild is a monthly gathering of farmers, ranchers and agriculture advocates who come together to socialize, share resources, build lasting relationships, and celebrate our local food communities.
Beginning in 2011, a small group of young farmers and ranchers started getting together over dinner and drinks to talk about the daily happenings on their farms. Out of those evenings arose new friendships, opportunities and partnerships that are so often hard to find in rural areas. Not long after those initial gatherings, the group grew to over 100 people, and the meals were moved from the ranch-house kitchen table to the local Grange Hall down the road.
Less than a year later, the founders of the first Farmers Guild are now helping farmers from other regions across California start their own Guilds, building a wider network that encourages, inspires and celebrates everything we do. The Farmers Guilds are a casual yet powerful alliance of local farmers and the community, with an ultimate goal to help farmers of all experience levels be more successful.
By collaborating with FarmsReach, a growing online community and resource hub for CA farmers, each Farmers Guild can now easily connect with others within their region, among Farmers Guilds across the state, and among the general FarmsReach community of farmers, nonprofit organizations, Extension advisors and service providers. . . All without leaving your farm.
If All You Have is a Hammer….White House threatens Ukraine sanctions
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The White House on Wednesday threatened to place sanctions against senior figures in the Ukrainian government in the wake of continued bloodshed in Kiev. “We have made it clear we would consider taking action against individuals who are responsible for acts of violence within Ukraine,” White House spokesman Ben Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One. “We have a toolkit for doing that that includes sanctions,” he added. Rhodes said the White House hopes the threat of sanctions will induce better behavior. A fiery pitched battle between protestors and police continued in Kiev’s central square for a second day Wednesday as police tried to rest control of the area. There were reports that deadly political violence has spread throughout the country. European leaders are also expected to consider sanctions at an emergency meeting to take place Thursday.
Thailand’s Government Savings Bank (GSB) president admitted that clients withdrew 30bn Baht (around $1bn) in a single-day last week and Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and Krungthai Bank (KTB), although of a much smaller magnitude, have also seen withdrawal spikes of similar magnitude according to The Bangkok Post. The ‘bank run’ comes after speculation that cash at the state-run banks are being used by the government (which is in turmoil) to fund farmers (who have not received their ‘promised’ rice subsidies of over 130 bn Baht). Withdrawal requests are met with banks warning that there were insufficient funds at the time due to many depositors withdrawing cash. One depositor, rather ironically summed it up, “I started to feel concerned that my money may become only paper.”
Via The Bangkok Post,
The deposit flight from the Government Savings Bank (GSB) is not out of fear for its financial stability but rather is a response to speculation the state-run bank is involved in lending to the troubled rice subsidy of the Yingluck Shinawatra government.
Spikes in money withdrawal have also been seen at the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and Krungthai Bank (KTB), although of a much smaller magnitude.
Another study released in May by the bureau showed some 80,000 victim allegations among inmates, said Allan Beck, a BJS statistician and an author of the report.
“Of course we find much higher rates of sexual victimization through inmates’ self-reports than what comes through in the official records,” he said. But the nature of the incidents has similarities, he said.
“It’s a matter of scale,” Beck said. Any sexual contact between inmates and staff is illegal, the bureau noted. More than three-quarters of staff perpetrators resigned or were fired, and nearly half were arrested, prosecuted or convicted, the study found.
The findings were based on annual surveys of adult prisons and jails throughout the nation, it said. The data for 2011 was collected from facilities holding 1.97 million inmates. The surveys have been conducted yearly since 2004 in compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels.
A recent report, Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Stress, shows the severity of the problem. Alberta and B.C. are among eight North American regions examined in the study by Ceres, a U.S.-based nonprofit advocating for sustainability leadership.
Nearly half (47 percent) of oil and gas wells recently hydraulically fractured in the U.S. are in regions with high or extremely high water stress. Map credit: Ceres
Your mind has to be boggled when you contemplate how much fresh, clean, drinkable water is being sucked up for fracking then spewed out as a toxic soup that poisons everything in its wake. Can you say I-N-S-A-N-I-T-Y?
She was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for breaking into a nuclear weapons facility along with two other activists. She says that prison is exactly what she wants. Of course, at 84 the idea of three hots and a cot is probably looking pretty good to her right about now. She actually asked for life in prison: “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me.” You go Sister Megan, and whatever women’s prison you end up in had better be prepared for a force to be reckoned with—albeit a very quiet and compassionate one.
Father Roy Bourgeois
Peace and Human Rights Activist, Catholic Priest : b. 1938