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{August 17, 2007}   Blog Action Day

What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?

Blog Action DayThat’s the idea behind Blog Action Day. On October 15 bloggers all over the web will join together to write about the environment and the issues surrounding it. Bloggers can write a post on their own blogs focusing on the environment and they can also choose to donate their earnings from ads for that day. It’s a great way to get more info out there, share your thoughts/ideas/plans, and be a part of something huge. And maybe even inspire you to keep on blogging about issues that matter.

The Action Blog has a post on Why Bloggers Will Change the World and I couldn’t agree more. That is part of the reason why I blog here, to make my voice known and hopefully make a change. Getting my words out there on the web, instead of just ranting on the couch like I used to, I can generate awareness and make issues seen. And so can everyone else. Blogging is the new activism, and I am glad to be a part of it.


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Six black students at Jena High School in Central Louisiana were arrested last December after a school fight in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises. The six black students were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy. They face up to 100 years in prison without parole. The fight took place amid mounting racial tension after a black student sat under a tree in the schoolyard where only white students sat. The next day three nooses were hanging from the tree. Read more>>>

Why is this not on the news? Why is CNN not covering it? Why am I hearing more about dog fighting than I am about 6 young men being railroaded because they were born black? And where the hell are the people in power who should be stepping in and stopping this?

If you care make phone calls. call your local news stations, your local news papers, polititians and lawyers and anyone with a hint of power. Talk about it on your blogs, take up a collection, sign the petition, and make it news. Make people listen, make people see this, make people care.


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{August 2, 2007}   Leave A Comment Win A Goat

goatOK, not really. But I bet that caught your eye. No actually the blog Global Poverty Monitor is having a contest right now to get coments and links back to them. The contest, called Promote My Blog and Win a Goat, is a call for people to leave comments on as many of the posts as you can and leave link back to the blog. The more your do the more points you get, and at the end of two weeks time the one with the msot points wins a goat. Specifically the winner gets a goat given to a family in Myanmar in their name.

I thought it was a great contest and certainly worth mentioning. Run over and get your comments and points in soon.


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{July 30, 2007}   Abortion is the New Satanism.

Pop quiz: When watching the move Dirty Dancing* the scene where Penny is in agonizig pain over her botched illegal abortion what thought first came to your mind?

  • A. How horrible! Thank God abortion is safe and legal now so this kind of thing doesn’t happen as often anymore.
  • B. Good! Maybe if more dirty whores died from abortions women would stop murdering their kids.
  • C. Just get back to Patrick Swazy with his shirt off.

If you answered A congratulations, you’re a satanist! No really, you are. Trailer park feminist has helped to shed the light on this feminist=satanist idea. It seems that Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer has taken the whole “us=good, you=evil” idealology to a whole new level by proclaiming that feminists are just satanists with better PR.

The thing that irks me the most is that so many of the in-your-face pro-lifers assume that pro-choice means pro-abortion. Obviously the word “choice” escapes their vocabulary, or maybe just in terms of women having a choice. Why doesn’t pro-choice mean, oh I don’t know, CHOICE? What makes the Rev. so important that he gets to put his way of thinking as “true” and other’s as false? I keep hearing the voice of my grandmother ringing through my head, something about throwing stones. I’m sure the Rev. wouldn’t have a clue what I mean. Is he so unsure of his own beliefs  that he has to put down other’s in such a way to make himself feel better? Because that’s what it feels like to me.

Now I’m going to admit somethign that might cause a few sparks. I’m anti-abortion. It’s true.  But no matter what my personal feelings on abortion are I would never assume that I have any place to tellother women what they can or cannot do. I may agree that abortion is murder, but I’ll fight tooth and nail for your right to have one. Because it’s about choice, it’s about having control over your own body, and it’s about having access to safe and legal medical procedures rather than bleeding to death in a back ally in the middle of the night. Before fighting to make abortions illegal why not put that time and money into educating people on the realities of sex? Maybe if more young people were able to make an informed choice before sex they wouldn’t have to make a choice like this after sex. But there I go again, using that “choice” word in reguards to a woman’s body. Damn satanist I am.

I’ve been comforter for two women in my life that had abortions. The first was carrying a wanted and loved child that was discovered to have a fatal birth defect. Rather than continue a pregnancy that she knew was doomed to fail and put herself and her family through the emotional rollercoaster she had a late-term abortion. It was the most tragic, beautiful, painful, hopeful thing I could ever imagine. The physical pain she felt for weeks left her barely able to get out of bed and care for her other child. When people hold up signs with imagines of dead fetuses and call her a murderer I want to beat them with their own picket signs, I want to scream at them and shake their shoulders until they understand that no woman who walks out of a clinic without a child, wanted or not, is making the decision lightly.

The second was a young girl. She and her boyfriend had gotten pregnant after sneaking around having sex with no understanding of how their bodies worked. I remember sitting in her living room, they were holding hands and talking in a whisper even though no one was home about getting enough money soon. But what stands out is their comments of disbelief. He said “I don’t know how this happened. We never had sex on her period, since that’s the only time a woman can get pregnant.” She followed with “And we were always standing up when we had sex.” This, my friends, is why abstinence programs fail. They don’t stop the sex from happening, they stop the people having sex from a chance to learn and understand and prevent the unwanted pregnancy before it happens. She wasn’t a “bad girl” or a “whore” or a “baby killer”. She was just a kid who only knew as much as she was told and felt the same physical desires that the rest of us feel.

But many pro-lifers don’t think about how to prevent the pregnancies before they happen, other than to say “No sex, ever”. Instead they think that if the blow up enough abortion clinics, hold up enough picket signs, and shame enough women into feeling that they aren’t good enough to ahve a choice over their own bodies that it will somehow end all abortions. I’m afriad that it may jsut be a giant step back.


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*My Netflix came in Saturday and included Dirty Dancing. Hey, nobody puts Baby in the corner.



{July 23, 2007}   Sustainable Harvest

Planting hope, restoring forests, nourishing communities. This is the motto of Sustainable Harvest International, a non-profit organization that has worked with nearly 1,000 families and 900 students in Honduras, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua. These participants have “saved tens of thousands of acres of tropical forest from slash-and-burn destruction by converting thousands of acres to sustainable uses. With organic vegetable gardens, wood-conserving stoves, community loan funds and a host of other projects, participants dramatically improve their health and boost family income.” 

Since 1997, SHI, along with their participants, have:

  •   Planted more than 2,000,000 trees.
  •   Converted 6,000 acres to sustainable uses, thereby saving 30,000 acres from slash-and-burn destruction.
  •   Improved nutrition through the establishment of more than 200 organic vegetable gardens.
  • Increased farm income up to 800%.
  •   Built 165 wood-conserving stoves (saving 1,650 trees per year)
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    In the community of Rio Blanco, SHI assisted six men in establishing a small community store. This store will buy and sell corn, beans, and bulk products, while giving the community a place to purchase products closer to where they live. Hipólito, a member of the business management team said, “In the case that one of the families is without money to buy corn, we can provide them with it.” Just nine months after the SHI donated the initial $375 to start the store, it has grown to over $790; the men more than doubled their profits, and instead of paying themselves they plan to continue building the business to better all of the community. Hipólito stated, “little by little we are improving and growing. We know that with sacrifice and work we are slowly improving the economic situation for ourselves, our families and our community.”

    Through establishing community stores, loan programs, school programs, organic gardens, fish ponds, wood-conserving stoves, and more, Sustainable Harvest is not only working on improving the environment, but the lives of the people living in the area as well.

    Now, to make it even easier to help out SHI, the environment, and the 1,000 families SHI has worked with, Stonyfield Farm is featuring SHI along with two other non-profits on their yogurt lids! Vote online, or mail in clean yogurt lids with your vote for SHI to direct a portion of $40,000 to their programs, while receiving great prizes in the process, such as free organic chocolate and tea.  

    Visit http://www.sustainableharvest.org/yogurt for more information on SHI and on how to “Bid With Your Lid.”

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    Jessica Schessler is a college student interning for the summer with a non-profit organization, Sustainable Harvest International. She is trying to spread the word about SHI’s work, and also about the great program that is featuring them on Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt lids. SHI really does great work teaching farmers in Central America alternatives to slash and burn farming. This not only saves rainforests, but leaves the farmers and their families with enough organic crops to feed themselves and sell extra crops for income.


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    {July 21, 2007}   A few links

    The last week I’ve been helping a friend set up her shop, so I really haven’t had much time for blogging. I’ve tried to get a post in each day, but it’s obvious that I just wasn’t fully available to do any of the topics justice. There are quite a few things I want to talk about, but time has been scarse. Though the shop is all set up now so I can get back to blogging away those few free moments I find. But to make up for my lack of writing here are a few of the things I wanted to talk about, and wasn’t able to.

    1. What’s up with the anti-feminist stuff filling up my mailbox? I’ve gotten several emails linking me to some pretty nasty anti-feminist writings going on. Stuff like “the world was better when women knew their place and stayed in the kitchen” and that feminism is responsible for the stress of modern life and those poor men are left to clean up after us. Seriously, WTF?

    2. There’s a great post here on why Bush needs to be impeached. Really, the man has nothing left to lose. It’s not like he can run again this coming election, so why should he care how the people feel about him.

    3. This article, After College Ends, So Does Activism really hit home with me. Here I am, out of college, in the real world, and struggling to combine my passion with paying the bills. It’s enough to make anyone feel like a sell out.

    4. Against the war? Georgie boy can take all your stuff, block anyone from giving you anything (including legal aide to fight it), then laugh into the night. OK, so may I exagerated on the laughing.

    OK, now I’m out the door to run to the farmer’s market then to the park with my kids. I’ve got a great post on composting that I want to get up. And on Monday I have a guest post about a great organization that I hope everyone comes back to read.


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  • Farm Dreams has a great list of some Good Books. Three of them are must reads fo the organic,healthy, natural food lovers. There is also a great autobiography on a small farm sitting in the middle of an urban sprawl.
  • The Portland Tribune’s Sustainable Life section features a great book that extols modest living, self-sufficiency as path to happiness. The book is described as an “exuberant celebration of one man’s attempt to live modestly”.
  • The BeHeard blog has six powerful books listed written by Enlightening female authors. These are six deeply important books for all women to read.
  • The GNMParents present some Green Summer Reading that should be on everyone’s list for this summer. From Garage Sale America to The Omnivore’s Dilemma these are definitely books to add to your “must read” lsit.
  • Comfortably Green shares Why having more no longer makes us happy,  an excerpt from Bill McKibben’s new book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.

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    {July 16, 2007}   Blogging for a good cause

    I want everyone to know about the upcoming Blogathon on July 28. The basics of the blogathon is that bloggers pledge to stay awake for 24 hours, blogging their way through the insonmia, while those of us who would be fire breathing zombies if we attempted this instead sponsor these brave bloggers. But we’re not just paying them to stay up and blog for 24 hours. If you choose to sponsor a blogger your contribution actually goes in total to a charity of their choice.

    You can find a blog to sponsor by searching the blog listings and see what charities they are staying up for and what kind of blog they are. There are people blogging for Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, Modest Needs, and many more. Any organization that you can think of is being represented somewhere. Of, if you are a brave soul you can sign up and give it a go yourself. You can go sign up and add yourself to the flock. Then go guilt all of your friends into sponsoring you. 😉

    This year I’ll be sponsoring Modern Musings as she blogs for RESIST. She has a great list here of 13 reasons why you should sponsor her too. Check it out and see if you get inspired to sponsor her and this great cause.


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    I found that I was being linked to a blog called Downwiththekids so I desided to check it out. I was pretty excited to read one of the recent posts, and not just because I was mentined. No, what got my grinning from ear to ear was this great post on the state of the world, Optimism – the only way. With all the negative news it’s nice to read something positive for a change.

    As more people get involved making a change in the world seems more likely. Not only are celebs taking up the torch, but ordinary people are also working to make the world a better place. Maybe it’s just the coffee talking this morning, but thinking about it makes me feel a little warm and tingling. Knowing that more and more people are choosing to take an active role instead of sitting there on the sidelines complaining. As she puts it

    Don’t get me wrong, there is still massive injustice, particularly when you compare the first world to the third world, but when else in history have you had such awareness and concern about the issues?

    Philanthropists of the scale of Bill Gates, a charitable industry that is growing by the year, artists like Bono and Bob Geldof devoting their power and influence to enormous humanitarian objectives? Sure there’s a long way to go, and it’s a bumpy road, but if I look back over human history am I crazy to think we are moving in the right direction?

    Maybe she is crazy, but I’ve never had a problem with crazy. And at least this is a “stars in my eyes” kind of crazy. I can dig that. And I’m not alone. All over the world we are seeing people coming around to a different way of thinking. From poachers reformingtheir ways to families learning to love biodeisel it seems that more and more people are making changes that make the world a better place. And who knows, it might just happen.


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