5 Ways to Change Your World at This Year’s Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo could be compared to this generation’s “Woodstock.” It’s THE PLACE to be the second weekend of June every year. Live music, food trucks, tent camping, cool t-shirts… who would want to miss that and for this year’s festival opening, here are 5 Ways to Change Your World at This Year’s Bonnaroo… See you on The […]

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Cassandra Curley: “Path to Peace Walk Across 50 States in 50 Weeks: Florida”

Cassandra Curley Blogger Author and Messenger of Peace Editor’s Note: Cassandra Curley recently joined Gandhi’s Be Magazine. Author, Messenger of Peace, and visionary for the 2,500 mile Walk for Peace, Cassandra Curley blogs on her 2,500 mile journey across America, walking 50 miles in each state in 50 weeks for her 50th birthday and the […]

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Missy Crutchfield: “Checkpoint. #SaveSoltan #FreeSoltan #HeIsMe”

Join Gandhi’s Be Magazine in a new Moral Monday movement, #MoralMondayforMohamedSoltan demanding the immediate release of American Mohamed Soltan, just sentenced to life in prison in Egypt. Mohamed Soltan. He is young, American, and also happens to be Egyptian and “happened” to be in Egypt, as he is Egyptian American, during events occurring as part […]

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As Seen On Storify: “Mohamed Soltan Sentenced to Life in Prison By Egyptian Court Under Illegal Military Coup”

Gandhi’s Be Magazine is calling for a weekly online #MoralMondayforMohamedSoltan to call attention to Mohamed Soltan’s imprisonment and the rapidly decaying conditions of human rights and civil society in Egypt under the illegal military coup and regime which has been controlling Egypt since 2013. [View the story “His Face Is Our Face: American Mohamed Soltan […]

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Profiles of Change: Cassandra Curley

Editor’s Note: Cassandra Curley recently joined Gandhi’s Be Magazine. Author, Messenger of Peace, and visionary for the 2,500 mile Walk for Peace, Cassandra Curley blogs on her 2,500 mile journey across America, walking 50 miles in each state in 50 weeks for her 50th birthday and the lessons she learned and shared with others along the way […]

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PETA: 8 Inspiring Vegan Weight-Loss Transformations

Number six might make you tear up.
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PETA: PHOTOS: Spanish Activists Uncover the Bloody Truth About San Fermín ‘Festivities’

Powerful new photos tell the distressing story of what happens to bulls at the annual San Fermín festival in Pamplona, Spain, each July.

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Wayne Pacelle: General Mills Will Go 100 Percent Cage-Free

General Mills joins some of the biggest names in the food business to announce their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens, including Aramark, Compass Group, Dunkin Brands, Hilton, Kellogg, Nestle, Sodexo, Starbucks, and Walmart. Photo by iStockphoto

Within the last six months or so, we’ve worked with many of the biggest names in the food business to announce their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Aramark, Compass Group, Dunkin Brands, Hilton, Kellogg, Nestle, Sodexo, Starbucks, and Walmart have all made public pledges to shift their egg-purchasing practices away from battery . . . 

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ONE: When losing track means losing lives: A new analysis by ONE about the Ebola crisis

When a disaster happens — an earthquake in Nepal or disease outbreak in West Africa — governments, the private sector, and institutions often respond with the promise of millions or even billions of dollars, as well as medical workers, supplies, and logistical support. These promises help stem a crisis and head off deeper catastrophe. But keeping track of these promises…

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Jewish Voice for Peace: One Year After Operation Protective Edge

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Available for interviews: One year after Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military assault on Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace members reflect on Jewish opposition to the war, and the growth of the movement for Palestinian freedom and equality.

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) was the only major Jewish organization to unequivocally oppose the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014. Between July 7th and August 26th, 2014, Israel’s vastly disproportionate military campaign in Gaza killed over 2,250 Palestinians, including over 500 children and over 1400 civilians (73 Israelis also lost their lives, including 1 child and 6 civilians). In the coming weeks, Jewish Voice for Peace chapters across the country will hold memorial events to honor all the victims of last summer’s violence.

Available for interviews:

Rabbi Brant Rosen is currently the midwest regional director of the American Friends Service Committee, and the co-chair of the JVP Rabbinical Council. He is the author of Wrestling in the Daylight, a Rabbi’s Path to Palestine Solidarity to and the author of the blog Shalom Rav.

“On this one year anniversary of Israel’s military assault on Gaza, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives by re-dedicating ourselves to justice. Israel’s crushing blockade of Gaza still continues: homes have not been rebuilt, tens of thousands remain homeless, unemployed and lacking access to basic food, water and electricity resources. This is not a humanitarian crisis – this is politically instigated collective punishment of a population. We must certainly act to help those who are suffering in Gaza – but we must do more. The best way we can observe this tragic milestone is intensify our advocacy to pressure Israel to lift the blockade and pursue diplomacy over militarism.”

Ariana Katz is a rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, youth educator, and organizer with JVP in Philadelphia.

“After the collapse of peace talks last spring, the assault on the people of Gaza last summer, and the recent re-election of the most right-wing government in Israeli history, it is clearer than ever that outside pressure will be needed to create change in Israel. More and more students, churches and especially young Jews, are turning to the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as a way to take action for justice.”

Cecilie Surasky is the deputy director of Jewish Voice for Peace. A videomaker, former newspaper columnist and talk radio host, Cecilie’s analyses of Israel-Palestine politics have appeared in numerous media outlets around the world.

“There is no question that Israel is literally dividing the Jewish community, and that more and more young US Jews are actively opposing the Israeli government. This last year, JVP experienced the biggest growth in our history as new members found a political home to oppose Israel’s actions and reconnect with a Jewish community that opposes militarism and stands for justice.”

Last summer, Jewish Voice for Peace collaborated with activists, artists, celebrities and thought leaders to release a video expressing support for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice. The video, which The Nation magazine named “Most Valuable Video” of 2014, featured celebrities such as Chuck D, Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Mira Nair, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and others holding signs with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli military in Gaza.

This week also marks the 10 year anniversary of the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law. Jewish Voice for Peace has fully endorsed this call, and participates in campaigns that use nonviolent tactics to pressure Israel to change its policies towards Palestinians.

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Jewish Voice for Peace (www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org) is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 65 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

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Greenpeace: Why FSC’s Move to Protect Intact Forest Landscapes is Key for the Congo Basin

Here in the US, the Congo Basin rainforest may seem like a world away. But as the second largest rainforest in the world, it is critically important for our climate right here, while also serving as the home to some of the most iconic wildlife that we all love. And the logo for a forest certification scheme, the Forest Stewardship Council, can be found on numerous products in stores throughout our country. My colleague Irene Wabiwa-Betoko from Greenpeace Africa, wrote this blog to explain why FSC and its protection of intact forest landscapes is so important.   In September 2014, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) members voted with an overwhelming majority at their General Assembly to protect “the vast majority” of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) in and around FSC certified forest management areas. IFLs are the last remaining forests free from large-scale industrial development – they hold tremendous social, ecological, as well as economic value. FSC is the only global forest certification system to make such a commitment. The Congo Basin is home to the world’s second-largest rainforest in the world – more than half of which is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and still largely intact. The …

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PETA: The 14 Worst ‘Festivals’ Still Taking Place Today

Travel warning: Around the world, people are still inexplicably killing animals for “festivals”!

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ONE: Books not Bullets: A birthday request from Malala

Malala Day (Malala’s birthday) is this Sunday, July 12th. She is turning 18 and she is done with wishes. Instead of the birthday greetings, cake, balloons, gifts, parties, new clothes, special songs or any other celebratory birthday rituals practiced around the world, Malala wants action. Specifically, Malala wants you to support the cause she almost died…

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Fellowship of Reconciliation: Burundi: Storm Warning

The United Nations Human Rights Council ended its session on Friday, 3 July, and called attention to two new country situations which require strong efforts to limit violence and on-going violations of human rights: South Sudan and Burundi.

The UN human rights bodies had been concerned with Burundi before at the time of large scale killings, and the UN had helped to develop the 2005 Arusha Peace Agreement creating a new and more inclusive structure of government for Burundi.  The Arusha compromises led to some years of relative peace.  The Peace Agreement was in part based on an agreement on “term limits” − the president of the country would be limited to two terms.  However, being in power can become a habit, and the current President Pierre Nkurunziza has decided to run for re-election to a third term claiming that for the first term he had not been elected by popular vote but chosen by the Parliament − thus he could be elected twice by popular vote.

The legalistic reasoning was lost on most people who only saw a third term coming up.  Thus the decision led to violent protests in the capital Bujumbura, to a failed military coup on 13 May, to repression by the military loyal to the President, and to a large refugee flow to Rwanda and the Congo by people fearing that the worst is to come.

The administration of President Nkurunziza, while providing relative stability and lack of violence, has done little for the socio-economic development of the country. Many people would welcome change.  However, Nkurunziza has prevented the development of a well-organized political opposition.  There are currently 17 groupings calling themselves “political parties”. Most have called for a boycott of the elections.  These opposition parties have been unable to mount a campaign of debates on issues or to present candidates with a country-wide following.

The election is to be held on 15 July, and all points to a re-election of Nkurunziza. The danger is that the post-election period will be filled with protests and street violence.  The weak administration may turn to the military to keep “order”.  The best one can hope for is continued stagnation of socio-economic development in relative calm.  However storm warning flags must be posted.  The danger of violence is real, and relatively few people are working for what could be a reasonable compromise: the President leaving power but with someone from his inner circle replacing him. A situation to watch.

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Rene Wadlow, President and a representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens.

Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee

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350.org: This weekend was a turning point in the Canadian climate movement

Pour le français, cliquez ici This weekend, people across Canada showed that we are building the kind of climate movement we need: broad, diverse, and powerful. Today, in a spectacular demonstration of unity and solidarity, over 10,000 people marched together in Toronto for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. This mobilization brought together a truly diverse…

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Sea Shepherd: Pamela Anderson Asks Putin to Stop Whale Meat Smugglers

Pamela Anderson Asks Putin to Stop Whale Meat Smugglers

World-renowned actress Pamela Anderson has sent a personal request to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask that Russia take measures to prevent the passage of the St. Kitt’s-registered …

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ONE: 10 years after Make Poverty History: Did world leaders keep these 8 promises?

10 years ago today world leaders met at Gleneagles for the 31st G8 summit. This summit was a HUGE deal for organisations like ONE: a moment for the world to take a stand against poverty and make real commitments to those people living in extreme poverty. The Make Poverty History campaign had reached its peak, with rallies and concerts…

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PETA: GRAPHIC: Matted Fur Is an Emergency

Grooming isn’t just a beauty treatment—it’s vital to animals’ health and well-being. One dog’s sad and appalling story shows why.

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ONE: 12 countries that feature women on their bank notes

This article first appeared on the World Economic Forum and is written by Ross Chainey. The US have just announced that they will feature a women on their upcoming redesign of the $10 bill! Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the bill, set to be unveiled in 2020, will honor “a woman who has contributed to and represents the…

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PETA: Victory! World’s Largest Pasta Company Ends All Animal Tests

See why PETA is calling Barilla a role model.

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Amnesty International: More People Power: 14 Human Rights Successes So Far in 2015

By Kristin Hulaas Sunde Time to celebrate another 14 global human rights successes in 2015. 1. We helped Moses, a torture survivor on death row, get pardoned in Nigeria After nearly 10 years in jail, and over 800,000 letters of … Please continue reading.

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