At a time when we are globally connected like never before, we have the opportunity to collaborate in new, meaningful and purposeful ways to discover the big ideas: From Idea to Action for Sustainable Communities that thrive. –Steven Jay, Executive Producer, The Big Idea/The Worlds Stage Network In an effort to showcase the ideas and […]
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A Dream Deferred By Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does […]
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Congress: Fund Our Government Without Clogging Our Lungs
We don’t have to sacrifice clean air to keep the government funded—no matter what pro-polluter politicians say.
By December 11, the U.S. Congress must pass a spending bill to keep the lights on. Otherwise, our federal government will shut down. Sounds straightforward, right?
Unfortunately, pro-polluter politicians are hoping to add “ideological riders,” or provisions that limit environmental and public health protections, to this must-pass spending bill. One such rider would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing their update to national air quality standards for ozone pollution. Ground-level ozone, commonly called smog, is one of the six pollutants the Clean Air Act has designated for national exposure limits in order to protect human health.
In October 2015, the EPA finalized overdue updates to smog pollution limits, lowering the threshold from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. While environmental and public health advocates wish the new standard was stronger, we know it’s still important that the new limit be implemented so folks know how safe their local air is to breathe.
Tying government funding to blocking an updated smog standard is an insult to the four in 10 Americans who live in areas that earned an “F” rating for ozone pollution in the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air Report. That’s roughly 128 million people, more people than live in the entire country of Mexico.
Asthma attacks are also on the rise in the U.S. While we don’t know the definitive origins of the increased rates of asthma, we do know that smog and dirty air can trigger asthma attacks. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, one in 10 children suffers from asthma. For black children, the rate increases to one in six, the highest rate among all children.
The fact that some in Congress are comfortable gambling with people’s health to score political points is unacceptable. Children, the elderly and those who work and exercise outdoors are incredibly vulnerable to adverse health impacts from smog pollution. Their lungs shouldn’t be used as pawns in a high-stakes round of political gamesmanship.
This blog was first published on The Hill on November 23, 2015.
Fellowship of Reconciliation: War and Love Letters from Dr Adele Kubein to the Afghan Peace Volunteers
Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears.
Dr Adele Kubein, in the terminal stages of lung cancer,
wearing the Borderfree Blue Scarf, with #Enough! and peace written on her palm.
From the Afghan Peace Volunteers, “Thank you, Dr Adele!”
Letter on 11th October, 2012
I hope others are listening. It is so hard for Americans to care in the midst of such plenty. Many of us think of you and cry for you, but not only tears we shed, we cry out for you as well.
Letter on 1st May, 2013
As always, I cry when I see the faces of the youth around you. I have written you before. I am the mother of a woman-soldier who was sent to Iraq and lost her leg. I cannot tell you what horror it is to have your child kill. My daughter thinks sometimes it is better to be killed than to kill. I used to pray to God to take a part of her but not to let her kill. I would rather have her maimed than for her to have to live with it every day. But God in wisdom, did both. Now I work to stop others from being put in the same situation. I teach at a university, and I teach compassion every day. It seems as if what you all are doing is just a tiny drop in the bucket, but each one of us, if we all pull in the right direction, we will change things. There is no other way, and no other choice. You are not alone, there are many thousands here who care for you, in the pitiful ways that we are capable of. Dear youth, we are sorry that we have laid the burden of becoming peaceful on your shoulders. We grown-ups should have done it long ago. I hope that you will teach us.
Love, from Corvallis, Oregon.
Letter on 30th April, 2014
This call worked out better than I hoped. Your final message was perfect. The students told me how good it was to have this talk.
I will continue to spread the word and to support you. I have a question: is there any way we might purchase some of the scarves? I know there are many problems to sending things via regular mail, but I thought I would ask. How can people here contribute and support you?
PS, The poem for Earth Day made me cry. Whoever wrote it did a very good job.
Once again, Salaam and thank you. Adele
Letter on 14th August, 2015
Dear Hakim and Peace Volunteers,
I am sad to say that I will no longer be able to support your endeavors in this world. I have end stage lung cancer. My final wishes for all of you are that the peace you wish for will come. I will continue to spread the word about you all as long as I am alive, and once I pass to the other side, I promise I will work endlessly to support you who will be left behind. We will someday have our hopes fulfilled.
I want you to know that each photo and each message that you have sent about the children and the youth, has touched my heart and strengthened my resolve to work for peace. How can we sit by when you all struggle?
I will leave this world soon, but my beliefs are that the souls that are gone continue to work for the good of the world. I will continue to care for you all as best I might.
My respect to Hakim and all of you with such courage.
Signed ‘The People’s Agreement to Abolish War’ in September 2015
“Enough!! When a few politicians control the lives of all it is time to stop and change things. War is not the answer. ” Adele Kubein, Corvallis, United States of America
Dr. Adele Kubein’s letters to APV are shared here by Dr. Hakim. Hakim, ( Dr. Teck Young, Wee ) is a medical doctor from Singapore who has done humanitarian and social enterprise work in Afghanistan for the past 10 years, including being a mentor to the Afghan Peace Volunteers, an inter-ethnic group of young Afghans dedicated to building non-violent alternatives to war. He is the 2012 recipient of the International Pfeffer Peace Prize.
22 November, 2015 – On the one year anniversary of the police shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice, the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou sent courage and support to his family and the many who side with justice converging on Cleveland, rallying in their home towns and demanding justice from Mizzou to Minneapolis.
The Reverend Sekou also echoed the chorus of calls for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to immediately step aside and appoint an independent special prosecutor.
“A year after the murder of this baby, our child, by Cleveland Police Officers, the state has not even bothered to put up a pretence of fair process, instead making it explicit that justice does not apply to black people in this country, not even to black children,” said Reverend Sekou, Bayard Rustin Fellow with the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
“Rogue prosecutors and bad laws give police carte blanche to kill with impunity. The brutality continues, the hashtags roll on, and a system designed to crush us continues to work as designed. But from Ferguson to Baltimore to Texas to Minneapolis to Oakland to Cleveland and beyond, people continue to resist. to rise up, to join together in beloved community and speak truth to power.
“Tamir Rice was shot dead less than two seconds after Officers Loehmann and Garmback hurtled towards a park at high speed, weapons drawn. The officers clearly decided to shoot-to-kill first, investigate later. After opening fire on Tamir, they failed to give any medical assistance, instead focusing on brutalizing Tamir’s teenage sister.
“The glaring delays and gaps in the official investigation, the absence of any decision a full year later, and the highly unprofessional and plainly biased way Prosecutor McGinty has approached his role leads us to the sadly inevitable conclusion that the case will never see a court of law. Prosecutor McGinty has thus far commissioned and publicised three reports using highly questionable ‘experts’ exonerating the officers and even gone so far as to join the City of Cleveland in blaming Tamir for his own death,” the Reverend Sekou said.
“Much of this is a tragic repeat of the deeply flawed, unprofessional and biased way St Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch neglected to make a case to a grand jury after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown Jr in August 2014. The role of the Prosecutor is to present charges based on ‘probable cause’. The abdication of responsibility, such as McCulloch’s information dump, his presentation of witnesses he knew to be perjuring themselves, or McGinty’s role as pseudo-defence lawyer merely confirms that this is not confined to a bad cop or a forgotten town, but is a deep-seated problem of systemic racism that must be rooted out at the core if America is to have a chance.”
Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor, theologian, and FOR Bayard Rustin Fellow who has been supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson and nationwide.
Photo credit: Kyle Depew
In August 2014, Costas and his partner were badly beaten up by thugs in a violent homophobic and racist attack in central Athens.
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“The best way to try and change the world is through food.” – Chef Chloe Coscarelli
On November 16, Meatless Monday partnered with the De Gustibus Cooking School in New York City and Chef Chloe Coscarelli. The De Gustibus Cooking School classroom was packed with vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores interested in making meatless meals
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Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes the season of family gatherings, festive traditions, and delicious leftovers! After the feast, the leftovers remain – delicious spreads and dishes with enough servings to last the weekend and fill you up on Meatless Monday! Here are a few inventive ways to enjoy your favorite holiday foods
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On November 4, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson visited Bookstore 1 Sarasota on Main Street, attracting a crowd of 2,000 people.Carson visited just days after emerging as the GOP frontrunner, ousting Donald Trump from his number one spot in the polls.
The retired neurosurgeon’s popularity among Republicans shot up after he expressed a number of reactionary and hateful views in media appearances. Carson declared that Muslims should be disqualified from the presidency and that abortion should be banned even in cases of rape and incest, among other views.
Sarasota activists refused to let Carson spread his dangerous message unopposed. In a protest called by Suncoast Answer Coalition, 20 people took to the street to promote a counter-message of human and civil rights for everybody.
Liberation News spoke with Minoo Alahyari Parker, an Iranian-American activist, about Carson’s Islamophobia.
“There’s already so much propaganda against Muslims,” said Parker. “It causes a lot of friction, separation, resentment to Muslim communities. It creates the hate crimes that we’ve seen happen toward mosques and communities.”
Standing against Islamophobia, Sarasota activists chanted, “Say NO to racist fear! Muslims are welcome here!” In defense of women’s rights, they also chanted, “Pro-life men have got to go! When you get pregnant, let us know!”
Shane Donglasan spoke to Liberation about why she believes in defending women’s reproductive rights.
“It’s really alarming and arresting that my rights as a woman can so easily be taken away from me and change the course of my entire life. Just imagine a whole aspect of your body being controlled and the mental stress that can cause, as well,” said Donglasan.
Kaylee Shockley, who works with survivors of violence, used her 30 minute lunch break to stand up for women’s rights also. She
spoke to Liberation about Carson’s views on domestic violence. Late last year, Carson defended NFL running back Ray Rice after he attacked his then-fiancé Janay Palmer.
“I came out first as an advocate, specifically advocating against violence against women. Repeatedly, Ben Carson has made it a point to both victim-blame survivors of domestic violence and minimize the actions of perpetrators,” said Shockley. “I would say that he’s very much taken this role with gun violence too—victim-blaming.”
Liberation also heard from Muirreal Brown, a New College student, about Carson’s views on the LGBTQ community. Carson has shockingly compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia.
“When you have these political figures that are galvanizing these movements and stirring people up in their bigoted, ignorant hatred of gender and sexuality non-conforming people, that’s putting people’s lives in danger,” said Brown. “I think everybody has the right to live in a society where their identity doesn’t predispose them to being assaulted and abused and murdered, which are all things that are facing the LGBTQ community in disproportionate numbers.”
By using Carson’s visit to unite across different issues, activists continued to build the social justice community in Sarasota. Together they alerted Sarasota that the community will defend LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and the civil and religious rights of Muslims with dedication, including when it means taking to the streets.
This puppy at the Pets & Pals store appeared lethargic during the HSUS investigator’s visit. The store refused to name the breeders of their puppies. Photo by The HSUS
Our latest HSUS special investigation reveals that Georgia pet stores are peddling hundreds of puppies each year sourced from puppy brokers and puppy mills, some with serious Animal Welfare Act violations. The dogs are then sold to unsuspecting buyers who all too often are faced with heartbreak when their beloved animals fall sick. These kinds of . . .