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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Wayne Pacelle: Will Humanity Rise to the Defense of Elephants?

HSI has inaugurated an innovative project in Kenya that engages the Chinese community to halt its participation in elephant poaching and trafficking of ivory through education. Photo by Vanessa Mignon

Yesterday, The New York Times published a Sunday editorial celebrating the latest progress for chimpanzees – an announcement two weeks ago from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that all chimps, including the captives, will be listed as endangered. This announcement, which comes after The HSUS petitioned for it, will have game-changing implications for these great apes . . . 

The post Will Humanity Rise to the Defense of Elephants? appeared first on A Humane Nation.

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Sea Shepherd: Pilot Whales Dead at the Hands of Vicious Thugs

Pilot Whales Dead at the Hands of Vicious Thugs

Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson

The family of 20-30 pilot whales was driven to shore and brutally massacred
Photo: Sea Shepherd
This morning approximately 20-30 wonderful creatures were swimming in the cold Northern waters enjoying life in the company of their small family group.

It was a beautiful Monday morning; the seas were calm and the skies were blue.

Though most civilized people in the world would view this as a beautiful thing, watching a pod of these unique creatures swimming gracefully through the sea, a small group of thugs on the shore nearby gazed over the water with murderous intentions in their heart.

The call was issued to kill. The police closed the tunnels. The Sea Shepherd ship Brigitte Bardot was patrolling approximately 25 nautical miles to the south but quickly raced to the site where the whales were spotted. However, the vessel was unable to proceed through the entrance of the fjord, which was being guarded by the Danish Navy vessel Triton. The thugs were unleashed with huge hooks and sharp knives.

The pilot whales were driven to shore and massacred as the police blocked the path of any interference.

The bodies were hoisted onto the dock by a crane as each animal was disemboweled, unborn fetuses ripped from their mothers’ wombs. The bodies were decapitated one by one. One supporter of the slaughter sent me a message saying, “We could show ISIS a thing or two about decapitation, you whale-loving bastards.”

As the mutilations continued, Sea Shepherd volunteers were surrounded by Faroese police officers charged with the duty of preventing any interference with the slaughter.

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Sea Shepherd: Captain Paul Watson on an Egregious Mass Murder in the Faroes Islands This Morning

An Egregious Mass Murder in the Faroes Islands This Morning

Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson

The aftermath of the Hvannasund slaughter that claimed the lives of 20-30 pilot whales
Photo: Sea Shepherd20 to 30 dolphins were vici…

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ONE: Ebola is still here

“The world has not yet won the battle against Ebola. Until Ebola is eliminated, getting to zero should remain the highest priority.” It’s been over a year since the Ebola outbreak began in 2014. While there was initially a large response from the international community to fight the epidemic, new cases are still showing up. Oxfam…

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PETA: New Lawsuit Could Determine Chicken Slaughter in California Is Illegal

Electrical stunning, which leaves an estimated one-third of chickens conscious while their throats are slit, may violate state law.
The post New Lawsuit Could Determine Chicken Slaughter in California Is Illegal appeared first on PETA.

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Sea Shepherd: Waters of the Faroe Islands Run Red With Another Horrific Grind

Waters of the Faroe Islands Run Red With Another Horrific Grind

Another bloody slaughter in the name of tradition in the Faroe Islands.
Photo: Sea Shepherd/Rosie Kunneke
For the second time this season, the waters of the Faroe Islands are red with the blood of slaughtered pilot whales, killed in the infamous drive hunt known by the Faroese term “grindadráp” or “grind.”

The pod was spotted at approximately 0830 local time this morning. The pilot whales were then driven to Hvannasund in the north of the island archipelago, where they were eventually slaughtered.

Sea Shepherd estimates that between 20 and 30 pilot whales were killed in the slaughter.

The Sea Shepherd ship Brigitte Bardot was patrolling approximately 25 nautical miles to the south but quickly raced to the site where the whales were spotted. However, the vessel was unable to proceed through the entrance of the fjord, which was being guarded by the Danish Navy vessel Triton.

Operation Sleppid Grindini Land Team Leader, Rosie Kunneke of South Africa said, “Another harrowing, bloody massacre has been allowed to occur, under the protection of the increasing police state in the Faroe Islands. While authorities ramp up grind laws and penalties, which require even those visiting the islands to partake in this brutal slaughter, Sea Shepherd remains on watch. We will not let the screams of these magnificent, slaughtered animals go unheard.””

The aftermath. 20-30 pilot whales, brutally slaughtered in the Faroe Islands this morning.
Photo: Sea Shepherd/Rosie Kunneke
According to Faroese laws that govern the grindadráp, any person visiting the islands must report all sightings of whales and dolphins to local authorities so that the cetaceans can be targeted for slaughter. Those who do not abide by these laws may face arrest and prosecution, with penalties of 25,000 Faroese króna (just over 3,000 euros) and imprisonment of two years.

Sea Shepherd Founder and senior strategic advisor for Sea Shepherd USA, Captain Paul Watson said, “The blood of socially complex and sentient pilot whales has once again been spilled in the waters of the Ferocious Isles. The Faroes are not only continuing the archaic and senseless bloodbath known as the grind, but rushing to pass laws to defend this slaughter of cetaceans from any interference – even forcing visitors to the Faroe Islands to participate by alerting authorities that pods have been spotted.”

Locals gather for the slaughter at Hvannasund.
Photo: Sea Shepherd/Nils Greskewitz
The waters run red at Hvannasund in the Faroe Islands as approximately 20-30 pilot whales are slaughtered.
Photo: Sea Shepherd/Nils Greskewitz
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Union of Concerned Scientists: Bad Policies Should Not Get a Free “Ride” on Spending Bills

I try hard not to be cynical about Congress. I believe that in the House and Senate, many men and women of good will and their staffs work hard to advance policies that they believe will benefit the people they represent. Our elected representatives may disagree about what the best solutions are. But they are motivated […]

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PETA: Does Dissection Teach Kids to ‘Devalue Life’?

Noting controversial video footage showing students in Oklahoma dancing with cat corpses, Miami–Dade County schools have banned cat dissections.

The post Does Dissection Teach Kids to ‘Devalue Life’? appeared first on PETA.

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ONE: PHOTOS Part 3: Matt Damon illustrates the impact of Water.Org programs in India

The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true when it comes to illustrating the narratives of people around the world–there truly is no better way to bring a story to life than through a photograph. That’s why, for his curation of ONE Girls and Women, Matt Damon has been sharing…

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The Interdependence Project: Why every experience you have is 99% wrong

I sat outside on a lovely early summer morning. The sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds, which in turn were playing chase with the breezes. The garden had turned a rich green from the recen…

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PETA: She Went Home to Die—and Then Something Amazing Happened

The vet gave Soupster six months to live, but she had other plans.

The post She Went Home to Die—and Then Something Amazing Happened appeared first on PETA.

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350.org: One Earth, One Human Family: climate march in Rome

Thousands marched in Rome today to celebrate the Pope’s recent call for urgent climate action   People of faith, civil society groups, and communities impacted by climate change marched together in Rome this Sunday to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, and call for bolder…

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Missy Crutchfield: A Lesson on Forgivenness in Charleston

Source: New York Times

In a world driven by violence and revenge, we are reminded of what Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind” as Charleston families model forgiveness at its very best… NYTimes: “Charleston Families Hope Words Endure Past Shooting” CLICK HERE to read more. If we are looking to where and […]

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Jewish Voice for Peace “From the Borderlands to Palestine” PDF

During the Jewish Voice for Peace National Membership Meeting in Baltimore earlier this year, JVP Tuscon presented a workshop session “From the Borderlands to Palestine” discussing the militarized borders and surveillance tactics used between Israel-Palestine and the U.S.-Mexico. CLICK HERE to access the “From The Borderlands to Palestine” PDF.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: A historic day for America, marriage equality is the law of the land

What a great day for our country!

With today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling, marriage equality for the LGBT community is now enshrined in our Constitution.

Earlier lower-court decisions reaching the same result helped propel a positive change in public attitudes. We hope this ruling will do the same – because we still have a lot of work to do, particularly in the Deep South, where old attitudes are most slow to change. 

Members of the LGBT community, like our client Tristan Broussard, are still being fired from their jobs because of who they are. People like our client Ashley Diamond are still fighting to receive medical care for the same reason. And LGBT people everywhere are still at risk of being the victims of violent hate crimes by those with hate in their hearts.

We’ll have to continue to fight for the rights of the LGBT community for years to come. 

But, today, we pause to celebrate. A tremendous battle has been won.

If you’re on Facebook, celebrate with us today by sharing this post.

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Amnesty International: This Is What Happens When Thousands Stand Up to Stop Torture

These displays of solidarity, action and impact from Amnesty International activists in the US and around the world will amaze you.

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