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  • perpetuallyphil 6:29 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: 10/10/10, 350.org, activism, , , work party   

    10/10/10 Work Parties from 350.org 

    Dear World,

    It’s been a tough year: in North America, oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico; in Asia some of the highest temperatures ever recorded; in the Arctic, the fastest melting of sea ice ever seen; in Latin America, record rainfalls washing away whole mountainsides.

    So we’re having a party.

    Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar. That’s the date. The place is wherever you live. And the point is to do something that will help deal with global warming in your city or community.

    We’re calling it a Global Work Party, with emphasis on both ‘work’ and ‘party’. In Auckland, New Zealand, they’re having a giant bike fix-up day, to get every bicycle in the city back on the road. In the Maldives, they’re putting up solar panels on the President’s office.  In Kampala, Uganda, they’re going to plant thousands of trees, and in Bolivia they’re installing solar stoves for a massive carbon neutral picnic.

    Since we’ve already worked hard to call, email, petition, and protest to get politicians to move, and they haven’t moved fast enough,  now it’s time to show that we really do have the tools we need to get serious about the climate crisis.

    On 10/10/10 we’ll show that we the people can do this–but we need bold energy policies from our political leaders to do it on a scale that truly matters.  The goal of the day is not to solve the climate crisis one project at a time, but to send a pointed political message: if we can get to work, you can get to work too–on the legislation and the treaties that will make all our work easier in the long run.

    Find a local event here: http://www.350.org/en/map (zoom in to see that there are thousands of events in many regions)

    There are things going on in most big cities (boulder and san fran included) and they look spectacular and encouraging.

    • Sampson 12:57 am on October 16, 2010 Permalink

      I would argue that these aren’t climate solutions… they are pollution solutions… if you want to argue that CO2 is heating up the planet you have to find a way to explain why the rest of the planets in the solar system are heating up.

  • perpetuallyphil 6:19 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , ,   

    avatar protest 

    • untamedyawp 11:38 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink


    • perpetuallyphil 1:16 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink

      Ya. Its bit weird to say the least. But a stab at trying to popularize to people what is going on. Millions of people will go and see a movie and will talk about issues and how messed up capitalism is and how we should care about people and how planet is being destroyed…. but then no one does it in real life. The relegate it to “a movie” and dont realize that crazy things are happening at that without mobilaztion agaist it, they will be lost. Everyone in the theater is cheering for Pandora, but what about south america, the middle east and our own communities? Often we go see the move and then absolve our feelings of revolt enough to carry on in a world we know is broken.
      This video is weird and its hard to say exactly what their pont is, buts its clear that our fictional struggles mirror whats actually happening. WE seem to always be trying to figure out what is myth and what is real, and without paying attention, we can banish reality to realms of myth where we dont have to deal with them anymore.

  • perpetuallyphil 7:46 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , , move to amend   

    Why not a Movement? 

    Take Back Democracy, a few easy steps for today via http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/13-5:
    • Click!  Your TV remote is a powerful weapon.  You don’t have to listen to corporate lies and propaganda.  When you see corporate-sponsored political ads on TV, press the mute button.  Get your information about candidates from more reliable sources — from newspapers, news web sites, and other sources that you trust.  Don’t believe the hype.  Stay informed (read below for more background on corporate personhood and power).
    • Take the ‘Democracy For Humans’ pledge: “I will vote for no candidate who takes corporate money.”  Let’s elect candidates who work for our own best interests and ideals.  Let’s declare our independence from political parties and politicians who depend on corporate campaign contributions.
    • Amend the US Constitution: demand a new amendment declaring that rights belong to people, not to artificial legal creations (corporations), that money is not speech, that everyone has the right to vote and every vote must be counted.  Call your US Senators and US Representative, tell them to sponsor, promote, and vote for a ‘Democracy For Humans’ amendment — or you’ll never vote for them again.  More information: http://www.movetoamend.org (Sign the petition)
    • Demand that Congress pass fair election laws.  Congress can require that campaign advertising include full disclosure and reveal who paid.  Congress can require TV and radio stations that use the public airwaves to broadcast ads by candidates who aren’t swimming in corporate money.  State legislatures can pass ‘clean election’ laws that assist candidates who don’t take corporate checks.
    • Help make ‘corporate personhood’ a major political issue.  Write letters to the editor, call talk shows, post information online, challenge candidates at forums and debates.  Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors.
    • Urge your local city council to pass a resolution opposing corporate personhood.  Arcata, California, and other cities and towns have already passed such resolutions (http://www.californiademocracy.org/corporations/resource/ArcataRes.html).
    • Use street theater: public rallies, with puppets and other kinds of spectacle are a great way to educate the public.
    Its kinda a cornerstone issue….
  • perpetuallyphil 6:09 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , , yes men   

    • deadindenver 6:14 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink


  • perpetuallyphil 6:54 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, ,   

    didn’t know we had so much in common ;) 

    “All industrial nations, mainly the big ones, are responsible for the crisis of global warming,” the latest tape says.

    “This is a message to the whole world about those who are causing climate change, whether deliberately or not, and what we should do about that.”

    The tape criticises the administration of former US President George W Bush for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on combating climate change.

    “Bush the son, and the [US] Congress before him, rejected this agreement only to satisfy the big companies.”

    The tape also urges a boycott of the US dollar. “I know that there would be huge repercussions for that, but this would be the only way to free humankind from slavery… to America and its companies.”

    -osama bin laden, 2010


    “The world is held hostage by major corporations, which are pushing it to the brink,” he said. “World politics are not governed by reason but by the force and greed of oil thieves and warmongers and the cruel beasts of capitalism.”

    To stop global warming, he called for the “wheels of the American economy” to be brought to a halt. “This is possible … if the peoples of the world stop consuming American goods.”


    • untamedyawp 6:54 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink

      sounds like the cia is trying to quell post avatar consciousness in their ‘afgan’ studios.

  • perpetuallyphil 12:41 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , , ,   

    a corporation by any other name…. 


    Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it is filing to run for U.S. Congress. “Until now,” Murray Hill Inc. said in a statement, “corporate interests had to rely on campaign contributions and influence-peddling to achieve their goals in Washington. But thanks to an enlightened Supreme Court, now we can eliminate the middle-man and run for office ourselves.” Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office.

    “The strength of America,” Murray Hill Inc. said, “is in the boardrooms, country clubs and Lear jets of America’s great corporations. We’re saying to Wal-Mart, AIG and Pfizer, if not you, who? If not now, when?” Murray Hill Inc. added: “It’s our democracy. We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.” Murray Hill Inc., a diversifying corporation in the Washington, D.C. area, has long held an interest in politics and sees corporate candidacy as an “emerging new market.”

    The campaign’s “designated human,” Eric Hensal, will help the corporation conform to “antiquated, human only” procedures and sign the necessary voter registration and candidacy paperwork. Hensal is excited by this new opportunity: “We want to get in on the ground floor of the democracy market before the whole store is bought by China.” Murray Hill Inc. plans on filing to run in the Republican primary in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

    Campaign manager William Klein promises an aggressive, historic campaign that “puts people second” or “even third.” “The business of America is business, as we all know,” Klein says. “But now, it’s the business of democracy too.” Klein plans to use automated robo-calls, “Astroturf” lobbying and “computer-generated avatars” to get out the vote. Added Hensal: “This is the next frontier of civil rights.”

    • absolutelylovely 2:48 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      while watching the youtube movie, at first i thought it was a satire, but then realized that murray hill made it. i want to vomit

    • deadindenver 8:49 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      holy jeez

    • perpetuallyphil 8:56 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink

      murray hill is voter advocay org and non-profit focusing on grassroots campaigning…. this is def a marketing ploy as well as satire. they are making a point. and its funny/scary

  • perpetuallyphil 11:27 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , ,   

    corporate personhood 

    quick hitter

    basic violation of our "un-alienable rights"

    • perpetuallyphil 1:52 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink

      The yes men (http://theyesmen.org/):
      Yes, I want to say something about freedom. People criticize us because we tell small lies, but they are (small lies) that reveal bigger truths. And our lies are revealed instantly.

      Meanwhile, corporations and lobbyists are telling huge lies, like government sponsored healthcare will take away our freedom, which is a major lie. You have more freedom if you have health insurance.

      There are so many examples of where smart government — not more, but smart — can increase our freedom. We have to reexamine our priorities in how we make our government work for us, and not just for the richest.

  • perpetuallyphil 8:17 am on November 3, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , paulo freire, Pedagogy   

    my new fav author 

    “[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.”
    Paulo Freire

    “…the fact that certain members of the oppressor class join the oppressed in their struggle for liberation, thus moving from one pole of the contradiction to the other… Theirs is a fundamental role, and has been throughout the history of this struggle. It happens, however, that as they cease to be exploiters or indifferent spectators or simply the heirs of exploitation and move to the side of the exploited, they almost always bring with them the marks of their origin: their prejudices and their deformations, which include a lack of confidence in the people’s ability to think, to want, and to know. Accordingly, these adherents to the people’s cause constantly run the risk of falling into a type of generosity as malefic as that of the oppressors. The generosity of the oppressors is nourished by an unjust order, which must be maintained in order to justify that generosity. Our converts, on the other hand, truly desire to transform the unjust order; but because of their background they believe that they must be the executors of the transformation. They talk about the people, but they do not trust them; and trusting the people is the indispensable precondition for revolutionary change. A real humanist can be identified more by his trust in the people, which engages him in their struggle, than by a thousand actions in their favor without that trust.”
    Paulo Freire


    “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
    Paulo Freire

  • perpetuallyphil 11:56 pm on October 8, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, corpratism, , , ralph nader   

    the eternal now 

    Published on Monday, September 28, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
    Time for Citizens to Convene
    by Ralph Nader
    Just when many conditions seemed ripe for a progressive political movement, the likelihood is fading fast. Concentrated corporate power over our political economy and its control over peoples lives knows few boundaries.
    As Republican investor advocate leader Robert Monks puts it: “The United States is a corporatist state. This means that individuals are largely excluded both in the political and corporate spheres.”
    Since Wall Street’s self-inflicted multi-trillion dollar collapse last year, the corporate supremacists have shown no remorse. They have become more aggressive: they are blocking regulatory reforms; pouring campaign donations into the governing Democrats’ coffers; and, shamelessly demanding more bailouts, subsidies and tax reductions. They also continue to block avenues for judicial justice by aggrieved people, whether they be the wrongfully injured, defrauded consumers and investors, or jettisoned workers and bilked pensioners.
    The problem: large corporations have too many structural powers over the citizenry. These “artificial persons” have acquired the constitutional rights originally given in 1787 only to “natural persons.” In fact, corporations have enormously greater privileges and immunities than the people themselves because of their global control over politicians, capital, labor and technology.
    Normal sanctions do not adequately deter multinational companies that can obscure their culpability, escape jurisdictions or create their own parents (holding companies) and endless progeny (subsidiaries) to evade or avoid accountability.
    Even the most ardent progressives in Congress, and the most organized progressive groups, cannot begin to deal with such gigantic mismatches.
    Decades ago, there was more debate about the need for different “rules of conduct,” to use conservative Frederick A. Hayek’s phrase, between corporations and human beings. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned about corporations becoming “Frankensteins.” Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft wanted to replace the permissive state chartering laws with tough federal chartering laws for large corporations.
    For two generations the ever-expanding superior status of corporations has gone undiscussed in political realms. During that time, corporations and their attorneys rode roughshod over the “we the people” preamble of the Constitution. Our charter of government never mentions the word “corporation.”
    Unabated, the corporate crime wave continues. The corporate welfare kings get fatter, the power disparity expands between corporations and shrinking unions, and the pull-down pressures, created by the corporate shipment of jobs and industries to repressive regimes abroad, further corrodes American work opportunities. More of government, including military functions, is being corporatized despite recurring reports of rising waste, fraud and abuse.
    The federal government’s budget for auditors, investigators, inspectors and prosecutors is laughable, given the scale of looting: the defrauding of medicare; abuses of Pentagon contracts; the taking of minerals on the public lands; and the giveaways of government research and development to favored companies.
    Corporate profits keep going up, except for bailout periods, while most Americans’ standards of living decline. Our country, so full of unapplied solutions, is grid locked—stuck in traffic. Record levels of poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures, consumer debt and bankruptcies, and people lacking health insurance persist, yet corporate political power has not waned. A bad sign. Indeed, it has increased, notwithstanding large majorities of Americans decrying too much corporate control over their lives. The leave-it-to-the market ideology of Big Business, and its claims of patriotism, have lost credibility in this globalized era. Yet, the myth lives on even as socialism routinely saves big capitalism from its own greed.
    What can active progressives do? In Congress, amongst the Republicans and corporate Democrats, the small progressive caucus of 83 members generates little political impact. Ironically, many of those progressive legislators are busy dialing for the same commercial campaign dollars.
    Outside Congress, progressive groups have been on the defensive for so many years that they have few offensive political strategies. The two parties are in the narrowest channels of self-perpetuation. They gerrymander their opponents into one-party districts and together produce a matrix of obstacles to keep competition from third parties at bay.
    Both parties give preferential access to the hordes of drug, coal, banking and other industry lobbyists, who are allowed de facto to choose many of the nominees that lead the government’s departments, such as the Defense and Treasury Departments.
    Enough abuses have been documented. Enough power has been concentrated to shred our democratic processes and institutions. It is time to decisively shift power from the few to the many. Democratic power is the essence of progressive political philosophy, and the precondition for the emergence of a just society nourished by higher public expectations.
    How to begin? Progressives—elected, civic, labor and funders—need to come together in a national convention to aggregate the existing forces for change. Such a gathering could create a clear-eyed vision of the common good to shatter debilitating public cynicism and passivity.
    In attendance must be a broad range of energetic community organizers, thinkers, the seriously generous progressive mega-rich and the heroic dynamos who have risen from their suffering to act on behalf of “liberty and justice for all.”
    There is ample historic precedent for the galvanizing effect of founding social justice conventions. This proposed convocation needs to take civic and political action to unprecedented levels, powerfully fueled by committed resources and strategies to build enduring democratic institutions.
    Unused knowledge, and many working models of community economics, environmental advances and educational quality exist to further the larger progressive dynamic.
    Lincoln once observed the crucial importance of “public sentiment” for moving a society forward. That “public sentiment” is here, deep, widespread and ready for clearly explained “redirections.”
    If a mantra is needed in the convention hall, let the eternal words of the Roman, Marcus Cicero, be emblazoned for all to see: “Freedom is participation in power.” For this aspiration places responsibility where it must always reside: on the shoulders, in the minds, and in the hearts of an empowered American people.
    Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His most recent book – and first novel –  is, Only The Super Wealthy Can Save Us. His most recent work of non-fiction is The Seventeen Traditions.

  • perpetuallyphil 4:05 am on September 18, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , MLK,   

    you got served 

  • perpetuallyphil 7:30 am on July 22, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, , , ,   

    “I do not want to talk about what you u… 

    “I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulghum

    • waterling 2:32 pm on July 22, 2009 Permalink

      I love that. reminds me of this poem:

      The Invitation

      It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
      I want to know what you ache for
      and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

      It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
      I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
      for love
      for your dream
      for the adventure of being alive.

      It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
      I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
      if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
      or have become shrivelled and closed
      from fear of further pain.

      I want to know if you can sit with pain
      mine or your own
      without moving to hide it
      or fade it
      or fix it.

      I want to know if you can be with joy
      mine or your own
      if you can dance with wildness
      and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
      without cautioning us
      to be careful
      to be realistic
      to remember the limitations of being human.

      It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
      is true.
      I want to know if you can
      disappoint another
      to be true to yourself.
      If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
      and not betray your own soul.
      If you can be faithless
      and therefore trustworthy.

      I want to know if you can see Beauty
      even when it is not pretty
      every day.
      And if you can source your own life
      from its presence.

      I want to know if you can live with failure
      yours and mine
      and still stand at the edge of the lake
      and shout to the silver of the full moon,

      It doesn’t interest me
      to know where you live or how much money you have.
      I want to know if you can get up
      after the night of grief and despair
      weary and bruised to the bone
      and do what needs to be done
      to feed the children.

      It doesn’t interest me who you know
      or how you came to be here.
      I want to know if you will stand
      in the centre of the fire
      with me
      and not shrink back.

      It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
      you have studied.
      I want to know what sustains you
      from the inside
      when all else falls away.

      I want to know if you can be alone
      with yourself
      and if you truly like the company you keep
      in the empty moments.

      -Oriah Mountain Dreamer

  • perpetuallyphil 6:43 am on December 5, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, privilage   

    Privilege Sucks! 


    Imported NEW post from Danimal (via old blog):

    Many of us talk about privilege but do we really think about what it is and the affect it has on our world?

    Privilege is preferential treatment on the part of the system towards certain individuals based on identity traits such as the color of their skin, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or national origin, socio-economic status and other identity such traits. Privilege is generally invisible to the recipients yet starkly visible to those denied the same privileges. Privilege inherently means that some are offered these privileges while others are denied.

    For privilege to sustain there much be some rational as to why the system of privilege functions in the way that it does. Generally these explanations are ubiquitous in all messages projected upon the populace. For example, the explanation of class privilege is that poor people could just pull themselves up by their boot straps, and therefore it is their fault and they are lazy, and thus wealthy people deserve to be on the top of the economic classes. One more example related to heterosexism privilege is that the bible states that homosexual relationships are immoral and thus it is acceptable to discriminate against such individuals.

    As individuals who embody privilege, yet who acknowledge that the explanations are ludicrous and that the system of privilege leads to oppression and pain, we must speak out against the system and fight against the privilege that we are granted. The system of privilege certainly damages the lives of those who are denied privilege, but also wreaks havoc upon the lives of those who accept the privilege as well. An example of this is the concept of ‘White guilt,’ which is related to the long history of White privilege and has many negative effects including damaging the minds and souls of Whites, and strains relationships between Whites and People of Color.

    The system of privilege is so ingrained in our thinking and in our lives that the privilege has infiltrated out laws and legislation for as long as laws and legislation have been around, at least in the USA. A current example of this is the fact that it is legal to discriminate against people who do not identify as heterosexual in housing and other realms of society. A more historic example is that we only valued Black citizens and African citizens two thirds of the value that we gave White citizens in the voting process. There were many more subtle forms of privilege related the voting process, but this was a clear and overt way to give White citizens more privilege than Black citizens.

    Personally, I strive to fight privilege in my thinking, words and actions and despite my education and consideration of this issue, I still must work at it and don’t always succeed at recognizing when am accepting privilege or when it is occurring in front of me. At other times, I recognize it, but due to the systemic qualities of the practices, I sometimes find it hard to fight. But I strongly believe that my actions make a difference in the world, and I am dedicated to use my times and energy to make a positive impact on the system and the world. I believe we must speak—no shout out—about the privilege that exists. We must fervently illuminate this oppressive system that damages our collective peoples, if that means not accepting the job promotion due to privilege, or if it means shouting about this important issue from the rooftops –we must not give up!

    • homad 7:29 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink

      Trade as much as possible.

      I would also say that on the “issue” of race. Well, don’t make it an issue. A LOT of comedy revolves around race…I think finding humor in things is wonderful, however you have only to look at the show “Mind of Mencia” to understand how someone like him perpetuates racial stereotypes through mass media. Ever since that show was introduced it has been my intuition that they were busy finding someone like him to essentially sell out his own race in the time it took them to get rid of Dave Chappelle who was always approaching the “issue” with ingenious statements backing him up.

  • perpetuallyphil 7:15 pm on November 11, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, community earth councils, elders, , youngers   

    activist resources 

    website with tons of groups and ideas. the main premise is creating elder/younger councils to help move our globe forward.


  • perpetuallyphil 9:14 pm on October 22, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: activism, howard zinn, ,   

    howard zinn 

  • perpetuallyphil 4:33 pm on October 18, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: action, activism, banksey, , , robert fulgrum   

    “I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” – Robert Fulgrum

  • tallbridge 6:45 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , activism, , , naomi klein, peaceblaster, , shock doctrine, , tobin popperberg   


    I have to say I have been thoroughly re-energized by STS9’s new stuff and the Red Rocks recordings.  Peaceblaster has some serious songs – shock doctine + empire.

    Much like Lotus’s Colorado….these bands compositional abilities to convey massive amounts of imagery, feeling, etc simply blows my mind.  The conscious message behind these songs as well as the spoken word which can be found throughout the album is highly responsible.

    From STS9’s Website:

    Using a highly specialized process and state of the art photo equipment, Tobin created this one incredible panoramic image by methodically shooting 27 shots of the majestic amphitheatre, from rock to rock, with the Denver skyline in the distance and the starry Colorado sky above, and STS9 on stage over a period of 30 minutes. The 27 photographs were then stitched together over a period of two weeks of post production after the shows. One look at this photo and you notice you’ve never seen anything like it captured at this venue.

    Because it was created from so many images, the original photograph is literally 8 feet long without any enlargement, thus, every detail is razor sharp and as vivid as you’ve ever seen before.

    Fucking gorgeous…chills all up and down my body…If anybody needs a pick me up, inspiration, take it to the next level music – check this shit out.

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