Category: PEOPLE

VIDEO: Reverend Billy On September 11th, Grief And Humidity Controlled Peace

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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Reverend asks “What happened to peace?”

As a person who was in Manhattan when the planes struck the World Trade Center and a person who had a missing family member in that area at the time I feel like the September 11th spectacles and the orgy of retrospectives is something to avoid at all costs. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s disconnected from what actually happened, how people really felt. It’s a political celebration and an on que outpouring of emotion that cheapens us all. Far from healing since it’s so far from the truth or that moment.

I saw this video though of Reverend Billy (whom we introduced to you here if you don’t know him) and finally I saw something 9/11 related that made sense to me. Here the good Reverend talks about one of the things we forget was talking place at the time- a genuine human desire for peace, a peace movement.

If you’re in town you can join him this Sunday on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. “Bring flowers & candles and let’s pause together remember when there was still hope for Peace in the time after the towers crashed down.” More info: revbilly.com

INFOGRAPHIC: Combating Mass Incarceration – The Facts

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As I’ve said before, there isn’t anything remotely “green” about mass incarceration. Here’s an infographic of some stats via the ACLU.

Description: The war on drugs has helped make the U.S. the world’s largest incarcerator.
America’s criminal justice system should keep communities safe, treat people fairly, and use fiscal resources wisely. But more Americans are deprived of their liberty than ever before – unfairly and unnecessarily, with no benefit to public safety. Especially in the face of economic crisis, our government should invest in alternatives to incarceration and make prisons options of last – not first – resort.

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Somali Refugees Observe Ramadan Fasting During Drought

Many Somali refugees will be observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It’s a time when, among other things, people fast during the daylight hours, though they are already “fasting” due to starvation. Many Somalis are caught in the midst of what the United Nations describes the Somali drought as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world and what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a “catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices (as we saw in Egypt during the Arab Spring) and drought“.

These are some of the effects of climate change that will only increase.

Famine was officially declared in 2 regions of Somalia in late July while another 8 million in neighboring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia need food assistance.

Ramadan is also a time of for generosity and compassion. In the video people in Nairobi observing the holy month donate food to starving Somalis to deliver aid that also hasn’t come from other sources.

Climate Change Will Lead To More Wars

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Photo Credit: “point blank” by Jesse Wright

It’s unfortunate that many people think of human society as being separate from, or above, nature. In reality, we are part of it. This means that the actions humans take, specifically the ones which are contributing to climate change, not only negatively effect our natural environment, but also effect our society and the way individuals and nations interact with one another. One of these interactions between nations as a result of climate change is an increased threat of war. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 Reasons To Legalize Marijuana

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I’ve written about marijuana before on sofreshandsogreen.com and why not? Marijuana is green, but I’ve also written about the mass incarceration of young Blacks and Latinos and how that skews the census funding dollars in the neighborhoods they come from that would make their communities better places to live in. In the past few months it’s good to see more and more reporting in the media examining mass incarceration rates, the cost to the taxpayers, the cost to poor, Black and Latino communities, and the high murder rate involved in the so called “War On Drugs”.

VIDEO: Why Is There An Indian Farmer Committing Suicide On Average Once Every 30 Minutes?

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Photo Credit: “Potato farmer in India sitting beside the day’s harvest” by Vishalsh521 via WC

“A quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—an average of one suicide every 30 minutes.”

That’s an alarming statistic. Democracy now recently did a story on the trend of farmer suicides in India, though it is happening in other places too. Continue reading

Mothers: We Honor And Remember You

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I could tell you the Earth is everyone’s Mother and I could tell you you should have bought a potted plant for your Mom instead of cut flowers because it’s “greener” but instead I just want to put up some videos for you this Mother’s Day.

This is a complicated an emotional holiday for many. I still have my Mom but my heart is heavy today because of the loss of a Mom in my life. Happy Mother’s Day to those who will celebrate today out of remembrance for their Moms, “single” Moms who raise their children with and without the help of partner or a village, to “single” Dads doing double duty, Moms to be, Grandmoms raising their grandchildren, Moms who can’t or won’t be Moms for whatever reason, and the creators who give birth to anything we can all enjoy. We see you and we honor you. Continue reading

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