Tagged: White House

INFOGRAPHIC: If The White House Garden Grew Subsidized Crops


It’s not really an infographic but this image is from Kitchen Gardeners International, and shows the layout of the Spring 2011 White House garden. The contrasting image shows what the White House Garden would look like if it was planted with subsidized crops from the Food and Farm Bill. Yes, that’s where your taxpayer dollars are going- not just to war but to subsidize corn, soy, cotton, wheat, rice and little more. Continue reading


I don’t much care for this Glenn Beck character and when I say that I really mean it. I only knew who he was maybe last year. It seemed to me his rocket to fame shot up inexplicably fast, faster than Beyonce’s fame, and even more out of nowhere for me. I never intended for this website to be a home for this guy, Jay-Z or the Mrs., and yet here we are….

Apparently this fiery right wing FOX News “talk” show host is secretly Al Gore, a treehugging hippie liberal.

Maybe that’s an exaggeration about both parties, but according to a recent Mother Jones article Beck has views that are clearly contrary to those of his most loyal viewers and his on air persona. These revelations are from a recent interview Beck did with USA Weekend.

You’d be an idiot not to notice the temperature change” ~Glenn Beck

Not only is Glenn Beck a believer in climate change but he also believes it’s a problem and in part manmade.

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BHM Quote: Van Jones On Becoming An Environmentalist

I didn’t start out as an environmentalist.

I started out helping urban kids in trouble and I burned out, going to way too many funerals and court cases that turned out badly.

I was just trying to get my own health back.

I went to these retreat Centers in Marin County, and it was a different world.

They had all this organic food and solar panels and hybrid cars, and I was like — why don’t they have this in my neighborhood?

I thought, if we had these kind of jobs and services in Oakland, we’d probably have less violence. Continue reading

New Survey On How Much Black People Care About The Environment To Be Released

Photo Credit: “man, woman and child” by Tracy Collins I chose this photo because sometimes I think we forget why the environment is important and who we take care of the environment for.

Former Special Advisor for Green Jobs to the White House Van Jones was and I’m sure still is a strong advocate for Black people understanding the need to be more concerned about the environment. All of this understanding should be placed in the context of the quality of life we enjoy, or don’t enjoy, for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.

The Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change under the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is set to release its second poll to gauge how involved with and concerned about the environment African Americans are. Given all of the changes we may have all experienced and today’s economic climate I am somewhat interested in seeing what this year’s findings are because this info is central to what sofreshandsogreen.com is about.

“The Seed, I Can Understand it, The Next Movement (SoulStage)” by The Roots


The New Birth version of Bobby Womack’s “I Can Understand It” is one of my favorite songs of all time and I was so impressed the first time I saw Black Thought sing this live with The Roots. They also perform “The Seed 2.0” with Cody Chesnutt. I chose this song because my hope is that Black folks will understand we have more to lose than just about anybody in the climate change game. Sometimes we put surviving above everything else but environmental issues factor into survival. And we should do this for the seeds, the children, who just live in this world and didn’t make it. Continue reading

All Eyes On Barack Obama’s Plate And His Beer

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Photo Credit: “Beer Summit” Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama, right, have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.,left, and Cambridge, Mass. , police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Thursday, July 30, 2009.

This is such a bizarre turn of events to me. We go from a Black man getting arrested to clockwise from left Buckler, Sam Adams Light, Blue Moon, Bud Light at the White House. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has some ideas about young African Americans that I don’t like so I wasn’t a fan of his anyway. Continue reading