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Models for Developing Sustainable Food Systems

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System and What You Can Do

It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because everything is connected. Big problems lead to seemingly smaller problems, that, when allowed to fester, become open wounds – much like the foul waste lagoons on industrial pig farms that dot our landscape, or the actual wounds on human flesh caused by antibiotic resistant staph infections, which are a direct result of the overuse of antibiotics in livestock operations.

Most of the problems in the system stem from one giant problem: Concentration of power, land, wealth, and political influence in the hands of a few large players who have gamed the system for their benefit. Here are the biggest issues, as we see them, followed by suggestions for what you can do about them.

Video: Vandana Shiva: Alternatives to Monsanto in India

Vandana Shiva explains the effect of GMOs on Indian agriculture—and how to promote home-grown alternatives.

Moving Toward Land Reform, Food Sovereignty and Agroecology in Venezuela

“Urban Foragers Cropping Up in U.S.”

Short documentary about urban foragers in Chicago

Scavenger’s Manifesto: HOWTO be an urban scavenger

It’s urban vegetable foraging season!

Backyard Orchard Culture

The three key components of a successful small scale backyard orchard and helpful tips

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti

Sharing the Harvest: What to do when your apple trees don’t produce? Start ringing doorbells

Learn How to Compost Via the Humanure Handbook

Farmers Replace Corn with Weeds, and Make Money Doing It

Another way of thinking outside the box

Help Make Farmers’ Markets Universally Accessible

The Website GrowFood Unites Farmers With Willing Volunteers and Workers

Empowering Backyard Growers to Sell Their Produce

Foodie Underground: Connecting Local Buyers and Sellers with Food Hub [Pacific Northwest]

Foodie Underground: Keep It Simple With a Soup Swap

Video: Delivering A Local Solution to Hunger, By Bike

B-Line launced a new venture – B-Shares, which turns a $20 donation into more than 40 meals by providing the missing link between local food sources – famers and groceries – and the nonprofits that provide meals for people in need. The missing link, of course, is transportation, and in B-Line’s case, emissions-free bicycle-based transport of food that might otherwise go to waste.

Fallen Fruit

LA public art project, Fallen Fruit, started by mapping public fruit–fruit trees growing in or over public property. Since then, the interests of this Meshy project “have expanded from mapping public fruit to include Public Fruit Jams in which we invite the citizens to bring homegrown or public fruit and join in communal jam-making; Nocturnal Fruit Forages, nighttime neighborhood fruit tours; Community Fruit Tree Plantings on the margins of private property and in community gardens; Public Fruit Park proposals in Hollywood, Los Feliz and downtown LA; and Neighborhood Infusions, taking the fruit found on one street and infusing it in alcohol to capture the spirit of the place.”



Gaza Flotilla: Eyewitness Accounts, Aftermath and International Outcry

On 5/31/10, the Israeli Defense Force attacked a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships en route to Gaza, while the ship was in international waters.  In this attempt to break the illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza, at least 9 were killed and dozens were injured.  Much of the subsequent media spin centered on the Mavi Marmara, where some on board responded in self-defense to lethal gunfire and the illegal activity by the IDF.

Below you will find numerous eyewitness reports and media that directly contradict the account provided by the Israeli military.  A UN probe is underway into the attack, and the international community must continue to apply pressure for condemnation and sanctions for this state sponsored terrorism.

Scribd: The Mavi Marmara Report from the IHH

Eyewitnesses, both activists and reporters, contradict Israeli account

Perhaps the best eyewitness account to begin with is that of Paul McGeough, twice named Australia’s journalist of the year. He writes: ‘The Israeli attack was timed for dawn prayers – when a good number of the men aboard the Mavi Marmara were praying on the aft deck of the big Turkish passenger ferry’.

Attack came in three phases

The Mavi Marmara tried to alter its course so that any further attack would occur during daylight, but the Israelis persisted and boarded the ship. They used paintball guns on passengers — the ammunition mixed with glass.

Gaza Flotilla Survivors

Documenting the Testimonies of the Survivors of Israeli Massacre of Gaza Flotilla.

Exclusive Intifada Interview with Ken O’Keefe: “Israel Executed People in International Waters”

Reporters Dispute Israeli Account of Raid

Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say

Raw Footage of Marmara

Warning:  bloody footage of human trauma and death

Gaza flotilla attack: Activist releases new footage

IDF Beatings, Abuse, Doctored Evidence Emerge

Does a New Flotilla Video Show Israeli Commandos Executing Gaza Aid Ship Victim?

Kenneth O’Keefe Says it All. Must See Video

In the following videos you can watch a BBC presenter going out of her way to justify the Israeli hasbara murderous narrative. She is no doubt the devil’s advocate but she fails. Sentence by sentence, Ken O’Keefe manages to teach her and us what kindness and humanity are all about.

‘Flotilla passengers were tortured’

Further claims included torture by Israeli authorities once the passengers were taken into custody and brought into the Ashdod port. “The participants received physical blows and were subjected to psychological torture,” the report alleged.

IHH described that the raid developed in a hostile manner with the objective to kill, and considered the initial fired shots by the IDF not as warnings, but as shots that were meant to kill unarmed civilians on the ship. The passengers that were killed by shots to the head, who according to the report were unarmed, further proves the objective of the IDF, claimed IHH.

Another new account of the attack on the aid flotilla

Six armed commandos climbed over the rails and ordered: “Down! Sit down! Get down!”  My colleague, reporter Paul McGeough, told them: “We’re with The Sydney Morning Herald.”  And another commando said: “We know you’re with the Herald.”

Kiwi: “Israelis fired at will”

Eyewitness and victim recounts Israeli flotilla attack on an American boat and crew

Maine video producer recounts Gaza flotilla ordeal

Australian student tells of his flotilla ordeal

South Portland man: American beaten, bloodied in Gaza flotilla chaos

Canadian on Gaza flotilla says he was beaten

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis

British survivor of Gaza flotilla raid: ‘Israelis ignored SOS calls’

Commandos used kidnapped captain’s child as threat?

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Freed Aussie scribes say Israeli commandoes were like “hyenas hunting”

‘I saw a lot of blood and started to feel sick, “says Brazilian boat was attacked by Israel

Inside the flotilla attack

Flotilla journalist recounts ordeal

Captured and detained by Israel, an American tells his story

The FPM has no confirmed information about the status of the other six: Iara Lee, a filmmaker from San Francisco; Kathy Sheetz, a retired nurse from Richmond, CA, and Woods Hole, MA; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a U.S. diplomat until she resigned in opposition to theIraq war; David Schermerhorn, a film producer from Deer Harbor, WA; Fatima Mohammadi, a longtime activist from Chicago; and Khalid Turaani, who was founder and executive director of the former American Muslims forJerusalem and now lives in Dubai.

The hijacking of the truth: Film evidence ‘destroyed’

Watch Al-Jazeera’s Video From the Gaza Ship Raid

PHOTO – PASSENGERS ON ATTACKED FLOTILLA SHIP GAVE MEDICAL AID TO WOUNDED ISRAELIS!

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: Video and Photographs from the Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

One journalist beats Israeli censorship on the Gaza flotilla attack

IHH head says Zionists brazenly lie. He confirms Jews threw corpses into sea

Elderly activist shot and ‘let bleed to death’

‘The ship turned into a lake of blood,’ says activist on Gaza flotilla

Testimony: Israeli Commandos Committed Cold Blooded Murder of Passengers

Flotilla Eyewitness: ‘I Think They Went Out to Murder’

Al Jazeera Reporter: Israel Fired On Gaza-Bound Ship Before Boarding (VIDEO)

Israelis shot people in forehead, says Pakistani

Activists: Israeli boat raiders had ‘assassination list’

In an interview with the UK’s Independent on Sunday, Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal said passengers who rummaged through Israeli solders’ belongings during the raid found a list of names, accompanied with pictures, of people aboard the flotilla that aimed to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Witness: The real story from Mavi Marmara: They were shooting to kill

‘Israelis threw 4 injured into the sea’

Israeli soldiers threw flotilla passengers into the sea

IHH President told us what happened: “One of our friends were shot after surrendering. Some of our friends were at sea. Even the doctor who treated soldiers were shot.”

Shot Australian says Israelis left him to bleed

VIDEO: Irish Citizen Tells How They Disarmed Israelis

Survivor Testimonies From Flotilla 31 May 2010

Journalists aboard Flotilla Speak out

“Our Potential to Create a Better World, a Just World”: Testimony of a Survivor of the Mavi Marmara Massacre

VIDEO: Israeli Attack on the Mavi Marmara. Smuggled one Hour Video reveals the Truth

Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara survivors. And one Israeli fembot by Lauren Booth

At one stage the captain of the boat can be heard over the public address system saying: “Do not show resistance … They are using live ammunition … Be calm, be very calm.” Gunshots can be heard.

Gaza flotilla attack: activist releases new footage

New footage has emerged of the Israeli assault on a convoy of aid ships headed to Gaza in which nine activists were killed.  The high-quality film was reportedly recorded by New York-based documentary maker Iara Lee aboard the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that bore the brunt of the Israeli attacks.  Israel attempted to confiscate all footage recorded by participants in the Gaza Freedom flotilla – including taking away mobile phones – but Lee managed to smuggle one hour of video out of the country by hiding it in her underwear, it was reported.

Eyewitness to the Israeli Assault on the Mavi Marmara

Video: IDF put Arsenic in detained Gaza flotilla volunteer’s food

Gaza flotilla members claim arsenic poisoning by IDF

Mavi Marmara Accounts: Violence, Theft, Abuse

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it

Israel looted Flotilla, activists say

According to Gaza flotilla survivors speaking to Press TV, activists on board the aid convoy were robbed of an estimated 3.5 million dollars in cash and equipment by Israeli commandos.  Hundreds of the campaigners have reported missing cash, laptops, phones and clothes after being released by Israel last week.

THE AFTERMATH

In raw video, reporters claim Israelis fired on activists before boarding ship

Israel’s Premeditated Murder of Peace Activists Was No Mistake

Flotilla witness says activists were defending themselves in fighting Israeli soldiers

IDF admits doctoring audio of raid on Gaza flotilla

The Gaza Flotilla: How Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fakes Photos of Seized Weapons

Israel’s Crude Forgery of Tape Backfires

IDF Retracts Claim al-Qaeda was on Flotilla, Corporate Media Silent

Did Activists Attack Israeli Soldiers In Self-Defense?

The Al Jazeera journalist describes the scenes as they unfold live, clearly stating that an activist has been shot and killed before Israeli troops board the vessel. He also says that a white flag has been raised in surrender to the Israeli army. On separate videos, messages broadcast to the passengers by loudspeaker can clearly be heard stating, “stop your resistance,” referring to the fact that the soldiers had guns.

Before the troops board the ship, the journalists report that the passengers are being pelted with tear gas and stun grenades. Booms and cracks echo in the background as the reporter states that one person has been killed.

Ex-Mossad agent: Gaza flotilla raid ’so stupid it’s stupefying’

The Aftermath of the Flotilla – by Anna Baltzer

One by one, the hundreds of witnesses aboard the vessels have been returning home to tell their stories after being stripped of any and all footage. By confiscating all non-military evidence of the incident, Israel has been able to successfully dominate the narrative, at least in the US where news of the attack had begun to dwindle by the time witnesses were released. One wonders, if Israel is conveying the whole story of what happened that night, why eliminate every single other piece of documentation? What does Israel have to hide?

THE VICTIMS

Putting Names To Faces: A brief introduction to the nine Turks murdered by the IDF on the Mavi Marmara

Autopsies reveal 9 men on Gaza aid boat shot, 5 in head

Gaza flotilla activists were shot in head at close range

Report: All aid flotilla victims shot dead

Turks shot multiple times on Gaza aid ship: forensics

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

GORDON DUFF: AUTOPSY SHOWS ISRAEL EXECUTED WOUNDED, WORSE THAN MUNICH 1972

The entire world joined with Israel in 1972 when Black September radicals murdered Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich. The world was never told of the torture prisons in Israel or the truth about the 1967 War, the “land grab” and the ethnic cleansing that followed. Even still, the Munich attack was an unthinkable horror, one Israel has now duplicated with the execution slaying of peace activists and humanitarian aid workers. The Israeli paper, Hareetz has published the autopsy results.

Israel executed wounded, abused corpses and emptied automatic weapons into bodies at point blank range. These were the acts of brutal animals, not humans.

Turkish activists’ bodies riddled with bullets, says autopsy report

Autopsy results on the nine Turkish activists killed in Monday’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship showed they had been shot a total of 30 times, many at close range…Five of those killed were shot either in the back of the head or in the back…In addition to those killed, 48 others suffered gunshot wounds and six activists were still missing, he added.

THE INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY

Protests erupt across the world after Israeli raid

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters take to streets across Europe

Anti-US, Israel protests in New Zealand cities

International protests against Israel: Second Gaza bound ship seized

Anti-Israel protests on the streets of Ankara

Toronto protest against Israeli flotilla attack

Paris: Demonstrators tried to break into the Israeli embassy

Germany: Tens of thousands protest as Israel hijacks another aid ship

Thousands protest flotilla deaths, clashes in Athens

UN Secretary General to Israel: ‘End the blockade’

“Had the Israeli government heeded to international calls and my own strong and urgent and persistent call to lift the blockade of Gaza, this would not have happened,” Ban told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Egypt Lifts Its Side Of Gaza Blockade

UN Security Council Members Demand Israel End Blockade

Russia condemns Israeli raid of humanitarian aid ships in neutral waters

More Israel & Palestine posts



Howard Zinn: In Memoriam
January 30, 2010, 6:35 pm
Filed under: community, history, news, peace, politics, protest, resistance

 Howard Zinn: Historian of the Human Spirit

A Life Well Lived: Remembering Howard Zinn. People’s Historian

Harvey Wasserman : The Late, Great Howard Zinn

 “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

Zinn dedicated himself to the fight against forgetting and the struggle to honor history by telling the truth. For me, his work did more than pour a blazing light into the cracks of American history spackled over by the powerful to conceal the true stories that are shared by the majority of human beings: he made the invisible insurrection of the human spirit shine like a beacon in the dense fog of history.

Historian Howard Zinn: “Largest Lie” is the “U.S. War on Terrorism”

Thank You, Howard Zinn

Flashback: Howard Zinn warned Americans of rationalizing torture; ‘The truth comes out’



Models for a Different Society: Cooperatives, Economy, Education & Transportation

Here’s an Idea: Share Things with Your Neighbors

Sure, we have Zipcar, bike sharing, and even tool shares, but Good wants to know why this sort of thing isn’t more popular.

Shareable: stories of sharing and cooperation

“Shareable tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects that are bringing a shareable world to life. And share tools and tips to help you make a shareable world real in your life. In a shareable world, things like car sharing, community gardening, and cohousing bring us together, make life more fun, and free up time and money for the important things in life. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world. The remarkable successes of Wikipedia, Kiva, open source software, Burning Man, Freecycle, and Creative Commons point the way. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don’t hear enough in the mainstream media.”

Tool Lending Libraries: A Product Service System that Works! – Treehugger 12/29/08

The New Old Age: A Caring Collaborative – NYTimes 12/29/08

A community-based model is changing the way people band together and care for one another.

How to Put Detroit Back to Work – Alternet 5/18/09

Why not retain workers who know how to manufacture complex machines and make use of exhausted auto factories, rather than letting them crumble?

Summer Downsizing: 31 Ways to Jumpstart Your Local Economy – Alternet 7/9/09

Intriguing Plan in Michael Moore’s Home Town: Bulldoze the Ghost ‘Burbs, Return Them to Nature – Alternet 6/13/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Factories without Bosses: Argentina’s Experience with Worker-Run Enterprises – 2006

ARGENTINA: Workers Take Factories into Their Own Hands – CorpWatch 11/21/02

Last orders? Locals fight back – Guardian, UK 3/20/09

Every week 39 pubs shut down. Petrol stations lie abandoned. Post Offices are closing. But as Miles Brignall reports, community companies may be the answer.  From the far north of Scotland to the western tip of Cornwall, a quiet revolution is taking place. Britons, no longer prepared to take the closure of a community’s essential amenities lying down, are joining forces to take them back into local ownership.  Pubs that had lain empty for several months are being brought back to life by villagers. Stores that closed down after no buyer could be found are reopening as community-owned co-ops. And in some villages they have even got together to reopen their local petrol stations through limited-liability community companies.

Welcome to the fast-expanding world of the not-for-profit community buyout, which in most cases is funded by local people, putting up their own money and taking shares in any profit.  The Plunkett Foundation estimates there are now close to 200 community-owned rural shops in the UK, with four new ventures opening this month alone.

Middle School Teachers Pioneer New Globally Focused Environmental Education Plans – Treehugger 12/9/08

Bike-Sharing Goes Global: 5 Programs You Should Know About – Treehugger 9/5/08

5 Examples of Better Bike Infrastructure – Treehugger 1/19/09

A Radical Proposal: Restore Atrophied US Rail System to 1920’s Levels – Treehugger 5/17/09

RELATED:  Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing



Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing

Ecuador Extends Rights To Ecosystems – Treehugger 1/18/09

Bolivia leader redistributes land – BBC 3/15/09

Looking ahead, Brazil’s farmers take up reforestation

Top Ten Natural Ways to Remove Heavy Metals – Natural News 8/20/09

Reintroducing Wolves to Scotland Could Bring Back the Forests of Old – Treehugger 7/23/09

Sand Dams An Answer To World’s Water Woes? (Video)

How the Bushmen of Africa Can Save Us from the Global Water Crisis (Video)  – Treehugger 11/9/09

Citizen-Led Groups Leading the Way for New Water Policy – Alternet 6/30/09

Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages – National Geographic 7/8/09

A rain-starved community in Peru collects hundreds of gallons of water a day using special fog-catching nets.

The Cheonggyecheon, Once a Highway, Now a Haven – NYTimes 7/16/09

In what is sometimes called “daylighting,” cities from San Antonio to Singapore are resuscitating waterways that once lay buried under rivers of concrete

Making Sweet Water From (Almost) Perpetual Motion – Forbes 9/7/09

Destroying Levees in a State Usually Clamoring for Them – NYTimes 6/19/09

Two brothers plan to return a muddy river in northern Louisiana to its ancient floodplain by removing miles of levees.

How to Craft Water Democracy, Earth Democracy & Survive Climate Change: TreeHugger Interviews Dr. Vandana Shiva  

Cochabamba: From War to Water Management – Alternet 6/2/09

The poor of Bolivia drove out the neoliberal model of water management. Now, they are fighting for equitable community control.

How to Get Your Home Off the Water “Grid” – Alternet 2/9/09 

Peter Gleick: How We Can Avoid a World Without Water – Alternet 2/19/09

Incredible Edible: How To Make Your Town Self-sufficient

8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement – Alternet 4/1/09

How to turn a lawn into lunch, swap preserves, glean, boost your food security and live the good life.

Buy, Sell, or Trade Homegrown Produce With Veggie Trader – Treehugger 3/25/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Ten Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden – The Nation 9/9/09

Brazilian City Makes Food A Basic Right And Ends Hunger – Treehugger 3/14/09

The City that Ended Hunger – YES! Magazine via Global Research 8/18/09

In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate, widely used as evidence of hunger, by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city’s 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up.

The cost of these efforts?  Around $10 million annually, or less than 2 percent of the city budget. That’s about a penny a day per Belo resident.

Behind this dramatic, life-saving change is what Adriana calls a “new social mentality”-the realization that “everyone in our city benefits if all of us have access to good food, so-like health care or education-quality food for all is a public good.”…  “I knew we had so much hunger in the world,” Adriana said. “But what is so upsetting, what I didn’t know when I started this, is it’s so easy. It’s so easy to end it.”  Adriana’s words have stayed with me. They will forever. They hold perhaps Belo’s greatest lesson: that it is easy to end hunger if we are willing to break free of limiting frames and to see with new eyes-if we trust our hard-wired fellow feeling and act, no longer as mere voters or protesters, for or against government, but as problem-solving partners with government accountable to us.

Planning: Lawn Be Gone: The time has come for edible front yards. – The Localizers 8/16/09

Crop Swap: Free Food in Hard Times – Treehugger 7/21/09

High Rise Farms? The New Model for Sustainable Cities – Alternet 4/20/09

Americans growing ‘recession gardens’ – CNN 4/1/09

People to the Power: Energy Utility Provides Community Garden Plots – Treehugger 5/14/09

LA Times on guerrilla gardeners – BoingBoing 6/1/08

Crop Mob One Year On: NC Land ‘Raids’ Continue

News of a large group of landless young people invading a farm tends to bring images of revolution. And NC-based Crop Mob does indeed have revolution in mind, but the group’s methods are more about giving than taking. As I noted in my original post on Crop Mob, the organization is part of a wider resurgence of young people taking up farming. It was borne out of a discussion group on the problems facing young farmers, but rather than sit around talking about challenges, the group decided it was better off getting things done. So, armed with hoes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and bucket-loads of good will, the Mob has been descending on local farms to offer a helping hand. And after a full year of Mobbing, the idea is spreading.

Can A Farm-in-a-Backpack Feed Sub-Saharan Africa?

Rice Biodiversity Techniques Remain Intact in Rural Thailand – Treehugger 8/1/09

DIY fridge uses almost no energy – Mother Nature Network 8/21/09

From Arid, Salty Desert to Permaculture Garden: Greening the Desert Revisited (Video)

Growing Food, and Community, in the Desert

 A cynic might look at a program like the Edible Schoolyard — the much-lauded school garden initiative launched by Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters — and wonder if such a thing would be possible outside the favorable growing climes (and foodie sensibilities) of California, and without the support of a famous chef. But as a moving article by a young teacher in rural Arizona shows, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 1

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 2

Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities – Inhabitat 11/13/09

How To Live Without Air Conditioning: Syrian Beehive Houses – Treehugger 8/6/09

Utopian Communes in the British Isles – via Metafilter 9/25/09

Transition Towns in America: UK Pioneer Interviewed (Video) – Treehugger 2/2/09

Transition Towns USA in the New York Times – Treehugger 4/22/09

The Transition Handbook – via Metafilter 2/21/09

The Transition Handbook should be helpful to you if you are a proponent of planned energy descent and independence from fossil fuels and would like to start a Transition Town of your own.  The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question: for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive

Los Angeles Ecovillage: Building a Sustainable Urban Community (Video) – Treehugger 1/30/09

Tribe Weaves Floating Islands, Homes and Boats on Lake Titicaca – Treehugger 1/14/09

RELATED: Models for a Different Society: Cooperatives, Economy, Education & Transportation



Critiques of the Status Quo and Calls To Action

The Virtues of a Disorganized Resistance – Etresoi

American opposition movements have always focused on the notion of organization. It has always been their goal to organize the people. Their hope has been to wield the collective power of the disaffected, downtrodden, and exploited as a single unit against the concentrated power of the ruling class. While their hope has been noble, their methods have been foolish. Organized resistance has many drawbacks. These drawbacks have seldom been discussed by the opposition. I believe that the only effective resistance is a completely disorganized, decentralized, and leaderless opposition.

Human Nature Is the Enemy of the State – ThereAreNoSunglasses 7/20/09

A must-read

The Earth Is Hiring: Paul Hawken’s Inspiring Commencement Speech – Alternet 6/11/09

“Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn’t ask for a better boss. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.”

Taking Shorter Showers Doesn’t Cut It: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change – Alternet 7/13/09

The Machinery of Hopelessness – Dprogram.net 5/19/09

Hopelessness isn’t natural. It needs to be produced. To understand this situation, we have to realize that the last 30 years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus that creates and maintains hopelessness. At the root of this machine is global leaders’ obsession with ensuring that social movements do not appear to grow or flourish, that those who challenge existing power arrangements are never perceived to win. Maintaining this illusion requires armies, prisons, police and private security firms to create a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity and despair. All these guns, surveillance cameras and propaganda engines are extraordinarily expensive and produce nothing – they’re economic deadweights that are dragging the entire capitalist system down.

The Coming Insurrection – Adbusters 7/14/09

Revolutionary movements do not spread by contamination, but by resonance.

The Five Stages of Collapse – Energy Bulletin 11/11/08

A consise and well thought out article that briefly lays out the probable course of the United States.

Let’s Stop Kidding Ourselves: Ten “Big Duh” Realizations about Our World That Need to be Stated – Natural News 6/23/09

Capitalism Under Assault – AdBusters 7/23/08

Prepare to Disengage – Global Research 7/25/09

Change in the 21st Century: Let’s Bring Love and Revolution Together – Alternet 7/24/09

Radical activist for more than sixty years, Boggs says a new generation of change-makers have embraced the idea of love to bring about revolution.

Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America – BoingBoing 7/16/09

Who Should Resist, and Who Will Become Serfs? – Alternet 4/7/09

What if things just keep getting worse? – Metafilter 1/28/09

Lots of links

Humans Seem Hell Bent on Committing Mass Suicide — But There’s Still Hope – Alternet 5/15/09

Despite the endless human capacity for denial and self-destruction, the Earth can still be saved. But we must act now.

Dot Earth: Green Revolution, Values Revolution – NYTimes 5/1/09

Is a second green revolution without a values revolution sufficient?

Evil as the absence of empathy – Dissident Voice 7/26/08

For a New Green Society – via Metafilter 4/2/09

For a New Green Society Manifestos on bright green environmentalism. Bright green environmentalism, which is comparable to technogaianism, stands in contrast to light green environmentalism, which focuses on lifestyle changes, and dark green environmentalism, which focuses on political changes; sustainable technology. [via mefi projects]

That’s No Angry Mob, It’s a Movement – TruthOut 3/28/09

You’d think there would be a modicum of contrition but mostly it has been deny, deny, deny combined with shivers of revulsion as an angry citizenry freely expresses its opinion. Former Clinton SEC chairman Arthur Levitt sniffed to The Wall Street Journal this week, “It has reached extremes of incivility that are intolerable,” and on Friday the Journal editorially wrung its hands over “political Torquemadas” who would dare to prosecute Wall Street executives.

What the Antiwar Movement Should — and Shouldn’t — Do Now – Alternet 11/18/08

In the wake of Obama’s victory, the antiwar movement must be ready to identify new pressure points or it risks losing credibility and relevance.

Ashley Smith : Which Way Forward for the Antiwar Movement? – CounterPunch 6/26/08

Finding Our Collective Voice – The Progressive 1/14/09

Robert Roth : Can We Create a Movement for Change? – CounterPunch 11/28/08

Now Is the Time to Shake Up Society at the Roots –  Alternet 1/15/09

Millions can be inspired to oppose the status quo in this crumbling economy. It’s time to make big demands based on big ideas.

Non-Violent Response to US Sponsored Wars of Aggression – Global Research 9/25/09

Why Are We Unable To Resist? – Rense 10/4/09

Whether Secession or Nullification.We All Want Freedom and Independence – Lew Rockwell 9/1/09



Art & Resistance: Political Art in the 21st century
October 26, 2009, 6:04 pm
Filed under: art, collapse, community, consumerism, interesting, Miscellaneous, peace, politics, protest, resistance

Political art is as diverse as its’ creators…

Anti-War Voices: Art as Resistance – Global Research 9/8/09

Songs of Survival and Hope – Dissident Voice 4/9/08

Songs about liberty – Guardian, UK 4/8/09

From Crass to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, artist Mark Titchner selects a soundtrack to state control, corruption and the struggle for freedom

Phone is Tapped (And I Don’t Care): old-timey string band song about surveillance – BoingBoing 1/27/09

David Rovics: Songs of Social Significance

Protest and politics – Guardian, UK 3/11/09

1,000 must-hear songs: Are you happy with our list of political tunes? Here’s your chance to protest

Bread & Puppet: Cheap Art and Political Theater out of Vermont

GUERRILLA – INTERVENTIONIST – SOCIAL – POLITICAL Art Links – Washington University in St Louis

Are you following Banksy yet?

WWII propaganda posters remixed for WWIII – Boing Boing 7/7/09

Frugal Green Living: Posters for the Movement – Treehugger 11/11/08 

Graffiti & Street Art – Washington University in St Louis

Anti-Bush Graffiti – 25 countries, 6 continents – Matador Pulse

[analysis] Street Art in Revolutionary Venezuela – VenezuelAnalysis 7/30/09

Reverse Grafitti in San Francisco: Dirty Art – Treehugger 6/13/08

The Reverse Grafitti Project in San Francisco is creating environmental art by cleaning up dirt and grime from walls. In the video above, you can see them making a 140 feet long mural in the Broadway tunnel. It shows native species of native plants that would be living in the area of that tunnel if it wasn’t currently the city’s downtown.

Seeds of Change: sf anthology of stories confronting important social issues – BoingBoing 8/13/08

Dystopian Evolution: Imagining an Envirogeddon – via Metafilter 7/7/08

Dystopian storytelling is pillar of Western narrative tradition, but this decade has seen a significant shift in the way our apocalypse is told. Orthodox tales of government tyranny are giving way to visions of humans running helpless in the wake of environmental meltdown. From the plausible to the fantastic, most of this fiction remains hauntingly real while the non-fiction can get downright scary. In 2008, the 20th anniversary of climatologist James Hansen’s landmark speech before Congress, popular art is beginning to reflect an increasingly bleak public sentiment on the future, playing out some of our worst nightmares. It may be that these writers and directors are wishing for the end of the world, but even so, they are certainly giving voice to the creeping feeling that indeed, we might not make it.

Ghost luxury hotels, half-built and rotting in the desert – Boing Boing 4/23/08

Contemporary city photoshopped with war-scenes from history – BoingBoing 1/29/09

Anti-war veterans deploy 4,171 toy soldiers at gas station – Raw Story 11/17/08

City Room: Pranksters Spoof The Times – NYTimes 11/12/08

Human Shrub Attacks English Town – Treehugger 7/13/09

A masked man, dressed like a creature from the swamps has been filling empty planters and baskets with brightly-coloured marigolds and begonias. He was last seen wandering the streets carrying a sign saying “Save the Roses” after Colchester, England council threatened to bulldoze its rose beds to save money. He waved a banner urging people to “save his brothers the shrubs, and sisters the roses”. Now he has returned to carry out random acts of planting throughout the town

B’eau Pal: the Yes Men Offer the Refreshing Taste of Toxic Disaster – Treehugger 7/17/09

“The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world’s largest industrial accident.” One swig and you’re whisked away to Bhopal, India where in 1984 an explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide factory killed thousands and released a health nightmare that still persists. B’eau Pal bottled water (“not fit for human consumption,” by the way) is not the first time the Yes Men have wagged a shaming middle finger at Dow, the company that bought Union Carbide and denies responsibility for the disaster’s fallout

Eco-protesters get creative – Raw Story 1/31/09  

Protestors Paintbomb Rakon Corporate Headquarters – WUFYS 1/23/09

This video shows a protest against a firm Rakon which exports components for munitions to the U.S. used by Israeli military (including ‘smart bombs’).

God Hates Signs protest waged against Westboro Baptist Church  – BoingBoing 10/29/08