Parthenon of Banned Books – The Good News Wins

'Parthenon' made of books built at site of Nazi book burningEvents of the world take turns toward the good in abundance. A Parthenon of Banned Books and the good news wins again!

The news of an art exhibit showcasing books banned by nazis built in exactly the place where nazis burned the same books, and with exactly the same dimensions as the Parthenon, is very good news in deed for Germans and the world.

We are consistently amazed at how creative today’s artists and activists are in their responses to political affairs, past, present and future. Young feminists carrying their rape soaked mattress to class because the perpetrator is still on campus unpunished. Black Lives Matter founders and activists standing up daily speaking truth to power.

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

Activists hanging a “RESIST” sign above the white house days after the recent presidential election. Food activists producing documentaries to educate us all on what goes on behind the scenes of our food industry. Global scientists and health educators gathering in all sorts of ways to educate us about glyphosate/RoundUp and the health and environmental harm of the past three decades.

2017 world environment day : connecting humans with natureThe United Nations’ 2017 World Environment Day is dedicated to “Connecting People to Nature.” The modern coming together of science and religion, or spirituality, is making evident the connection between humans and nature vs. humans having power over nature. This ancient way of living in respect of nature/Mother Earth will bring about sustainability quicker than anything. We humans will demand balance between consumerism and borrowing resources from future generations. Judy Grahn says in her interview for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit: “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.” 

Vegetarianism is growing worldwide, conscious consumerism is gaining ground especially here in the U.S. where it can really make a difference, corporations are being forced to use less toxic ingredients, the number of organic farms is increasing with the number of women farmers growing daily.

scientists-marchStates are responding with increased participation in the Paris Climate Agreement when our nation state announced it is pulling out. South Africans are organizing boycotts of U.S. corporations causing the climate change and the desertification of their rich agricultural lands. Scientists are organizing for climate change exactly when need them to do so.

PussyHat Project eve-olves to the Welcome Blanket ProjectCitizens of the world are planting milkweed to support dwindling numbers of Monarch Butterflies, and the number of backyard beehives is growing in response to the tragic collapse of bee colonies worldwide. The PussyHat Project has Eve-volved to become the Welcome Blanket Project: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”

This list of good news grows every day. Let us not stay in despair too long when we hear the bad news, because the good news is soon to follow. Search it out and then share it.

Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Holiday Boycott Buycott

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Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Definition of fascism: Corporations + Government

Boycott Consumer Goods –  Here is an APP that will make it Easy: BUYCOTT

Boycott Trump: Many of Trump’s major business relationships have already cut ties with him. Still, many of the products we buy continue to have stores in Trump Buildings. Here’s a great list of companies to Boycott Trump: #GrabYourWallet.

Boycott Koch Media, Koch Foods, Koch Industries (261 products), Koch FirearmsHere is how we stop the Tea Party control of local elections, local media, higher education, oil and fracking and their environmental destruction. Many of our household and office paper products are Koch products.

Boycott Monsanto, GMOs, Nestles, etc. Vote with your consumer dollars. I look forward to using this Buycott APP too!

Boycott Corporate Media

It seems we have just experienced a “Media Coup” in our country. The only candidate on television news was D. Trump. Thanks to Ronald Reagan, there are no regulations limiting the number of media outlets any one person can own. Literally all of our television news stations are controlled by right wing Libertarian corporate billionaire supporters of D. Trump  — especially Fox News — the only on air news available in many parts of the U.S. Boycott corporate media! Don’t let yourself be uneducated. Listen, watch, and support Independent Progressive Media where critical issues are discussed.

Here are some suggestions for our Holiday Boycott to begin and continue into the New Year:

Free Speech TV – National Independent News

Link TV – Quality Television Without Borders

ThomHartmann.comNews, Opinion & Debate

DemocracyNow.org – Daily Independent News

In the l960s federal laws brought about social justice reform despite several states that were determined to keep segregation, etc., in place.

Now, in 2017, with the Libertarian right wing and tea party having fought so hard to establish State’s Rights, we will have a different kind of Revolution over the next few years. These newfound States’ Rights will help us to fend off the federal/trump/fascist reforms the right wing establishment will attempt to bring about.

That’s the good news. But we still have to resist. We will have to find rest where we can, and vote with our dollars. Women decide how 85% of every consumer dollar is spent! It’s time to spend our shopping dollars wisely. A Holiday Boycott Buycott is called for to protect our progressive social and economic priorities. Boycott the corporations that are controlling our government, our votes, our media, and our food supply.

Austerity programs (economic/structural reform) promoted by the U.S. and the IMF in countries like Greece and Egypt, are now being promoted to U.S. Citizens in the name of “privatization”  — a  new word for Reagan Economics — which has been responsible for the 30-year decline of America’s blue collar and middle class workers. The demise of our unions was part of this targeted decline because the unions were the biggest financial contributors to the Democratic Party. With the demise of the unions has come the disappearance of our progressive liberal democratic party and it’s funding support base.

With only the Republican Party having financial support, largely from corporations and the Billionaires who own them, some of whom swing back and forth between government positions and their positions as CEOs, our government is now a corporate bureaucracy. These same billionaires own our media, giving rise to the escalation of hate crimes we are seeing today.

So, now, we rise, and women are leading the way. Here are some great articles to brighten your Holy Days:

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