Mourning-After Political Organizing

Peace Dove jewelryPolitical Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.

First, the Election Victories:

Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.

election-1Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:

1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to  be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.

​​​​​​​2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.  CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.

3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:

Ds. Martin Niemöller neemt deel aan oecumenische samenkomst in de Grote Kert te Den Haag. Vlnr [Vrnl in spiegelbeeld!] . Ds M.N. W. Smitvoors (van de Haagse Oecumenische Raad), ds. Niemöller en prof. P. Kaetske, predikant van de Duitse Evangelische gemeente in Den Haag *27 mei 1952“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
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 Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!

6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you): 

OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.

American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.

350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.

Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.

Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.

Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.

PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.

Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.

Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.

 

Earth Day Feminism with Farmer Denise O’Brien at WFAN

Earth Day Feminism with Denise O'Brien and WFANWe interviewed Denise O’Brien for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. Earth Day Feminism for those of us in and out of agriculture!

Women farm differently and we farm a lot more sustainably. We are changing the face of agriculture. Women own over 50% of rented farmland in the U.S., and grow 75% of the world’s food. CSAs allow consumers to share in the risk and help break the farmer debt cycle. Land Trusts are leasing farmland to beginning farmers. Hear the good news of Feminism and Sustainability!

“My life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end, I will devote my time on this earth — to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”

Denise O’Brien is a woman whose life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. She married a farmer and became one at a time when women still called themselves “farmer’s wives.”

Denise O’Brien is the Founder of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Denise was president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and a USDA adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer’s Union, and in 2000, Denise was inducted into Iowa’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Listen to our free interview with Denise O’Brien here

Here’s a timeline of Denise’s work and life:

1970s – Denise married a farmer and learned how to drive a tractor, plant crops, and care for animals. She learned that the language of farming is about the weather, the soil, and fertility.

l980s – The Farm Crisis hit, and Denise met a lot of women farmers calling themselves farmer’s wives. Denise read “The Invisible Farmer” and “Farmer’s Wives,” and learned that women farmers everywhere were stepping forward and adding to the economic well-being of their families. Feminism was growing among women in agriculture and they began seeing themselves as farmers.

1990s – Denise did international work and found out that 75% of the world’s food is grown by women without any recognition. That’s when she started WFAN to link and amplify women’s voices, and to address the insurance and pay inequality of the time.

2000 – Corporations own everything from beginning to end, and farmers had become the “workers.” Women were at the forefront, sounding the alarms, regarding GMOs, fracking, pesticide use, and the connections between processed foods and health issues.

2015 – Due to women living longer than men, women are inheriting family farms. Women own more than half of the “rented” farmland in the U.S., but men continue to make the decisions. WFAN’s Programs are linking and empowering women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just and sustainable.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network WFANCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasing in number. You buy a membership and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce. This is a way for consumers to share in the risk the farmers take with weather and pests, and to help break the “cycle of debt” for the farmers by providing dependable economic support.

Women are farming smaller sized farms with the goal of feeding their communities. Food to eat vs. commodity crops.

Some women are donating their farmland to Land Trusts to keep their land in crop production in perpetuity. Land Trusts are then leasing this farmland to beginning farmers who could not otherwise afford to get into farming.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitDenise speaks at conferences and events on topics like women and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, practical approaches to organic farming, women’s relationship to the land, sustainable living, food security and international perspectives on women in agriculture.

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Lean Into Green with Denise O’Brien on Women, Food and Agriculture
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We also interviewed Denise O’Brien
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN TO THAT INTERVIEW FREE HERE


Deepen your connection to your food and to the land!
From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving. 

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comLearn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand!

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture whose mission it is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

 

 

Earth Day Feminism with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say, “Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

earth day with dr. ashoka bandaragePoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

“There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.”

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

We also interviewed Dr. Bandarage
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
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Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being  – The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

Here is the story of Wholeness! Dr. Asoka Bandarage makes the connections for us — the connections between all things human and environmental. Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

Dr. Bandarage speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival. Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth.
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science
can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

 

2015 UN Year of Soils

2015 UN Year of Soils. Soil, where food begins.Soil – The Nearly Forgotten Resource. The top six inches of soil are the most precious.

Without healthy soil, life on earth would be unsustainable. Soil is the foundation of agriculture, and the largest pool of organic carbon essential for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

New approaches must be adopted. As much as one-third of all soils are degraded due to:

– erosion
– compaction
– soil sealing
– salinization
– soil organic matter and nutrient depletion
– acidification
– pollution
– other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices

It takes up to 1,000 years to form one centimetre of soil. Investment in sustainable soil management is be cheaper than restoration and is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development.

2015 UN Year of SoilsSoil – the nearly forgotten resource:

– Soils are the foundation of agriculture. They provide vital ecosystem services and the basis for food, feed, fuel, fibre and medical products important for human well-being.

– Soils are fundamental for the appropriate storage and distribution of water.

– 1/4 of the world’s biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi.

– Organisms and plant roots act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake — in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity.

– Organisms boost soil’s ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered.

2015 UN Year of Soils2015 UN Year of Soils

In 2015, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world’s knowledge of soil types and distribution. One of FAO’s priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management.

Food or Weed? Foraging for Flavor with Tama Matsuoka Wong

Tama Matsuoka Wong on foraging at Lean Into Green Online Education series.Foraging for flavor in your backyard, parks and meadows with Tama Matsuoka Wong. Join us at Day 14 of Lean Into Green and gain knowledge of foraging and meadow creation.

My personal interest in Tama’s work is fueled by my wonderful childhood memories of wandering the hills behind Stanford University early in the morning, foraging for mushrooms with my mother, grandmother and auntie.

You will look at Dandelions differently! Chefs love them! Eat greens offered by Nature that have more nutrients and great flavor. Learn about “peak times” for flavor.  Step by step, plant by plant, get to know your wild weeds!  If you love the beauty, smell and colors of meadows, join us and learn how to create a Meadow Garden! Field guide, sustainability codes, and delicious recipes, and more!

making a meadow with Tama Matsuoka Wong at Lean Into Green Online EducationHere are some of the Native edible plants Tama has recipes for in her book, Foraged Flavor: pawpaw ,spicebush Lindera benzoin, serviceberry , wild raisin, staghorn sumac, red mulberry , eastern red cedar juniperus virginiana, elderflower. And her list of herbes: Lavender, bergamot, wild mountain mints , bee balm , rosa virginiana, and a recipe for Mugwort Artemisia Vulgaris Soup!

Tama Mutsoaka Wong is passionate about finding new foods in wild landscapes. She says, “Wild plants are little treasures, and many of them have ancient culinary traditions from around the world.” She studies the plant species, their historical backgrounds and ecological behavior, and tests peak times to harvest and eat them to suit modern tastes and lifestyles.

Tama Matsuoka Wong is a forager, a weed eater,  meadow doctor , lawyer and mother of three. Most recently she co-authored the field guide and cookbook Foraged Flavor. Tama lectures at garden clubs, slow food gatherings, colleges and high schools and hosts foraging events, from Charleston to Seattle to Toronto. She supplies local wild foods to restaurants in New York City, and collaborates with conservation groups and farmers to make the most of the weeds on their land. Tama launched Meadows and More LLC to connect experts in the field of meadow restoration, botany and wildlife with people in the community. In 2007 she was named Steward of the Year by the New Jersey Forest Service.

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Denise O’Brien of WFAN at Lean Into Green Telesummit

Denise O'Brien, founder of WFAN at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin us at Lean Into Green Telesummit and deepen your connection to your food and to the land! From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving.

Learn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand! Women currently own more than one-half of the rented farmland in the United States.

Denise O’Brien life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture.  She is the Founding Mother of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, WFAN for short, a community of women involved in sustainable agriculture: farmers, landowners, researchers, students, advocates and mothers concerned about our families’ health. We come from all over the US and several other countries, and do the majority of our work in the Midwest.

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Their mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

Denise says, “My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end I will devote my time on this earth to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”  

WFAN exists so that women can give each other information, connections, and the encouragement we need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

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Rebecca Spector at Lean Into Green Online Education

Rebecca Spector at Lean Into Green Online Education SeriesOn Day 3 of our Free Lean Into Green Online Education Series, you will learn about all the good news in food safety!

Learn how to avoid GMO foods by avoiding 5 specific crops, and about the connection between GMO crops and allergens.  Confused about which fish are safe? Hear why wild salmon is better, and Pacific vs. Atlantic Salmon, etc.  Get involved to “Save The Bees.” Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food depend on these threatened pollinators!

Rebecca Spector is the West Coast Director for the Center for Food Safety, a national non-profit — public interest –and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies, and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. 

The Center For Safety uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, educational materials, and market pressure using grass roots campaigns.

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