#Selfie with Carlos Miller founder of Photography Is Not A Crime!
#Selfie with Medea Benjamin!
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. Benjamin is the author of eight books. Her latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and she has been campaigning to stop the use of killer drones. Her direct questioning of President Obama during his 2013 foreign policy address, as well as her recent trips to Pakistan and Yemen, helped shine a light on the innocent people killed by US drone strikes.
via CODEPINK:Women For Peace
#Selfie with Paul Schmitz!
Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which has advanced the leadership of over 5,000 diverse young adults to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country. He is also the he author of “Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up.” Paul writes and speaks frequently on leadership, diversity, civic participation, social innovation, collective impact, and community building. He is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, and serves on the boards of Independent Sector, The United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Voices For National Service. As a private volunteer, Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama presidential campaign’s civic engagement policy group, was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council on Community Solutions.
via Public Allies
#Selfie with Harry Belafonte!
Harold George “Harry” Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and social activist. One of the most successful African-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the “King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s.
Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In recent years he has been a vocal critic of the policies of both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.
Belafonte has won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. In 1989 he received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994.
David versus Goliath
Like hundreds of other North American farmers, Schmeiser ended up being sued by Monsanto for ‘patent infringement’ when more than 320 hectares were found to be contaminated with Roundup Ready canola—the biotech giant’s patented canola, genetically engineered to tolerate otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate.
The Dangerous Contamination Propagating All Around Americans
Despite the scientific evidence (in addition to the common knowledge of every traditional farmer out there) that GE contamination is an absolute given. You simply cannot contain it within a given area. What’s worse, we now have proof that GE crops not only spread outside the boundaries of any given field, they’re also combining into brand new, completely unintended forms in the wild!
Patented Seeds Turn Ancient Agricultural Practices into a Crime
Farmers are not the only ones getting sued. Mo Parr, a 74-year old seed cleaner was also sued by Monsanto for “aiding and abetting” farmers in violating the company’s patent. Seed cleaners are hired by farmers to separate debris from the seed to be replanted. “There’s no way that I could be held responsible. There’s no way that I could look at a soy bean and tell you if it’s Round-up Ready,” Parr told CBS4. Amazingly, Monsanto won its case against Parr.
Should Genetically Engineered Foods Be Labeled?
"Here is my argument on the whole deal. When you read the seed catalogs, the licensing agreements for genetically engineered corn say you can’t feed animals any of the corn husks, corn stock or any byproduct off those seeds. "So what the hell am I eating the corn for?
Shocking Report: Americans Eat Their Weight and More in GE Foods Each Year
To put the findings of this animal feeding study into human perspective, if the average lifespan of a person is 80 years, these health problems would start rearing their ugly head somewhere during the 43rd year of life, provided your diet contained just over 10 percent GE foods and you began eating them in early childhood.
Well, guess what?
Any child in the US who eats processed foods on a regular basis consumes at least 10 percent GE ingredients. The actual percentage is in fact likely to be FAR higher than that. According to a shocking report released by the Environmental Working Group6 on October 15, Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year—an average of 193 pounds of GE foods annually!
Keep Fighting for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
While California Prop. 37 failed to pass last November, by a very narrow margin, the fight for GMO labeling is far from over. The field-of-play has now moved to the state of Washington, where the people’s initiative 522, “The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” will require food sold in retail outlets to be labeled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients.
Remember, as with CA Prop. 37, they need support of people like YOU to succeed. Prop. 37 failed with a very narrow margin simply because we didn’t have the funds to counter the massive ad campaigns created by the No on 37 camp, led by Monsanto and other major food companies. Let’s not allow Monsanto and its allies to confuse and mislead the people of Washington and Vermont as they did in California. So please, I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can.
No matter where you live in the United States, please donate money to these labeling efforts through the Organic Consumers Fund.
How To Keep Your Home Garden Monsanto-Free
Should you choose to create your own fruit or vegetable garden in your backyard or on your windowsill, how can you keep Monsanto from reaching its grubby fingers into your home? The corporate behemoth has gained control of 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market by buying up smaller companies, and now owns the rights to the names themselves of many kinds of seeds. Thus these tips from Healthy Home Economist:
Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies:http://www.seminis.com/global/us/products/Pages/Home-Garden.aspx
Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis:http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/06/monsanto-free-seed-companies/
Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names. This article lists the seed varieties to avoid:http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/
Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. Here’s a list of companies that have done so:http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=261
Continue Reading: http://www.disinfo.com/2013/04/how-to-keep-your-home-garden-monsanto-free/
"You know, Americans had be sold on this notion that we are number one in the world. But by some measures, our healthcare system is behind Cuba.
We pay almost the highest prices in the world for our Internet. If you buy a triple-play package from one of the American cable or telephone companies – Internet, cable TV and telephone — on average, you pay $160 a month with taxes.
If you go to France, the same package is $40 to $70. There are some variations, but the range is $40 to $70. By the way, here you get one foreign country to call for free. There you get 70. Here you get American television.
There you get worldwide television. Here you get an Internet that’s the equivalent of a two-lane Irish road, where you have to stop and wait every now and then, because the sheep are on the path. There you get an information superhighway.”
Question: How do you feel about this?
”For two months, federal prosecutors portrayed Miami imam Hafiz Khan in the worst possible light: terrorist sympathizer, Taliban supporter and pathological liar.
“His whole defense is a lie,” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley told 12 jurors last week during closing arguments.
The 77-year-old Khan, with his hunched shoulders and flowing white beard, testified that he sent about $50,000 to Pakistan to help a religious school, the poor and his extended family overseas — not to arm Taliban militants bent on killing Americans and Pakistanis.
“This is America, folks,” his attorney, Khurrum Wahid, said during closings. “You don’t have to accept what the government tells you.”
Read more here.
I don’t want to assume that I know the whole story. I do not personally know this Imam nor do I know much of this case. But I do feel an uncomfortable feeling that this may be another tainted case in the corrupt world of our militaristic police state/country.
These instances of Islamaphobia remind me of how far and deep hatred can run. The film Zero Dark Thirty is another example of how content Amercian people are becoming with ideas of torture, accusations and instances of pure hatred for another being (btw, ZDT made $105,101,044. It’s like, we’ll fall for anything that looks brand new and shiny.) So, because we are “American” we have to now assume Muslims intentions are inherently tied to terrorism?
It’s an insane and scary thought to think that, the police, the FBI, the CIA, and basically any power structure that have the capital to get away with it, can implant any sort of evidence that can later be used against you in court. Or that entrapment is practiced as regularly as routine calls, makes me think…”WTF?!” The fear that is cultivated around these cases enables the masses to act as if these are justified acts that SHOULD be taken by law. There’s an inherent fear towards Islam because we still fear that we actually have something to lose.
In my honest opinion, I think this is the least American thing to do. The definition of what is truly patriotic has changed completely because of this cultivated fear factor. To me, this is not America. To me, being American means questioning everything. Especially your governement (because the government only has as much power as the people who dish it) It means taking action through demonstrating your right as a worldly citizen, with human rights that can never be touched by government super structures. What do will we do when there is no more integrity left to defend our people?