“Feminism is a tremendously underestimated force, viewed in the present context primarily as a woman’s concern. The understanding has not yet percolated throughout society that the advancement of women is a program vitally connected to the survival of human beings as a species. The reason for this is simply that institutions take on the character of the atoms which compose them, and what we are most menaced by in the twentieth century are dehumanized institutions. If women played a major role in policy formation and execution on the part of these institutions, I think they would have a far more benign and ecologically sensitive kind of character. So I see feminism not as a kind of war between the sexes or any of these stereotypic images, but as actually a kind of effort to shift the ratios of our emphasis that is expressed through our institutions.” ~Terence McKenna

Feminism

“Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.” ~Henry David Thoreau

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Because he detested slavery and because tax revenues contributed to the support of it, Thoreau decided to become a tax rebel. There were no income taxes at that time and Thoreau did not own enough land to worry about property taxes; but there was the hated poll tax – a capital tax levied equally on all adults within a community. Thoreau was jailed in 1846 for refusing to pay taxes in protest against slavery and for publicly condemning the U.S. invasion and occupation of Mexico.

Finally some good news out of Washington :) Much love to all the activists out there who raised awareness of this issue. Never surrender!

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For those of you not familiar with The Keystone Pipeline, it is a project that would provide Canada with the ability to pump their oil through our land down to the Gulf where it will be sold everywhere else. There will be no benefit to us that I can see and plenty of threat to the environment and to the people who live in the communities the Pipeline would travel through. The Indigenous people of both Canada and the U.S. are fighting hard against the proposed pipeline because the lands the Pipeline will cross are Sacred Treaty Lands and to violate these lands will be seen as an act of war against their people. They are prepared to do anything it takes to stop it.

Thanks US UNCUT for this image.

OCCUPY THE FARM tells the story of a community’s fight to save public land for urban farming. When 200 farmers march to the gates of the last farmland in the urban East Bay near Oakland, they don’t carry signs protesting University of California’s plans to build a shopping center. Instead, they carry tents, tools and 15,000 seedlings. They clip the padlock off the gate and march onto the fields. What happens next will change the fate of the land and introduce a new strategy for activism. From tilling soil and watering vegetables to police raids, from lawsuits to overflowing harvests, OCCUPY THE FARM reveals a resourceful, creative, and determined community responding with direct action to a serious social need: access to healthy food.

Check out this trailer for the film. So awesome and inspiring!

Big love to the Occupy group in Madison, Wisconsin who just cut the ribbon to open a new community of tiny houses for the homeless. The community includes 9 tiny homes, a resource center, and a gardening space. So awesome!

Occupy Madison

OM Build was only made possible by dedicated volunteers and generous donors from around the country. If you want to learn more and possibly contribute, please visit Occupy Madison’s website:http://occupymadisoninc.com/

“You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” ~Lauren Oliver, Delirium

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