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Category Archives: Activism
HAPPENING NOW: Thousands of protesters shut down Times Square in solidarity with the #BaltimoreUprising. 8 cities around the country are taking the streets tonight to show support for Baltimore.
41 years ago on this date, Gaura Devi led a group of 27 women in the Garhwal Himalayas, to form circles around trees to stop them being felled by loggers. Their protest lasted four days and eventually succeeded when contractors gave up. It was the birth of the Chipko movement in India.
“On Oct. 24, 1975, 90% of Icelandic women went on strike, refusing to do any work at their homes or their jobs. It was the largest demonstration in the nation’s history and shut down the entire country. Airports were closed, schools were closed, and hospitals couldn’t function. The strike had an immediate and lasting impact. The following year, Iceland’s Parliament (now half women) passed a law guaranteeing women equal pay and paid maternity leave. Four years later, Iceland elected the world’s first female President. And today, Iceland has the highest gender equality in the world.” ~US Uncut
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
These young women form an awesome slam poetry trio. Check out their performance on National TV about the failures of modern education. Love them!
Thanks to Films For Action for this one.
On this date 15 years ago, activist Julia ”Butterfly” Hill climbed down the ancient redwood in Humboldt County, Calif., where the 26-year-old had lived for 2 years (738 days) to protest logging plans to cut the forest. The tree she called “Luna” is still standing today and is protected by law for 1000 years.
Great news :) Power to the people!
From the New York Times~
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.
“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health.