Tuesday, April 22, 2008

sacred activism

This week is 'turn off your TV week" and quite honestly, I didn't care. I had tivo'd Gossip Girl, poured a glass of wine, and was ready to indulge. My cable box decided to adhere to the Earth day mandate, and shut down. Thus, I turned to a magazine I had picked up at GroundWork, my local coffee shop by work.

A few excerpts from "When You Wake Up" From Whole Life Times, a free (!) publication in the L.A. area.

"...how the environmental movement might benefit from combining 'the mystic's fire of passion for God with the activist's fire of passion for justice.'"

..."It is an attempt to bring into the core of human affairs the direct passion of the divine feminine for equality, harmony and justice in every realm and on every level. At its essence, it is revolutionary."

"We need also to give up the narcissistic belief that the divine will do everything for us, whatever we do. The divine cannot force us to choose life and hope. I am not at all interested in airy-fairy dissociative spirituality. We have no time for that kind of fancy indulgence now. We have to step up and become spiritual adults and work out with the divine consciously, passionately and humbly. This is a quantum leap and will involve an ending of denial, an acceptance of the need for profound transformation and the willingness to pay the price for that transformation and be responsible to the work in the real world that it demands."

Interview of Andrew Harvey by Jamie Friddle, Whole Life Times

Be green, eat low-carbon

The L.A. Times has a quick gallery of "edible offenders."

Saturday, April 19, 2008

NPR: Spain's Pregnant Defense Minister Stirs Controversy

For the first time, Spain's newly re-elected prime minister has announced a 17-member cabinet that has more women than men. One of them is Spain's first female defense minister, who is also seven months pregnant. Her appointment is causing waves in the Spanish media and beyond.

by Jerome Socolovsky

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Bush Administration ignoring environmental law?

From Defenders of Wildlife:

Today, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the Bush Administration will waive environmental and land use laws along 470 miles of the border -- a gross abuse of power that could harm border communities and jaguars and other wildlife.

Call your Senators and Representative now and urge them to do everything they can to stop this awful abuse of power and protect our wildlife and border communities.

The following contacts obviously do not apply for those outside my district, but call YOUR senator and voice your opinion.

  • Henry A. Waxman - (202) 225-3976 or (323) 651-1040

  • Barbara Boxer - (202) 224-3553 or (559) 497-5109
  • Dianne Feinstein - (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
From the L.A. Times: The two waivers, which will allow the department to slash through a thicket of environmental and cultural laws, would be the most expansive to date, encompassing land in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas that stretches about 470 miles.

The waivers are highly controversial with environmentalists and border communities, which see them as a federal imposition that could damage the land and disrupts wildlife.