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Shannyn from earthnetwork.org sent this Mother's Day message.
"The original "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. Initially written in 1870, Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level."
Mother's Day Proclamation 1870
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace."
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Art "Iraqi Women and Mushroom Cloud" by Charleen Touchette 2004Shannyn from earthnetwork.org sent this Mother's Day message.
The New Mexican's cover story tells of how children in Los Alamos were another "collateral damage" of the government that failed to protect U.S. citizens from toxic exposure.
Sue Vorenberg | The New Mexican
"On its unclassified surface, the quiet mountain town of Los Alamos seemed an idyllic place to raise children in the 1940s and 1950s.
Young boys would run down the canyons, chasing paper sailboats as they splashed through trickling streams. They'd fish, or try to catch a glimpse of wild deer as they built tents to camp in the wilderness behind their homes in the sealed community.
Little girls would splash in puddles on the sidewalk in the late spring rains, and hug their daddies when they came home from their jobs — covered in the toxic and sometimes radioactive materials they secretly worked with during the day.
"We thought we were in a good place because it was a closed city and our parents didn't have to worry about us getting kidnapped," said Lynne Loss, 65, who lived in Los Alamos from 1949 to 1957. "We had no idea what was going on."
Contact Sue Vorenberg at 986-3072 or email@example.com.
Photo by William H. Regan/Palace of the Governors, Negative No. 059227
An aerial view of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory around 1950 shows what appears to be an idyllic place. But some people who lived as children in Los Alamos in the 1940s and ’50s say the area was filled with toxic waste. A lawsuit filed last month charges the lab with negligence and wrongful death.
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Via your friends at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com
"Spread the word that nuclear energy and weapons kill our own, poison the earth and can not be safe." Charleen Touchette TouchArt@aol.com
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Rise and shine, sunshine. Wake up to more good news about solar energy via TouchArt
from Bill Brown, our friend up at nmglobalwarming.org and theclimatechange.org.
Bill Brown writes, "Greetings, All -- The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) just opened registration for North America's largest solar power event.
"The event will take place October 13-16 in California at the San Diego Convention Center and is expected to attract a record 12,000 professionals from more than 70 countries and 400 exhibitors from 14 countries."
See http://www.solarpowerconference.com/ for conference information.
Have a sunny earth day.
Charleen Touchette for TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com
(currently on the road in LA for Mixed Blood Radio Archive)
Last year's event sold out in advance, so organizers encourage early registration to guarantee participation. For more information, speaker and session updates, and to register visit: www.SolarPowerConference.com.
The Solar Electric Power Association bridges electric utilities and the solar industry to push solar forward more tangibly, one real business at a time. From national conferences to one-on-one counseling and peer matching services, SEPA's unique joint partnership offers members critical access to the key business relationships and unbiased, actionable intelligence needed to make solar practical and profitable in today's shifting energy landscape.
Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and marketers. Established in 1974, SEIA works to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers, and improve education and outreach for solar. www.seia.org
California Center for Sustainable Energy fosters public policies and provide programs, services, information and forums that facilitate the adoption of clean, reliable, renewable, sustainable, and efficient energy technologies and practices. www.energycenter.org
William M. Brown
Sage West Consultants & The Climate Project
Energy Science, Law, Architecture
Arroyo Hondo & Taos, New Mexico
Rise and shine, sunshine. Wake up to more good news about solar energy via TouchArt... more
Check out www.RussellMeans.com for inspiration, news, and wise words by the American Indian Leader Lakotah Russell Means who was celebrated by Andy Warhol in his seminal series of American icons.
"Russell Means has lived a life like few others in this century - revered for his selfless accomplishments and remarkable bravery. He was born into a society and guided by way of life that gently denies the self in order to promote the survival and betterment of family and community. His culture is driven by tradition, which at once links the past to the present.
The L.A. Times has called him the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. His indomitable sense of pride and leadership has become embedded in our national character. Today, his path has brought him to Hollywood, thus enabling him to use different means to communicate his vital truths. Through the power of media, his vision is to create peaceful and positive images celebrating the magic and mystery of his American Indian heritage. In contemplating the fundamental issues about the world in which we live, he is committed to educating all people about our most crucial battle - the preservation of the earth..."
Photo by Sage Paisner www.myspace.burningsagepress.com
From your friends at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com.Check out www.RussellMeans.com for inspiration, news, and wise words by the American... more
(Keshena, Wisconsin) - The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contributed over 4 tons of electronic and pharmaceutical waste to the EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge.
This is the second of several videos explaining the numerous MITW projects including teaching youth about the legend of the sturgeon and its place in tribal culture, cleaning up the reservation, and replacing gang symbols with Native American art.
In part two, the non-profit interfaith Earth Healing Initiative looks at the sturgeon education classes.
The tribe was creative as it added other facets to the challenge like teaching the children about their culture and the close relationship to the earth and its many lakes and streams.
All classes at the tribal school taught the students about the sturgeon, that is a vital part of Menominee legend and heritage, said Joe Awanahopay, language arts instructor at the Menominee tribal school.
Earth Week tribal school classes applied subjects like math, history and others to different aspects of the life cycle, biology, habitat, legends, spawning grounds and the cultural and practical value of the sturgeon, an important fish to the Menominee people since the dawn of their tribe.
“The sturgeon are a historic importance to our people,” he said. “Since the beginning of time, our people have relied upon the sturgeons for various reasons including for food and scraping hides.”
“In our legends, the sturgeon are the protectors of our wild rice,” said Awanahopay of the slow-growing giant fish known for its thick hide and rubbery snout whose uses and related regulations have sometimes pitted white fishermen against American Indians. “We have been engaging the students in the culture, language, science and the social studies of what the sturgeon mean to our people.”
“They've been studying the anatomy and the physiology of the sturgeon and the students are looking at the sturgeon habitats and what the effects of pollution are.”
“They are looking at the different migrations, the geography, the path the sturgeon used to take to come to their home here - their traditional spawning grounds on the Menoninee Indian reservation,” he said. “Because of two dams that are here now south of our reservation, sturgeon are no longer able to come home here to their ancestral spawning grounds.”
“We are so fortunate to have so many elders that we still work with that are able to give us this knowledge and pass it from one generation to the next, despite all of the forced assimilation and the changes in our youth, who are trying to make their way in modern society yet integrate the traditions with the technology in today’s world," Awanahopay said.
Sponsors include the tribe's Community Resource Center, Menominee County Police, Menominee Tribal Police, Tribal Clinic Wellness Program (Maehnowesekiyah), Probation and Parole, Community Recycling Project, Recreation Department, EarthHealing.org and the U.S. Post Office in Keshena.
This video is possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the EPA's Region 5 office and the EPA Great Lakes national Program Office (both in Chicago); in cooperation with the non-profit Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative in Marquette, MI.
The EHI involves American Indian tribes and "a coalition of churches, synagogues and other faith traditions joining together to heal, protect and defend the environment," said EHI founder Rev. Jon Magnuson of Marquette, Michigan.
Menominee Indian Tribe of WI:
MITW Tribal School:
College of Menominee Nation
Earth Healing Initiative:
Interfaith graphics by Justice St. Rain (Bah'i Community) of Interfaith Resources Special Ideas website:
1-800-326-1197(Keshena, Wisconsin) - The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contributed over 4 tons... more
The earth, our true mother, is cleansing herself with storms, tornadoes,earthquakes and hurricanes.
Listen to her roar.
Rebuild GREEN, like Greensburg.
from TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.comThe earth, our true mother, is cleansing herself with storms, tornadoes,earthquakes... more
Hello, All -- For your reference, I include the article below. See the web site for links to potentially useful reports and news releases.
Cherokee says, " The preceding statistics are used to illustrate the importance of green, low-GHG real estate development – such as transit-oriented, infill, mixed-use, brownfield, smart growth development and/or green building in meeting US greenhouse gas reduction goals."
-- Bill Brown
from Charleen Touchette at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.comHello, All -- For your reference, I include the article below. See the web site for... more
Greetings, All -- Researchers at the University of Tel Aviv claim new photovoltaic technology that costs at least one hundred times less than conventional silicon-based devices. The device is based on a genetically engineered dry proteins photosystem called PS I that -- importantly -- emininates the need for an expensive cooling system. PS I is expected to cost about $1 (one dollar) per square meter of panels compared with a cost of about $200 (two hundred dollars) per square meter for panels using silicon.
"The Israeli team is set to challenge others who are using photosynthesis for photovoltaic cells, including universities such as Cambridge in the U.K., and Stanford, M.I.T, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and the Universities of Tennessee and Arizona in the U.S, and several others. "
-- Bill Brown
William M. Brown
Sage West Consultants & The Climate Project
Energy Science, Law, Architecture
Arroyo Hondo & Taos, New Mexico
Brought to you on this earth day from Charleen Touchette at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com
Photo "Cloud Break Over Chimayo" by Charleen Touchette, On the Road with Mixed Blood Radio Archives with Martin Luther King III outside Chimayo, New Mexico in June 2007.Greetings, All -- Researchers at the University of Tel Aviv claim new photovoltaic... more
Another message from our friend Bill Brown at NMGlobalWarming.org up in Taos, New Mexico.
Greetings, All -- The solar power industry is rapidly pushing toward economic parity with old technology fossil fuel power. SUNRGI of Silicon Valley, California is promising -- perhaps with slightly excess optimism -- economically competitive solar photovoltaic power by 2009. The solar power industry as a whole is looking at economic parity by 2010 to 2015. OPEC yesterday was looking at $200-per-barrel oil in the very near future, which would represent a price increase since 1999 of 1,000 percent (that is one thousand percent over the global $20 per barrel oil price in 1999).
Place your bets now on where the world should be heading in terms of a new clean energy economy.
-- Bill Brown
From your friends at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.comAnother message from our friend Bill Brown at NMGlobalWarming.org up in Taos, New... more
Save the Planet, Be Entertained, and Learn!
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contributed over 4 tons of electronic and pharmaceutical waste to the EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge.
This is the first of several videos explaining the tribes numerous projects that included cleaning up the reservation, replacing gang symbols with Native American art, teaching youth about the legend of the sturgeon and its place in tribal culture.
In part one, the non-profit interfaith Earth Healing Initiative looks at the many recycling projects of the College of Menominee nation.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin in Keshena is being praised for its massive cleanup projects during the EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge - involving over 100 projects across eight states that comprise the Great lakes basin.
The college of Menominee Nation held a pharmaceutical and electronic waste collection as part of the EPA Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge.
Other tribal projects during the challenge included the clean up of two reservation communities by tribal school students, the Menominee Teen Court Panel, and many other volunteers.
All classes at the tribal school taught the students about the sturgeon, that is a vital part of Menominee heritage.
Called the protector guardian of Menominee wild rice, the sturgeon used to spawn on the reservation until a man made dam blocked the route to ancestral spawning grounds.
The students whitewashed gang graffiti at a skateboard park replacing it with American Indian art.
"The younger students put their hands in paint and made flower hand prints on the wall," said teacher Beth Waukechon.
Adults participated in the challenge in a big way - as the tribe's Solid Waste and Recycling Department held curbside e-waste collections during Earth week 2008 - and all month accepted e-waste at the transfer station.
Native American and other students also made garbage monsters at the Keshena Public Schools with help from their parents using common every day trash from home.
More than four tons of e-waste and other recyclables were removed from the reservation during April.
At the College of Menominee Nation, over 23 pounds of medicines were turned in including 100 bottles of pills, more than 25 computers and dozens of related components like hard drives, printers, keyboards and speakers; televisions, radios, DVD players, 12 cell phones and over 100 small batteries.
Sponsors include the tribe's Community Resource Center, Menominee County Police, Menominee Tribal Police, Tribal Clinic Wellness Program (Maehnowesekiyah), Probation and Parole, Community Recycling Project, Recreation Department and the U.S. Post Office in Keshena.
While hosting the collection, the college's Implementing Sustainable Development class found out they won the National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant through Coca-Cola, said professor William Van Lopik, Ph.D.
"One of premises of the class is to do things, not just talk about what we are going to do and how the world is going to be changed, but having students do things," Dr. Van Lopik said.
The grant pays for 50 recycling bins.
The class has participated in the ten-week Recycle Mania project two years in a row that involves weighing recyclables as they leave the building. This year, the class ranked 136 out of 200 colleges and universities with 8 pounds of recyclables per person, beating out Ohio State and Georgetown, Van Lopik said.
This video on the projects connected to the Great Lakes 2008 Earth Day Challenge was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the EPA Region 5 office in Chicago, and the EPA Great Lakes national Program Office in cooperation with the non-profit Interfaith Earth Healing Initiative in Marquette, MI.
The EHI involves American Indian tribes and "a coalition of churches, synagogues and other faith traditions joining together to heal, protect and defend the environment," said EHI founder Rev. Jon Magnuson of Marquette, Michigan.The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin contributed over 4 tons of electronic and... more
Aspartame affects protein synthesis, and DNA.
Stop drinking, eating and taking aspartame by any of its names like phenylalanine.
Also check out this link for more analysis on how aspartame damages health.
"Aspartame is a synthetic chemical composed of the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid. Each time you drink a diet soft drink or chew sugarless gum, you are feeding unhealthy doses of these amino acids into your system, according to Dr. James Howenstine in A Physicians Guide to Natural Health Products that Work."
from TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com
in New Mexico where citizens are working for a bill to ban aspartame in the state legislature.
Read how aspartame poisons humans and rats, then think about how it poisons water and the environment when it is manufactured and what it does to the water supply when people flush it down their toilets.Aspartame affects protein synthesis, and DNA.
Stop drinking, eating and taking... more
You Tube video of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, another dedicated defender of our Constitution who was also with us at the Realizing the Dream Poverty in American Initiative Report to Congress in October 2007 with Martin Luther King III and the rest of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat from Texas is an eloquent supporter of Hillary Clinton for President.
From TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.comYou Tube video of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, another dedicated defender of our... more
In part 2 of show six, our host Mike Botticello meets up with shop that helps convert cars to run on vegetable oil. In part 2 of show six, our host Mike Botticello meets up with shop that helps convert... more
5 years ago
Whole Earth Generation winner Lil Peppi, 9, takes over New York to spread the word about staying green and saving the planet.
Whole Earth Generation winner Lil Peppi, 9, takes over New York to spread the word... more
5 years ago
Some of the good Bill Clinton has been up to around the world.
from your friends at TouchArt.net and OneEarthBlog.blogspot.com.Some of the good Bill Clinton has been up to around the world.
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Corporate Hog Farms are with cattle yards and beef production, the greatest producers of greenhouse gas.
Lakotah Indians in South Dakota are arrested at protest of hog farm on Indian lands.
Photo - "Rain Comes to Pine Ridge" by Sage Paisner 2008
From TouchArt.net and One Earth Blog.Corporate Hog Farms are with cattle yards and beef production, the greatest producers... more
A bit of interesting democratic primary history with Ed Muskie doing the crying at this link above - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canuck_Letter
"Cannucks" - French Canadians, mostly descendants of the French Voyageurs and Northeast Indian women - Metis, Quebecois, and Bois Brulle and/or Acadians, the offspring of communally living French men from Brittany and Normandy in the early 1600s and Mik'mak women, were persecuted from Maine up through Canada on the eastern seaboard for over 200 years. When America was born, the border crossed over them from coast to coast. One contentious border was Maine, with Acadians having family on both sides and longing to be reunited. My Memere Louisia Aucoin Touchette was born in the late 1890s, but she yearned to return to Acadia and talked about the dispersal in 1755 as if it were yesterday.
Our people were major players in the French and Indian Wars, War of 1812 and others when we usually took the side of our Indian relatives, not usually the winning side. The Grand Derangement in September of 1755 of Acadians, when families were separated, their property confiscated and herded on ships and dispersed to the British colonies, is the first modern example of genocide in the West. Seeing Mormon children torn from their mothers reignites that tragic ancestral memory.
What most people don't know is that the Ku Klux Klan had it's biggest activity against "Cannucks" in Maine in the late 1800s and early 1900s with a membership in Maine of over a 150,000. Read this description of the times from "Performing family stories, forming cultural identity: Franco American mémère stories" by Kristin M. Langellier
First published in Communication Studies, 53(1) Spring 2002, 56-73.
"Arguably, the Roman Catholic church both held French Canada together culturally at the same time that it hindered the social progress of its people. In the U.S., the devotion to French language and Catholic faith made Franco Americans the targets of religious hostility and racist attacks. The Anglo imagination attacked the French refusal to assimilate by challenging their whiteness. The French were characterized in an 1880 Massachusetts labor report as "the Chinese of the Eastern States" (les chinois de Pest) (Doty, 1995, p. 87), a comparison not to other white groups but to another race. Using French Canadians to argue against a ten-hour work day, the report concludes, "Now, it is not strange that so sordid and low a people should awaken corresponding feelings in the managers, and that these should feel that, the longer hours for such people, the better, and that to work them to the uttermost is about the only good use they can be put to" (Wright, 1881). Class, linguistic, and religious conflict submitted Franco Americans to two hundred years of discrimination, oppression, and poverty. In the mid and late 1880's and again in the 1920s, French Catholics were the target of cross-burnings by the Ku Klux Klan. In Maine, for example, an active and flourishing Klan in Maine, numbering 150,141, waged campaigns against the Catholic Church and foreign-language schools (Doty, 1995). Anti-French and anti-Catholic attacks suggest how larger historical forces shaped language and religion within the specific cultural formation of Franco American identity. "
Unfortunately, the Muskie "Canuck Letter" didn't increase awareness about the history and unequal status of some of America's first inhabitants.
From TouchArt.net and One Earth Blog.
P.S. Our Mik'maq ancestors arrived on the northeast shores of the Atlantic 20,000 years ago.A bit of interesting democratic primary history with Ed Muskie doing the crying at... more
Illegal South Dakota state police occupation continues on Yankton Indian Land
Incoming messages from Yankton protest:
I am Oitancan Zephier, a former police officer of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, combat veteran of Afghanistan and a father. Last week I quit my job when the protests started over the building of a hog farm by a corporation on private land surrounded by tribal lands. I quit because the Bureau of Indian Affairs will not help us. They stand and watch us get tossed in jail. The filth of the pigs will effect every part of our Indian people here.
There is a headstart school 2 miles away from the hog farm. There is a kindergarten through 12th grade school 4 miles away. There is a day care a couple miles away from the site. It is a prejudice act granted by the state of South Dakota to these pig farm owners. We need your help. If this is completed they will assume jurisdiction of all that surrounds them. The already began taking our tribal road, which we have intensely fought for 2 weeks now.
I have been thrown in jail while on our Indian land by a state officer. That is wrong!
I am begging you for your help. If you can, please publish the cry for help below in any way you can.
Contact me if you can help; or please forward this on to anyone who can help us."
The Zephier family is much respected in Lakotah country. (TouchArt)
Another censored news item from Brenda Norrell.
Brought to you from TouchArt.net and One Earth Blog because it's always been Earth Day every day in indigenous America.
Here are more links about the hog farm protest by Lakotahs.
Great pics of the excavation for hog farm andLakotah protesters at this link - http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/04/16/18493231.php
More here - http://www.guerrillanews.com/headlines/17270/Yankton_Lakota_under_armed_siege_for_protesting_hog_farm
And here -
Note how this protest relates to global warming and green house gases, since corporate meat production results in the biggest contribution of methane gas to the atmosphere.
Have a great Earth Day every day and consider eating organic farm raised pork if you have to eat meat.
Peace, Pax, Shalom, Salaam, Skenon,
By Brenda Norrell
Indigenous Peoples are under assault throughout the Americas, with represssive police actions of Mohawks in Canada, Lakota in South Dakota and Zapatistas in Chiapas.
Mohawks in Tyendinaga are asking for support, following the arrest of five persons defending their land on Friday. Yankton Sioux are also defending their sovereign land from an assault and occupation by South Dakota State Police. Police arrested more than a dozen people protesting a hog farm on Indian land.
Meanwhile, walkers begin the Citizens Walk for Human Dignity, from Tucson to Phoenix, on May 2, to bring attention to the racism, vigilante patrols and raids in Arizona and along the US/Mexico border.
The Longest Walk, northern and southern routes, continues as a prayer walk across America to bring attention to the defense and protection of sacred places and Mother Earth. American Indian Movement cofounder Dennis Banks and Jimbo Simmons, member of the International Indian Treaty Council, are leading the southern and northern routes. Both will be at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka on Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 10 am.
This Earth Day news comes via your friends at TouchArt.net and One Earth Blog.
Support Indigenous Rights.By Brenda Norrell
Indigenous Peoples are under assault throughout the Americas,... more