This is not in order of what I like best of all, it's just things I'm thinking about. and I'll add more and more.
back to April
1. Community Supported Agriculture Farms At their most fundamental level, CSA farms provide a weekly delivery of organically grown produce to consumers during the growing season. Those consumers, in turn, pay a subscription fee. But CSA consumers don’t so much “buy” food from particular farms as become “members” of those farms. CSA operations provide more than just food; they offer ways for eaters to become involved in the ecological and human community that supports the farm.
2. everyone throughout history and everyone today who is working on keeping abortion legal, working to make clinics better, and working to keep the knowledge in our own hands.
Ideas of things you can do
To watch clips from the documentary Jane: an Abortion Service
The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service, by Laura Kaplan
3. Sometimes I forget to read zines, and then I do and there are so many good ones, really. I just got two in the mail
that I really like. Ilse Content, and Grandparents, they are both available through SSO Press, PO Box 2645 Oly, WA 98507
Ilse Content #5 is beautiful language letters and dreams. It says it's about how we relate to eachother in solid, touchable ways, but also in absense, like hiding, dreaming, rememebering... It felt like remembering to me. Remembering and loss.
It's $1 + 2 stamps.
Grandparents is a compilation of stories about people's grandparents. and it comes with a cd too. $3. and worth it!
4. Generation Five Our mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. Through survivor leadership, community organizing, and public action, Generation Five works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families and communities. Rather than perpetuate the isolation of this issue, we integrate child sexual abuse prevention into social movements targeting family violence, economic oppression, and gender and cultural discrimination. It is our belief that meaningful community response is the key to effective prevention
They have a really great resource list, and their approach is really inspiring.
1. I've been thinking a lot about anti-racist work, and how much I still have to learn about how to actually do anything about racism in this world. A few years ago I started donating money to The Oglala/Lakota college. I figure that's where my family is from and that's where my reparations are due. It's not a guilt thing, it just makes sense to me. I really do think that white people, if they have any money at all, should donate money to organizations of color. One of the things I learned was even if I only donate like $10, then they have another donor on their donor list and that helps them to get grants.
I also went to an anti-racist workshop that was presented by the group Catalyst. Their mission statement is:
Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are committed to anti-racist work in majority white sections of left social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation. We are committed to creating spaces for activists and organizers to collectively develop relevant theory, vision and strategy to build our movements. Catalyst programs prioritize leadership development, supporting grassroots fighting organizations and multiracial alliance building. If you are white, I really recommend organizing to bring an anti-racist workshop to your town.
A friend of mine was talking to me about doing a workshop in one of our local charter schools, and how resistant and even hostile many of the teachers were to discussing race. She recommends the website Teaching Tolerance.
also, the group Colours of Resistance Colours of Resistance first emerged in North America as a response to our growing feeling of a gap between what has been labelled as the 'anti-globalization' movement in the 'West' and the day-to-day organizing efforts in communities of colour to resist the impacts of global capitalism. We share a common critique of the lack of power/privilege analysis among predominantly white and middle-class anti-summit protests in the 'West' and are building a network of people who understand anti-oppression work as integral to any progressive movement building. 2. People have been asking me recently what herbs I take to stop being such a spazz case, and actually I take a lot of different things, but here is one compound I really like: Herb Pharms Nervous System Tonic compound
3. Taking Charge of Your Fertility
I think it is really important that we know as much about our bodies as we can. and that our bodies and our cycles start to make sense to us, and become part of our lives. I really want to encourage people to keep track of their cycles. A few women I've talked to recently said they thought they had really irregular cycles because their period fell on different days in different months. This doesn't mean they're irregular!!! For example, if your cycle is 26 days, it will always be coming at different times of the month, same with if it's 36 days.
1. Cloning and GMO Foods This is an article my friend Jen wrote. It is a basic and good article about the state of our current food supply.
I love Angela Davis. There are so many things everyone should read that she's written and hear
what she says and be inspired by her!
Speech to Download This speech is totally amazing. LISTEN TO IT!
Angela Davis Frontline Interview
All her amazing books
Critical Resistance this is an organization Angela Davis was a founding member of.
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the Prison Industrial Complex. Because we seek to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.