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in support of Gore?

Friday, 8 June 2007 Leave a comment

As in Al Gore?  Yes, that is to what I’m referring!  It is time to begin seriously considering the ways in which we understand ourselves in light of a global community.  Gore has published the text that might help us to incorporate a more important narrative thereby reducing our ecological footprint[s] and also our narcissistic tendencies.

How might be begin to tell the truth and get a sense concerning a comprehensive understanding of this present reality?  Let’s start thinking!  After all, do we just resign ourselves to Hillary or Barack at this moment?  The popularity is great, but there’s more to the practicing of politics than popularity!

Lets try to restore a sense of ethics to politics and government!

Categories: Ethics, Politics, Society

INCITE! AT THE US SOCIAL FORUM!!!: connecting w/ folks

Wednesday, 6 June 2007 1 comment

INCITE! AT THE US SOCIAL FORUM!!!
HEADING TO THE US SOCIAL FORUM IN ATLANTA?
WONDERING HOW TO CONNECT WITH INCITE! FOLKS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHILE YOU’RE THERE?
PRE-CONFERENCE FORUM –
DEVELOPING LIBERATORY RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Please join us at the US Social Forum to advance our work on creating community-based alternatives to address violence and strategies to build safer, supportive, and more peaceful communities! The movement to create community-based, transformative justice is at an exciting moment! Across the U.S., a small but growing collection of organizations are developing and piloting models that address intimate and community violence that do not rely on State intervention. While in different organizational stages, most of us are already working together in some capacity, but we have not yet been able to formally gather and share our experiences, struggles, challenges and successes –a unique opportunity that the upcoming U.S. Social Forum can provide.
For this reason, Generation Five, Critical Resistance, Creative Interventions, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and Action + Community= Transformation would like to invite your organization to participate in a pre-forum convening for individuals and organizations that are currently doing national or local work to develop violence-prevention/intervention models that do not rely on state intervention. Read more…

living life; limping through relationships and finding balance

Wednesday, 6 June 2007 Leave a comment

It is hard sometimes to find one’s place–to find stable ground. Life seems to present a variety of challenges–from the teenage angst that each of us encountered [whether we were aware of it or not], to what do I do with my life and to how to I create a family [whether that is a family of one or with another]. The disruptions of life are just that: disruptions.

I had a recent encounter where a loved one began to ask questions about relationships and finding balance in relationships. This is a difficult one largely because the relationships about which this person was mentioning is a formative and integral relationship. But, just how formative and integral are relationships when one feels abused, neglected, put-down, shut-out, etc.? They may become toxic over time and this toxicity mayvery well just creep up on us. This is a sad reality, but reality nonetheless that presents itself to each of us. So, how do we live life and in relationships where we encounter such difficulties? We must discern–using both internal and external resources–we must find the balance that preserves us.

Perhaps that is what Jacob was doing when he was asking for a blessing from the Angel of the Lord? Caught in a “wrestling” match, he found himself wanting that fierce person to be present. The Angel was indeed present, but soon the angel would be leaving–but before so, Jacob was left with a limp and his name was changed. Wow! What a disruption in this could-be “spiritual”/”heavenly” relationship. I wonder if it felt more like a dungeon or being a prisoner of war during the time when they were wrestling?

Perhaps that is how we feel when we enter into times of darkness in relationships? We become prisoners of this war of challenges and finding power in relationships. We walk with a limp. And, sometimes we stumble. We try and reach out, but our faint voice cannot be heard over the clutter that we hear inside of us. We are certainly off balance. We are far from the reality of life and balance, yet we are living, still.

And so, Jacob’s name is changed to Israel and he departs back to his family–a changed person.

That’s a great story for Jacob, but what about that person who doesn’t know really why they have a limp? What has tormented them in silence [or perhaps blatantly] that has now produced the limp? Where is their prison? Furthermore, where is their freedom? How does one find balance from the perspective that the limp presents a pretty definite disadvantage and/or disability? That is where I get stumped. I don’t know where to find the balance? I don’t know how to be healed of the limp?

What if the limp is permanent? What is the balance can never be restored like you thought? Are there ways that we can live, be in relationships, and find balance that look radically different than what our minds and history and traditions tell us?

I sure hope so! Peace to YOU who is currently struggling with the limp.

draft gore dot com

Monday, 4 June 2007 Leave a comment

DRAFTGORE.COM

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BN just promoting the draft gore dot com site…well…who better…At this point, the idea of a presidential election is all up for somebody’s grab! After our current yahoo [ie Bush from the “Great State”], I’m not real clear what it even means to function in this capacity of President of the United States. Do you?

draft gore logoAl Gore: The
Conscience of the
Democratic Party

He’s eloquent, passionate, relentless, undaunted. The first political figure to oppose the Iraq war, Al Gore is also the lead champion in the fight against global warming, a passionate defender of our Constitution, and an unyielding voice against the Bush Administration’s abuse of power. Given his unmatched experience and leadership on issues of moral imperative, Gore is increasingly seen as Democrats’ best bet to win back the White House.

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Categories: Ethics, Politics, Society, Sociology

The Rich Get Richer and what about you?

Monday, 4 June 2007 Leave a comment

This is not a new trend or phenomenon. It is simply something that continues to rise to the surface of everyone’s politics. And so, if you have a sense about global politics and identity politics, perhaps you should take a look at this article provided for your reading pleasure compliments of Alternet dot org!

AlterNet

Bush’s “Magic” Economic Formula: The Rich Get Richer; Regular People Lose Ground

By Larry Beinhart, AlterNet
Posted on June 4, 2007, Printed on June 4, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/52955/

Supposedly we are in a sustained economic recovery and have been since 2002.

Part of this is Bush hot air and the Republican Noise Machine, which the media quotes verbatim.

By a certain measure, however, it’s real.

The economy has grown. Corporate profits are at an all-time high. Average income is up. There’s lots of money around.

But the recovery has some really strange features. Oddities never before seen in a recovery.

Jobs: During Bush’s first term the US actually lost private-sector jobs.

It finally improved in 2005, and now job creation is almost keeping pace with the increase in population. Still, over all, it’s the worst record since Hoover, the fellow who presided over the onset of the Great Depression.

How do you have a recovery without creating jobs? Read more…

Categories: Ethics, Politics, Religion

Illinois women not getting the care they need

Thursday, 31 May 2007 Leave a comment
 
Chicago Foundation for Women
 

Illinois women not getting the care they need

New report reveals Illinois women in health care crisis

May 31) Women in Illinois are more likely to need medical services than men and yet, they are less likely to get it and often go without, according to the final report, ” A Study of Uninsured Women in Illinois,” released today by Chicago Foundation for Women.

 

“As the legislature grapples with the budget, we hope these numbers remind them that spiraling health care costs have put women’s health and safety in jeopardy. These women are caught in a health care crisis,” said Hannah Rosenthal, executive director of Chicago Foundation for Women. “But there is a solution. Illinois Covered is an ambitious plan that will offer coverage to hundreds of thousands of women previously uninsured.”

 

The report, the first extensive look at uninsured women in Illinois, also found one in every four Chicago woman has no health insurance. And the numbers are even higher for Latinas in Illinois–which means women are teetering on a dangerous edge risking both physical and financial security.

 

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Categories: Ethics, Feminism, Politics, Society

‘Hall of Shame’ Exposes Dangers of High-Level Homophobia

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 Leave a comment

‘Hall of Shame’ Exposes Dangers of High-Level Homophobia International Day Against Homophobia Highlights Persistence of Prejudice

(New York, May 16, 2007) ? Pope Benedict XVI, US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have undermined human rights by actively promoting prejudice against lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender people, Human Rights Watch said today in its annual “hall of shame” to mark the International Day Against Homophobia.

On May 17, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in more than 50 countries will commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, an initiative launched in 2005 that commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its roster of disorders. Read more…