social justice

Like Elephants? Help Elephants!

sad circus elephant remembering her familyI recently learned about Elephant Watch Nepal and hope other animal advocates will help to spread the word about their wonderful work for elephants and other animals around the world.

More info: Responsible Travel vs Elephant Safaris

Like them on Facebook and share their page with your contacts – thanks! They can really use the international exposure.

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Visit Ecovillage tonight

Ecovillage Interviews and community Q and A around Sustainment and Social Justice at SONG Common House sitting room, Ecovillage, Ithaca, NY

Thursday 14th, 7 to 9pm with Tendai Chitewere:
Tendai will give an overview of her PHD dissertation on EVI from 2006 called: “Constructing A Green Lifestyle Consumption and Environmentalism in an Ecovillage”. 
[Todd Ayoung] will followup with some questions to Tendai and we are hoping to get a discussion going with Ecovillagers about how Ecovillage at Ithaca has moved on since Tendai’s dissertation study in 2006.
The other two interviews and Q and A will be a framed by Tendai Chitewere talk:
Saturday 16th, 1 to 3 pm with Krishna Ramanujan

Sunday 17th, 1 to 3 pm with Florian Charvolin of August.

Intersectional linkiness

Events:

  • Left Forum 2014: Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice (May 30-June 1, 2014, NYC):

    “Pressing questions loom for justice-seeking social forces: What is to be done today when a reform brings us one step forward, while leaving other important struggles worse off in the process? What type of movements will it take to overcome such challenges? What type of institutions, systems and societal conditions are possible when transformed conditions of justice no longer take the forms of, ‘the aggrieved speaking to the grievance alleviators’? How do these issues raise the question of the relation of reform to revolution? More than ever, people know that a new and different world is urgently needed. How do we get there from here: reforms, revolution, or strategic combinations of both?”

  • People Links Digital Gatherings (online):

    “Join us on Thursday, March 27th from 6-7pm EST and 4-5 CT-MexDF to discuss technology related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech versus the right to freedom of expression.”

  • Socialist Campaign in New York? A Discussion, Hosted by Campaign for a United Socialist Party – CUSP, April 17, 2014, The Brecht Forum, NYC (via Edge Left):

    “Previous meetings focused on the theory; this one is about concrete options. How do campaigns work? Should we learn by working on Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor? Should we run open socialists? Now, in a few years, or when? What opportunities to run exist between 2014 and 2018? Will running candidates interfere with important movement work? How do we approach nationwide formations? This event is an open discussion and organizing meeting, so it will involve “audience” participation more than typical events. Bring your thoughts, listen to others, and focus on the nuts-and-bolts of what we will actually do.”

  • A New York that works for all of us Rally in Albany, NY, March 20, 2014 (via Edge Left):

    “We stand for a NY that works for all of us but today, Albany works for the super-rich and powerful corporations. If it favors the wealthy and CEO campaign contributors, it’s sure to pass in Albany. On the other hand, common sense legislation the majority of New Yorkers believe in, is stalled by politics. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can do better. On March 20th we are going to hold our elected officials in Albany responsible for putting people ahead of campaign contributors. We demand that our basic democratic rights be respected.”

Things to read:

  • Edward Snowden’s Testimony to the European Parliament on NSA Spying and its Consequences:

    Snowden’s testimony is vitally important for every citizen in every country to understand, yet it has barely been covered by the commercial or (non-commercial) global media. At stake is the possibility of individuals and organizations (not just the media) to function as checks on executive power. It also demonstrates the ability of a secret agency to become an executive power, able even to control the spy services of foreign countries.

  • Heroic Imagination Project:

    “Headquartered in San Francisco, California, The Heroic Imagination Project was founded by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University. At HIP, we translate the extensive research findings of social psychology and related fields into meaningful insights and tools that individuals can use in their everyday lives to transform negative situations and create positive change. Dr. Zimbardo’s work has studied the psychological foundations of negative forms of social influence (such as conformity, obedience, and the bystander effect) and is now refocused on understanding the nature of everyday heroism and they psychology of personal and social growth.”

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Ebook on socialism and animal rights

socialists book coverSocialists and Animal Rights [Kindle Edition] by Jon Hochschartner ($2.99):

The socialist left remains particularly inhospitable for those concerned with animal domestication. In “Socialists and Animal Rights,” Jon Hochschartner begins the important work of bridging the gap between those concerned with class and those concerned with species. In this timely collection of essays, readers will find an examination of the vegetarianism of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, one man’s contemporary efforts to form an animal-liberationist tendency in the International Socialist Organization, the veganism of Angela Davis, and so much more.

Get it here

Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award

The Community Dispute Resolution Center and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center are seeking nominations for the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award.

The award is given to an individual or organization who works non-violently for change, who brings people together to resolve differences or promote social justice, and whose work benefits the Tompkins County community.

Nominations should consist of a letter of one or two pages on why the nominee should win the award and be sent to CDRC, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Ithaca, NY 14850, or emailed to cdrc@cdrc.org by Dec. 16.

The award will be presented at the MLK Community Breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School gymnasium.

Link: Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award (Ithaca Journal)

The 47 Percent Filmmaker likes people and animals

I noticed when reading about Scott Prouty, the ’47 Percent’ Filmmaker who helped bring down Romney, that he’s not only a friend to working people – he’s a friend to animals. The article reports that he “spent his free time volunteering with his girlfriend at a South Florida SPCA, where he gave a HuffPost reporter a tour of the horse rescue operation” and offers this link to donate. He also once saved a drowning woman from a canal full of alligators – incidentally saving the alligators, who were going to be shot if other rescue folks had got their gun in time. Proving, once again, that having a love for animals doesn’t mean you can’t be a humanitarian too!