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This is so satisfying, and so smart.
So let's review, shall we?Dale Hansen is a sportscaster in Dallas, Texas.
And on Feb. 23, 2015, he was forced to give the kind of report he probably hoped never to have to give. A group of students at a local high school basketball game were photographed holding up signs to taunt the opposing team.Here's what those signs looked like.
Hansen was disgusted but not surprised.
Particularly, he was disgusted at the students' parents, who claimed it was all "an accident."
It was obviously no accident.
Yet despite that, Hansen feels sorry for the kids who held up the hateful signs. And the reason he does is more than a little surprising. And probably difficult for him to admit.
He was one of those kids because his father taught him to be one of those kids.
Thankfully, he grew up. But too many others are in danger of never seeing the light. When the ostensible adults in a community perpetuate the same racist ideas their parents and grandparents held, it's the next generation that suffers the most.You have to be taught to hate.
And it's on all of us to make sure that's not the lesson we're giving our kids, our students, and our young athletes. Starting now.
It's okay if you think his family's entertaining. He agrees.
"Fresh Off the Boat" is one of the hottest shows on TV right now.
The show is based on the real-life story of celebrity chef Eddie Huang, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan.
Jessica is quickly becoming a fan favorite, but some people are concerned that her portrayal, and its thick accent, is offensive.
While Huang has mixed feelings about how honestly the show captures the harsher, more complicated aspects of his family's experiences, he's got no patience for people who think it's racist.
Huang's not claiming to speak for every family's experience. Just his own.
When he hears Jessica speak on the show... Well. He hears his actual mother — a complicated, real person with opinions, flaws, goals ... and yes, an accent.
Other viewers take issue with the character of Eddie.
Specifically, his love of hip-hop.
Well, about that... The two things people always make fun of me for is "you're fat and you think you're black." — Eddie Huang
What bothers Huang the most about these complaints is that they try to define what an Asian family is allowed to be in America. And he's having none of it.
He's encouraging the shedding of stereotypes — positive and negative — that prevent people from viewing Asian-Americans as whole human beings.
It's natural to worry that a humorous look at a group of people might give outsiders the opportunity to develop fresh, harmful stereotypes.
But if you always worry about that, how can you tell anyone's story without filtering out everything that makes them unique? And in this case, so relatable and funny.
Really, it's a discussion worth having.Here's Huang's take on it:
This video is from "Time." You can follow Eddie Huang on Facebook and Twitter. You can catch his show, "Fresh Off the Boat," on ABC. For more background on Jessica and the issues surrounding her portrayal, this interview with Constance Wu in "Time" has some great insight.
The picture of the Wu-Tang Clan was uploaded to Wikipedia by user Spellcast and used under Creative Commons license. The "Fresh Off the Boat" logo was uploaded to Wikipedia by user 30PRCCT and used under Creative Commons license.
How do we allow people to become invisible?
Did you know it would take you about almost two weeks to count to 3,500,000? (And that's without sleeping or eating!)
I've never tried it, but a Google search told me it would take about that long. Let's agree that 3,500,000 is a mighty big number. That's approximately how many people are homeless every year.
It's hard to imagine that 3.5 million homeless people could become invisible.
But sometimes we overlook the obvious, and that's what one homeless shelter in New York set out to illustrate.
The shelter, New York Rescue Mission, asked some random people to dress homeless for an afternoon.
Then they had their relatives walk by.
The relatives had no idea they'd be passing their family members.Not one person took the moment to see the person sitting in front of them as they passed by.
Evan did not notice his cousin.
Alison did not notice her brother and uncle.
Shaunya did not notice her mom and aunt.Everyone in the experiment was surprised they had not been able to actually notice people they knew and cared about when they thought they were homeless.
Becoming homeless can happen to anyone.Let's start taking the time to notice our fellow humans who are in need.
Check out the entire video and transcript below. And yes, I know that most of us probably would not notice our family members if we were not expecting them to be sitting on the street. That's not the point of this video. It's an illustration to show that at some point, any of us (or our family) could be homeless. It's here to make us think.
From locs to braids to twists and 'fros, I love natural hair in all its forms. So when I saw actress Zendaya Coleman rocking loc extensions at the 2015 Academy Awards, I was ecstatic. But it wasn't until after the awards show that I had to shake my head.
Here's how Zendaya usually wears her hair:
But like most teenagers, the 18-year-old actress has been known to switch up her look every now and then.Zendaya debuted her gorgeous faux locs hairstyle at the 2015 Academy Awards. Zendaya Coleman switched things up and rocked FAUX LOCS on the red carpet tonight! #BETTweetsOscars pic.twitter.com/h5i2uV0xfs
— BET (@BET) February 23, 2015
Full disclosure: I've had locs (sometimes referred to as dreadlocks) for over 10 years, so I instantly loved everything about Zendaya's look. So I'm somewhat biased, but I couldn't help but love Zendaya's explanation for wanting to rock locs on the red carpet.
So imagine Zendaya's surprise when Giuliana Rancic of E!'s "Fashion Police" had this to say:
A video posted by Spilling The CelebriTea (@thacelebritea) on Feb 23, 2015 at 8:43pm PST
"I feel like she smells like patchouli oil ... or weed." — Giuliana Rancic
Now just to be clear, Giuliana made these comments the day after the Oscars during her "Fashion Police" segment on E! She didn't actually *smell* Zendaya, she just assumed she must smell like patchouli or weed because of her loc'd hairstyle. And while there's nothing wrong with liking the smell of patchouli or smoking weed (if that's your thing), patchouli is often associated with uncleanliness because its pungent smell is sometimes used to mask body odor. Given that, it's easy to understand why Zendaya didn't take so kindly to such comments.That's when Zendaya went on Twitter to respond to Giuliana's hurtful and ignorant comments. pic.twitter.com/q0fOYrv3gc
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 24, 2015 "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion's mane." — Zendaya Coleman
Whew! Say it, Zendaya!
Then Guiliana offered an apology on her Twitter. Dear @Zendaya, I'm sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) February 24, 2015
So what's the big deal? Well, despite Giuliana's intentions, we can't ignore the very complicated politics surrounding black hair.
Throughout history, black women have been told that their natural hair is unprofessional, dirty, and even distracting. And that doesn't even begin to touch on the misconceptions surrounding locs. Many assume loc'd hair is dirty and cannot be washed or that people who wear locs are drug users. In recent years we've seen companies and schools institute regulations banning natural hairstyles, including the U.S. military. One Oklahoma school even sent home an elementary school student for wearing locs, resulting in the student unenrolling from the school.
It's also worth noting that hairstyles, fashion trends, and even body shapes that are normally associated with blackness (like locs, braids, full lips, and even shapely behinds) are often dismissed as ugly, "ghetto," trashy, or a whole host of other negative insults. But when those same attributes are co-opted by white people, they're suddenly "edgy" and fashionable. This is cultural appropriation at its finest.
For example, when R&B singer Ciara debuted her faux locs shortly before her wedding day, People magazine initially wondered if she'd keep them since they might not work with a "very elegant affair."
(The original People post was later updated after audience feedback.)
Meanwhile, when reality TV star Kylie Jenner debuted her "dreadlocks" on Instagram, Cosmo magazine labeled them "edgy."
While I don't doubt Giuliana didn't mean for her words to be harmful, it's important to understand that there is a long and painful history associated with criticizing black skin, hair, and bodies that continues to this very day. That on top of appropriation that deems blackness "cool" when it's on white bodies and associates those same things with "ghetto" — or in this case, drug usage — it's hard to ignore the racial undertones. As much as it pains me that this conversation had to happen, I hope Giuliana can learn from her mistake and Zendaya's words can inspire other women to love and embrace their natural hair and natural beauty.
This post features tweets from BET, Zendaya Coleman, and Guiliana Rancic and an Instagram post from The CelebriTea. Zendaya GIFs from Tumblr. Mariah Carey GIF via Gifbase. People magazine screenshot and Cosmo screenshot from my personal Tumblr.
They'll never see the outside of their prison again, but that doesn't mean they can't make an impact.
Something amazing happens when you leave a camera in a room with inmates who are in prison because they used guns. It's hard to watch, but it's an attempt to reach kids before they end up in the same kind of place."I took up a gun, I held it. And then this gun became my security. … I entered a movie theater with a group of friends. Then, another group of teens came in, yelling. Pretty soon, an argument erupted between my group and that group. One of them pulled out a gun and fired it. I returned fire. … I didn't think I was gonna hit anybody, but I did it anyway. A little boy was shot. He died that night." — Sing Sing inmate, "Voices from Within" video project
To jump straight to the project, skip forward to the 4-minute mark."I made a choice. A gun."
Link: The Story of Emilia Romagna, Italy
See more uploads from The Distributist on Scribd
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Link: These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband. Here's What Net Neutrality Means For Them
Just before his State of the Union address last month, President Obama showed up in the small city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to highlight the work of Cedar Falls Utilities, a publicly owned utility that operates an Internet network in the city. Cedar Falls has one of the oldest community-owned networks in the country and, with recent upgrades, is now one of the fastest. In addition to having higher-speed connections than neighboring communities in Iowa, the publicly owned network’s more than 11,000 subscribers pay around $200 less per year.
Read the full article at YES! Magazine
Go to the GEO front page
Everyone loves happy endings, right?
The acting nominations for the Oscars for 2015 were all white. It was the whitest Oscars since 1998. I think the Academy could do better if they tried. Here's how they can help be a force for good. With data to explain the problems! (We fact-checked all of it. The kid thing blew our minds too. Sources are linked at the bottom.)
Would you mind sharing this? And if you click the tweet button below, you can ask the Academy what they specifically are going to do to take this seriously. It's a win-win for everyone. I'd seriously appreciate it.
An Upworthy original. Design by Creative Action Network. Share image courtesy of Aaron Poole, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, used with permission.
- Academy board members at Oscars.org
- The Indiana University Study on children's self esteem
- The Academy budget at Oscars.org (PDF)
- Story on intern pay at The Economist
- UCLA study on diversity in talent representation
- Oscar winner database at Oscars.org
- The rules to become a member of the Academy at Oscars.org (a fascinating read, btw)
- Movie fan demographics at MPAA.org (PDF)
- UCLA report on the relationship between movies and ratings (PDF) (Originally found on DiversityInc.)
- Madam Noire on NBC's intern efforts paying off
- Nichelle Nichols tells the story of meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. on WNET documentary, via Upworthy
Believe or not the Transition Health Check is not about measuring everyone's blood pressure in your Transition group or seeing how fit you all are. It's actually a great tool for you to use to see how your group is doing, one that many Transition groups have already found to be really useful. It is very important to state upfront that the Health Check is there to help your group, it is not a test that you pass or fail. Over the next few weeks we hope to hear from some groups who have already done the Health Check for their reflections.
A healthy group
Interestingly the similarities between a healthy human body and a healthy Transition group are both about taking an holistic view of what is happening in order to prevent problems by checking that all the different parts are working well. The Health Check is based around the following elements of the Transition support offer. It has been shown through research, actual experience and feedback that if a group covers these they are more likely to be successful, sustainable and healthy:
- How to start Transition: Developing an initiating group
- Develop your group
- Community engagement
- Networks and Partnerships
- Practical projects
- Inner Transition
- Part of movement
The Transition Animal
Sometimes we compare a healthy initiative to a healthy animal, different parts of its body representing different aspects of what makes Transition successful (see right for one artists impression of The Transition Animal, looking a rather like a four-legged Pikachu...):
- Four legs: A Transition initiative needs to have legs to walk and move in the right direction. The 4 essential legs needed to help make Transition a reality are; a well functioning group that gets things done and looks after itself, engagement with your local community, having a range of partners and being involved in a range of networks and running practical projects that demonstrate Transition on a practical level.
- Heart: We also need a healthy inner life when doing Transition and take care not to burn out. The heart brings values and principles that help us to take care of ourselves and each other - creating a positive culture, giving time to reflect together and checking on our energy levels and personal sustainability.
- Vision: It is very hard to see where you're going without eyes, in the same way that it is difficult to see what it is you are trying to achieve without having a vision.
- A wagging tale: A happy animal often has a wagging tail, so a Transition group should be having fun, enjoying what it is doing and take time to socialise.
All of these elements add up to a healthy animal, that is not to say that an animal cannot function if it doesn’t have all of these things, but it does make it more difficult. This is the same for a group they can definitely function without some of these aspects, but it will be more effective and happier if it has all of these in place.
It’s not a test
As stated above the Healthcheck is not a test. It is a tool that has been designed to help your Transition initiative to reflect on where it has got to through sparking conversations about what’s working well and what could be strengthened. It also helps you to celebrate your strengths and successes and to identify areas which might need more work, or skills, or resources. As it is linked into the new Support Offer, you can access support activities on our website for any of the areas that you want to spend some time on.
All about discussion
Many groups have found that using the Health Check raises lots of questions, and sometimes the discussion it starts supplies the answers. The focus is on the how your initiative is doing. This is not to say that you have to cover all of them, or you should feel bad if you aren't doing aspects of them as many groups take time to develop. Also, some aspects may just not be relevant for your group. The whole point of the tool is to help your group to come to its own conclusions about how it is doing and what it can do to develop in the future.
Every Transition initiative is different in the mix of people involved, the opportunities and challenges of your context, and the external events that influence people to join, or not. We hope the result of doing the health check is that you celebrate what you have achieved rather than feeling overwhelmed with what hasn’t happened. No initiative that we know of could achieve a perfect score- and we’d be worried if it did!
People like it
We have run the Health Check as part of the Thrive Training and in support workshops with groups who have been struggling and it has always been a positive experience with people getting a lot out of it. Recently we did a workshop on the health check at Penwith Roadshow and one person carried out the Healthcheck for 2 different groups she had been involved in looking at community engagement. One of the groups had been running a long time and one was relatively new. It highlighted how much more the older group was engaged in the community.
This showed that it can take time to build that engagement, but also that it would be worth looking at what the group had done to build that engagement to see what could be learnt. There is no reason why any group wanting to engage people around a positive project couldn’t use the Health Check - why not try using it with other groups you are involved with?
Many people have said it's given them a broader, more complete view of what Transition is - even if it's not possible to do everything. Others find that just reflecting together brings a lot of energy and learning which re-invigorates the group.
Try it out
So give it a go and see what you think. You can download the health check here.
We recommend that Transition initiatives, whether the Core Group or whichever working groups feel it would be useful or both, do the health check once a year, though you can do it as regularly as you want, if you feel like it. We would love to hear from you what you thought of it and on the bottom of health check page is a short survey where you can feedback to us your comments and thoughts.
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The Eleventh Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb will take place on April 10th to
April 12th, 2015.
Anarchist Bookfair in Zagreb (ASK – Anarhisticki sajam knjiga) is annual
anarchist event and first ten bookfairs went well, and we hope to bring in
more and more people every year as participants, publishers, groups,
projects – whoever is interested in what the bookfair has to offer.
For discussion part everything is open, as every year, so all suggestions,
ideas, etc are welcome, as well as texts that you find interesting for
ASK takes place in Zagreb every spring, as a local resource for anarchist
and libertarian books and other publications. We also aim to open
discussion on subjects that are important for the anarchist movement, or
for our local community.
The idea for such a bookfair is not new, but is based on the positive
experience of other Anarchist Bookfairs. In many different situations,
these bookfairs have proven to be important events and meeting places on
both local and international levels.
This is why we need your help – come and support this event with solidarity
If you can’t come to our bookfair, you can consider sending some free
publications, posters and other material. Also, you can consider sending
books and other publications for sale, we will organise stall for all of
you that can’t come, but would like to present your work at the bookfair.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about details, address to
send stuff to, etc.
To help us organize the Bookfair and finish the program on time, we need
you to confirm your participation soon as possible. Our e-mail address is:
Get in touch and let us know in which way you would like to participate.
Here are a few questions, and we welcome any additional information.
Also, let us know if you need accommodation. There are a few alternatives,
but we need all the details soon as possible.
Some of the details that we need from you:
1. Questions for all guests coming from outside Zagreb:
- how you want to participate?
- would you like to do presentation, workshop or discussion at bookfair?
- do you need help with accommodation (Free sleeping places are limited)
2. If you would like a stall:
- how big of a stall do you need?
- do you need help at your stall?
- can you help with the costs of the Bookfair? (This is not a condition to
have a stall, stalls are free.)
- we need some basic information about you (contact, what books/publishers
you distribute [not list, just short info]…)
You can download bookfair poster from our web page. To download it go to
This month sees publication of the first new book about Transition not written in English, a landmark moment worth celebrating. Guía del movimiento de transición ('A Guide to the Transition movement') is the work of Spanish Transition activist and trainer Juan del Rio. We will be speaking to him soon about the book, what it covers and what his hopes are for it, but for now I wanted to share the Foreword I wrote which looks at why Transition matters, and why this book matters. I'd like to congratulate Juan on producing this book, the first Transition book in Spanish, and hope that it goes far and wide and does much to inspire people to get involved (you can order the book here).
"It is a delight to be able to write an introduction for this book. This is the first new book on Transition not written in English and not originating from the UK or the US. That feels like something historic to celebrate in itself. That it emerges from Spain, a country that has been so profoundly affected by the fallout from the economic crisis, feels especially appropriate.
Transition is the quiet revolution going on around you. You may not have noticed it but it’s there. It is a movement that doesn’t wait for permission but which just gets on and starts building the healthy human culture that we all yearn for. When we started it, in my small Devon town of Totnes, we had no idea it would even have any kind of an impact there. It has therefore been a process of near-continuous wonder to see it rolling out in what is now 50 countries worldwide. To see this book manifesting as a result of the spread of Transition in Spain would have been unimaginable in those early days of Transition.
One of the great difficulties we have in designing a lower carbon, more resilient world is that we struggle to imagine it. As a species we are fantastic at designing our own demise. We make endless films in which humankind is wiped out by a virus, by mutant robots, by an alien invasion, by a zombie apocalypse, by huge intelligent apes. We love it. Yet where are the films about the culture that saw an avertable crisis coming and responded with imagination, creativity and collective thinking, and managed to alter the trajectory of history? They barely exist.
Yet around the world, it is a story that people are just getting on with telling themselves. I have the great privilege of seeing this happen in different places. Time and again I see the power of people coming together, inspired by a shared vision, rolling up their sleeves and supporting each other to make it a reality. And it’s not just the actual projects themselves, it’s what it does for the people who give their time and passion to making them happen that’s so thrilling.
There’s the guy in Liege in Belgium who decided to start a community supported vineyard project. They started a crowd-funding appeal which was very slow to start with, but by the end they had raised nearly €2 million. “Lack of money ought not be an obstacle”, he told me. “This is Belgium, one of the richest countries in the world. If the idea is good, the money will come. Don’t be afraid”. Time and again I see people keen to put their support, in all senses of the word, behind imaginative projects done with great imagination and good heart.
I travelled recently to Sussex in England to speak at the seventh birthday celebrations of Transition Town Lewes, one of the first Transition initiatives. One of the people I met there was Chris Rowland (see video below), who founded a community energy company. “Transition was something that saved me”, he told me. “It meant that I changed my career, got into local community renewable energy, met loads of fantastic people, and did things which I never thought I’d do, including winning a major national award for community energy and having to stand up in front of 500 people in London and make a speech. Seven years ago I just couldn’t have done that. Transition has given me confidence to do things I didn’t think I could do, and that I really wanted to do”.
In the north of England I spoke to one of a group of women who have started a successful local food distribution system. Running a business was not something any of them had planned on doing, but they found themselves inspired by Transition to make it happen. She told me “we all just really wanted to change the way we live, and change our own personal lives and to change things and live different lives ourselves as well as a different life for our community”. They now jointly run a thriving social enterprise.
A woman in Portugal with no experience of being involved in any kind of community activism or projects, and who was very shy and nervous, found that in her apartment block a project had begun to create a community garden in front of the block. Getting involved gave her, for the first time, confidence to find a place in her local Transition group and start initiating things herself. “It’s amazing”, she told me. “I’ve been living in Portalegre for ever, 37 years, and I have felt my community and my city crumble, people turning their backs to each other. This community garden we created tells me it is possible to do things with other people. It is possible, we just need to wake up to each other again”.
Everywhere I go I hear stories like this. Why? Because these are times that demand that ordinary people step up and make extraordinary things happen, and because Transition is designed to do a few key things that are all too rare these days:
- It gives people permission to just start doing things: not that people need anyone to give them permission, but it can help to feel motivated and inspired
- It gives their work a context: rather than just a series of one-off projects, Transition weaves things together, suggesting that a diversity of projects actually represent a historic wider moment of change at the local level
- It gives them support: any project is just the practical manifestation of the dedicated, and often unseen, group behind it. It matters that that group has a healthy group culture, clear ways of doing things, and strategies for support and reducing burnout
- It balances problem and solution: it’s not enough to show people depressing climate change DVDs and expect them to be shocked into action. It can distress and isolate people, and actually drive them away from the necessary changes. We need to present such stuff in the context of a wider programme of doing something about it.
- You become part of a ‘Learning Network’: no one place knows how to do this, but if we can network thousands of communities doing Transition together, sharing their successes and failures, then it is between us that the solutions lie.
- It’s positive: Transition doesn’t start by trying to blame people we don’t like or see as responsible, it’s about a positive vision of where we want to get, and mobilising everything we’ve got, including our sense of humour, to make that happen.
Transition is also very ambitious. It seeks to change the way our local economy works, to change the food system to one with more local seasonal produce and a clearer link with local, peri-urban farmland. It seeks to change the energy system to one that is 100% renewable, with huge advances is energy conservation, and with as much infrastructure as possible in local community ownership. It seeks to re-imagine local economies as being far more circular, far more resilient and diverse. Ultimately it seeks to change the culture of a place, so as to be more open to new ideas, new thinking, while constantly building practical examples that it can work in practice.
Yet all too often we imagine that we can achieve these very ambitious aims on our Wednesday evenings as volunteers. That way burnout lies. It’s what I call the ‘tyranny of volunteerism’, meaning that we end up with people doing Transition who have skills, time and confidence, not something everyone in our communities has. In the last couple of years we have seen a very welcome upsurge of the idea that if we are to really make Transition happen on the scale we need, then we need to be creating new livelihoods, new enterprises. No-one else is going to do it.
So we see Transition initiatives starting new food markets, new food distribution businesses, new community farms, new community energy companies, new enterprises to give people an experiential immersion in Transition, new local currency systems. We also see the growing realisation that if we are serious about affecting the level of change we need to see, communities need to be able to take control of and own assets in their community, be it buildings, land or energy generation infrastructure. How would an entrepreneur think about generating the scale of change we need to see in the tiny window of opportunity that we have?
In my community of Totnes, after a seven year campaign, we are close to signing a historic agreement whereby the community takes control over the development of an 8 acre site and become, in effect, our own developer. This represents a real step up, and it can happen everywhere. It’s one of the things I love about Transition, the breadth of what people are doing, how distinct it is to each community, to each place, and how both smaller projects and larger ones help to tell a new story about the future we want to create.
That in itself is profoundly political. Yet it is not party political, nor is it explicitly political. And that really matters. This is a movement that seeks what we have in common, what brings us closer together, rather than what distinguishes and separates us. This is a young movement still, and if this book inspires you to get involved in Transition then you will be part of shaping what it becomes. As will this book.
My gratitude to Juan del Rio for writing this book is immense. People might ask me or others at Transition Network what Transition would look like in Spain, but I have no idea. It’s not for me to say. To see it emerging across Spain, and in other Spanish-speaking nations, rooted in the experience of the people and place is thrilling. Take the insight and inspiration you find in these pages and use it to reimagine the place you live. Use it as the foundation for new conversations with your neighbours. Use it as a pair of glasses through which you see your neighbourhood in a different way, as a collection of possibilities, as a vibrant, thriving, resilient community. By deciding to get involved you join a quiet, yet enormously powerful revolution taking place around the world. Welcome on board. Let’s do wonderful things.
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A short biography of Canek Sanchez Guevara, grandson of Che.
Canek Sanchez Guevara (1974-2015)
“My freedom is only valid if yours is too”. Canek Sanchez Guevara.
Canek Sanchez Guevara was the eldest grandson of Ernesto Che Guevara. Hildita Guevara was his mother and his father was Alberto Sanchez, a Mexican leftist. He was born in Havana on the 22nd May 1974. Canek means Black Snake in some of the old Mexican languages.
As a child he lived with his parents in Milan and Barcelona, attending a Spanish-Catalan school in the latter city. He then lived in Mexico, returning to Cuba in 1986. He quickly became disgusted with the Castro regime and the way it persecuted writers, artists and others. He rejected the role that the regime were preparing for him as a high ranking military officer. He started dressing like a punk. He helped form a heavy metal band called Metalizer. One evening the secret police broke up a forbidden gig of the band, lobbing tear gas grenades into the crowd and subjecting him to a humiliating body search.
He began to offer vocal criticisms of the regime which obliged him to leave Cuba at the age of 22 in 1996. He returned to Mexico where several members of his family lived.
He was a writer, musician, photographer and talented graphic designer. He moved towards an anarchist position and wrote in the Mexican weekly Proceso in October 2004 that: “The Cuban revolution has given birth to a bourgeoisie, to repressive apparatuses meant to defend from the people a bureaucracy very distant from that same people. But above all it has been anti-democratic because of the religious messianism of its leader”. He was disgusted by “the criminalisation of difference, the means of persecution of homosexuals, hippies, free thinkers, trade unionists and poets” and the installation of “a socialist bourgeoisie…falsely proletarian”.
He went on to say that: “All my criticisms of Fidel Castro start from his distancing from libertarian ideas, of his treason committed against the people of Cuba and the frightful system of vigilance established to preserve the State by crushing people”.
He was active in the Cuban Libertarian Movement in Exile for many years up to his death and wrote for Mexican literary reviews like Letros Libres and Milenio Semanal. Together with Jorge Masetti, a son of the Argentinean journalist of the same name who fought with Che in Argentina and died there, he wrote Les héritiers du Che, published in France in 2007, eyewitness accounts of their upbringing in Cuba and their developing disillusionment.
He died in Mexico City on 21st January 2015 after heart surgery. Commenting on changes in Cuba some time before his death Canek noted: "Sometimes we tend to judge reality from our desires, and that's a problem. I would like to see changes in Cuba, but that is not happening. In the collective imagination of Cuba, change is associated with the death of Fidel Castro. The political system on the island system has behaved like a monarchy, and Fidel has ensured a monitoring of the succession, and that delays any change. "
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New Orleans: Church, historic house vandalized in French Quarter; Police believe ‘anarchist parade’ responsible
A 170-year-old French Quarter church and a 190-year-old historic residence were among several properties vandalized along Chartres Street two days before Mardi Gras.
One victim said police suspect an “anarchist parade” was responsible.
Vandals spray-painted St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the neighboring Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum, both in the 1100 block of Chartres Street, sometime Sunday night, the director of the house and museum said.
The chapel’s door was splattered with red paint, and the words “Kill God” were written on the sanctuary’s wall a few feet away. Across the street, someone scrawled “Gram hates yuppie scum” in black spray paint on the outer wall surrounding the Beauregard-Keyes House.
A New Orleans Police Department spokesman said detectives believe people participating in an “impromptu march” in the area are responsible for the damage, but no suspects have been identified.
“Whenever anything like this happens, it’s sad,” said Sarah McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which operates the church. “We would hope that people would respect the church and all people’s properties.”
Ella Camburnbeck, house director for the Beauregard-Keyes property, said she was alerted by New Orleans police on Monday that a member or members of an “anarchist parade” moving through the French Quarter shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday had defaced several buildings along Chartres.
She said officers also said the group started some small street fires that neighbors were able to put out with garden hoses.
“We were lucky because our (damage) is on our stucco,” Camburnbeck said. “Some people were tagged on brick or granite, which is harder to clean.”
She said the landscape and architecture firm NOLA + Design Inc. has volunteered to clean the wall.
McDonald said the paint has been cleaned from the church wall. But the doors will require special treatment and restoration because the oil-based paint seeped into the wood and can’t be easily removed.
“Right now, we’re just going to get everything cleaned up and back to normal,” McDonald said.
Built in 1845, St. Mary’s Church, also known as St. Mary’s Italian Church, is attached to the old Ursulines Convent, a 262-year-old structure where New Orleanians gathered to pray during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. The convent was not damaged in the attacks.
The Beauregard-Keyes House was built in 1826. It is operated primarily as a museum, telling the story of past residents of the house, including Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and author Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the vandalism.Tags: poor poor catholic church so sad!category: Actions
Education can start super early.
Kids are awesome, and they look to us for guidance, rules, and leadership.
Their brains are always developing, taking in information, and forming opinions about everything so they can grow up and become awesome adults.
What we teach kids today is what they'll use to lead us someday.
I don't know about you, but when I pass on the leadership torch to future generations, I want super-smart, innovative, educated kids steering our ship. Because, selfishly, I want to live it up as an old man and worry about nothing in my retirement.
Filmmakers at SoulPancake have the same idea and talked to a gaggle of tiny tykes and asked four questions. Three of the questions made the kids super happy, like these two: "Do you like school?" and "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
A pilotSoulPancake also asked the kids what they liked about preschool.
"Making projects!"Last, they asked, "Did you know half the kids in America don't get to go to preschool?" That's when their mood changed, and they became adorably shocked and unhappy.
Preschool sets the stage for a better future for all of us.
Attending preschool is correlated with kids who graduate high school; graduates have a higher success rate in finding jobs, becoming innovators, and contributing to our tax base so that we can grow to be a stronger society. So, when you hear people dis the idea of preschool, remind them that you and I want to retire with ease. We want future generations to take care of us and maybe even get us out of some of the messes we've put on ourselves.
Being connected to your friends all day is fun. Just don't take it too seriously.
The social life of a teen is as virtual as it is physical.
Teenagers have been glued to their phones for decades. Of course, a phone used to be for talking with friends for countless hours.These days, talking's the least of what a phone is for.
It's all about the exciting forms of connection the Internet offers. "Social media," "social networking" — the key word is "social." And most teens are fanatically social.Of course, there are horror stories.
With online bullying and other forms of predators, parents can easily be overwhelmed by their kids' online ambitions. Site age limits? Whatever. Kids fudge their ages and stories, and the peer pressure to join in or be left out is intense.
Parents wonder if kids understand the dangers.
Parents may know Facebook, and they might know about Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, but how it all folds together for a teen is something they can really only imagine. Parents are left with the choice of terrifying their child with how bad the world can be or just trying to remain as vigilant as possible.Lots of parents end up just praying their kids have some common sense.
Dr. Gregory Dillon got together with some teens to talk about their strategies for dealing with the anxieties of online life."When you go digital, you're basically amplifying yourself way out. And so the question is how much can you handle." — Dr. Gregory Dillon
On the one hand, by interacting with a larger audience, you might get more approval than you're used to in the physical world. But, on the other hand, you also stand to be rejected on a much larger scale. And that can be awful.They talked about four things.FOMO: Fear of missing out
Communicating with texts removes all the visual and tone-of-voice clues, so it's something to be really wary about.
Likes on Facebook and Instagram too easily become a measure of popularity. It's exciting when you get them and painful when you don't.
It's hard not to count your Likes.
Achieving a balance
Dillon's suggestion was to think of all online and offline activities as slices in a pie chart. Each has a place — and caring about Likes is fine — as long as it doesn't overwhelm everything else you care about.
The teens' thoughtful answers and self-awareness are encouraging. And there's barely a moment in which the kids smiles' aren't communicating how much fun their online lives are.
Maybe they're up to the challenge after all.Listen in:
If these allegations are true ... ugh. As if McDonald's wasn't disappointing enough.
A group of McDonald's employees are suing the company after being fired from their jobs.
The workers allegedly were told by the franchisee who owns the Virginia-based restaurant that, despite their being good workers, they "did not fit the profile" he was looking for.
"Profile?" Listen, buddy, your "restaurant" is a McDonald's.
They say the firings were racially motivated, citing multiple incidents of racially-charged insults (watch the video below for specifics) and the absence of any documented wrongdoing on their part as employees. Not only are they suing the franchisee, Soweva Co., but they also believe McDonald's national corporation should be held responsible. Time's Victor Luckerson writes:"[The] lawsuit argues that McDonald's franchises are 'predominately controlled' by their corporate parent, as McDonald's sets national policies for restaurant operations, corporate representatives oversee franchises and the national company coordinates training for all managerial employees. "
In a statement regarding the lawsuit, McDonald's Corp. craftily avoids accountability with lots of fluffy corporate language about diversity but not a single word as to how they intend to address the matter:"McDonald's has a long-standing history of embracing the diversity of employees, independent franchisees, customers and suppliers, and discrimination is completely inconsistent with our values. McDonald's and our independent owner-operators share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald's restaurants." There is no workplace in the United States where the mistreatment of workers based on race is acceptable.
And there's no amount of money — let alone the minimum wages these workers earned — that makes it OK.
We have yet to see what the court decides in this case, but if you want McDonald's to take affirmative action to ensure workplace equality, send them a letter and share this story with someone you think should know about it.
Watch the video:
Is war over? The answer is "maybe," but it's looking pretty good.
Yes, there are plenty of terrible things happening in the world today, but this interesting video suggests that plenty of evidence is showing that it's not unreasonable to believe that war may indeed be over.
Part of this thinking comes from the fact that while the global population is at an all-time high, we're actually living in the most peaceful time in human history. Up until World War I, war was perceived as one of those "inevitable" parts of the human experience. But times have changed.
Consider the following truths:
- Colonialism is almost completely over
- Nation states have pretty much stopped attacking each other
- Civil wars are being resolved in an increasingly peaceful manner
- Borders are mostly fixed, leading to a decline in global land conflicts
Is war "so 20th Century," as this video claims? We don't know quite yet, but it's actually not that crazy of a thing to hope for. We'll find out soon. Supposedly, the next 75 years will determine if this peaceful trend is likely to continue.
Check out the video and see what you think.
He grew up in the same house as his mom ... but not the same neighborhood. Here's how that shaped him into who he is today.
When Jamil Jivani was growing up, it was almost as if he and his mom lived in different neighborhoods — despite living in the same house.
See, his white mom never had a reason to distrust the cops. But for Jamil, unpleasant interactions with police were a huge part of his childhood ... all because he has a black dad.
For Jamil, being racially profiled by the cops is not unusual.
But recently, he actually managed to turn the experience into a relatively positive one. How? He requested a mediated conversation after the fact with the officers who stopped him. And it actually went really well.
Are mediated conversations going to make racism and inequality just *poof* magically disappear? Um, no. But Jamil really believes they're a solid step in the right direction.
Check out his full TED Talk below:
This week in complete idiocy...
The Labour Party in the U.K. was looking for a new and imaginative way to appeal to women, and they came up with a genius idea.
Was it stronger, more vocal support for reproductive rights and safety?
Nope.Was it a renewed emphasis on equal pay?
Negative.Was it a promise to combat global oppression of women and girls and promote female autonomy at home and abroad?
Uh, no.It was ...
... a pink bus!
A pink freaking bus.
Original by "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." The lightbulb image is via Pixabay and is public domain. The images of the Planned Parenthood protest, the women with the equal pay signs, and Malala Yousafzai were uploaded to Flickr by users ProgressOhio, AFGE, and Democracy Chronicles respectively and are all used under Creative Commons licenses.
There's one way to get your protein, and then there's the right way. Warning: extreme satire ahead. Prepare to laugh.
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I know protein powders and drinks aren't only for bros. I don't think we need to talk much about that, but before we go any further, I just want to make sure we're all on the same page. What you watched was a funny ad that plays on the stereotype of protein-drink consumers: swole dudes living the bro life — mostly in the gym — and taking giant bro swigs of protein drinks. But, like, dude, all types of of people enjoy protein drinks.OK, where were we? Right. So, let's talk about protein sources.
Not all protein powders and drinks are created equal. Some contain GMOs, artificial sweeteners, toxic pesticides, synthetic hormones, and other stuff. Do you need any of that? Nah.Heavy metals, dude.
Guess what else is in some protein powders and drinks? Heavy metals. Consumer Reports literally broke down 15 protein powders and drinks to find out what was actually in them. They looked for mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium. Most of the powders and drinks had some heavy metals, ranging from low to moderate. Three of them, however, had enough that "consuming three servings a day could result in daily exposure to arsenic, cadmium, or lead exceeding the limits proposed by USP," or the U.S. Pharmacopeia. It's a federally recognized authority that sets standards for health products.Chill out, bro. There's an alternative!
Look at those peaceful cows. You can be like them. You don't have to drink heavy metals and other unpleasant stuff. Organic is always an option for your protein drinks. And if you go that route, you'll know what you're getting:
- More antioxidants and nutrients: Organic foods have more of the good stuff than non-organic. Research says so.
- No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers: They're bad for the environment and they're bad for you.
- No synthetic hormones: Skipping these means happier animals and healthier humans.
- No antibiotics: 'Cause who gets excited about antibiotic-resistant infections?
- No GMOs: Do we reallly know enough about genetically engineered crops yet to feel good about eating them? Up to you to decide, but you don't have to consume GMOs in your protein drink.
All of this sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. And while cleaning up your protein shakes might not, like, save your life, it could make you feel better about what you're putting in your body. So help a bro out and spread the word: #savethebros.
Organic Valley created this video. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also learn more about how to Save the Bros. ;) The second and third images are via Thinkstock. The rest are from the video.