Monthly Archives: May 2016

Don’t Drink the Water by Jay McGee of Flint, Michigan

I remember being shocked and appalled at our government’s racist and wholly inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina. It truly shook me to think that we would allow so many of our people to be ignored, mistreated and deprived of their fundamental human rights.

The Flint, Michigan story is no less shocking. Access to clean water is a universal human right, and in California it’s also required by law. Not in Michigan though.

Here’s a new tune from Jay McGee of Flint, who’s hoping to prevent the issue from being relegated to the backburner of our news cycle this election year.

California Farm Worker Overtime Bill Moves to Full Assembly

News from the United Farm Workers: Farm worker overtime bill passes CA Assembly Appropriations Committee. Will move on to full Assembly floor next. We have exciting breaking news to share with you. The farm worker overtime bill just passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee with amendments on a party line vote with 14 Democrats voting “Yes”…

The Surprising Ways You Consume Oil Every Day

A Yes! Magazine infographic, created by Peter Kalmus.

Dr. Peter Kalmus wrote this article for Life After Oil, the Spring 2016 issue of YES! Magazine. Peter is an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (speaking on his own behalf) and a contributing editor for YES! Magazine. This article draws on material from a forthcoming book about our interconnected ecological predicament. A working draft is available to read here.

Surprising Ways You Use Oil


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Transition US Event – Reality 101: Living Through the Peak of Industrial Civilization with Nate Hagens & Richard Heinberg at the Sebastopol Grange June 1

via Transition US: Join Nate Hagens, educator, writer and past editor of The Oil Drum, as he discusses the big picture issues facing our society today and what it means to be human in the 21st century. This presentation covers the opportunities and constraints we face as we come to the end of economic growth.…

Harvesting Liberty – Patagonia Film on the Return of an American Industrial Hemp Crop

Harvesting Liberty from Patagonia on Vimeo.

From Patagonia:

Harvesting Liberty is a short film that documents visionaries Michael Lewis (of Growing Warriors) and Rebecca Burgess (of Fibershed) as they collaborate to reintroduce industrial hemp to the American landscape.

Growing Warriors is a Kentucky-based farming program designed to train, assist, and equip military veterans with the skills, tools and supplies needed to grow organic produce for their families and

Fibershed develops regenerative textile systems that are based on carbon farming, regional manufacturing, and public education.

Sign the petition to legalize industrial hemp: Industrial hemp is a crop that has the potential to lower the environmental impacts of textile production, empower small-scale farmers and create jobs in a wide variety of industries. Two non-profit groups, Fibershed and Growing Warriors, are working to reintroduce industrial hemp into Kentucky—and eventually U.S. agriculture. On July 4, 2016, a petition will be delivered urging Congress to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015/2016 (S.134 and H.R. 525) legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States. We invite you to learn more about industrial hemp and sign the petition here:

Patagonia, through our membership in 1% For The Planet®, provides cash grants and in-kind services to thousands of community-based groups working to create positive change for the planet in their own backyards.

Plan Bay Area Comments Requested – Tell ABAG and MTC to Grow Smart! Call to Action from the Greenbelt Alliance

A public service message from the Greenbelt Alliance: Tell ABAG and MTC to Grow Smart! Plan Bay Area, adopted in 2013, lays out a groundbreaking regional strategy for creating sustainable communities. Many of you helped shape the plan by participating in public workshops and emailing local decision-makers. We need your voices again. Starting May 26,…