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Friday, June 5, 2009

Very Special thanks, 90+ photos and slideshow, upcoming East Coast meet-up event coming up

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Dear friends, compañeras, allies, and friends who I will come to know soon who are working for a better world,


Special thanks to everyone who came out to the Radical Media Convergence event (either in person or by spirit *happy laughter*) organized by the Freeschool, the Radical road trip and folks at PeaceCommunities.org! You rock!

You will find over 90+ photos of the event here:
http://radicalevents.slide.com

A direct link is here:
http://www.slide.com/r/WPVXXTJ3sj_r1wQnQ3xAMZEjgModzl1Q

Special thanks to everyone who helped take photos. :)

Make sure you have your computer speakers on because there is music in the slide show (though very corny I must admit, the other selections I had to choose from were far worse I assure you!) *happy laughter*.

There will probably be more photos added later. John has some more photos and will send me a disc plus Pamela had a bunch of photos and I'll add a few of those too. :)

On another note...

I invite everyone to the Reuniting, Recreating and Relocalizing 2009 (East Coast Meet-up) taking place June 12-14th, 2009 in West Virginia. There will be workshops on creating multicultural communities, workshops on various systems used on the conference site such as rainwater collection, mini-solar power: small scale gardening; food preservation techniques; wild edibles; heating with wood; water conservation techniques and much more.

I will be giving the following workshop:

Workshop: Beyond Reporting the News. Is the second stage of the progressive movement to help create independent, self-sustainable activist communities rather than to simply criticize our oppressors?

Lauren, Bonnie, Fraanc, my friend Charles and many more wonderful folks, activists and couchsurfers will be coming from around the country to be there! We will leave the Baltimore area on the morning of June 12th to head to West Virginia by car and we invite everyone to caravan down with us. We would definitely like more drivers with cars to help out with the Rideshare if possible. :)

The new website is here: http://www.eventsforfree.blogspot.com

Free food, camping, workshops music and more! :)
Bring your instruments!

WooOOoooo HOOoooooooooooeyy!

Love ya'all!

Love for the people,
-T

For updates on our other events, please subscribe to our radical road trip couchsurfing group found here:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=5982

Or better yet, join the Peace Communities, online community with discussion forums about these events found here:
http://www.PeaceCommunities.org

Keep working for a better world everyone. :)


As always, to Leave a Comment about this blog post, please place it on my Peace Community Profile page found by clicking here (where you'll currently see another photo of Emily's huge smile! *happy laughter*).

Love for the people,
-T
You can also search for the short version of this episode in Itunes under the podcast title: 'Volunteers for Three Groups: A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, The Freeschool Community and The Peace Communities' or click here: http://tinyurl.com/link2itunes


Dare to dream of a better world!


"....a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all.”

-Arundhati Roy, Quoted from her speech: '2004 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture' (The entire speech is available online, search for the title)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 Radical Media Convergence Schedule! Join me!



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2009 Radical Media Convergence Schedule:
All workshops and meals are free.

Breakfast- [Seattle]
8am-9am - Free Breakfast
Time and Date: 8am-9:00am on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Title: [Seattle] Radical Healthcare Justice and Media Empowerment. Presented by Dr. Pamela Wible, radical activist doctor from Eugene, Oregon
Time and Date: 9am-11:30am on Thursday, May 28th, 2009














Photo: Pamela and Angel inside the AstroDome shortly after Hurricane Katrina


Pamela Wible, a practicing radical doctor from Eugene, Oregon, will give a remarkable presentation. She has merged health care empowerment with radical media in every manner including videos, itunes, website publishing, social bookmarking, search engines and soon a nationwide book tour. She has given workshops around the country including at the Gesundheit Institute (as featured in the movie Patch Adams) and at Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine: "Burnout to Bliss: How Patients are Healing Physicians and Changing the Face of Medicine." She has also volunteered during the Hurricane Katrina at the AstroDome among other places and later given presentations on "Googling My Way to Katrina: Breaking Rank When Necessary" and "Community-Designed Ideal Medical Care: The Grassroots Health Care Revolution." She was also in the middle of the 1999 protests that successfully shut down the 1999 WTO in Seattle and found herself surrounded by police shooting people at point black range with rubber bullets while the police threw concussion grenades at people

and she decided, in her words "to engage in my own form of protest." Her love-centered work combined with her radical experience and workshops have resulted in inspired audiences throughout America. She has helped to give people the tools and the resources they need to start their own grassroots community medical practice. She continues her medical practice in Eugene, Oregon at the Ideal Medical Practice. http://www.idealmedicalpractice.org













Lunchtime- [Seattle]
11:30am-1pm Free Pizza

Title: [Seattle, WA] Networking and Participatory Society Open Forum
11:30am-1pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2009.
Presented by Joel Isaacs, Z Media Institute Alumni from Los Angeles, California

Title: [Seattle] Tour of the Emma Goldman Finishing School
2pm-3:30pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Title: [Olympia, WA] Informal Schedule and Various workshops on Media, Solidarity and Creating Participatory Societies at the The Latin American Solidarity Conference held at Evergreen College
[Olympia], Friday -Sunday, May 29th-31st, 2009

What started out as the Z Media Institute Reunion has now grown into the Radical Media Convergence! Everyone is welcome and This is a free event.

For more detailed information please visit the Radical Media Convergence at

go here: http://www.peacecommunities.org/5001.html



The direct web address for the discussion forums is here: http://tinyurl.com/mutualistproject


As always, to Leave a Comment about this blog post, please place it on my Peace Community Profile page found by clicking here (where you'll currently see another photo of Emily's huge smile! *happy laughter*).

Love for the people,
-T
You can also search for the short version of this episode in Itunes under the podcast title: 'Volunteers for Three Groups: A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, The Freeschool Community and The Peace Communities' or click here: http://tinyurl.com/link2itunes


Dare to dream of a better world!







"....a political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it and within it is no struggle at all.”

-Arundhati Roy, Quoted from her speech: '2004 Sydney Peace Prize Lecture' (The entire speech is available online, search for the title)

Friday, May 8, 2009

My friend Emily graduated from Medical School (this week) and she is now officially 'Dr. Emily.'




My friend Emily graduated from Medical School (this week) and she is now officially 'Dr. Emily.'
Check out her blog here: http://emilyblockgeib.blogspot.com

Cool. She also got officially engaged to another doctor within the last couple months. Above is Emily with the 'Congratulations on Graduating/Happy Engagement/Happy marriage' *happy laughter* flowers and dog I sent! :)


Below is her Graduation Photos.

happy days. :)

As always, to Leave a Comment about this blog post, please place it on my Peace Community Profile page found by clicking here (where you'll currently see another photo of Emily's huge smile! *happy laughter*).

Love for the people,
-T

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Vote For The Rebels! Daisy's Dead Air Blog & For Renee of WomanistMusings in the Feminist Awards. Send this on Twitter: http://bit.ly/DaisyAndRenee

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Ay friends,

Canadian F-Words is having their Blog Awards.

There are two blogs I want to encourage you to vote for.

Vote for Daisy's Dead Air in the International Category- it is great blog and more importantly, she has great comments on other blogs.

She had a great blog post on that guy who was beat blind by Police, plus a lot of great comments in the Digital Colonial issue blog post.

Vote here:

http://acreativerevolution.ca/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=46

Vote for Womanist-Musings - it is great blog. I sent her an article about Police mysteriously killing a Black guy (that the NAACP have stated was not a suicide as the cops want people to believe) and she published it and there are a lot of feminist and progressive blogs that do not publish guest post blog issues about people of color injustices.

Vote for her in all these categories:

http://acreativerevolution.ca/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=44


http://acreativerevolution.ca/phpQ/fillsurvey.php?sid=55

I wanted to encourage my readers to not only vote for them... but to encourage them to send out a message on their Twitter accounts encouraging their friends to vote for them.

I'm not affiliated with the awards in any way, manner of form but I think they deserve more credit than they get for speaking up for so many marginalized groups and people of color.

Keep up the great work! :)

Love for the people,
-T

p.s.

Twitter this message:
Vote 4the rebels! Daisy's Dead Air Blog &4 Renee/WomanistMusings in Feminist Awards http://bit.ly/DaisyAndRenee -Share #rebelleft #woc #fem2

or twitter this message:

Feminist Blog Awards: Vote 4 women who speak up 4 LGBTQ, poc & marginalized http://bit.ly/DaisyAndRenee






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Friday, April 10, 2009

SouthPark made KanyeWest reform. Southpark should address free healthcare and free college!


Ay friends,

Did you see the recent South Park episode? Me neither... til it made the news because Kanye West finally decided to check his ego because of it! *happy laughter*

Wow! A SouthPark episode about... *gasp*... about Black person......and *gasp*...Gay people... that causes real reform! We need to get south park to mock more self-righteous politicians who refuse to give us free healthcare and free of charge college education! *happy laughter*

The episode found by going here < http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/224099 > and click on 'Watch This Full Episode'

Or (if they pulled that one like they pulled the Youtube ones) you can see it here:
http://www.megavideo.com/?v=AOB20NA8

or here

http://2dopeboyz.okayplayer.com/2009/04/08/kanye-west-on-south-park-video

Kanye's response on his blog afterwards (which made the whole thing most interesting) is here:
http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/?em3106=227887_-1__0_~0_-1_4_2009_0_0&em3298=&em3282=&em3281=&em3161=

One of many news links about it is here:
http://music-mix.ew.com/2009/04/kanye-south-par.html?iid=top25-Kanye+West+responds+to+%27South+Park%27+mockery

Yea, I know, I usually don't go for the whole celebrity news thing, but the idea of a cartoon with Black people and extremely inappropriate and politically incorrect jokes was just waaaAAAAAAy too much to resist for a Black clown like myself! *happy laughter*

Love for the people,
-T

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Reasons Why Capitalism is Terrible- Reason # 1,234.678

fail owned pwned pictures

Photo Submitted by Jame R

Red & Black Cafe - April Communique, RIOT FOLK CD RELEASE SHOW

I love the Red and Black cafe. They hosted an event free for the Radical Road Trip last year. Plus RIOT FOLK CD RELEASE SHOW is 4.16 and they always support the Freeschool in Olympia. I am cofounder of the Radical feminist Distro for music made by Brenna of Riotfolk. Please support them all.

Love for the people,

-T


Red and Black Cafe Communique - April


Red & Black Cafe - April Communique




Greetings, Comrades! This is the fourth intentional communication from the Booking Committee at the Red and Black Café!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Red and Black Café Communique
3/31/09

Greetings, Comrades! This is the fourth intentional communication from the Booking Committee at the Red and Black Café! After a long, hectic March full of schizophrenic weather, we approach April with some weariness. There are still some fantastic things happening, though, so please check out the full list of events and come out! All events stat at 7pm unless otherwise noted.

CASCADIA RISING TIDE PRESENTATION // 4.05

Cascadia Rising Tide has an event at the café on the first Sunday of every month. It is typically a film screening, but it can also be another kind of presentation, reportback on a conference, or something else related to the issue of climate change and ways to fight it. Come on down!

ANTI-IMPERIALIST FILM SCREENING // 4.07

The Anti-Imperialists have their film screening the first Tuesday of every month. Films are followed by a facilitated discussion. Come check them out!

THE RED AND BLACK CLOSED ALL DAY // 4.08

Okay, so this isn't exactly an event. But it's worth noting that the café will be closed on April 8th for a staff meeting and cleaning day. Sorry. We'll put out some free coffee for you.

GRETNA GREEN, CAMPING PARTY, TONIGHT WE LAUNCH // 4.11

This is going to be a great music show. Gretna Green is on tour from Canada and can use the support! Please bring some money to donate, if you can, since touring can be grueling and expensive.

RIOT FOLK CD RELEASE SHOW // 4.16

Tansy & Tarweed will be playing this show with Aryeh Gorif in support of their split CD release. Riot Folk are always a good time, so come show some support.

8-BIT REVOLUTION: BENEFIT FOR JEFFREY LUERS // 4.17

Remember Jeffrey "Free" Luers? He's in jail for setting some SUVs on fire. But he'll be out really soon, and doesn't want people to forget him! He also needs some money to buy some necessities once he's out.
This will be a bleep-bleep-blip-blip dance party courtesy of Waxin' Wary, Spamtron and Cupcake Island. All money raised will go to Free's "getting' out of jail soon" fund.

STUMPTOWN STRUGGLERS, HAZEL AND LILA // 4.18

The Stumptown Strugglers are back from tour! Hooray! And you can see them play at the Red and Black. Also playing will be the amazing Hazel (of the Dapper Cadavers) and Lila. Olde tymey bliss.

QUEER MOVIE NIGHT // 4.21

Yep, Queer Movie Night is happening this month! For reals, it will hopefully be happening on the third Tuesday of every month. Come check it out!

BENEFIT FOR UTAH AETA DEFENDANTS! // 4.24

The support has been overwhelming for the six activists (four in California and two in Utah) being tried as "terrorists" for violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The combined benefits for the AETA 4 have thus far raised more than $1300! And there's still two left!

Please come to this show and throw a little more down for Alex, BJ, and Jordan (the grand jury resistor). There will be music by Coffin Ship, Slow Teeth, and Cory Sabin. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Solidarity!

PRISONER LETTER WRITING - GET A DISCOUNT // 4.28

And speaking of political prisoners, did you know that we have a prisoner letter writing night on the LAST TUESDAY of every month? Also, did you know that if you write a letter and turn it into a worker, we will give you 10% off your bill? Please, no blank letters or ranting about how good your sandwich is. Everything else is fair game.

We'll provide pens, stamps, a list of prisoners. All you have to do is show up. Not too much to ask, right?

Keep an eye out for the printed calendars around town. You can't miss them. Also, we're now booking for May. Want to book an event? Email us at: redandblackbooking@yahoo.com - and remember, the deadline is April 25th!

In Solidarity,
Red and Black Collective

homepage: homepage: http://www.redandblackcafe.com
phone: phone: 503-231-3899
address: address: 400 SE 12th avenue at Oak, Portland, Oregon


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Immigrant Ally Workshop- 6PM @ Cascade People's Center - No Human is Illegal

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Dear friends,

Interesting event below.

Love for the people,
-T
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author: Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites

Believe in better rights for immigrants but aren’t sure how to make it happen? Come to the Immigrant Ally Workshop!
Wednesday April 8th
6 PM Potluck, Workshop at 6:30
at Cascade People's Center (309 Pontius Ave N)

The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites invites you to a workshop that will explore immigration history and analysis of race, class and whiteness as they influence immigration politics and policies. Best of all, we’ll present practical ways white people can advocate for improvements in immigrant rights within our own communities. The material for this workshop is designed for white folks who are interested in using privilege to support immigrant rights. All people are welcome to attend. The workshop is a great way to get ready for the May 1st march for immigrant rights!

Immigrant Ally Workshop
Wednesday April 8th
6 pm potluck
6:30-8:30 activities and discussion
Cascade People’s Center ~ 309 Pontius Ave N (near REI)

CARW is a group of white people in the Seattle area working to undo institutional racism and white privilege through education and organizing in white communities and active support of people of color-led organizations. We support the self-determination of people of color, honor their leadership and are held accountable to people of color-led organizations. More info at http://www.carw.org

Friday, April 3, 2009

Open Letter and Petition: Please Don't Allow Bias, Homophobia and Transphobia to Influence the Off Our Backs Collective

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Dear friends at Off Our Backs and friends around the world,

Hello. First I want to say that I love your magazine and have loved it ever since I found out about it many years ago. I encourage people to read it every where I go and have copies in my house displayed at all times.

Second, I want to ask that you and all people sign the Petition titled:

Save Off Our Backs Magazine - Please Don't Allow Homophobia, Transphobia and all Bias to Influence the Off Our Backs Magazine Collective

The link to the petition is here:
http://www.petitiononline.com/saveoob/petition.html

I write for several blogs one of which is called: Black Man F.L.U.F.F a feminist blog found here: http://www.blackmanfluff.org


I have been a feminist for most of my life, traveling the country giving workshops about Patriarchy at conferences such as Z Media Institute, the Annual International A world Beyond Capitalism Conference and many more and have had my writing appear in numerous activist publications, feminist blogs and radical activist publications such as Slingshot, as found at the following link in the current article of Slingshot: http://slingshot.tao.ca/displaybi.php?0099015


I recently published an article by Heart (also known as Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff) on my blog and promoted it on my podcast and online radio show, which eventually led into discovering her website, and then starting a conversation in which I asked her several questions about her transphobic activities and although she left many comments on my blog, I received no answers at all in regards to the questions about her involvement with transphobic activities as you will see on the below link:


http://bit.ly/post_swiper


I also asked her several questions about her habit of cultural misappropriation and using women or color photos for her blogs without giving credit to the photographers or attribution. Once again although she left many comments on my blog, yet I received no answers at all in regards to the questions about her involvement in cultural misappropriation and using women or color photos for her blogs without giving credit to the photographers or attribution(and she continues the habit) as you will see on the above link.


I recently learned on Heart's Blog at womenspace.org that she is now a volunteer for Off Our Backs. If Heart was not involved in transphobic activities, and not involved in using women or color photos for her blogs without giving attribution even when requested by the photo owners, I would think that is a good thing.


However, I personally think Heart being part of the OOB collective and influencing OOB articles is a grave error for many reasons, one of which is because she is very actively involved in transphobic activities and many people of color, including prominent feminist bloggers and feminists of all sexual orientations and of many races (even people within the Radical Feminist movement) have spoken out against her activities. This includes her transphobic RadFem carnival as you will see on the below 350+ comment link that was published to the website of Renee, a woman of color womanist (Renee chooses not to use the title feminist due to reasons of race and lack of solidarity within the feminist movement):


http://www.womanist-musings.com/2009/02/radical-feminism.html


Heart states on her blog on April 3rd, 2009:


"While I will continue to blog, publishing paper issues of oob will be my focus in the coming months and will occupy a lot of my time."

I also went to the new Oob blog at http://oobtalk.wordpress.com


and it states:


the off our backs team


At the bottom of the list of the Women's Space blog. I have noticed the 'Radical Feminist Carnival' tab at the top of her 'Women's Space' website...so I am very interested in knowing the OOB thoughts about the sexist, “transphobic screed” (as Renee of Womanist Musings calls it) that many people in the Radical Feminist Carnival support as made very evident on the 352+ comment blog posts at womanist musings found at the above link titled 'radical feminists'


Here is a better article that Renee of Womanist musings wrote:


http://www.womanist-musings.com/2009/02/radfem-carnival.html


Here is how here the article starts off:


“It was brought to my attention that a post of mine has appeared in the latest Radfem carnival. I was alerted yesterday morning via twitter. Much to my horror, when I went to check for myself, it was buried in the middle of their usual transphobic screed. In all honesty I cannot remember submitting to the carnival. Even if I did submit a post, the kind of disgusting trans hatred that these women adhere to is something that I could never support.”

And when you click on 'Radfem carnival' (as I just did) this is what it states at the top:


“Many thanks to all the contributers with a special thank you to Carnival organiser, Heart, at Womensspace.”

That is, Heart, Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, of womensspace who is now listed as a member of OOB.


It is clear that such Transgendered Bias is dividing the women's equality movement when reading the below post by Transgendered woman of color feminist who was involved in the 350+ confrontation of prejudice with Radical feminists:


The article is titled: "Journey To Womanist-hood published in March 2009"


http://www.womanist-musings.com/2009/03/journey-to-womanist-hood.html


This is how that article, posted March 31st, 2009 starts out:


"As a transwoman of African descent I've developed during my 15 plus year transition a distaste for feminism. Much of that dislike of it is multifaceted, but has its roots in the virulent disco-era hatred still expressed by some rad fem drones. It's also fueled by witnessing the lack of support, disrespect, back stabbing and drama given to Black women to the point that they left the movement."

So I would like to respectfully ask two questions:


#1. Is the OOB collective aware of the Transphobic position and Transphobic organizing activities that Heart, Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff participates in and actively promotes?


#2. Is the OOB collective aware that Heart, Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff participates in taking women or color photos for her blogs without giving attribution even when requested by the photo owners?


#3. I searched the OOB website hoping to find a solidarity statement in regards to Transgendered people. Can you please tell me the OOB position on Transgendered people solidarity?


I am publishing this as an Open Letter, rather than sending it to your contact email for the following reason:

When I went to your website at OffOubacks.org at the bottom it states "Questions, queries, comments? Please email." and when you click on the email address this is the email address that comes up: cheryllindseyseelhoff@gmail.com

So, as you can imagine I am concerned that my email may not be delivered to you if I sent it to cheryllindseyseelhoff@gmail.com


Thank you for your time,


Thank you very much for your thoughts, Keep up the great work,


Love for the people,


-T. Love



Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free Open House at Emma Goldman Finishing School

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What: Open House at the Emma Goldman Finishing School

        When: Sunday, April 5, 6-8 p.m.

          Where: 1309 13th Ave S., Seattle WA. 98144

            How: bus #36 or #60; drive if you must:c)

              Help: call 206/324-6822 for directions.

 We are our having our monthly open house on Sunday, April 5, at 6-8 p.m.

         Please bring your friends & family, a vegetarian dish or    
          beverage to share, and your own sweet self . . . .

                Check us out @ our website: http://egfs.org

         One Love! from the folks at the Emma Goldman Finishing School

Monday, March 30, 2009

Online, Printable Copy of Emma Goldman's 'Living My Life'

Very powerful and inspirational. :)

Love for the people,
-T


"I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to
beautiful, radiant things." Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live
it in spite of the whole world--prisons, persecution, everything. Yes,
even in spite of the condemnation of my own comrades I would live my
beautiful ideal."

-Emma Goldman
[Living My Life (New York: Knopf, 1934), p. 56]

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Living My Life

Table of Contents

Volume One
frontpiece
In Appreciation
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38

From the Anarchy Archive


To share this page with others the permanent link is
http://bit.ly/EmmaGoldman

Volume Two
v2frontpiece
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52 (pp. 726-749)
Chapter 52a (pp. 749-802)
Chapter 52b (pp. 802-851)
Chapter 52c (pp. 851-899)
Chapter 52d (pp. 899-927)
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56

"It is no longer a question of whether we'll continue to have capitalism. It is a question of what will replace it"

"It is no longer a question of whether we'll continue to have capitalism. It is a question of what will replace it."
- Immanuel Wallerstein, keynote, Yale, Mar 28, 2009. Neo-imperialism in post-independent Africa conference.

Via: The Third World View

Economic Survival Fair assists those affected by economic downturn

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The slumping economy has had a ripple effect on Thurston County families at all economic levels. The Economic Survival Fair, hosted by the Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties and sponsored by United Way of Thurston County, will provide options for alleviating the devastating financial impact on individuals and families.

The fair will include job search assistance from interview skills to clothing tips, classes on cooking healthful meals on budget and parenting skills as well as free services such haircuts, screening for important tax credits and legal advice. Participants are invited to stay for the free community meal at the end of the fair. And free onsite child care will be provided.

The free fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Olympia High School, 1302 North Street S.E., Olympia.

The community can support individuals and families by donating new or used and dry-cleaned men’s and women’s suits, new makeup, new nylons, slightly worn dress shoes and ties that can be dropped off at Hot Toddy, 410 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501.

In addition to free clothing, attendees can meet with representative from more than 30 community organizations which will be on hand to talk about services they provide. Those organizations include: Thurston County Food Bank, Safeplace, YWCA, BECU, O Bee Credit Union, Intercity Transit and many others.

Community partners for this event include CHOICE Regional Health Network, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2-1-1, and Family Education and Support Services.

For more information about the fair call 360-741-2622 or visit visit the Web site at http://www.volunteer.ws


The short URL for this event is: http://bit.ly/SurvivalFair


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This event/class is being publicized free-of-charge by the Freeschool Community and the Peace Communities.

The Freeschool invites you to contact us about other free of charge local events that take place in Olympia, Washington or that take place in the several states of the Pacific Northwest region.

To learn more and to find out our contact information please visit the Freeschool Community at: http://www.freeschoolunity.org

The Freeschool Community and Peace Communities Twitter account with class update is found here: http://www.twitter.com/lovepeaceandjoy

The Freeschool Community is a member of the PeaceCommunities Progressive Coalition.
http://www.peacecommunities.org

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Invitation to Recorded Teleconference Interview about Transphobia

Dear friends,

I would be very interested in doing a recorded teleconference interview for use as an unedited podcast/online radio show with any people who do not support Transphobia within the Progressive Movement and/or within the Feminist Movement. The interview will then appear on this website as a podcast for all to hear.

If there is enough interest we could also possibly do a Simultaneous Twitterchat but only if there is enough interest.

Please contact me by leaving a comment or clicking on the 'contact' link found at the top of this website or by calling (206) 337-1556, 24 hours a day and leaving a message.

Thanks.

Love for the people,

-T

The permanent link web address for this page is -
http://bit.ly/transphobia
- Please circulate and share it. Thanks.


The experts of psychology, sociology, economics, biology, even the new feminism experts, are still engaged in the old battles, of women versus men. The new questions that need to be asked - and with them, the new structures for the new struggle - can only come from pooling our experience…


- The above quote is from Betty Friedan, from ‘The Second Stage.’ Betty Friedan was also the author of ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and the founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Wikipedia describes Betty Friedan as:

Betty Naomi Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist activist and writer, best known for starting the "second wave of the Women's Movement" through the writing of her book The Feminine Mystique in 1963, which attacked the 1950s notion, spread through society by advertising and strict enforcement of traditional gender roles, that women could only find fulfillment in child bearing, doing housework, and serving husbands.[1] The book's success, and the reaction from dissatisfied middle class women, led to the launching of consciousness-raising groups among women and the formation of grassroots women's groups. Friedan joined other leading feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bella Abzug, and Myrlie Evers-Williams in founding the National Women's Political Caucus


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

All Time Low: Transphobic, Womanist-Musings Post-Swiper Accuses Other People of Post-Swiping - When Will We Start Pooling Our Experience?


All above work is from royalty free clip art websites.

The experts of psychology, sociology, economics, biology, even the new feminism experts, are still engaged in the old battles, of women versus men. The new questions that need to be asked - and with them, the new structures for the new struggle - can only come from pooling our experience…



Betty Friedan, from ‘The Second Stage.’ Betty Friedan was also the author of ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and the founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Update: The permanent link web address for this page is here:

http://bit.ly/post_swiper

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First of all, before I begin, let me make it clear to readers unfamiliar with the original article (found here: http://bit.ly/linkbias ) that Renee at Womanist Musings is not a post Swiper. She is an awesome blogger who I highly recommend who has posted an article to her website for me and I highly recommend you check out her super-awesome website and blog.

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Dear Heart/Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff,


I titled this article "Womanist-Musings Post-Swiper Accuses other People of being a Post-Swiper" because you and/or your group swiped a post from the Womanist-Musings website and yet you make an accusation on your blog, structured in the 'women versus men' method, that this website is a Post-Swiper in your latest blog post despite the fact that you left not one, but two, thank you comments (one found here) on our blog on a prior blog post of mine for posting the current article that you are speaking about that you allege was 'post swiped.' This is what we call a head-spinning situation. You causing drama for the sake of drama.


Several times before writing this follow up article, during it and afterwards I wondered if it is worth it to address the Infighting and I have decided, Yes it is, because this example is like a case study in the old 'women versus men' infighting within the feminist blogosphere.


I chose the title because you titled your recent blog post 'Post-Swiping' and had a lot of negative words to say.

Before I get into the details of that I want to start off, as I left off in my last original article (as I try to do for all people), trying to accentuate the positive and put aside the negative.


First, I received the Thank you for the words of thanks that you posted to the comment section of one of my past articles found here.


Your kind words of thanks were appreciated and make all the work and the drama (ironically, some of which you are now causing) worth it.


Great article you wrote. Very well researched. I tried to leave a comment asking you how you wanted to be credited but you closed the comments off on the article. So I linked to your website with admin (as you placed it on your website) and even used your name in the podcast and even mentioned your writing in Off Our Backs in the podcast and then encouraged people to visit your website and then you still attack me with your blog post.

The truth of the matter is I was reluctant to include the photos (but I did, as the other person who posted your article did not) because when you posted a photo of a world famous social justice activist and feminist without crediting the photographer, as you did, that is called thievery or, in your words, 'photo swiping' when done without attribution as you have done several times throughout your website, but I did not want to change your article, or insult you, so if I am guilty of anything it is that I cam guilty of facilitating your photo swiping without attribution to the photographer. I just hope it wasn't a female photographer, or a person of color (which is likely given that area of the world) female photographer because then you would indeed be guilty of the colonizing of the feminist blogosphere as you accuse others.

The morale = no one is perfect.


So, now we get to to see if you are willing to give attribution to others (rather than simply photos without attribution) the way that you made a point to attack others on your blog. I took a quick look on Google Images for the name 'Vandana Shiva' and I only had to look through two pages before finding the photo that you photo swiped without attribution. The photo was part of the Press Release package for a film so the website had permission to use it, but you did not. Therefore you should give attribution to that website, it is here:

http://www.wholesomegoodness.org/pressroom.html

Their 'about page states that they accept tax-deductable donations so I'm guessing that you took the picture from a not-for-profit group, and it is clear it was a production still from their award winning movie. I know enough about Vandana Shiva - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandana_Shiva > that I don't think she would be happy about your transphobic activities and transphobic reputation and I don't think she'd necessarily want her photo as part of your blog but I encourage you to contact her and find out.


[Side Note to Readers: Check this website, http://www.womensspace.org/phpBB2/2009/02/26/the-colonizing-of-the-feminist-blogosphere-why-feminists-should-have-boycotted-fem-20 - to see if womenspace website and blog gave proper attribution to the Wholesome Goodness website even after this article]


My guess is that you will not give proper attribution. That is the way real stubborn hypocrisy works. The Good news is that I sent the folks an email today asking is it OK that the photo is used on this website so we do not continue on the legacy of stealing photos without attribution the way you do because it only promotes the worse kind of digital colonialism that you seem to promote despite accusing others of it.


Update:

[After publishing this article on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 it was on Thursday March 26th, 2009 that I heard back from the folks at Wholesome goodness and they said they would "prefer if you give credit or a link." Don't worry, we didn't use your name, we just mentioned an anonymous blogger so that you have the chance to do the ethical thing and contact them yourself. So we will give credit and a link on our website under that photo...so the question to you Heart/Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, womensspace blogger... are you going to give them credit or even a link as attribution? Or will you continue with your digital colnialism of taking the work and photo of others without attribution... despite the fact that you accuse others of it?

And I did not, and would not include the Burger King logo on this website (in an article condemning multinational corporate ads) for numerous obvious reasons that I hope I don't have to explain because again, it would be hard to say without insulting you. I recommend you read the book titled 'No Logos' by Naomi Klein to fully understand it.


Incidents like this is why persons of color and Black feminists don't want to be a part of the feminist blogosphere. Because no matter what we do, no matter how much solidarity, no matter how many links, no matter how many compliments... still people find reason to attack us and we are attacked...and then they turn around and say 'who me, racist? Colonial? NoooOOOOoooooo.'

This whole attack is something I did not expect from you who wrote:

"And instead of fighting these guys, nobody is paying attention, instead, feminist bloggers are fighting one another!"

And you here you are, attacking me and starting fights at the first chance you get.


If you want me to delete the entire article of yours, I'll be happy to do it. The only time I ever use someone's article is when at least one or all of the below situations are in place:


a. When it is submitted to this blog for posting as many guest bloggers have done

b. when it has creative commons license, as yours had.

v. When I credit them and link to them as I used the exact link and the exact name on your article that you had on your own article.

How was I supposed to know that it is not the exact link that you preferred? And still I am attacked. I am just so tired of fighting and being attacked. Just give me the word and I will indeed take this article off my website.


I posted my article at 12:10am on Tuesday, went to bed, and then did work and finished the podcast around 1:30pm on Tuesday and then you posted your thank you regarding the article here and then you left a comment at 2:21pm. I saw your comment on this blog at 5:10pm. So you gave me less than 3 hours to make the URL changes that you requested before going on the war path and posting blog attacks?


Wow.


I wasn't sure if you wanted to be known as 'Heart' or 'admin' because I originally saw the article on a different website with 'admin' (which I kept the link as you had it) and then I also saw it on your website (at the link you provided on website) with 'by admin' so I wasn't sure. I personlly thought maybe you were going by admin because you din't want to use your real name as is very common with many bloggers (if for no other reason so that there name doesn't come up when Googled by the friends, family, employers and enemies). I also included a bunch of links to your website throughout the article and then I even added more links to your other articles.

I did indeed credit the name Heart in the podcast and mentioned the women's space website in the podcast Mp3.


But none of that was enough to stop an attack by you on your blog.


Nevethless, I'm very glad you spoke up about the whole issue and researched it so thoroughly. The more I learn about it, the worse it becomes.


Do you have any interest in being part of the interview of recorded teleconference about this?


I also noticed the 'Radical Feminist Carnival' tab at the top of your website...so I've be interested in knowing your thoughts about the sexist, “transphobic screed” (as Renee of Womanist Musings calls it) that many people in the Radical Feminist Carnival support as made very evident on the 352+ comment blog posts at womanist musings found at the below link titled 'radical feminists'


http://www.womanist-musings.com/2009/02/radical-feminism.html


Oh, and here is a better article that Renee of Womanist musings wrote:


http://www.womanist-musings.com/2009/02/radfem-carnival.html


Here is how here the article starts off:

“It was brought to my attention that a post of mine has appeared in the latest Radfem carnival. I was alerted yesterday morning via twitter. Much to my horror, when I went to check for myself, it was buried in the middle of their usual transphobic screed. In all honesty I cannot remember submitting to the carnival. Even if I did submit a post, the kind of disgusting trans hatred that these women adhere to is something that I could never support.”

And when you click on 'Radfem carnival' (as I just did) this is what it states at the top:

“Many thanks to all the contributers with a special thank you to Carnival organiser, Heart, at Womensspace.”

That is you, Heart, Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, and your website, womensspace.

Isn't that strange? So your group took Renee's article, without her being able to remember giving it to you,... and she was so upset about it, that she thoroughly cursed you out about it in numerous blogs posts on her very high traffic blog... and yet here you are attacking me because I posted your article with numerous links to you, with credit to you in my article and podcast, with numerous compliments to you, and received a thanks from you... and you are upset and attacked me in a blog post because... I didn't link to the proper URL. Unbelievable.

Radfem took the work of a woman of color blogger and placed it on a website that the women of color feminists blogger outspokenly detests in every way, manner and form and yet you accuse others of digital colonialism?


Thats enough hypocrisy to make a person's head spin right off!


Much like Renee, I really don't like blog carnivals that are Transphobic, homophobic hypocrites, who treat LGBTQI feminists as less than equals, but no one, including you, or I, is perfect.

I also agree 100% with Renee when she states "the kind of disgusting trans hatred that these women adhere to is something that I could never support.”

I don't support your hatred or your transphobia or any of your LGBTQI bias, yet I would be very interested in doing a recorded teleconference interview for use as an unedited podcast/online radio show with several of your members who also detest Transphobia. After reading the 352+ comments on the 'Radical Feminism' article I am aware that there are several admirable members of the Radical Feminism crew who also do not support the Transphobia, despite the fact that it seems to be very common within the Radical Feminism mindset. That way, if you really believe that you are not the transphobic, hate-spreading individual that so many people have described you and your RadFem Carnival as being... you can clear your own name for everyone to hear.

Renee thoroughly cursed your Radfem carnival out, with no apologies about it...as a matter of fact she immediately wrote another awesome article thoroughly describing why she had to thoroughly curse out various members of the Radfem carnival and described why various words she chose to use were not sexist when coming from a woman.


I haven't cursed you out and have no intention of doing so.


But if we're going to fight like children and accuse each other of the greater evils and hypocrisy and make each other look as stupid as possible we might as well go all the way so that way when Right wing people, and anti-feminist people and multinational corporate supporters sit back and laugh at us at least we know we gave them a really good show while the earth is being flushed down the drain and my mother, sisters, aunts, grandmom remain victims of an institutionalized patriarchal system while we as feminist find faults with each other.

My sister died in horrible pain when her heart stopped on a hospital operating room table due to Lupus, but you know what? Maybe we should keep fighting one another until my other two sisters die from this patriarchal system that denies adequate healthcare...and then my mom dies..and then all other women of color until we are all back in the chains of slavery. Then maybe it will be a good time to stop fighting one another and work together?

I'd definitely like to keep this issue of digital colonialism at the front of people's mind because otherwise it will only get worse.

Still, If you want your article deleted from this website let me know and I will do it in a second just let me know.

Let me repeat that for everyone to hear:

Still, If you want your article deleted from this website let me know and I will do it in a second just let me know.

Who knows, maybe you're attacking me, a Black male feminist, because choosing to...

'launch attacks on feminists...is always a good way to drive up hits and linkage”
....for your website. That quote is from your article, by the way.

It is clear you were thankful and appreciative for the article being posted.

Here is your first comment on this blog at
on March 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM....


Heart said...

Thanks for circulating my blog post, "Feminists Should Have Boycotted Fem 2.0...

Thanks.
Heart/Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff
Women's Space


And your second comment with Thanks and suggested changes in the article configuration was
on March 24, 2009 at 2:21 PM....

So I would think that if you were upset youwould have at least waited for me to reply to your comment or send me an email. This group blog and my personal podcast are one of the few that I know of that have a 'contact' link at the top and in the case of my podcast, I also have a 24 hour telephone number at the top and my email address so if you wanted to contact me to make any requested changes you could have done so in any number of ways. But you didn't even though you told people you sent an email to me, which I did not receive and I honestly don't believe you did. I believe you chose to go on the War Path and that is hurtful.

You post multiple words of thanks on this blog for the article and then post nothing but 100% words of hatefulness and attack on your blog. Why not even say one kind word on your blog? That is what my Granny often described as:
Ruthless Twofacedness

Personally, I'm tired of the Drama. I've worked my entire life as a Feminist and the idea of having my reputation dragged through the mud simply because I'm a Black or because I'm a male (yes you did bring up the 'male' issue on your post) feminist actually trying to support the positive work you do is too much. Again, I want people to read the article about how the Good Ole' Girl's Network and how Frederick Douglas, a Black male feminist gave everything to the Feminist movement and received a back stab from fellow feminists based on his race and based on being a male. I've been pulling a lot of knives out of my back and still I think working for a better world that gets ride of patriarchy is worth it.

Oh, and for those who think that I, as a person of color feminist, describing the treachery within the progressive social media world and the feminist blogosphere as 'Back Stabbing' is 'too harsh' then perhaps you should read Renee's beautiful and eloquently description of this type of race-based treachery in her blog post titled "Backstabbing Feminism."

This is a very small blog just starting out hoping to get more guest blog posts from people and the idea of you trying to drag our name through the mud is hurtful.

Heart/Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff, I hope things work out for you.

Love for the people,

-T


After fifteen years of the women’s movement, the gap between women’s earnings and men’s is greater than ever, women earning on the average only fifty-nine cents to every dollar men earn, the average male high school drop-out today earning $1,600 more a year than female college graduates.”


We must take a fresh look at work and the demands made by corporations, schools and government, and recognize the possibilities of flextime, part-time, job-sharing, and split-shift work and education. We must think in terms of restructuring the home itself, so that it can be made more suitable to the demands and diversity of our new families.”


I believe that we have to… move into the second stage… …the second stage involves coming to terms with the family - new terms with love and with work. The second stage may not even be a woman’s movement. Men may be at the cutting edge of the second stage. The second stage has to transcend the battle for equal power in institutions. The second stage will restructure institutions and transform the nature of power itself.”


For there is a real backlash against the equality and the personhood of women - in American, as in Islam and the Vatican. Dangerous reactionary forces are turning women back to the old dependence, silencing women’s new voice …in ways we do not clearly understand. In the name of the family, they would destroy the new equality that gives the family strength to resist dehumanizing forces that are emerging in the seeming impotence of capitalist America, in the resurgence of fundamentalist religion, in neofascism and in autocratic communism, and in the chaos of the Third World. We must ask new questions or we could lose in the economic and emotional turbulence, the measure of equality that is essential to strengthen human life - and the future of the family. The first stage, the woman’s movement, was fought within, and against, and defined by that old structure of unequal, polarized male and female sex roles.”



The experts of psychology, sociology, economics, biology, even the new feminism experts, are still engaged in the old battles, of women versus men. The new questions that need to be asked - and with them, the new structures for the new struggle - can only come from pooling our experience…


- The above quote is from Betty Friedan, from ‘The Second Stage.’ Betty Friedan was also the author of ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and the founder and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Wikipedia describes Betty Friedan as:

Betty Naomi Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist activist and writer, best known for starting the "second wave of the Women's Movement" through the writing of her book The Feminine Mystique in 1963, which attacked the 1950s notion, spread through society by advertising and strict enforcement of traditional gender roles, that women could only find fulfillment in child bearing, doing housework, and serving husbands.[1] The book's success, and the reaction from dissatisfied middle class women, led to the launching of consciousness-raising groups among women and the formation of grassroots women's groups. Friedan joined other leading feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bella Abzug, and Myrlie Evers-Williams in founding the National Women's Political Caucus




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Social Media & Blog Awards Based on Link Authority Are Killing The Progressive Movement - or - Why Feminists Should Have Boycotted Fem 2.0 Conference




MP3 File

You can also search for the short version of this episode in Itunes under the podcast title: 'Volunteers for Three Groups: A World Beyond Capitalism Conference, The Freeschool Community and The Peace Communities' or click here: http://tinyurl.com/link2itunes


Finally, “Linkfluence” is invited, you know, the company that offered us the “Top 30 Feminist Blogs”. Linkfluence’s goal is to “make finding influential communities and following their conversations easier for the greatest benefit of corporations, consultancies or survey institutes.”
Just what we need! An organization working to make our feminist conversations most beneficial to corporations! As references, Linkfluence lists multinationals Nestle, Nike and Roche, among others. So I suppose we should not be surprised that among the “Top 30″ are pimps, procurers and those who blog for them, anti-feminists and misogynists. All of that notwithstanding, when companies like this create lists like this, the naive and trusting as well as the anti-feminist and capitalist are going to LINK to them which is what the real goal is. The goal is not to carefully study the influence of feminist bloggers. The goal is to rank blogs according to how dogged they are in linking — who cares WHY they are linking; perhaps they are linking in order to repeatedly launch attacks on feminists, as is very true of several on the “Top 30 list”, and which is always a good way to drive up hits and linkage; blogosphere attacks on women are such good times – because that way companies like Linkfluence and Fem 2.0 garner maximum linkage to themselves and therefore they begin to gain exposure and to influence in heretofore untapped markets.

I hope you read that paragraph twice to truly gain an appreciation for the insight.
Lauren [of fauxrealtho blog]

My question is how the hell my personal blog can be one of the top thirty. I barely write on it, and moreover, almost none of my posts there have anything to do with feminism. I feel like someome looking for feminism showing up on my personal site would be confused, AND including it bumped someone whose blog is more worthy.


Hugo Schwyzer [of Hugo Schwyzer blog]

Yeah, it’s really a strange list, if you think about it... ...there’s some pretty major stuff missing, and some clear non-blogs included.

This was indeed very awesome and very courageous of Lauren to admit what she said and awesome for Hugo to speak out about the non-blogs that were included on the list, much like it was awesome for Renee (the only woman of color chosen as a top 30 feminist Blog award winner) at Womanist Musings to question, in detail, the entire awards process as it regards racism. The answer for why Lauren won an award, even though she admits that:

Heart said:

Kindly credit me.

This is my work and can be found here:

http://www.womensspace.org/phpBB2/2009/02/26/the-colonizing-of-the-feminist-blogosphere-why-feminists-should-have-boycotted-fem-20

Thanks,

Heart/Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff
http://www.womensspace.org/phpBB2

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In the sturm and drang over the blog post What if the Feminist Blogosphere is a Form of Digital Colonialism, which resulted in the post’s authors, Brittany Shoot and Mandy Van Deven issuing this apology today, nobody seems to have taken a close look at the event itself, and especially, its sponsors — the real colonizers — who I believe are the people who should rightfully be apologizing to all of us. I think those who supported this event or advertised it should also be apologizing to all who have made the feminist blogosphere the occasionally-effective vehicle for positive change for women that it has been in the past.

Turner Strategies sponsored Fem 2.0. This is a public relations, advertising and marketing company run by people long in the employ of Fortune 500 companies, which, in itself, ought to have given feminists considering participating in this event some pause. Of more concern, Turner Strategies has a multitude of connections with biotechnology multinationals. Some of its top level management are or have been biotechnology entrepreneurs. Ben Carlson, Operations Vice President, was a spokesman for a California Company, Genetic Savings & Clone, that is in the business of cloning kittens and dogs, retailing them to the tune of $50,000 each. He appears to continue to head up another cloning company, Clone Safety, and in that capacity he wrote a press release not long ago thanking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his support of genetically engineered seeds and cloned livestock. Here is a list of Carlson’s press releases in support of livestock cloning and eating food derived from cloned livestock. At the end of this post there is information about why supporting by far most biotechnologies cannot be consistent with feminism, or for that matter, with any sort of reverence for human or animal life or the earth itself.

According to the Turner Strategies website, President Suzanne Turner’s ”communications campaigns have helped pass more than 40 pieces of legislation. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies, devising branding and marketing campaigns that have moved millions of dollars worth of products.” Nowhere did I see a listing of the 40 specific pieces of legislation Turner’s company helped to pass. But her current projects offer some clues. Turner speaks regularly at conferences on the topic of “how to effectively communicate food and agricultural biotechnology messages to consumers and opinion leaders using new media strategies.” According to the description of one such conference where Turner was a speaker:

Many activist groups have capitalized on using new media strategies including blogs, vlogs and social networking that create a “viral” spread of both information and potential misinformation thereby confusing the consumer and perpetuating negative opinions in some cases. The panel will delineate the issues surrounding credible, science-based messaging on food and agricultural biotechnology using new media strategies, including case examples and insights for both domestic and international audiences.

In other words, Turner offers seminars on the internet promotion of biotechnologies to consumers. This press release describes Turner’s involvement in forming a company that “will manage and license a broad portfolio of intellectual property rights related to animal reproductive technologies [including] the foundational nuclear transfer cloning technology that was developed at the Roslin Institute for the cloning of Dolly the sheep. “ In other words, one of Turner’s projects is the patenting of biotechnologies, particularly odious in what these patents mean for the world’s food supply (more about that at the end of this post).

Sascha Burns, Turner’s Vice President, Political Strategy, is a one-time drug industry lobbyist employed by Bristol-Squibb. Lisa Dry, listed as “Of Counsel,” is a former Director of Communications for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). She had responsibility for ”representing foods and crops derived through biotechnology to the media and the public”.


Nachison and Peskin, sponsors of Fem 2.0

Then there is the sponsor “IFocus,” a media think tank, which is the brainchild of Andrew Nachison and Dale Peskin (above) and which was formed to ”establish partnerships with individuals and organizations around the globe to create next-generation media projects that foster an informed society, as well as create new opportunities in the marketplace.” Prior to IFocus, Nachison and Peskin ran WeMedia. A recent NPR feature goes straight to the heart of what this organization and these men are all about (bolds mine):

Thanks to the audience taking control of their media experience and creating their own media in blogs, podcasts, video and social networks, the people who are losing control have decided to meet — and meet, and meet again — until they figure out how they can take back some control of this uncontrollable situation. That’s the rub in Miami today and tomorrow at the We Media conference, a high-end schmooze-fest sponsored in part by Reuters, Washington Post, Newsweek Interactive and the Knight Foundation…. First up was the “Community Forum,” which included representatives from MTV, Topix.net and BlogHer leading a discussion about the new ways people are using news and information in their communities. Ian Rowe from MTV noted how his younger audience is changing the dynamic in how MTV covers issues.

“They want to get their content when they want it and how they want it, and that also goes for issues in their life,” he said. “It used to be top down where we chose one or two issues for them. Now our audience is telling us it’s great you are focusing on issues, but I want to deal with issues that are important to me, and I want to connect with people around the world to talk about issues I care about…We see great opportunities in the media revolution that’s now in the hands of young people.”

…What’s left largely unsaid (at least until the afternoon “Investment Forum”) is what MTV and other media companies think these “opportunities” are. Is it an opportunity to cash in on the idea of citizen media? Is it an opportunity to change their own top-down culture?

Jan Schaffer, who runs the J-Lab at the University of Maryland, pointed out that grassroots media sites don’t necessarily play by the corporate media rules of money first, community service second.

A recent survey by the lab of 191 citizen media sites found that they were largely shoestring operations with content coming from volunteers. Here are some eye-opening stats from that study:

  • 51% said they didn’t need to make money to continue.
  • 82% said they planned to continue “indefinitely.”
  • 73% of respondents said their sites were a “success,” based on the impact in their communities

NPR quoted the CEO of Topix in an excellent blog post he wrote about the work of IFocus’s Nachison and Peskin:

There is actually a media revolution in the works. So what’s going on here? By implicit definition, participatory media is non-commercial. If it’s commercial, someone owns it, and it’s not “we” anymore.

Furthermore, as soon as a new media venture crosses the line and tries to become a business, it either becomes a successful business or a failed one. Businesses aren’t about ideology, they’re about getting a job done and earning revenue to keep the thing going. Even wild success tends to leave ideology behind. Ideology is the realm of nonprofits and failures…
Yes, there is a media revolution in the works. But it’s messy, it’s nasty videos on YouTube, not the neat & tidy civic Welcome Wagon of citizen journalism. You can’t quit your job as a journalist and replace your salary with AdSense on your blog. You’ll be lucky to make beer money, let alone pay COBRA and fund your SEP-IRA.

And big media has been watching, and buying the winning ventures, and building their own platforms to — yes you’re right! — exploit the new models.

Gloria Pan, Vice President of Internet Communications at Turner Strategies, is described as “a driving force in its annual We Media conference, a must-attend event for the media vanguard.”

Pan was also in charge of “Sponsorships” at Fem 2.0. This is how and why of things like ”sponsorships” and similar colonization rackets. Some big company or a couple of big companies, in this case Turner Strategies, IFocus, and George Washington University invest a lot of money in creating a conference in order to make money, advance their own ideologies, companies and olitics, and to, as I blogged about earlier, get a piece of some potentially lucrative action that is going on, in this case, to get a cut of the feminist blogosphere. They then invite people they figure might have some credibility with feminist bloggers to be “sponsors.” Here is a list of “sponsors” who donated money to make this conference happen. Here is a list of “conveners” and people who attended. Take a look. You’ve got NARAL, Bitch, Ph.D., The New Agenda, On the Issues and RH Reality Check all sending in feminist money that ultimately supports capitalist, colonizing, imperialist, endeavors of multinationals, Big Pharm and biotechnologies. Did any of them ever bother to do any investigation before signing up? To, for example, find out who the sponsors of this thing really were? They are joined by a motley crew of random entrepreneurs looking to make a buck off of the hard work and free labor of the feminist blogosphere. Look here, here, here and here. The last link is to the “Mom 2.0 Summit”, which appears to be similar to Fem 2.0, but Mom 2.0 is sponsored by the likes of Weight Watchers, Burger King, Sony and Walt Disney. Yeah, that’s all about feminism.

Finally, “Linkfluence” is invited, you know, the company that offered us the “Top 30 Feminist Blogs”. Linkfluence’s goal is to “make finding influential communities and following their conversations easier for the greatest benefit of corporations, consultancies or survey institutes.” Just what we need! An organization working to make our feminist conversations most beneficial to corporations! As references, Linkfluence lists multinationals Nestle, Nike and Roche, among others. So I suppose we should not be surprised that among the “Top 30″ are pimps, procurers and those who blog for them, anti-feminists and misogynists. All of that notwithstanding, when companies like this create lists like this, the naive and trusting as well as the anti-feminist and capitalist are going to LINK to them which is what the real goal is. The goal is not to carefully study the influence of feminist bloggers. The goal is to rank blogs according to how dogged they are in linking — who cares WHY they are linking; perhaps they are linking in order to repeatedly launch attacks on feminists, as is very true of several on the “Top 30 list”, and which is always a good way to drive up hits and linkage; blogosphere attacks on women are such good times – because that way companies like Linkfluence and Fem 2.0 garner maximum linkage to themselves and therefore they begin to gain exposure and to influence in heretofore untapped markets.


Vandana Shiva

The original author of this article did not give photo attribution but the Peace Communities Solidarity website at www.savethepoorbrownchildren.org gives attribution for this photo to WholesomeGoodness found at: http://www.wholesomegoodness.org/pressroom.html


It is in this way that ativist movements are assimilated into patriarchy, then systematically gutted of any effectiveness or power they might ever have had to change the world. This is what it means for a movement to be colonized. This is what I was talking about when I blogged about the end of feminist blogging. If you are not aware of the threat corporate multinationals, biotechnologies, the World Bank and other of these organizations’ agendas and politics are to the world’s women, land, creatures, the earth itself, read here, here, here. Read this and go here. Read everything on this page written by Vandana Shiva (above), and consider her words (bolds mine):

‘The “Green Revolution” was supposed to bring Western technology to the aid of Third World farmers. But instead of wealth, the new high-yielding seeds brought poverty and environmental destruction. These capital-intensive technologies also led to an economic monoculture. Institutions like the World Bank loaned money around the world to every developing country to do the same thing.

‘But uniformity is not nature’s way; diversity is nature’s way,’ she explains. Soon, she adds, there was a backlash. ‘When Third World farmers began to grow single crops, plants that for centuries had provided communities with essential vitamins were suddenly declared “weeds” and doused with pesticides. In some villages in India blindness increased severely because the so-called “weeds” had been the community’s only source of Vitamin A… Genetic changes to shorten the height of grain and increase yield led to a scarcity of straw; that meant less humus, depleted soils and eventually fewer grazing animals.

The end result of all this was not more but less food. Reducing the financial support for farmers will only make it easier for multinational corporations to tighten their grip on global markets.

‘Open-door policies,’ she says, ‘will remove all restrictions on imports and exports, inevitably converting Third World’s subsistence food production into a market for big business.’ It’s not surprising that peasant movements worldwide oppose these kinds of open markets. ‘For them maintaining diversity is a matter of survival. There will be no Indian culture if there are no Indian farmers to regenerate and continue that culture.’

Diversity, she insists, cannot be maintained by foreign corporations whose main aim is optimum yield from one product in order to gain maximum profit. The names of the six corporations that control the global grain trade roll off her tongue: Cargill, Continental Grain, Louis Dreyfus, Bunge, Andre and Mitsui Cook. These companies market the high-yielding seeds that are the heart of the ‘Green Revolution’.

Ms Shiva argues that these new seeds are not all they’re made out to be. ‘In India I’ve discovered that farmers can grow more grain and lose money. In the group of farmers I worked with those planting their own seeds earned 3,000 rupees a year. Others planting Cargill’s “new improved” hybrid seed netted only 297 rupees after the harvest because most of their earnings were used to pay for inputs like fertilizer and pesticides.’

Relaxed rules on biotechnology will allow companies to genetically engineer, patent and sell new organisms without having to account for their long-term effects on health or the environment. ‘The hazards of biotechnology will not be like the hazards of the chemical industry.” Ms Shiva warns.

Such threats cannot be treated casually ‘Whether it’s in the technological or economic domain, we are constantly being tricked into seeing growth where there is actually the production of scarcity. We have become totally numb to what disappears. By flattening the world to economic values we devalue ourselves. We assume there is only one economy - the market place. We forget that people have their own economies - taking care of themselves. Biodiversity is related to cultural diversity because cultures are also systems that renew - systems of value, of perception and of lifestyle. Human beings need a social economy that exchanges things other than money and that produces for reasons other than profits.’

She is working with Indian farmers to re-build seed banks in the hope of strengthening biodiversity. And to pursue sustainable farming techniques without expensive inputs from the agro-chemical companies. But if push comes to shove she argues that creative non-cooperation - ‘creating conditions for survival while rejecting an imposed system of authoritarianism’ - is the only way forward.
It may seem an impossible task to change such a powerful global system. But Ms Shiva is undaunted. ‘It’s not the first time we have tried to change a global system. Fifty years ago people were doing it all over the world and they succeeded. That time the political system was the colonial empires of Europe. When small steps are taken by large numbers of people momentous things can happen.’

Fem 2.0 was in fact the brainchild of the kind of corporate multinationals, marketing firms, “internet communications firms” Shiva is talking about who stand in direct opposition to everything feminists and progressives, revolutionaries, have given our lives for. Here they are, sponsoring conferences for feminists, moving in on the feminist blogosphere, and taking money from feminists. Worst of all, we have feminists stepping up to support them, advertising them throughout the blogosphere, and treating them for all the world as if they are not the colonizers and imperialists they truly are. And instead of fighting these guys, nobody is paying attention, instead, feminist bloggers are fighting one another!]

As I’ve written, I have been here before, many times in my activist life. I have seen this many times. The creative and potentially revolutionary energy of the feminist blogosphere, fragile as it may have been, is history now. From this time forward, barring a miracle, nothing will be the same.


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