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9/28/17

Help Puerto Rico!


Dear world. As you may know, Puerto Rico was seriously hit by Hurricane María. 
I am deeply saddened by all that the little Carribean island has been going through. 
3.411 million people need our help. Below are some ways to help:




SUPPORT A COMMUNITY KITCHEN FEEDING THOUSANDS


Mano a Mano Ayudando a Puerto Rico is a community kitchen that arose to help people and hospitals that still have no access to food. If you or someone you know doesn't have access to food call 787-505-4106. Share this telephone number. They have been feeding thousands during this crisis. Please support them by donating if you can. 



CARE ABOUT PREGNANT WOMEN & UNBORN/NEWBORN CHILDREN? 

SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR NEW FAMILIES


Mujeres Ayudando Madres (MAM) - Donating to MAM is your opportunity to support of Puerto Rican midwives who are on the ground providing care for mothers and babies amid post-hurricane devastation.

The link for donation to CENTRO MAM is through Circle of Health International (With your donation, please indicate the donation is for CENTRO MAM)

The severe and on-going economic crisis in Puerto Rico, the Zika epidemic, and the major natural disaster hurricane Maria have affected pregnant women’s daily lives and their birth outcomes. Pregnant women, infants, and the poor are always the most vulnerable in situations like this. Unfortunately, many obstetricians and doctors have stopped attending clinics and office hours. Instead, mothers are sent to hospitals which are rumored to be filled with the dead and dying due to lack of infrastructure and power. Added to these panic-inducing horrors, there are a number of public health diseases creeping in due to unsanitary conditions such as infected waters, lack of plumbing and electricity, excessive heat, mosquitos and flies, and lack of nutritious food. On top of everything, those hospitals that are running (there are many whose doors have not yet opened) have staff who are overworked and stressed which increases the likelihood that women are not receiving the care, attention, support, and respect they require for emotional stability and positive outcomes.

Centro MAM is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting maternal and infant health that has been coordinating on the ground to distribute supplies and provide outreach to the community in order to enhance ways of meeting the primary needs of mothers and children. In addition, the organization's efforts support Midwives and provide a safe space for prenatal and postpartum care at Centro MAM.

MAM Midwives are trained in methods for assessing perceived and measurable maternal stress, particularly within the context of a colonized nation that has a complex and insufficient maternal-infant health care system. They understand the effects of maternal stress on gestational outcomes, as well as their impact as midwives and doulas as mediators of that stress.

MAM supports the normal physiologic birth efforts in Puerto Rico as a counter-movement to the existing biomedical system on the island along with the roles Puerto Rican midwives and doulas are playing in the aftermath of hurricane Maria.



CARE ABOUT THE LIVELIHOOD OF CHILDREN? 

SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR CHILDREN


Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund - When you donate to Save the Children’s Hurricane Maria relief, you’re providing critical aid to children and families who need it most, so they can survive this crisis, recover from their losses and rebuild their lives. Thank you.



CARE ABOUT THE LIVELIHOOD OF ANIMALS?
SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR ANIMALS


Save A Sato - 100% of your donations go directly to helping our dogs and cats on the shelter.




CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY? SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR THE EARTH

THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD MOVEMENT IS WORKING IN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. 

DONATE TO THE ORGANIZATION YOU WANT AND HELP THE COLLECTIVE:


PLENITUD - A non-profit organization that offers eco-educational initiatives and supports individuals and communities in their sustainable development by providing training, demonstrations, and services of organic agriculture, bio-construction, and other sustainable and permaculture practices. www.plenitudpr.org/

ISER CARIBE - All donations given to ISER will go to those affected by Hurricane Maria. Mostly for water purification systems. ISER is a nonprofit organization that conducts research on social-ecological systems through engaging government institutions, academia, civil society and community organizations. Their team studies the interactions and dialectic relationships between the environment and humans in order to develop alternate ways of managing human and natural systems. Through their collaborative actions, they build consensus that allows them to create well-informed stewardship plans, local outreach activities, and educational program.

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE LA COMIDA -  A grassroots organization powering local regional-food systems including sustainable farming practices and farmers markets. They are committed to providing food and relief for those affected due to the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. PAYPAL DIRECT TO DEPARTAMENTO DE LA COMIDA: TARA@EFECTOSOMBRILLA.ORG
LA COSECHA  - Our plan is to use these funds for an integrative farm restoration initiative that includes stipends for repairs for our own farm and those of many other members (20+) of the local agroecological movement.
VISIT RICO -  After close deliberation, we found that cash flow for farmers is the fastest way to help them get back on their feet to start planting seeds that are destined to grow within three months. Right now they need the economic stability they had from Farmer’s Markets.
ORGANIZACION BORICUA DE AGRICULTURA ECOLOGICA -This organization of ecological agriculture is supporting students and community during this crisis.
DESDE MI HUERTO  - What is most important for this organization is to keep the SEED BANK in a cool climate so we need an electricity generator, besides roofing nurseries, building warehouses, and work areas, etc.

SAVE PUERTO RICAN COFFEE - Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, taking with it almost 100% of Puerto Rico’s coffee crop. Coffee took some of the hardest hits as trees were stripped completely bare, even taking the bark off the trees. Many farms are still cut off due to loss of communication, blocked roads, and scarce gasoline. These farmers need immediate, short-term aid for access to basic rights like food and water if they hope to rebuild and resow longterm. 100% of donations will go exclusively to immediate relief for the coffee farmers of Puerto Rico.


ART LOVER? SUPPORT BY BUYING ART


If you love art and photography, a group of artists, journalists and creatives have put their hands in the service of Puerto Rico donating their artwork to the collaborative project Pixels For Puerto Rico. The purchase of each artwork will help mitigate the suffering and give strength to Puerto Rico as it recuperates from Hurricane María. You can safely order your prints right from the page and will be delivered to your home. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to relief funds. My favorites of this collection are the work of Fernando Samalot (@simonebirch), a mobile photographer with a passion for Puerto Rico's natural wonders. His work captures his daily life and adventures in the mountains with his partner Bárbara Cruz (@aymishi) and their deaf rescued dog, Nube Sordita (@nube.sordita). And the beautiful work of Omar Robles with Puerto Rican ballet dancers. Every time you see the artwork you purchase hanging from your wall will be a reminder that you helped a vulnerable country get back on its feet.


DONATE BECAUSE YOU CARE

Hurricane María Community Recovery Fund - Low-income communities often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property. When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of the money raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations. The Fund will support organizations working with these hardest hit communities in Puerto Rico.
Patria Massage And Yoga Rincon, Puerto Rico - Appreciates the donation of funds, water filters, solar lamps, solar chargers, inverters to hook up to car batteries, Non perishables, batteries, mosquito nets, personal care items, first aid supplies, adult diapers, baby supplies, dog/cat food, bug spray, candles, organic/heirloom seeds for farming, farm tools, chainsaws (with or without pruning extension pole), solar generators to distribute. Funds can be sent via PayPal to patria.massage@gmail.com and items to PO Box 1798, Rincón, PR 00677.
Teen4PuertoRico - They are working, alongside their parents, allies, and other young people of Puerto Rican descent, to raise funds for hurricane relief within our schools and our communities. They will donate every single cent raised by us and other Teens4PR committee members to Para la Naturaleza, The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico, and Centros Sor Isolina Ferré - three important Puerto Rican NGOs with strong ties to communities across the island.

Mofongo NY - Connecting the diaspora to power up Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastating hit. 100% of donations to this fund will go exclusively to long-term relief for the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.

Vermont For Puerto Rico - Most Vermonters have a great respect for local food and the hard work our farmers do to produce the quality foods we love. Please help us in helping this brave community rebuild their food systems.
*Contact me to add more legit funds you are aware of. Send info through my contact form.

Thank you in advance for your support! 
#HurricaneMaría #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoReliefFunds

9/23/17

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9/2/17

GMOs Revealed: Special Replay Weekend

WATCH ALL 9 EPISODES OF GMOs REVEALED!

Looking for a good documentary to watch tonight? If you are still connecting the dots about the dangers of GMOs in our food system, watch this special replay weekend of all nine episodes of the new documentary series "GMOs Revealed" FREE this weekend only! Knowledge is power!
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9/1/17

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5/21/17

Berkeley Posters 1968-1973

The University of British Columbia Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections holds 250 posters concerned with the advocacy for peace, equality, and harmony during the Vietnam War era from the University of California's Berkeley campus and other regions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1979 Helmut Jung of Gold River, B.C. donated the Berkeley Poster Collection to the Library. A portion of the collection was previously exhibited at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the UBC campus from October to December 1999.

While the posters indicate both known and unknown authorship and publication, the entire collection demonstrates similar ideals and perspectives. The posters were all produced between the years of 1968 and 1973, a period in which the social and political climate both in the United States and South East Asia provided the genesis of tension that is seen throughout the collection. The representation of each poster within the collection is unique and eclectic supporting the idea that underground and guerilla group movements played a large role in advocacy, peace and equality. Some of the groups that are represented used acronyms on the posters such as 4973 and RAPE.

Here are some is my favorite:














Continue reading and viewing more posters from the collection here...


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