Monthly Archives: July 2012

Helping = Inequality; Serving = A Relationship Between Equals

In the Service of Life

by Rachel Naomi Remen (from this article).

In recent years, the question how can I help? has become meaningful to many people.  But perhaps there is a deeper question we might consider.  Perhaps the real question is not how can I help? but how can I serve? Continue reading

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Pain. Suffering. Connection. Growth. Renewal. Flight.

“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~
“Growth is a painful process. 
If we’re ever going to collectively begin to grapple with the problems that we have collectively, we’re going to have to move back the veil and deal with each other on a more human level.”
~ Wilma Mankiller ~

In Memory of Wangari Maathai Who Showed Us How to Roll Up Our Sleeves & Do the Work Needed for Change

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Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM):

An environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods.  [GBM was founded] to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work. [source]

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Flora Jessop: A Hero Who Devotes her Life to Rescuing Women & Children from Abuse & Servitude

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Flora Jessop was born into, indoctrinated and abused by, then ran like hell from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a Christian cult with large, isolated compounds in Utah, Arizona and Texas, USA and British Columbia, Canada.  The church’s president and so-called “prophet,” Warren Jeffs, is currently in prison for raping girls and other crimes.  He hand picked young girls to “teach” them about sex by raping them, taking them as a wife and/or passing them on to his pedophile buddies as a reward for their loyalty.  Warren would also rip wives away from their husbands to punish “disobedient” men and pass the women on to “more deserving” men. Continue reading

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Janelle Monae: A Fresh, Smart, Vibrant Artist & Role Model for Girls

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29-year old Janelle Monae is a breath of fresh, exciting air on the music scene.  I first came across her music last year and fell in love with her unique aesthetic (tuxedo and pumped up pompadour, Janelle-ified) and music style and can feel the heart, thought and Soul she puts into her work.  Continue reading

Bonnie Burstow Empowers Women to Liberate Ourselves & Eachother

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Toronto-based Dr. Bonnie Burstow is a personal favorite feminist of mine.  As a feminist counselor-to-be, I’ve drawn on her work a lot in my school work and intend to apply the hell out of it in my future counseling work.  She created this equation:

OPPRESSION + LIES + ISOLATION = ALIENATION

ACTION + AWARENESS + CONTACT = POWER Continue reading

The Abolitionist Sisterhood of Trafficking/Prostitution: A Force to be Reckoned With

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You know those chills that go through your body when you experience something powerful?  That’s what I felt upon reading the title of the admirable Stella Marr’s latest blog post, Our Bonds Are Just Too Strong For You, and seeing its accompanying picture.

Shortly into the post I was disturbed to learn that Stella was recently subjected to some smear-campaigning, viciousness and personal attacking  by the commercial rape industry’s apologists and profiteers.  Such going-for-the-jugular tactics are unfortunately widely used as a last and only resort by those in the wrong simply because they have nothing to say that justifies their harmful and intellectually lazy stances.  We see such jugular attacking in mainstream politics all the time. Continue reading

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Dr. Vandana Shiva: A Champion for Women’s Rights & Roles in Food Security

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I came across an article the other day about supermarket tomatoes and how a “genetic mutation” frankenstein’d into them to make them “ripen more uniformly” may have inadvertently taken away their sweetness, and gawd knows what other vitamins and nutrients were killed and what kind of poisons manifested. One line in the article summarized for me the problem with the colonist culture’s obsession with controlling everything having to do with Nature; here it is un-scientized sanitized and put into human speak:

“by manipulating [X] responsible for [Y], the [white men in white coats playing god] inadvertently [FUCKED SHIT UP of which we have no clue how far the consequences reach].” Continue reading

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Rebecca Mott: A Strong, Brave Voice Leading the Prostitution Abolition Movement

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To read Rebecca Mott’s words is to be stirred awake to the reality of porn and prostitution, which is a totally different reality than what the pro-porn/pro “sex work” voices would have you believe.  Rebecca is one fierce, brave voice speaking raw Truths about how the sex trade (the buying, selling and trading of mostly female bodies) is horrifically harmful to girls and women and why it must be responded to immediately.  This will lead to its abolition and own self-destruction, when others stop participating in the destruction of prostituted & porned Girls and Women!  An excerpt of bits and pieces from her blog: Continue reading

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