We know it’s a holiday week but if you read nothing else, please read this. In less than a week, Kevin Johnson (KJ to those who know him) is set to be murdered by the state of Missouri. He, his daughter, and his grandchild all need our help. In this moving open letter, we see who Kevin is today to the people who know and love him: a proud father and grandfather, a man who has found comfort and guidance in his faith. And we see how he’s grown since making one terrible choice as a 19-year-old kid who had just watched his little brother die.
The criminal legal system does not prevent or end harm, but instead, perpetuates it—and the death penalty is the greatest example of this.The state should not be allowed to take a life. Taking KJ’s life doesn’t resolve anything, but it will irreparably harm his daughter, his grandchild, and everyone who loves him. So, we need your help.
Call or email Governor Parson to demand #ClemencyForKJ! Call at 573-751-3222 or email here. Call and email scripts are available in this toolkitfrom Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s (MADP). We now have 6 days to use our voices and our bodies to demand that Governor Mike Parson grant clemency to Kevin Johnson. We’re asking you to join us in making noise to save KJ’s life.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States including the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island.
What were the English doing in America, anyway?
Kick back, and learn how America became profitable.
Meet The Creators
Video created by CrashCourse
Lesson Plan created by Jordan Reeves
The Road to Collective Liberation --
Individually, Systemically, Collectively
Anti-Racism is not an identity it is a practice.
"..if we are to transform and bring forth the world we deserve, it’s going to take all of us. We are in a historical moment that requires us to connect with each other, expand our capacity to love and find the direct points of intervention within the system — points where public pressure can disrupt the status quo and push for change. As people who care about change, we have a responsibility to find points of intervention in our everyday lives.
How do you confront systemic oppression at home, in your organization, in your community? What small,mighty actions can you take daily to move us closer to each other and the new world? Every small interaction holds the possibility of transformation." Kendra Hicks
URGENT: FL Dept. of Corrections is considering banning non-family members and returning citizens from visiting inmates.
Here’s my sample email, feel free to copy any/all of this--
I am a Florida citizen and an active member of my community, and am writing about the proposed visitation changes being brought forward.
I am very concerned that the proposed visitation changes will have a negative impact on inmates' chances for rehabilitation. I believe in the importance and true restorative impact of friends being able to visit inmates - particularly those friends who have previously experienced incarceration.
To limit visits to family only is harmful, both to the friends of the incarcerated person and the person incarcerated. It is a special opportunity for an inmate to remember there is more than incarceration and be given a glimpse into a future where they will not be incarcerated and have another chance to be a productive member of society.
Additionally, this change would be biased toward inmates who are lucky enough to have family that can visit them. Not everyone is lucky enough to have true family, and I am sure all of us have someone in our lives we consider to be as close as family (and sometimes closer than actual family).
I urge you to reconsider this proposed change.
Thank you for your consideration,
Tell the Senate: Ban Congressional Stock Trading
The Senate is running out of time to pass a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading stocks.
If we’re going to get this bill passed this year, we need your help to convince more Republican senators to support it!
Please send a message to your Republican senator(s) and urge them to stop Congressional stock trading:
Please join us on Monday, November 14th, 6 PM CST/7 PM EST for a virtual event on “Equity in Energy”. As you know, our area, state, and nation is facing some major energy crisis issues that need our immediate attention and response. This crisis are directly impacting our communities with increased utility prices, shutoffs, and inequitable distribution of energy. Learn more from our speakers the issues that we are all facing and actions we can take for meaningful resolutions.
Our lineup of speakers includes:
Natalia Brown, Catalyst Miami, Equity in Energy.
Mary Gutierrez, Earth Action, Energy Conservation.
Gabriela Sarri-Tobar, Center for Biological Diversity, Utility as a Human Right Resolution.
Laura Wagner, Opportunity for All Floridians, Public Service Commission, and its role in the utility rate increases.
Two ways to attend:
You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 11th.
When you visit Environment America various ENVIRONMENTAL actions/petitions can be found
One of the smallest species native to North America needs your help.
Tricolored bats, named for their distinctive yellow-brown hair, are on the brink of extinction. White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, is decimating the species at unprecedented rates.1
In light of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed listing the tricolored bat as endangered. This is critical to ensuring tricolored bats receive the additional federal protections they need to survive.
Sign onto our petition in support of listing tricolored bats as an endangered species.
White-nose syndrome was first identified in bats in America in 2006. Since then, the disease has wiped out approximately 90% of tricolored bats.2
This is not just devastating for tricolored bats themselves, but also for the greater environment. Tricolored bats play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. They contribute to natural pest control and are important to agriculture.3
Federal protections are urgently needed. Protections under the Endangered Species Act will ensure more resources are dedicated to getting white-nose syndrome under control and give tricolored bats a chance to bounce back.
FWS is currently accepting public input on its proposal to list tricolored bats as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. It is legally obligated to review and consider all comments in its decision making. By speaking up today, you can help build the necessary support to protect these tiny bats.
1. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
2. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
3. Anna Walker, "Managing Forests to Conserve Bat Populations Affected by White-Nose Syndrome," USDA Southern Research Center, August 24, 2016.
We must protect our fundamental right to vote. On Monday, October 24th, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM, you will learn how to exercise your voting rights, resist voter intimidation tactics, access disability-related accommodations, and language assistance at the polls.
Have accessibility questions? Reply to your registration email to confirm your requirements or request more information.
What a powerful poster by Micah Bazant that reminds us of the power of voters with disabilities.
Be a voter and make yourself heard!
Image: Two disabled folks of color surrounded by flowers.
Text reads: Crip the Vote.
Learn more at Voters with disabilities dot org
What: Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering and Educating in North Miami Beach
When: Saturday, October 8th, 11am
Where: Fight for $15 office, 115 NW 167 St., North Miami Beach, 33169
Training will be provided so no prior experience with canvassing is needed. We'll also be providing food and water.
Register to let us know you're coming tomorrow. We will be making sure people are registered, following up on vote-by-mail ballots, helping people make their plan to vote, and signing them up for the Poor People's Campaign!
Email email@example.com to get involved!
Sign up now to write 20 postcards to registered mom voters just like you who may need an extra nudge to get to the polls!
We'll send you a packet of 20 pre-addressed, pre-stamped postcards along with some quick instructions.
All you'll need to do is write a quick note of encouragement (we'll provide sample messages) and drop them in the mail.
It is my experience that the world
itself has a role to play in our
It's very pressures, pains, and risks
can wake us up - release us from
the bonds of ego and guide us home
to our vast, true nature.
For some of us, our love for the
world is so passionate that we
cannot ask it to wait until we are
— Joanna Macy
As the conflict in Ukraine continues, it has become increasingly important for the entire world to unite our energy in order to bring about healing and help restore energetically the peace in and around Ukrainian region, including all the beings involved and affected by this tension.
The most powerful way to achieve this is by creating the synergy through the synchronized global meditation.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MEDITATION
1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness.
2. State your intent to bring peace and healing to the situation between Russia and NATO.
3. Invoke the Violet Flame from its primary source to place a circle of protection around you during and after the meditation. Ask it to transmute anything that does not serve the Light.
4. Visualize a pillar of pink Light, emanating from the Galactic Central Sun and then descending down through your body and deep into the center of the Earth.
5. Visualize this Light flowing through your heart and then through your hands directly to everybody involved in the situations between Russia and NATO, harmonizing everyone and bringing peace. Let the pink Light then flow onwards, healing all other conflicts worldwide.
6. Visualize and focus on Peace. Or Ask whatever your belief system is: Energy of the Universe, God, Goddess, Humanity presence to protect Zaporozhie Nuclear Power Plant from any damage to prevent any fallout. Visualize this nuclear facility safe and protected.
7. Direct energies of peace and harmony to all unresolved situations between Russia and NATO, and everyone involved in these situations. Let these energies then flow onwards and heal all other conflicts worldwide. Allow these energies to continue to flow through your heart and then through your hands into these situations for a few minutes.
(Suggested duration of this meditation is 15 minutes.)