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Aug23

DIY Harm Reduction

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Audio of Project Safe’s presentation at the recent DIY Philly Skill Share Conference. “A theory addressing behaviors that carry risk in an environment of risk” encapsulates Project Safe’s philosophical approach to harm reduction.

Drug use and sex work have always been taboo subjects, so it was not until relatively recently that social justice activists began formulating strategies to reduce the harms of engaging in these behaviors. The first harm reduction activists emerged organically from communities struggling to hold onto their dignity and safety; many came from the so-called lower strata of society, those most likely to be harmed by the drug trade and sex work industries.

 

Click here for more info on Project Safe

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Jul28

Interview With a Doula

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Natural Child-birthing From a Radical Perspective

It would not be an exaggeration to say that in general our culture is an extremely morbid one, overly obsessed with death, violence and the macabre. Even in the radical community we often fail to spend enough time celebrating life; we also fall well short of paying sufficient attention to what is needed to promote and sustain both life itself and a good quality of life.

As our twitter, instagram and facebook newsfeeds fill up with images of ethnic cleansing, brutalized children and widespread devastation, we can find ourselves slipping into either apathy or despair. This is why I am very happy to present this podcast with our guest Iresha Picot. We talk about her life-affirming work as a doula, what it means and how very important such work is in countering the dehumanizing influence of the medical-industrial establishment.

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If you would like more information, or if you would like to inquire about retaining Iresha as a doula you can contact her at Iresha.Picot@gmail.com

Visit Maternity Care Coalition for more info on general maternity care and related resources.

Jul15

In Solidarity With Gaza

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Commentary, informational links and video on the situation in Gaza.

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IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

Israeli lawmaker’s call for genocide of Palestinians gets thousands of Facebook likes

Obama, Israel and Liberal Capitulation

Gaza destruction ‘immense’, hundreds of thousands without water

Congresswoman who visited Israel on AIPAC’s dime has no time for relative of boy beaten by Israeli police

Rejecting victimhood: the case for Palestinian resistance


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Jan30

National Lawyers Guild Convention: Pipelines & Environmental Destruction Workshop

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Thanks to Jordan Winquist for supplying the audio and description.

At National Lawyers Guild Convention (10/25/13)

The workshop dealt with the struggle against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and aimed to draw lessons from the successful attempt by Puerto Rican activists to block the $800 million Via Verde Gasoducto in 2012. Pipelines are already being built as we await Obama’s indecisiveness on KXL, and activists with NLG representation have been arrested all over the country. Also, KXL is extremely important, but it is just one of many critical climate and environmental justice issues. Our colleagues from the front lines gave us a report on how the NLG can help fight extractive industries and support a burgeoning global Green Movement.

Moderator
Emily J. Yozell is a U.S. attorney who has been based in Costa Rica since 1988. She was active in Central American human rights investigations and litigation throughout the 1980s. She served as local counsel for Latin American banana farm workers suing U.S. based multinational fruit and chemical companies in the U.S. for toxic tort injuries from pesticide abuse during the 1990s. She continues to assist communities affected by agrochemical toxic contaminations and has been active in the successful campaign to declare Costa Rica free from oil development and Carbon Neutral by 2021.

Speakers (in order)
Pedro Saadé is founder and head of Environmental Law clinic at University of Puerto Rico. He is a long term activist and environmental lawyer who represented those opposing the Gasoducto Via Verde. He is also involved in the current fight against the incinerator in Arecibo, a still pending matter.

Since 1983, Joe Heath has been the General Counsel for the Onondaga Nation, the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] Confederacy. Joe’s work for them is primarily environmental, focusing on the Clean Water Act, Land Rights Action, protection of sacred sites, repatriation of cultural patrimony, and Indigenous
rights in the United Nations. Joe Heath has been a National Lawyers Guild member since 1971, when, in law school, he began to help resist the state’s cover up of the Attica Prison rebellion. Joe has worked extensively in the massive grass roots resistance to fracking in New York.

Dean Hubbard is Labor Director of the Sierra Club and was one of the leads in organizing Power Shift. He is familiar with the labor split on environmental issues from his experience getting unions to oppose KXL and dealing with the costs of solidarity between those unions and the people involved. He addressed job loss/
disruption from the transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy. His focus is on the question of how we build a broader coalition FOR a transition to a sustainable economy for the planet and its people.

Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director of New Energy Economy and worked on a recent effort in Boulder, CO to create a public power utility. She will talk about how they just got the utility to agree to close half of the coal plant (900 megawatts) by 2017. Her next legal/political fight is about replacement power and stranded costs: this issue will be faced by all communities that are closing coal. She also works on a “SOL not coal” initiative that spreads energy democracy and installs solar with strategic partners (Native communities, government, and underserved Latino communities).

Oct14

Philly’s MEXICAYOTL Culture

Brujo De La Mancha is the founder of OLLIN YOLIZTLI CALMECAC, a Philadelphia based organization dedicated to promoting traditional MEXICAYOTL indigenous cultures. Part of their mission includes preserving as much as possible some aspects of Aztec culture, a culture that continues against the odds to endure to this day.

Click here to visit the OLLIN YOLIZTLI CALMECAC home page.

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Philly Indigenous People’s Day 2013, a celebration of Philadephia’s diverse Native community. Brujo is right behind the young boy on your left hand side

Aug23

The 2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

The Philly Naked Bike Ride has grown to be the 2nd largest ride of its kind in the country (beaten by Portland, go figure). Karenina Wolff, one of the organizers of this amazing event, dishes all the info you’ll need to have a safe and fun ride. Our topics of discussion include the reasons why people ride, the history of the ride, and helpful tips for those thinking of joining in for the first time this year.

Check out the Philly Naked Bike Ride website to find out the location and route of this year’s ride

 

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Aug03

More Thoughts From Black Mesa

The official history of the United States is inextricably linked to notions of progress, Manifest Destiny, and the triumph of technology over natural boundaries. The forward push of modernity has been packaged and sold as a foregone conclusion, an inevitable force; but modernity, like technology, is in no way neutral. Those of us with a critique of “modernity” who live in technologically advanced societies have to of course grapple with a good deal of cognitive dissonance as we approach this subject. Like all people who have internalized European “Enlightenment” based notions of progress, we’re in the position of captive vis-à-vis captor, dependent on our abusers for our very survival, mentally and physically dependent on those who exploit us. Yet some pockets of resistance to the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut of modernity remain.

People who live on Black Mesa and the surrounding areas on the Diné (aka Navajo) reservation are still working to maintain and preserve their traditional ways of being. If you would like to fight against cultural genocide and support families struggling against imperialism, relocation and resource extraction, check out the Black Mesa Indigenous Support website to learn how you can get involved.

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