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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That Was Predictable

Way back in 2003 when the United States invaded Iraq (long before the Afghanistan mess had been anything close to resolved), I remember having a conversation in which I said that within 5 years of the US withdrawal from Iraq, that the country would founder in civil war.  (I believe much the same thing will . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That Was Predictable

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Innovating for Caregivers at The SIX Vancouver Summer School

I’m on a plane now, reading over the notes I’ve made from the last four days.  I’ve just come from a week of listening, sharing and thinking about how society can be shaped and shifted to support family caregivers.  I was thinking too, about how care is at the heart of social change. The SIX . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Innovating for Caregivers at The SIX Vancouver Summer School

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Wisdom of Caregivers: Part II – Our Power and Love

Recently, I wrote about the wisdom and knowledge of caregivers.  Families giving care sometimes feel that they are operating in a vacuum – that the only compassionate place is the home because societies in which we live are driven by an ethic of individualism, consumerism and the perpetual growth of a paycheck.  So, how can . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Wisdom of Caregivers: Part II – Our Power and Love

PostArctica: Katie Rentzke

Excellent street photographer who works for social change.

Urban Voice Youth Photographic Project is a program that gives an artistic voice to underprivileged youth by teaching them basic photography skills. The project goals are to use the camera to motivate youth’s discovery of the world around them, show youth that they have a voice in . . . → Read More: PostArctica: Katie Rentzke

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The new epidemic: Death cults and the culture of despair

Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Leaders with an Authentic Way Forward?

What are they saying to the growing inequalities of the 21st century?

“I want Dr. King to know that I didn’t come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Who Are the Leaders with an Authentic Way Forward?

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

 

Politics, Re-Spun: Politics, Re-Spun Catches Up with Art for Impact, and Ou(x)po

On December 3, 2012, Politics, Re-Spun’s Kevin Harding spoke with Natalie Gan and Andrew Hawryshkewich about Art for Impact and its ninth show, Ou(x)po, which took place on December 8, 2012 at the Russian Hall.

Catch up on Art for Impact and their shows on the podcast, with some Rage Against the Machine for fun . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Politics, Re-Spun Catches Up with Art for Impact, and Ou(x)po

Dead Wild Roses: We are post-feminsim, post-patriarchy and post-racism…honest.

Trigger warning for Language, Homophobia and Racism and violence in general. This is by no means a scientific finding. This isn’t even a good sample, but lets background that for bit and look at what is going on in the video. How many times do you hear the word “Bitch” or “Fag” or even more […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: We are post-feminsim, post-patriarchy and post-racism…honest.

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The imagination, art, and activism of Herman’s House

by Chanda Chevannes | Troy Media Last week I attended the Toronto theatrical premiere of Herman’s House, a thought-provoking documentary written and directed by Angad Singh Bhalla. This Canadian film tells the story of an artistic collaboration between Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace. Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist from New York. Wallace is a Black . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: The imagination, art, and activism of Herman’s House

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Care is Care. Let’s Stand Together for Political and Social Change

I remember a long time ago, sitting in a room full of disability activists who were much older and more experienced than me.  One man, Gary McPherson, sat in his chair with the respectful, almost invisible, seamless help of his personal assistant.  I hadn’t noticed the hum of his respirator till Gary began to speak, . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Care is Care. Let’s Stand Together for Political and Social Change

Compromise be gone, how radical change cannot be achieved without violence

I think the world by now generally understands that great social change, the kind that affects the public generationally, like Martin Luther’s Civil Rights Movement and Mahatma Gandhi’s fight against Apartheid in India, cannot be achieved without some violence and without some suffering, minimal or otherwise. Whether it’s the oppressor or the oppressed dishing out . . . → Read More: Compromise be gone, how radical change cannot be achieved without violence