The White House honors five young leaders as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their college campuses, chosen by the public for their projects that embody the President’s goal to win the future. March 15, 2012. Source: Umass Permaculture.com

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The 2 DVD set, “This Way Out: A Guide To Starting A Worker Cooperative” is now available.
Conversations with coop members on topics such as funding, bookkeeping, choosing a legal entity, democratic process and more. Includes a group discussion topic section and bonus tracks. 246 minutes total, in chapter segments for easy use in workshops.

This Way Out or JJNoire

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Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we unwittingly participate in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Massive agro-chemical companies like Monsanto (Agent Orange) and Dow (Napalm) are feeding us genetically-modified food, GMO’s, that have never been fully tested and aren’t labeled. This small handful of corporations are tightening their grip on the world’s food supply—buying, modifying, and patenting seeds to ensure total control over everything we eat.

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WEBSITE: http://www.gmofilm.com/

The GMO Film Project (Untitled) tells the story of a father’s discovery of GMO’s through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsanto’s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake. After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States in search of answers.

Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost.

We still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. But we have to start now.

A film by Compeller Pictures
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Directed by Jeremy Seifert
Produced by Joshua Kunau
Co-Producer, Elizabeth Kucinich
Associate Producer, Timothy Vatterott
Cinematographer, Rod Hassler

Poor people and communities of color are the most impacted by the dramatic ecological crises currently facing our planet.

In April of this year, Movement Generation and the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center convened nearly 30 activists and organizers representing various grassroots and social justice organizations from throughout California to participate in a two-week Liberation Permaculture Design Course.

Filmed by Patrick O’Conner of Oaklandsol.org for permaculture.coop

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Liberation Permaculture, a framework and design science that invokes the traditional knowledge of land-based peoples, provides organizers with a methodology to resist systems of oppression through building resiliency in our communities. It is a means to prepare oppressed communities for the oncoming environmental disasters while building the world we want and need now.

Come hear these course participants report back about how they are implementing Liberation Permaculture into their organizing work and how it can provide us with a critical framework for the necessary and just transition from a carbon, consumption, and profit-based economy to the participatory and life-affirming, need-based society we envision for the future.

Presentations will be provided by individuals representing Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, Urban Tilth, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, Ella Baker Center, Catalyst Project, People Organized to Win Employment Rights, Communities for a Better Environment and others.

Source: Oakland Local

Welcome to AbolishHumanRentals.org home of the modern abolitionist movement. This site examines the standard employment relationship, the human rental, and shows that it is invalid on inalienable rights grounds. The human rental today manifests itself as the voluntary exchange of personal labor for a salary or wage. A legitimate arrangement requires workplace democracy and worker ownership whenever human labor is involved.

This site is an educational resource that seeks to promote public awareness and understanding of the problems associated with human rentals. Inquiry into the legitimacy of human rentals has long been buried by a barrage of propaganda with the complicity of the economic establishment. Such a fundamental question is notably absent from our education system and ignored by the mass media. These ideas must be revived in public discourse. The theory of inalienable rights is only useful to the extent it is widely known and consistently applied in practice.

Mike Leung of Abolish Human Rentals and the pre-startup (not yet chartered) Worker Cooperative Credit Union talks to Arizmendi Association study group on worker cooperative capital structure

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Inalienable rights are based on the already broadly held principle of the non-transferability of responsibility for one’s actions. That principle, taken to its logical conclusion, means the rental of humans have no more legitimacy than their sale.

The issue is not one of coercion, willfully choosing to be rented, or the treatment and compensation of workers. Humans cannot choose to be rented for the same reason people cannot choose to sell themselves into slavery or sell their vote, regardless of their consent or how much they are paid.

The abolition of human rentals will be no small task given their widespread prevalence and firm entrenchment in the economic system. The modern abolitionist movement must begin by destroying the false perception of legitimacy that human rentals currently maintain.

Inalienable rights arguments pose a lethal threat to the practice of renting humans. At stake is nothing less than the employment system, the labor market, and the stock market through which ownership of human rental contracts are exchanged. As with slavery, inalienable rights issues cannot be addressed directly by proponents of human rentals without inviting destruction of the system. There are only two possible responses: Silence in the hope that inalienable rights are never widely understood, or vilification and harassment of the advocates in the event they gain traction. The strategy has thus far been successful in diverting attention from a profound idea and its revolutionary implications.

The alternative to human rentals is universal self employment in democratically managed worker owned businesses, or worker cooperatives. Workplace democracy eliminates the alienation of decision making power, and worker ownership means workers appropriate any resulting profits or losses, thus bearing financial responsibility for their actions.

Rob Johnson: Austerity policies in Europe threaten a deformation of democracy and the rise of ultra-nationalist forces. Source: The Real News

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Long Serving UK Parliamentarian on Years as Industry Minister on Nuclear Industry Deceptions: Former Energy Secretary Tony Benn gives his current views on nuclear

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Benn has the distinction of being the second longest serving Member of Parliament in the history of the Labour Party. When he left Parliament in 2001, Labour had never been more popular. Last month, at the European Elections, the party suffered its worst defeat in almost a century. I ask Benn why he thinks it has lost so much of its support. “Well, the economic circumstances are very difficult,” he says. “A lot of people have lost their jobs and lost their homes, and they’re very, very worried and that always affects the government of the day.” But for Benn, it cannot simply be a factor of the accident of economics. “I think the policies that New Labour followed under Blair and Brown have made the situation worse, not better. We’ve had the Iraq war going on for years, now we have the Afghan war going on. Huge commitments to nuclear weapons that nobody wants, and ID cards and privatisation and so on. I think the policies of the government are very unpopular and I think for the first time in my life, the public is to the left of what is called the ‘Labour’ government.”

Source: Third Estate

Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs
January 2011

Many Shades of Green provides the most comprehensive green jobs accounting to date, systematically tracking the most recent available data on green companies, job type, location and growth across every sector and region of California.

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From January 2008 to 2009, the most recent observable year, jobs in the green sector grew more than three times faster (three percent) than total employment in California (one percent). The Core Green Economy now accounts for 174,000 jobs in California. The rate of growth of green jobs has been similar to that of software jobs since 2005.

Source; Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs, Next10

Tony Andersen, Klimaforum09 organiser talks about the 10 000 Trees Strategy as a practical response to Climate Justice

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Nicholas Roberts, Permaculture.TV founder is travelling to Copenhagen (Dec 5th to Dec 21st) primarily for Klimaforum09, with a special interest in covering the “Planetary Permaculture” or “Gaia Permaculture” currents running through the program.

As you can see from the Klimaforum09 online program, the International Permaculture Council and listen (mp3) and kind of read in “Planetary Permaculture: A Global Strategy for Climate Change – Tony Andersen of Klimaforum09” one of the key organisers of Klimaforum, Tony Andersen, is a Danish architect (in cooperative design, the Scandanavian participative or user-centered design tradition) and permaculturalist since the 1980s.

Klimaforum is part of a global permaculture design process that seeks to get activists and grassroots talking and working together, the research, develop and implement a radical, democratic, planetary permaculture program which is called 10 000 Trees: A Practical Strategy for Climate Change.

Klimaforum09 as Gaian User Centered Design

From the 10 000 Trees document, we get the outline of the project;

  1. THE 1 TON CO2 10.000 TREES PROJECT – overview of the problem and the solution
  2. Permaculture – the idea, practice and global and local success
  3. Climate Change – the massive catastrophic problem
  4. Carbon sink – a new category for locking, permanently ecology as carbon sinks in forest and soil
  5. More than 10,000 TREES per. person per. lifetime – a requirement for local-global perennial polycultural replanting
  6. Less than 1 TON CO2 pr. person pr. year – global energy descent and emissions reductions targets
  7. The U.N. Climate Conference 2009 / COP 15- the failure of the official process, danger of carbon finance
  8. Parallel activist and grassroots Conference – Klimaforum as user-centered permaculture design
  9. The Permaculture network – massively expanding a global, democratic, locally-controlled permaculture network

Its a radical scaling-up of the what the Transition Towns Movement describe as to “take responsibility for action and then unleash the creative genius that resides within us personally and collectively in our communities”.

Transition Towns focus on the level of small-towns. While the Klimaforum is operating globally, with grassroots and activists working together to unleash their own creativity within a commonly understood framework for radical global permaculture.

TECHNICAL NOTE: Ben Brangwyn of Transition Movement points out Technical point – Transition Initiatives exist in rural areas, villages, towns and cities. Am interested to know how the ideas of re-localisation can work on larger scales such as cities, such as Los Angeles.

Klimaforum09 “Gaia Permaculture” Events

  • Tuesday 8th, 10-12am, Venue 4, Title: From activist to grassroots (120), Organisation: Permaculture International, Contact: Tony Andersen – Klimaforum Program
  • Thursday 10th, 1pm-3pm, Venue 6, Title: 10.000 threes (120), Organisation: Permaculture International, Contact: Tony Andersen – Klimaforum Program

Klimaforum09 Features

  • a forum where activists start working with grassroots
  • network for activists/grassroots to design a user-centered, radical, global permaculture project for Climate Justice
  • becomes an ongoing network from which practical actions meet radical actions
  • does not just work for climate change, it works for systems change
  • An international grassroots/activist radical permaculture network is created and sustained.

Activist to Grassroots – Tony Andersen Klimaforum co-founder

In Activists to Grassroots, Tony discusses how activists need to start working with grassroots and create a new hybrid radical activist-grassroots persona.

Tony Andersen, co-founder of the Danish civil-society climate justice conference, Klimaforum, gave two talks at Klimaforum09: Activist to Grassroots, and 10 000 Trees: A Practical Strategy for Climate Change.

http://www.vimeo.com/14431560

Tony Andersen, Klimaforum co-founder, gives a presentation and workshop at Klimaforum09 in Copenhagen, December 2009 during the COP15 climate circus.

  • THE 1 TON CO2 10.000 TREES PROJECT – overview of the problem and the solution
  • Permaculture – the idea, practice and global and local success
  • Climate Change – the massive catastrophic problem
  • Carbon sink – a new category for locking, permanently ecology as carbon sinks in forest and soil
  • More than 10,000 TREES per. person per. lifetime – a requirement for local-global perennial polycultural replanting
  • Less than 1 TON CO2 pr. person pr. year – global energy descent and emissions reductions targets
  • The U.N. Climate Conference 2009 / COP 15- the failure of the official process, danger of carbon finance
  • Parallel activist and grassroots Conference – Klimaforum as user-centered permaculture design
  • The Permaculture network – massively expanding a global, democratic, locally-controlled permaculture network

http://permaculture.tv/save-the-planet-with-permaculture-tony-andersen-of-klimaforum09/
http://gaiapermaculture.com/projects/permaculturecooperative/blog/2009/11/20/klimaforum09-mandate-spectrum-of-coverage/
http://permaculture.tv/10-000-trees-climate-justice/
http://permaculture.tv/?s=tony+andersen
http://permaculture.tv/?s=klimaforum
http://permaculture.tv/permaculture-international-pioneers-klimaforum09/

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