Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Magic Trick

Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Willamette U, Divest Now! I just signed this petition -- will you?

Dear Friends,

I just signed the campaign: Divest Willamette University From Fossil Fuels.

The First University in the West should be among the First to Divest from Fossil Fuels!

It would mean the world if you could also add your name to this fossil fuel divestment campaign.

The divestment movement is catching on like wildfire, and with good reason: 

If it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage, and to invest in a thing is to encourage more of it.

We believe that educational and religious institutions, city and state governments, and other institutions that serve the public good must divest from fossil fuels.

Every name that is added builds momentum around the divestment effort and makes it more likely for us to win. Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. 
 It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

Thank you!

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An Important Film on 1/17 as Corporate Orcs Descend on D.C.

One week from tonight:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
at 7 PM
"We The People 2.0"

In spite of the legendary belief that the United States Constitution established a government of, by and for the people, it is the people themselves who have long been struggling to straighten the crooked bough of American law.
We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of environmental damages that corporations have done across America. Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Talking heads include the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization. 

Our documentaries are followed by guest speakers and an audience discussion.

See below for more information. 
And thank you for your support.

 Upcoming Film

Tuesday January 17, 2017 * 7 PM 

We The People 2.0

We the People is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States.  The film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling and mining in their communities.  We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they "get what they don't want, again and again," is because they are, by law, truly powerless in spite of propaganda that says they live in the "best democracy in the world."   These people come to understand that the reason they can't stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people.  These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney's inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began. 

Guest speakers:

Ann Kneeland, Environmental and land use attorney, (also in the film)

Ed Dover, Professor of Political Science, 
Western Oregon University

To view trailer:

Dept. of Great Local Stuff: Fill Your Pantry Event at Marion-Polk Food Share

Fill Your Pantry
Friends of Family Farmers & Marion-Polk Food Share invite you to Fill Your Pantry!

How it works: order online to fill your pantry shelves with local storage crops like beans, grains, winter squash, root veggies, and more! Then come out on January 28th to pick up your goodies from the folks who grew them. 

Marion-Polk Food Share
1660 Salem Industrial Drive
Salem, Oregon 97301

*Please enter using the side door 
January 28, 2017
Order Online Now!
Online order period: January 8-22

Pre-ordering is recommended because it is both easier on the farmers (knowing exactly what to bring to market) and offers the customers the best selection, as many items sell out!
Participating Vendors:

Salem 2017 vendors include: Carman Ranch, Grateful Gardens, Lonesome Whistle, Foothills Honey, Sun Gold Farm, Adaptive Seeds, Oven & Earth Farm, Springbank Farm, Minto Island Growers, and Heritage Farms NW 
  SNAP/EBT Accepted!

We will have a SNAP terminal on site. If you are paying with the Oregon Trail card, you can still pre-order, but you will pay the day of the event. 

Contact Friends of Family Farmers: 

Let's live on the planet as if we intend to stay