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Arizona’s Dina Preston Band “Ambassadors of Goodwill”
From the Publisher - Arts | Culture
Thursday, 05 May 2011 00:00
Who does the US Embassies & the Pentagon call for entertainment? Arizona's Dina Preston Band "Ambassadors of Goodwill". Here's their video tribute to our men & women in uniform who are in harms-way everyday. I love these guys they are some of my favorite people doing really "good stuff!!!
Freedom Riders
From the Publisher - Arts | Culture
Thursday, 05 May 2011 00:00
It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders, the young courageous men and women, Black and White, who risked their lives to end segregation. Many young college students today will be re-creating that ride as they stand up to validate what these people did to establish the freedoms we all have today.

PBS will be airing an amazing documentary on May 16, called “The Freedom Rides”. It's worth the watch!

COMING HOME: Tree people tend to reach out, listen more
From the Publisher - Relationships | Empowerment
Thursday, 05 May 2011 00:00

This year is the International Year of the Tree. Why is this significant? According to Diana Beresford-Kroeger and Jean Shinoda Bolen, how we care for our trees could determine whether we survive, not only as a species but as a planet.

For instance, did you know that old-growth forests function as intelligent, co-operative communities? Through their intricate network of roots, mature trees support and communicate with each other.

When one tree suffers, nearby trees send out specific chemical nutrients to strengthen the tree’s weakened immune system. When the ailing tree recovers or dies, the other trees immediately know, and stop sending support.

In her latest book, Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People can Save the Planet, Ms Shinoda Bolen identifies some people as tree people, while others are not.

Read the article . . .

The Arizona Organizing Project
From the Publisher - Relationships | Empowerment
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 00:00

I am at a local coffee house for a meeting with the AZ Local Food Economy roundtable and who do I run into? Two incredible community leaders changing the paradigm of chronic poverty in Phoenix - George Roundy and Scott Jacobson - the project - The Arizona Organizing Project. AZOP works with people currently living in chronic poverty to develop their skills and exercise their power, while supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. The lives of people living in chronic poverty are increasingly dominated by social service agencies and these people often feel that the agencies are not accountable to them. Peer groups of people living in chronic poverty associated with specific social service providers need to form and work together with the providers to become a new effective interactive community.Check it out - go visit their facility!

Future Outcomes - Deliberate Creation
From the Publisher - Relationships | Empowerment
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 00:00
We want you to come to know the most important aspect of any journey is the emotional aspect, for if you are aware of how you feel, and are able to affect those feelings DELIBERATELY, then (and only then) will you have conscious control of all future outcomes of your life experience. We call this Deliberate Creation.

- Abraham-Hicks
Angela Davis: Education or incarceration?
From the Publisher - Learning | Education
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 00:00

Noted scholar, activist and author Angela Y. Davis, who once spent 18 months in jail herself in the early 1970s, will discuss her ideas about incarceration during a free lecture at 5 p.m., May 5, at Neeb Hall, Arizona State University.

Davis’ talk is titled “Education or Incarceration? The Future of Democracy.” It will be followed by a question-answer session moderated by Gregory Sale, whose exhibition "It's not just black and white" is currently on view at the ASU Art Museum. There will be a reception following the lecture at the ASU Art Museum, and Davis will sign copies of her newest book, “Are Prisons Obsolete?”Davis gained fame – and notoriety – in the late 1960s and early ‘70s when she was involved in the black power politics of that era. She joined the Communist Party when Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. She was active with SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the Black Panthers.

She was arrested as a suspected conspirator in the abortive attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, Calif., and was eventually acquitted of all charges.

Since then, Davis has taught at universities such as UCLA, Vassar and Stanford, and is a professor emerita of history of consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and professor of feminist studies.

Davis also has been involved in the nation’s quest for social justice. She has written eight books, and her most recent theme has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.

She currently works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison, and engages in advocacy for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, a similar organization based in Queensland, Australia.

"In thinking about the possible obsolescence of the prison," Davis writes, "we should ask how it is that so many people could end up in prison without major debates regarding the efficacy of incarceration."

Davis argues that “the very future of democracy depends on our ability to develop radical theories and practices that make it possible to plan and fight for a world beyond the prison industrial complex.”

The lecture is sponsored by Project Humanities in conjunction with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attend shuttle launch
From the Publisher - Governance | Law
Monday, 25 April 2011 00:00

Gabrielle Giffords

Great NEWS! Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will attend husband Mark Kelly's space shuttle launch in Florida on Friday.

Giffords was one of 13 individuals wounded on January 8, 2011 during her "Congress on your Corner" outside a local Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. Six individuals died that day in this terrible shooting. The FUSION Foundation responded with a program called Healing Trees as a on ongoing life giving memorial to those who died, an opportunity to unite the community and to offer remembrance for all who have suffered from community violence.

Kelly will be commanding a crew of four other Americans and one astronaut from the European Space Agency. Liftoff is scheduled for 3:47 p.m. ET Friday.

According to CNN via a senior administration official, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha also will watch the launch in person.

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