Activism museum IRL. Visited the site where Camp floz was set up, a blockade that stopped 12.5 out of the 15 proposed logging coupes being cleared, before becoming world heritage listed leaving the vast majority of the upper Florentine intact. The remains of lock ons and tree sits hang still along with THIS DITCH which used to be the access road before forest defenders dug out the road!! #peoplepower#Florentine#CampFlorentine#Tasmania#forestdefense#saveoldgrowthforests
Just this summer I had the distinguished honor of meeting First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. For all of my gripes with our over-bureaucratic & corrupt government, this opportunity reminded me how far we've come as a society. There are millions of incredible humans that exist out there & the majority of these awesome humans rarely come across our radar because they are not athletes, celebrities, & superstars but ACTIVE CITIZENS who regularly take part in their communities. There's a good chance that if it weren't for leaders like MLK, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, & many others that the Obamas wouldn't be the first African American family to run the nation... But it's even more important to recognize the thousands of ACTIVE CITIZENS that have volunteered & participated in various political events throughout their lives, be they traditional channels or acts of disobedience. Many generations have fought for causes that were typically not won & turned into law until well after their death, but if it weren't for their dedication & perseverance we wouldn't have what we've come to accept as normal.
Now although we honor & recognize those who've fought for the rights we currently have, we must NOT fall into complacency with the status quo. Now more than ever we must continue to fight for liberty & justice of all humans. When people lament about the many crisis in the world & ask what they can do to possibly change anything I simply reply " Ask questions & listen more. Start a conversation in-person. Go outside & bare witness to the physical world instead of the digital. Educate yourself & challenge the powers that be!
As awful as things may appear, now is not the time to disengage. Now is the time for us MILLENNIALS to UNIFY & TAKE ACTION. We must empower our communities to breed self-sustaining people that can critically think & create for themselves. Rome wasn't built in a day, so let's aim high but start small. We are the ones we've been waiting for!
I'll be heading to D.C. for the inauguration & the women's march this weekend to bond w my fellow citizens & interview the various supporters & protestors of Trump. #WeThePeople
FREE FOOD ! The Black Panther Party, a black liberation movement that began in the 60s, fed thousands of people a day with free breakfast programs for school children, and free groceries served to black and brown folks with low incomes. They understood that all people deserved to eat, and that hungry people are ill-equipped to stand up for their rights. .
[image depicts a black line drawing of a paper bag full of food. On the paper bag is stamped the words "People's Free Food Program" and the silhouette of a black Panther, the Black Panther Party's logo]