October 19, 2013 Fukashima is Here photo from helicopter

Fukashima is Here! October 19, 2013, San Francisco,CA.  500 people showed up to mark out the message.

Fukashima is Here! October 19, 2013, San Francisco,CA. 500 people showed up to mark out the message.

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Fukashima is Here video, filmed October 19th, 2013

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Peaceroots Alliance 13th Annual Fundraiser Invitation

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More Than Warmth quilt goes to Mexico!

Check out this story about More Than Warmth and Alan Pogue giving a quilt to Rosa Sarmiento Moreno, and her story.
              AN APPEAL TO USERS OF CONSUMERS OF ELECTRONICS AND FLAT SCREEN MONITORS
                                                                           HELP ROSA MORENO
                                                  Rosa lost her hands in unsafe work conditions.
Judith,

I took your two quilts to Rosa Sarmiento Moreno and her family in Reynosa, Mexico. Rosa was working for LG electronics in Reynosa, Mexico stamping out backs for big screen TVs when the press went off by itself and stamped her hands off. Under Mexican labor law all LG owes her is two years worth of back wages at $1 an hour for  a total of $4500. She refused to accept that pitiful amount as payment for both of her hands. NAFTA does nothing for her or any workers. More of her story is on my web site. I found a lawyer in Austin who is trying to sue LG USA on her behalf. I hope that works.  The legal process will take will a long time, if it works at all. In the meantime I am helping to raise money for her and her six children. Her husband is in prison.
The family liked the quilts very much.
Alan Pogue
                   This quilt was created at a workshop at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee. Often in our quilts students draw hands to show reaching out, caring, spirit.
This quilt was made at Hillsboro High School, with Oasis teens, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was made in an effort to reach out to English Language Learners, in a high school class to built comraderie, cooperation and caring individuals.
Rosa and Her Family
Rosa says, “Thanks for everything.”
Rosa and her twins.
All photograph’s and information provided by Alan Pogue
for more information and to donate by Paypal or check:
Alan Pogue
Texas Center for Documentary Photography
2104 E. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702

alanpogue@mac.com

Although not slavery, as Rosa got paid, Rosa’s situation in the television factory, reminds me of a quote from Disposable Peoplefrom Kevin Bales, ” If you eat rice, if you watch tv, you are part of the problem.”

What can we do to not be part of the problem?
Be part of the solution.
~ Judith Biondo Meeker
 
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“Fukushima is Here” event coming October 19th, 2013

Peaceroots is helping with this in October. Please save the date and join us in San Francisco,CA. Maui, Hawaii, or Japan. If you’d like to help organize this in your area we’d love to have you. See the website- http://www.fukushimaishere.info/

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Elizabeth Goes to Washington!

Elizabeth Barger, Peaceroots board member seen here in Washington DC over the weekend. In alh liance with Code Pink and others across America protesting the Keystone Pipeline project.

Elizabeth Barger, Peaceroots board member seen here in alliance with Code Pink and other groups in Washington DC this past weekend. Protesting the Keystone Pipeline project.

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In solidarity to stop the KXL.

 

 

I was so glad to be able to stand in solidarity with Rue, Ron, Diane and Bob to say stop KXL. After an incredible 46 days, Bob Lindsey Jr. and Diane Wilson have announced the end of their hunger strike targeting Valero and its role in promoting projects like Keystone XL. The following is a powerful statement from Bob and Diane that explores the motivations behind their long fast as well as their plans for lifelong resistance to all forms of tar sands exploitation: http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/end-hunger-strike/

~ Elizabeth Barger, Peaceroots Alliance, TN. in Texas

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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives

One Night Only: Special benefit screening of acclaimed documentary film,
BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES in Sebastopol, CA

Peaceroots Alliance is pleased to announce a special pre-release screening of “BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES” to Benefit Analy High School Theater & The Mark Madrid Liver Fund.

BIRTH STORY captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all U.S. babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth. With incredible access to the midwivesʼ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic, but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it–unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.

Ina May Gaskin, CPM, has been called “the most famous midwife in the world,” is the founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, and is the author of four books, including the wildly popular Spiritual Midwifery. BIRTH STORY premiered at the 2012 LA Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award.

” A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom” (Variety, Aug 6, 2012)

“…An incredible story…heart-stopping.” (Matt Holzman, KCRW)

PRA is a 501c3 out of Petaluma, CA and The Farm, in Tenn.

DATE: October 19, 2012
LOCATION & TIME: Analy High School Theatre-6950 Analy Av, Sebastopol,CA 7PM
TICKETS:$15.00 advance/$25.00 at the door. Reduced student pricing, doors open 6.30PM www.brownpapertickets.com

A post-screening discussion on maternal health issues will follow the film and be led by former Farm Midwives/ present midwives/ and MD’s

Running Time: 95 minutes

Press Contact: Amy Slotnick, amy@birthstorymovie.com

Local contact: Linda Speel, lindaspeel@gmail.com

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Dan Sythe speaking on Radiation

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”

~Fukushima Response Presents~

Radiation Monitoring Devices Lecture

October 14, 2012
4:00PM-6PM
Sebastopol Grange
6000 Sebastopol Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Free

Dan Sythe, founder and CEO of International Medcom Inc., will talk about his extensive work in the field and explain practical details, such as: how to identify a good monitoring device, use it, understand the data it collects, and then submit collected data to Safecast, a citizen’s monitoring network.

International Medcom has been producing high quality hand held radiation detection instruments and systems since 1986. IMI provided community-monitoring systems to the community surrounding Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. FDNY and NY State Police chose IMI instruments to protect citizens in NYC and all fire engines carry them. Dan is currently working with Japan to monitor the spread of the Fukushima contamination and will be just returning from Japan with updates on the disaster.

Dan is helping the Fukushima Response organization through Peaceroots Alliance to learn about monitoring and sharing radiation information.

Time will be reserved for Q & A.

Contact: John Bertucci at jBee ` jobertu@gmail.com or
Linda Speel at lindaspeel@gmail. 707-765-0196

Wheel chair accessible

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