Sonoma West Times & News Coverage of Peaceroots Alliance Family Summer Festival

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Sonoma West Times and News had a nice article on our Family Summer Festival:

FAMILY FUN AT IVES — The Peaceroots Alliance held its Family Summer Festival Fundraiser at Ives Park last weekend, bringing about 300 people to Ives Park for music by The Best Witches — a local women’s choir — Sylvia Tepper and Phil Lawerence, The Farm Band and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with Bobbie Bonnickson, Jethro Jeremiah and the Soulmates. Other activities included kite and bracelet making, puppet shows, story time, hula hooping, dancing, vegan food, beer and wine, a silent auction, quilt raffle, booths on radiation detectors and presentations by Dan Sythe from Medcom, Michael O’Gorman of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Peter Schweitzer of Plenty, an international relief organization. Proceeds from the event will go to projects such as local radiation testing. Peaceroots, a 501(c)3 non-profit, started in Petaluma after the 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center. The non-profit is currently helping Fukushima Response gather data about radiation from the disaster at the nuclear plant in Japan and its effect on the California coastline. For more information, go to peaceroots.org.

 

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Peaceroots Alliance Family Summer Festival

PRA 2014 Fundraiser Poster Final

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Stephen Gaskin passes

This week we lost Stephen Gaskin, who brought us together. Lots of media on him out there right now. We are grieving his loss and celebrating his life at this time. Sharing this one.of many in his honor.
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Plenty International / Stephen Gaskin (USA)

“…for caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad.”

PLENTY is an international, non-profit, non-sectarian agency for relief, development, environment, education and human rights. It was founded in 1974 by Stephen Gaskin on the principle that all people are members of the human family and that, if we protect and share the abundance of the earth, there is plenty for everyone.

From 1976 until the end of 1980, PLENTY employed more than 100 American volunteers in projects with the Mayan people of Guatemala – in fields such as primary health care, drinking water systems, soya bean agriculture, food processing and communications technology.

While working with the Mayans in Guatemala, PLENTY gave priority to the strengthening and preservation of indigenous cultures. “We learned to that an amazing degree we shared the values and visions of these precious cultures and that, for us, development was no longer a one-way trip in which we, the privileged, provided help to the underprivileged. We saw that, in truth, it was a fair exchange where every participant had something valuable to give.”

In 1978 the PLENTY Ambulance Service was established in the South Bronx, New York, providing free emergency medical care and training to the embattled residents of that sprawling American ghetto. In the same year, a rural village development programme was begun in tiny Lesotho, a country landlocked by South Africa. Then, early in the 1980s, PLENTY founded a free health clinic for Central American refugees in Washington, DC, and undertook small-scale agriculture projects in Jamaica, St Lucia and Dominica in the Caribbean.

Today, PLENTY is involved in soy agriculture and processing training in Liberia, Central America and the Caribbean. It markets the creations of indigenous artisans from around the world through its Indigenous Women’s Economic Development Program (IWED) and is engaged in environmental, cultural and legal protection and economic development work with native peoples in the US and Latin America. Two related organisations, PLENTY Canada, founded in 1977, and PLENTY España, founded in 1987, are engaged in similar activities. In 2009 projects were ongoing in Belize, dealing with the Guatemala Spanish-speaking Maya, and the Belizian English-speaking Maya, as well as the Garafuna who are culturally a tribe of Maya, although composed mostly of African runaway slaves.

At The Farm community in Tennessee, PLENTY also has a programme to benefit inner city children, called Kids to the Country.

Stephen Gaskin passed away on July 1st, 2014. 

http://www.rightlivelihood.org/plenty.html

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Fukushima Is Here

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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October 19, 2013 Fukushima 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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Fukushima 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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