No Nukes

The U.S. needs to join the respon­si­ble human race and sign the Unit­ed Nations nuclear ban treaty. For infor­ma­tion, check out The nuclear ban treaty: a missed US oppor­tu­ni­ty that can be redeemed in Sep­tem­ber, by the Bul­letin of Atom­ic Sci­en­tists: https://thebulletin.org/2017/07/the-nuclear-ban-treaty-a-missed-us-opportunity-that-can-be-redeemed-in-september/ 

 

Protect Our Breath

environment, oxygen, air, forests, ecology, deforestation

We need our forests to breathe. Accord­ing to Amer­i­can Forests, two mature trees pro­vide enough oxy­gen for one per­son to breathe over the course of a year. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Oh, wait. Forests also improve our health by remov­ing dust, ash, pollen, and smoke. Check out oth­er for­est facts and spread the word. As we work to pro­tect our forests, we also need to pay atten­tion to the safe­ty con­di­tions of our for­est work­ers who suf­fer nine times the fatal­i­ties of the gen­er­al US work pop­u­la­tion. For more infor­ma­tion on for­est work­er safe­ty check out http://lohp.org/forestry-workers/

La Bestia

La Bestia

Imag­ine being 7 or 12 or 15 and being afraid to leave your house for school, play, errands, life. Imag­ine your par­ents equal­ly fright­ened, des­per­ate, being forced to leave you or send you away in a scram­ble to help you sur­vive. No par­ent, no child would under­take the very dan­ger­ous jour­ney across bor­ders to an unknown, haz­ard­ly mount­ing a train called la bes­tia — the beast. Eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal injus­tice push­es chil­dren out. Injus­tice sends them back.

Walking

Walking

Walk­ing. It’s sup­posed to be good for us, if we are able. Sup­pos­ed­ly, doc­tors rec­om­mend 10,000 steps a day. Let’s think about this. If you take 10,000 steps and mul­ti­ple it by the num­ber of peo­ple on the plan­et, even fac­tor­ing dif­fer­ences in the walk­ing capac­i­ties, maybe work­ing in a for­mu­la for rolling, that’s a lot of steps. Now, the impor­tant ques­tion, how many of the sum total of steps tak­en all around the world would be done in safe­ty? For how many peo­ple does walk­ing turn out to be not so good for them because while they were walk­ing they were in the wrong skin, wrong gen­der, believ­ing the wrong things, lov­ing the wrong peo­ple, liv­ing in the wrong place?