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After Cooler Malfunction, Trader Joe’s Donates 35,000 Pounds Of Food To Charity

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

Running a business is an expensive — and risky — venture. If you run a grocery store, for instance, what happens when the electricity goes out and food begins to thaw? An ordinary supermarket, in this instance, would call a mechanic and attempt to save all of the perishable goods. Trader Joe’s isn’t an ordinary store, however.

Because its policy mandates that all perishables are to be donated to charity, the Trader Joes in Kalamazoo, Michigan, donated 35,000 pounds of nutritious food to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission earlier this week. This is extraordinary news, for the local shelter serves over 600 meals to the city’s homeless each day. Continue reading After Cooler Malfunction, Trader Joe’s Donates 35,000 Pounds Of Food To Charity

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Humor in Activism: Washington Protestors Temporarily Stop Fracking

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

There are a lot of things happening on our planet you wouldn’t really think are funny, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about them. Laughter helps us cope with the chaos, and being willing to joke about sensitive issues can make them easier to discuss collectively. Laughter is a universal language that can bring people together in even the most divisive circumstances.

If we’re going to resist the handful of corporate elites making decisions that hurt us all and devastate the planet we live on, we might as well keep a sense of humor about it. This is exactly what anti-fracking activists did in Washington, at an encampment they built over train tracks on which fracking materials are transported. Continue reading Humor in Activism: Washington Protestors Temporarily Stop Fracking

8 Facts About the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was recently back in the news, with Trump issuing an executive order approving its completion and the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Army Corps have also granted easement for construction to continue, despite that they denied it just a few months ago.

The struggle continues, and water protectors are still hard at work raising awareness of the violation of native rights and the potential for millions of people to lose clean drinking water. Unfortunately, the company constructing the pipeline has close ties with the newly elected president.

Add this to the fact that police have responded brutally to protestors (and will probably continue to), and you have a recipe for indefinite strife.

Here are eight facts about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the situation in Standing Rock that may or may not make you want to join the struggle.

  1. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,100-mile oil pipeline under construction from North Dakota (specifically, the Bakken shale oil fields) to Peoria, IL

It’s a $3.8 billion project planned to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, where it would reside under the Missouri river. (1)

  1. President Trump recently signed executive orders approving the completion of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

His reason was that it’ll bring in jobs. Congress can’t overturn the decision, but the Standing Rock Sioux are preparing legal action and “mass civil disobedience”. (2)

  1. Trump had investments in the company constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline

In December, Trump sold his stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company constructing DAPL, to avoid controversy. But he continues to be close with the company. Kelcy Warren, owner of Energy Transfer Partners, gave $100,000 to a fundraising effort for Trump when he was running. The Washington Post reports that Trump’s share in the company was between $500,000 and $1 million in 2015. (2)

For this and other reasons, many people expected Trump to approve the pipeline’s completion when he took office. They were right.

  1. DAPL’s construction would bring a renewal of fracking in the Bakken region

Fracking, an oil extraction method often targeted by environmental activists for its recklessness, could become popular again in the Bakken region when the pipeline is finished. (1)

  1. The pipeline will pollute a main source of freshwater for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million other residents

Not only the Standing Rock Sioux, but 8 million residents who currently enjoy clean drinking water will have to go without if the pipeline leaks. (1)

  1. Concerns over the pipeline leaking have already caused it to be moved once

The pipeline’s original route passed through North Dakota’s state capital, Bismarck. It was moved, however, over similar concerns for the city’s water supply. (3)

  1. The government has conducted surveillance on water protectors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently released a report involving “numerous” law enforcement agencies in which anecdotal reports were compiled of the suspicious behavior of some protestors’ cell phones. This behavior included an unusual drain on the battery and certain apps, or the phone altogether, crashing unexpectedly. (4)

The report notes that some people observed attempts to log in to their Google accounts. Facebook posts and messenger threads also reportedly disappeared, and many uploads – especially live ones – would either fail to complete or disappear after processing. The IP addresses traced to the attempts to log in to Google accounts were most often linked to “North Dakota’s Information & Technology Department”. (4)

To be fair, though, the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that it’s difficult to determine the true cause of all this. (4)

  1. DAPL police blew up a water protector’s arm

Sophia Wilansky is a DAPL protestor who nearly lost her arm after it was blown up by a grenade fired by militarized police. Rumors circulated that doctors had to amputate the arm, but they turned out untrue. (5)

Nonetheless, it’s a traumatic thing to happen to someone who has the audacity to stand up for clean water.

Some people might think Trump’s decision to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline’s completion is no big deal. Some are praising him for creating jobs. But they’re unaware of the literal blood, sweat, and tears that have went into this struggle.

Until we can see the struggle of others as no different from our own, we’ll continue to support outrageous politicians sponsored by big corporations, none of which truly care about the people. Hopefully, in time, we’ll develop compassion and see that it’s not okay to break treaties or pollute sacred land.

Sources:

  1. “About DAPL” Medic + Healer Councilhttps://medichealercouncil.com/nodapl/
  2. Jessica McBride, “Trump Dakota Access Pipeline Executive Order: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”, Heavy.com, January 24, 2017 – http://heavy.com/news/2017/01/trump-dakota-access-pipeline-executive-order-dapl-standing-rock-no-keystone-investment-energy-transfer-partners-kelcy-warren-donation/
  3. “Pipeline route plan first called for crossing north of Bismarck”, Bismarck Tribune, August 18, 2016 – http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-route-plan-first-called-for-crossing-north-of-bismarck/article_64d053e4-8a1a-5198-a1dd-498d386c933c.html
  4. “What You Aren’t Being Told About Government Surveillance on DAPL Protesters”, Anti-Media, December 22, 2016 – http://theantimedia.org/government-surveillance-dapl-protesters/
  5. Nick Bernabe, “Remember When DAPL Police Blew a Protester’s Arm Up? This Is Her Now”, Anti-Media, December 14, 2016 – http://theantimedia.org/dapl-sophia-wilansky-arm-now/

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wesannacI’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.

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The Fight at Standing Rock Is Back — and U.S. Veterans Are Ready to Mobilize

By Carey Wedler, Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) In early December, many Americans celebrated the Army Corps of Engineers decision to withhold a final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that drew ongoing demonstrations from native Standing Rock Sioux “water protectors,” environmentalists, and other activists.

The Corps decision, which effectively halted construction, at least temporarily, until an environmental impact assessment could be conducted, coincided with the arrival of thousands of U.S. military veterans to the camp. They had vowed to defend protesters from heavily militarized and aggressive police, as well as to prevent construction on the pipeline itself. Continue reading The Fight at Standing Rock Is Back — and U.S. Veterans Are Ready to Mobilize

Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?

By Wes Annac, Editor-in-Chief, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 215th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a weekly document offered here on the blog for $11.11 a month.

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If you’ve been keeping up with alternative media outlets the past couple weeks, you probably know that the DEA just classified kratom, a tropical deciduous tree with leaves used for various medicinal purposes (1), a Schedule 1 substance.

This puts it in the same class as heroin (2). Continue reading Why Was This Natural Medicinal Substance Banned by the DEA?

Anti-Geoengineering Legal Alliance Files U.S. 60 Day Notice Of Legal Action

By Dane Wigington, Wake Up World

For over a year GeoengineeringWatch.org and a group of very dedicated attorneys has diligently and consistently worked on formulating a plan of legal action to effectively expose and halt the ongoing global climate engineering assault against our planet.

Our team — the Legal Alliance To Stop Geoengineering (LASG) — is comprised of attorneys and experts that are completely committed to the most critical cause of stopping global geoengineering.

The increase in public awareness that will result from this legal effort is crucial. Public support of this effort is essential in order for the legal team to continue moving forward in this this critical battle. Continue reading Anti-Geoengineering Legal Alliance Files U.S. 60 Day Notice Of Legal Action

A Node of Progress in Awakening: Thinking People Are Here to Stay, Trauma Fuels Us

By Cassius Kamarampi, Era of Wisdom

(Era of Wisdom) With every increasingly egregious node of progress in the elite’s acquisition of power, we are presented with another opportunity to wake up.

With the blatant disrespect of every move made by the powers that be, another set of people wake up. Continue reading A Node of Progress in Awakening: Thinking People Are Here to Stay, Trauma Fuels Us

Do Ongoing Global Events Prove the World Is Ready for Revolution?

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Op-Ed by Claire Bernish, Anti Media

(ANTIMEDIA) Earth — Paralleling the increasingly draconian policies marking a worldwide descent into fascism, are massive protests — born in the Arab Spring, but arguably an angrier, more potent extension of the Occupy movement — indicative of an unprecedented tipping point.

We, the people of this planet, now stand together, gazing over the precipice whose murky depths of State repression demand we ask one imperative question: have we finally had enough? Continue reading Do Ongoing Global Events Prove the World Is Ready for Revolution?

Why You Should Avoid Palm Oil Like The Plague

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From The Mind Unleashed

Palm oil is used in many things from chips and baked goods to shampoo and cleaning products to an oil used for cooking. It is the most widley used vegetable oil in the world. It even sounds healthier because it’s different from GMO vegetable oil like canola. It comes from a palm fruit grown on an African oil palm tree so what could be unhealthy, harmful, or unsustainable about that? Well it’s contributing to the death of thousands of orangutans and many other animals who live in the forests. Not to mention, it’s affecting the indigenous people and the environment.

An area of forest equal to 300 soccer fields is beings destroyed every hour for the purpose of growing oil palms.  Continue reading Why You Should Avoid Palm Oil Like The Plague

Democracy Spring: Mass Civil Disobedience, Teach-ins, and Rallies Heading to DC

This photo taken July 23, 2013 show the Capitol in Washington. The iconic Capitol Dome is temporarily getting a new look. The 150-year-old, cast-iron dome will soon be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years, a requirement of its first major restoration since 1960. The Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, announced the restoration work on Tuesday, saying itís needed to address more than 1,000 cracks and other problems in the structure. The restoration is expected to cost about $59.5 million. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ORG XMIT: WX201Photo Credit: USA Today/AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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Our hopes for a peaceful march go out to the participants.

Democracy Spring: Mass civil disobedience, teach-ins, and rallies heading to DC

Thousands of people concerned about big money in politics, congressional dysfunction, and voter disenfranchisement are expected to converge on Washington, DC for a week-long program of civil disobedience, teach-ins, rallies, and marches.

The Public Citizen and 99Rise.org organizations are unifying a coalition of groups, including Greenpeace, the AFL-CIO, NAACP, National Nurses Union, and civil rights movements, that will stream into the nation’s capital starting on Monday. Continue reading Democracy Spring: Mass Civil Disobedience, Teach-ins, and Rallies Heading to DC