Rev Dr Jude

NaNoWrMo 2010 Winner!
November 29, 2010, 8:16 pm
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I just wrote a 50,000 word novel in 29 days making me a winner in the November National Novel Writing Contest!

Message from Brother Leonard Peltier
November 29, 2010, 10:53 am
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Greetings, my relatives.

It seems another year has gone by since the last time we gathered like
this. I say we, although I am not there with you in body, my spirit
certainly is. We have coined this day, a day of mourning, as opposed
to a day of thanksgiving. It’s a shame that for the most part
thanksgiving is relegated to only one day. And mourning is something
that relates to unhappy circumstances that have taken place. We
certainly can’t change what has happened. This very day is ours and
tomorrow hasn’t happened yet and, is uncertain. I really don’t like
to dwell on the mourning aspects of life but instead, on what we can
do to prevent those unhappy and sometimes terrible times in our
history. I may have mentioned it once before but I once read about a
union organizer named Joe Hill that was framed by the copper mine
owners to be executed. And I believe he said what really needs to be
said upon his death. His words were “don’t mourn, organize”. And
those are also my sentiments.

There are a lot of things that happened in the past that can be
prevented in the future. There are losses that can be regained. But
we must organize to do it. We must find it within ourselves to be in
touch with the Creator for I can tell you from a heartfelt fact that
when they’ve pushed you away, into a dark corner, not just your body,
but your mind, your soul, your spirit, there is no one that can
sustain you but the Creator himself. Dark moments come and go in all
our lifetimes. And there are those in political office, who will try
to turn your head away from the obvious truths. They will lie to you
about what they believe. They will try to get you to follow what they
consider politically correct while ignoring the truth, such as
protests against the Mosque being built within blocks of the fallen
Trade towers, which incidentally was a monument to wealth and wealth
seekers. I am not trying to demean the innocent people whose only
cause of their death was seeking a place of employment to feed their
families. While they protest the Mosque, no one mentions the Native
American sacred places that by treaty are seriously violated daily.
Our Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, sacred to many tribes, have
the faces of many of our oppressors carved on them. The place of
vision seeking, Bear Butte in South Dakota, sacred to us for
millennia, has a bar built at the foot of it and there is talk of
having helicopter flights around it to attract tourism. And, there is
even talk of drilling for oil and gas.

Every time I have to write or I should say dictate, one of these
statements, I try to think of what I would say if this was the last
time I got to speak. The thing that comes to mind in some of our
sacred ceremonies and that is thoughts of our relationships with the
ones we love and the Creator of all life. Not to take away from the
theme of this day, but if you can hold the person you love, be
thankful. If you can walk on green grass, touch a tree, be thankful.
If you can breathe air that didn’t come through a ventilation system,
or a window with bars, be thankful. If you can stand in an open field
or some other place at night and look up at the heavens, be thankful.
No one appreciates the simple things as much as a man or woman locked
away. I know sometimes some of my friends may have thought I had
become institutionalized and there may be some element of my thinking
behavior that has become calloused from this continued imprisonment.
But I have not for a moment forgotten the needs of my people and the
atrocities committed against them or the circumstances that all the
poor and impoverished face in this world at the hands of those who
take more than they need and exploit for gain, the futures of our
children. I paint pictures of them sometimes, people I’ve known,
people I’ve met, places I’ve seen, and places I’ve only seen in my
minds eye. And if my paintbrush was magical, rest assured I would
paint for myself one open door.

I wrestle with what to say to you and words are sometimes so
inadequate. So if you are free today, un-imprisoned, be thankful.
Give the person next to you a hug for me. May the Great Spirit bless
you always in all ways with the things you need. May you find joy in
doing what is right and righting what is wrong and seek to be the best
example of what a human should be in our lifetime.

In the Spirit of those we mourn, those who gave their lives and those
whose lives were taken from them.

I really don’t know what else to say because in writing this, my heart
has become heavy with the emotions of this time.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, who gave his life for what was right and
tried to right what was wrong.

Your Brother,

Leonard Peltier

Food Safety Modernization Act
November 29, 2010, 10:33 am
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On Monday night, the Senate is scheduled to vote on S510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. Eric Schlosser and I have collaborated on aNew York Tiimes op ed piece explaining why this bill should be passed, now that it’s been amended to protect small farmers and food producers from costly new regulations. With the addition of the Tester Amendment, the legislation strikes a reasonable balance between the pressing need to more rigorously protect the safety of industrially produced food, as well as imported food, while at the same time assuring that the local food movement not be burdened unduly. In fact, the bill will exempt small farmers engaged in that marketplace, and also exempt them from some current Federal laws, including the 2002 terrorism act.

There is a lot of disinformation on the internet claiming that S510 will criminalize home gardening and seed saving and bring the American food system under the control of Monsanto or the World Trade Organization. There is nothing in the bill that can be remotely interpreted to do any such things. Many urban legends have sprouted around this legislation, but they are just that: legends. A broad coalition of sustainable agriculture groups supports the amended bill before the Senate. Now, the challenge is to beat back a last-minute assault from a coalition of Big Ag groups, from the United Egg Producers to the American Meat Institute, who cite the Tester amendment as their justification for rejecting the most the important effort to improve food safety in a generation.

I hope you’ll read out piece and decide where you stand– and then let your Senators know on Monday. It’s going to be close.

Thanks. Here’s the link:

Michael Pollan

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2010, 7:58 pm
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Just think! If the Indians had given the Pilgrims a donkey instead of a turkey – we would all be having a piece of ass today!

BP fines NOT going to Gulf restoration!
November 19, 2010, 3:13 pm
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Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: Fines to be paid by BP for its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are not dedicated to environmental restoration in the Gulf.

That’s right, as the law currently stands, the $5 billion to $21 billion BP will be required to pay for oil spill damages under the Clean Water Act will be funneled directly into the federal treasury, making the federal government the only entity to receive a windfall from the BP disaster.

Please, take action and ask your two U.S. Senators to pass legislation to dedicate these Clean Water Act fines to environmental restoration in the Gulf region.

My senators in AR are both idiots. Maybe yours are not and you would like to sign this petition.

Xmas Shopping? Xmas Travel?
November 13, 2010, 5:18 pm
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Get paid to shop!
Get paid to travel!
Please let me give you a FREE e-commerce site

Justice Delayed
November 11, 2010, 12:18 pm
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For more than a generation, managers at the US Department of Agriculture systematically denied Black farmers loans and grants easily approved for White farmers. Many Black farming families lost their land and livelihoods as a result.