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Standing Rock Update

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 6.29.56 PMA good overview of this historical moment, the situation at Standing Rock, getting into the specifics about the use of the pipeline itself, finances behind it, and other details about the Army Corps of Engineers and timelines. I hadn’t heard the phrase “deep north” yet… to parallel the “deep south” and the racism that is congruent in both places.

Article: The Beginning is Near: The Deep North, Evictions & Pipeline Deadlines

Pretty good reporting from CNN.

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Journalism is Essential To Democracy

Article: Amy Goodman is Facing Jail Time for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All.

“Engaging in serious journalism—journalism that captures a society’s forbidden, or simply hidden, stories—is hard and scary, and it requires bravery, conviction, and determination, along with an abiding faith in the protective power of the First Amendment. When that faith is compromised, the possibility of serious journalism collapses—a reason, no doubt, the Committee to Protect Journalists came out forcefully on Goodman’s behalf.

“This arrest warrant is a transparent attempt to intimidate reporters from covering protests of significant public interest,” Carlos Lauría, senior program coordinator for the Americas at CPJ, said in a statement.”


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"It’s Up To You" to Share Your Gifts

If you haven’t already heard, Radiohead has taken an inspiring step forward in the music industry. They recently released their latest album, In Rainbows. You can download this album and pay what you can. That’s right, the price is “Up To You.”

It’s so exciting to see more and more people offering their gifts and the products of their passion out into the world in ways that invite others to engage in a mutual exchange of gifts and resources.

At Radiohead’s website, they link to a new friend and incredibly inspiring artist Chris Jordan.

Above is Chis Jordan’s work Cell Phones, 2007 which depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.

Chris was recently featured on Bill Moyers’ Journal on PBS and can be viewed here. Last night he appeared on The Steven Colbert Report. You can watch that clip here.

Ahhhh… Sweet swirls of gratitude beckon through me in response to these inspiring artists who are communicating messages of great importance to such a wide audience .

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