Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Daily Bleed: 7/1 Mikhail Bakunin

Bleeding in full, coupla links,
Excerpts:

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN
    Conspirator, anarchist,
    rival of Marx,
    assassin of God.
FEAST OF CRANKS.

 DISTRESSED ELVES DAY.

WILD ASS-HUNTERS ASSOCIATION HOLIDAY.

AND, most importantly, JULY is . . .
Anti-Boredom Month, National Baked Bean Month (Stand Back!) ...

FIRST WEEK: Be Kind To New Jersey Week;
National Canned Luncheon Meat Week
SECOND WEEK: Mosquito Week

IMPORTANT MOVEABLE HOLIDAYS:

1st Thursday: International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest
3RD WEEKEND: International Brick & Rolling Pin Throwing
Tournament (US, UK, Canada, Australia)
LAST SUNDAY: Pile of Bones (Canadian Picnic)

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1804 -- George Sand lives French Romantic writer,
life-style anarchiste, noted for numerous love affairs
with such prominent artists as Prosper Merimée, Alfred de
Musset, Frédéric Chopin, & others.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint 2003.
1876 -- Michael Bakunin dies, Berne, Switzerland.

                The liberty of man consists solely in this: that
                he obeys natural laws because he has
                himself recognized them as such, & not
                because they have been externally imposed
                upon him by any extrinsic will whatever,
                divine or human, collective or individual.

                    — Mikhail Bakunin, God & the State

http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/07ref.htm#1/1876
1892 -- US: Homestead Steel Mill strike begins in Pennsylvania,
leading to large-scale battles between workers & anti-labor Pinkerton
agents. Carnegie handed over the operation over to Henry C. Frick, a
frank & brutal union-hater.

1898 -- Jingo Bells?: Macho Teddy Roosevelt
charges up San Juan Hill, more or less.

                Then the Black 10th Cavalry charges Spanish
                 forces & saves Teddy Roosevelt's
                 "Rough Riders."

1910 -- US: July - October, 1910 ILGWU organizes a second
large strike which features 50,000 cloak-makers. Taking their
lead from the women, this mostly male strike wins uniform wages,
a shorter work week, & paid holidays. As a result of the strikes
in 1909 & 1910, the ILGWU swells in membership.

                    And we gave new courage to the men
                    Who carried on in nineteen-ten
                    And shoulder to shoulder we'll win through
                    Led by the ILGWU
                    hail the waistmakers of nineteen-nine
                    making their stand on the picket line,
                    Breaking the power of those who reign
                    Pointing the way, smashing the chain

                    — The Uprising of the 20,000, dedicated to the
                    Waistmakers of 1909

1916 -- US: Social dance & benefit for the defense funds of David
Caplan & Enrique & Ricardo Flores Magón, held in Los Angeles.
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/MagonRicardoFlores.htm

1917 -- US: 8000 anti-war marchers demonstrate in Boston.

     The Masses & other periodicals containing antiwar
     articles are soon banned from the mails in the Land of
     of the Free; 65,000 conscientious objectors; 900 imprisoned
     under Espionage Act; 450 arrested in Green Corn anti-draft
     Rebellion.

     Many workers & radicals jailed or deported, under often
     absurd pretexts, to stifle dissent or bust unions.
     Socialists have made gains in elections, & summer
     antiwar meetings draw 5,000, 10,000, 20,000.
     First open urban riot(?) involving black & white
     youths(?) occurs in East St Louis.
1931 -- Arhoolie Records founder Christian A. Strachwitz,
lives...

       "I never really looked at it [ARHOOLIE RECORDS]
       as a business. I only recorded something because I liked
       it. If I even thought it had a commercial potential, I'd
       probably reject it."

1932 -- US: Summer. Farmers in Iowa blockade roads, arm
themselves with pitchforks & shotguns & refuse to allow farm
produce to go to market.

   "If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now."

                             — David A. Reed, Senator, Pennsylvania

         http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/07ref.htm#1/1932

1935 -- Rini Templeton lives. American expatriate artist, activist,
worked closely with Mexican socialist & labor movements.
1954 -- US: In New York City, July 1954, Russell Blackwell,
Esther & Sam Dolgoff form the Libertarian League; included
folk-singer Dave Van Ronk, &, for a short time, Murray Bookchin.
Earlier, in 1949, G.P. Maximoff initiated the Libertarian Book
Club just prior to his death in 1950.
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/03ref.htm#24/1904
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/VanRonkDave.htm
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/BookchinMurray.htm
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/MaximovGP.htm
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/03ref.htm#24/1904

1970 -- US: Women Against Daddy Warbucks
destroy 1-A files in eight New York City draft boards.

1977 -- Native American activist Leonard Peltier is sentenced
to two life sentences for being somewhere in the general proximity
of two armed & dangerous FBI agents who died while attacking an
American Indian Movement encampment.

    The FBI had been terrorizing the Lakota Reservation in a
    COINTELPRO-type operation for some time prior to the shoot-out.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

1983 -- Bucky Fuller, Canadian engineer,
inventor, social theorist, dies.

             Invented large golf balls for people to live in.

1997 -- US: David Thoreau Wieck, an anarchist theorist, educator,
& activist, dies. Life-long companion of Diva Agostinelli.
http://recollectionbooks.com/bleed/Encyclopedia/WieckDavid/2wieck.htm

2013 -- The President of the European Parliament demands an explanation
from the US for allegations of spying, while new sources hint that the NSA
could gather information from several European countries & had placed
microphones in the Embassy of Italy to the US. 


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    "Freedom without Socialism is privilege & injustice,
    & Socialism without freedom is slavery & brutality"

                               — Mikhail Bakunin

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— anti-copyRite 2014

APNS /North America [07.01.2014] -- Opinion -- Question: Who is (legally) the 'real' squatter in North America?

No one. Because according to the Canadian system of White Man's justice, pre-Columbian, First Nations autochthonous societies and the Europeans who violently usurped their lands and has attempted, on several occasions, to wipe them out completely, legally speaking, are both 'settlers':
Ian Mulgrew: First Nations mistaken in their celebration of Supreme Court ruling: [vancouversun.com] -- 'First they must establish they are the same people who have been living on and using the land forever, and then their rights will be decided by governments through talks or, in the end, by its appointed judges...No longer will rhetoric about government-to-government discussions have currency — Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin decreed “aboriginal title flows from occupation in the sense of regular use of land.”

Many in the Fourth World are consciously choosing to view the court decision as a progressive move towards broader recognition for Aboriginal natural rights. But in truth, what was really won? The actual land in question is virtually useless. And it isn't as if the respective nation(s) involved in the case are literally getting their ancestral territories back either. This was a waste of effort in an attempt to make things look as if the depressive conditions of Indigenous Canada are getting better.

After everything was over, upwards of $40 million Canadian dollars were spent during a year-plus long legal tap dance to achieve very little for First Nations Peoples. On the other hand, in excess of 1000 Indigenous Women in Occupied Canada have been brutally sexually assaulted and/or murdered with hundreds of others remaining on the missing list while First Nations leaders play footsie with the federal government and business community.

If the First Nations leadership in Occupied Canada wants to assimilate their communities into the larger Europocentric society, they should just come out and say so. If these leaders are simply seeking to profit personally from these shoddy deals, again, they should be honest about their intentions. First Nations Peoples have been lied to enough. About everything. Especially from the FN leadership about the passage of colonially-imposed legal disenfranchisement in White Man's courts as 'victories' for the Indigenous when in reality, these 'wins' only further entrench the genocidal and territorial oppression of all the Peoples of the Fourth World.

Be #IdleNoMore

TheAngryindian/John John [Editors] -- APNS [ 2014-07-01T19:31:37+00:00]

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Aboriginal News Group (ANG)
ang-newswire.blogspot
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sustainability Action Newsletter, 10 June 2014

"The profiteering drive of commerce owns no malice or mercy, is incapable of regret, and takes no prisoners.  It is simply an engine with no objective but to feed itself". - Barbara Kingsolver

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"POPULATION LIMITS AND SUSTAINABILITY" ¤ SIERRA CLUB PRESENTATION
Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 6:30pm - FREE
Overland Park Lutheran Church, 7810 West 79th St., Overland Park KS 66204

"The human species has been on a 500-year-long planetwide rampage of conquering, plundering, looting, exploiting and polluting the Earth.  But the game is up.  The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us.  Ceaseless economic expansion and exploitation has [led to] our economic and environmental systems unraveling.  After the hottest year in the contiguous 48 states since record keeping began 107 years ago, we lack the emotional and intellectual creativity to shut down the engine of global capitalism" - Chris Hedges.  

The exponential growth of the human population on a finite planet is the driving force behind accelerating resource and energy extraction in spite of attempts at efficiency.  "Efficiency programs have tremendous potential and are extremely cost effective, but ultimately they cannot keep up if exponential population and economic growth continues" - Energy Reality, Post Carbon Institute.  Climate disruption from industrial growth means that fresh water for agriculture is drying up, at the same time that record temperatures are causing massive crop failures - Adverse Effects of Overpopulation, Overconsumption, Biodiversity Loss, Energy Scarcity, & Climate Disruption.

Any number of studies have calculated that at 7 billion, human population has long surpassed the Earth's carrying capacity, and that our population will need to stabilize more near 2 billion.  The crises of energy depletion and climate disruption will be met only if the population issue is addressed.  Population control is the elephant in the parlor that everyone skirts around out of fear of the church, fear of our nation falling behind others, fear by the ethnic-purity-racists that the "other" will gain the upper hand.  

At this Sierra Club presentation, Craig Lubow will present a program that focuses on strategies for reducing global population.  He will describe how population reduction relates to climate disruption, ecological sustainability, and economic and environmental justice.  
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KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO ¤ ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
Listen at KKFI-FM 90.1, or web-streaming at http://www.kkfi.org/
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 6:30pm  ¤  CounterSpin     
As a result of the new EPA rules limiting carbon emissions, the outcry from industry -- lost jobs! higher energy costs! -- was completely predictable.  But people concerned about climate change aren't exactly dancing in the aisles either.  So are the new rules a bold step toward fighting climate change, or something much less?  A realistic critique will be provided by Janet Redman of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 12:00pm  ¤  All Souls Forum    
The talk this week will be "Mercury Pollution: the Other Global Environmental Crisis".  Half the top predatory fish in US lakes are seriously contaminated with mercury.  This menace is analogous to climate change and has the same basic cause - coal burning power plants.  Craig Volland is Air Quality Chair for the Kansas Sierra Club.  He has followed this issue since 1990, when he attended the First International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Gavle, Sweden.

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:00pm  ¤  Sprouts Radio   
This week on Sprouts, we use audio to "see" the story of the Mesoamerica Resiste graphics campaign by the BeeHive Design Collective.  It's about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. detailing the struggle for environmental justice in Central and South America.  Learn more at - Mesoamérica Resiste | Beehive Design Collective.

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 12:30pm  ¤  Making Contact   
More than 60 counties either ban or require labeling of Genetically Engineered (GE) foods; the US is not one of them.  Frustrated consumers and farmers are pushing for state or county regulations, but the seed and pesticide companies are fighting back.  Making Contact presents "Genetically Engineered Democracy", a special episode investigating corporate control of our democracy and our dinner plates.

Friday, 13 June 2014, 9:30am  ¤  Bioneers Radio Series 
Bioneers presents "Betting on Native Culture: Coming Home to a 'We' Culture".   ChairmanGreg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, facing cultural resistance, gambled to create a casino that would uphold traditional values and benefit Native land and local communities.

Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:00am  ¤  Exploration with Dr. Michio Kaku    
On this edition, Dr. Kaku will
 feature a special tribute to the the life, times, and politics of Albert Einstein.  Fred Jerome and John Brinster comment on the legacy of this great scientist.

Monday, 16 June 2014, 6:00pm  ¤  locally produced Eco-Radio KC 
This week's EcoRadioKC will have host Richard Mabion interviewing Sarah Fjell on what goes into the storm drains of Kansas City KS.  Then Elaine will talk with Mandy Stark about the Water One utility in Johnson County.
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KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 
11 June 20144:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO

 
The Environmental Management Commission promotes environmental awareness and resource efficiency to the City's leaders and staff, to assist the progress of Kansas City toward sustainability.  The General public is encouraged to attend and observe meetings and to join and participate in its efforts.  More information is at KC Environmental Mgt Commission
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LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 5:30pm
Public Works Conference Room, lower level, City Hall, 6 East 6th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The June agenda is not yet available.  The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons.  The public is welcome.  Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting - http://www.lawrenceks.org/sustainability/sab.
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LAWRENCE PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044

The June agenda is not yet available.  The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters.  Monthly meetings are open to the public.  For more info go to Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Laura Routh .
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CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY, LAWRENCE CHAPTER MEETING
Thursday, 12 June 20147:00-8:00 pm.
1515 Crossgate Drive  Lawrence, KS 66047
(courtesy Emily Reno)

Citizens Climate Lobby is an all-volunteer, bi-partisan organization that works to inspire the political will for a livable climate.  We advocate for carbon-fee-and-dividend as one solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while returning the money to households in order to offset the tax and make alternative energies more attractive investments.  Our Lawrence Chapter welcomes newcomers from all backgrounds and ages to contribute.  We've got rewarding volunteer opportunities for everyone!  For more information contact Emily Reno at (785)840-6880 or Frank Schawaller at (785)550-1939, or Citizens Climate Lobby.
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OBAMA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN ¤ LEGACY OR WINDOW DRESSING? 

Like a classic Democrat, President Obama is fence riding trying to please all the people all the time with his carbon reduction plan.  And predictably, everyone is displeased.  Progressives say it's nowhere near enough, given the dire circumstances, and climate deniers are posturing with chicken-little cries of "the economy will be falling!".  Everyone from Bill McKibben to Joe Romm to Sustainable Cities Network and CREDO Action have said that the base year of 2005 frames it unrealistically, the targets are too small, and market forces have already reached the half-way point without Obama's plan. 
 
Emissions in 2013 were already 13 percent below 2005 levels because of a shift toward cleaner-burning natural gas.  Calculating from the 1990 base year of the Kyoto Accord (that everyone else uses), Obama's plan will drop carbon emission by only 3-4 percent by 2020 - EPA Plan to Cut Power Plant Emissions Already Half Way There.  And states that are currently the most intense emitters, those that create the most carbon pollution from each unit of electricity produced, have some of the most relaxed reduction targets -How Obama's Climate Plan Accommodates Coal States.  Meanwhile, the deniers are claiming that these crumbs that Obama is throwing us are going to crash the economy! - In response to President Obama's greenhouse gas regulations, Republicans roll out their usual lies.

So one has to wonder, what's the point of this half-baked plan for reducing greenhouse gases?  Did Obama's handlers think that his base will be energized for the mid-term elections in preparation for the 2016 Hillary race?  Did they hope that this "dramatic" climate "solution" would forestall any outrage by Keystone XL Pipeline opponents if Obama approves it?  Or did they think that acting on an executive order would incense the Tea-publicans to new levels of rabid political absurdity, effectively discrediting them?  One thing we know, it's certainly not enough and should have been done far earlier.

The Clean Power Plan is what it is, and deserves feedback.   The following may help you to prepare comments for the EPA - 8 Things You Should Know About the Clean Power Plan.   Citizens will have 90 days from 31 May to submit comments.  Of the four public hearings scheduled, the closest to Kansas City will be in Denver CO on 29 July.  If you can't make it to a hearing, you can always comment on line at - Comment on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule.
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POLLINATOR HABITAT WORKSHOP
Friday13 June 20149:00am-3:00pm - FREE, optional $15 lunch
Stull United Methodist Church, 1596 E. 250 Road, Lecompton, Kansas, 66050

The program is intended to provide information on native pollinators and pollinator habitat conservation in a rural setting.  Participants will learn about the importance of providing habitat for pollinators and methods and strategies for installing pollinator habitat in the rural setting.  The workshop will be conducted 
byJennifer Hopwood, Midwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist from The Xerces Society for Invertibrate Conservation.  Holly Shutt will provide information about USDA programs that help implement pollinator habitat.  The Kansas Rural Center is partnering with the Douglas County Conservation District, and Jim Weaver of the D.C.C.D will lead a tour of pollinator habitat plots installed on his property.  For more info and to register go to - Pollinator Habitat Workshop | description and registration.
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JIM HIGHTOWER TO KEYNOTE AT HEARTLAND LABOR FORUM 25TH ANNIVERSARY 
Saturday, 14 June 2014, 6:00pm dinner, 7:00pm program - $$
IBEW Local 124, 301 East 103rd Terr., Kansas City MO 64114

Populist political analyst and news commentator, Jim Hightower, will be joined by Anne Feeney, hell-raising singer-songwriter, to celebrate 25 years of the Heartland Labor Forum on the air at KKFI Radio, 90.1FM.  Billed as "Radio that talks back to the boss", the Heartland Labor Forum has been directed by Judy Ancel, and produced by a staff of mostly labor union volunteers.  The show airs on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm and Friday mornings at 5:00am.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Brown Paper Tix -http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/692822.
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NONVIOLENT PROTESTS PLANNED FOR WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA DECIDES ON KEYSTONE XL

Between the release dates of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system with flawed conclusions by the consultant, ERM, Inc.  Over 75,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance".  Each person committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL, and President Obama has felt pressure in a way he never had before.  It is thought his decision may come soon, so protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.

With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL.  Chances are there's one near you.  To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action.  You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it.  The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank.  If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
Monday, 16 June 2014, 7:00pm
Red Tractor Farm, 974 E. 850th Road, Lawrence, KS 66047

The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system.  By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producerspreserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community's access to a local food supply and distribution networks.  For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.
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BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING  ¤ CITY COMMISSION BUDGET STUDY SESSION
Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 3:30pm
Lawrence City Hall, 6th & Massachusetts, Lawrence KS 66044

On 13 May, Sustainability Action made a presentation to the City Commission requesting they budget $2million per year for safe and convenient bicycle transportation, and hire a Bicycle Transportation Engineer to implement it.  On 20 May, the Commission held the first budget study session and also a public hearing on the 2015 budget.  A second study session will be on 17 June (where the Commission discusses it among themselves) and the public is invited to attend and observe.  

ONLY the City Commission can set new transportation policy and priorities.  Reallocating auto funds over to bicycle transportation will happen ONLY if citizens push for it.  Some form of draft budget will be released on 17 June, assembled by the City Manager, and presented for the Commission's consideration.  It will total somewhere in the vicinity of $200 million.  That money is divied up based on the priorities set by the Commission.  If the City Commission has the political will, they could use either of two methods to finance bicycle transportation.  First, they could move some money from motor vehicle funds over to bicycle projects - to reallocate the pie chart.  Or, they could enlarge the pie chart to generate more money from increased taxes.  

Now IS the time to create a truly effective, convenient, and safe bicycle transportation system.  It's time to dust off all the bicycle plans and take them beyond being mere wish lists.  It's time to hire bicycle engineering staff that can properly design the system and provide year to year continuity managing the construction budget.  It's time to move beyond that perennial excuse that "there's just not enough money in the budget to include bicycles". 
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LAWRENCE BICYCLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 17 June2014, 5:00pm
Lawrence Parks & Rec. Conference Room, 1141 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

The June agenda is not yet available.  The Bicycle Advisory Committee works to improve bicycle safety and awareness through education of motorists and non-motorists, develops bicycle plans and maps, and advises the City and County Commissions on bicycle priorities and needs.  The agenda and information can be downloaded at Bicycle Advisory Comm | agendas.
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SUSTAINABILITY ACTION ¤ MEMBER MEETING
Thursday, 19 June 2014, 6:30pm  --  NOTE DATE CHANGE
location TBA, Lawrence KS
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Possible discussion topics
  • How to plan non-profit fundraising
  • Treasurer position search
  • Grant data base opportunities
  • Review a Sustainability Action 2014budget
  • K.P.C. grant money allocations for community gardens
  • K.P.I. & Kaw Permaculture collaborating on July PDC course
  • Perma-blitz planning
  • Plans for reskilling workshops
Everyone is welcome  -  http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/
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KU FIELD STATION SUMMER SHORT COURSES 2014
Second course - Introduction to Kansas Fish
Monday,Wednesday,Friday - 20 June to 2 July 2014 - $$$
University of Kansas Field Station, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044
 
The KU Field Station summer courses, offered primarily as for-credit KU classes, are available to the public (anyone 18 or older; or 16 or older for the fly-fishing course) through KU Continuing Education.  Classes are listed below.  Register for any of these courses online at: https://cpep.ku.edu/field-station-summer-2014.
 
Introduction to Kansas Fishes, June 20-July 2, MWF 1:30-4:30pm
Introduction to Field Entomology, July 7-18, MWF 1:30-4:30pm
Introduction to Fly Fishing, T-Th 6:30-9:30 p.m., June 24 and 26.
 
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PERMABLITZ AT FOUR ARROWS PERMACULTURE LEARNING & DESIGN
Saturday, 21 June 20149:00AM-2:00pm - FREE
K-92 (Springdale Rd) at 195th St. (3rd drive to north), Leavenworth KS 66045 (5 miles west of Leavenworth KS
(courtesy Susan Jones, Kansas Permaculture Collaborative)

Permaculture designer, Michael Kay, will lead this permablitz (AKA crop mob) to create hugelkultur raised planting beds supported by a rock retaining wall laid up dry.  There will be training for using a Bunyip Water Level for leveling the rock walls.  This is the first in a series of permablitz informal training being organized by the Kansas Permaculture Collaborative, a program of the Sustainability Action Network.  The host will provide snacks, drinks, and a soup and bread lunch; bring a pot-luck side dish, work clothes and boots and gloves.  For more information contact Michael at .
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PRISTINE PRAIRIE WALKS AND SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Sunday, 22 June 20149:00AM-11:00am - FREE
rendezvous at 8:00am at Tanger Outlet Mall, 1035 North 3rd St., Lawrence KS 66044

Explore three of the most diverse and scenic tallgrass prairies in North Eastern Kansas with co-leaders Ken Lassman and Shirley Braunlich.  The first hour will be spent at the Fredrick Prairie (100 acres) at 265617 Tonganoxie Dr.  From there, the tour will go to the High Prairie at Bauserman Rd. at 187th St., and spend one-half hour there.  The final site will be the Homeplace Prairie - west on 187th St. to a right turn on Jarbalo Rd. and then on Gilman Rd., for a half-hour tour there.  Dress appropriately with long pants, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent.  Bring a water bottle.  For more info contactShirley (785) 218-5480 
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RESPONSIBLE ENERGY VS. FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI   

Truly responsible energy policy in response to Obama's Clean Power Plan
There were two key pieces of environmental legislation introduced last week by Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle.  The Managed Carbon Price Act of 2014 (H.R. 4754) sets carbon reduction targets, requires polluters to purchase permits, and returns 100 percent of the revenue to consumers.  A second bill, Investing to Modernize the Production of American Clean Energy and Technology Act of 2014 (H.R. 4753), amends the federal tax code to repeal a number of subsidies for the fossil fuels industry.  Unfortunately, it's doubtful that either of these bills is likely to see the light of day in the Republican-controlled US House.  In fact, it's unlikely that even watered-down versions of these ideas would pass muster in either chamber.

We suggest readers avail themselves of the following sources for news on the nuclear demise:  Japan for Sustainability -http://www.japanfs.org/Japan Focus - http://japanfocus.org/Fukushima Update - http://fukushimaupdate.com/;  and Fairewinds Energy Education - http://www.fairewinds.com/.
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LAWRENCE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ¤ PUBLIC INPUT OPEN HOUSES
Thursday, 30 June 20146:00-8:00pm
Douglas County Courthouse., 11th & Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044

Like most communities, Lawrence has a comprehensive land use plan that guides how Lawrence will grow.  It includes sections on residential, commercial, and industrial land use, farmland preservation, environmental impacts, transportation, historic resources, and more.  The current plan, Horizon 2020, is being updated, and City officials want citizen input.  There is a Steering Committee that is holding public open house sessions for citizens to learn about the plan and complete a questionnaire on many aspects of the plan.  In addition to the 29 May open house, there will be one more open house in Lawrence, and others in outlying communities.  View the full schedule here - Comprehensive Plan open houses schedule.
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KANSAS AND MISSOURI FARMERS' MARKET DIRECTORIES
(courtesy of Cole Cottin & Linda Cottin)

New season, new markets, new hours - find what's new this year.   In order to find any of dozens of farmers' markets in Kansas and Missouri, use these searchable data bases for both states.  They are - Kansas Farmers' Market Search by LocationMissouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map.  Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!
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KANSAS PERMACULTURE INSTITUTE ¤ 10-DAY PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE
Wednesday-Friday, 9-19 July 2014 - $$$$
SubTerra Castle, Keene KS
 
The  Kansas Permaculture Institute is pleased to have Kaw Permaculture teach our ten-day PDC course at the SubTerra Castle Permaculture Center, 20 minutes west of Topeka KS.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from four instructors well-versed in North American temperate permaculture of the Great Plains Bioregion - Steve Moring of Kaw Permaculture, Michael Almon of Forest Floor Permaculture, Laura Odell of the Light Center, and Amber Lehrman.  Students who complete this 72-hour course will be awarded a Permaculutre Design Certificate from the  Kansas Permaculture Institute, a program of the not-for-profit Sustainability Action Network.
 
This information packed course promises to be personally transformative and a community building experience.  Among the topics central to permaculture design, participants will learn how to apply principles of ecological design to both the urban and broad-acre settings.  The course will include classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, group discussion and teamwork, and field trips to six local urban garden and farm sites.  For detailed information and registragion materials, click on the following link: 10-Day Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC).   For more information, contact Steve Moring at (785)691-7305, or Michael Almon at(785)832-1300
 

 
 
 
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Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Sustainability Action Member - and follow the instructions. The Sustainability Action mission is to bring awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion, and the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.  

Sustainability Action Programs include:
1) Kansas Permaculture Instituteformal training of permaculture designers, and issuing them PDC Certificates - Kansas Permaculture Institute.
2) Kansas Permaculture Collaborative - freely and informally sharing knowledge and resources about sustainable food production and dwellings -Kansas Permaculture Collaborative.

3) Bicycles & Alternative Transportation - promoting bicycles, complete streets, ride sharing, and electric vehicles, including infrastructure and pro-active regulations - Lawrence OnBoard | Community Supported Transportation

4) Local Community Currency- fostering money literacy, and implementing a local currency, either cash or electronic or both, that will transition to a sustainable local economy and weather global economic instability.

5 Sustainability Action Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.

6) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
7) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.
8) Water Rights and Watersheds protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
 

9) Collaboration with sister organizations - building synergy with the combined talents and creativity of like-minded groups to achieve a transition to sustainable local economies. Groups such as: Films for ActionThe Light Center eco-village; churches and civic groups; Kaw River Valley Food System farm-based economic development; Cultivate Kansas City;Transition Kansas City; Kansas River Valley Growers fighting for local water rights; the National Sustainable Energy Network; the Kansas City Food Circle, and more.

Sustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates - local tool sharing, recycling, and community shared innovation incubator - Lawrence Creates

2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - Lawrence