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Thanksgiving, or Overstaying Your Welcome

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The First Thanksgiving: We just invited them for one meal and look what they’ve done to the place.

Gotta love this painting, depicting the starving Pilgrims showing their superiority by actually offering food to their Wampanoag hosts. Whaaat? And, what’s a Spaniard doing in the scene? Not…

1st Thanksgiving in Opposite World

 

R. Cobb got it right!

R Cobb Thanksgiving

R. Cobb Thanksgiving, 1968

 

R. Cobb in 1965, and it looks that we are still crazy after all these years! Nonetheless…

Cartoons by Ron Cobb

R. Cobb 1965

Nonetheless, Harvey J Kaye of Progressive Breakfast reminds us that

…we are descended from revolutionaries, radicals, socialists, progressives, populists, labor unionists, feminists, and civil rights and environmental activists

who made America truly great by refusing to bow to the powerful and wealthy and instead fighting to extend and deepen freedom, equality, and democracy.”

That includes the corporate fashion industry.

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

Start here! Cool People doing Cool Things: Urban University Oakland This is a small group of women helping women in Oakland CA at their secondhand store. All proceeds go to employing single moms and changing the world, one little mommy at a time! If everyone just gave a little. Donate to the noble cause here.

 

Shop secondhand in every aspect of American life! Secondhand building supplies are 60-80% off when you buy at Habitat For Humanity‘s Re-store. Here is some beautiful Brazilian cherry wood flooring, never opened, $30-60 per box.

Happy Thanksgiving! We have a lot to be grateful for.

 

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Who’s Crying Now?

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[Disclaimer: Things are moving so fast in Trump World that each post is almost passé. If you haven’t donated to help Puerto Rico, do it! It’s not just for our island state, but also to show the world that, although our prez is a jackass, Americans are NOT. https://act.moveon.org/donate/hurricane-maria

Who’s the crybaby?
After months of calling the progressive voters snowflakes and crybabies, we just witnessed the ultra right wing not only crying, but having full on hissy fits and temper tantrums ~ Yes, they’re mad because their leaders and role models are being taken down all over Dixie. Well, for chrissake, we’re taking them down because they represent the worst of us. They lost the war against kidnapping and enslaving human beings for personal profit. We’re not erasing history, we’re simply putting a stop to celebrating the losers. They lost and as progressives are wont to do, we “put up” with their sniveling and sputtering. Finally we’ve had enough! Not even Tiki, Inc. wanted to be associated with these miscreants.

Tiki torch racists

Tiki torches Twitter

And “they” have the audacity to call us “snowflakes” and “crybabies” because Hillary lost, even though she won the popular vote by 2.87 million. [more on that later] Yes, we cried, but it wasn’t because we hate losing; we cried because we could smell the foreboding decay worldwide, from every little bug to entire civilizations and everyone and everything in between. So far, we were right.

Nonetheless, we’ve only been crying since we woke up on November 9, not even one year ago. Yet, “they” are still crying “not fair!” since 1865; you do the math.

Let’s be really clear on Lying, Cheating, and Stealing:
1. Hillary won by 2.87 million votes but was blindsided by the electoral system. Please keep in mind that the last time we lost the popular vote to the electoral system, we ended up with 8 years of Bush war mongering instead of 8 years of Gore environmental advancement. Gore won by 500,000 popular votes. Bush Gore
2. Citizens United allows for unregulated money to be poured secretly into buying any and all media for their candidate or issue to win. (Secretly, because even they are ashamed of it!) The Cheney Bush administration extended the First Amendment of the Constitution to protect lies in political campaigns ~ yes, political lying is now protected free speech.
3. Voter suppression, the 2017 voter turnout excluded an estimated 6 million voters who have been summarily and without notice wiped off the voter registration.
4. Gerrymandering is out of control. Across the board, more Democratic votes were cast than Republican votes, yet the Dems lost 1000 seats nationwide in Senators, Governors, local officials. Most all of these seats are attributed to gerrymandering.How to Steal an Election
5. FBI Director James Comey‘s inexplicable defiance of Justice Department protocol by injecting doubt regarding emails.

FBI Comey
6. And, we now have absolute confirmation that the Russians interfered and influenced the 2017 election.

Kremlin

So, what to wear to the battle for Truth, Justice and The American Way[I’m taking a leap to say that Superman sees The American Way the way I do.]
Superman
You might be the type who wants to go incognito, perhaps wearing a costume to the battle. Keep in mind that secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

If you do wear a costume, be your coolest self. If you’ve never shopped secondhand, this is a great way to break in! Here is Costco San Diego plastic fantastic 2014, 2015, 2017 like every other year. See a trend? Mass produced Halloween costumes encompass many environmental and human rights issues, compared to secondhand which has as close to a zero carbon footprint as you can get.

Why do this? 

When you can do this instead? Buffalo Exchange, Berkeley CA

Buffalo Exchg

or from Courtney’s wonderful shop of vintage treasures in Eureka CA
Little Shop of Hers.  Meet Courtney


We do not have the luxury of quitting the Good Fight. We might be beaten down, but we can definitely look our best on our way down!

Shop responsibly, shop secondhand and still look like a million bucks!



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Fire! Fire! Fire!

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Wildfires and climate change, I have good news and bad:

I had the good fortune to be in the Northern California fire area this August/September. I was sinking into depression when I learned from my Indian elder peers that fire brings many good things and can be used as an ally. In fact, control burns (aka controlled burns, prescribed burns) have been engaged by indigenous Americans for centuries, if not millennia. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar San Diego) conducts control burns in their enlightened wildfire preparedness program.

Control Burn 1sm

Knowing where to ignite

Control Burn

Knowing which direction the winds blow

Control Burn 3sm

Distant view of control burn

Good 1. Wildfires create smoke that rids the forest of bore beetles and other invasive insects.
Good 2. Wildfires burn off the underbrush and allow for new shoots of preferred flora to grow taller, stronger, and straighter for basketweaving, as well as edible and medicinal plants.
Good 3. Wildfires create a smoke cover from the sun, thus cooling the earth and the rivers, making it easier for salmon to swim upstream.
Good 4. (good for non-hunters) Wildfire smoke runs off the deer just before deer hunting season.

Bad 1. 95% of all wildfires are started by human error; big, clumsy, stupid human error. Only 5% of wildfires are started by lightning strikes; extremely difficult to reach even in the ever shrinking expansive west.
Bad 2. There is not enough forest to have it all go up in flames at once. We need the oxygen!
Bad 3. Every winged and 4-legged creature is rousted violently from their home and sent as refugees into unwelcome territory.  Put out extra water for thirsty critters and, if you feed migratory birds, throw out extra seed. 

 

On the other end of the spectrum
HURRICANE and FLOOD!

Based purely on my personal subjective empirical observations and conclusions, I am convinced that, like wildfires, flooding is caused 95% by big, clumsy, stupid human error, i.e. global warming.
Irma

I’m appalled every time I hear “we’ve learned so much from Andrew/Katrina/Sandy.” Yeah? everything except how to quit creating all the ingredients to make these horrific storms. As of this writing, we have over 1.5 million acres burning in the west, and Hurricane Irma has caused the largest mass migration in US history, over 2 million driven from their homes and 6.5 million without power.

While I was researching my statistics, I found this disclaimer for the state of Florida homeless shelters: “Due to the current foreclosure rate and US recession, many shelters have waiting lists. Please call before going to the shelter.” Good god, what have we done to ourselves?

 

What will we do with all this water?

Are we going to put out the fires with water? Did you know that it takes three times as much water to make your bottle than it holds. So, it takes three bottles of water to make the water bottle before we fill it with water = 3x the amount of water in the bottle, plus the water you’re going to drink from it.

Salmon & water bottle

Metal sculpture by Ralph Starritt, Starritt Studios Yreka CA 530-905-2521

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture. This is NOT a secret.

If we really want to end these horrific catastrophes, we’d best do what we should have been doing for 40 years: DIMINISH OUR GLUTTONY FOR OIL and BEEF.

What to wear to the Apocalypse

I highly recommend wearing your best stuff! However, if you want to hide the goods until it “all blows over”

and wear someone else’s best stuff, you must go secondhand shopping now! The shoes are from Eureka’s Little Shop of Hers, $16 by Eclisse of Italy, ordinarily $200+/-. This bracelet is from Oakland’s Buffalo Exchange, $20, definitely handmade. It is silver plated and very refined.

Bracelet

If every Westerner (in the socio-economic definition) eliminates just one bad environmental habit (not recycling, using plastic water bottles, taking more napkins than you need, blasting the water while you shave or brush your teeth, drive for frivolous reasons, run the air conditioner unnecessarily), then we can truly make a dent in what we’ve created. Do your part, and maybe the part of the person next to you. When 1 billion Westerners do something little, it all adds up. 

 

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Statement from Leonard Peltier regarding Murdered Native Women

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In loving Honor of one of our own Savannah LaFountaine-Greywind and all of our murdered and missing Native Women.

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Did You Know?

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Did you know that a personal check is no longer “legal tender” in the same way it was in early banking, i.e. 1960s and ’70s? I helped an elderly woman who had nothing. I had no cash, so I wrote her a check to cash at my bank where I keep a good deal of my $. The check was in her name. She had i.d. but no credit card, no debit card, no bank account because she is poor. And, the result of being poor is that the banks charge $8 for the terrible inconvenience of trading my check for cash money out of my account. WTF? In essence, she was fined for being poor. NOT GOOD!! [Trust me, I let the bank know what I thought and then I sent her $8.]
We love money!

 

Did you know that there is a growing Women’s Renaissance worldwide? Every day I learn of more young women who are standing in the face of power and saying, No! Here are two more who have boldly taken a coming-of-age festivity as an opportunity to make a real statement!

Quinceañeras

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681423/-Texas-teens-to-fight-show-me-your-papers-bill-with-quincea-era-themed-protest?detail=emaildkre

For more on the Women’s Renaissance worldwide, see our posts April 2016 Prom 2016 and the Renaissanceand June 2017 Feministas in the 21st Century.

 

Did you know that a Mexican is a Native American? A brown Mexican (white Mexicans are typically of Euro origin and typically far wealthier than brown Mexicans) is a Native American who speaks Spanish, not Indian, because of forced colonialism. Likewise, American Indians speak English because of forced British colonialism.
While the US is busy deporting those “pesky” Mexican Indians in order to make America Great Again, we are deporting indigenous locals who should have every right to be here.
Mexican Indians

The southern US border was created by non-natives. When the US bought/took/won/got California from Mexico, the US signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which made indigenous border crossing a right. Guess which was the very first treaty to be broken with California Indians; yes, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. (100% of California Indian treaties have been broken, including gaming.) Here are a few maps showing some of the extensive indigenous ancestral lands that cross our southern US border.

Yaqui territory

Yaqui territory

Kumeyaay territory

Kumeyaay territory

Apache territory

Apache territory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Polk (1845-49) put into motion the mindset of Manifest Destiny, that it is this nation’s god given right and duty to conquer “from sea to shining sea.” Manifest Destiny was one of the great devastations that still haunts American Indians.

 

Did you know that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wields great power (albeit sociopathic, in its own way) as Majority Leader, but comes from a state of only 4.4M. (Los Angeles has 4M.) With 2M of the 3.3M eligible voters turning out in Kentucky’s 2016 election, and 45% of them supporting Mitch McConnell, that means McConnell gained his near total power over the Senate with only 850,000 votes. Yet, McConnell fights for all things corporate and in the face of everyone he pretends to represent.

 

Did you know that secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture?

So what will you wear when you boldly speak Truth to Power?

Red dress St. James

St. James Thrift, Solana Beach CA $14

Gentlemen, do not snub Grampa’s closet!

Grampy shirts

Depending on family dynamics, you will have a great selection if Gramma dressed Grampa in style! 

 

Did you know that all is not lost?! Simple solutions come from every direction. Check out Vertical Forests
For worldwide examples, I suggest you google “youtube vertical forest”.

 

 

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To Be, or Not To Be: that really is the question

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Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? ...

Colloquially speaking, it means Get Real! It asks if it’s better to be a stoic martyr, or to die trying!?! Shakespeare goes on:

... To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, 
Must give us pause: ...

Yes, you can wimp out. You can curl up and sleep your life away, but your dreams will follow you. The option, of course, is to just lie down and die.

... there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
[Reading classical literature reawakens all the vocabulary that was drilled into us as young students. contumely:  insulting display of contempt in words or actions; humiliating insult. bodkin: dagger. fardel: a bundle or burden]

Life is full of insults and humiliations; physically, mentally, spiritually, familially, financially, academically. You fight it, you live with it.

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

As much as we’d like to escape this burdensome life, we will not commit suicide because we know that there is no return. If you’re going to curl up in bed and try to sleep your troubles away, at the very least you should be looking good!

Secondhand clothing diminishes several environmental and human rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

I found this night gown (deserving of two words) at a Goodwill in Colorado Springs, CO. The hem was ripped so the price was lowered from $6.98 to $3.49 ~ OMG! The hand work is exquisite. Please look at the hand rolled hem; a work of perfection.

To be 2

This bed jacket is a hand-me-down from one of the many wizened old crones who raised me. It is most likely from the 1920’s.

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Feministas in the 21st Century

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“You’ve come a long way, baby” says the 1968 Virginia Slims cigarette ad. The very fact that the term “baby” is used, in itself disqualifies the source of this Virginia Slims“compliment.” There is no place I would rather live in the 21st century, but come on! There is some serious fine tuning that must take place.

Allow me to list a few:

  1. Women in prison: almost exclusively poor women of color. Orange is the New Black is a Netflix series that exposes the prison system via our protagonist Piper Chapman. It is based on the real life experience of author Piper Kerman, who has become a formidable advocate for reforming the women’s prison system. Orange is the New Black
    Another exposé is from the HBO series Vice, Season 5 Episode 12, “Women Behind Bars,” May 2017. Women Behind BarsQuestion: With all these mommies in jail, who will take care of their little children?
  2. Women’s contraception: Within 3 months of going public, Viagra appeared on every health insurance plan, with an option for Cialis. Yet, since going public around 1960, birth control for women is still not covered on many health insurance plans nationwide. Cialis adQuestion: Who are are these horny men going to romance when they do not want to make babies?
  3. Sharia Law American style: Parts of this nation are all in a tizzy about Sharia Law. Well, let’s take a closer look at ourselves. Nothing speaks more of Sharia Law creeping up on us than the photo of a bunch of creepy old white men in the US Senate deciding to denounce women’s health care and birth control. Well un-gentlemen, it looks like you might get your way.
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    U.S. Senators working on the Senate version of the Republican health care bill. Top row, from left: Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Middle row: Cory Gardner of Colorado, John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Bottom row: Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas. | Official senate portraits

    Question: Why are we still tribalizing via religion?

  4. Dear Pro-Lifers, you are now demoted to “Birthers” due to the fact that you typically only insist that a baby be born, while you seem to be against helping poor women with prenatal care, early childhood education, free and reduced price breakfast and lunch programs, affordable day care, livable wage so parents do not need a handout, women’s health.
    The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

    The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

    Question: If you really care about babies, then why not start with sex education for pre-conception decision making, and support babies all the way to college?

  5. There are plenty more examples, but you catch my drift.

On the PLUS side, we Have come a long way!! I was visiting an old book store and found Blondes and Brunets, by Dr. Katherine Blackford, 1916. Dr. Katherine demonstrates that one’s hair color is “an infallible indication of character.”

Yikes! Compare that to the outstanding Hanna Rosin who penned The End of Men, the Rise of Women,  2017. Very bad title, it should be closer to The Women’s Renaissance in the 21st Century. Hanna demonstrates by the numbers that women worldwide are stepping up. Hanna Rosin

The 2017 graduating class shows that women are graduating from college at the same rate as men for the first time ever. Women enter college at twice the rate of men and now graduate in 4 years instead of 6-7 years or never, depending on outside demands. Women are taking over science, medicine, and math disciplines. Women are showing up in engineering, aeronautics, and more. Women are starting the long political fight to take the Senate and the House. For specifics, you can reference our April 2016 post on the women’s renaissance worldwide: Prom 2016 and the Renaissance

And while you’re Fighting the Good Fight, you should look your best while maintaining your environmental integrity. 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

To lighten your carbon footprint in these critical times, do not snub the strip mall pawn shop. I found this 925 silver ring for $35 at Double Eagle Loans Pawn Shop in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Dramaturgia in the Neo-Trump Era

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Dramaturgiaa political strategy that uses conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception in order to manage and control. Political theater: creating chaos and distraction. Dezinformatsiya: the disinformation campaign of the Soviet Union during the Cold War years, launched to scandalize and disgrace US institutions [i.e. KGB rumor that the CIA was linked to the JFK assassination].

I do not credit Donald Trump with this political theater because I believe he is a fool. However, the sociopaths who surround Trump will manipulate with glee. And, Trump’s cultist followers are frightening.

I find information and interviews in entertainment magazines that dwarf the traditional news outlets, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines being two surprisingly detailed sources. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi writes political essays that read like Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Trump the Destroyer

Highly recommended is the 1285 Issue of Rolling Stone, April 20, Alex Morris’ “Trump and the Pathology of Narcissism,” yow!! You can calm down by reading the headline article on our beloved Chuck Berry, same issue.
Chuck Berry Rolling Stone

Also in April 2017, Vanity Fair published an excellent article that describes the Trump administration and the Kremlin playbook, “In Trump’s Amerika,” by Mike Mariani. Perhaps the political theater is to distract from the Russian connection. You can find more in the same April 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, “How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled his Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier” raising the possibility that Donald Trump may be vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail.

What to wear to the revolution!!


Cluny et al      Cluny tags
Cluny designer dress $32.50, never worn, $298, Crossroads Trading, Oakland CA
Old Navy faux leather shoes $10.50, Knimble Oakland, Oakland CA
Orange leather purse $7.99, never used, GoodwillMira Mesa San Diego CA
Silver (925) earrings $25, now closed consignment shop, Oakland CA
Silver Mexican Mayan bracelet $100, nameless secondhand store, Seattle WA

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!
For the rest of us, remember that secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

**For your viewing pleasure and to remind us all that the world is still a beautiful place. echinopsisfreak.comhttps://youtu.be/_hwDdE0Gu4E**

 

 

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We are a Global Society

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I recently purchased a comfortable desk chair from IKEA. The directions came in 35 languages, all printed compactly on both sides of one thin sheet of paper. Thirty-five languages is testament to a global economy. A healthy, sustainable international trade is supported by a collective social agreement; our Global Society.

The entire population of this planet is ultimately drawn into global awareness. There are global environmental issues that should be agreed upon by the entire planet instead of each individual country. Until then, there are many ways we can minimize our carbon footprint:

1. Pick up styrofoam whenever you see it. It is a catastrophe for marine life and for birds foraging for seed.

 

2. Cut open your seemingly empty product tubes. When you simply cannot squeeze out another dollop, take heavy duty scissors and cut the tube straight across. You will be amazed at how much is left inside. I’ve found 2 full tablespoons of product sitting just beyond the squeeze area. To reseal, I fit the pieces back together.

"Empty" product tubes

 

3. Visit your local thrift store for new sports equipment. Save the planet by not adding to consumerism, while saving yourself a bundle of cash. The following items are available at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop in Encinitas CA.

$38 Rancho Coastal Humane Society

$38 Never used bike wagon

$50 Rancho Coastal Humane Society

$50 New Freestyle, floor model

37" x 30" wicker mirror $2

37″ x 30″ wicker mirror $2 (yes, Two $ !)

Did you know? : Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House and Ronald Reagan removed them as a snub to renewable energy, 1981. Everywhere we go, everything we do makes at least a little difference! I marched with Native Nations Rise in Washington DC last month. 10,000 of us; it was exhilarating. While I was there, I claimed the Washington Monument for my Karuk tribe of Northern California.

Washington Monument (594KB)

I claimed the Washington Monument for my Karuk Tribe of Northern California!

 

 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture.

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Indigenous Rights Worldwide

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I’d Rather Die Fighting!

With so many issues that must be addressed, I suggest you pick just one to dedicate your fight for the longevity of our peaceful and verdant planet. My chosen focus is on Indigenous Rights Worldwide. This broad but specific category seems to encompass most of the environmental and human rights issues that are important to me.

Weaver of Dreams (Ina Pearch) 1914

Ina Pearch, Weaver of Dreams c.1914

This is my grandmother, Ina Pearch, from the Trinity and Klamath Rivers in Northern California. She was known as Weaver of Dreams because of her refined artistic basketmaking skills. Ina walked on in 1967.

Every basket represents harmony with Nature. The roots and needles and grasses were harvested at the best time of the year, the best growth, and the best specimen. Her skirt is of the softest deerskin; killed with skill and grace and gratitude. The shells were harvested from freshwater rivers and from the sea. Everything had a purpose and was respected for that purpose in their world.

In 2008, our Karuk Tribe was determined to be 20,000 years old based on cultural artifacts and consistent carbon dating. Tribal endurance can exist that long not by conquering or dominating, but by cooperating with Nature and with each other, when everyone has a responsibility and is valued for their contribution. Sustainability comes when everyone values the concept that we part of Nature and not apart from it.

Standing Rock on the Sioux Reservation is a perfect example of Indigenous Rights abuse in the US. After fighting so hard against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in January of this year the Sioux Indians were thrown off of Treaty Land (!! Yes, land awarded to Indians by Federal treaty in 1869 !!). The Army Corps of Engineers bulldozed the site, including personal belongings, “for the safety of the Indians” because the Missouri River might flood. Then the Indians on Indian land were condemned for having left a mess. The condemnation of the Water Protectors for leaving a stinkin’ mess is a lie. The Indian way is to respect, revere, and honor the earth, to cooperate with it rather than dominate it.

1. 71 percent of elected officials are men, 90 percent are white, and 65 percent are white men. White men are 31 percent of the U.S. population but hold 65 percent of all elected offices. White men have 8 times as much political power as women of color. Oct 8, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/10/08/65-percent-of-all-american-elected-officials-are-white-men/?utm_term=.af031fe33c5bhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/…/65-percent-of-all-american-elected-officials-are-whi… This is a cause worth fighting for!

2. Republican elected leaders don’t look at all like America’s electorate. In 1950 it was almost all male. Today, 87 percent of House Republicans are non-Hispanic white men, compared with just 43 percent of House Democrats.1 For context, in 2014 just 34 percent of eligible U.S. voters were non-Hispanic white men. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/house-democrats-are-getting-more-diverse-republicans-arent/ Add to that: BEWARE OF THE GERRYMANDER!! This is a cause worth fighting for! 

Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with ‘haute couture’.

Beauty is power. When you go to Fight the Good Fight, you will be more powerful if you are dressed to the nines!

BW coat

I.MAGNIN pure wool with satin lining, pre 1989.

Originally in the $700 bracket, this gem in perfect condition cost $50 from
St. Joseph’s Thrift, Solana Beach CA.
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This coat bears the ILGWU Label, International Ladies Garment Worker’s UnionThe ILGWU, along with many other unions, ended by 1989, and along with it, protections and benefits for decent, hard working Americans.
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And, a shout out to black-ish on their episode re jury duty. It was within the week that I received a jury summons. This time I will not Hope to be rejected.

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