Olympia just held its 20th annual Procession of the Species parade, which is a uniquely DIY local community based noncommercial arts event that celebrates all life and creatures.
Yesterday the streets of San Francisco were overflowing with crowds of ecstatic citizens overjoyed with the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. Enormous rivers of diverse individuals, couples and families flowed onto Market Street and into the Castro District, swirling together into a dense sea of joyous celebratory electricity. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold.
Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco’s Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive.
“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”
This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region’s water supply and fragile environment.
Many thousands of families have lost their homes and jobs due to our nation’s dire economic situation, which has also resulted in people being forced to give up untold numbers of beloved pets for adoption. Max is one of many rescued dogs in need of a loving family to help take care of him; he is a feisty mini Bull Terrier who is presently in Oregon. Can you help to find him a good home?
Beautiful Asheville, North Carolina is famous for many things, including its bountiful array of diverse foraged edibles and medicinal plants; our region is now taking eating wild one step further by opening the first entirely wild crafting public market in the US. The upcoming weekly market will include vendors selling edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants.
Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes.
Shortly after the Occupy Wall Street movement came to life last September, I visited a few of the activist camps and documented some of what had been created. The various people I met were largely earnestly passionate about organizing more sustainable social models, challenging what many in our society value, and positively reforming how our species chooses to live and interact with one another.
At the conclusion of a recent press conference that Mitt Romney gave to double down on his factually inaccurate and grossly inappropriate comments concerning the deadly embassy attacks, the Republican flashed the crowd a smug grin as he turned away from the podium. When I first saw the video, I actually rewound and replayed the footage a few times, because I could not believe the incredible defiant arrogance so thickly dripping from Romney’s face. And just a few hours later, a new online meme was born.
Instead of building massive expensive concrete dams, the new beaver law helps support a natural way of improving regional aquifers; it encourages Washington to use beaver relocation as a tool for restoring watersheds. Republican Joel Kretz was one of the sponsors of this legislation, even though the conservative politician is not normally beloved by environmentalists. Now a lone beaver named Chompski has just been moved onto Kretz’s ranch near Wauconda, Washington.
A humorous online campaign designed to expose vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s abysmal record on women’s health issues is flooding the internet. The meme is based on a fan site for Ryan Gosling, where an image of the celebrity is paired with an ironic or suggestive quote. In the case of Paul Ryan however, the words highlight the politician’s fondness for forced mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, as well as his vehement opposition to birth control, pregnancy termination and contraception access.
The sweltering dog days of summer are upon us, and canines seem to have even invaded the presidential campaign. Dogs Against Romney released this hilarious image of some furry creatures enthusiastically searching for Mitt Romney’s elusive tax returns. The political group was created in response to Romney tying the family’s Irish Setter to the roof of their car for the duration of a twelve-hour international road trip.
One winter morning my friend Margaret gave me this banjo that she had drawn onto a piece of fabric. She handed the drawing to me just after she got into my old blue VW bug, which was parked in front of her apartment on Pierce Street in San Francisco. The year was 1991, and I was giving her a ride to the letterpress studio in Berkeley where we worked once a week.