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.
Thousands of people converged upon San Francisco’s waterfront last weekend to partake in another festive Sunday Streets public event, biking, skating, walking and dancing, while safely enjoying miles of car-free roadways.
“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.”
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.
Yesterday the sunny streets of San Francisco were swarming with thousands of happy residents during another regular Sunday Streets event. Rivers of happy families filled the car-free avenues, listening to live music, biking, dancing, playing football, skateboarding, walking dogs, socializing with their neighbors, and just soaking up the beautiful spring day.
Kale is a beautiful dark leafy green that is packed with nutrition and cancer fighting properties. High in manganese, as well as vitamins A, C and K, this vegetable is often referred to as a superfood. Gaining quickly in popularity for its ease to grow, hardiness and wonderful taste, kale is becoming a staple in home gardens everywhere.
I am looking out my frozen window, watching flurries of wet flakes continuing to fall, as Western Washington becomes completely engulfed in thick blankets of snow. Nearly everything is closed, as local residents marvel at the white winter wonderland. It does, however, feel a bit like being permanently trapped inside of a tiny frosty snow globe.
Today is the fourth day of the Kwanzaa season, when we all join to celebrate the principle of Ujamaa, focusing on the important economic benefits garnered from working together. The principle highlighted on today’s holiday encourages people to seize the means of production and create our own new innovative community based business models.
This gripping iconic photo was taken two days ago by seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo at an OccupySeattle protest at Westlake Park. The image is of an 84 year old woman who has just been pepper sprayed by the police only moments before. Her eyes are red and swollen, seared with dripping chemicals and painful tears.
When things appear bleak, really great music almost always helps me feel better. I have grown especially fond of the latest record by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, “The Harrow & the Harvest”. We had the good fortune to hear them play this year in Olympia and San Francisco on their tour; both were outstanding and memorable performances.
Last Monday we visited the growing encampment of protesters at Occupy Portland in the city’s downtown center. The site had several hundred full time residents, and had already implemented many systems to clean and maintain the small village, as well as to feed, organize and help educate its residents. I was really impressed with the infrastructure that had been developed, and by how well various groups of people were working together.
Jeremy Bloom is another one of our network’s writers over at an Important Media sister blog, Red Green and Blue; recently he has been publishing some informative updates on the global Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as documenting multiple incidents of police violence. Today the site highlighted yet more police brutality at the Occupy Denver encampment. Bloom describes the volatile scene:
“Denver police moved in on Occupy Denver protesters today. They said they wanted to keep the demonstration peaceful, so they attacked them with pepper spray and rubber bullets, and arrested seven.”
The Bonus Army has been on my mind lately, especially in light of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. In the spring and summer of 1932 tens of thousands of war veterans and their families set up encampments in our nation’s capital to demand their promised military benefits from the government. Their tent cities bear a striking resemblance to the scores of Occupy protest encampments that have recently sprouted up across the globe.