This Most Special Boston Marathon

I wish I could be in Boston for the Marathon this year to show my support. I went every year I lived in Boston (and drove out for it when I lived in Buffalo) to marvel at the spirit it takes to run 26.2 miles!

I was there last year, standing at the bomb site a half hour before the explosions. Friends and I had safely crossed the Mass Ave Bridge into another world where we didn’t experience the immediacy of the events. I felt like it was happening a million miles away, especially because no one I know was hurt.

This Marathon weekend, I’m sending my love to everyone directly affected, along with a message: sometimes proximity is less about nearness to a place, and more about sentience. Love can be felt wherever it comes from. Let’s show our appreciation for human resilience, and support people everywhere who have known fear. 

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Money is Not Speech

“A split Supreme Court Wednesday struck down limits on the total amount of money an individual may spend on political candidates as a violation of free speech rights, a decision sure to increase the role of money in political campaigns.”

To read the full article about McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court decision, click here.

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Why We Have to Fight Fracking

“We codify our values in the law, and Western societies have treated nature in law and culture as a “thing” to be dominated – amoral, without emotion or intelligence, and lacking any real connection to human beings. In this way we justify and rationalize our exploitation of the natural world. Nature is seen as a possession or as property, rather than as a system that governs our own wellbeing. These ecosystems have no legal standing in most courts of law.”

To read the full article about Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, click here.

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No Fast Track Legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

Please urge your representative to vote against fast track legislation on the TTP, and support social, environmental, and economic justice!

To read the full article about TTP Fast Track legislation and why it should be opposed, click here.

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How Different is Buffalo, NY from Madison, WI Anyway?

My thoughts on a personal essay about moving from Buffalo, NY to Madison, WI by Julia Burke, here.

Having lived in Madison and Buffalo back to back for approximately the same duration, I understand the comparison. I think it’s fairly accurate to say one is more bike friendly, has more progressive politics (a sanctuary/bubble in a conservative place), and utilizes its resources (natural and economic) better; however, that city (yes, Madison) is on an isthmus, which means it cannot sprawl. Ever. Also, the University is downtown, agriculture (industrial and indie) is still its strongest cultural identifier, and education and politics meet and stick together (no matter the p.o.v)–because wealth (not necessarily culture) is more diverse/diversified.

 

 

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Sexism, specifically women in the music industry, especially online

“I absolutely accept that in [the music] industry there is comment and criticism. There will always be bad reviews: such is the nature of a free press and free speech. When you put your work out there, you are accepting the fact that people will comment on it, but it is your choice whether you read it or not. (Kathleen Hanna sums this sentiment up nicely in this interview.)

What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from ‘a bit sexist but generally harmless’ to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that ‘just happens’. Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to ‘just deal with’.”

— To read the full article Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHESclick here.

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