Bernie Delegate Speaks Out

Bernie Sanders delegate, Heidi Harmon from San Luis Obispo, CA makes a call-to-action in the wake of latest Wikileaks revelations. She urges Sanders supporters to activate and spread the word that the time to save our democracy is NOW!
Recorded July 25 in Philadelphia.

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Interview with NukeBuster Shaun Burnie re: SONGS

Just over a year since they last visited Idyllwild to educate us about the crisis at San Onofre’s Nuclear Generating Station, Shaun Burnie and Kendra Ulrich returned to our mountain community for a celebratory respite from their intense schedule of activism. Continue reading “Interview with NukeBuster Shaun Burnie re: SONGS”

What about the nuclear waste? NRC’s response: “I have the same question”

17 Idyllwild Conversationalists trekked down to Dana Point for the NRC’s October 9th hearing on SONGS. Towards the end of the night, the three Idyllwild girls managed to ask a key question to NRC Region 4 Administrator Elmo Collins: “Do you know what to do with nuclear waste, and if not, why do you keep making more of it?” Check out this video to hear the entire exchange.

Tues Oct 9: Beach Party & SONGS Hearing

Where but in Southern California can we wake in the morning to mountain squirrel chatter, picnic and boogie board at the beach, and then that evening help keep a nuclear power plant closed…forever! Tuesday Oct 9th is going to be a very interesting day. Here are the details: Continue reading “Tues Oct 9: Beach Party & SONGS Hearing”

mind mapping our way to food security

Check out our wild mind map! At our last meeting, we brainstormed on some of the ways we might disentangle our community from the industrial food chain and create a more sustainable, healthy standard of living for all interested Hill residents. I organized the ideas from that Conversation and the one prior, and I created a mind map using a free online collaboration tool. Continue reading “mind mapping our way to food security”

wendell berry: in distrust of movements

“I HAVE HAD WITH MY friend Wes Jackson a number of useful conversations about the necessity of getting out of movements — even movements that have seemed necessary and dear to us — when they have lapsed into self-righteousness and self-betrayal, as movements seem almost invariably to do. People in movements too readily learn to deny to others the rights and privileges they demand for themselves. They too easily become unable to mean their own language, as when a “peace movement” becomes violent… Continue reading “wendell berry: in distrust of movements”

Shouts Out to Idyllwild

A quickie video for our homies. Several participants missed this at last week’s meeting, so I’m posting it here. In the midst of a gigantic crowd of demonstrators at New York City’s City Hall, we met a fellow who used to attend the Strawberry Creek Music Festivals. He gave a shout-out to Idyllwild residents, as did Rob and Justine whom you might recall from an earlier video. We also met with former Idyllwild resident Steven Morrison who expressed feelings of longing for his old home here on the hill.

conversation #5—inquiry into capitalism

At last week’s meeting all participants arrived at a consensus that we should further explore the subject of capitalism at our next meeting on Wed. Nov 2. The following questions arose:

Bill Moyers on ‘Democratic Decency Defined Downward’

This post from George Zornick at The Nation is so good that I’m posting the whole thing:

Bill Moyers delivered a stirring keynote on the capture of our political system by the ultra-rich last night in Washington, at a gala honoring the fortieth anniversary of Ralph Nader’s advocacy group Public Citizen. Moyers urged people to have clarity about what has happened to American politics, and to engage in dedicated citizen action to combat it. His remarks are worth quoting at length: Continue reading “Bill Moyers on ‘Democratic Decency Defined Downward’”

from vietnam to wall street

We met Pat Walsh at Occupy Wall Street’s info booth. She really gave us an earful, recounting her experiences as a nurse in the Vietnam War and explaining why she traveled from her home in Colorado all the way to NYC’s Liberty Square to contribute to the OWS cause. Thanks for your compassion and commitment, Pat. And for sharing some of your story with us! Continue reading “from vietnam to wall street”

family sleepover at occupy wall street

When Zora and I first arrived at Occupy Wall Street in New York City’s Liberty Square there was nary a child to be seen. Now Parents for Occupy Wall Street are organizing a family sleepover for this Friday night. We’re with you folks in spirit!

Photo by Jessica Eve Rattner.

from times square to madrid and beyond

As Zora and I were rolling home across the Great Plains states on Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street movement exploded in 1500 cities in more than 80 countries around the planet in a global “Day of Rage.” Check out this photo essay in The Atlantic to get a sense of the growth of this movement. Continue reading “from times square to madrid and beyond”

“the stakes are too high for us not to make the absolute most of this moment.”

We ran into Naomi Klein at Liberty Square and asked if we could interview her. “After the march!” she called out. But after finding ourselves part of a slow-moving mass of 42,000 humans, we barely found time to get to Penn Station for our scheduled train trip to Washington, DC. Fortunately, this brief interview with Ms. Klein offers some nice insights into what makes this movement so compelling. And she offers some advice regarding the importance of making the most of this critical moment.