Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mary Oliver: Your One Wild and Precious Life

I don't know exactly what a prayer is. 
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into 
the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle 
and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what 
I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should 
I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? 
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with 
your one wild and precious life?
- Mary Oliver

Wendell Berry: The Only Question We Have a Right To Ask

We don't have a right to ask whether we're going to 
succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask 
is what's the right thing to do? What does this earth 
require of us if we want to continue to live on it?
- Wendell Berry

Jack Kornfield: In the End Just Three Things Matter

Photo by Molly
In the end, just three things matter:
How well have we lived?
How well have we loved?
 How well have we learned to let go?

- Jack Kornfield

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bill McKibben Is Coming To Portland!

Bill McKibben is coming to Portland again! I am so excited! I have seen Bill McKibben speak several times now and each time has been a deeply informative, moving, awakening and inspiring experience. I am hoping that many will come and/or spread the word. In my perspective, it is deeply important that each of us finds our unique ways of connecting with those who bring us the bigger pictures and the truth about the most urgent issues of our times. Often what is happening today also has its roots in a history that goes way back, a history that's gone unacknowledged, denied, distorted, covered over, and, therefore, unhealed. The time for our healing as individuals and collectively as the human family and as members of our planetary family is now. It is now. There are those who again and again and again illuminate and inspire and awaken us to those issues that our culture often works to conceal rather than expose, and even though the well being of our children and future generations and even all of life depend upon us having this information. Bill McKibben is among those courageous and wise ones who has been tirelessly on the front lines working to create a more sustainable, peaceful, healing, and caring world. May we join him and all those who are inviting us to become part of this Great Awakening. For those unable to come to this event, please consider reading Bill's most recent book Eaarth - Another world is possible. ~ Molly

350PDX Presents Bill McKibben

 Sunday, October 23rd at 7pm
First Unitarian Church
1211 SW Main Street, Portland, OR 97205

Join 350PDX on Sunday, October 23rd for a special talk by Bill McKibben, world-renowned environmental activist, author and founder of, on the Climate’s Future at the First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main St in downtown Portland). Tickets are $10 for students and $20 general admission, no one will be turned away for lack of funds (email for low-income tickets). Doors open at 6:30pm.
This event was originally scheduled for June 17th.
Bill McKibben is a world renowned author and environmental activist. His 1989 groundbreaking book The End of Nature was the first of his 13 remarkable books about climate change. In 2007 he helped found, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. is an international grassroots climate change initiative which has organized over 20,000 rallies around the globe to promote fossil fuel divestment. 350 means climate safety, reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of over 400 parts per million to a livable planet level of 350ppm.
is building a diverse grassroots movement to help solve the climate crisis. We are volunteer led, with a 150-person core organized in teams: Arts & Events, Outreach, Communications, Development, Divest/Reinvest, and 5 neighborhood teams. With one foot in politics and one foot in the streets, 350PDX models localized solutions to the climate crisis.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Breaking: ND Prosecutor Seeks "Riot" Charges Against Amy Goodman For Reporting On Pipeline Protest

Amy Goodman will be turning herself in tomorrow morning to fight the initial charges of "trespass," and which are now changed to "rioting." This is in reaction to Amy being the first journalist on the front lines in North Dakota at Standing Rock to film the violence that occurred in September - including attack dogs - against the indigenous peoples who are standing in protection of the sacred land, the water, Mother Earth and life. And they want to arrest Amy! I am fired up and angry! Amy Goodman is among the most outstanding investigative journalists in the nation and the world. For twenty years she has been on the front lines bringing the stories, the truth, the larger pictures, and most critical issues that are so often not heard, denied, distorted, minimized, or lied about on corporate television and radio. Bless Amy! Bless the courageous ones who work so hard on behalf of us all. Please send your prayers, watch and share updates, and tune into Democracy Now! Thank you. ~ Molly

With Amy Goodman in Portland, 2016
Bismarck, North Dakota–October 15, 2016 — A North Dakota state prosecutor has sought to charge award-winning journalist Amy Goodman with participating in a "riot" for filming an attack on Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters. The new charge comes after the prosecutor dropped criminal trespassing charges.

State’s Attorney Ladd R Erickson filed the new charges on Friday before District Judge John Grinsteiner who will decide on Monday (October 17) whether probable cause exists for the riot charge.

Goodman has travelled to North Dakota to face the charges and will appear at Morton County court on Monday at 1:30 pm local time (CDT) if the charges are approved.

“I came back to North Dakota to fight a trespass charge. They saw that they could never make that charge stick, so now they want to charge me with rioting, " said Goodman. "I wasn’t trespassing, I wasn’t engaging in a riot, I was doing my job as a journalist by covering a violent attack on Native American protesters."

In an e-mail to Goodman’s attorney Tom Dickson on October 12, State’s Attorney Erickson admitted that there were "legal issues with proving the notice of trespassing requirements in the statute." In an earlier email on October 12, Erickson wrote that Goodman "was not acting as a journalist," despite that fact that the state’s criminal complaint recognized that, "Amy Goodman can be seen on the video …interviewing protesters." In that email Erikson justified his quote in the Bismarck Tribune in which he had said that "She’s [Amy Goodman] a protester, basically. Everything she reported on was from the position of justifying the protest actions." The First Amendment, of course, applies irrespective of the content of a reporter’s story.

The charge in State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman, stems from Democracy Now!’s coverage of the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters. The report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood dripping from its mouth and nose.

Democracy Now!’s report went viral online and was viewed more than 14 million times on Facebook and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC,NPR, CNN, MSNBCand the Huffington Post.
On September 8th, a criminal complaint and warrant was issued for Goodman’s arrest on the trespassing charge.

"Filming Native Americans being violently attacked as they defend their land is not rioting, it’s called journalism, it is protected by the First Amendment, and indeed, it is an essential function in a democratic society," said Professor Katherine Franke, chair of the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
The pipeline project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of over 100 other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning public television/radio news program that airs on over 1,400 stations worldwide. Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers and won many of journalism’s highest awards in more than three-decades working as a reporter.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reverend Billy Arrested Shining a Light On Monsanto

I have long held deep respect and gratitude for Reverend Billy Talen. He is among those I have been following for years who have helped me grow my heart and wisdom and courage and fierce passion for a just, sane, sustainable, peaceful, and kind world bigger and bigger and bigger. There are those who get arrested and through their arrest highlight in neon color the injustice and insanity in our nation and world. This must stop! May we be inspired and informed and all grow our hearts and minds and souls and actions for a higher good bigger through being touched by the courage and integrity and deep love demonstrated by those who are fighting on the front lines for us all. Bless Reverend Billy! Bless us all! Molly

Photo by Nehemiah Luckett
With Reverend Billy in Portland, 2016
REV BILLY ARRESTED LAST NIGHT (October 12th) at Monsanto's World Food Prize Dinner. Donate at

REV'S ARREST MESSAGE: I submit to arrest to shine a light on Monsanto, which is the ultimate neo-liberal disappearing company. Monsanto is mists, clear liquids, invisible floating molecules. Their campus in St. Louis is disguised as a bricky college. 

Their products try to hide until after the money is made, at which point the physical evidence of the product are found in such as the consequences of the PCBs: cancer; Agent Orange leaves behind its burn scars and birth defects; RoundUp glyphosate in GMO corn shows up in our lives as hospitals full of diseased people.

For more: 

Filmmaker Faces 45 Years in Prison for Documenting Pipeline Shutdown

Please support Deia and add your name to this letter: 
We all need to work together to end this madness. Thank you.
Bless the Deia and all the courageous ones. Bless us all. ~ Molly

In North Dakota, documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg has been charged with three felonies for filming one of five coordinated acts of civil disobedience earlier this week, in which climate activists manually turned off the safety valves to stop the flow of tar sands oil through pipelines spanning the U.S. and Canada. The actions took place in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. Award-winning filmmaker Schlosberg was the producer of Josh Fox’s recent documentary "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change." She was filming the action at a valve station owned by TransCanada in Walhalla, North Dakota. She was arrested along with the activists, and her footage was confiscated. On Thursday, she was charged with a Class A felony and two Class C felonies, which combined carry a 45-year maximum sentence.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Albert Einstein: I Have No Special Talents

I have no special talents.
I am just passionately curious.

- Albert Einstein


So important to look deeply into our political systems and question,
explore, discover, unearth, and grow in understanding, humility, courage,
consciousness, compassion, and caring for us all. There are many who
shine light on dark places, illuminating what is in need of awareness,
healing, and transformation. Thomas Frank is among them.
Bless us all ~ Molly
Listen Liberal: What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
With Thomas Frank, 2016, at Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon
Democrats have gone from the party of the New Deal to a party that is defending mass inequality.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS ONCE THE PARTY OF THE NEW DEAL and the ally of organized labor. But by the time of Bill Clinton's presidency, it had become the enemy of New Deal programs like welfare and Social Security and the champion of free trade deals. What explains this apparent reversal? Thomas Frank—best known for his analysis of the Republican Party base in What's the Matter with Kansas?attempts to answer this question in his latest book, Listen Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

According to Frank, popular explanations which blame corporate lobby groups and the growing power of money in politics are insufficient. Frank instead points to a decision by Democratic Party elites in the 1970s to marginalize labor unions and transform from the party of the working class to the party of the professional class. In so doing, the Democratic Party radically changed the way it understood social problems and how to solve them, trading in the principle of solidarity for the principle of competitive individualism and meritocracy. The end result is that the party which created the New Deal and helped create the middle class has now become “the party of mass inequality.” In These Times spoke with Frank recently about the book via telephone.

The book is about how the Democratic Party turned its back on working people and now pursues policies that actually increase inequality. What are the policies or ideological commitments in the Democratic Party that make you think this? 

The first piece of evidence is what’s happened since the financial crisis. This is the great story of our time. Inequality has actually gotten worse since then, which is a remarkable thing. This is under a Democratic president who we were assured (or warned) was the most liberal or radical president we would ever see.  Yet inequality has gotten worse, and the gains since the financial crisis, since the recovery began, have gone entirely to the top 10 percent of the income distribution.

This is not only because of those evil Republicans, but because Obama played it the way he wanted to. Even when he had a majority in both houses of Congress and could choose whoever he wanted to be in his administration, he consistently made policies that favored the top 10 percent over everybody else. He helped out Wall Street in an enormous way when they were entirely at his mercy.

He could have done anything he wanted with them, in the way that Franklin Roosevelt did in the ’30s. But he chose not to.

Why is that? This is supposed to be the Democratic Party, the party that’s interested in working people, average Americans. Why would they react to a financial crisis in this way? Once you start digging into this story, it goes very deep. You find that there was a transition in the Democratic Party in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s where they convinced themselves that they needed to abandon working people in order to serve a different constituency: a constituency essentially of white-collar professionals.

That’s the most important group in their coalition. That’s who they won over in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. That’s who they serve, and that’s where they draw from. The leaders of the Democratic Party are always from this particular stratum of society.

A lot of progressives that I talk to are pretty familiar with the idea that the Democratic Party is no longer protecting the interests of workers, but it’s pretty common for us to blame it on mainly the power of money in politics. But you start the book in chapter one by arguing there’s actually something much deeper going on. Can you say something about that?

Money in politics is a big part of the story, but social class goes deeper than that. The Democrats have basically made their commitment [to white-collar professionals] already before money and politics became such a big deal. It worked out well for them because of money in politics. So when they chose essentially the top 10 percent of the income distribution as their most important constituents, that is the story of money.

It wasn’t apparent at the time in the ’70s and ’80s when they made that choice. But over the years, it has become clear that that was a smart choice in terms of their ability to raise money. Organized labor, of course, is no slouch in terms of money. They have a lot of clout in dollar terms. However, they contribute and contribute to the Democrats and they almost never get their way—they don’t get, say, the Employee Free Choice Act, or Bill Clinton passes NAFTA. They do have a lot of money, but their money doesn’t count.

All of this happened because of the civil war within the Democratic Party. They fought with each other all the time in the ’70s and the ’80s. One side hadn’t completely captured the party until Bill Clinton came along in the ’90s. That was a moment of victory for them.

Bill Clinton’s presidency is what progressives usually cite as the time when things went bad. But there’s a trend that goes back to the ’70s, right?   

Historians always cite the ’68 election as the turning point. The party was torn apart by the controversy over the Vietnam war, protesters were in the streets in Chicago and the Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey went on to lose. Democrats thought this was terrible, and it was. So they set up a commission to reorganize the party, the McGovern Commission.