the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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growing green in the bronx

A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York’s tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery — and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own.


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america has a koch problem: movie parties

On Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, thousands of MoveOn members will gather in living rooms nationwide for America Has a Koch Problem movie parties. They’ll watch Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition, the critically acclaimed new release from our friends at Brave New Films, and they’ll kick off a powerful national campaign to challenge the Koch brothers’ toxic influence on our democracy.

Act! Sign up now to host a movie party.


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slow is fast book & dvd

In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene rode bikes down the California coast hoping to see their home state in a new slower-paced light — surfing, camping, staying with friends and lending a hand wherever they could to earn their keep. The result of the trip is a beautifully crafted book and DVD. Buy it now: patagonia.com/us/product/slow-is-fast-paperback-book?p=BK058-0


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swoon: submerged motherlands

Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands
April 11–August 24, 2014

Brooklyn Museum of Art


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video: everyone deserves access

“We know that a lot of things contribute to poor nutrition and obesity but access is a key issue,” says Dr. Giridhar Mallya of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “People don’t have the ability to get healthy foods in their community at an affordable price. That makes it that much harder for them to be healthy overall.” See how The Food Trust and its partners are improving food access and health in Philadelphia and around the country.

Everyone deserves access to healthy food. Find out how you can get involved:
thefoodtrust.org
healthyfoodaccess.org


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the permaculture orchard: beyond organic is available for download on june 1st!

 

 

Click here to download this video on June 1st!

The orchard can be a magical place; endless acres of peaches, pears, or apples in gorgeous bloom by the roadside, producing delicious fruit. But an orchard, by definition, is a monocultural crop – nothing but one type of fruit tree that requires a lot of time, effort, money and pesticide to create produce for the billion dollar fruit industry. With organic orchards becoming more common but still very labor intensive, what are future fruit farmers to do? They completely rewrite the book on orchard management by using permaculture.

This is exactly what Stefan Sobkowiak does in Olivier Asselin’s new film, The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic. Sobkowiak owns and operates Les Fermes Miracle Farms, an orchard in Canada that he converted to a permaculturally-diverse organic orchard over the last twelve years. Asselin’s film condenses Sobkowiak’s decades of knowledge and experience into a seriously educational primer on how to propagate, grow, manage, and enrich one’s orchard. Clear instructions, animation, and demonstration make this film an important addition to your video learning library. To read more of this review by Examiner.com, click HERE—>

To purchase this video by DVD or download, click HERE

 

 

 


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foraging ahead: a nice video from sesquatchie cove farm

Sequatchie Cove Farm is a family-run farm in Tennessee’s Sequatchie Valley. Four generations of Keeners live in the Cove. They have succeeded in creating a culture of food that puts the land back on people’s minds and dinner tables.

To see move videos and stills from Luke Padgett, check out http://lukepadgett.com/home.html

 


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a cool virtual library for you to explore

international theatre of the oppressed

The International Theatre of the Oppressed Organisation will not be just one Center more, but an Organisation dedicated to help all Centers to develop themselves, so that they can help other TO groups to grow and develop. The Organisation is carried by the combined power of experienced Jokers across the globe.

We dream of having a Virtual Libraries of books, thesis, photos, movies and videos about TO in the world, accessible to all. We also dream of an extensive Theatre of the Oppressed Library filled with Real Images and Words. We dream of exchanging knowledge, of creating an international group of Flying Jokers, who can go anywhere in the world to help groups to organize themselves. We dream of creating International Projects to meet our needs. We dream of working in the true spirit of Augusto Boal. These are dreams, but we learned that, if we work hard and if we work together, dreams have the tendency to become true.

Explore the virtual library HERE!


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a woman and her truck

This video is the first thing you see when you click on the EXPO page of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) website.  This video has nothing to do with agriculture and everything to do with image. It’s the women’s version of the Marlboro Man.

 

Is this the right role model for these future farmers?


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activism we admire

This video demonstrates how a community is trying to save their water and wetlands and reduce the impact of an unnecessary freeway. Save Little Lake Valley http://www.savelittlelakevalley.org/ members are requesting that the California Water Quality Control Board order Caltrans, the Department of Transportation in CA., to cease and desist construction on the Willits Bypass. In March 2014 Caltrans is, and has been, in violation of the Water Board permits that are needed to proceed with construction.

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