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SEPTEMBER 2012

 

"Ego could be defined as whatever covers up basic goodness. From an experiential point of view, what is ego covering up? It's covering up our experience of just being here, just fully being where we are, so that we can relate with the immediacy of our experience. Egolessness is a state of mind that has complete confidence in the sacredness of the world. It is unconditional well being, unconditional joy that includes all the different qualities of our experience.”

– Pema Chodron



 

PHILADELPHIA GROUP HELPS RESIDENTS GET VOTER ID

Aura Bogado, writing for Colorlines, reports: "Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday to make a final decision on the state’s voter ID law—and the case has drawn so much attention that a live stream has been established to watch it. But the battle over Philadelphia’s voter ID isn’t just being fought inside a courtroom: grassroots as well as national groups are organizing to get people the identification they need in order to cast a ballot on Election Day. But it’s not easy. These groups have registered voters in the past, but navigating the requirements necessary to obtain ID requires serious resources that may not be readily available, especially in a bad economy."

Read the entire article. And be sure to check out Aura's account of her journey on the Undocubus.

 

S17 ANNIVERSARY

As the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street approaches, it's a good time to ask where we stand.

The good news is that the spirit of Occupy is still very much alive; it's evolving and inspiring, expanding our understanding of the possible and lighting our political imagination.

Now it's time to leap anew. Take a look at what's happening in Quebec ... find inspiration in the boldness of the media democracy movement in Mexico and from the teenagers leading an education revolt in Chile. Political awareness is on the rise in the face of crippling droughts, food scarcity, and the end of easy oil hovering ominously on the horizon.

Listen to the voices of the movement … and add your voice to the chorus. #PIRATEPARTYUSA

Capitalism is sputtering and our movement has just begun. On September 17, get ready to rumble on Wall Street/Main Street! More resources and information is available at Culture Jammers HQ and Occupywallstreet.org.

Be sure to read the complete Adbuster briefing.

 

PROGRAMS TO CHECK OUT

Media Watch highly recommends two new titles from MediaEd.org.

Don't miss "Sext Up Kids: How Children are Becoming Hypersexualized," directed by Maureen Palmer, in association with CBC. The powder keg that is porn culture has exploded in the lives of North American children. From thongs and padded bras for 9-year-old girls to "sexting," 24-7 internet porn, and unfiltered social media, our children are bombarded with commercial sexual appeals like never before. Watch the trailer.

We also recommend "Latinos Beyond Reel" in which filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray (and fail to portray) Latinos. Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, the pair uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and careless under-representation by a media that ignores rich latino culture while continuing to portray Latinos as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers and welfare-leeching illegals. Thumbs up. Check it out.

 

WOMEN UNITE IN "TAKE BACK THE NIGHT"

Media Watch has just posted an important and entertaining documentary by Jenai Lane. Lane's "Take Back the Night" offers an important cross-cultural look at the importance of women of color and their vital voice and contributions within the Take Back the Night movement and all feminist movements. The documentary includes interviews with Ekua Omosupe, Jamie Lee Evans, Bettina Aptheker, Gillian Greensite, and others—conversations that describe their battles against classism, racism, and homophobia while bringing focus to the movement's goal, ending male violence against women. The documentary was filmed in Santa Cruz, California and UCSC in 1990. Enjoy!

 

FEMALE JUDGE BLAMES VICTIM

Former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Robb Gary Evans was sentenced to two years of probation last week after a woman accused him of putting his hand up her skirt and running his fingers across her genitals, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

 

In pronouncing the sentence, Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Hatch had the audacity to admonish the victim by saying, "If you wouldn't have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you," Hatch reportedly told the unnamed woman, that by blaming others, the woman gave up her "power to change."

 

Judge Hatch has since apologized for her comments, saying she takes her judicial responsibility "very seriously." The victim said she appreciated Hatch's apology and hopes that moving forward "there is a deeper understanding of how it feels to be a victim and what a difficult role it is to carry out."

 

Read the full article at Business Insider.

 

 

 

 

 

FIGHTING THE NEW DRUG–PORNOGRAPHY

There's a new group of activists working to help youth and teens addicted to online pornography. Fightthenewdrug.org provides a wealth of valuable resources, including articles describing how the brain reacts to porn and exploring the connecton between sex crimes and pornography. Another great tool for parents.


 

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