We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, March 4, 2012

States Crack Down On Animal Welfare Activists And Their Undercover Videos Eliza Barclay from NPR.

Click here to access article by Eliza Barclay from NPR.

Big Ag is gearing up for a campaign to influence more state legislatures to ban investigative undercover work to expose the practices that occur routinely in their factory farms. Once you watch this 3:47m video, you will understand why. Notice how NPR, a government entity under the control of the One Percent, frames the subject to detract attention away from corporations by its focus on states cracking down on journalists.