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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

'We ask women all over the world not to underestimate themselves': Meet the inspirational Kurdish women who have given up everything to fight ISIS militants

Click here to access article, photos, and video by John Hutchinson from Mail Online (Britain).
The female YPG recruits also train alongside their male counterparts, and are seen taking part in military drills close to Kobane.

One of the brave fighters says: 'They (ISIS) fear our weapons and they are shocked by our strength

'We ask all women all over the world not to underestimate themselves and believe that they are able to accomplish anything.'