viernes, abril 29, 2016

Cine mañana sábado en Teatro Campo, Vega Baja


Mañana sábado a las 7 en Teatro Campo, Vega Baja, la película cubana Los Sobrevivientes, precedida del documental sobre Monsanto en Puerto Rico que fue transmitido por Telesur en 2015.





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Writer's Voice: Fixing the US broken election system



Can we get real democracy in the US? We talk with political scientist Patrick Barrett about his article, “Can We Change the Political System? Strategic Lessons of the Bernie Sanders Campaign”.
Then we re-air our 2008 interview with muckraking reporter Greg Palast about his book Steal Back Your Vote. We talk about how voters were disenfranchised by voter purging and other voter suppression methods in past elections — and what voters can do about it.
- Francesca Rhiannon


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Participación, empoderamiento ciudadano y planificación


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jueves, abril 28, 2016

Presentación de libro sobre Fidel Castro


El Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH) Zona de San Juan, les invita a su próximo Viernes Hostosiano.
Tema: presentación del libro “Fidel Castro - Análisis del impacto del pensamiento político: una mirada desde Puerto Rico” de la autoría del compañero Ángel Pérez Soler.
Este viernes, 29 de abril a las 7:30 p.m. en la sede nacional del MINH, calle 25 NE #339 en Puerto Nuevo Norte (entrando por el comité del PIP en la Ave. Roosevelt). Entrada libre.



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Could Donald Trump Actually Win Some of Bernie’s Supporters?



Trump says he’ll fight for jobs against NAFTA-type trade deals, and he doesn’t take money from Wall Street. Is that enough to win some of Bernie Sanders’s supporters to his side? John Nichols weighs in on this week’s primary results.

Plus: The Prince of Sex: Richard Kim explains why Prince is a gay icon today—despite the artist’s lack of support for the gay movement.

Also: Challenging “Political Correctness” is a favorite theme of Donald Trump—but what exactly does that mean? Laila Lalami explains.

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Marcha contra Monsanto 2016


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martes, abril 26, 2016

Permaculture as a gringo movement

Revista Biodiversidad, Sustento y Culturas, no. 88



http://www.biodiversidadla.org/Principal/Otros_Recursos/Revista_Biodiversidad_
sustento_y_culturas/Todos_los_numeros_de_la_revista/Revista_Biodiversidad_sustento_y_culturas_N_88

Por todo el continente las luchas en defensa de la tierra, el territorio, los bienes comunes y el sentido de la propia existencia se multiplican. Las escuelas de agroecología nos dan un ejemplo de esas luchas. El asesinato de Berta Cáceres deviene en símbolo de la lucha de los pueblos, del entendimiento mutuo que se busca entre las comunidades, y del luminoso y esperanzador papel que juegan las mujeres en el horizonte de la existencia de los pueblos, sus comunidades y sus familias. Emprendemos un recuento de varios de los ataques sufridos: el cruento negocio de cultivar palma africana expulsando gente de sus tierras, la sustitución de los cultivos campesinos con la biología sintética, las enfermedades de la industrialización del mundo, las megafusiones de empresas depredadoras en aras de poder, los transgénicos que buscan apoderarse de las claves de la vida.

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Ceiba sembrada en honor a Berta Cáceres. Puerto Rico, 12 de marzo 2016.



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lunes, abril 25, 2016

Greening the Revolution

domingo, abril 24, 2016

Radiolab: On the edge



At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, one athlete pulled a move that, so far as we know, no one else had ever done in all of human history.

Surya Bonaly was not your typical figure skater.  She was black. She was athletic. And she didn’t seem to care about artistry.  Her performances – punctuated by triple-triple jumps and other power moves – thrilled audiences around the world.  Yet, commentators claimed she couldn’t skate, and judges never gave her the high marks she felt she deserved.  But Surya didn’t accept that criticism.  Unlike her competitors – ice princesses who hid behind demure smiles – Surya made her feelings known.  And, at her final Olympic performance, she attempted one jump that flew in the face of the establishment, and marked her for life as a rebel.

This week, we lace up our skates and tell a story about loving a sport that doesn’t love you back, and being judged in front of the world according to rules you don’t understand.

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Foro de agroecología en Mayagüez este miércoles

Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize, Islands and...

sábado, abril 23, 2016

Poesía del colectivo Ovejas Negras ESTA NOCHE a las 7 en Teatro Campo

Mi análisis sobre los orígenes del Día de la Tierra



http://www.alainet.org/es/articulo/176954

El Día de la Tierra: Entre el ambientalismo keynesiano y la ecología revolucionaria

Carmelo Ruiz Marrero / ALAI

El primer Día de la Tierra tomó lugar en un tiempo lleno de energía y efervescencia en el desarrollo del ambientalismo. Al principio de la década de los ‘70 comenzaron a verse los primeros esfuerzos por usar el derecho para proteger el ambiente. Inspirados por el ejemplo dado por las agrupaciones de derechos civiles ACLU y NAACP, abogados con conciencia ambiental formaron organizaciones que se valían de la ley y el peritaje técnico para adelantar la protección del ambiente, como Natural Resources Defense Council y Environmental Defense Fund. El científico y activista ambiental Barry Commoner salió en la portada de la revista Time en febrero de 1970. La prestigiosa e influyente organización ambientalista Sierra Club fue transformada de un grupo elite de excursionistas a una agrupación activista que no temía meterse con el gobierno o con corporaciones contaminadoras, gracias al liderato de su director ejecutivo David Brower, un pensador adelantado a su tiempo. El crítico social Murray Bookchin combinaba conceptos ecológicos de avanzada con el anarquismo y la militancia anti-capitalista para crear una nueva filosofía llamada ecología social. Y los ecólogos Herman Daly, Kenneth Boulding, Nicolás Georgescu-Roegen y Howard T. Odum estaban publicando sus trabajos más trascendentes en esos años. Y gracias al Día de la Tierra Ralph Nader, destacado progresista y defensor del interés público, comenzó a apreciar y entender la importancia de la ecología y a incorporarla a su activismo.

Dice mucho del poder del movimiento ambiental en el periodo posterior a 1970 que la administración Nixon, recordada por sus políticas derechistas y escándalos políticos, fue la que aprobó más legislación ambiental en toda la historia de EEUU.

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Pero algunas voces en la izquierda veían el Día de la Tierra con escepticismo. “Resulta que el Día de la Tierra original el 22 de abril de 1970 fue inicialmente un evento montado”, dijo Tokar, quien es profesor del Instituto de Ecología Social y de la Universidad de Vermont. “Políticos como el senador Gaylord Nelson y el representante Pete McCloskey tomaron liderato en poner en pie la primera celebración del Día de la Tierra que inesperadamente atrajo millones de personas de todo el país. Los eventos, sin embargo, fueron apoyados por instituciones del establishment como la Conservation Foundation, un tanque de pensamiento corporativo fundado por Laurance Rockefeller en 1948. Nixon hasta comenzó el año con una proclama presidencial que decía que los años ‘70 serían la ‘década ambiental’”.

Los activistas por la paz opuestos a la guerra de Vietnam argumentaron que el Día de la Tierra estaba distrayendo la atención del público de la guerra, de la campaña Ofensiva de Primavera que planificaba el movimiento anti-guerra, y de esfuerzos para educar sobre las causas claves de la guerra, pobreza y destrucción del ambiente.

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La lucha ecológica venció al cobre en Puerto Rico, por Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

http://www.ipsnoticias.net/2014/10/la-lucha-ecologica-vencio-al-cobre-en-puerto-rico/


SAN JUAN, 2 oct 2014 (IPS) - En el corazón de la cordillera central de Puerto Rico se encuentra una extraordinaria historia de lucha y, también, de triunfo. 
Desde los años 60, el gobierno de este estado libre asociado a Estados Unidos tenía la intención de autorizar la minería de cobre a cielo abierto en los municipios montañosos de Lares, Adjuntas y Utuado. Pero una campaña ecologista de arraigo popular obligó al gobierno, tras décadas de lucha, a renunciar al proyecto.

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viernes, abril 22, 2016

Frank Rich: How Hillary Could Lose to Trump



A Clinton vs. Trump campaign in the fall would be a battle of the negatives, Frank Rich says--and Hillary’s are dangerously high.

Plus: Hillary and Haiti—a long relationship, and a revealing one. Amy Wilentz comments.

And we speak with Viet Nguyen—his novel "The Sympathizer" just won the Pulitzer Prize. It begins in Saigon on the last day of the Vietnam war, and features a Viet Cong spy inside the Saigon army.


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My Earth Day piece



http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/Earth-Day-at-45-The-Evolution-of-Environmentalism-20150422-0008.html

EARTH DAY AT 45: THE EVOLUTION OF ENVIRONMENTALISM

CARMELO RUIZ
Telesur
April 22 2015

Excerpts:

The massive event signaled a maturation and transformation in U.S. environmentalism and marked the birth of the modern environmental movement as we know it. Before Earth Day, the environment did not score high among the population's concerns. According to Earthday.org, "The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news." 

However, in the 1960s an environmental awareness was already slowly developing. 1962 saw the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a book which opened the eyes of millions of readers to the dangers of agricultural pesticides to human health and wildlife. The chemical industry launched a mean-spirited campaign to discredit Carson and her book, but by the time of her death in 1964 she had been broadly vindicated and “Silent Spring” went on to become one of the most important environmentalist texts of all time. Her research and activism inspired and galvanized many of the scholars and activists that would organize the 1970 Earth Day.

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The 1970 Earth Day festivities took place right in the middle of a very exciting and energetic period in the development of environmentalism. These years saw the first pioneering efforts to use the law to protect the environment. Inspired by the example of the ACLU and the NAACP, environmentally minded lawyers formed organizations that relied on the law and technical expertise, like the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. Scientist and environmental activist Barry Commoner made the cover of Time magazine in February 1970, the publication naming him "the Paul Revere of Ecology." The prestigious and influential Sierra Club was transformed from an elite hiking club into an iron-jawed activist organization not afraid to lock horns with the government and polluting corporations, thanks to the able leadership of the forward-thinking executive director David Brower. Social critic Murray Bookchin combined cutting edge ecological concepts with anti-capitalist militancy and anarchism to create a new philosophy called social ecology. Ecologists Herman Daly, Kenneth Boulding, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and Howard T. Odum were all publishing their most important works in those years.

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But some voices on the left saw the whole Earth Day affair with skepticism. "It turns out that the original Earth Day on April 22, 1970, was initially a staged event," says Tokar, a professor at the Institute for Social Ecology. "Politicians like Senator Gaylord Nelson and Representative Pete McCloskey took the lead in crafting the first Earth Day celebration that unexpectedly brought millions of people out around the country. The events, however, were supported by establishment institutions like the Conservation Foundation, a corporate think-tank founded by Laurance Rockefeller in 1948. Nixon even began the year with a presidential proclamation saying that the 1970s would be the ‘environmental decade.'”

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Earth Day 1990 included an activist direct action to shut down Wall Street, a precursor and foreshadow of the Occupy Wall Street movement that would appear on the political scene two decades later. In 1990, the environmental movement was much more socially and politically mature than 20 years earlier. According to Tokar, "The 1990 Earth Day Wall Street Action reflected the flowering of grassroots environmental activity that had emerged throughout the 1980s, partly in response to the compromises of the big environmental groups. The popular response to toxic chemical pollution — launched by the mothers of sick children living near the severely polluted LoveCanal in New York — grew into a nationwide environmental justice movement that exposed the disproportionate exposure of communities of color to toxic hazards. Earth First! grew as a decentralized network of grassroots forest defenders, using theatrical direct action, combined with acts of industrial sabotage to stem the tide of forest destruction. Others joined in solidarity with indigenous peoples’ movements around the world that had arisen in defense of traditional lands, responding to the new onslaught of neoliberal development policies. During the lead-up to Earth Day 1990, a hundred environmental justice activists signed a letter to the eight largest national environmental organizations criticizing the dearth of people of color on those groups’ staffs and boards, along with their increasing reliance on corporate funding."

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Cine y conversatorio agroecológico HOY


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