lunes, febrero 29, 2016

Jay Walljasper: Every Community Should be Safe for Walking


http://www.onthecommons.org/magazine/every-community-should-be-safe-for-walking

EXCERPT:

Jaw-dropping silence seized the room as Bullard showed a succession of maps illustrating how historic segregation and current poverty strongly correlate with low levels of walking and childhood opportunity as well as with high levels of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. 

“Health disparities don’t just happen by accident,” he explained. They are the tragic legacy of racism and unequal economic opportunity.

Ron Sims, who sponsored some of the first research identifying zip codes as a key determinant of health while chief executive of King County, Washington, noted. “If you have parks, playgrounds, community gardens, and wide sidewalks, you have good health outcomes. If you have walkable communities kids will do better in school…seniors will be healthier.”

Drawing on his experience as an activist in African-American neighborhoods of Seattle as well as a former Deputy US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he mapped out a blueprint for healthy communities: new or improved sidewalks, better lighting, access to water and greenspace, a place for kids to play around, a place for aging adults and senior citizens to feel they belong. 

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Winona LaDuke with Mililani Trask, Conversation, 24 February 2016



http://podcast.lannan.org/2016/02/28/winona-laduke-with-
mililani-trask-conversation-24-february-2016-video/

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg. She is an indigenous rights activist, an environmentalist, an economist, and a writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation and for sustainable development. She founded and for 25 years served as executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Program, and is currently executive director of Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation. She has served on the boards of the Indigenous Women’s Network and Greenpeace USA, and twice ran as the Green Party’s vice presidential candidate.

LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. Among her books are The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, and Recovering the Sacred (both books to be re-issued later this year by Haymarket Books).

LaDuke talked about climate change and climate justice in the indigenous peoples’ communities, followed by a talk with Mililani Trask.

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domingo, febrero 28, 2016

Festival de Claridad, concluye HOY domingo

Simon Owens: Email newsletters are the new zines



https://medium.com/thoughts-on-journalism/email-newsletters-
are-the-new-zines-9012a7f209d7#.gvimc8o5y

Caroline Crampton isn’t lacking for an audience. A longtime political journalist, she’s been a web editor for the New Statesman, the 103-year-old British political and cultural magazine, since 2012. In addition to penning articles for the magazine, she also co-hosts a pop culture podcast with her colleague Anna Leszkiewicz. She has an active Tumblr blog, 4,000 followerson Twitter, and even occasionally appears as a commentator on mainstream news programming.
Yet every week Crampton sits down to write So far, I’ve had no complaints, a newsletter she sends out each Friday. With most issues clocking in at about 1,000 words, So far, I’ve had no complaints is broken down into several eclectic and mostly unrelated sections — “Things to read,” a mixture of blockquotes and commentary on what she considers the best journalism published that week; “Things to listen to,” a roundup of podcasts she recommends; “Things to watch,” assorted web videos; “Compulsory medieval thingamabob,” a strange image that I can only infer came from a medieval painting or illustration; and “The guest gif,” which is basically just an amusing GIF to close out the newsletter.
Crampton launched the newsletter in 2014 after noticing how newly-popularized link aggregators that focused on highlighting serious, in-depth journalism — LongformLongreads,The Browser — were rather homogeneous with their selections. “They were patrolling the same beat where everything serious or good coincidentally happened to be written by men about men,” she told me in a phone interview. “And this made me so cross because there are so many other great things out there on the internet written by all kinds of people doing all sorts of things.” She’d complain to her colleagues about this but they always replied with the same solution: “They said, ‘If you care so much about this then why don’t you point people toward things that you think are great?’”


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Paul F. Tompkins Talks Success, Podcasting and Improvising with Puppets



From NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:

Paul F. Tompkins has a certain kind of fame. If you're a comedy fan, he is known and beloved for his appearances on comedy podcasts (including his own) or from his live stand up and improv comedy. But to the world at large, he's probably best known for his work as a writer and performer on the HBO cult comedy show Mr. Show with Bob and David.

In recent years, he's started his own improv podcast, Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, and also currently hosts the show No, You Shut Up! on the Fusion network.

No, You Shut Up! is a talk show in the vein of "Meet the Press", if its talking heads were actually puppets from Henson Alternative. The show airs Thursday nights at 10pm on Fusion. Episodes are also available on YouTube.

Tompkins joined Jesse to talk about what it feels like to become more personal in his stand-up, the role of podcasting in his success and what it’s like to improvise with puppets.

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sábado, febrero 27, 2016

CIA-Cuba negotiations, the real story



http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB542-Oscars-Bridge-of-Spies-the-Sequel/

Oscars: "Bridge Of Spies," The Sequel

'Meta-Diplomat' James Donovan (Tom Hanks), Subject of Best Film Nomination, Won Massive Prisoner Release in Cuba

Once-secret CIA and White House records reveal Donovan's mission to negotiate normal relations with Castro, provide historical backdrop to Obama's forthcoming trip to Cuba

CIA established secret task force to support Donovan-Castro negotiations

National Security Archive Briefing Book No. 542
Edited by Peter Kornbluh
Posted - February 26, 2016

Washington D.C., February 26, 2016 – With covert support from the CIA, James Donovan, who is the central figure in the Oscar-nominated movie, “Bridge of Spies,“ conducted the first secret negotiations ever with Fidel Castro, according to White House and CIA records posted today by the National Security Archive--providing a little-known historical foundation for President Obama’s forthcoming trip to Cuba.

The documents show that in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis, Donovan engaged Castro in discussions on improving U.S. relations with Cuba and predicted that, eventually, “an accommodation of views could be worked out.“


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viernes, febrero 26, 2016

NY Public Library: The Future of (US) Black History



"Ta-Nehisi Coates, Toni Morrison, Jay-Z, and Zadie Smith are just a few among the black authors and creators we'll hear from this week. In our 100th episode, we present the men and women making black history today, from music moguls to authors, chefs to television stars. Please join us for a look at of some of the most incredible guests The New York Public Library and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have had the privilege to host."

In order of appearance:
Marcus Samuelsson
Ntozake Shange
Charles Blow
Tavis Smiley
George Clinton (with Paul Holdengraber)
Shaquille O'Neal
Timbaland (with William Jelani Cobb)
Ta-Nehisi Coates (with Khalil Gibran Muhammad)
RuPaul
Toni Morrison & Angela Davis
Zadie Smith & Chimamanda Adichie
Jay-Z (with Cornel West)
Jesmyn Ward (with William Jelani Cobb & Khalil Gibran Muhammad)
Toni Morrison
Zadie Smith


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miércoles, febrero 24, 2016

¡LA BARRA ROJA!

martes, febrero 23, 2016

The Politics of Opportunism and Capitulation: The Myth of Dolores Huerta

Huerta
https://siglodelucha.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/the-politics-of
-opportunism-and-capitulation-the-myth-of-dolores-huerta/

By Antonio Moreno

EXCERPTS:

The UFW had tensions of its identity as both a union and a social movement. The reports show that the UFW shifted its focus to social movement based non-profit and for profit ventures, with many of the money making ventures run by Chavez family members and other insiders. It received millions in donations, grants and public funds for its various projects, and today few of those resources go to union organizing. It has fewer union members than anytime before, and gets a small percentage of its income from union dues. Also, farm workers are still suffering exploitative conditions.

Furthermore, Chavez became more authoritarian in his leadership, wanting absolute loyalty from his staff and control of decisions of the union. Many organizers and members left or were pushed out. The UFW history includes other unsavory political actions such as red baiting, anti-immigration actions, and even support of the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines.

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She has traded her influence for positions of power. Politicians seek out her endorsement, knowing that her status can bring out votes. Those votes are of course for the Democrats and no one else. Her strategy she advocates to the people is voting and running for office. No discussion on other ways of gaining and holding power. In 2003, she supported Gray Davis for governor in his recall campaign waged against him. Before he left office Davis appointed Huerta to the Board of Regents of the University of California system.

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lunes, febrero 22, 2016

The dubious legacy of César Chávez, by Randy Shaw

http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/YatesOnUFW.html

EXCERPT:

The UFW managed, despite long odds, to organize farm workers, attract thousands of talented volunteers to its banner, build a feared grassroots political action machine, defeat the Teamsters and the sweetheart contracts it had signed with growers, and win passage of a farm workers’ labor law unmatched by any other such statute in the country. By 1977, the union was poised to achieve a mass membership that would have made it a power to be reckoned with in California, and maybe in the entire nation.

But then, under Chávez’s autocratic leadership, the union dissolved the boycott staff, firing its leader and accusing him of being a communist; purged its staff, using the most disgusting means imaginable; refused to entertain any local union autonomy and democracy; denied the election of actual farm workers to the union board; ruined the careers, and in some cases, the jobs, of rank-and-file union dissidents; lost almost all of its collective bargaining agreements, and began a long and ugly descent into corruption.

Today, farm workers in California are no better off than they were before the union came on the scene. They still don’t often live past fifty; they still suffer the same job-related injuries and illnesses; they still don’t have unions; they are still at the bottom of the labor market barrel. How is all of this not an important, indeed critical, legacy of the UFW? If we judge the union and Chávez in terms of the well-being of the workers they set out to organize, both must be judged utter failures. If we compare the UFW to any number of the CIO’s left-led unions, for example, the United Packinghouse Workers of America, the Farmworkers pale by comparison. The UPWA was not only a multiracial and democratic union. It also led the struggle to end segregation at work and in the workers’ communities, and it put the pay of the black and immigrant laborers who did the unenviable work of slaughtering the animals we eat on a par with those of steel and auto workers.

A union is supposed to organize workers and improve their lives. Chávez and the UFW had their chances, and they threw them away.

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domingo, febrero 21, 2016

In memory of Maurice White

Los Game-Changers: visita al Puerto Rico Investment Summit 2016, por Joel Cintrón



http://periodismoinvestigativo.com/2016/02/los-game-changers-
visita-al-puerto-rico-investment-summit-2016/

El eco de las consignas se escucha desde la calle Lindbergh del Distrito del Centro Convenciones, donde a esta hora el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, dará su discurso inaugural a inversionistas extranjeros que vinieron al Puerto Rico Investment Summit 2016. La Cumbre fue organizada por Adworks, una firma contratada por el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio (DDEC) por $110,000 para promover las leyes 20 y 22 que ofrecen exenciones contributivas a empresas extranjeras.

En el ala izquierda del Centro de Convenciones la Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (UTIER) y el Frente Socialista piquetean y cantan consignas que suenan por una tumba coco. Al lado derecho, el Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño hace lo mismo. Las consignas de ambos grupos se mezclan en el aire y se convierten en un ruido indescifrable; sólo se percibe el ritmo fiestero de la consigna rimada que invita al baile más que a la sublevación.

Por el lado del piquete de la UTIER, pasa sin ser advertido Miguel Ferrer, presidente del conglomerado de medios Latin Media House y ex presidente de UBS Financial Services que fue acusado de fraude a nivel federal por engañar a inversionistas sobre el estado de los fondos de inversión que manejaba. Los cargos federales le fueron desestimados pero UBS pagó $26.6 millones en cargos administrativos por el esquema.

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sábado, febrero 20, 2016

Alex Emmons: 5 Questions for CIA Director John Brennan

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/19/5-questions-for-cia-director-john-brennan/

Question 3: Why did you deny hacking Senate computers?

After Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused the CIA of breaking into computers being used by Senate staffers, Brennan publicly insisted that “we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s—that’s just beyond the—you know, the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.”

But that’s exactly what happened. And according to a report by the CIA inspector general, Brennan had told unnamed CIA employees early on to “use whatever means necessary” to find out how the Senate obtained privileged documents, and had been briefed along the way. Brennan’s denial was such a blatant lie that members of Congress called for his resignation.

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viernes, febrero 19, 2016

Trevor Noah on Fresh Air


http://www.npr.org/2016/02/18/467175568/under-apartheid-
trevor-noahs-mom-taught-him-to-face-injustice-with-humor

Under Apartheid, Trevor Noah's Mom Taught Him To Face Injustice With Humor

Growing up in South Africa with a white father and a black mother, Trevor Noah confronted prejudices on both sides. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that both white people and black people would express fear and biases to him. Then, he says, "I'd have to explain to them, 'Hey, you can't think like that. You can't hold these views, because you're generalizing everybody.' "

His experience growing up enables him to see both sides of an issue — which helps when it comes to creating political satire on The Daily Show. "I've understood multiple experiences simultaneously," he says. "That's something I've always done and I continue to do till this day: I try and see the perspective of the other side."

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jueves, febrero 18, 2016

Cine agroecológico en Casa Ruth

Audio: El caso de Ana Belén Montes

Presentación de libro HOY jueves



Universidad de Puerto Rico
Recinto de Río Piedras
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
El Instituto de a Relaciones del Trabajo le invita a la presentación del libro:
El mercado de Santurce:
Las pasiones del corazón y la memoria en el Barrio de San Mateo de Cangrejos
(Una fusión visual y sonora desde los ojos y el paladar de la gente)
de Edison Viera Calderón
18 de febrero de 2016 a las 6:00 PM
Centro de Recursos de Aprendizaje e Investigación (CRAI)
(Plaza Universitaria, Torre Central, 4to Piso)

El psicólogo social y de la salud, Edison Viera Calderón, es natural de Santurce. Trabaja como profesor en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, en Cangrejos/Santurce. Además, labora como Asesor de Comunidad en la Oficina de Rectoría del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Tiene un Bachillerato en Psicología de la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto Metropolitano. Obtuvo una maestría en Psicología Social-Comunitaria en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. El título de su tesis fue: Cantera: Historia de los pobladores de una comunidad en la zona metropolitana en San Juan y sus experiencias de lucha cotidiana desde abajo con su gente. Realizó estudios doctorales en Psicología de la Salud en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), en España.  Fue estudiante del reconocido psicólogo social Tomás Ibáñez, del argentino Ezequiel Ander-Egg, del pedagogo y educador popular brasileño Paulo Freire y del teatrero Augusto Boal.
Sus proyectos de investigación han tratado mayormente sobre la profundización teórica y práctica del estudio de lo cotidiano y de la memoria social y colectiva. Además, se ha interesado por las temáticas que tienen que ver con: La historia de las mentalidades, el imaginario social, los estudios multiculturales y de identidades colectivas, los testimonios orales, la ciudad y los espacios públicos y privados urbanos, el estudio de los estilos y prácticas de vida de las juventudes y, el estudio del género y las masculinidades.
Ha sido coautor del libro: De boca en boca: Las memorias de un pueblo brujo, Guayama. Ha publicado varios ensayos académicos, entre otros: Bailando en la casa del trompo: Aproximaciones inacabadas de los estilos de vida de algunas poblaciones juveniles boricuas, del libro: Ciencias Sociales, Sociedad y Cultura Contemporáneas, cuya editora es la Dra. Lina Torres Rivera. Publicó, además, para la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (Cultura), el artículo Pasiones del corazón y de la memoria, el testimonio oral como recurso para rescatar la historia. En la revista Milenio de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Bayamón le publicaron un ensayo que se tituló San Mateo de Cangrejos, el frenesí por la música y los latidos del corazón. También ha escrito otros artículos académicos que han sido publicados en varias revistas de Puerto Rico.
Basado en su disertación doctoral, publicada en forma preliminar por la Editorial de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), El Mercado de Santurce, se basa en los testimonios orales de treinta y ocho personas. El Dr. Viera, toma como excusa, el mercado y sus alrededores para construir la vida cotidiana y las intersecciones raciales, de género, clase, edad y etnia. Esta diversidad de gente, que se cruza, devuelve al mercado la efervescencia de la primera mitad del siglo XX con sus: olores, sabores, alegrías y problemas de día a día. Gente- en palabras del autor- empobrecida y enriquecida- que hacen historia aunque no aparezcan en los libros oficiales. El Dr. Viera visibiliza las vidas de la gente, incluyendo aquellas marginales, en un mundo donde el trabajo no solo es necesario, sino el fundamento de la existencia misma.
La presentación del libro estará a cargo del Prof. Lester Nurse Allende, psicólogo y catedrático retirado del Programa de Psicología de la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto de Cupey. El Prof. Nurse Allende es un estudioso de la historia de San Mateo de Cangrejos. Ha escrito varias publicaciones y ensayos de la comunidad de Santurce y de las religiones afrocaribeñas.



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miércoles, febrero 17, 2016

Professor Miguel Altieri - Agroecology and Climate Change





Miguel Altieri is a Professor at Berkeley's College of Natural Resources. His laboratory is involved in several field projects in California where they are testing ideas of landscape ecology applied to agriculture such as the use of biological corridrs in pest management. The idea is to explore whether corridors can break the nature of monocultures by serving as a conduit for the dispersion of natural enemies within the field thus enhancing thier impact on pest population. The effects of summer cover crops on insect pest populations and associated natural enemies is also being examined in vineyards. Of special interest is to determine whether timing mowing cover crops in alternate rows can force movement of beneficials to adjacent vines to exert pest suppression. His group is also engaged in collaborative work with a number of universities, NGOs and research centers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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martes, febrero 16, 2016

On the startling success of the Sanders candidacy



Republican disarray deepens after New Hampshire: Rick Perlstein explains the dilemma of the GOP establishment, as their chosen candidates continue to slide.

Also: The startling success of Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. It’s not just that he’s from the state next door, says D. D. Guttenplan. And Hillary’s problem is bigger than “the messaging.”

And Jane Mayer of The New Yorker examines the secret efforts of the Koch Brothers and their billionaire friends to move the Republican Party to the right—the far, far right.

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Julia de Burgos

lunes, febrero 15, 2016

En busca del poeta Matos Paoli

Welcome to Britain with Ben Judah and Sunjeev Sahota – Guardian books podcast


http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2016/feb/12/
welcome-to-britain-with-ben-judah-and-sunjeev-sahota-books-podcast

As migration continues to dominate the headlines, we go walkabout in a capital city transformed by new arrivals with Ben Judah, while Sunjeev Sahota explores home and identity in Sheffield

The biggest wave of mass migration since the second world war saw more than a million people arrive in Europe through irregular means in 2015, but what do they find when they arrive? We head for the streets of London with Ben Judah, who paints a picture of despair in a city where 37% of its inhabitants were born abroad. He explains how expectation is seldom matched by reality and explores how reportage can give a human dimension to the patterns of history. Then we travel to the Sheffield of Sunjeev Sahota’s Booker-shortlisted novel The Year of the Runaways to meet his cast of illegal immigrants, on the run from impossible lives and trying to carve a future for themselves on the margins of 21st-century Britain.



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Food movements, climate resilience, social change | Eric Holt-Gimenez | ...




Eric Holt-Gimenez advocates for food security and food justice for all farm workers. We all, as a society, will benefit from addressing these global issues.

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Celebrando Las Dunas de Puerto Rico: Ecología, arte y resistencia


La Coalición Playas Pa’l Pueblo invita a la comunidades a participar este próximo fin de semana al “FESTIVAL DE LAS DUNAS”, ACTIVIDAD EDUCATIVA que se llevará a cabo el sábado 13, domingo 14 y lunes 15 de febrero. La razón de este Festival es celebrar la formación de unas pequeñas dunas con diversas actividades recreativas, educativas y culturales. El objetivo de la actividad es dar a conocer la importancia de las dunas como barrera contra las marejadas y su valor ante los efectos del cambio climático. Deseamos la comunidad se una y celebre con nosotros el esfuerzo de la restauración vegetativa que tiene como resultado la formación de estas jóvenes dunas. Adjunto el programa de actividades. ¡LOS ESPERAMOS!

PROGRAMA DE ACTIVIDADES    
Sábado, 13 febrero 2016
11AM: Recorrido por el Bosque Costero
12MD: Concurso de Arte en la Arena
1PM: Juegos Ecológicos para Niñ@s Yalitza Serrano
3PM: Terapia de Sonidos Yurema Feifel
7PM: Presentación del Proyecto de Dunas en Isabela Tito Varela (NUPA)
8PM: Concierto Arte en Resistencia (Plena, Rumba y Poesía)

Domingo, 14 de febrero 2016
11AM: Recorrido por el Bosque Costero Coalición por la Restauración de 
Ecosistemas Santurcinos 
12MD: Taller de Reforestación y Restauración de Dunas
1PM: Goofy Games
2PM: Grupo musical " LAS ATÍPICAS"
6PM: Concierto de Víctor Defillou (chelo)
Ariel Hernández Santana (voz y guitarra)


Lunes, 15 de febrero 2016
8AM: Siembra de Cobanas Negras y Uvas Playeras Guardianes y 
Guardianas del Bosque Nativo
11AM: Recorrido por el Bosque
12MD: Charla sobre Tortugas Marinas Programa de Vida Marina UPR 
Aguadilla
1:30 PM: Concierto grupo musical Escuela Comunitaria de Música Casa Pueblo
4:30PM: Espectáculo de Cierre

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domingo, febrero 14, 2016

Valiosos compañeros, ¡Presentes siempre!

NY Public Library podcast #97: Toni Morrison and Angela Davis on Connecting for Progress



Toni Morrison and Angela Davis are two of the most necessary and brilliant intellectuals of our time. Morrison, a Nobel Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize winner, has written several novels, plays, works of children's literature, and nonfiction. Scholar, activist, and author Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a group working to end the prison industrial complex. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Toni Morrison and Angela Davis discussing connecting for progress.

Angela Davis and Toni Morrison
Angela Davis and Toni Morrison
One of Morrison's most intriguing positions is that the enactment of violence is equivalent to self-destruction. In answer to one question, she discussed the detriment of homophobia to the homophobic:
"Homophobia—it’s so obviously—the violence connected with that, it’s so obviously a destruction of the self, I mean it’s just blatant, you know, to me, this others, or maybe people don’t realize it so much, but calling people names and beating them up and hanging people off of fences, I mean it’s just so self-destructive, you know. The more vicious it is toward the so-called homosexual person, the more violence there is toward oneself in that, and I think that that, you know, distributes itself in other kinds of scapegoats."
Morrison spoke about the way the power of language to define our identities. In particular, she was interested in the social potential of the word "citizen":
"Citizen suggests some relationship with your neighbors, your block, your town, with the village. After World War II they stopped using that word and we were consumers. That’s all you could hear, the American consumer this and the American consumer that. And we bought things for status and that’s what we were supposed to do. Now, what are we? We are taxpayers. All of a sudden, it’s about my little tax, my little money, I don’t want to give it to the government, those people who should not have it. You know, the people, we talk about capitalism sort of seeping into the blood, they just change the language and redefine us and we go for it. My driver was fussing about his taxes. I said, “so what? You pay taxes, so what?” But you know, all of a sudden we lose who we are, or are redefined. And when the language changes, we change. The labels change, so all of a sudden it’s about taxes. If I hear any something else about taxes—but if we were still citizens, that’s a different thing. We feel some obligation. We don’t pass by people."
Davis, too, emphasized the importance of sociality in actualizing positive change. She spoke against neoliberal ideologies and American exceptionalism in favor of engagement:
"We only think of ourselves as individuals. We don’t think about possible connections, broader connections with communities that are not only in the U.S. but that are in other parts of the world as well. It seems to me that this is the real challenge of this period even for people who consider themselves progressive in a country like the United States of America, because we also are—we also imagine ourselves as somewhat different from the rest of the people in the world, you know, American exceptionalism has its impact even on those who pretend to be most radical, exactly. And so what would it take, what would it take to create a connection with that community I was speaking about? There are about seven thousand people, Afro-descended Colombians, many of whom still have African names because they have created a history and a culture that goes back to resistance against slavery and they’re still resisting. As a matter of fact they received an eviction order for August 18th, and they refused to leave... [W]ritten protest is a  process that could perhaps help us feel as if we are making community, we are reaching out beyond ourselves and that we have emotional connections with people who live on this mountain, in this village called La Toma."
You can subscribe to the New York Public Library Podcast to hear more conversations with wonderful artists, writers, and intellectuals. Join the conversation today!

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sábado, febrero 13, 2016

Longform Podcast #179: Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton



http://longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-179-heben-nigatu-and-tracy-clayton

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round.
“I’m just trying to follow my curiosities. You know how kids always ask the best questions because they haven’t lost the will to live? I’m just desperately trying to keep that childish curiosity about the world. Is that horribly depressing?”

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viernes, febrero 12, 2016

El negocio del zika y los mosquitos transgénicos




No existe evidencia, en ninguna parte del mundo, de que los mosquitos transgénicos hayan reducido la incidencia de dengue ni otras enfermedades.

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jueves, febrero 11, 2016

Audio: Carmelo Ruiz Marrero comenta sobre el legado de Richard Levins

miércoles, febrero 10, 2016

Puerto Rico contra los buitres, mañana jueves

Alimentos corporgánicos, advertencia de Carmelo Ruiz Marrero en 2003



Esto lo escribí en 2003, es un escrito muy influenciado por el pensamiento social ecologista de Murray Bookchin. Creo que sigue vigente hoy.

Recomiendo que lo lean entero. Lo que hay abajo del enlace es la conclusión.

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2003/09/28/mas-ruiz.html

EXTRACTO:


Para muchos activistas y consumidores de productos orgánicos, los datos presentados causan consternación porque entienden que orgánico es mucho más que la mera ausencia de pesticidas en los alimentos. Para ellos, la agricultura orgánica es una filosofía socio-ecologista, un compromiso ético, un proyecto socio-económico alternativo que ayuda directamente al pequeño agricultor y revitaliza a las comunidades rurales. Más importante aún, entienden que debe crear alternativas al mercado global controlado por las grandes corporaciones y los gigantes de la venta al menudeo, y establecer un intercambio directo entre agricultor y consumidor a nivel local.

Pero para algunos empresarios astutos, lo orgánico es simplemente un mercado lucrativo.

Si el movimiento hacia una sociedad ecológica se vale solamente de un enfoque meramente técnico, se degrada fácilmente en una fijación obsesiva con inventos tecnológicos, como por ejemplo buscar nuevas formar de repeler plagas sin usar pesticidas o mejorar la eficiencia de las fuentes energéticas renovables. Por supuesto que esto no es malo. Pero el desarrollo de tecnologías ecológicas, ya sean agrícolas, energéticas o para el tratamiento de aguas sucias, es positivo sólo cuando es producto de una perspectiva social crítica del orden existente, con valores morales, espirituales y ecológicos de carácter revolucionario.


Pero mientras la técnica sea lo único que una la teoría a la práctica, se degenera la agroecología en un limbo tecnocrático, en el que los medios se convierten en fines en sí mismos. Si no hay ideas sociales sólidas, si no hay una auténtica sensibilidad ecológica o integridad moral, el cientificismo y el capitalismo acaban reclamando el terreno duramente ganado por los movimientos ambientalistas alternativos y contestatarios. Cuando esto ocurre, la ecología como amplia visión filosófica, que busca la armonización de humanos y naturaleza, se degenera en un "ambientalismo" tecnocrático que no es más que una subcategoría de la ingeniería.


No podemos mirar a la agricultura orgánica, o a ninguna otra técnica ecológica, como si fuera una bala mágica que va a resolver por sí sola los males causados por la sociedad antiecológica en que vivimos. La bala mágica simplifica todos nuestros problemas, y pretende prescribir una sola solución a problemas variados y disímiles. Fomenta la percepción de que existe un solo denominador común para los fenómenos biológicos, psicológicos y sociales del mundo. El decir que la agricultura orgánica (o la energía solar) es la solución, es tan regresivo como decir que lo es la energía nuclear o la ingeniería genética. El decir que la agricultura orgánica es la solución presupone una mentalidad que no cuestiona el aparato industrial y las relaciones sociales basadas en la competencia y el lucro. La agricultura orgánica no alterará para nada el grotesco desbalance con la naturaleza si deja intactas a la corporación transnacional, las estructuras políticas burocratizadas y centralizadas, y la racionalidad tecnocrática.


Si continúa este proceso de corporatización, la agricultura orgánica acabará siendo innecesariamente complicada, controlada por burocracias, apropiada por corporaciones, y centralizada institucionalmente. Una vez que esté centralizada, exacerbará el enfermizo, burocratizado, arteriosclerótico y alienante sistema de división del trabajo. Entonces no se podrá hacer agricultura orgánica sin la intervención de legiones de políticos, burócratas y mal llamados consultores ambientales de los que cobran un ojo de la cara y que sólo buscan acomodar los recursos naturales a una sociedad irracional y antiecológica.


En conclusión, la agricultura orgánica es preferible en términos ambientales a la convencional, pero será nociva y devastadora para la salud espiritual, moral y social de la humanidad si es tratada como un mero conjunto de técnicas que no implica nuevas relaciones sociales.


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martes, febrero 09, 2016

Contra la incineración, en defensa del Caño Tiburones



8 de febrero de 2016 

Ciudadanos denuncian maniobras de la empresa Energy Answers para tratar de revertir denegatoria de franquicia de agua; DRNA flaquea

Ciudadanos opuestos al incinerador de Arecibo protestaron frente a las oficinas centrales del Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA). Alegan que la compañía Energy Answers (EA) presiona para que se descarte la decisión de dicha agencia de denegar su solicitud de una franquicia de agua de más de dos millones de galones diarios del delicado sistema del Caño Tiburones de Arecibo-Barceloneta. 
“El documento de denegación de DRNA establece toda una serie de hechos que justifican su decisión. Dice que EA sometió datos “diferentes” de la disponibilidad de agua para tratar de lograr la franquicia (ver ítem 5 de página 1). La tan mencionada cifra de 100 millones de galones diarios que dice EA y sus asesores a sueldo “que se pierden al mar”, no está sustentada por los datos (ítem 11, pág 2). Según el ítem 12, presentaron una gráfica que induce a error, tratando de decir que son cifras de todos los días, cuando son cifras sólo de los días en que las bombas de extracción funcionan”, declaró Myrna Conty, coordinadora de la Coalición. 
Ante la denegatoria, EA sometió una impugnación y solicitó vista administrativa. Sin embargo, el 27 de julio de 2015, EA le escribe directamente al nuevo subsecretario de DRNA, pasando por encima a la oficial examinadora y al equipo legal del DRNA, y obviando a las comunidades, partes interventoras. Alega que quiere arreglar “de manera informal” la denegatoria (¿?) y solicitándole “su asistencia de manera oportuna”. 
“Lo más preocupante es que el DRNA ha sometido un documento el 23 de diciembre de 2015 a la oficial examinadora solicitando que se desestime la denegatoria sumariamente y se archive la solicitud de franquicia. Esto permitiría que la corporación pueda solicitar nuevamente la franquicia en el futuro partiendo de cero” planteó Conty. “Esto es muy sospechoso. No entendemos cómo va a ser posible que en el futuro cambien los datos que justificaron la denegatoria, máxime cuando la situación de escasez de agua del País ha estado empeorando”. 
Entendemos que la intervención de EA ha sido impropia y sugiere corrupción, pasando por encima de los procesos de dicha agencia. Pero también denunciamos la posición de DRNA, 
dirigida por su subsecretario, de solicitar borrón y cuenta nueva aún a pesar de que la agencia comprobó que EA sometió una solicitud llena de datos falsos. 
Exigimos que se reitere la denegatoria como final y firme y que no se permita que esta corporación buitre pueda conseguir una franquicia que pondría en peligro el humedal más importante del País, el Caño Tiburones. 
Contacto:
Myrna Conty (787) 360-6358 Pedro Saadé (787) 397-9993 

Coalición de Organizaciones Anti-Incineración PMB 74 HC-01 Box 29030, Caguas, PR 00725 www.prohibidoincinerar.org facebook: prohibido incinerar Twitter: @prohibidoincine 


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lunes, febrero 08, 2016

Teju Cole at Lannan Foundation


Teju Cole, Conversation, 3 February 2016 from Lannan Foundation on Vimeo.

Teju Cole, writer, art historian, photographer and photography critic of The New York Times Magazine, is the author of the novella Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by The New York Times. Of his novel Open CityTime Magazine said, “A powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but Open City merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.”
Teju Cole has contributed to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, the Financial TimesAperture,The AtlanticGranta, and several other publications. His photography has been exhibited in India and the US, published in a number of journals, and will be the subject of a solo exhibition in Italy.
Born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria, Cole currently lives in Brooklyn. A recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction, Teju Cole is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and is currently at work on a book-length nonfiction narrative of Lagos, Nigeria.
In this episode, he joins in conversation with Amitava Kumar. The companion Reading episode may be found here.
You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website; you may also listen to the audio recording of this event there.

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Puerto Rico has been fighting Wal-Mart at least since 2001, Carmelo Ruiz

http://www.ipsnews.net/2001/05/repeat-economy-puerto-rico-
local-businesses-threatened-by-megastores/

PUERTO RICO: Local Businesses Threatened by Megastores


SAN JUAN, May 23 2001 (IPS) - Locally-owned small and medium-sized businesses are being displaced by foreign-owned megastore chains, such as Wal- Mart, with nefarious consequences for the local economy, warns the Puerto Rico United Retailers Association (Centro Unido de Detallistas/CUD).

The organisation, which represents close to 20,000 businesses that provide a combined total of over 200,000 jobs, is fighting the proliferation of these giant retail outlets through public education campaigns in the media, legislative lobbying and litigation.
The CUD has sometimes sued Puerto Rico government agencies, accusing them of not enforcing their own rules when it comes to construction permits for giant retailers.
This Caribbean island, which measures 100 miles from east to west, currently has 22 million square feet of shopping malls, not counting hallways and parking lots, according to Estudios Técnicos, a local consulting firm.

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domingo, febrero 07, 2016

NPR report on Amazon bookstores



http://www.npr.org/2016/02/03/465443099/is-amazon-planning-
hundreds-of-bookstores-analysts-doubt-it

Is Amazon Planning Hundreds Of Bookstores? Analysts Doubt It

Yuki Noguchi

Last November, Amazon did the unthinkable for an online retailer known for undercutting brick-and-mortar bookstores: It opened a walk-in store in Seattle. Now, there's talk that Amazon plans hundreds of them.

On an investor call Tuesday, Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of mall operator General Growth Properties, said: "You've got Amazon opening bricks and mortar bookstores, and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores."

The point Mathrani was making was that retailers that started off online — like Bonobos and Warby Parker — are now increasingly in the market for physical locations. But his seemingly off-the-cuff comment triggered a report in The Wall Street Journal, and then dozens of other news stories about how Amazon — having killed off some major bookstore chains — is now laying plans to become one itself.

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Mi artículo sobre Wal-Mart publicado en 2002

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2002/06/02/mas-walmart.html

Wal-Mart
La invasión planetaria

Con un ingreso anual de 220 mil millones de dólares y con un millón de empleados tan sólo en Estados Unidos, Wal-Mart es la más grande corporación. De las 10 personas más ricas del mundo, cinco tienen el apellido de la familia Walton, fundadora y dueña de la empresa.
Empleados y proveedores, por igual, son víctimas de abusos por parte de esta cadena de autoservicio. Algunos de los que suplen la mercancía, por ejemplo, se ven obligados a permitir que Wal-Mart examine sus finanzas para identificar "costos innecesarios".
En México, la semana pasada, la Comisión Federal de Competencia -tras la denuncia de un proveedor- inició una investigación para averiguar si Walmex (propiedad de Wal-Mart), la mayor cadena minorista en el país, incurre en prácticas ilegales para imponer precios a sus proveedores.

CARMELO RUIZ MARRERO

walWAL-MART es la corporación más grande del mundo. Sí, aún más grande que el gigante petrolero Exxon-Mobil. Su ingreso anual es de 220 mil millones de dólares -más que el producto interno bruto de Israel e Irlanda combinados-. De ese ingreso saca ganancias anuales de 7 mil millones de dólares.
Las ganancias de Wal-Mart le han traído una fortuna de proporciones inimaginables a la familia Walton, fundadora y dueña de la empresa. De las 10 personas más ricas del mundo, cinco tienen el apellido Walton.
El venerable patriarca S. Robson Walton tiene una fortuna personal de 65 mil millones de dólares, más que el ya legendario Bill Gates, fundador de Microsoft.
En los noventa, Wal-Mart abrió 700 tiendas fuera de Estados Unidos, principalmente en Canadá, México, Brasil, Alemania e Inglaterra. Cada una de sus tiendas es una mole de 18 mil 580 metros cuadrados que prácticamente contiene un centro comercial entero: desde panadería y cafetería hasta óptica, farmacia y ferretería.
Esta cadena de autoservicio es el patrón más grande de Estados Unidos para el que trabaja un millón de empleados (tres veces más que en General Motors). Pero quien busca empleo en Wal-Mart, lo hace por pura desesperación, ya que es uno de los peores patrones que pueden existir.
El empleado de tiempo completo de Wal-Mart sólo gana 15 mil dólares anuales, suma que en Estados Unidos es una sublime miseria. Pero muchos de sus trabajadores no ganan ni eso, porque laboran medio tiempo. La compañía se jacta de que 70% de sus empleados trabaja tiempo completo, pero para Wal-Mart "tiempo completo" son 28 horas a la semana, lo cual significa menos de 11 mil dólares al año.
¿Plan médico? Sólo para quienes llevan dos años en la compañía. Pero de cualquier modo las primas son tan altas que sólo 38% de los empleados están cubiertos.
¿Sindicato? No, no hay sindicato en Wal-Mart. Y es una pena, porque es un patrón que viola constantemente las leyes laborales.
La Comisión Federal de Igual Oportunidad de Empleo (EEOC) ha multado a Wal-Mart más que a ninguna otra corporación por casos de discriminación contra discapacitados. Solamente en Maine se le han descubierto mil 400 violaciones a leyes que prohiben el empleo de menores.
El ambiente de trabajo en Wal-Mart es tan desagradable que el cambio de personal anual (turnover) en sus tiendas es de 50% como promedio, pero en algunas es de 300%.
Como si todo esto fuera poco, Wal-Mart está exportando su modelo de relaciones obrero-patronales a otras empresas. La compañía cuenta con 65 mil proveedores de mercancía, a los cuales presiona constantemente para que bajen sus costos operacionales.
Algunos proveedores se ven obligados a permitir que Wal-Mart examine sus finanzas para identificar "costos innecesarios". A los que suplen mercancía se le exigen unos precios tan bajos que se ven forzados a subcontratar con fábricas en China, donde los costos laborales son los más bajos del mundo.
Hasta competidores grandes como Toys-R-Us se encuentran intimidados y responden bajando sus costos laborales.
Algunos competidores simplemente dejan de existir. El efecto económico devastador de un Wal-Mart se siente hasta en 32 kilómetros a la redonda, según un estudio de la Universidad Estatal de Iowa. En ese estado, dos tiendas de ropa para hombres, una zapatería, una tienda de ropa para niños, una farmacia, una ferretería y una tienda JC Penney cerraron al poco tiempo de establecerse un Wal-Mart en su cercanía.
Una típica tienda Wal-Mart crea 140 empleos en la comunidad donde se establece, pero a costa de destruir 230 empleos mejor pagados, según un estudio realizado por la recién fallecida profesora Donella Meadows, de la Universidad de Dartmouth.

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