Posts Tagged ‘TPP’

Three TPP Videos

If you don’t yet know why TPP is one of, if not the, biggest challenge(s) we currently face, please educate yourself and others:

Once you’ve educated yourself, please take action. Call Congress. Sign online petitions. Mention TPP in public conversations. Pick an angle the TPP affects (pretty much every area of life) and use that angle to educate people in a way they’ll care about.

Flyers for TPP

After searching for flyers to help raise local awareness about the upcoming, fast-tracked TPP vote, I couldn’t find anything more recent than this past summer. They had dates on them for events long past, and so I customized previous flyer material and tailored the new flyers for shoppers at our natural foods co-op and our upcoming “Share the Bounty Week” — an annual gathering of politicians, community garden leaders, Transition Town folks, food banks, churches, school administrators, natural foods co-ops, and others concerned about local food security and increasing options for healthy, local foods.

How timely that next week just happens to coincide with various meetings during which I will be distributing my flyers! I couldn’t have planned this end run any better. Since no one rallied to my original call for public meetings, I’ll just slip this info into large public meetings already scheduled. ūüėȬ† I also synchronously got to give a “no on TPP” public service announcement at Wednesday’s screening of Naomi Klein’s new documentary, “This Changes Everything,” alerting 60+ viewers that TPP is designed to change everything positive we just watched happen in the film.

I have copied the simple flyer here in case anyone wants to copy and paste into your own document, with your own Congressional contact info. We don’t have a date yet for the fast track vote, but I suspect they’ll try to sneak this in during the holidays or at some other high period of public distraction. It’s now or never to spread the word. WordPress wouldn’t keep my formatting, but you get the idea. Please share as you feel led and correct formatting as you need to. I also turned this into a PDF file and emailed some people with wider local networks than I have.

UPDATE: To customize for a different angle of interest/concern, please see this link: http://www.exposethetpp.org/TPPImpacts_Public-Health.html¬†¬†¬† . To the left, you’ll find a vertical list of everything else the TPP affects, so that you can choose your angle for your audience.

TPP: The most brazen corporate power grab in American History

What is TPP?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.

  • There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S.,¬†New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia,¬†Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and¬†Canada.¬†Japan has shown interest.
  • The economic power of this group is more than¬†40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
  • TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to¬†low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions¬†globally and increasing unemployment.
  • TPP will expand¬†pharmaceutical¬†monopoly¬†protections and¬†institute longer patents that will ¬†decrease access to¬†affordable medications
  • TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow import of¬†goods that do not meet US safe standards.
  • TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations¬†and¬†Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
  • TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit¬†bans on risky financial services.
  • TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
  • TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.

‚Ķ unless we tell Congress to say, ‚ÄúNo Deal!‚ÄĚ

FAST TRACK

In May 2015, Congress voted to allow ‚Äúfast track,‚ÄĚ which means a speedy ‚Äúyes‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúno‚ÄĚ vote on this 5,000+ page treaty whose secret, final text was only just leaked after years of secret corporate meetings. Fast track vote means no Congressional debate, negotiation, or rewriting of this treaty drafted by corporations. If Congress votes yes, TPP becomes law, with corporations as judge, jury and executioner via international tribunals that trump all national, state and local sovereignty. We do not know the vote date, but voting will be soon, probably when people are distracted by other things.

WHAT TO DO:

If you want continued access to organic foods, basic food safety standards, and to know what’s in your foods ‚Ķ if you support a local economy and wish to grow it, tell Congress to Vote NO on TPP.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski: (202) 225-3915 www.walorski.house.gov

Senator Dan Coats: (202) 224-5623 www.coats.senate.gov

Senator Joe Donnelly: (202) 224-4814 www.donnelly.senate.gov

TPP, Sovereignty, and Reality Creation

Today’s post features two Jon Rappoport pieces. If you read the first linked post without reading the second, it’s incredibly depressing. If you read the second without reading the first, you miss some in-your-face context provided by the release of the even-worse-than expected TPP documents, and so I link them both together.

“The TPP and GMOs: what’s so bad about death?”

Excerpt:

“This Globalist treaty will put mega-corporations even further ahead in their efforts to dominate markets and populations.

‚Äú’The parts of the TPP that cover food safety are especially troubling,’ states the watchdog Food and Water Watch:

‚Äú‚ÄôAmerican consumers are pushing to block the use of artificial and potentially risky processes and ingredients, like antibiotics and GMOs, but the TPP could trump these democratic efforts to improve our food supply,‚Äô said [Wenonah] Hauter [Food and Water Watch executive director]‚Ķ Agribusiness and biotech seed companies can now more easily use trade rules to challenge countries that ban GMO imports, test for GMO contamination, do not promptly approve new GMO crops or even require GMO labeling.‚ÄĚ'”

(Laura again) The article goes on to show that Monsanto has known about the carcinogenic effects of RoundUp for over four decades and deliberately obfuscated their own conclusive research in order to bypass restrictions. Unlike anyone who might give voice to greater humanity, Monsanto reps sat at the super secret TPP negotiations. They and other transnational “corporate persons” drafted this entire “free trade” behemoth. It’s kind of like insurance companies writing Obamacare, except multiply that into every area of our lives, on a global scale, and include companies who specialize in creating cancer, suppressing cancer cures, bankrupting non-elites, and criminalizing free speech. What could possibly go wrong?! The comments on Jon’s site also include relevant links regarding the TPP and sovereignty, including food sovereignty.

It does, indeed, feel like “the fix is in,” although enforcement will present some challenges. Perhaps the globalist Beast will grow so big that it can no longer support its own weight. One can hope actively envision the crumbling and intentionally starve this Beast by refusing to participate. It certainly convinces me to continue setting up my own garden and stocking organic and heirloom seeds — not just keeping them in jars, but growing them and learning how to save them from year to year. It makes me grateful for people who do take stands, in whatever ways in whatever countries — saying not on my watch and then creating and living something local, sustainable, and life-renewing. I also feel so grateful to live in a community in which at least a small group of people recognize the importance of biodiversity, even if very few of them have any concept of sovereignty as the means of ensuring that biodiversity. Baby steps.

Despite the obvious lumbering forward of an oppressive transnational corporate agenda, I agree with Jon’s observation in his next post, “The Matrix Revealed: the beginning”:

“I came to understand that, as one travels further and further into the rabbit hole, a sense of incurable optimism grows.

It stems from seeing, at a profound level, how reality is being created‚ÄĒand by transference, how it can be created now‚Ķnot only differently, but along astonishingly different paths.”

I really do feel the same way. It’s why I study consciousness and magic, exercise my imagination, share tools, and encourage people to invent and enliven preferred realities. Some people say we must never, ever look at “the negative” lest we bring it into being; however, in coaching sessions and in my own life, I’ve found that denial only creates bigger problems. Some people say all we need to do is say, “I do not consent” and then carry on living the status quo, as though words backed by zero action will somehow dismantle the old and create the new.

Words are powerful, but what do you consent to? More importantly, what do you desire? We spoke of this recently in a local reading group based on the Buddhist book, “Time to Stand Up.” I mentioned that nothing happens without desire. I don’t think we should task ourselves with eliminating desire. Quite the contrary — we need that spark of desire in order to summon and nurture something better into being! Desire fuels creation, and if you have no desire, then someone else’s desire trumps your neutrality.

My advice?

Learn some tools and skills, decide what and how you’d love to live, and then bring that world into being through your own words and especially through your own decisions and actions.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

“Magic is believing in yourself; if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Blessed Be¬† … and be the blessing. ūüôā

TPP, the Pope’s Encyclical, Mama Earth and You

Where to start with this one? I don’t normally post WikiLeaks or Jesse Ventura, but this video gives a lot of succinct information about the TPP and international trade agreements in general — definitely worth six minutes of your life in order to have a clearer understanding of the ramifications.

Whenever something like this comes along that’s so huge, so secret and so (Jesse calls it correctly) fascist, we would do wise to prevent rather than try to wriggle out of it once the shackles are on. The TPP takes NAFTA, CAFTA, Codex Alimentarius, Agenda 21, the Monsanto Protection Act, and the Bankers Manifesto of 1892 and puts all of these on GMO steroids to become the Frankenstein equivalent of Mommie Dearest.

Combine this with the Pope’s recent call for depopulating 6 billion people — when, let’s be honest, the Catholic Church has certainly played a direct role in overpopulating and impoverishing the planet — and it doesn’t take too much to see how these globalist treaties could work hand in glove with such “responsible,” religiously sanctioned depopulation efforts by removing environmental protections, food standards, national sovereignty, and replacing those with forced compliance to any and every toxic thing “sustainable” Monsanto, “healing” BigPharma and “energizing” Big Oil produce. Will there be genocide and thought police with this “new” encyclical? You betcha. Exactly how does an institution eliminate 6 billion people without some sort of “official-representative-of-God-sanctioned” genocide? That’s 6/7 of the population on the chopping block with a self-appointed spiritual hierarchy determining who lives and who dies. The same institution that brutally demonized and destroyed indigenous, Nature loving cultures across the world now wants us to recognize and honor its Pope as Father of a One World “Earth-based” religion?!

This “populist Pope” calling for an end to income inequality isn’t offering up the vast land and resources confiscated and appropriated by the Catholic Church? He just wants income redistribution from little guy to smaller guy so we can “save the planet”? Excuse me while I vomit in my compost pile. At least that has real potential to regenerate something.

Please see Ann K’s exploration/compilation of interpretations of the new encyclical. She remains curious, and that’s likely a good place to hover; however, I personally believe that a true reconnection with the planet involves — gasp! — directly reconnecting with Mother Earth without the “Holy Father” Pope or any other person or organization inserting himself or itself in between us and the planet. Whatever happened to direct spiritual experience and primacy? Oh, right! That’s way too threatening to anyone who would maintain mass control, because once people start having primary experiences with the Divine in all His and Her forms, we’ve got no need for organized top-down anything. Once people embrace the Mystery with a capital M, all those dogmas, rules and regulations begin to look silly, controlling and worst yet: optional.

Now perhaps you see why growing your own food, walking in Nature, and hugging trees are so radical (rooting) and empowering. And maybe the military-industrial complex’s insane uptick in the War on Nature (i.e. Olympic Peninsula, the Grand Canyon, and more) makes sense in this¬† larger context. When humanity aligns with Mother Earth, we can shake off the patriarchal control BS like the parasites and fleas they are, returning to natural harmony and the real Matrix (which comes from “Mother,” not some computer simulated “reality” — talk about a co-optation! “The Matrix” films brilliantly got all the “awake” people actively asserting their desire to “exit” “The Matrix,” when reconnection to the original Mother is the very thing that would give humanity a viable reset. All the “awake” people want to take a different colored pill than the sleeping people, because Goddess forbid you just “be,” without any interference of pills. Oh, yeah, and “reality” is a horrible, grim place unless you escape to “Zion.” Those films were the biggest psyop and limited hangout of our times, but I digress into a flaming Fire Faery fit…. )

In any case, if you want to free yourself and free this planet, don’t let anyone or anything get between you and our planet. That’s your relationship to have with Earth, Sea and Sky — directly, not through a computer screen or your cell phone camera. Get out there and immerse yourself in Nature. Engage your senses, even your Spidey senses, so you can hear, feel, see, taste, touch and spontaneously know the secrets Nature wants to share. If Nature wants to keep them secret, then learn to embrace the Mystery.

Anyone trying to co-opt this primal connection needs some lessons from the Elementals!

Air is the breeze through the trees and the tornado.

Fire can warm your home or burn it to the ground.

Water can quench thirst, or destroy everything in its tsunami path.

Earth can grow food or bury all in an avalanche or volcanic ash.

Respect, Not Control.

Because Nature always bats last, and She doesn’t need Monsanto or the Pope to win.

You are part of Nature, and neither do you.

Honor your Mother and Blessed Be.

Good News on the TPP

It seems all the awareness raising and protesting of this secretive, destructive “free trade” treaty known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has paid off. Yesterday, Senate Democrats gave Obama the no-go on Fast Track, which means at least a slow down of the march towards complete corporate tyranny. We need to continue to hold people accountable, but those who say it’s not worth raising your voice at all because “the fix is in” would do well to recognize that what we choose does matter. When we demand change in a peaceful, yet relentless way, things do shift.

I’ve no doubt the corporations and this Monsanto-and-big bank-friendly Administration have contingency plans in the works for such a significant setback; however, the failure to obtain Fast Track for the TPP has thrown a major monkey wrench into the speed of corporate takeover of every aspect of our lives, including national, state, local and individual sovereignty.

So, well done, people! Whether you used petitions, phone calls, marches, visualization, threatened boycotts, or my own personal favorite — literally flushed the TPP down the toilet using sympathetic magic with strong intent to purge oppression — any and all of these methods expressed a resounding “No!” that even the bribed and owned politicians in Washington could not ignore.

Now, let’s get busy creating alternatives: local, fair wages, creative, sustainable, enhancing the self-sufficiency and resilience of our communities. “We don’t need no stinkin’ TPP.” Our intentions, actions, prayers and voices opened a temporary vacuum. Let’s use that force to fill the current void with more and more of what we do want. The faster we create our own solutions and systems, the harder the sell for TPP and others like it.

In the midst of our hands on/in the ground work, let’s remember to take a moment to celebrate this victory. It’s too soon to tell if this will live up to its full potential as a game changer, but on the scoreboard of tyranny versus freedom, freedom just won an important battle. We’re moving along the road to Six of Wands style liberation:

UPDATE: Well, that moment was even shorter than I anticipated, given that the Senate just passed the TPP Fast Track only 2 days later: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-14/senate-passes-obamas-tpp-fast-track-trade-proposal . Can you say “cosmic reset”? Time to pull out ANY and ALL options, folks.

Trade Agreements and Fast Track

This just in from reader Karen, with a link discussing the major implications of the TPP and TTIP trade agreements, plus a refresher course on how NAFTA has affected all those involved. “What You Need to Know About Trade Agreements and Fast Track”:

Nestle Continues Stealing World‚Äôs Water During Drought

Where to start with this one?

In case anyone needed anymore reasons to start (or expand) efforts to grow more of your own food, the situation in California’s Central Valley will hopefully urge people to set up gardens and encourage neighbors and cities to do the same, all over the US — and the world, which also imports much of CA’s produce.

The situation with Nestle is already serious, and pushing through the TPP will only make such theft of water — and prime farmland through this engineered drought — that much easier. Anyone who can’t fathom how CA might look in coming years if this corporate takeover continues ought to read Starhawk’s eerily prophetic novel, “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” It’s happening, and if we do not start protecting the Sacred Water, we will not have life. This call most obviously goes out to Californians, but Nestle is doing nefarious things in lots of places, including Maine. The Great Lakes are also for sale, thanks to a 2013 deal struck with China by Obama.

Solutions exist, but they require awareness and courage. They also require action. Even agriculture need not require so much wasted water. Deep mulch, organic soil amendments, drought resistant heirloom varieties, and companion planting take planning, but can work in harmony with the land. Sacred ritual to honor the water, rain dances … these things actually do work, because they put us back in harmony with Nature. We need multi-tiered shifts on all levels, from reclaiming rights stolen by corporate “persons” to reclaiming our own, sacred place in Nature. As the Hopi say, “This could be a good time.” Yes, it could, but it won’t unless we embrace the necessary changes *now.*

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Before we get to our featured article below, it is important to note that the BLM continues to remove wild horses and burros because of ‚Äúdrought,‚ÄĚ or because there‚Äôs ‚Äúnot enough‚ÄĚ forage and water. ¬†We know there is a ‚Äúman-made‚ÄĚ drought because the huge amount of water used by mining and other extractive industries (oil & gas). ¬†Advocates need to be aware of all of the issues surrounding big users of water from our aquifers. ¬† I‚Äôve listed a few sources regarding California‚Äôs dire drought below, but there are similarities in other states and areas.

A¬†recent Los Angeles Times editorialby the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: ‚ÄúCalifornia has about one year of water left.‚ÄĚ

Sonali Kolhatkar¬†recently wrote an article ‚ÄúTo Solve California‚Äôs Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation‚Äôs Food System.‚ÄĚ ¬†Residential use of water in California is about 4% and agricultural use is 80%.

Kolhatkar…

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Mobilized & Winning: an Encouraging Update on the TPP

Finally, some good news! We’re not done yet, but it’s great to see the unified diversity resisting the dreaded TPP. As one protestor’s sign says, “Monsanto, Chevron and Halliburton all want TPP. Any questions?” Please click here for the full article, “Mobilized & Winning: Now It’s Time to Escalate.”

How We Win

“The movement opposed to corporate trade is larger ‚Äď representing tens of millions of Americans; broader ‚Äď representing people concerned about food, water, healthcare, the Internet, workers‚Äô rights, the environment, banking regulation and more; and more committed because they have seen degradation of the economy and environment by NAFTA and similar corporate trade agreements.

“The key is for this movement to mobilize now. The next two months will decide whether corporate trade is finished for the remainder of President Obama‚Äôs term in office. If people take action (go to www.StopFastTrack.com), we will win.

“There is also a week of national actions being planned in February during the congressional recess. Take the pledge at www.FlushtheTPP.org to get involved and stay informed.

“This is a battle between mass people power and trans-national corporate power. It is a battle the people can win, and it is essential for every issue we care about that we win.”

TPP Petition Delivery

Brilliant! Go Canada! For more information on why people are (and should be) protesting TPP, see these posts.

The Beehive Design Collective Came to Elkhart County

This past Saturday, the Beehive Design Collective honored the People’s History of Elkhart with a two-hour presentation of Mesoamerica Resiste, which I posted about last year. Their wildly (overwhelmingly) successful kickstarter campaign explains the premise of this artist-activist group, so I’ll repost the video here:

I shared the kickstarter video with our Transition Goshen guys, and one of them was so excited about the storytelling potential that he contacted them to come here. Goshen College had hosted them before, but intuitively, I felt the People’s History of Elkhart would be the better match this time. Even though I knew nothing about the People’s History of Elkhart, it turned out to be a great match, because of the wide diversity of people the group attracts. Not only did they host the Beehive Collective, but they also provided homemade food and local musicians at the Historic Roosevelt Center — an old school that locals had fought to keep standing.

The People’s History of Elkhart won that battle, and now the old Roosevelt School houses both apartments above and an active community center below. I spoke with several of the people involved in the battle to save the historic school, and they were so proud of this community center and how it enhances all their lives. The spirit of these locals having stood up for their own tradition in their own community mirrored so well the stories we heard of the resistance to the plan for corporate dominance in Mesoamerica.

Beehive After Event

Above, you can see the huge banners of the completed 9 year political art project. They also used a projector screen to highlight closeups while sharing the stories. They designed Mesoamerica Resiste as a triptych, which means that the artwork opens up like double doors to reveal what’s inside. The banner on the right shows the front “doors” as “Plan Mesoamerica” while the twice as large banner on the left shows the inner resistance to that corporate plan. I loved that the resistance is twice as large as the plan!

That said, it was a sobering presentation. The plan — run by globalist corporations — aims for nothing less than total control of the region between North and South America. As one of the three “Bees” mentioned, “This area has always been ‘in the way.’ Columbus wanted to get to India, and this region also poses major challenges for globalist corporations who want easy transportation between North and South America.”

Under the guise of “free trade” and sometimes even under the guise of “greenwashing,” these ruthless corporations have staged military coups in sovereign nations, robbed land and water from indigenous people, and have built 8-lane highways and bridges in areas where few to none of the locals drive. They’ve erected police state surveillance to monitor “free trade zones,” which sound positive on paper but really mean that no local laws apply there. No workers’ rights, no environmental protections outside of what the corporations dictate, no local say in construction, and no protection for local economies and culture. Hydro-electric dams and railroads disrupt entire ecosystems and countries, and Western media gets pumped through airwaves to further undermine local traditions and identity.

NAFTA and its next generation CAFTA have largely accomplished in Latin America what the TPP and TTIP hope to accomplish in North America, Asia and Europe: complete corporate control over all aspects of life. Listeners learned — perhaps for the first time — about the IMF (International Monetary Fund), World Bank, WTO (World Trade Organization), just how bogus the War on Drugs really is, along with the devastating effects of GMO monoculture farming on the local farmers. Very little of the information was new to me, but I appreciated the elaborate illustrations through fable characters representing major players.

I did have one major light bulb moment at the beginning when a representative from the People’s History of Elkhart shared his own family’s story of being corn farmers in Mexico who had lost their land due to the US GMO-corn dominance policies of NAFTA. He described how the consistent price manipulation of the US GMO crops undercut Mexican corn farmers and eventually made it impossible to compete. Mexico used to outlaw GMO corn, but once “free trade” occurred, this young man’s family needed to leave their generations’ old farm and move to America in search of other work. I had not made the connection between our immigration issues and corporate agricultural dominance in the Americas. I knew about the military coups, but I had not extended that awareness to include the stranglehold of corporations like Monsanto and Chiquita. Watching this presentation really brought home the importance of local food — everywhere. The US fetishes for bananas and coffee carry with them tremendous karmic consequences. David tells me similar political outrage happened in the once sovereign kingdom of Hawaii over Dole pineapples.

The first part of the presentation revealed such grim, depressing information that the Beehive Collective refused to take an intermission, lest people “leave before the good news.” Indeed, many in the audience seemed overwhelmed, and more than a few “listeners” opted to talk throughout the entire presentation! This beyond rude action makes sense when realizing that on some level, people just did not want to have their world view altered. They did not want to take on the responsibility for how their purchases and unconscious lifestyle and habits might directly cause destruction of others’ lives. Ignorance = ignore-ance, and imho, we engage in that behavior at our own peril.

With the TPP and TTIP posed for fast track approval, many “comfortable” “first world” nations may well find themselves the next Mesoamerica. Will we show the strength, creativity and spirit of Mesoamerica Resiste? I don’t know. I hope so, but I’ve found most people prefer ignorance to positive action. Even when I mentioned to several attendees, “THIS is why I have concerns about Agenda 21 being co-opted by corporations like Monsanto. THIS is why I send you links about the TPP and TTIP,” many people just stared at me in awkward silence.

The second part of the presentation shared stories of farmers, teachers and students joining together in organized, yet fluid movements to undermine the colonizer’s agenda. They proclaimed the slogan, “Un No, Muchos Sis,” “one no, many yes’s.” The Beehive Collective spent years interviewing individuals and groups working on the front lines of the resistance. Together, they came up with symbols to represent each group, and Mesoamerica Resiste depicts the tremendous diversity of this region. Dozens of species of ants, trees, bees, birds and other animals use their own characteristics to undermine the globalist machine.

I enjoyed hearing the creative methods of inconvenience, including one group piling up garbage from a corporation in order to block the roads for that corporation to pass through. I also loved how these groups work to unite young and old, preserving the old ways through teaching the local and tribal heritage that corporations attempt to destroy. The three sisters (squash, beans and corn) represent the three main forces fighting together. In the same way that this traditional planting honors the unique qualities of each plant and finds ways to become stronger together, these teachers, students and farmers use their own gifts towards common goals.

The story of the ants blew me away: “A giant swarm of ants comes down the trunk of the Ceiba tree. The ants, like so many other little critters, play an essential role in the ecosystem. Scurrying beneath the dirt, they aerate the soil, making it possible for plants to grow, essentially laying the foundations for life on earth. While these ants seem small compared to the entire forest, they outweigh all other animals and plants combined. The ants remind us that great changes are in the hands of the small and many. Working tirelessly, these miniscule creatures embody the phrase, la revolucion es el trabajo de las homingas (the revolution is ant’s work). Little by little, their collective work has the strength to achieve great transformations, which reminds us that together, we can create tremendous changes in the world around us.

“Some of the ants proudly carry messages from Indigenous communities in southern Mexico who have been slowly and steadily building autonomy for several decades. These sayings are Zapatista principles and also come from their experience of building ‘good government’ councils, which encourage frequent rotation of leadership: ‘lead by obeying’ the people in your community, they advise; ‘work from below, without seeking to rise to power,’ ‘walk by asking questions’ … Each ant is a different species, reminding us that the beauty of the world lies in its diversity of cultures, of languages, of ways of being: ‘we are the same because we are different;’ ‘a world where many worlds fit.’ In the face of so many threats to the diversity of life on this planet, the ants converge at the base of the Ceiba to declare, ‘Ya basta! Enough!'”

Another shocking thing I learned involved bees. We hear about the decline of the honey bee, but few know that honey bees come from Europe and mimic the colonizing of Central America. “As European colonists invaded Central America, they brought with them the invasive European honey bee, which aggressively began to push the native Mesoamerican Stingless bees out of their ecological niche. Today, deforestation, pollution, and industrial farming are destroying habitat and causing the collapse of pollinator species all over Central America. Bees are an indicator species, and the drastic decline of their populations may forecast a larger ecosystem collapse. Restoring native bee populations is vitally important to the health of ecosystems and agriculture globally, and is directly linked to the survival of Indigenous peoples and beekeeping knowledge. Traditional beekeeping is an intimate relationship between bees, people, culture and the land.

Vanilla and stingless bees: Pollinators and the plants they pollinate need each other. Native Melipona bees and the vanilla plant share one of these specific symbiotic relationships. Melipona bees are the only natural pollinators of the delicate vanilla orchid. Without this specialized interaction, vanilla orchids would only survive by hand pollination, making vanilla one of the most labor intensive crops in the world.”

The presentation went on to depict and describe ancestors and spiritual support from unseen forces. Because I already knew the most shocking information described, I found the entire presentation profoundly encouraging. I love that this group of artists dedicated themselves to telling stories that would otherwise remain unspoken in the “comfortable” US. I also love (and practice) the idea of empowered political action through art and story.

If you’ve tried with little success to awaken your local community to both the threats and the potential of our times, you might want to host the Beehive Collective in your city or school. Having hippie-dressed, tattooed, young artists describe the ravages of free trade and greenwashing cuts through the stereotype of “paranoid, right-wing radicals” warning about things like Agenda 21, globalism, water wars, corporate fascism, and the importance of maintaining national, state and local sovereignty. I don’t know that the audience fully grasped the excellent discussion of “fascism in the US government,” but I hope the presentation at least began to scatter seeds.

For those concerned with more local issues such as the impending water wars and land grabs (of which you can find an excellent discussion in the videos below), you can rest assured that the Beehive Collective “gets” it. They displayed other artwork regarding the corporate takeover of water in Maine:

Nestle Maine Water

… with another image acknowledging the World Bank’s quote: “The next world war will be about water.” Unfortunately, that image photographed upside down and will not turn right-side up. I would love to consider that a sign that through conscious local actions, the war agenda will not succeed as planned. ūüôā

Walk for Water

Those of you still on the fence about all this “paranoia about globalization” might want to watch the following videos, which describe ways that “green” initiatives and global treaties facilitate illegal land grabs and undermine national, state, and local sovereignty. Awareness does matter. As the Beehive Collective shared, for every one successful pushback of a hydro-electric dam, railroad or highway, perhaps 100 other resistance movements fail, but nonetheless, the resistance has had an effect. As with the delayed TPP agreement, globalization has fallen behind its intended schedule. More time passing allows more people to wake up, and as people wake up, we have the chance to reclaim our power and sovereignty before corporate fascism and globalization homogenize and destroy the beautiful diversity and balance of our planet.

Blessed Be(e)

Note that the BLM euthanized half the remaining “endangered” tortoises they’re claiming to protect. This is not about tortoises, and Cliven Bundy shared some stories about the apparently symbiotic relationship between the tortoise and formerly grazing sheep and cattle. Tortoise population declined sharply when the other ranchers lost their land.

The larger issue concerns an ongoing attack on organic farmers, ranchers and off-grid people living off the land — all in the name of “sustainability,” while undermining actual sustainability. When the BLM or other federal agency claims land and refuses anyone the right to access that land, we lose more and more of our ability to feed ourselves outside of BigAg government control. In California, “easements” and regulations have made it difficult to impossible for some organic farmers to maintain their land. The recent Farm Bill absurdly prohibits organic farmers from using manure or compost to enhance fertility of their land, while giving a free pass to CAFO’s (confined animal feeding operations) that poison our land and water while fostering horrific animal cruelty. Once the land grab occurs, any hope of oversight disappears, which opens the way for corporations to come in and frack, mine or monocrop without protesters.

These land grabs often occur over bogus environmental concerns that touch the hearts of well meaning people. End results, however, steal vast tracks of land where only authorized offices can tread. With Citizens United and the recent Supreme Court decision to protect/endorse big money in politics, we can well imagine what happens once the land gets into corporate hands. I’m all for real environmental protection, as in, get the corporations out of our water supplies! Get GMO’s out of our food chain with their genetic drift and horrendous pesticides and herbicides. Protect, rather than euthanize, endangered species, and keep them situated in the complex biodiversity in which they used to thrive. These land and water grabs are a bunch of BS, and if Americans and other “first world” nations don’t want to become the next Beehive Collective triptych, we would all be wise to take responsibility for ourselves and resist in whatever creative and empowered ways we can.