March 14, 2014 Common Thread Collective Poetic Conscious’stream Is.16

This special reflection is inspired by the 58th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The umbrella topic of this years CSW was to summarize the effectiveness of the MDGs or Millennium Development Goals that were created in 2000. If that doesn’t mean much to you, don’t worry it didn’t mean much to me, until I started preparing myself to attend this phenomenal event.

As a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and a developing Woman of Peace, I know that as we seek to grow and develop our communities, localities, regions, nations and world, the only way we will develop true Freedom, Liberty and Justice is through disarmament and new cultures of discussion, debate, mediation and cooperation.

Here’s a reflection:

Millennium Development Goals

            And why the arms trade is dismantling them all….

1.    Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Guns made by the multi-national high-tech industry defy borders and become imported tools of violence to flood the rest of the world. Their purpose is to divide inherent communities from their right to the inherited security of the lands, work and wealth grown through cultural creativity.

2.    Achieve universal primary education.

So much money spent by corporations and governments upon the tools of armament rather than the simple tools to enhance intelligence. Critical thought processes manipulated by propaganda spreading ignorance and fear rather than promoting the ability for children to learn and enjoy the discovery of the gifts that persevere.

3.    Promote gender equality and empower women.

Weapons of pain, violence and destruction are a-gendered tools that defy both feminine and masculine empowerment. Held in the hands of unhealthy men and by their will condemn global communities of women from gaining equal space and being heard in the socio-political and economic realms. Woman, her very body taken to be made over by man into a weapon of war that dismantles her integral strength and ability to be the stable hearth at the center of her family.

4.    Reduce child mortality.

Whether by military, paramilitary, militia, guerilla, solitary psychopath, stranger or family member- Women and children are forced to bear the blows of and many never recover from outbursts of violence that happen along sectarian lines or within their own homes. Children around the world are directly caught in the crossfire or directly face the repercussions imposed by sanctions that restrict the flow of food, water and medicine. Forced to orphans or refugees, many grow up weak without the support of vital community.

5.    Improve maternal health.

Emotional well-being, complete nutrition, and access to health care are three pillars that give a mother best chance of giving birth to a healthy child. All three are easily shattered by the stress of fear and violence of community and national instability. Insecurity perpetuated by the diseased masculine narrative that maintains its skewed perspective that weapons are needed to bring peace when it is easy to see that their presence only denies our ability to resolve conflicts peacefully.

6.    Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases.

Where armaments control populations the dissemination of critical information and medicine that enlighten, help prevent sickness, and cure suffering becomes severely limited by perceptions narrowly formed and forced upon; as well as causing the instability that shuts down the causeways of our distributive means.

7.    Ensure environmental sustainability.

There’s a great difficulty in maintaining sustainability of our environments when guns are sold to both lines of sectarian violence by elite manipulation that leads to power driven agreements, inevitably leasing lands to multi-national corporations that have no allegiance to communities other-than the profit-driven interest of their board of trustees.

  1. 8.    Global partnership for development.

Above all, the obscene amount of money being funneled into research, development, manufacture and sale of ammunitions and armaments is money directly being kept from funding grassroots movements that build stability, security and a precedent for the kinds of development that feed the visionaries dreaming of being part of a new age of enlightenment.

Where Peace Agreements include the insights of Women;

Where gender and sexual violence is sad tales of the past;

Where environmental sustainability includes human culture and biological diversity;

Where all people have safe space to give voice to the vantage point they’ve taken on;

Thereby fleshing out a whole conscious perception of where the human family is coming from

And the dreams we seek to form.

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February 21, 2014 Common Thread Collective Poetic Conscious’stream Is.14

Based on the Missoula Independent Cover Story (Vol.25 No.8 Feb 20-27 2014):

http://missoulanews.bigskypress.com/missoula/the-damage-done/Content?oid=1932025

The Damage Done by Kelly Conde

 

1970s, NE Montana, on the Fort Peck Reservation:

The cool springs of water off Road 75 still offered temptation,

Luring the townies with jars and jugs in preparation

They knock on the door… “You’re water’s so sweet,

Can we get a little please?

That cold natural flow is too much of a tease!”

 

Get in while the people are oblivious...

Get in while the people are oblivious…

In the 1950s the lands nearby fell under the scrutiny

Of three major oil and gas companies

Who tapped in with their drills and pumping machinery

To the depth of a 300,000 year old ocean creation.

The 1st encroach on the Bakkan formation

Has devastated today’s cool sweet water on the Indian Reservation.

 

It took 20 years, it happened slowly…

First it made the pipes rusty,

Staining the sinks and drains;

Then it colored all the white laundry.

Once the clean dishes remained oily,

Then it was time to drink bottled water only.

The smell of sulfur like rotten eggs wafts

From the bathtub, the bubbles aren’t enough to cover the stench.

The skin of the youth is too delicate;

When it began turning blue, then even the bath water they hauled in.

 

One concerned Lady, made early inquiries

She wondered at the change right as the faucets began rusting.

It took two decades for a community member to move into position to help.

She opened her ears to the strange tales being told of the water.

“My water is yellow, it smells awful and looks like pee.”

“My water is reddish and it’s staining everything!”

“My water, can you believe, it’s 0 degrees Fahrenheit and it still won’t freeze.”

“My water, it tastes salty; how can that be?

Seriously, check it out! It’s even fizzy!”

 

This lady took her brain muscle and personal grit to the USGS,

Where accumulated evidence was piling up higher than the depth of Butte’s Berkley Pit.

Add on 10 years for an in-depth investigation

10 plus the 20 it took for anyone to do anything

Plus the 20 it took for the contamination to begin coloring the plumbing

And that’s 50 long years of environmental, soil and water being tainted

Just at this stretch of prairie land in Montana.

 

40 square miles of land has been tarnished, it’s undisputed.

Somewhere between 9 and 60 billion gallons of drinking water polluted.

That’s enough water for the lifetime of every Montanan,

But no one’s counting the gallons the wildlife depend on.

 

Murphy Oil Corp. was the 1st to find the Bakkan oil;

In 3 years had built 35 wells.

Other companies came and together they claimed

The oil for their profits

So the future’s destruction lined their pockets.

 

From 1952 to ’55 there were no guidelines for the wastewater created.

Into unlined pits- directly onto the ground and unregulated,

Ancient hot water still slick with oil residues devastated.

Sadly, legislated regulations do not enforcement hone.

C.C. Thomas Oil Company was still dumping up to 42,000 gallons of waste water per day alone!

In 1961, at a public hearing, a company Rep. claimed “It’s not hurting anyone.”

 

Retired wells are forming more dire straits.

Just a ½ mile from Road 75 one sealed up just couldn’t wait

For the end of time to advance its impertinent fate.

The cement bonds loosened and underground pressure forced

Oil and tainted agua back up to seep into the shallow aquifer.

This well, close to the residents is monitored for its vicinity

The impact of its hot plume of oil-stained water has been, for its neighbors, devastating.

But there are numerous wells in the East Poplar fields that don’t get the same monitoring.

If only it was profitable to speculate how many of them are leaking.

 

14 families filed suit with a tribal attorney

A pipeline for WATER is what they were seeking.

Meanwhile an EPA toxicologist discovered Benzene

A definite carcinogen linked to over exposure

Now giving real cause to the high number of cancers found in the neighbors

The oil companies now had two strong contenders:

The People on Road 75 and the EPA wielding safe drinking water standards.

In 2002 this suit was finally settled.

The companies will build a pipeline connecting these residents to the water

In the township of Popla.r

They will also pay each family $60,000 in damages

And $5,000 to replace the pipes in their houses

They still sent bottled water as well, for 10 additional years

Or until they are certain their tap waters are clear.

 

5 years ago, in 2009

The Poplar Dialysis Center cried out with a sign

High levels of chloride were found, the mark of the ancient ocean’s brine.

The contamination had caught up with the town’s water too.

The EPA quickly charged the same 3 companies with responsibility.

Of course they appeal and deny any accountability.

 

And I’m sure you’re all wondering, how I’m going to end this long sad story.

http://www.nemontel.net/~dprw/actvities.html

Dry Prairie Rural Water Authority

The waters of NE Montana are diseased

The companies- Both oil and agricultural are free

From healing the waters for the lands and creatures in need.

They chipped in to pay for a rural treatment plant

That is cleaning the mud from the mighty Missouri.

They paid for the pipe that brings water to Poplar.

But they don’t have to suffer

From that pipeline breaking 20-30 times a year

For it was rushed into production without proper planning

Just like they rush into drilling, pumping and scamming,

As they put away special savings

To pay lawyers, when the time comes for evading.

 

January 31, 2014 Common Thread Collective Poetic Commentary Is. 11

Free vs. Fair Trade Participate or Perish

Free vs. Fair Trade
Participate or Perish

TransPacific to TransAtlantic

FreeTrade creates the barrier to making information transparent

How many corporations will it take

To decide this global fate

How many doors to close in a curious face

Cut off the ability for honest people to partake

In legislating the reality of our everyday

What has free trade done but increased a CEO’s wage

While in Mexico alone 2 million farmers it displaced

And here in the US how many manufacturing jobs migrated away?

Decent paying union benefits by fast food employment was replaced

We need jobs that don’t pillage, pollute, or mean servitude

To the ideals of Transnational interests pumping our veins full of crude

Noxious inebriation on these chemical fumes

They will add to any recipe for us to consume

With this latest secret ploy

They will make a corporate pact as solid as titanium alloy

Just another Free trade deal, Ha! Let’s not be coy

Our lives and the life blood of the future is not some little toy

This new scheme seeks to destroy

A nation’s, and thereby a citizen’s sovereignty

To boycott a product —or toxic chemical or process would be beyond its ability

Lest it face judgment in a tribunal court that will only waste taxpayer money

To argue against projected profits, like a corporate claim to deserved annuity?!

Sounds a lot like corporate welfare if you ask me

This has got to be the twilight zone, this shit is obscene

Did I die and awake in Psychopaths dream

Where freedom means shut up and buy what we tell you you need?

 

The best gift from NAFTA is the formation of its parallel: FairTrade

As we make our way into a whole new age

It’s time to insist we turn this page

And make Equal Exchange

Our route to real change

Where citizens of any national claim

Can afford the cost of life and earn a living in a dignified way

Without perpetuating the violence that seeks to lay waste

To our creative dreams we need to revive them today!

Pondering a Common Core…

Petals of the Lotus

Petals of the Lotus

Preliminary Reading:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/24/following-the-common-core-money-where-are-millions-of-dollars-going/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/18/who-are-the-enemies-of-common-core/

http://www.corestandards.org/

 

I concede to a “common core”

But my agreement is no writ

In stone

Concrete

Or bone

In colors of Mother

Or Father

Or sum financial factor

My assessment is not contained by standards

But I don’t mind testing

How boring without obstacles blessing!

For every challenge faced

Becomes a TESTament of personal progression.

What if we tested our children

In ways that taught us

How best to draw them deeper

With lines not linear

But spiralling

Through the thick and thin

Of what they love

And struggle in

Tests that teach them

To plant confidence

In the composting nutrients of mistakes

Turned over and over again

Until they break down into revelation

Witnessing of self

For self

To see the seeds of conscious wisdom bloom

Into the dreams each day breaks open….

 

(written August 13, 2013; Alexandria “Rain” Smith)

November 22, 2013 CommonThread Commentary Is.1

November 22, 2013

Reality Bytes (Poetic Commentary)

Written by Alexandria “Rain” Smith

Dedicated to All Life that faces the force of the storm, most recently those in the Philippines struggling to regain ground after Yolanda(aka Haiyan), Somalians who faced a Cyclone for 4 days, not forgotten are those still feeling the refrains of all the floods, fires and winds past, beyond, beyond, beyond. All that face a rain of bullets, bombs, drones and their shrapnel, All that face the Earth shaking from deep relief or shallow man-made mines ensnaring, especially those in the heart of Africa whose mines are deep made by strength of men alone, alone done this way for the shallow needs of other men’s sadistic-lasciviency.

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How long we gwan fall for them sellin’ us more for less? When less is more… less lies, less deception, less dissolution of our inherent common ground… More facts, more clarity, more solutions to regenerate our natural ability to rebound… Less plastic shit cluttering our lives until cracked, scratched, melted, deemed broken, and taken to a pile in Indonesia or maybe it’s floating in the ocean… More quality to our gifts; both material creative and deep psyche-social sharing, growing the praxis grounds of our presents flowering like phenomenal mushroom shapes straight from the shallow ditch of our apathetic wallowing… Less decisions made by money and profit interest… More collaboration that guides community empowerment and resilience.

Look how our cultures become cannibals eating alive our extended families of fantastic forms; aggregates of our planetary body’s whole.

Will I survive to see perish… 1 in 4 mammals, 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 3 fish, 2 in 5 amphibians, more than ½ the flowering plants and insects… what will we do upon the disparagement of our garden when our basic needs to eat, drink and breathe are completely reliant upon supply through industrial means, owned by faceless corporate regimes? Who will decide who is worthy to receive? What happens when the storm, comes and destroys that laboratory, factory or distributive means, unwittingly unleashes pent up toxicity? Witness what’s happening and see…

Thinking of the extinction, my soul feels as though it will dry up and crumble.

This is why so many ARISE and take to the streets, this is why we stand our full height and humbly demand our right to speak and live in the ways of our ancestry that listened through the eons of time to walk in the ways of our relative species, to see their pain, violence, disease, as well as their cooperation, compassion, symbiosis, and transformation beyond behaviors thought to be concrete. We listen to knowledge being gained and shared. Now seek to implement the beautiful simplicity of relying as little as we can on electrical grids fed by coal, gas, nu(un)clear consumption and their co-destructive disease. We implement ways to use our waste the way Gaia preconceived, that what we need may continue to grow from refuse(Refuse to settle for the paradigms of corporate mandate. Re’fuse back together the electro-cosmic net, multidimensional exchanges) made co-creative fertility, compost at our feet, where we can freely scatter new seeds.

If so many fall into the hole of belief that an apocalypse is necessary; that this corrupt nihilism continues its homogenization, continues destroying the natural wealth of our inheritance…

The passionate fire for my kindred kindling, Love I feel be burning my form down to dust that will patiently wait for a child’s tears to recall what’s been laid asunder, sweet salt visioning need for the metaphors rebirthing, rain upon this ash, bring forth decay from the desert of such pain been passed, and grow the curative. Elements adhere by the frequencies of necessity transmitted through clear intention’s prayer, songs written by mystic communication crossing all dimensional lairs, aggregates accrete and form new bodies of our dreams becoming both the flowers and the bees.

May all who feel the shaking, by earth herself or by man’s artillery, find peace. Opening; like emptiness, luminous, expanding to hold support in the way listening becomes a library, holding all deep experience within electro-chemical trans-reference/transference channeling us to move like without forethought action is re’membrance of the piece you are adding to the cosmic cauldron of mending, weaving new frequencies of long forgotten, deep beating Peace… You, Universal Light, being what you are on this journey: STAR (Surrender Trust Accept Respect) Chyld spinning like a light tower beacon to guide all to the shores of our re’convergance, where/wear Rainbows of Profound Acceptance color alive the simple gifts we come to Life with.

Selah

Peace

Gulf Coast Devastation, or How the Criminals Take the Cake

It’s been over a month now that oil continues to spill into Gulf Coast waters.

Oil seen swirling through Gulf waters

I find myself dumbfounded by where the responsibility for cleaning up this mess has fallen.  BP, really?!?! And most of their solutions sound like someone is throwing a dart at a tack board of ideas.  And while sound bytes ring through the cable networks of the terrible extent of this disaster, news reels of oil spewing out of pipes- I can’t help but wonder why BP isn’t forbidden to be involved in what is a Global issue, not a corporate issue.

Couldn’t NASA have solved this problem with some duct tape by now, or more likely 43 days ago? We are intelligent and Creative beings and our institutions, our cultural processes do not reflect this.

This isn’t the only oil devastation happening either. Niger has oil leaking out over farms, fields, wetlands- all in all a much greater disaster than the Gulf and no news stations are acknowledging that, no one is supporting the clean up or trying to fix the pipe line problems there.  Oil is a precious commodity these days, and I am awestruck that we aren’t treating it as such. Not only is it incredibly destructive when it leaks out into our environments, but it’s cost continues to rise, and it becomes harder and more extreme to extract from the earth. Our politicians push for more drilling, but we can’t cooperate to protect what we are already drilling!!

Oil burning from a leaking pipeling in a Niger swampland.

Here is an amazing article that broaches the big picture.

Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it

The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/oil-spills-nigeria-niger-delta-shell

Exxon and Shell are mostly responsible for massive oil spills in Africa that number in thousands of instances since the 1970s.

“One report, compiled by WWF UK, the World Conservation Union and representatives from the Nigerian federal government and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, calculated in 2006 that up to 1.5m tons of oil – 50 times the pollution unleashed in the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Alaska – has been spilled in the delta over the past half century. Last year Amnesty calculated that the equivalent of at least 9m barrels of oil was spilled and accused the oil companies of a human rights outrage.”

The reality of this situation is that Oil companies are the top profiteers in the corporate world right now. Their profits coincide with their ability to cover up their mistakes and disasters, their ability to bully communities and governments that are economically dependent on their business, and their ability to pay for political support that is conveniently supported by the mass media.

These are the criminals that are in control. No mafia has ever obtained power like this, not only do the oil giants get to run rampant with power and projects and the manipulation of communities and governments around the world but when they make a mess it’s like the chief of police told them to go bury the body.

Crimes against humanity are happening, every day, every moment, and while it is easy to be overwhelmed, to feel helpless, to just not know what to do- There Are Simple Things That We CAN DO!! One of the most simple and important actions is becoming informed! Be a witness to what is happening, do not take any media source as an accurate picture of what is. Share the knowledge, talk to friends, family, and strangers about what you see, read, hear, and feel! Acknowledge how you feel but don’t let it control you, talk to people without forcing opinions, Question Question Question!!!

We are responsible for the state of the world, all of us. May we learn to live up to that responsibility and realize that we can achieve the dreams we believe in- no matter how big.

Group Advises Stopping Flow of Gifts to Doctors

This is really important legislation!! Please read this article! Finally we can lend our voices to something vital for our well being, literally!

“The institute (Institute On Medicine) acknowledged that many doctors depend on industry funding for refresher medical courses but said that “the current system of funding is unacceptable and should not continue.” The report recommended that a different funding system be created within two years.

Senator Kohl said that he has been investigating refresher medical courses, and he said the industry’s funding has biased some courses.”

The industry of course is the DRUG Industry! ha! We need a civilian war on drug-companies!! ….Anyway we cannot continue to allow pharmaceuticals to influence our doctors and their education!! Perhaps this will help our herbalists, massage therapists, midwives, curanderas and homeopathics find greater freedom in expressing their wisdom!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/health/policy/29drug.html