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WATCH: How Corporations Stole Your Power, and What You Can Do

This weekend I attended the White River Indie Films festival with Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist, Exxon Valdez oil spill survivor, and author of Not One Drop and Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$. We watched Black Wave, a documentary by Robert Cornellier that tells the story the spill and its toxic aftermath. After the riveting and heartbreaking movie, Riki was kind enough to answer questions from the stunned audience. “How can Exxon get away with this?!” “Why did the Supreme Court give in?” “Why did it take 20 years?” Riki answers questions like this from people all across the country. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me this weekend, otherwise I would have taped Riki’s answers. But, luckily, we have some great video from Riki from a few months ago that I’ve embedded below. The videos below should answer your questions about the rise of corporate power in this country: how it happened, how it hurts our nation, and how we can correct the problem. First, I’ve included the movie trailer for Black Wave. This should give you a good overview of the corrupting effect that corporate power has on our legal system, and the trampling of lives that occurs when these powers run unchecked. Next is a clip from a popular Canadian documentary called The Corporation. It covers much of what Riki talked about this weekend: how corporations were able to steal power from US citizens. Finally is a clip from Riki, in which she explains the history of corporate power, and how we, as citizens can—and must—take back control of this country from the corporations. If you’d like to stay informed and get involved in the movement to curb corporate power, check out our Facebook group (yes, we’re organizing on Facebook) One Million Strong for the Separation of Corporation and State and

We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form.That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals.In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier, […] Read More

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Everything

No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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