Peace & Human Rights
I felt compelled to write about ‘being the change’ this week after all of the negative news going on the world lately. I won’t get into it, as I’m sure most of you are aware of what’s been going on but I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that it all starts with each and every one of us. We all matter and we all mean something. Somewhere along the line, it became acceptable; almost required to teach us that we are insignificant and we began to lost our luster, our soul shine…and that is the greatest lie ever taught. We are all significant, we are divine, we are love. Don’t ever forget that because once you remember, the world will reflect a place that won’t need changing.
For many veterans, the process of protecting those who are protesting something that affects all citizens has been deemed to be a “healing” process. “This is the right war, right side. Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives.”
The tribe is not alone in its outrage. Multiple environmental groups voiced their opposition to the decision, while Democratic members of the House and Senate natural resources committees wrote a letter to President Donald Trump expressing their own dismay.
“We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected,” Anthony Diggs, spokesman for Veterans Stand, told CNBC. “That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch.”
For the Women’s March in Washington D.C., over 200,000 people have RSVP’d to participate in the march and more than 1,200 bus permits were requested for parking at RFK Stadium—which is more than 6 times the amount of requests for Inauguration Day. The aim of the march is multi-faceted but all pro-human rights, and the organizers are calling not just on women but on anyone that is a defender of human rights.
Too many things happened in 2016 that made people lose their faith in humanity. One of the best ways to restore people’s faith in humanity is by doing good deeds, and helping out animals in big ways is perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences. So, check out these heartwarming stories…
A new documentary, out this month, chronicles the unlikely friendships that Daryl Davis has cultivated over the years and even shows him sitting down and joking with cloaked klansmembers, a truly uncommon sight.
Life has a way of shaking things up. Create a way of life that allows you to weather the storms with total equanimity. Read this!
Earlier this year, Dan Price, a CEO for a small Seattle-based payment processing company made headlines with news of establishing a company-wide minimum wage of $70K per year – at the same time the country is struggling with the idea of a $15 per hour minimum wage. While some suggested that he was actively destroying the fabric of society as we know it, Mr. Price’s experiment seems to be a success.
The DAPL will no longer be routed underneath a dammed section of the Missouri River that the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says sits near sacred burial ground. Concern for the pipeline’s development also includes the risk it could pose to the Indigenous peoples’ – and future generations’ – water supply.
The world is an amazing and beautiful place. The only thing going on here is as a species we are not aligned with peace; which believe it or not is our natural state of being as it is for all living things in nature, including Mother Earth herself. Everywhere we look we see famine, war, suffering and meaningless cruelty. But if we pan wide…if we just zoom out from our limited perspectives and try to catch a glimpse from a global or even universal view if we so dare, we just might see that great healing is occurring on this planet.
In the wake of several demonstrations of Islamophobia across the U.S., some people are going out of their way to support and embrace Muslims – and to conquer fear with love. Here are 6 positive actions you should know about.