Social Justice in the Wake of Ferguson

Social Justice in Wake of Ferguson

It has been long enough now that everyone likely has an opinion on what they believe is the true story of what happened in Ferguson, MO the day Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson. Everyone likely has an opinion about the community’s first outrage and the continued protests there and around the world.

The shocking difference in opinions seems to come down to a few points: (1) First understanding why a marginalized segment of our population has found this narrative so compelling and/or the straw that broke the camel’s back, (2) Confirmation bias or The Backfire Effect, and (3) Knowing the difference between facts, opinion, and interpretation.

Addressing each takes time, and most people are unwilling to take it. 

The public may never know the true “facts” of this particular case. The problem is the lie that we need to have a good kid as a victim versus a thug who deserved what he got. This is a false dichotomy and smacks of vigilante justice let alone the overt racism in using a term like “thug” evokes anyway.

The problem is that social justice can never be achieved until the spotlight is lifted from one specific person’s life (mistakes and successes both) and shone directly on the systemic racism, classism, sexism in society. Social justice will never see the light of day until the cycle of power, privilege, and oppression is stopped in its tracks. And until social justice sees movement, we will never see true environmental justice.

I call upon you to examine your place in that cycle and determine what you can do to end it. Be a force for good in your community. Think critically, not defensively.


Repetitive Motion Disorder: Black Reality and White Denial in America

12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People: Because Ferguson is happening right now, but systemic racism happens every day.

After Ferguson, When Will We Listen?

The terrifying racial stereotypes laced through Darren Wilson’s testimony

What Happened in Ferguson?

The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots

The Ferguson Lie


White people rioting over stupid shit: Let’s put those Ferguson pictures in perspective, shall we?


Join the Conversation!

  • What, if anything, have you learned since Ferguson became a hot topic?
  • What are you doing in your own life to end the cycle of power, privilege, and oppression?
  • How, where, do you see the link between social justice and environmental justice?


Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

The activists, scientists, and policy makers working on slowing (hopefully stopping and reversing, but let’s start with the small steps) climate change, took an enormous hit this mid-term election due to the Senate majority moving into the hands of the GOP. This means the lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The environment could not have sustained a bigger blow when it comes to the policies we need moving forward. Stephen Colbert’s humorous take on Inhofe’s promotion to the chair takes the edge off — but only slightly.


Climate Change: I am not a Scientist and Next Steps

What does the phrase, “I am not a scientist” really mean here? It means politicians don’t even have to pretend to listen to the people who are actually scientists, who are actually conducting research on climate change, and who know without doubt what needs to happen to slow the onslaught of crises that will come with sitting on our hands claiming innocence of knowledge.

It means they do not have to take action

There is clear scientific consensus that climate change is real and due to human activities. Congress must act. The EPA must use its authority to limit carbon pollution. The people must educate themselves, each other, and push for better. It is up to us all now. 

I have to believe that we fundamentally all have this same common link and recognize its importance…

Our Common Link - Activism - Almost All The Truth


How do you feel about this mid-term election and the role it plays in our environment? Does the outcome leave you searching for actions to take, organizations to support, or other roles? I would love to hear from you!




Happy Halloween: Links I Like

Happy Halloween - Almost All The Truth


Happy Halloween to one and all. I wish you good weather and fun times for witches and goblins of all ages. Looking for a little reading to get you through until it’s time to put on the costumes and join the reverie? I’ve got a few I’ve been reading this week I’d like to share…

Community Changes the World – “It is past time to stand together and say enough is enough. United is how we will effect change. Community changes the world.”

Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River – Something we must keep in mind as the fight to build more nuclear reactors in the U.S., as an option to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, heats up.

This piece right here, Calls to Ban Toxic Chemicals Fall on Deaf Ears Around the World, can be enough to cause most consumers to give up in frustration. The fight is not yet dead. Read this, understand the system that allows these chemicals in our shampoos and soaps or on crops trickling down into the soil and water, and make your voice heard. Enough is enough.

But just when you think hope is lost… Victory. Women’s Power Convinces Corporate Giants to Come Clean on Fragrance is a massive one. “This victory is a tribute to women’s tremendous economic power to shift companies toward healthier and more transparent products, and ultimately toward a green economy.”

There are brilliant innovators out there hoping to solve one of the world’s problems, like Solveiga Pakstaite: This Brilliant Expiry Label Decays So Your Food Doesn’t Have To and Boyan Slat: The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic. While others are going back to our roots: What Do You Do When Something Breaks?

Or were you just looking for a little Green Halloween fun for today?

Share your thoughts on any of these links in the comments or just tell me what you have planned for Halloween!



5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

5 Fun Ways to Use Carved Pumpkins After Halloween

Halloween is almost here and pumpkins everywhere are waiting to make their way to homes, stoops, and porches. What to do with them after the carving and decorating is done? Here are 5 fun ways to use carved pumpkins after Halloween is over…


1. Pumpkin Bird Feeder. What better way to use a good chunk of pumpkin than to feed the neighborhood birds? There are several ways to make a bird feeder depending on how you carve your pumpkin.

If the bottom, top, or side is left as a bowl or curved shape it is quite easy! Just cut the piece away from the rest of the pumpkin to form the bowl. If it is large enough you can cut small holes on each side to form handles to tie twine and hang. If not, use two lengths of twine and attach to the bottom where they crisscross and hang. Fill with birdseed (including any leftover pumpkin seeds) and wait for the neighborhood critters to come enjoy!

2. Pumpkin Planter. Choose a nice fall plant you’d like to transplant or buy from a local nursery (look for one that does not treat with neonicotinoids) as you won’t have time to grow much from seed. Fill your pumpkin with your plant and fill in with organic potting soil.

Your pumpkin does need drainage, but works best when your jack-o’-lantern’s face is not so large it loses much soil. It would be ideal for a painted or etched pumpkin too (add small drainage hole(s) at the bottom)!

3. Pumpkin Guts Stock. Every wondered what you could use those super slimy pumpkin guts for? Wonder no more. Use those guts to make a flavorful vegetable stock and reduce food waste!

Take all the pumpkin guts and place them in a stock pot full of water. Throw in any other veggie parts you might have, like carrot and celery tops, plus a whole chopped onion and up to 2tbsp of olive oil (optional). Boil for 30 minutes or so (or until it starts to change color), then strain all the veggie pieces out. You have just made yourself some delicious Pumpkin Guts Stock!

Use it in any soup or freeze for later!

4. Pumpkin Compost. – Once it starts to get rotten, just bury the whole thing in your backyard as a soil amendment. Either bury it whole in or break it up into smaller pieces. If there are any seeds left, you might have some volunteers next year. It is also easy to toss into your backyard compost as a green layer!

5. Pumpkin Catapult or Batting Practice. If you have little people in your home who love to build take this chance to create your very own catapult! When those pumpkins start to go, the entire family will have a blast watching them go splat. Then toss the results into the compost (see #4).

Alternatively if you have any budding baseball/softball players in the house that won’t mind getting splattered a bit, work on their hard hits straight at an incoming pumpkin.

Note: I highly recommend some serious supervision with this idea if you have kids giving either a try. But won’t you be the coolest parent ever?!? ;)


So tell me:

  • Do any of these ideas strike your fancy?
  • Do you have any other ideas to share?
  • Have you carved pumpkins yet?


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