Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
George Monbiot has something of reputation for discussing the more dire circumstances we face today, but in his latest article for The Guardian he presents some reasons not to despair. In particular, Monbiot hones in on the commons, which (as you may know) is the theme of this years New Farmers Almanac.
The indigenous peoples and activists at Standing Rock are facing militarized police and a impenetrable silence in the mainstream media as they work to protect the indigenous rights granted by treaty and our collective water commons.
The camp still needs supplies, donations, and volunteers. If you haven’t donated yet, this is a good time. If you have already donated, consider doing so again. All the necessary info can be found here.
The activists currently protecting the water commons, their indigenous heritage, and our planet against institutionalized corporate greed. We stand with them. See Thursday’s post for more background on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protest again it and for ways you can help, and, at the very least, sign the petition here.
WEDNESDAY September 2nd.
6pm- 8.30 pm
Boylston Hall 105 in Harvard Yard.
FREE and OPEN to the public
We hope you can join for this event presented by Greenhorns’ Maine Sail Freight
in collaboration with “Food Better
” at Harvard University.
Join Brian Donahue, Marguerita Desy and John Forti for an evening panel and facilitated public discussion to bring these questions to the fore- ground. The Greenhorns’ Maine Sail Freight project, delivering Maine-grown cargo to Boston’s Long Wharf on August 30th prolongs our public- performance logistics with a series of public conversations. We’ll be at Boston Public Market the whole month of September, and over the winter will start back up with public programs in Maine.
The young farmers movement shares a bold vision, to rebuild a more regional, more sustainable, more resilient food economy. Individual farms and farmers are actors, but we know that coordinating across bigger distances and confronting the structural and economic barriers will require serious teamwork. Our boat-stunt, doing more than $70,000 in regional trade, is intended to bring into the open some of these larger systems- coordination questions. We Greenhorns want to get guidance from our elders, and lessons from history about how trade evolves, and how systems evolve, and how we should be preparing ourselves for the work ahead. This panel is mostly about the history of trade in this country, as a way to inform our approach to the re-design of trade-systems.
August 1, 2014
My decision to stop holding New Amsterdam Market on South Street grew from the frustrations of running a minimally funded organization while also leading a contentious land-use campaign for nearly a decade. Thanks to the overwhelming expressions of support and concern that poured in after the July 14 announcement, our board of directors and I are inspired to see that the market continues its mission.
We are actively planning the future of New Amsterdam Market and will keep you informed.
In the meantime please be aware of two important & time-sensitive opportunities to join us in demanding that public assets at the South Street Seaport remain in public hands and used for public purposes.
- Read The War on New York’s Waterfront in today’s New York Times Op-Ed section, by Roland Lewis, Paul Greenberg, and Joan Davidson. Forward this article widely to your lists, but do this from within the Times website, so it can be put on the front page and be seen by more people.
Thank you so much for much again for supporting our quest to retain, restore, and enhance New York City’s original commons, a priceless legacy we cannot afford to lose.
Robert LaValva, Founder
New Amsterdam Market