Chris Hedges – Live in Los Angeles / Part Two

A film by Michael Sosebee
submitted by Gabrielle Price

On June 28, 2012 Chris Hedges gave an historic talk to a sold-out audience at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Los Angeles, California.  In part two, Chris talks about his new book collaboration with graphic artist Joe Sacco, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”.  Chris shares how he and Joe traveled to the most depressed pockets of the United States to combine narrative nonfiction with graphic art.  From the streets of Camden, New Jersey, the devastated coal fields of West Virginia, the Lakota reservation of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Chris discusses the view of existence when the marketplace rules and the outcome of corporate capitalism when it is unregulated and unfettered.

A moving discussion which questions a corporate-created society that has lost the capacity for the sacred.

US Lifestyle Options Are Currently Out Of Stock

submitted by Gabrielle Price

I’m working on a few projects and haven’t been watching the news feeds as vigilantly as I have in the past.  Not because I don’t care about the news and delivering it but the news somehow isn’t saying much that I haven’t heard before.  And I hate repeating myself like a mainstream parrot.
Alas, that is part and parcel of media and its wretched 24 hour news cycle.  The public’s attention span has been whittled away, their focus is emotionally political rather than grounded in civics and to keep one’s finger on that pulse too long is to be awash in a sea of petty idiocy and hot air.
Free press is a lone boat with one tattered sail praying to see a lighthouse.  It’s a shitty job but someone has been doing it for a long time – longer than me – only to be met with more censorship the harder we row.  There is no quitting, however.  For those of us who respect and love the power of the pen, quitting is simply not an option.
I’m working on building some lighthouses with other media people.   The horizon ahead isn’t clear for many because the mainstream media fog gets thicker every day.  While stories like these go unheeded by the majority – like so many buried columns or spun into fodder to keep people ordering dessert while the Titanic takes on more water:

Banks Are Failing Left and Right Today – 6/28

At the top of that list…JP Morgan.  Keep in mind that Jamie Dimon received a $23 million pay package for fiscal year 2011, more than any other bank CEO in the United States.

Mike Krieger: Where Food Stamps Go To Die – 6/28

“Marion Nestle, Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU, came out with some interesting tidbits regarding the food stamp program.  One of them is extraordinarily disturbing.  She shows that Wal-Mart gets as much as 25% to 40% of revenue at some stores from food stamp dollars.  This says it all folks.  Food stamps are of course the perfect business for Wal-Mart and JP Morgan, which as I pointed out previously makes a lot of money running the program and keeping the populace in perpetual serfdom.”  [What do you think will happen when JP Morgan fails?  See first headline…]

Not Spain, Uganda, Or Greece; But Stockton CA: Largest US City Bankruptcy Now Official – 6/28

The EU Summit: Europe Needs Capital, NOT Political Posturing – 6/29

“…none of the measures address the most critical issue pertaining to Europe: where is the money going to come from?”

Guest Post: It’s Time To Connect The Dots – 6/29 [please see #3]
“When you connect the dots, the next steps lead to what may soon be regarded as an obvious conclusion: the system, as it exists right now, is crumbling.  No amount of self-delusion can make this go away.”

This really isn’t rocket science.  Mainstream media talks to the public like children with no basic math skills to keep them from asking questions.  The hard questions are and have been being asked by independent press and the truth delivered with stunning accuracy.  But because money equals speech and attention spans are have waned – critical thinking people will have to work harder if they love life and the people they share it with.  I’m no math scholar but I have connected these dots.
Time and a lot of meditation brought me to understand and accept the picture that is forming.  It no longer scares me more than it makes me concerned for others who have not yet made the connections.  It is the reason I keep going.
“How radical are you?  Do you love life?  Are you willing to fight for it?“
Many of those dear to me who are not connecting the dots, I love as much as I love life, so I am willing to be as radical as necessary – for them.  That is why I am scouting ahead to learn about a more durable set of living arrangements.  I think of it as choosing the option of a stronger foundation for my lighthouse so I can be prepared, not just for myself but for others who will need these skills when the time comes.  I will personally become more durable.  Resilient.
This system hates that…so of course, it is in my nature to automatically relish it.
It is so surreal and odd that my grandparents victory gardening skills, ability to create community to survive through the Great Depression by sharing skills, food and resources would be or seem at all radical.  This is how I know the current system is very, very sick and I do not wish to participate in it.  It quite honestly, made me spiritually ill.
My whole life, I have been willing to fight for what I love…what I learn in New Mexico will only make me more able.  Quitting is not an option. Quitting this system, however, is easy when its function prevents the exercise of inalienable rights like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on a global scale, not just at home.
American rights and democracy aren’t lifestyle options – these are things that die when they aren’t used.

Occupy Fear and Loathing / Update ~ Santa Rosa

by Gabrielle Price

MIC CHECK!!!

We have not reached bat country yet – but have had the most amazing chance encounters while having the truck worked on here in Santa Rosa, California.

On December 17th, my intern and I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mr. Michael C. Ruppert at his home before heading back to Santa Rosa for truck repairs.  Footage is being edited as I type this and a teaser video is coming your way.

Last night, while waiting to hear back about the truck – we visited a local coffee shop owned by a family in the area.  We came across a local publication called the Sonoma County Peace Press, with the words “Why Occupy?” on the cover, Published by the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County.  After chatting with the coffee shop owners we found out the offices for the Peace & Justice center were within walking distance.

Arran walked down to ask if they would be interested in doing an interview with us and they were having a meeting.  We went down about half an hour later and sat in on a personal introduction session – where everyone shared some personal history about what brought them to the occupy movement.  It was very a very enlightening and emotional experience.

It was announced that the General Assembly was about to begin at the Santa Rosa City Hall grounds.  Several from this group left to attend and we walked toward City Hall a few blocks away to attend and take photos.

Much of the discussion focused on fundraising, with one of the ladies in the group sporting a handmade knit hat with the initials OSR [Occupy Santa Rosa] which is available for sale.

A spokesperson with the group that I had met at the Peace & Justice center, gave me the floor to announce our intent with the occupy Fear and Loathing media tour and to explain our predicament with the truck and the need for a safe place for the night.  The other spokesperson, Jackie, a former police officer, offered her home up for us to stay.

Jackie was scheduled to attend a meeting/discussion at a place called the Share Exchange, where there was a well known author who had been invited to talk about transition.  It was standing room only, however, so we grabbed some food nearby until we heard back that we could come in.  It was packed.

We had missed most of the discussion but found that many people in the room were highly in tune with the occupy movement and the transition movement.  The owner of the store explained how every product in the exchange was from local artisans, crafters and photographers only.  The tagline for the store is “…incubating the local community.”  It’s intent is to create local jobs, support local entrepreneurs and hosting events in a cowork space to encourage collaboration, resource sharing and to act as a regional model.

Jackie introduced us to several other people there and an announcement was made that a couple attending needed a place to stay with their young daughter.  Jackie immediately volunteered her home again as she made a connection with the little girl who was happily chatting up everyone in the store.

The evening ended with a caravan of us following Jackie to her home, nestled behind a green market in Healdsburg.  We shared a late meal and loads of interesting conversation with the folks who stayed with us.  One, a local builder and the couple; a Romanian storyteller and his wife and daughter.  We talked about everything from permaculture to mythology, to peak water and disaster capitalism.

Never before have I met such gracious, loving and intelligent people in one place, at one time, on one journey, with one collective mindset.

We all work for Gaia.  We all see what’s coming.  We are all working to prepare the ground for which we hope to see our children and grandchildren walk upon.  People realize that it will look much different than it does now or how it has looked in the past.  This is a frightening realization to many who have not begun to ask important questions, who have been asleep and have placed blind faith in a system that does not care for them or their future; let alone the future of this planet.

Every person involved in this movement should be looking within to ask if they are walking the path of their soul purpose, if their actions continue to keep the status quo in power.  Because make no mistake ~ a movement of the people is inherently a movement rooted in spirit.  This movement is bubbling up like a geyser and its spirit cannot be broken.

I’ll be sharing more details about this trip in the documentary film we’re making.  Please make a donation or purchase anything on this site so we may continue this work for the 99%.  For YOU.

Stay tuned for film teasers and more updates!
SOLIDARITY
Namaste ~ Gabrielle