Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014
Both by Dan Bagan
Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.
Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”
Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.
These are women are who I always wanted to be.
One of the things I have had great success with making for my house is homemade laundry detergent. Its great because its simple way to eliminate chemicals and save money all while washing your clothes. I always double it when I make it and it yields about six cups giving me 96 loads worth of soap. It costs me about $14 to make, but compared to the Seventh Generation organic powder laundry detergent you will pay about $15 for 70 loads. I also get the benefit of having the leftover washing soda and Borax to use in other homemade products.
· 1 bar of Dr. Bronners soap
· 1 cup washing soda
· 1 cup Borax
** This is for a single batch I usually double to save time.
1. Grate the entire bar of soap.
2. Add the grated soap to your blender, with 1 cup of either the washing soda or the Borax . If you don’t have a great blender, you might want to process this in smaller batches.
3. Blend until the pieces are cut fine, resembling a course sand.
4. Add the blender mixture to a bowl or the container you plan on storing in and mix in the remaining 1 cup of either washing soda or Borax.
5. Use a spoon to mix it thoroughly or shake until all ingredients are integrated.
Directions for use:
1 tablespoon per load for both regular and high efficiency washing machines.
Pot Roast in a Jar… Canning Roast Beef (via Pot Roast in a Jar… Canning Roast Beef - SHTF Preparedness)
I do it without the water. The juice will come out of the meat.
This mother was found on a palm oil plantation because her forest canopy had been destroyed. A mob beat her, then tried drowning her in a swimming pool. After the photo was taken she died, her baby was rescued. THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY IN INDONESIA AND MAYLASIA. EVERY DAY. 70% OF THE RAINFOREST IS GONE FOREVER. EVERY BAR OF SOAP AT WHOLE FOODS contains palm oil.! Most packaged foods you buy also do. Boycott palm oil now to stop this. Please READ Peace Panthers article on how to detect palm oil in your products: http://www.ultraculture.org/palm-oil/
of course the humans there need to live as well.
Cash crops don’t really benefit poor communities. They can’t eat it, only export it - for a fraction of its a Western market value. That’s if they own the company, but usually that’s foreign, too. So they get paid a pittance, with which they have to buy imported food, the cost of which fluctuates with the international market. Meanwhile the profits go overseas, their natural resources are severely depleted, the rivers silted and polluted, the land overused & soil turned into dirt. What are they left with? Survival. Perhaps. There must be a better way for them, the rainforest and the Orangutans. We just need to think smarter, question more, & be willing to change (as opposed to just expecting them too).
you’re right but people obviously feel that these things are related.and survival is more than nothing for desperate people.
one the one hands there is the west trying to exploit resources and then there’s the west trying to protect animals. obviously nobody cares about the humans.
with elephants and rhinos the best results have been where local humans are involved and profiting like reasonable hunting and such. i don’t know what the solution is here.
we’ve messed it up pretty well that’s certain.
Are you ever just overwhelmed by the horrifying thought that maybe, nobody ACTUALLY wants you around? And it’s not that you think everyone hates you, but it’s just that you’re not special to anyone? And that its really kind of sucky that you’re about 98% sure that nobody thinks “Wow, I just really like talking to her.” and that you could probably just disappear without anyone caring that much?