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A Plea to Shun the Ivory Trade From Yao Ming

The Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming has for years lent his renown to wildlife conservation. In 2006 he took up the campaign against killing sharks for their fins, considered a delicacy in China. More recently, he has taken up the cause of elephants and rhinos, which are hunted for their ivory and horns.

In August 2012, he traveled to the African savanna for the first time to witness the destruction wrought by poaching, and returned last year to Kenya. Now he is ready to share what he saw with his compatriots, in a documentary film, “The End of the Wild,” and a companion book.

At a presentation of the film in Beijing last week, Mr. Yao emphasized the special role of Chinese consumers, both in driving market demand for products from endangered animals and in curbing that demand.

“It is stunning what China has achieved in the past three decades economically, and at least some of us have emerged as winners,” he said in an interview. “But our purchasing power is straining the resources of the earth.”

The obsession of some Chinese with possessing rare ornaments or ingredients of questionable medical benefit “is costing lives thousands of kilometers away,” he said.

The film is the latest of Mr. Yao’s projects in partnership with WildAid, a nongovernmental organization devoted to stopping the illegal trade in wildlife. It shows him petting baby rhinos in Ol Pejeta Conservancy outside Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, and examining the mutilated carcasses left behind by poachers in Namunyak, in northern Kenya.

“I believe that people who have seen those pictures will remember it,” Mr. Yao says in the film. In the interview he added, “I saw those dead bodies. And that smell, well, you won’t smell it watching the documentary.”

(via NYTimes.com)

A Plea to Shun the Ivory Trade From Yao Ming

(via ourafrica)

Back to the grind | #GetInsured #ACA #Georgia #Medicaid #Expansion #CarpeDiem #SPARK #reproductive #justice

Early morning press tour with a fab Londoner, Amma Asante. #kindofabigdeal #paffnow #paff #director #Belle #producer @paffnow #filmmaker #PR #givethanks (at Colony Square Midtown)

thepeoplesrecord:

Five Latin American countries withdraw envoys from Israel
August 1, 2014

The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a “deep disappointment”, says Israel.

El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said that the move encourages Hamas; “this decision encourages Hamas which has been recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries. The countries standing against terror must act responsibly and should not reward them. While Hamas has been responsible for hindering a ceasfire, El Salvador, Peru and Chile were expected to support international attitude for peace and demilitarization of Gaza”, the statement said.

Earlier Israel criticized Brazil over its decision to recall its ambassador in protest at Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.

Brazil was one of 29 countries in the UN Human Rights Council that voted last Wednesday to investigate Israel over its military offensive in Gaza.

During a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 17, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said her country was “profoundly concerned by the dramatic events” in Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll from a devastating Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip rose to 1283, according to a Gaza Health Ministry spokesman.

According to the spokesman, at least 7170 Palestinians have also been injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks since July 7.

Source

micdotcom:

guardian:

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

Full story here

Powerful.

What is the world coming to?

(Source: theguardian.com)

merpldom:

tuscanystuff:

gutgroan:

i did this poster series for a class project on the right to work. it’s not actually affiliated with the department of labor. 

Too bad this isn’t real because these issues happen FAR too often. 

Please make this real.

Project campaign targeting labor discrimination

(Source: gutgrown, via mas1v0ne)

…and that’s a wrap! Thank you for an amazing 4th annual FYRE Media Camp —your passion, drive and fearless spirit gives us hope for the future of reproductive justice and social transformation. Kudos 😁🎉👏🙏✊✨👌😇

A beautiful flower girl who worked tirelessly to make this a great experience for each and every FYRE Media Camp participant. Thank you for stepping up as a leader Miss @hello_quita —we appreciate & love your spirit! Kudos👏👏👏 😘❤️🎉😊 #sparkrj @sparkrjnow #fmjc14 #leadership #youth #womenofcolor #gogirl #browngirlsrock

…where the magic happens🙌✨👌#stayfierce #youth #fmjc14 #storytelling #media #queer #translivesmatter #transjustice #editing #stories #reprojustice #socialchange #sparkrj

Day 3: It’s the last day of FYRE Media Camp and our youth are cranking some good stuff! A lot of creativity and thought has gone into finalizing their b(v)log presentations surrounding abortion, violence and Medicaid expansion. We can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with…stay tuned! | #fmjc14 #sparkrj #reprojustice #ACA #RJactioncenter #translivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #transjustice #storytelling #panels #workshops #stories #socialchange #socialjustice #Medicaid #southernstories #feminists #feminisim #queer #lgbtqq #editing #GSU #healthcare #tolerance #fmjckudos #photogrid @photogridorg (at Georgia State University Commons Market)

Day 2: FYRE Media Camp youth get a chance to #skype with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs —scholar, author and queer black feminist trouble-maker + love evangelist. { She was the first scholar to research the Audre Lorde Papers at #Spelman College, the June Jordan Papers at #Harvard University, and the Lucille Clifton Papers at #Emory University. (Credit: @thefeministwire) } …another powerful session where @sparkrjnow youth learn how to effectively craft their stories and messages using online/digital tools. | #findingyourvoice #fmjc14 #sparkrj #stories #socialchange #reprojustice #southernstories #perspectives #transgender #lgbtqq #writing #workshops #womenofcolor #youthofcolor #justice #equality #queer #gsu #scholar #activist #education #AudreLorde #feminist #JuneJordan #LucilleClifton #womenstudies #sacredspaces

No one could ever imagine the stories that would come from the hearts of our FYRE Media Camp youth. It’s fair to say we all learned something new today —about ourselves and our relationships with others. It was a pleasure facilitating The Art of Storytelling workshop today with @sparkrjnow …let’s go! | #fmjc14 #sparkrj #writing #workshops #womenofcolor #perspectives #panels #stories #southernstories #reprojustice #tolerance #transgender #equality #lgbtqq #love #youthofcolor #youth #gsu

Our lives were truly enriched today hearing stories of tolerance, solutions and compassion for those living transgender lives in Atlanta. Extra special thanks to Everett, Juan and Ms. Dee Dee of #SNAPCO for showing us how Love through Action can change lives, create understanding and shift perspectives. We stand in solidarity with you✊ | #fmjc14 #sparkrj #perspectives #panels #workshops #stories #storytelling #compassion #tolerance #transgender #lgbtqq #womenofcolor #discussion #southernstories #solutionsnotpunishment #love #understanding #socialchange #discovery

@sparkrjnow Executive Director Malika Redmond { @malikaredmond } presenting certificates of appreciation to our invited guests from #SNAPCO. | #fmjc14 #tolerance #sparkrj #stories #southernstories #solutionsnotpunishment #transgender #lgbtqq #panels #perspectives #equality #reprojustice

papress:

Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.

Farming Cuba: sustainable agriculture for future generations

(via thisbigcity)