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NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your Guide to Planetary Energies for March 11 – 17, 2013, by Pam Younghans

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Todays photo: Incredible auroras over Abisko National Park, Sweden on March 3, 2013 (photo by Chad Blakley, posted on SpaceWeather.com)

THIS WEEK marks the beginning of a gradual shift. Imagine we are surfers, sitting on our boards on a calm ocean, allowing the undulating waters to gently rock us. This is the Pisces zone nothing specific we need to be doing or thinking about. We are aware of our connection with the motion of the water, knowing that our main task is simply to be with whatever process is underway, and to let go of our need to control outcomes.

Switch to scene two: A giant wave rises behind us, were energized, paddling, aiming the surfboard in the direction that will enable us the best ride. Our senses are awakened, we are highly focused. The adrenalin rush itself may be the biggest ride of all. This is the Aries zone.

MONDAY DAWNS with seven planets in Pisces the six from last week now being joined by the Moon. By midday, the Sun and Moon will align to form a Pisces New Moon (at 12:52pm PDT), birthing a new lunar cycle with strong transcendent, spiritual, and creative overtones.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon both explains these Piscean themes and hints at how they will unfold over the next two weeks as the Moon grows into fullness:

A prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai: The need to bring down to the level of everyday existence the clear realizations made manifest in a great peak experience.

MOST OF US long for that peak experience of either spiritual or creative connection that expands our conscious awareness, that opens doorways that had once seemed closed. Most of all, we want to know that this experience has changed us and altered our life path, in quantifiable ways.

Perhaps that kind of experience is possible with all this Pisces emphasis now but in general, Pisces is a softer energy, one that redefines not with lightning bolts from the sky, but with the slow dissolving of the patterns of belief that have kept us separate from each other and from our own creative source.

Lightning bolts may be more in the offing in the last half of March, as more and more of our Pisces planets make their way into Aries.

MARS is the first of the Pisces Seven to break free from the pack and lead the way into Aries (at 11:25pm PDT on Monday). As ruler of Aries, Mars is very comfortable here, inspiring us to initiate new projects and take risks that we may not have considered previously. The Moon will also be in Aries on Tuesday and Wednesday, adding fuel to the newly-lit fire.

We need to remember, however, that Mercury is still retrograde until Sunday. We may need to harness that Aries initiative for a few days, until we make sure that our conscious minds are also in gear.

ENJOY the Pisces wave for now, in whatever form it takes. Consider it an opportunity to be in the flow as much as possible, and find respite in the lack of direction.

The highly-energized Aries wave is not far off: The Sun enters Aries on March 20 and Venus follows suit on March 21. Mars aligns with Uranus in Aries on March 22, and on March 28, the Sun and Venus both align with Uranus.

A whole new world is just around the corner.

Blessings,

Pam

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I do not know anything about this man, but I hope that he is one of the followers of De Las Casas who brought us the Liberation Theology of Latin America, and thus the Zapatista movement. That would surely signal a major change of direction for our world. It is a good sign that he chose the name Francis, St Francis of Assisi was always my favourite saint because he is the only one who pointed out the truth about Life- ALL life is sacred, and the Creator has given us the sacred beauty of all Creation to honor, respect, love and live in harmony with-as many have said how can one honor the Creator if one does not honor Creation? St Francis was always shown surrounded by birds and animals, and his gentleness and peace were already legendary during his lifetime. Should the church turn from what it has so long been, done and promoted to a vision of St Francis theology this would truly to me at least represent the obvious return of Christ to our world. The Light of Christ returning to all hearts, where it naturally belongs;-)


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I have seen an article about the secret program that developed the ability to induce cancer. When I find it again I will post it. I hope that the truth comes out and people realize how much they have been lied to, how much they have been persuaded to villify and hate those who were genuine heroes for the people.
Too many people in America say horrible things about Chavez, but he has always been a hero to me. Much like with Obama, it seems some people simply cannot stand the idea of non-white leaders-but you know we had them for thousands of years before the cancer of colonization infected the Europeans and they spread out like a plague of zombies to bring it to the rest of the world. I would love to see the Venezuelans investigation find and publish conclusive proof of the attack on their leader-that would be a HUGE step for Disclosure!


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The Oracle Report Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Daily Energetic Analysis During the Time of Awakening

New Moon Phase – Moon in Aries

Today we continue this month’s theme of cleansing and purging what no longer serves us. Events may cause us to examine peoples’ motives and intentions. We look at our personal resources and how things are feeding or drawing on those resources in order to make adjustments. This energy may be difficult because people are trying to energetically come together, meet up, or come into resonance from different places or levels, which may initially cause friction or cause issues to surface. This will show up primarily in communications (miscommunications) so be sure that you understand what others mean before reacting to it. Remember that we are clearing ground this month and are supported by the strongest powers of release.

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America, You Must Not Look Away (How to Finish Off the NRA) …a letter from Michael Moore

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Friends,

The year was 1955. Emmett Till was a young African American boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. One day Emmett was seen “flirting” with a white woman in town, and for that he was mutilated and murdered at the age of fourteen. He was found with part of a cotton gin tied around his neck with a string of barbed wire. His killers, two white men, had shot him in the head before they dumped him in the river.

Emmett Till’s body was found and returned to Chicago. To the shock of many, his mother insisted on an open casket at his funeral so that the public could see what happens to a little boy’s body when bigots decide he is less than human. She wanted photographers to take pictures of her mutilated son and freely publish them. More than 10,000 mourners came to the funeral home, and the photo of Emmett Till appeared in newspapers and magazines across the nation.

“I just wanted the world to see,” she said. “I just wanted the world to see.”

The world did see, and nothing was ever the same again for the white supremacists of the United States of America. Because of Emmett Till, because of that shocking photograph of this little dead boy, just a few months later, “the revolt officially began on December 1, 1955” (from Eyes on the Prize) when Rosa Parks decided not to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The historic bus boycott began and, with the images of Emmett Till still fresh in the minds of many Americans, there was no turning back.

In March of 1965, the police of Selma, Alabama, brutally beat, hosed and tear-gassed a group of African Americans for simply trying to cross a bridge during a protest march. The nation was shocked by images of blacks viciously maimed and injured. So, too, was the President. Just one week later, Lyndon Johnson called for a gathering of the U.S. Congress and he went and stood before them in joint session and told them to pass a bill he was introducing that night the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And, just five months later, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

In March, 1968, U.S. soldiers massacred 500 civilians at My Lai in Vietnam. A year and a half later, the world finally saw the photographs of mounds of dead peasants covered in blood, a terrified toddler seconds before he was gunned down, and a woman with her brains literally blown out of her head. (These photos would join other Vietnam War photos, including a naked girl burned by napalm running down the road, and a South Vietnamese general walking up to a handcuffed suspect, taking out his handgun, and blowing the guy’s brains out on the NBC Nightly News.)

With this avalanche of horrid images, the American public turned against the Vietnam War. Our realization of what we were capable of rattled us so deeply it became very hard for future presidents (until George W. Bush) to outright invade a sovereign nation and go to war there for a decade.

Bush was able to pull it off because his handlers, Misters Cheney and Rumsfeld, knew that the most important thing to do from the get-go was to control the images of the war, to guarantee that nothing like a My Lai-style photograph ever appeared in the U.S. press.

And that is why you never see a picture any more of the kind of death and destruction that might make you get up off your couch and run out of the house screaming bloody murder at those responsible for these atrocities.

That is why now, after the children’s massacre in Newtown, the absolute last thing the National Rifle Association wants out there in the public domain is ANY images of what happened that tragic day.

But I have a prediction. I believe someone in Newtown, Connecticut a grieving parent, an upset law enforcement officer, a citizen who has seen enough of this carnage in our country somebody, someday soon, is going to leak the crime scene photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. And when the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child’s body, that’s the day the jig will be up for the NRA. It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.

Of course, there will be a sanctimonious hue and cry from the pundits who will decry the publication of these gruesome pictures. Those who do publish or post them will be called “shameful” and “disgraceful” and “sick.” How could a media outlet be so insensitive to the families of the dead children! Someone will then start a boycott of the magazine or website that publishes them.

But this will be a false outrage. Because the real truth is this: We do not want to be confronted with what the actual results of a violent society looks like. Of what a society that starts illegal wars, that executes criminals (or supposed criminals), that strikes or beats one of its women every 15 seconds, and shoots 30 of its own citizens every single day looks like. Oh, no, please DO NOT MAKE US LOOK AT THAT!

Because if we were to seriously look at the 20 slaughtered children I mean really look at them, with their bodies blown apart, many of them so unrecognizable the only way their parents could identify them was by the clothes they were wearing what would be our excuse not to act? Now. Right now. This very instant! How on earth could anyone not spring into action the very next moment after seeing the bullet-riddled bodies of these little boys and girls?

We don’t know exactly what those Newtown photographs show. But I want you yes, you, the person reading this right now to think about what we do know:

The six-year and seven-year-old children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School were each hit up to eleven times by a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The muzzle velocity of a rifle like the AR-15 is about three times that of a handgun. And because the kinetic energy of a bullet equals one-half of the bullet’s mass multiplied by its velocity squared, the potential destructive power of a bullet fired from a rifle is about nine times more than that of a similar bullet fired from a handgun.

Nine times more. I spoke to Dr. Victor Weedn, chairman of the Department of Forensic Sciences at George Washington University, who told me that chest x-rays of a person shot with a rifle will often look like a “snowstorm” because their bones will have been shattered into fragments. This happens not just because of the bullet’s direct impact, but because each bullet sends a shock wave through the body’s soft organs one so powerful it can break bones even when the bullet didn’t hit them. A video here shows what the shock wave looks like in the “ballistic gelatin” used by experts to simulate human tissue. (Would Gabby Giffords have survived if shot by a rifle rather than a Glock pistol? Probably not, says Dr. Weedn; the shock wave would have damaged the most critical parts of her brain.)

As horrifying as this is, there’s more; much more. Dr. Cyril Wecht, past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, told me this:

The kind of ammunition used by the Newtown killer would have produced very extensive, severe and mutilating injuries of the head and face in these small victims. Depending on the number of shots striking a childs head, substantial portions of the head would be literally blasted away. The underlying brain tissue would be extensively lacerated with portions of hemorrhagic brain tissue protruding through the fractured calvarium and basilar skull, some of which would remain on portions of the face…actual physical identification of each child would have been extremely difficult, and in many instances impossible, even by the parents of any particular child.

We also know this, according to Dr. Wecht:

In one case, the parents have commented publicly upon the damage to their child, reporting that his chin and left hand were missing. Most probably, this child had brought his hand up to his face in shock and for protection and had the hand blasted away along with the lower part of his face.

Veronique Pozner, the mother of Noah, the six-year-old boy described by Dr. Wecht, insisted that the Governor of Connecticut look at Noah in an open casket. “I needed it to be real to him,” she said. The Governor wept.

The pictures showing all this exist right now, somewhere in the police and medical examiner’s files in Connecticut. And as of right now, we’ve somehow all decided together that we don’t need to look, that in some way we’re okay with what’s in those pictures (after all, over 2,600 Americans have been killed by guns since Newtown) just as long as we don’t have to look at the pictures ourselves.

But I am telling you now, that moment will come with the Newtown photos and you will have to look. You will have to look at who and what we are, and what we’ve allowed to happen. At the end of World War II, General Eisenhower ordered that thousands of German civilians be forced to march through the concentration camps so they could witness what was happening just down the road from them during the years that they turned their gaze away, or didn’t ask, or didn’t do anything to stop the murder of millions.

We’ve done nothing since Columbine nothing and as a result there have been over 30 other mass shootings since then. Our inaction means that we are all, on some level, responsible and therefore, because of our burying our heads in the sand, we must be forced to look at the 20 dead children at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The people we’ve voted for since Columbine with the exception of Michael Bloomberg almost none of them, Democrat or Republican, dared to speak out against the NRA before Newtown and yet we, the people, continued to vote for them. And for that we are responsible, and that is why we must look at the 20 dead children.

Most of us continue to say we “support the Second Amendment” as if it were written by God (or we’re just afraid of being seen as anti-American). But this amendment was written by the same white men who thought a Negro was only 3/5 human. We’ve done nothing to revise or repeal this and that makes us responsible, and that is why we must look at the pictures of the 20 dead children laying with what’s left of their bodies on the classroom floor in Newtown, Connecticut.

And while you’re looking at the heinous photographs, try saying those words out loud: “I support the Second Amendment!” Something, I’m guessing, won’t feel right.

Yes, someday a Sandy Hook mother or a Columbine mother, or an Aurora mother, or a mother from massacres yet to come will say, like the mother of Emmett Till, “I just want the world to see.” And then nothing about guns in this country will ever be the same again.

Pack your bags, NRA you’re about to be shown the door. Because we refuse to let another child die in this manner. Got it? I hope so.

All you can do now is hope no one releases those photos.

Yours,
Michael Moore
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Why Chavez Chose Social Safety Net Over Skyscrapers

Why Chavez Chose Social Safety Net Over Skyscrapers

Monday, 11 March 2013 15:50 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

People walk by graffiti showing late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, as they head to pay their final respects during Chavez's funeral ceremony at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, March 11, 2013. (Photo: Mauricio Lima / The New York Times)People walk by graffiti showing late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, as they head to pay their final respects during Chavez’s funeral ceremony at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela, March 11, 2013. (Photo: Mauricio Lima / The New York Times) Since news broke last week of the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, reactions to that leaders passing have been pouring in. While many argue that Chavez did incredible things for Venezuela and its people, there are those, especially here in the US, who dont have such a rosy view of the former leader.

Thats where Associated Press business reporter Pamela Sampson comes in.

In a piece from last Tuesday, speaking about the legacy of Chavez, Sampson wrote that, Chavez invested Venezuela’s oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families, free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world’s tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi.

You heard that right.

Sampson appears to be arguing that providing healthcare, education and employment opportunities for millions of people is far less important than flaunting your wealth for the entire world to see. Lifting an entire nation out of crippling poverty is nothing compared to building a big glitzy building or opening up a new museum.

Now, if these were the feelings of just one journalist, we could move on. But the problem is that these sentiments are echoed throughout our country. Oil corporations have become so powerful and influential in our society that the idea of nationalizing our oil and using the money from it the way the Venezuelans, the Saudis, and the Norwegians (among others) do to help the American people is, according to conventional wisdom, crazy and absurd.

This is the reason why, up until Chavezs death, the U.S and Venezuela had frosty relations at best. Chavezs decision to use his nations vast sums of oil wealth to help his people, instead of adding to the bottom-lines of corporations, irked many U.S. politicians and government officials.

But whats really going on here? Why do so many Americans believe that corporate luxury is more important than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

In a society, achieving safety and security is step one.

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans achieved safety and security by giving it to others, and getting it in return. And similarly, the more safety and security you gave to people, the higher status you achieved. Archeologists call societies like this Potlatch societies, as status is gained by giving away as much as you can at giant feasting parties called Potlatches.

This is only a slight variation on the model that Hugo Chavez used in Venezuela,
and its why his people loved him so much. By using his nation’s oil wealth to give Venezuelans access to education, healthcare, improved housing and better living conditions, Chavez gave safety and security to millions of people, and was rewarded with high levels of admiration and respect.

Unfortunately, our modern society has become infected with a sort of cultural mental illness. The late professor of Native American studies at UC Davis, Jack Forbes, told me his people called it wetiko, a Native American word meaning cannibal or thief.

In western society, we get safety and security from making money, and then using that to buy goods and services. The more goods and services you produced, the more you were paid, and the more you were paid, the more you were able to purchase to help achieve safety and security.

This is the model that America has today. And, in its extremely mentally ill form, its why some billionaires say things like I only have $30 billion. Once I have $40 billion, Ill be happy. And its why Americans might think that shiny skyscrapers are more important than the social welfare of an entire nation.

But lets look at the numbers behind these two approaches to safety and security.

Before Hugo Chavez was president, according to the British newspaper The Guardian, unemployment in Venezuela was at 15%. As of 2009, it was at 7.6 %.

Before Hugo Chavez was president, extreme poverty was at 23.4%. As of 2011, it was at 8.5%

Meanwhile, here in the United States, millions of Americans are consistently unemployed each year. And, in the last 15 years, extreme poverty in the United States
has doubled. The number of U.S. households living on less than $2 per person a day, which is known as the extreme poverty line, more than doubled between 1996 and 2011, from 636,000 to 1.46 million

And, according to the latest Census Bureau data, a staggering 50 percent of Americans are either low-income or living below the poverty line.

The numbers here paint a pretty clear picture: The Chavez approach to governance, and his Robin Hood-esque mentality worked for Venezuela.

During 14 years in office, Chavez managed to drastically improve the lives of Venezuelans, while rebuilding an entire nation. He knew that the best way to achieve safety and security was not by constructing lavish buildings, but through maintaining a strong social safety net and ensuring that Venezuelans had the resources they needed to survive.

America should take a page out of the Chavez playbook.

Every Americans should have a comfortable baseline from which to survive and prosper. That means protecting this nations social safety net, and strengthening programs like Social Security and Medicare. It also means raising the minimum wage, and making it a living wage, so that Americans can provide for themselves, and for their families.

A country is only as strong as its people. Its time that America was strong again.

(Read the original article with comments and more links on Truthout at the link below-

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15060-why-chavez-chose-social-safety-net-over-skyscrapers )

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Tar Sands Resistance Escalates in Massachusetts

Tar Sands Resistance Escalates in Massachusetts

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 12:43 By Chris Longenecker, Truthout | Op-Ed

"Funeral for our Future" coffin positioned into place while clergy members speak out about the toxicity of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: Chris Longenecker)

The national week of actions against the Keystone XL pipeline called for by the nonviolent direct action group Tar Sands Blockade is supposed to run from March 16-23. Activists in Massachusetts decided they wanted to turn up the heat a little early. On Monday, March 11, 2013, at about 10:30 AM, over 100 protesters stormed the Massachusetts offices of TransCanada, the company that stands to profit most from the pipeline’s construction. After two hours, 26 people were arrested for handcuffing their bodies together, blockading the entrance and refusing to leave until the pipeline project was abandoned. The action was billed as a Funeral for Our Future and included somber songs, construction paper flowers and a homemade coffin. This was the third protest as part of an escalating direct action campaign in Westborough, Massachusetts, targeting the TransCanada offices there.

Action, Preparation and Rehearsal

The energy was palpable on the evening before the action. The buzzing electricity of a convergence hours before a protest is simply intoxicating. About 100 activists were gathered, preparing to put their bodies on the line to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. I found a few friends, and we started chatting about what the next day’s events might look like. After scarcely ten minutes of conversation, a friend on the tactical team was summoned to a last-minute meeting of the folks committed to risking arrest. I followed, feeling lucky to have help navigating through the massage circles, prop construction tables and slumbering masses, towards the tense midnight consensus meetings I know all too well.

Inside the room were 25 or so people discussing their plans for the morning. Everyone had their own pair of handcuffs, which nearly all were fiddling with – getting accustomed to feeling the cold, binding metal against their wrists. The irony of locking their bodies together, using handcuffs as a tool of resistance, only to later be carted out of the offices in a similar set of jewelry, did not escape me.

Blockaders get in place and handcuff themselves together in the shadow of TransCanada's corporate emblem. (Photo: Chris Longenecker)Blockaders get in place and handcuff themselves together in the shadow of TransCanada’s corporate emblem. (Photo: Chris Longenecker)At their meeting, the “arrestables” were figuring out a number of loose ends. Since the support team was considered unarrestable and would leave when asked to by police, they would quickly lose their police liaison, a role designed to ensure conversations taking place between police and protesters have a single voice and message. A second police liaison was chosen from among the folks planning to handcuff themselves together, although it was decided this person would speak up only if absolutely necessary. This is not a group that was in any way eager to negotiate or converse with agents of the state.

They later debated whether to use wax or glue inside the locking mechanisms of the handcuffs to make extraction more difficult and prolong the length of time they would be able to obstruct the offices. While some supported it, many were concerned about their safety if something went wrong and they wanted to get up and leave the stationary mass of protesters. It was decided to leave the keyholes unmodified and keep keys on their persons. Members of the group agreed that they would regularly check in with each other, and use a “green”-“yellow”-“red” model to alert others to their moods and needs. A “red” mood would signify an immediate need to leave the protest and have their handcuffs unlocked – a word everyone was hoping to avoid uttering during the action.

Civil Disobedience: Putting Our Bodies on the Cogs of the Machine

The morning was hectic and the complex system of transportation to and from the TransCanada offices proved more difficult than envisioned. Protesters became visibly nervous that they were behind schedule and beginning to fear what might await them at the offices. Rumors began to circulate through the crowd that the police had been tipped off. People feared police would be waiting for them before they were able to go inside. A suspicious car seemed to be circling our convoy at the final rendezvous location and the driver sped off when a protester pointed in his direction. The assembled activists, already exhausted and stressed about the gravity of what they planned to do, feared the worst.

Arriving at the parking lot of the TransCanada offices, the spirits of the group instantly lifted. Police were nowhere to be seen and their tactical team was in place, guiding the cars in. After a few minutes, the protesters gained access to the facility and ran up the back stair toward their target. All their planning and rehearsing had paid off. They assembled in two lines, blocking the door to the offices and lining the hallways. A coffin bearing the slogan “Our Future” was brought in through the crowd and placed at TransCanada’s door. Exuberant songs of resistance, chanting and rhythmic stomping bellowed throughout the halls of the normally drab building.

Nearly an hour into the protest, police began to confront the protesters. They informed the group that anyone who didn’t vacate the premises would be arrested. Most left at that point, leaving the last 26 to their chosen fate. The remaining blockaders crossed arms, held hands and snapped their handcuffs into place. Sitting down in a large mass completed their act of civil disobedience.

Some of the first arrestees being brought out, still singing, chanting and feeling empowered. (Photo: Chris Longenecker)Some of the first arrestees being brought out, still singing, chanting and feeling empowered. (Photo: Chris Longenecker) The protesters who had left the blockade now gathered outside. They were singing and chanting in solidarity with their comrades inside, making sure they were loud enough that their friends chained together could hear their cries. Cheers erupted from the lively crowd every time an arrestee was brought out of the building. Eventually, the police seemed to grow weary of this and tried to get the remaining arrestees out through the back entrance. The protesters, nearly 100 strong, simply ran around back to greet their friends and thank them for their act of bravery and sacrifice.

In the end, over 100 people entered the Westborough offices of TransCanada, 26 were arrested for blockading the entrance, and business as usual in the facility was disrupted for about two hours.

When called for comment about the protest, TransCanada provided a boilerplate response emphasizing its investment in renewable energy and what it claims is the inevitability of oil consumption. “The Keystone XL pipeline offers Americans a choice of receiving that oil from a friendly nation in Canada or the U.S. continuing to import higher-priced foreign oil from nations that do not share American values,” read part of the lengthy statement.

The Birth of a Horizontal Direct Action Movement

Observing this action, one could almost feel mainstream-nonprofit-style lobbying fading away, finding itself replaced by a vibrant, grassroots environmental movement operating horizontally using consensus principles and practices. Every meeting included the theater-esque, finger-wiggling hand gestures made ubiquitous by the 2011 park occupations in Spain and the United States and long used in other movements as a silent way to measure the level of consensus in a group. Indeed, these activists were clearly more influenced by the direct-action-oriented Occupy Wall Street movement than by the lobbying of groups like United States PIRG.

(Read the rest of the article at the link below on Truthout. Please support Truthout!

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15077-tar-sands-resistance-escalates-in-massachusetts )

Chris Longenecker

Chris Longenecker, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is an agitator, organizer and direct action trainer. He is a founding member of Occupy Wall Street’s Direct Action Working Group. He is also a freelance writer, his work appearing most recently in The Indypendent, Waging Nonviolence and the Anarcho-Syndicalist Review. Follow him on Twitter @Clongenecker.

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