Chick Flicks & The Power of Language

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The term “Chick Flick” is a sexist and homophobic way to describe a film. Especially for the “bros”, stop perpetuating patriarchy and hetero normative language that offends, divides, and is a leech on our society.

Rationale: Using the term “Chick flick” was intentionally packaged and sold to you to describe a film through a sexist, homophobic lens. This term operates from the assumption that these romantic comedies will and should only be liked by those that identify as women.

This is sexist/homophobic/unexamined logic because the term “chick” automatically marginalizes anyone that does not identify with the female gender assigned to them at birth. Further- it perpetuates the toxic cultural norm that says those that identify as male, regardless of their sexual orientation, should not show or express emotion. Mainstream culture says, if you’re emotional; you’re weak & not being a man. If you’re sensitive or nurturing; you’re too soft and will always finish last.

This toxicity manifests in our culture by associating traits like compassion, empathy, and love, (which I feel are authentic expressions from the soul) with being wrong and feminine. Our culture reinforces these stereotypes without realizing it blocks off and demonizes whole sections of our true authentic selves necessary to cure the ills of this world.

Here is the “Jarret getting deep” close – said in a sarcastic, Christopher Walken voice in my head:

A family divided against itself cannot rise. Everyone and everything is connected. Each of us have the choice to either remain trapped in the matrix of comfort and fear or to fight for our right to awaken to the power of love that resides powerfully within. When we’re ready, the world invites us to work outside our comfort zone to confront and heal the ills within ourselves, our families, our communities, our human family, and cure the pain we are causing the rest of life on this planet.

At this time on the clock of the world we each hold the power to piece this puzzled human family back together. We have the power to abolish the fear-based, systemic, cultural, and ideological prisons imposed on our human family. A family united for all can thrive. 

Language is power & the power is yours!

*Important note about the author: Jarret Schlaff happens to thouroughly enjoy romantic comedies(Previously a “guilty pleasure”).  Subscribe to this blog(at the very bottom of the homepage) and follow me on Twitter @Planit4planet to get connected with ideas and solutions to heal the planet, and random ideas and insights shared with you from friends and brilliant people all over the globe.

Detroit and America Are Ready for the Green New Deal

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Detroit, MI – Every year in the U.S., upwards of $52 billion in tax dollars are getting burned-up on corporate welfare for fossil fuel companies under the veil of subsidies. Why is our government giving billions to billionaires while enabling this carbon-based addiction, when it could be  jumpstarting the 21st century localized green economy and moving us closer to a just and stable future?

Human Impact InstituteThink of what we could accomplish if that $52 billion per year was redirected into revolving grants and loan programs dedicated to supporting community-driven solutions to the climate crisis! This Green New Deal could transcend inequality by replacing antiquated and exploitative top-down models with creative, sustainable programs from the grassroots-up.

gvcs-all-50Imagine communities collaborating and sharing information across borders and lines of maxresdefaultdifference  through programs like the Open Source Ecology Project to build millions of local, cooperatively owned wind turbines from recycled materials. Envision retooling our underutilized and dormant factories in Michigan and across the country to manufacture solar panels and Solar Roads using 3D printing technology.  We could replace aging coal powered infrastructure with distributed energy grids owned and operated by the people, and implement scalable carbon reducing organic farming innovations to bring farming jobs back home. As a climate mitigation strategy, the Green New Deal could champion the financing and hiring of a million young people, veterans, and formerly incarcerated citizens alongside an army of volunteers to reforest our public parks with vibrant ecosystems and food forests.

These common sense solutions will only happen if you use your voice and vote alongside the masses to demand that our government shift its priorities towards sustainable, resilient work that benefits everyone. It’s time to seize the moment and put tens of millions of people back to work building the foundation for America’s future.

Check out Oil Change International to learn more about the fight to end fossil fuel subsidies!

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story

The president has said the right things about climate change – and has taken some positive steps. But we’re drilling for more oil and digging up more carbon than ever

 
Illustration by Victor Juhasz
December 17, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Two years ago, on a gorgeous November day, 12,000 activists surrounded the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Signs we carried featured quotes from Barack Obama in 2008: “Time to end the tyranny of oil”; “In my administration, the rise of the oceans will begin to slow.”…Read the full story here!

Bill’s writing is dynamic and on-point as always!

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obama-and-climate-change-the-real-story-20131217#ixzz2nltco46f

The Things that Matter

The things that matter

By Ryan Anthony Schlaff 10/16/2013

Thought I’d remember, but nearly forgot,

So I talk of it now, More often than not.

That the things that matter most in our lives,

Aren’t about the things that money can buy.

The things that matter aren’t found at a store,

No matter how bad you think you want or need more,

Money can’t replace good conversation, laughing, joking and love,

These things matter, and they’re ours free, sent from Above.

…The things that matter…, you realize once they’re lost.

You can work your life away for the money, but your relationships, it will cost.

It’s all about LOVE…  For each other, Our Earth, learning while living this journey-

Living compassionately happy and free without worry.

It’s about Doing what you know in your heart to be good,

If it makes you feel right inside, help.  You know that you should.

Yeah, I’m just one voice, this fact is true.

But You are YOU! And, that makes us two.

Three will become four, and five and then six,

Many more will come too, and join up in the mix.

Then… There’ll be more help for the problems we’ll solve.

Together we’ll continue to learn more, live healthier, and evolve-

To know that we are not hopeless.

The answers are within us,

Why settle for the old ideals we know that aren’t working

Why settle for a future that’s cloudy, polluted and murky-

when together we can forge our ideas into greatness…  Start, A-New.

Peacefully we can,, and we will…  This is true.

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Representative Democracy & The Government Shutdown

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For anyone that uses Google today you’ll see that they are commemorating the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park. Ironically and I think intentionally, this highlights the sorry fact that for anyone wanting to visit one of the over 400 national parks and museums today, they are all closed today and will be as long as this self-imposed gov. shut-down continues. Same goes for our food inspections, the EPA will shut down almost entirely, and 800,000 federal “non-essential” employees will get sent home without pay. The reason? Because we don’t have a separation of corporation and state in our government and a few radicals in the house and senate are doing the bidding of big business. Our “representatives” give billions in tax breaks each year to big oil as they cut funding for food programs and after school programs for kids. “Our representatives” decide that it’s ok to be the only country in the developed world to not to label GMO foods because it’s bad for business. “Our representatives” attack programs that help people afford to be able to go to their doctor(Obama Care) so we can maximize profits for the pharmaceutical and private healthcare companies.

Members of congress are letting ideology and their obstructionist agenda that boils down to, “let’s oppose everything the black president is in favor of” get in the way of them actually representing the people they were elected to serve. The systems that allows unlimited funding to get dumped into our political process and election cycle(Citizens United) results in manipulative fear mongering media that results in the majority of people being duped into voting for politicians and measures that will never actually represent their interests. This is one example of what “we the people” get when we get lulled asleep by our comforts and let what we see on TV dictate how we think, what we care about, and who we allow to represent our interests.

What happened to service? What happened to democracy and a gov. of the people, by the people, for the people? It’s going to take a lot more people making the conscious choice to think for themselves and turning to one another instead of turning on the TV, if we are going to fix the systemic issues plaguing our country and planet.

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Oil & Water Don’t Mix Rally » Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands

Oil & Water Don’t Mix Rally » Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands.

St. Ignace, MI – On Sunday hundreds gathered at Bridge View Park in St. Ignace for Oil and Water Don’t Mix: A Rally for the Great Lakes. Folks came from across the midwest and arrived by bus, car, and bike to amplify our voices as a part of the collective citizenry concerned about the dangers of dirty energy and tar sands in North America. The focus of the rally was to come together to challenge the threat that two 60 year old pipelines carrying dirty tar sands oil through the Straits of Mackinaw poses for our Great Lakes, the greatest source of fresh water on this planet…

Detroiters Turn the Petcoke Trucks Around

Supporters and members of Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) block a truck hauling petroleum coke to the controversial storage facility and docks along the Detroit River Monday June 24, 2013.

6/24/13 DCATS Press Statement

To whom it may concern:
Monday morning, we the people issued and enforced an eviction notice to those involved with the illegal dumping and storage of the hazardous tar sand waste known as petroleum (pet) coke on the Detroit River. DCATS and community members stood their ground, blocking several double trailer trucks from piling their cargo onto the uncontained mountains of pet coke on Rosa Parks. Our victory came by standing united against the unsustainable and unjust practices that continue to put profits before people and planet. The tremendous outpouring of community and local government support in this matter makes it clear: the citizens of Detroit will no longer stand idly by as our city is treated like a toxic dump.

However, we understand that this is just the beginning of a much larger struggle happening across the continent. While we celebrate this victory, our demands remain clear. No community should be forced to bear a toxic burden that merely benefits a handful of billionaires—in this case, the profiteers of the Marathon refinery where this byproduct is produced, the owner of the storage site Matty Maroun, and the Kochs who profit from the sale of this excessively polluting fuel. Our actions will continue and gather support, as we work assiduously to further educate and empower the public. Every single human being has the right to clean air, safe water, and environmental justice.

Sincerely,

DCATS

Supporters and members of Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (DCATS) block a truck hauling petroleum coke to the controversial storage facility and docks along the Detroit River Monday June 24, 2013.

Partial Media Round-up from the Weekends Events:

Global March Against Monsanto

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CLICK HERE TO SEE WHY WE MARCH

Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Eastern Market
2910 Russell St
Detroit, MI 48207

Meeting at the GAZEBO north of Alfred St and Shed 5

We are 1 week away from taking the streets and standing up against a morally corrupt corporation that thinks it is above the Laws of Nature and is using its power to influence our democracy. We the People will march and rally in Detroit as a part of a global day of action to make our voice heard among the global cry for justice!

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Join the event mailing list by Clicking Here

Register free tickets through link above.

You May Also Sign Up for the Event with Food & Water Watch Here

Costume & Sign-making Party May 21 from 5-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/131782823682245
BEE busy … we’re putting together a presentation!

WORLD-WIDE DAY OF ACTION
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Actions around the world are being organized in protest of Monsanto. You can see hundreds of activities through these websites:
http://march-against-monsanto.com/
http://occupy-monsanto.com/
http://occupymonsanto360.org/

ABOUT MONSANTO
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MONSANTO is the world’s largest developer of Genetically Engineered crops and Genetically Modified Organisms. Their heavy handed reign of our food industry has put the world at its knees and sadly many people still don’t know who this corporate behemoth is.

Have you ever eaten food that you found didn’t have the taste you remember from the past… it is just kind of bland, yet the food LOOKS good, actually VERY GOOD LOOKING. But it is empty of flavor, and nutrients as well. Monsanto has developed crops that grow fast, event when the herbicide ROUNDUP is sprayed on them. Yes – these specially modified seeds can grow even when poisoned!

Many of these crops if left to bear seed result in sterile seeds, known in the industry as terminator technology. This forces the grower to buy new seeds each season rather than work in a traditional manner that would have one season’s crops create the seed for the next. Thousand

s of thousands of farmers who followed traditional methods were convinced to buy into Monsanto’s seeds unwittingly destroying their farmlands, and economy for planting from season to season. Biotech Cotton in India in 2005 was blamed for what has been termed the “Seeds of Suicide”, claiming thousands of lives of frustrated, bankrupt farmers.

There are many sources of information about Monsanto, which will be post on the wall and added as links at the bottom of this event description. We encourage the community to share information with each other!

News Bits
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March 27 2013 – ‘Monsanto Protection Act': 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision
http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-know-about-hr-933-provision-1156079

3 Minute Video on Why We March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LICQCxq1FqU

DOCUMENTARY
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The World According to Monsanto
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/


March Against Monsanto

EARTH NIGHT: Be Part of the Free Global Screening of “Do the Math”

UntitledPlease watch this trailer & consider being part of the World Premier of the free film screening of Do the Math: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-zfinOCgRQ0

Earth Night: Do The Math Film Screening

Sunday, April 21, 6:45 PM
Central United Methodist Church – 2nd Floor- Free Parking in Church Parking Lot on Corner of Woodward and Elizabeth
23 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Event Description

CUMC Green Team, Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands(D CATS), and PlanIt4Planet are hosting the premier of the film, Do The Math this Sunday, April 21st at 7PM. Check it out this Sunday in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and across Michigan and the planet. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Film starts promptly at 7PM.This film follows the inspiring and illuminating “Do The Math Tour” that sold out venues in each of the 20 cities across the Country that it stopped in during the month-long tour, culminating in a 50,000 person rally and march in DC. Come celebrate the awakening of a generation and the birth of the fossil fuel resistance on the eve of Earth day. The film will be followed by a live streamed panel that includes many of the prophetic voices you will hear throughout the film. Parking is free in the church parking lot.

Here is the link to the Detroit Screening: http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_film/4470/signup/?akid&zip=48226

Detroit Among 130 Buses Heading to D.C. for Historical Climate Rally

 fMedia Advisory for: February 17, 2013

Contact: Joshua Achatz, 1-586-246-2035, Jobaloon@gmail.com, Jarret Schlaff, PlanIt4Planet, 1-313-444-8428, Jaschlaff@gmail.com

Michigan Represented Well Among the 130 Buses from 30 States across the U.S. Heading to D.C.   

On Sunday, February 17, buses from Battle Creek, Detroit, East Lansing, Traverse City, and two from Ann Arbor will arrive in D.C. to join tens of thousands of Americans calling on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL project and lead America forward on climate action. This movement is about transcending partisan politics and demanding that our representatives in Washington value and protect the welfare of their constituents and our planet over fossil fuel interests.

We applaud the President’s remarks during Tuesday’s State of the Union where he expressed the need to power beyond the dirty fossil fuels of the past toward renewable clean energy alternatives for our future. The President explained, “For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change…if congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” Upwards of twenty thousand Americans from across the country who share that sentiment are expected to participate in the “Forward on Climate” Rally outside the White House, making it the largest climate rally in U.S. history.  Rally participants are demanding that President Obama take bold action to reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuels like coal, oil, natural gas and tar sands; to cement his presidential legacy and address the climate crisis.

**ATTENTION NEWS MEDIA: Reporters are invited to interview activists before they board the bus leaving from Detroit to DC at 9:30pm Saturday February 16th. Contact jobaloon@gmail.com and jaschlaff@gmail.com. **

Who:  Michigan citizens for a thriving, just, sustainable future

What: Forward on Climate Rally for President Obama to take immediate action on the climate crisis, by rejecting the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Where: March from Washington Monument to the White House, Washington D.C.(Bus leaving from  SW corner of the Southfield Civic Center at 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield, MI 48076

When: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12-4PM

Why: We share the President’s sense of urgency on the need for bold climate action

  • 2oC: The amount, according to international consensus, that we can raise the global average temperature above preindustrial levels and still maintain a so-called “safe” climate, beyond which all bets are off
  • 565 gigatons: the amount of CO2 scientists agree we can still pump into the atmosphere and hope to remain below the 2oC threshold. At current rates we will blow through this threshold in under 16 years
  • 2795 gigatons: the amount of CO2 contained in the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves, which the fossil-fuel industry shows every intention of extracting and burning

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An ancient Native American saying by Chief Seattle sums up what this movement is all about, “We don’t inherit this land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Valerie Jean, an outspoken advocate for renewable energy and community based solutions to climate change, who is a proud Detroit mother of 5 and recent grandmother asked, “Is it really too much to ask to have clean air to breath and clean water to drink for my children?…We should not be putting profit before people. It’s that simple!”

Esperenza Gailliard, an Indigenous activist with the Idle No More movement, riding on the Detroit bus, explained that the protection of Mother Earth is a large part of their culture. The refining of tar sands in Alberta, Canada has polluted the water and destroyed the lands affecting many First Nations people of Canada. Esperenza said, “Without clean water we as humans have no way to survive. We must have clean water to drink, to wash, to manage our daily lives and this is one of the most important reasons why I and my children are taking an active role in climate protection… our voices must rise, be heard and understood in order to fight the corruption of materialism that has eaten away the natural laws of living and brought materialism and destruction to our doorstep. We choose life, and hope others will join us. “ #IdleNoMore

Jessica Miskena, a young activist with the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 explained why it’s important not to get caught up on investing time and money on “bridge fuels” as we transition into a clean energy economy. “We don’t live harmoniously with our earth anymore. The worldwide disaster at Fukushima is a wake-up call to end our indifference to toxic unstable energy. Nuclear is an uncontrollable killer that will continue if we turn a blind eye while the industry takes advantage of life. There is absolutely no beneficial need to build any more reactors, like the proposed Fermi 3 in Monroe MI, when we have clean technologies ready to implement.”

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