WCRS Podcast - consciousvoices

Civically Engaged---Columbus Ohio Celebrates Earth Day 2009

57:30 minutes (105.28 MB)

Columbus commemorated Earth Day 2009 with many work-site events around greater Columbus on Saturday April 18, and with a celebration at Goodale Park on the following day.

The music you are hearing is from System Theory, recorded at Dick’s Den on High Street. Just a Frisbee throw south of the Blue Danube, the jazz bar is , in my opinion, one of Columbus’ cultural and historical sites.

On keyboards is Scott Steeleman . On bass guitar Jim Tussing. On drums and moog synthesizer Adam Smith, not to be confused with the economist. On flute is Michael Cox.

Some might call the Earth Day event a celebration. Some might call it an observance of Earth Day, not wanting to use the term ‘celebration,’ due to thinking that humanity has many tough ecological challenges before us. Some might say its premature to celebrate any sort of achievement in terms of dealing with our eco-challenges.

But another way of thinking of the Earth Day event is think that there are things to celebrate, such as the fact that many people are working together to address our eco-challenges and not giving in to cynicism and hopelessness.

Some people might also say that environmentalism has at its roots a celebration of life-or perhaps a celebration of, and appreciation for, the physical and mental health of human beings, and other sentient beings, and an appreciation for the Earth’s services

upon which, not only life, but quality of life depends.

So, with that line of reasoning, Earth Day can involve celebrating life and appreciating the quality of life we have.

But how much of that celebration is based on our sense of what we have accomplished in terms of making our lives and our communities more ecologically and socially sustainable? You tell me. Go to Civically Engaged DOT NET to give your input. It would be great to hear from you.

Conscious Voices with Tom Over- Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel on promoting alliances among a variety of activists

36:12 minutes (33.14 MB)

Slow Food USA President Josh Viertel on growing a mass movement by promoting alliances
by Tom Over
August 27, 2009

Conscious Voices with Tom Over- writer David Swanson on environmentalism, militarism, and excessive presidential power

46:38 minutes (64.05 MB)

WCRS  talks with David Swanson, author of Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union

September 2, 2009

WCRS :   Tell us about the book.

David Swanson: The book is called Daybreak: Undoing The Imperial Presidency And Forming A More Perfect Union, and as that title might suggest, it’s somewhat divided into a couple of parts. One part – what’s wrong, and one part, what do we do about it.

The part about what’s wrong deals largely with the real acceleration during the past eight years of the transfer of power -- from the Congress, and the courts and the people to the White House, and the crimes and abuses but also the systemic changes that need to be undone and reversed.

The bulk of the book is about -- you know, beyond undoing the damage, how do we form a more perfect union where we have better representation, better government, better public services, a better relationship with the rest of the world, and so on. (The book is about) imagining what could be and then strategizing as to how citizens can be better at making things happen.

WCRS: Could you tell us about the October 5 protest that is scheduled?

David Swanson:
Sure, one of the things that’s happened in the past 7, 8, or 9 months is that the peace movement has largely gone away and been de-funded… [but] we have human rights groups that would never oppose the war [but are now] helping with opposing torture and war crimes .They would never back impeachment, but they’re all for prosecution.

Conscious Voices with Tom Over-- mountain top removal mining, the persecution of Falun Gong, & Is it a win for factory farming?

58:29 minutes (53.55 MB)

 Use the following links for videos to match the audio content.

   Stephanie Pistellohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7uIHBH-ZgU 

Kui Huan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YipJLhceqQI    

Julian Martinhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY6JOUbr0QU  

Bill Price http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6by2veKZpw 

Judy Bonds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzk1MMQg6tY  

Use the following link for photos http://civicallyengaged-gallery.blogspot.com/

 To offer input about this program email :thomasover@gmail.com  Regarding the treatment of farm animals we hear from in this program Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States. He leads their factory farming campaign.

Conscious Voices with Tom Over--The Politics of Food : Ohio Votes on Issue 2

58:03 minutes (53.16 MB)

Related links  veal crates ,   battery cages for laying hens  gestation crates  

 Ohio voters will decide on Issue 2 in the Nov 3 elections. If passed, the ballot initiative will amend the Ohio constitution so as to establish a 13 member “Livestock Care Standards Board.”

Proponents say Issue 2 will promote safe, affordable, and local food, while also promoting the care of Ohio’s farm animals.

Opponents say the ballot initiative is a corporate power grab that will, in reality, impede improvements to farm animal welfare, while also promoting the interests of factory farms over those of small to medium sized farms.

The Yes- on- Issue 2 signs you might see around Columbus include the words ‘safe, local, food.’ But both its proponents and opponents say the ballot initiative is an attempt to prevent the Human Society of the United States from facilitating changes to Ohio’s laws pertaining to confinement practices for farm animals, as the organization has done in seven states.

The confinement practices in question are those that prevent farm animals from having enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around or extend their limbs.

Eriyah Flynn is an animal rights activist working with Mercy For Animals in Columbus, Ohio.

Conscious Voices--Shawn Paulson talks with protestors at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh

31:49 minutes (29.14 MB)

Shawn - ConsciousVoicesSept11

30:10 minutes (27.62 MB)

Conscious Voices - August 21- Steady State Economics

51:45 minutes (71.07 MB)

Conscious Voices - New Harvest

49:50 minutes (45.63 MB)

Conscious Voices #24 - Hosted by Eugene Beer with guest Brandy Zink. The Inauguration of President Obama.

56:19 minutes (77.35 MB)

Afro peace sign hairdo                Peace Ball at National Postal Museum      Code Pink, "Yes we Can Can end war"

In this special edition of The Conscious Voices Program, Eugene and Brandy travel to DC to capture the sounds and electrifying energy of President Obama's inauguration. We'll hear from people who traveled far and wide to participate in the event as well as from celebrities at the Inaugural Peace Ball that evening.  To view more photos (full-size), go to www.pianopeddler.com/Obama2009.htm.

Most memorable quote of the day:  While jam packed on the Metro with 2 million people headed for the inauguration festivities, when Sarah turned to an African American man standing next to her and exclaimed, "Isn't this day CRAZY!?", he replied, "Hell, no!  It's the last 200 years that have been crazy. THIS DAY IS JUST FINE!"


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