Life is the Life of Life Mantra

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Acknowledge the Life which exists all around you.

Step two:

Close your eyes and say “Life is the Life of Life.”

Step three:

Roll your hands like the motion of waves so that each word in “Life is the Life of Life”  is like a receding wave.

Step four: 

With each circulation of your hands, bow your head. Now you are both moving your hands and bowing your head to “Life is the Life of Life.”

Step five:

Begin to allow your body to loosen up. Try to fall into the motion and allow yourself to sway. So now you are saying the words, “Life is the Life of Life” and you are ushering in a sweet aroma while your head bobs in and out of your mantra’s sound.

Step six:

Forget all the other steps:)

 

 

When we are living

that is when we are alive

but when we are trying to be alive

that is when we begin to die.

-George Cassidy Payne

 

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Sanders lost, but is not defeated

So Sanders lost New York. At least he fought like hell to win. As Gandhi said, “Full effort is full victory.” This campaign has always been about more than just election results; Sanders has systematically exposed how the American political system is no longer truly democratic.

For instance, it broke my heIMG_20160412_090040103_TOPart when my wife texted to say that she could not vote because she is registered as an Independent. She was confused, bummed, and a little annoyed. It pissed me off, too. Don’t we live in a country that has a Constitution written by the people and for the people? I thought I read somewhere that voting is one of our most sacred enterprises as free citizens?

The brutal truth is that the system has never been fully democratic. How long did it take African Americans and women in general to finally harness the power of the ballot? My wife felt an aspect of that long and terrible struggle.

Why can’t a native citizen of legal age register at any time she pleases? Right up to the polls closing, why can’t she register to vote? Is this America or not?

I cannot accept that this is the best we can achieve with our opportunity to model democracy for the rest of the world. It will never be ideal, but it does not need to remain broken. Shame on all of us for taking so long to realize how dysfunctional the system has become.

So, yes, Sanders lost New York. But that does not mean Sanders lost. No man who speaks so much truth to power, and is so totally uncontrolled by the corporate and political elite can ever be defeated.

GEORGE C. PAYNE

Founder, Gandhi Earth Keepers International

Constitution Pipeline Rejected

In an amazing victory for our forests, waterways and communities, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has formally denied the water quality certification as required by the Clean Water Act for the proposedIMG_20151129_140851153

 

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2016
 
Constitution Pipeline Denied
Governor Cuomo’s DEC Rejects Water Quality Permit Effectively Stopping the Constitution Pipeline

(Livingston Manor, NY)
 —The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) stopped the Constitution Pipeline in its tracks today by denying the project an essential approval, known as a water quality certification.

Catskill Mountainkeeper trustee, Mark Ruffalo, said, “Today’s decision is further indication that we have finally begun to turn the corner on old dirty fossil fuels and take a step toward a clean and renewable future. The wisdom of the DEC, the leadership of Governor Cuomo, and the determination of New York’s beautiful grassroots movement have come together to fight against greater fossil fuel proliferation and the catastrophe of climate change. This state continues to lead the nation by limiting fossil fuel infrastructure and making clean water, air, and food a priority.”

 

This momentous decision protects New York’s communities and environment from a 124-mile pipeline that would have carried fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada. Countless communities, over 1,000 acres of forests and farms, and nearly 300 vulnerable waterways are no longer under threat. This decision represents our most significant victory since the Cuomo administration banned fracking last year.

 

“Governor Cuomo and the DEC stood up to the oil and gas industry and effectively shut down the Constitution Pipeline project.  Today our leaders chose New Yorkers and our water over corporate profit, and Catskill Mountainkeeper applauds the decision” said Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Program Director.  “And the fact that this historic decision comes on Earth Day as world leaders gather at the United Nations to fight climate change makes it all the more significant.  Today our state officials stood up to protect our water, air, communities, and our planet. This is a huge victory for the Catskill Mountains.”

Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave the go-ahead for pipeline developers to clear-cut 20 miles of trees along the pipelines planned route in Pennsylvania. This premature action from FERC highlights the federal agency’s tendency to blindly approve fossil fuel infrastructure projects and was the basis for our request for a rehearing from FERC. Catskill Mountainkeeper opposed any such premature action in New York State, citing the lack of approval from our state’s government.

Catskill Mountainkeeper would like to congratulate the Cuomo Administration, the DEC, and all of the organizations and activists who fought tirelessly to stop the Constitution Pipeline.

Was the Democratic Primary Democratic?

So Sanders lost NY. At least he fought like hell to win. As Gandhi said, “Full effort is full victory.” Onward and upward. This campaign has always been about more than just election results. Throughout his campaign Sanders has systematically exposed how the American political system is no longer truly democratic. For instance, it broke my heart when my wife texted me to say that she could not vote because she is registered as an Independent. They sort of scoffed at her at the polling station. She was confused, bummed and a little annoyed. It pissed me off too. Don’t we live in a country that has a Constitution written by the people and for the people? I thought I read somewhere that voting is one of our most sacred enterprises as free citizens? I must have been reading something else.
Of course the brutal truth is that the system has never been fully democratic. How long did it take African Americans and women in general to finally harness the power of the ballot? Amy felt an aspect of that long and terrible struggle today. It is certainly a depressing indictment of where we are as a society this late in the game. Not too evolved if you ask me. Here we are in the year 2016 and free citizens are still not allowed to register because of an irrational rule that could have been changed years ago. It’s 2016 and a woman is told sternly by a poll worker that this isn’t her primary to be in.
Imagine the absurdity of the following scenario: a free citizen who pays taxes, obeys the law, teaches children how to solve conflicts at school, helps hire other teachers, and does a million other unfathomably beautiful things that only God alone will ever know, and this guy is telling her that she is not allowed to show her ID, sign her name and cast her ballot? That’s messed up. Why can’t a native citizen of legal age register at any time she pleases? Right up to the polls closing, why can’t she register to vote? 
Is this America or not? 
I for one can not accept that this is the best we can achieve with our opportunity to model democracy for the rest of the world. It will never be ideal but it does not need to remain broken. It was shameful in 1800 when people were disenfranchised and it is still shameful today. Shame on all of us for taking so long to realize how dysfunctional we have allowed this to get. 
So yes, Sanders lost in NY today. But that does not not mean Sanders lost. No man who speaks so much truth to power, and is so totally uncontrolled by the corporate and political elite, can ever be defeated.

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RPCC is sponsoring a bus (47 seats) to go to the May 14 Break Free From Fossil Fuels rally/action in Albany.

RPCC is sponsoring a bus (47 seats) to go to the May 14 Break Free From Fossil Fuels rally/action in Albany. IMG_20160329_153015676 (2)
Please:
  • Spread the Word via attached flyer and url just below.
  • Reserve your seat or donate!:  tinyurl.com/roc2albany 
  • Donate to enable reduced-fare seats and to be listed as a co-sponsor!
ALSO, during Earth Week, to help build RPCC’s and every member org’s strength, PLEASE:
  1. Help recruit new members.  We are now 73 organizations, with 7 new members joining just since March 1!  Now we have a goal: 100 total members by Mother’s Day, May 8, for Mother Earth. If each of you recruits just one new member, we’ll hit the goal easily.  Remember: to join, prospective member reps simply fill out this survey.
  2. At your events and elsewhere, encourage everyone to sign up for our soon-to-debut RPCC Newsletter.  Sign-up sheet attached, or just send their name(s) and email address(es) to rocpcc@gmail.com with subject “Newslett Sign-up.”  This is for everyone; no organizational affiliation required.
  3. Have copies of the Earth Week menu– attached- at your event during Earth Week.  And mention that your event is one of a whole “menu” of events for the week.
  4. Use #EarthDayRocs on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to create buzz.
Onward together!
-Your RPCC Leadership Team:
Abby, Bill, Brittny, George, Linda, Rachel, Sarah, Sue, Susan, & Theresa

Bernie Sanders Has Already Changed American Politics Forever

Bernie Sanders  has already changed American politics forever. He has answered three questions that have been unknowns up until this point: 1) Can American voters support a candidate who is openly and proudly irreligious? 2) Can American voters support a candidate who is both ethnically and culturally Jewish? 3) Can American voters elect a candidate who has unambiguously denounced corporate greed and personal egoism? The cantankerously earnest Senator from Vermont with econ professor glasses and a thick Brooklyn accent has answered all three questions with an emphatic and heroically resounding yes!

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What the Clinton machine must realize is that Bernie supports want something much more than just a political revolution. They want a revolution that will make competitive politics obsolete and social justice based cooperation imperative. And they want change now, for if we do not undergo a cosmic shift in our thinking as a species, it will no longer be possible to survive on this planet. We are using up all of our clean drinking water. We are poisoning our food. We are melting Mother Nature’s defense shield. Every day billions of invaluable miracles called human beings toil in bondage while the rich and powerful watch deliriously and get high on their suffering. This can not go on. What is needed is a Roosevelt sized vision for America, and Sanders is promising that we can make it happen. He is drawing 15,000 people in Buffalo and 27, 000 people in Washington Square Park because he knows that it’s not him alone who is going to the White House. He is bringing all of us with him.

To point out that there are major differences between Sanders and Clinton on almost every front is hardly groundbreaking journalism. They have bludgeoned each other with the differences on national television. Let’s just say this: Sanders has received 6 million individual donations. This is more than any other candidate in U.S. history. The average donation is a mere $27 which is simply phenomenal. The fact that he has raised this money without taking a dime from the corporate class is beyond phenomenal. We actually need another word that has not even been coined yet to describe how unpredictable and unfathomable this accomplishment is. Moreover, whether Secretary Clinton can see it or not, most American citizens are finished with the oligarchy mindset. They want one vote for one person. They want an end to suicidal technologies like Fracking. And  they  are over the rotten trade deals which have been pillaging our working class families for over 30 years.

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On Tuesday morning I experienced this energy firsthand inside Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex on the campus of Monroe Community College. The arena seats 3,000 comfortably but somehow fit around 6,000 raucous Bernie fans. As the energy in the arena got going, I sensed that Clinton is in much more trouble than she realizes. You can’t feel what this is truly like unless you have been there, and I’m guessing she has only experienced it through her aids and field campaigners. His rallies are a mix between a rock concert and a tent revival, and people are totally fired up by his gospel. One woman’s sign read: “It has been 240 years and this nation is ready for a Jew to be its leader!”

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But what is this really about? Is it about peace? There were certainly a lot of peace and justice folks waving “Birdie Says No More War!” banners. Is it about a future to believe in? From the deafening roar permeating through the rusted pigeon shit white rafters, it occurred to me that this is actually the essence of Barack Obama’s party before he became established. Signs of “Not for Sale” and “Bull Moose Bernie” are the same ones which flew eight years ago-only with Obama’s name instead of Sanders. Blacks and whites, Indian Americans and Native Americans, college students galore, 40 somethings and hipsters, gay rights activists and labor unionists. This is the real Democratic party and it was in full bloom in the Flower City. One man who waited in the 4,000 person zigzagging line out in the parking lot, told me that “I haven’t felt so much excitement for a political event in Rochester since Jessie Jackson came here in 92.”

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Absorbing all of these signs and soaking up the electric atmosphere inside the arena, I couldn’t help recall how Clinton-just 4 days earlier- had to rent out a student gym. Despite her strong base in Western New York, she was met by a relatively tame crowd and not a few angry demonstrators- some calling for her imprisonment. The whole scene was sort of strange and unnerving in a way that I can’t quite put my finger on. It was a totally different vibe on Tuesday at the Sander’s event. Clinton should be paying more attention to why it’s so different or she will lose New York and start an atomic chain reaction that will spell the end of her presidential ambitions.

 

9/11 Truth and the New American Revolution

The Broken Spear Vision

“Most of the greatest evils that man inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.” – Bertrand Russell

Nearly two decades after the misery of September 11, Russell’s words continue to reverberate in the hearts and minds of 9/11 Truth Seekers from all over the world. For me personally, I need to know the truth not just for moral and philosophical reasons, but for selfish and familial reasons as well. I care about 9/11 the way a child cares about a missing pet: It’s confusing, painful,  and deeply personal, yet I can’t stop hoping and looking for what I know is out there. My sister worked in the WTC complex at the time and just barely escaped death’s clutches due to a late start in her morning routine. Immediately after the two planes hit the towers, my father, a retired city firefighter…

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Join Metro Justice for a day of action!

METRO JUSTICE HOSTS

Tomorrow, April 14th, Fast food workers in 300 cities across the nation will go on strike demanding a $15 wage in the industry and union rights. Fast food workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Moe’s, Taco Bell, and others will be on strike here in Rochester!

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The fight isn’t over for a real $15 wage! The fight isn’t over for union rights in the industry! We’re continuing to build a movement of low-wage workers across the city. We’ll be joined by farmworkers, retail workers, home health workers, taxi drivers, and more.

Don’t miss out on tomorrow Day of Action! The day will end in a mass rally and march:

WHAT: Mass Rally and March for Living Wages and Union Rights!
WHERE: Washington Square Park, intersection of Woodbury and S. Clinton
WHEN: April 14th, 5pm!