Happy Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017 

Maui

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Spring in Portlandia
Here’s my monthly newsletter – The Eleven. This month I had recently returned from a trip to Maui and missed the 11th. How perfect, Earth Day is here and it’s often when I like to send something out so … howdy! ( Thx, to Larry Lawson for his encouragement).
You like Pictures/Stories?   Maui 1, Maui 2, Maui 3, Maui 4.
You like activism?
1. Seven Steps to becoming a Citizen Activist By Nick Licata – Short Version
2.  Book Review: ‘Becoming a Citizen Activist
3. Buy Becoming a Citizen Activist
4. Nick Licata was one of the first political candidates I ever worked for and donated to. He was one of the most progressive members of the Seattle City Council and continues to do great work. 
 
I just had lunch with one of the creators of this bit of goodness. She gave me a coloring book and a set of Nasty Women stickers! 
 
Have a great Earth Day – join me in tikkun olam – healing the Earth. One of my projects, Farm My Yard, could always use support.
Bzzz
Happy Earth Day!
Love,
Albert
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11 Years of Activism in Portland

bunsnotguns from little t american bakerI've been living in Portland for 11 years now. 11 years of activism. I noticed last night as I was updating this blog (for better SEO and righting some images) that I was putting out a lot more activism over the last couple years than I am now.  Issues like billboards, getting rid of the yellow pages, chearing on the first Obama administration, holding voting parties, idling, population growth and saving the Tillamook State Forest - all were big issues for me in 2009.

These issues all still persist, but I haven't been focusing on them as much. I've started fan pages for a few, and I continue to put a shout out for an issue when I see something about it in the media, but my own activism has definitely shifted some. I've also been working hard to develop my business and I hope that eventually that will pay me enough to devote more time to the activist areas that I care about. Actually, one area, Farm My Yard, I have been dedicating a bunch of time to - keeping the website up, updating the FB fan page, and I'm meeting with someone today to discuss building an app for the project. So, I guess I'm not done saving the world.

And, some issues come back around - like my current project regarding the Oregonian's slide to the Tea Party Right on BlueOregon. They've been lying to us more and more about their tea party agenda, and I want to do what I can to call them out on it.

So, I guess I just want to say - don't worry, I'm still at it. And perhaps I'm partially writing this to myself to remind myself that I'm still busy trying to change the world, I'm just mixing it up more with my effort with people and small businesses to help them with their marketing and getting the word out.

Yesterday, as I was heading to a client meeting I was thinking about being 52 and wondering who I could find to take on the various efforts I've started or care about. I was thinking about asking in the dance community to see about training some folks who are 20 or 30 years younger than I am, but noone came immediately to mind. And, I suppose activism is not for the feint at heart. You have to have support in your life - people who really are there to back you - and a process to keep you from falling down when things get hard. I've been using Co-counseling for that for many years to good effect, but many people don't have a process to discharge their fears when they come up against things that are hard - government agencies; industries fighting back; a right-wing media.

All good things for me to think about - succession - who are the next group of activists? Who cares enough about the issues that I do to take them on? And, how do I reignite some of the causes that I cared about and still do but which I have let come off of the table?  Perhaps I'll do a little spreadsheet and see where things are and put that up for myself and others.  and for now, happy new year 2014 - let's see what we can accomplish!

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