Thank you my dear friends for your ongoing support for my husband Marvin. His surgery on Feb. 20th was successful and he is now recovering. I am so thankful for all your positive healing energy, and prayers. Words cannot adequately express just how deeply grateful i am for each and every friend on Care2 , my extended family who truly mean so much to me. So with all my heart, i thank you .
Just a quick note to let my friends know that my husband has to have another surgery scheduled for February 20th, 2013. Please keep Marvin in your thoughts,healing wishes & prayers at this time. Thank you with all my heart, much love rosemary
Thank you for your healing wishes & prayers for my husband. He was discharged from the hospital last Friday but will be on medications for the rest of his life.
This heart attack almost took his life. I am so thankful it did not, for he is the wind beneath my wings!
I wanted to offer personalized wishes for a Happy New Year to each & every dear friend; unfortunately I am so exhausted this won't be possible.
So from my heart to yours, I offer you my love & Light for a Healthy Happy New Year in 2013 ~ May All Your Hopes & Dreams Be Fulfilled
Thank You so much for all your caring & sharing. I guess you know just how much that means to me! If you have also been in need of support, healing wishes or prayers please let me know so I can hold you in my heart too.
In Peace with love always, your cyber sis & friend rosemary
Thank you so much for your prayers for my husband Marvin following his heart attack.
Keeping the Faith, praying that our Holy Father would be Gracious and not allow my husband to suffer, and to save his life allowing us to continue to be together has been my focus now more than ever these past few weeks.
Marvin is on medication round the clock to stabilize his heart and seems to be better/stronger more and more each day.
The doctors who performed surgery said Marvin's smaller arteries 'miraculously created their own bypass' which basically saved his life, from their perspective.
I am so thankful, I can't even say without breaking into tears!
God is Merciful. Praise Jesus for giving both of us strength in body, mind and spirit.
And my dear friends, my heartfelt and complete gratitude to each and every precious one for holding us closely in your thoughts & prayers.
I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the sorrow that I feel with the passing of Russell Means, my brother, my friend, and inspiration on many levels. Russell Means will always be an icon whenever the American Indian Movement is spoken of and whenever people talk about the changes that took place, the changes that are taking place now for Indian people.
One thing about Russell I always remembered, and I think someone else once said it, you may have loved him, or you may have disliked him, but you couldn’t ignore him. I’ll always remember when an elder said one time, I was at a ceremony and I asked what this half shaped moon circle on the ground meant, and he said it was a symbol of the circle of life, the never ending of the circle of life, and I said there is only half a circle, and he said the other half was unseen, it is the spirit world. For Indian people it never ends, we don’t have a linear existence, so I know I will see Russell again, and I take comfort in that thought. For men like Russell Means don’t come along in a lifetime very often. He was truly an inspiration for all of us younger guys at the time. He had good words to say, he was eloquent when he spoke them, and he spoke English as clearly and precisely and as articulate as any one I have ever heard speak. And he knew what he was talking about. And I know all of you out there, as well as myself, will always remember our friend, our brother and fellow activist, and how he stood with us to recapture the freedoms we’ve lost, and protect the ones that we still have, and bring about a better future for our people, and all people of this Mother Earth, who’s nature is in peril.
I really don’t know what else to say about our brother Russell, other than to Russell himself, “We’ll see you again my brother Russell, in some other time and in some other place, we will always be your friend, and we will always look forward to seeing your face. Mitakuye Oyasin ”
I know I say this same line all the time but in reality you all are my relatives and I appreciate you. I cannot say that enough. Some of our people, as well as ourselves have decided to call today IndigenousDay instead of Columbus Day and it makes me really think about how many People who still celebrate Columbus, a cruel, mass murderer who on his last trip to the Americas, as I have read, was arrested by his own people for being too cruel. When you consider those kinds of cruelty against our People and his status, it makes you wonder to what level he had taken his cruelty. In all of this historical knowledge that is available people still want to celebrate and hold in high esteemthis murderer.
If we were to celebrate Hitler Day, or Mussolini Day, or some other murderer and initiator of violence and genocide, there would be widespread condemnation. It would be like celebrating Bush Day in Iraq. It's kind of sad to say that even mentioning Columbus in my comments gives him more recognition that he should have. So I agree wholeheartedly with all of you out there that have chosen to call this Indigenous Day. If I weren't Native American or as some of have come to say - Indigenous, I would still love our ways and cling to our ways and cherish our ways. I see our ways as the way to the future, for the world. Where as I and others have said over and over, and our People before us, this earth is our Mother. This earth is life. And anything you take from the earth creates a debt that is to be paid back at some time in the future by someone.
In speaking of our ways I can't help but think of times that our sweat lodge that I feel that we could be anywhere, that we are with the Indigenous People, in that time, those moments in our prayers and in our hearts there is no distance between us. I am no longer in a prisonin Florida. I can be on the prairie in South Dakota or in a lodge inBritish Columbia or in a lodge in South America. Or even with some of my children in a family lodge. We all need to be thankful for what we have but we cannot afford to forget what has been taken from us. There is no amount of freedom that I could personally receive that would be restitution enough for what they have taken from me. But if insome way my incarceration and sacrifices for our People who came before me and throughout our Indigenous history serves as a pathway to abrighter future, a healthier earth, and for life of all mankind; if it would bring us together to be of one mind in protecting the futureof our People, our children, and all the future generations upon theearth, then it will have been well worth it.
Indigenous Day should become a way of life that embraces all that promotes life and not just a few days out of the year. If you're standing or sitting or whatever with whoever lives around you, give your loved ones a hug for me. Guard your freedom zealously. Rescue Mother Earth where you can. Sweat often and know that this common man, Leonard Peltier, will always be with you in the struggle, one way or another.
May the Great Spirit bless you with the things you need and enough toshare.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Osceola, Geronimo, Chief Seattle and all those many others who stood for what was right and tried to right what was wrong.
as you may,or may not know, our beloved cat Kismet~Kizzy was ill and died on Dec. 10th , 2011.
the story: my husband and i wanted to adopt a cat from a shelter after relocating to the east coast... we brought our cat of 12 years with us but he got sick and so we peacefully and lovingly let him cross over the Rainbow Bridge ... well my husband wanted another cat ... i was too upset ... but we went to the shelter and as we walked by each cage i just cringed... all too sad for me... i wanted them all right there and then ... my husband stopped at this one cage... and looked quietly at this little fur ball huddled at the back ... hiding ... he asked if they would open the cage door and as soon as that happened...well this 'youngster' of about 7 or 8 months approached him and stood up on his hind legs and put his paws around my husband's neck ... we all 'melted' right there and then ... and our new little love so afraid of everyone and everything we later found out ... let us know he had in fact 'chosen' us to be his lifelong family. i named him Kismet because it was Destiny ... but his nickname is kizzy !
costs to take care of him exceeded $300. which we paid in full.
recently i rescued a cat ( 1 of 4 ) that i have been taking care of in the park since last May. she was sick and not eating, and a snow storm had just come through, so i made the decision to bring her into our home and adopt her.
her name is Plummie and she needs to be spayed and have some tests done to determine the status of her health.
Plumka now called Plummie was one of the abandoned cats in the park that I offered to feed as of May 2011. Feb. 2012 after a snow storm I noticed she would not eat and did not look well so I brought her into our home ( 1 bedroom apt. ) to adopt her. This Friday we will be taking her to the Veterinarian to have her spayed, blood work done and a full check up b/c she was sick. ( worried about her respiratory system ). So far she is a quiet sweet loving cat or 'kitteh' as Trish refers to cats! She loves to explore and cuddle and I pray we have done the right thing by adopting her and bringing her inside. No more tree climbing but we will substitute with fun elements when we can afford them. Maria Elena Gozales said it best in a recent message: " I am so sorry for your loss...there's nothing sadder than losing a dear friend. It touches my heart that when a door closes (Kizmet-Kizzie), another one opens (for Plummie)."
my husband is the sole provider in our household since my accident in 2006, the year i joined Care2.
you may, or may not know that i have never asked for any financial help since i joined 5 years ago.
but in this situation i just need some help to care for this precious cat who i'm told has been abandoned for the past 3-4 years in the park. Sadly that is what people do in our area, just 'toss' their unwanted pets out on the street!
i have set up a paypal account if you feel you would like to help me take care of Plummie's vet services.
Along Sega never knew exactly how old he was, but when he passed away yesterday in a hospital far from the forest where he born, he was likely in his 70s. Leader among the once-nomadic hunter and gatherer Penan people of Borneo and mentor to Swiss activist, Bruno Manser, Along Sega will be remembered for his work to save the Penan's forest—and their lifestyle and culture—from logging companies, supported by the Sarawak government and provided muscle by the state police.
"We want our forest to remain untouched. Because only then we can go hunting. […] We don't want the animals to get disturbed. When I was young, no one disturbed the animals: the forest was good and we could go hunting close to where we lived. The women could easily catch the fish and get their food," Along Sega, who was old enough to remember when Queen Elizabeth of England was still a princess, told the Bruno Manser Fonds in an interview in 2005.
Along Sega in 1986 with a "seperut" stick which is used by the Penan as both an ornament and talisman. Photo courtesy of the Bruno Manser Fonds. In the 1980s logging companies entered the forests of the Penan, overturning a way of life. The tribes built roadblocks against the logging companies, filed lawsuits, and lobbied passionately for the forest they lived in. During this time, a young Swiss activist, Bruno Manser, helped bring international attention to the plight of the Penan after living with them for 6 years. Along Sega was one of Manser's mentors.
"I met Bruno the first time at Long Napir. In the beginning, when he arrived with us, he did not know how to speak Penan. The only words he said were 'Bakeh, bakeh' (friend). […] He came up to me and said: I am Bruno. May I come and join your group? I replied: if you want to stay with us, you are welcome," Along Sega said in the same interview.
Yet, decades later and much of the Penan's forest are gone, and what remains continues to be gravely threatened. Logging companies continue to encroach on Penan territory. Land lawsuits have waited decades to be resolved. Hydro-electric dams have disrupted the flow of rivers, forcing tribes to move or perish, and more are planned. State officials have announced plans to plant a million hectares of palm oil, much of which could end up on native customary lands. As for Manser, he disappeared in Sarawak in 2000. His disappearance remains a mystery, but he was no stranger to death threats.
Without the forests, the Penan people have been forced to change, as Along Sega explained in 2005: "The pelayo reisin tree is one of the most wanted timber trees, so they were mostly cut down. The dart poison trees and the trees for the blowpipes have been bulldozed. Only very few of these trees are left. This is why many nomadic Penan are now getting settled. There is no choice. Our sago palms have been destroyed as well. The logging company destroyed all our area, even our graveyard, and they never paid any compensation for it. Sometimes they just come in, cut down all the trees and don't even bother to take them out."
Jailed twice for his struggle against logging companies, Along Sega stated that promises made by the Sarawak government to create a primary forest protected area in 1993 for the Penan people were "all lies."
Still, he said even after he is gone the next generation must take up the cause.
"When I die, they will continue our struggle because I asked them not to give up."
A day to celebrate (and save) the world’s amphibians.
Friday, April 30th is for the frogs: educational programs, conservation walks with experts, frog leaping races, and the world’s first protest to save frogs are all planned for the world’s 2nd Annual Save the Frogs Day. Organized by the non-profit SAVE THE FROGS!, events are so far planned in 15 countries on every continent besides Antarctica—fittingly the only continent that lacks amphibians.
When asked why frogs matter, Kriger says: “I could tell you that frogs are bioindicators; that they eat ticks, mosquitoes and flies that spread diseases and damage our crops; that a large number of our pharmaceuticals are derived from frogs; that frogs provide innumerable ecosystem services to humans. All that is true, but those are all selfish reasons.”
The real reason?
“Frogs are an integral part of our existence on the planet, and they have as much right to inhabit the Earth as we do,” Kriger concludes.
Message forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense
Committee. Please take action on Mr. Peltier's behalf, today.
At this time, Mr. Peltier's most pressing need is proper medical
care. His only hope of being seen by qualified physicians and
receiving care that complies with standard medical protocols is to
be immediately transferred to another facility. For background
information on this current crisis, read our November 2010 press
You can help. Please print this letter (PDF format). Sign the
letter; write your name and mailing address; and mail or fax your
Mail to: Federal Bureau of Prisons
Address: 320 1st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (202) 514-6620
Often a handwritten heartfelt letter is quite effective. Remember to
always employ a respectful tone and keep your comments brief and
to the point. If you wish, you may adapt the following text.
Harley G. Lappin, Director
U.S. Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Dear Mr. Lappin:
It has come to my attention that Leonard Peltier #89637-132,
an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania,
is in dire need of medical attention.
I believe that Mr. Peltier's medical needs are urgent. He needs to
be seen by proper medical staff. Therefore, I respectfully request
that Leonard Peltier be transferred to FCI-Oxford in Wisconsin or
FMC-Rochester in Minnesota. Either of these facilities can adequately
accommodate Mr. Peltier's medical needs.
Thank you in advance for transferring Leonard Peltier and immediately
addressing his medical needs!
Thank you for all you do on Mr. Peltier's behalf.
Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.
Friends of Peltier
Help Children in the Wake of Tragedy
To the millions of children around the world who have lost everything and everyone due to earthquakes, floods, HIV/AIDS and other disasters - SOS means hope. With your support, we will continue to provide stable homes, meals, an education and medical care to children who are victims of floods or earthquakes in Pakistan, Haiti and Chile, just as we continue to nurture victims of other disasters.
SOS Children's Villages operates 500 Children's Villages worldwide where we provide loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children. Through our Family Strengthening Programs, we provide support to those who are struggling to keep their families together.
Thank you for making a difference in the world.
As unparalleled floods destroy homes, roads and the rural economy of Pakistan, another kind of commerce is all the easier: human trafficking. And it is orphaned children who are the first victims. These children who disappear often reappear behind doors and streets as child laborers, indentured servants or child prostitutes. This is why child protection in the face of any natural disaster is a major goal for SOS Children's Villages.
In Haiti, our Childrens Village outside of Port-au-Prince is now home to 408 children - double the number before the horrific January earthquake. We are providing meals and medical care to 20,000 people still in limbo. And, when 33 children were stopped from being brought into the Dominican Republic illegally, Haitian child welfare officials turned to SOS to provide them with a safe haven.
In Pakistan, SOS is working directly with the Concerned Citizens of Pakistan to distribute $2 million in food and emergency supplies. This week, our trucks delivered 80,000 meals and 500 tents, and more will follow. Thankfully, our eight villages in Pakistan have been spared the effects of flooding and our doors are open to children who have nowhere else to turn.
In Chile, following an 8.8 earthquake on February 27th, SOS worked with the National Emergency Office to provide greatly needed food, shelter and generators to children and families in the most impacted zones. Our 13 Villages suffered damage but continued to provide security to hundreds of children.
Please help to sustain SOS programs around the world. You can make the difference between a child growing up in a secure, loving SOS home, or a life as a child laborer or prostitute. Make a difference now.
Thank you for your support.
Heather Paul, PhD
SOS Children's Villages - USA
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Stop new BP oil drilling in Alaska BP is now just one step away from opening up a new oil rig off the coast of Alaska. Shockingly, the company whose oil rig in the Gulf just became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is on the verge of getting a permit to drill some more -- this time just off the coast of Alaska, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Please sign our petition to tell President Obama to stop BP's dangerous Alaskan drilling scheme, and all new drilling off our coasts.
Clean Water Protecting Great Bay Estuary Pollution from development threatens to degrade Great Bay Estuary. Research we released in February 2008 outlined the steps we can take to keep this important New Hampshire waterway healthy for years to come—it's time to put them into action.
Dear President Obama: I am writing to urge your administration to deny BP a final permit for its Liberty Project to drill for oil off of Alaska's coast. It is simply beyond the pale that the very company that just created the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history would be granted a new permit to drill -- just miles from the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, no less. It is time to for you to draw a line in the sand against new oil drilling, and to turn our nation toward clean, renewable energy instead. Rejecting BP's drilling permit and canceling its lease for the "Liberty Project" is a perfect first step to put us on that path. I urge you to take it now.
BP is now just one step away from opening up a new oil rig off the coast of Alaska. I'm not kidding. The company whose oil rig in the Gulf just became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history is on the verge of getting a permit to drill some more -- this time just off the coast of Alaska, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Tell President Obama to reject BP's permit to drill off Alaska's coast. In light of the damage still unfolding in the Gulf, it seems outrageous that the administration would even consider granting a permit to any oil company to drill anywhere off our coasts. But to BP? Thirty miles from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? That is just beyond words. In fact, you might even be asking yourself how on earth this could be going forward in light of President Obama's moratorium on new deepwater drilling?
Here's how: For its "Liberty" drilling project, BP has actually built a man-made island off the Alaskan coast from which to drill. Technically it's not deepwater or even offshore drilling -- but if we don't act now, it could cause deep trouble. Click here to tell President Obama to stop BP's Alaska scheme and all new drilling off our coasts. BP's "Liberty Project" would mount one of the world's most powerful drill rigs on a man-made island in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, and then drill two miles down and eight or nine miles out into the ocean to hit oil -- farther than any drill rig has reached before.
Cleaning up an oil spill in these Alaskan waters would be even more difficult than in the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike the balmy Gulf, the waters of the Beaufort Sea are near-freezing, covered with ice for nine months a year and totally dark for the entire winter. But the Beaufort Sea is similar to the Gulf coast in one respect: Fish, marine manmals and birds abound. After months of seeing pelicans and sea turtles covered in oil, how could we possibly risk polar bears, seals, bowhead whales and rare birds suffering the same fate, at the hands of the same reckless company? And yet, BP is only one permit approval away from starting up its giant drill rig off of Alaska's coast.
Please click the link below to join me in calling on the President to stop this madness now.
Campaign to stop the Serengeti highway Dear Serengeti Supporter, Thanks for being patient. We appreciate your support! We've been pushing hard, both behind the scenes and publicly. Here's an update... The word is that no further decision will be made until after Tanzanian elections on October 31. At the moment, there is little publicity or dissent in Tanzania. People are afraid to speak out in an election year. But our petitions, Facebook supporters, and web site are having an impact. The government has definitely heard us! We're circulating the economic impact statement in Tanzania, showing the devastating effect the highway will have on the tourist industry and economy. This has already reached several decision makers. Tanzanian tourism associations will use it to make their case at an upcoming hearing. We're accelerating our media campaign now, recently sending out hundreds of press releases to news organizations and journalists. We're making some progress, but are surprised that major news organizations have been slow to cover this story. If you have contacts or are a journalist, let us know. We have plans for the next phase of our campaign - we're pushing hard for an alternate southern route. See our website for more on this. Wisconsin residents: Contact your Senator, Russ Feingold, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Africa in the Foreign Relations Committee. Let him know about this issue, urge him to ask the government of Tanzania to choose an alternate route, and ask him to help find funding for it. Contact him here. Please let us know what you hear from him. Next steps: We'll be contacting international scientists to solicit their support. And we will be petitioning lending institutions like the World Bank and USAID to help as well. We're also joining forces with another nonprofit that will allow us to take donations for this cause. And also have a more public face. We'll win this fight if we work together. But be sure that it won't end with this highway. There are more threats on the horizon. In the meantime, please continue to spread the word. Again, thanks for your support! And stay tuned. Save the Serengeti Team firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.savetheserengeti.org/news/highway-news/a-case-for-the-southern-route-around-the-serengeti/#axzz0wMccsqkz
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