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Dec 16, 2007
Focus: Health
Action Request: Read
Location: Thailand
Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:31 pm    Post subject: Foreigner receives heart stem cell transplant in Bkk Reply with quote


Malcolm in the Middle - of Thailand for New Stem Cell Treatment
source: TransWorld news

New York Man No Longer Has Congestive Heart Failure, Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Therapy.

Malcolm Anderson, of Hudson, New York, reports that his ejection fraction (a measure of the heart's pumping function) has increased from 41% to 55%, thanks to a novel adult stem cell treatment that he received in Bangkok, Thailand.

Malcolm Anderson, 81, was very concerned when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He knew he was going downhill. Malcolm asked his doctor, "What can I do about congestive heart failure?" His doctor replied, "you can take lasix."

To Malcolm, that wasn't a great option. "Is that all I can do? I thought there must be something better than taking lasix the rest of my life" said Malcolm.

"I had an ejection fraction of 41%, not debilitating, but, long term, not good. I knew it would gradually get worse and worse."

Malcolm decided to search the internet and look for an alternative method of treating his congestive heart failure. He found that option in Theravitae, a biotechnology company in Thailand, that developed a procedure to treat congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease using a patient's own stem cells.

Theravitae's Vescell adult stem cell technology employs adult stem cells harvested from a small amount of the patient's own blood and does not require bone marrow extraction.

"I thought if it doesn't do any good, at least it doesn't do any harm," said Malcolm.

Malcolm was a little apprehensive before his arrival in Bangkok in March, 2007. "Once I got there, it was a piece of cake. They took great care of me from the moment I arrived at the airport."

Malcolm's own stem cells were implanted into his coronary arteries via catheter in a simple procedure very similar to an angioplasty.

Eight months later, the stem cell therapy has improved Malcolm's quality of life. "I recently visited my doctor - my diagnosis now is that I don't have heart failure anymore! My ejection fraction is 55%. That is a 30% increase! I'm feeling top shelf. I'm working again. I'm happy."
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Posted: Dec 16, 2007 10:41pm
Oct 20, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Mow Green for Mo' Green

We're down to the last third of 30 Days to a Greener You, and from here on out, we'll take a look at various steps you can consider to move beyond the "low-hanging fruit." Keep in mind that greening your life doesn't have to involve big investments; at the same time, we all do make larger purchases, so keeping our environmental footprint in mind when shopping for bigger-ticket items is a natural next step in greening our lives.

If you're a homeowner or house renter, keeping the yard and garden healthy takes a lot of work, and various kinds of tools, particularly power tools, help ease that work load. If you're cranking up a gas-powered lawn mower, leaf blower or rotor tiller, though, all of your efforts to green your gardening may be offset by the pollution that tool is belching into the atmosphere: according to a 2001 Swedish study, small engines such as lawnmowers may contribute up to 5% of the US' total air pollution.

Fortunately, greener alternatives are available. Reel mowers (you know: the "old-fashioned" lawn mowers) use only human power, and are a perfect tool for a small yard. If you still need some power for a bigger yard, consider an electric mower (many of which are now cordless), or even a solar-powered mower (they're still a bit pricey, but what a way to impress the neighbors - and avoid any emissions).

Your Action for Today:
Take a Look at Some New Tools

While you may not currently be in the market for a lawn mower, it's good know what's available. Take a look, and record what you think might work for you (and why) in your Green Journal.

  • Reel mowers are likely the greenest alternative - no fuel or batteries.
  • Solar-powered mowers have batteries that are charged by sunlight - Appropedia tells you how to build your own!
  • Electric mowers require plugging in at some point, so while they don't emit pollutants themselves, they're drawing electricity that may come from a dirty power source. Overall, they're slightly better than a gas-powered model.

And a tip for organic lawn care: leave the clippings on the lawn - they don't contribute to thatch growth, and do provide organic material for your lawn.

Tomorrow: Time for an audit

Sincerely,

Green Options

The GO Team
GreenOptions.com

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Posted: Oct 20, 2007 8:00pm
Jul 24, 2007
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Various
Location: United States
1. Tea — One of the fastest-growing segements of hte Fair Trade market, US imports of Fair Trade tea increased an impressive 187 percent in 2005. Since then, herbal tea products like chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint, and spearmint have gained Fair Trade status. Tea lovers can find teas bagged, loose, and bottled.

Look for green, black, oolong, chai, rooibos, and much more in the National Green Pages™ »


2. Chocolate — The average American eats 12 pounds of chocolate a year, supporting an industry that saw retail sales of more than $16 billion in 2007. If you're among the 46 percent of Amreicans who say they can't live without chocolate, you can avoid the well-documented problem of child slave labor in the cocoa industry, and direct your share of that $16 billion toward chocolate that helps communities and the environment.

Look for candy bars, baking cocoa, chocolate chips, and more in the National Green Pages™ »


  3. Fresh Fruit — In Europe, where Fair Trade fruit has been available since the mid-1990s, Fair Trade bananas have reached a market share as high as 24 percent. In the US, Fair Trade tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, and pineapples became available in 2004, and their availaibility is growing, especially in natural foods stores and food co-operatives. Find a store near you selling Fair Trade fruit by using TransFair USA's store locator.

Sign our letter to major supermarkets asking them to start stocking Fair Trade bananas »


4. Sugar Phosphorus run-offs from the conventional sugar industry in Florida have devastaed the ecosystem of the Everglades, and the sugar lobby has worked aggressively to avoid responsibility. Sustainabile alternatives to sugar like locally grown, organic maple syrup or honey can help you avoid the problems in the sugar industry, as can Fair Trade Certified™ sugar, introduced to the US in 2005.

Look for Turbinado sugar, ground cane sugar, and more in the National Green Pages™ »


5. Rice — While most of the white and brown rice consumed in the US was grown on US farms, most aromatic long-grain rice comes to our tables from small-scale farms in Asia where it was harvested by hand. Workers on these farms often find themselves squeezed by middle merchants and sickened by pesticides; Fair Trade ricemost of which is also organicprotects both workers and the environment.

Look for Jasmine, coral, Basmati, and more in the National Green Pages™ »

 

6. Vanilla — Working with a labor-intensive crop that yields a relatively low harvest, vanilla farmers are hard-hit when their market fluctuates, as it has since environmental disasters at key procuction centers in 2000. TransFair USA began certifying vanilla in 2006, and new Fair Trade Certified™ vanilla ice cream from Ben & Jerry's arrived in supermarkets in January 2007, joining their previous Fair Trade coffee and chocolate flavors.

Look for whole beans and vanilla extracts in the National Green Pages™ »


  7. Spices — The European Fair Trade certifying body (FLO) approved standards for Fair Trade spices in 2005. In Europe, products like ginger cookies and lemongrass soap have begun to appear with Fair Trade spices among their ingedients, as hopeful sign for the future of Fair Trade spices in the US.

Look for pepper, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg, and more in the National Green Pages™ »

 

8. Wine — Introduced to the US market in 2007, Fair Trade wine has been produced in South Africa since 2003, and in Chile and Argentina since 2004. The South African certification process requires vineyard workers to maintain a legally protected minimum 25 percent interest in the winery, in support of the South African government's policies promoting equal land ownerships following Apartheid.

Look for Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more in the National Green Pages™ »


9. Olive oil — The Canaan Fair Trade Association uses the fair trade concept to empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities caught in conflict so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture. Farmers are guaranteed a minimum price, and receivea 10 percent Fair Trade premium above market price, plus a 10 percent organic premium above market price.

Look for olive oil (plus capers, almonds, and more) in the National Green Pages™ »

 

10. Sports balls — When the European Fair Trade certification body (FLO) created standards for soccer ball production in 2002, it was the first time a non-agricultural commodity had received certification. Since then, five Pakistani and Thai producers have achieived certification, ensuring that no child lavor is involved, and that workers receive a living wage in a healthy work environment.

Look for soccer balls, volley balls, and more, in the National Green Pages™ »

 

11. Arts and crafts — Producers of unique, handmade, artisanal Fair Trade products like jewelry, baskets, textiles, and other handicrafts belong to trade associations that screen for internationally recognized Fair Trade standards. For example, our ally the Fair Trade Federation links low-income producers with consumer marketers that pledge to: pay fair wages in the local context, support participatory workplaces, ensure environmental sustainability and public accountability, and suppply financial and technical support.

Look for Fair Trade craft products in the National Green Pages™ »

 

12. Coffee — Available since the late 1990s, Fair Trae coffee is the most widespread and recognizable Fair Trade commodity. Currently, it is the fastest-growing segment of the $11 billion US specialty coffee maket, and about 85 percent of Fair Trade coffee is also organic.

Look for Fair Trade coffee in the National Green Pages™ »
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Posted: Jul 24, 2007 6:07am
Jul 12, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Check out the new report from Food & Water Watch!

Take Back the Tap: Why Choosing Tap Water Over Bottled Water is Better for Your Health, Your Pocketbook, and the Environment
You can read the report here.
And pledge to Take Back the Tap here.

Did you know?

? Bottled water costs hundreds or thousands of times more than tap water. Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters.

? The Food and Drug Administration regulates only the 30 to 40 percent of bottled water sold across state lines.

? The Environmental Protection Agency requires up to several hundred water tests per month by utility companies while the FDA requires only one water test per week by bottling companies.

? Nearly 40 percent of bottled water is simply filtered or treated tap water.

? U.S. plastic bottle production requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 100,000 cars.

? About 86 percent of the empty plastic water bottles in the United States land in the garbage instead of being recycled.

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New Food & Water Watch Report Highlights Problems with Bottled Water

Washington, DC - Choosing tap water over bottled water is better for consumers' health, their pocketbooks, and the environment, according to a new report released today by Food & Water Watch. The report is being released on the heals of a San Francisco executive order banning the use of city funds for bottled water and a U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution to study problems with bottled water consumption.

In 2005, Americans spent $8.8 billion for almost 7.2 billion gallons of non-sparkling bottled water. Consumers drank even more in 2006, about 26 gallons per person. The bottled water industry spends billions on advertising that promises purity in a bottle while implying that tap water is somehow less safe, something that is simply not true, according to the report.

"Bottled water generally is no cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water," said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. "Rather than buying into this myth of purity in a bottle, consumers should drink from the tap."

"Utilities all over the country spend millions of dollars to deliver clean, safe, affordable water right to the kitchen sink," said Susan Leal, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager. "Relying on bottles that use lots of energy to produce and are sometimes trucked or even flown thousands of miles and ultimately become a municipal solid waste problem just makes no sense," concluded Leal.

But just kicking the bottle in favor of the tap is not enough, says Food & Water Watch. Our nation's public water and sewer infrastructure is old and in the coming years will need billions of dollars of investment to maintain and further improve treatment, storage, and distribution. Each year we fall more than $20 billion short of what is needed to maintain our public water and sewage systems.

"It's time for Congress to establish a clean water trust fund that would give communities the financial help they need to invest in healthy and safe drinking water for every American and for future generations," Hauter said.

The United States maintains trust funds for highways, airports, and social security. Providing a dedicated funding stream for national priorities is sound public policy, explained Bill Holman, former executive director of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and former secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. "The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund has sparked innovative, community-based solutions to protect and restore water resources in North Carolina. A national clean water trust fund would provide similar benefits," said Holman.

Food & Water Watch is encouraging consumers to Take Back the Tap by choosing tap water over bottled water whenever possible and supporting increased funding for safe and affordable public tap water.

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Posted: Jul 12, 2007 10:32am
May 27, 2007
Focus: Peace
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States

Oppose New Nuclear Weapons

Dear pelagus,

Your senator is on an important committee that will vote as early as the first week of June on whether to fund a new type of nuclear bomb intended to replace the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal. This new bomb is costly, unnecessary, and provocative, as it could lead to the resumption of nuclear testing. Write today and urge your senator to oppose funding this needless new bomb, speak out against it, and instead support a full re-assessment of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

Sincerely,

Sean Meyer
National Field Organizer
UCS Global Security Program


Subject: Oppose Funding for New Nuclear Weapons

Dear Senator,

I urge you, as a member of the Senate Energy & Water Appropriations subcommittee, to oppose funding for the so-called Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program. The administration's own research shows that the current U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe and highly reliable. The United States does not need new nuclear bombs, but the RRW program tells the world that we do, undermining U.S. efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. The proposed RRW program makes little technical sense, particularly as a recent independent study found that the critical plutonium components of U.S.warheads are reliable for at least 85 years. Instead, we need a fundamental re-assessment of the future of our nuclear arsenal.

This spring, former Senator Sam Nunn testified that the RRW will be "misunderstood by our allies, exploited by our adversaries, complicate our work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and make resolution of the Iran and North Korea challenges all the more difficult." Like Senator Nunn, I believe that the U.S. Congress should instead embrace the vision of a "world free of nuclear weapons."

I urge you to oppose funding for the RRW and to support a fundamental review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

Sincerely,

pelagus

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Posted: May 27, 2007 11:38pm
May 25, 2007
Written by Rene Wadlow
http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1043/1/


Nicolas Sarkozy, the newly elected French President, wanted to mark the difference in governing style between himself and outgoing President Jacques Chirac — although both belonged to the same political party and shared basic political orientations.

However Jacques Chirac had spent his second presidential term under the motto – no waves. In foreign policy, Jacques Chirac had taken the lead in opposing the US intervention in Iraq and had created a temporary Germany-Russia-France alliance against the war. In domestic affairs, Chirac had not used his 82 per cent of the vote victory to push for reforms or new social policies. He had advocated a yes vote on the proposed constitution for the European Union (EU), but ran a confusing and indifferent campaign for its ratification. The constitution was rejected by French voters, followed by that of the Netherlands. Since major decisions in the EU must be taken unanimously, the EU’s institutions must function with rules for its 27 states that already had difficulty at 15. The European Union just celebrated the 50th year of its founding with six states. The EU has grown in number but its institutional practices have not been modified in keeping with its size. The constitution proposed being able to reach decisions by majority vote rather than unanimity.

Chirac had participated fully in European affairs as well as in French-African meetings. He seemed happier to deal with foreign questions — a policy area largely reserved to the French President since the first President of the 5th Republic, Charles de Gaulle. Chiric seemed strangely absent from the domestic scene, addressing the nation only on New Year’s eve and the 14 of July, the national holiday.

Thus Sarkozy ran on a program of a "break with the stagnant past" as though he had not been a member of the outgoing government. In fact, during the five years of Chirac’s second term, Sarkozy had served in two key posts — Ministry of the Economy and Ministry of the Interior. If Chirac spent the last five years largely hidden from public view, Sarkozy, with close and friendly relations with journalists, had developed to a fine art the 30-second sound bite. There was hardly a day that he did not appear on the television news, shaking hands with people or for longer interviews on political talk shows. Not everyone liked Sarkozy, but everyone knew that he was there, giving an impression of being everywhere at once — a man of hyper- activity.

Sarkozy has been running for president for the last five years and made no secret of his ambition. In fact ambition is his most obvious trait. Although ideologically on the Right, he does not belong to any of the traditional currents of Right thinking. Political commentators compare him to Napoleon, but this is more his character, there being no longer a Napoleonic ideology. Sarkozy is like Napoleon in being short, giving an impression of boundless energy, and being an outsider. Napoleon was born when Corsica was not yet French and yet he came to symbolize French power. Sarkozy’s father was a minor noble from Hungary who left Hungary when the Communists took over in 1948. He came to France and married a young law student of Greek-Jewish background. Sarkozy’s father abandoned the family after the third child was born and gave no financial support. Nicolas Sarkozy’s mother finished law school and went to work for the city administration of Neuilly, a Paris suburb with many rich and powerful people. Sarkozy grew up there as an the outsider among the rich.

Sarkozy has the characteristics attributed to the self-made man: If I can do it with hard work, then everybody should be able to do it with hard work. His admiration for the USA is based on the American myth of a place where anyone can get ahead if he tries hard enough and also as the land that gave an opportunity to Hungarian refugees after the 1956 revolt. John F. Kennedy is his model, even if Kennedy was hardly an outsider or a self-made man. Like Kennedy, Sarkozy is happy to show off his beautiful wife and five good looking children and to be seen doing energetic sports, in Sarkozy’s case, jogging. Sarkozy’s admiration for the USA is unlikely to carry over to admiration for all US policies, especially in foreign relations.

In keeping with the image of youth and activity, Sarkozy has named a government of persons considered activists and with a personal image of being willing to take risks to get things done. The most telling image is that of the new Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, who had earlier served in the Socialist-led government of Francois Mitterand as minister of humanitarian affairs and the minister of health. Kouchner was also the UN administrator for Kosovo and left a good reputation in UN circles for his work there. In France Kouchner is best known as a leading founder of Medecins Sans Frontiers which won the Nobel Prize for Peace. As a young doctor Kouchner had gone for the Red Cross to Biafra during the Nigeria-Biafra war. There he was frustrated by the Red Cross prohibitions on reporting what he saw. Thus he created an NGO that could both heal and speak out. They became well known for their efforts to pick up boat people leaving Vietnam by sea and later working behind Soviet lines in Afghanistan

Kouchner also has never been shy in front of a TV camera, no doubt advised by his wife who is a leading news commentator on French TV. Sarkozy has also named to the government Martin Hirsch, a civil servant who was president of Emmaus, the organization founded by l’Abbe Pierre to help the homeless. In France, the president of an NGO is an unpaid position and is not a full-time administrator. Hirsch had been the chief civil servant when Kouchner was minister of health. Hirsch will be in charge of a newly created post in the government: High Commissioner for National Solidarity, to deal with the homeless and long-term unemployed.

As ecology and sustainable development was a strong theme during the campaign — although all the candidates were in agreement that something needs to be done — Sarkozy has named Alain Juppe — a former Prime Minister who saw himself as a potential president but who does not have the political skills of Sarkozy — as the number two of the government in a new post to deal with ecology and sustainable development as well as transport.

Sarkozy has named a government of people to mark the change of generation from Jacques Chirac and to create a new style of government seen to be acting and in close contact with the people. We will have to wait to see if this will remain public relations image-building or will translate itself into policy and action.

Rene Wadlow is the editor of www.transnational-perspectives.org and an NGO Representative to the United Nations, Geneva. Photo from Wikipedia.org


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Posted: May 25, 2007 8:11am
May 24, 2007
New Speciesist Advocacy
http://speciesism.wordpress.com/2007/05/05/new-speciesist-advocacy/


New Speciesist advocacy demands personhood for particular nonhumans- usually those exhibiting human like traits or genetic closeness to humans. When this happens, like with the Great Ape Project, speciesism is perpetuated.

Dunayer takes an interesting term when addressing the idea of endangered species. She says we violate the principle of equal consideration of individuals when we give members of endangered species greater moral consideration than members of highly populous species. This is a somewhat troubling, or potentially troubling line of thought. While I understand her motivations, I also think that from an environmental and long term perspective it is reaaallly important to keep species from being annihilated in the mean time, before we acheive liberation. I bet though that there are ways to give endangered species protections which don’t infringe upon any others except for humans. It does make sense that we need to be conscious of how we go about this. If we are dismissive of populous groups they will one day be in the hot seat of being endangered thanks to years of dismissal and inconsideration.

It is ok to fight for one cause because it would be easier to acheive rights for the relative few than for the many- as long as your arguments aren’t speciesist and you aren’t arguing for one group at another animals’ expense. Don’t make it harder for others down the line.

This sort of advocacy is not promoting that non humans share in power, but rather that they be protected/shielded from it.

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Posted: May 24, 2007 7:54am
Mar 31, 2007
Focus: Business
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
FREEGAN EVENTS
IN NEW YORK CITY

Join us for upcoming freegan events, trash tours and meetings

Call Janet at (347)724-6954 or email Madeline at<mailto:ask@freegan.info> ask@freegan.info
with questions on any event.
Events that don't list a fee and don't mention the organizing group
are free and are organized by Freegan.info.

Every Wednesday and Saturday * Freegan bike repair workshop
Learn how to turn found bike parts into working bicycles. And build your own bike. For more info, call Christian at (917) 582-9010.  Media reps are welcome on Wednesdays, but Saturdays are media free.
When & Where?
Starting at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays, going until at least 9:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturdays. 327 West 36th St. bet. 8th & 9th Aves (look for open door and bike stuff at entrance).


Saturday, March 31 to Monday, April 2 * Brooklyn ewaste recycling
If you're in Brooklyn, bike your ewaste over to this recycling event sponsored by the <http://freegan.info/www.lesecologycenter.org>Lower East Side Ecology Center.
When and Where?
J. J. Byrne Park on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , and  Monday, April 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The park is on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday,  April 5 * Freegan Meeting and Trash Tour
Join us for a meeting to plan upcoming freegan events and outreach. After, we will explore the area's wasted food and other goods. The meeting is not open to media, but the tour that follows is open to media that have scheduled in advance. (We recommend scheduling at least one month in advance).
When & Where?
Meet at 7:30pm at Green Pea deli at 435 5th Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets. To come just for the tour, meet us at 9:30pm in front of the grocery on 38th Street and 3rd Avenue.

Thursday, April 12 * Freegan Forum
Join a panel of freegans to learn strategies to limit our involvement in the mass production oriented, industrial capitalist economy, and live in ways that sustain our planet's ecosystems, foster community, allow us to reclaim our time. and and provide access to vital resources regardless of means.
When & Where?
 7-9pm, 66 West 12th St (The New School, Lang Cafeteria, Room 100). Trash tour to follow, exploring the needless waste of useable resources by retail stores and reclaiming goods for practical use.

Thursday, April 19 * Freegan Meeting and Trash Tour
Join us to plan upcoming freegan events and outreach. After, we will explore the area's wasted food and other goods. The meeting and trash tour are NOT open to media.
When and Where?
Meet at 7:30pm at Regale deli in the rear seating area. Regale is on 5th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. To come just for the tour, meet us at the deli at 9:30pm.

Saturday, April 21 * Eco-Fair in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Want to celebrate Earth Day but New York's official events have gotten too corporate? Join Recycle This! and a number of grassroots ecology groups for an Eco-Fair and Recycle In in Brooklyn, in conjunction with Park Slope Civic Council's Spring Fling/Clean Sweep and family oriented events by Park Slope Parents. Activities include electronics recycling with Per Scholas, composting, a seed swap, textile recycling, a solar display and music. Food by Freegan.info.
When & Where?
11am-4pm, Old Stone House/J.J. Byrne Park space (5th Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets), Brooklyn

Thursday, April 26 * Trash Tour
Join us as we collect the discarded quality products that stores throw out. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. We will also collect food for our monthly feast to be held the next night.  The tour is open to media that have scheduled in advance. (We recommend scheduling at least one month in advance)
When & Where?
Meet us at 9:30pm in front of the grocery on 38th Street and 3rd Avenue.

Friday, April 27th: Freegan Feast
Be prepared to share in the food preparation and then in the good company of a group of diverse and interesting people who care about each other and about change.
When & Where?
RSVP to find out location. Help cook at 5:30pm & eat at 8. Due to limited space, please call Janet to RSVP between one week and one day before the event.  347-724-6954.


Ongoing Events
COMPOSTING
<http://www.lesecologycenter.org/index.html>Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and tea bags, egg and nut shells, cut flowers, and similar organic material). LESEC has drop-off bins at the Union Square Greenmarket (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm).
For other composting drop sites, visit <http://www.nyccompost.org/resources/organizations.html>http://www.nyccompost.org/resources/organizations.html.

COMPUTER AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
<http://www.perscholas.org/>Per Scholas is a recycling facility in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx that allows individuals to drop off up to five pieces of residential computer and electronic equipment. Keyboards, mice and speakers are not included in the count.  A monetary donation is required for the six through Nth piece. They cannot accept TVs that contain wood since they cannot recycle organic matter. They accept residential equipment Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

<http://freegan.info/www.lesecologycenter.org>Lower East Side Ecology Center also hosts electronics recycling events. See the event listed above for March 31 to April 2.


WEEKLY BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS
Organized and hosted by TIMES UP!,49 East Houston (between Mott and Mulberry), in the basement workshop.
LADIES' BICYCLE REPAIR NIGHT: Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. No previous experience with bicycle repair required or expected.
BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS: Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
FIX YOUR BIKE WORKSHOP: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Share skills with other cyclists while you fix up your own bike.
For more information about events at Time's Up!, visit <http://www.times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php>http://www.times-up.org/calendar/calendar.php

WILD FOOD TOURS
"Wildman" Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine Fee is $12 ($6 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Tours this month in the NYC area are: 4/1 in Central Park; 4/7 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 4/14 in Central Park; 4/21 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan; 4/22 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens.
Check the details and sign up at <http://wildmanstevebrill.com/>http://wildmanstevebrill.com/ or call (914) 835-2153.

GRUB COMMUNITY BUILDING MEAL
1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.
A mostly freegan dinner for strangers and co-conspirators in a relaxed environment. There is no charge but donations are requested. Organized by In Our Hearts and Toy Shop collectives; at Rubulad, 338 Flushing Avenue(between Classon & Taaffe - near the Navy Yard) in Brooklyn. 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Doors open 6:30; dinner around 7:00. More info at <http://www.toyshopcollective.com/grub.html>http://www.toyshopcollective.com/grub.html

For announcements of human, animal, and earth liberation actions in New York City, send a blank email message to wetlands-activism-subscribe@lists.riseup.net.

Wetlands Activism Collective, PO Box 344, New York, NY 10108
Phone: (201) 928-2831 Email: activism@wetlands-preserve.org

Visit these websites!
 http://wetlands-preserve.org * http://freegan.info * http://ftaareferendum.org * http://freetradekillsanimals.orghttp://foodnotfur.org  * http://furfreenyc.org *

JUST CREATED: http://www.friendsofbradwill.org/ * http://andystepanian.com/
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Posted: Mar 31, 2007 8:07am
Mar 31, 2007
Focus: Business
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States

Freegan Forum

A Discussion on Sustainable Living Beyond Capitalism


When: April 12th 7-9pm (at  9PM we'll begin a walking tour of the useable retail waste of the West Village).
Where: The New School, Enter at 66 West 12th Street (East of 6th av), Manhattan
Sign in, go through courtyard to Lang Cafeteria (Room 100)
Additional Info: Call (347) 724-6954 or email ask@freegan.info.
Admission is free & Freegan refreshments will be provided!
Of ten misunderstood  to mean simply dumpster diving for food, freeganism is a holistic philosophy and way of living based on deliberate non-participation in the capitalist economy through labor or spending.

Join Freegan.info for an introduction to freeganism, addressing questions including:
   * What is freeganism?
   * Do "fair trade", "organic", "vegan" and other "responsible shopping" standards go far enough?
   * What is the connection between waste, hunger, globalization, and environmental destruction?
   * What  is "planned obsolesence" how do freegans challenge this cynical marketing strategy?
   * Is it possible to live without participating in capitalism?
   * What are mutual aid and gift  economics, and how do they  relate to freeganism?
   * What are the common practices of the freegan lifestyle?
   * Is freeganism just a lifestyle esthetic or a strategy for revolutionary change?
   * Can freeganism easy the transition to a post-petroleum society?
   * Does freeganism provide a provide a strategy for meeting people's needs and challenging the capitalist myth of scarcity in a class-based society where so many are deprived of daily  necessities?
   * What are current projects and activities in NYC that reflect a freegan ethic?
Sponsored by Freegan.info and the New School's  Direct Action Networking Collective.
To learn more about freeganism, visit <http://www.freegan.info/>www.freegan.info.
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Posted: Mar 31, 2007 7:44am
Jan 12, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS AND LOCAL HARVEST


Local Harvest lists almost 10,000 farmers' markets, cooperative grocery stores, restaurants and retailers that provide locally-grown, organic produce to consumers. It's one of the best tools online for helping you find these important resources near you. Buying your food locally or regionally cuts down on the amount of energy consumed to transport your food, supports your local economy, and can provide you and your family with safer, fresher foods. Make a New Year's resolution for 2007 to put a special effort towards buying local.
Learn more here: http://www.localharvest.org/
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