An Open Letter to the Class of 2010: The Student Challenge 2.0
“There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop….”
– Mario Savio
Dear Class of 2010:
Whether you are in college, graduate school or high school, you are about to enjoy a well-earned right of passage: your graduation ceremony.
Unfortunately for you, Baby boomers like my parents and generation x’res like me – despite the heroic efforts of a handful of individuals and organizations- have failed to stop the slide into neofuedalism and the iron clad grip held by the military industrial complex over our two duopoly in Washington.
I’d like you to consider using the opportunity of your graduation ceremony to do something heroic: disrupt the ceremony. If you your graduation speaker is a politician of the Republican or Democratic variety, they have more blood on their hands than a Lady Macbeth if it were to be directed by Quentin Tarentino. Let them, and the hungry eyes of the press, know about it. Do it creatively. The methods you will use to protest and stop the illegal, immoral, and very expensive war being waged with the tax dollars of your great great grandchildren have not been invented yet.
Originally published @ TIME. written by Amy Sullivan
(Yesterday was) the National Day of Prayer, which by tradition is celebrated not with cake and balloons but with some attendant controversy. Just a few weeks ago, it looked as though the White House’s biggest problem regarding the day (first designated by Congress in 1952) was the fact that a federal judge ruled in April that the law directing the president to proclaim a National Day of Prayer violates the establishment clause and is therefore unconstitutional. The Obama administration immediately appealed the ruling. And it also tweaked this year’s proclamation subtly to address those concerns. Whereas last year’s proclamation “call[ed] upon Americans to pray in thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace and protection for this land that we love,” this year’s document made room secularists as well as people of faith:
I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us. [emphasis mine]
Problem solved, right? Wrong. For one thing, the White House will have to wait and see how the appeals court rules. But in the meantime, it’s dealing with one very ticked-off Franklin Graham (son of Billy) who was invited–and then disinvited–to a Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon today. The evangelist’s invitation was rescinded after a wide range of religious critics complained that his participation would be inappropriate–particularly at a Pentagon event–in light of Graham’s references to Islam as “evil” and inferior to Judaism and Christianity.
Originally published on Planet Green. Written by Sara Novak
A recent article in Time Magazine highlights what the pill has meant for women and society. In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the first pill for women. Shortly thereafter, nearly 1 million women started taking the pill. Today, over 80 percent of women will take the pill at some time during their reproductive years.
That’s not to say that the introduction of the pill wasn’t met with controversy. Even today, many religions believe that the purpose of sex, even within marriage, is reproduction. Outside of these social controversies, however, the pill, like all pharmaceuticals, has an effect on the planet. So, what effect has the pill had on the once exploding U.S. population? And, with so many women today taking the pill, how can we mitigate the adverse ecological effects that this powerful pharmaceutical has on our water supply?