May 21st, 2011: KODACHROME and the BDCP will make history.

And we know you don’t want to miss out on being a part of it!

Support all your favorite DMV-area dance teams and get your tickets for the first-ever Prelude being hosted in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area for the pre-sale price of $15 NOW at preludedancecompetition.com

And what better way to end the weekend than with workshops?! Click here to register for the Prelude DMV workshops the day following Prelude, featuring some of the dance industry’s most respected choreographers. Don’t miss this chance!

PRELUDE DMV 2011!
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I just wanna be done!

Keep thinking, maybe I should join the navy through the BDCP. I mean, a career right after graduation? Steady pay? No questions or stress about what I’m going to do? And then I basically have a way to pay for my Master’s at some point. Less stress about money now and later. It would be smart and sensible right? I’m just not sure it’s for me though. Could totally do it and kill it, no doubts. But I sorta chose the tree-hugger route when I was considering ROTC for college back in high school. Do I sacrifice “freedom” of self to wander the world barefoot, for steady pay while wandering the world in government issued shoes?

Congressman McNerney Introduces Bill to Prohibit Federal Funds for BDCP

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit  FY 2015 federal funds from being allocated to California’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

California has asked the federal government to contribute nearly $4 billion to help it implement the BDCP. Rep. McNerney previously introduced an amendment to withhold money…

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If you’re in any of these areas this weekend, please come & support a man very special to KODACHROME, Brian Gerardo, as he visits three cities and teaches not one, not three, but EIGHT workshops! Brian acted as Executive Director in substitution for Eirol Bernardino, who was overseas serving for the U.S. Army Reserves, while also working for Teach For America as a middle and high school teacher in the Baltimore public school system. He now dedicates full-time to dance. This guy is one of the most passionate, hardworking people you will ever meet, and he would love to see you come out to take class from him.

If you cannot make the workshops but would still like to donate to Brian’s cause, you may do so online: www.crowdrise.com/baltimoredancecrewsproject

Also, click the flyer to read a letter from Brian to his friends and family describing his efforts.

  • RIGHT-WING BIG AG MOUTHPIECE LOVES OUR NAME …Clueless about our Coffee Drinking Habits 

Photo: The Winnemem Wintu is a traditional tribe that comes from Mt. Shasta, protecting rivers, restoring salmon and fighting to preserve their culture and lifeway. Along with the Raging Grannies and many other organizations, they reject the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Big Ag supporter Harry Cline says, in a recent blogpost for Western Farm Press, that he loves the Raging Granny name but accuses us of being selfish because of our position on the Bay Delta Conservation (BDCP).

In his blogpost that calls us out he says that:  ”The Raging Grannies and friends target most of their criticism on the twin tunnels proposed to move water under the Delta. They say developing more water would cost too much and water rates would increase. Critics claim water rates would go up $7 to $10 per month, probably half what the Raging Grannies spend each month at Starbucks.”

Mr. Cline even takes a skeptical view of farmers’ markets writing in a separate blogpost that: “…fruits and vegetables are no better there than at the local supermarket. Some are worse. Farmers’ markets are popular because people think they are buying from ‘local growers’ and it is somehow better from a five-acre grower than a 500-acre grower…”. Elsewhere he refers to  anti-GMO activists as loudmouths and whackos.

The Raging Grannies of the SF Bay Area respond:

Who is selfish here? The author is a mouthpiece for giant agricultural interests who want more profits.  We call that selfish. Raging Grannies don’t need to go to Starbucks to know that backroom deals have handed out “rights” to 8 times more water than the state ever has. This is nuts and the BDCP won’t fix it. We need a smart plan, not a boondoggle like the twin tunnels.

As for Mr. Cline’s statement that some fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets may be worse than those purchased at supermarkets…big Ag would stand to gain from this assertion as well! Saying that GMO activists are socialists and referring to environmentalists as whackos and loudmouths doesn’t help the author’s credibility either.  So much for the view via Western Farmer Press Corporate’s website that also includes recent pro-gun blogposts and commentary.

As for our friends that join us in our opposition to the BDCP, the post is correct in that it includes Food and Water Watch, Restore the Delta, 350 Silicon Valley, the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, and the Environmental Water Caucus. But also amongst our colleagues in the fight against the BDCP are the Sierra Club of California, the Winnemem Wintu tribe, the Planning and Conservation League, Earth Law Center, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations,  California Striped Bass Association, Local Areas of the North Delta, the Butte Environmental Council, and the South Delta Water Agency. This is by no means an exhaustive list!

As a matter of principle we oppose large, powerful corporate interests that represent oil and corporate agribusiness, and join with like minded groups in our actions.

Mr. Cline, you don’t know much about our coffee drinking habits if you think members of the Raging Grannies can be found at Starbucks.

 
 

EPA Provides Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

It appears that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has a long list of items that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)  must address which it shared in a 43-page letter.

In summary, the letter highlights that the BDCP should consider a variety of approaches with the plan such as water conservation, levee maintenance and finding ways to less rely on the Delta. It also…

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Congressman McNerney Statement on Delaying the Bay Delta Conversation Plan

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) today issued the following statement after the announcement by the California Department of Water Resources that it will delay implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) until at least early 2015:

“The delay in implementing the BDCP is good news, and I am encouraged that the state realizes the plan is deeply flawed,” said Rep.…

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MAKE SURE YOU STAY THE ENTIRE WEEKEND! There are amazing workshops on Sunday, March 4th featuring Gary Beauford, Derrick Caldwell, and Sayquon Keys. So don’t miss out!

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End-of-year reflection: Phoenix of Dance

Days when I am utterly, uberly exhausted and I can’t focus on studying, I decide to post on tumblr. After dinner (and my only real meal of the day…), I’ll get there. Hakuna Matata :)

After each dance show/competition/showcase that I’m a part of, I become very pensive and thoughtful. I feel that I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of the DMV dance community. I didn’t expect Major Definition to give me so much exposure. I joined for very selfish reasons: I just wanted to dance for myself again. Little did I know how many doors it would open. I’ve developed a family, skill set, techniques, sense of self, and loved ones that I never imagined I would get. 

Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of the Baltimore Dance Crews Project for putting on an incredible show. Thank you for letting me be a part of your humble family that just keeps on giving <3.

And of course, I couldn’t be more proud of my teddy bear/Mr. Serlock Holmes/boyfriend, Eser. Dancing in 3 sets without a break yesterday was intense and you did an incredible job sharing what you love to the audience :) 

Pictures to come later tonight!

$7.5 Billion Water Bond Headed to Voters With Delta Protections in Place

With the passage of the two Water Bond bills by the State Legislator Wednesday night, voters will now have the opportunity to decide if they want to help meet the States water needs with a $7.5 billion package that replaces an existing $11.14 billion water bond.

  • Assembly Bill 1471 was passed with a vote of 77-1
  • Senate Bill 866 passed was passed with a unanimous vote

The last minute changes to…

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