Colorado pot credit union could be open by Jan. 1

(Cannabist) The world’s first financial institution established specifically for the marijuana industry could be open in Colorado by Jan. 1.

The Colorado Division of Financial Services late Wednesday issued Fourth Corner Credit Union an unconditional charter to operate, the first state credit-union charter issued in nearly a decade.

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A lot of people dislike my constant tweets about society’s current issues but it’s because I care about our future. Our generation is more technologically advanced than the generations before us. Our generation has greater opportunities and chances than previous generations. We are able to resolve issues and spread awareness of problems if we all can recognize the world that we live in instead of ignoring our issues. Let’s work together to help stop the problems our society faces like racism, homophobia, religious persecution, and sexism, and encourage feminism, education, self esteem, and opportunities for our young people. Let’s make the world better for our children and their children. We can do it…. who’s with me?

among the things that irritate me is the pro-ana community here on tumblr and elsewhere, and other people’s reaction to them. there are people in the community who do aim to convert people to anorexia, as if it is a diet or something. plenty of them aim to perpetuate and expand the symptoms in people who are prone to having such thoughts about their weight. but i don’t think that people’s reactions to the community have been very good, and are, by definition, impertinent and insensitive.

when i began to have anorexic-tendencies in sophomore year, i went onto the pro-ana tag here on tumblr. this was 2 years ago. there was no controversy over the tag and the visibility of it was relatively low. the tag provided ‘thinspo’. it was very bad. it was harmful. but it also had some value. having people, like-minded people i suppose, to talk to while i was going through the worst part of my life was anything but detrimental.

i think that people who self-identify as pro-ana are very troubled individuals. and i also think they will not change if you yell at them or make pro-ana hate blogs. i think that they need to understand that how they are acting towards people with anorexia and how they are trying to help people go along with eating disorders and even ‘convert’ people to eating disorders. but the people who react to them are slightly worse. they are the ones with more sense, obviously. but they are the ones who do not have eating disorders so do not have much empathy for the ones who do. they tell people with anorexia that they don’t have it. they don’t really ‘lend an ear’ and more just tell people with eating disorders that they need to get over it. 

i think that people with eating disorders, like myself, NEED a community. what the anti-pro-ana people are doing is disbanding a community that does need a lot fixing, but not even trying to help create a space safe for people who have eating disorders. 

i feel like there is no safe place for me to talk about my weight or how i feel about my eating disorder because of the anti-pro-ana people. this is worse, for me. 

Nevada reciprocity: Have an MMJ card? You can buy pot in Vegas in 2015

(Cannabist) Medical marijuana cardholders throughout the U.S. will be able to purchase pot in Nevada starting in 2015. All they’ll have to do is show their medical marijuana license, show a government ID proving they’re 21 or older and sign an affidavit — and they’ll have access to that shop (but no others) for their stay in Nevada…

“Giving patients the ability to legally access medical marijuana when they’re visiting a legal medical state just makes sense,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a national trade group for legal marijuana businesses. “And it makes even more sense when you’re talking about a state that has such a huge number of out-of-state visitors. It’s safer for patients and good for Nevada businesses — win-win.”

It always saddens me when an activist for one form of social justice has some enormously harmful bigoted views 

Like I’ve met a Jewish rights activist against anti-semitism who is extreeeemely racist against blacks and Muslims 

I’ve met a black rights activist who is extremely homophobic and calling LGBTs one of the “biggest problems of the black community” while vehemently denying they’re homophobic

That’s why inclusive social justice is so important, because for many people, the irony is still lost on them that they’re fighting for one marginalized group while being the oppressor of another

Just finished watching #cowspiracy and I can’t recommend it enough. I expected for it to be a rehashing of things I already knew- and to an extent it was. However I still learned a lot and a few things absolutely blew my mind. Great video for #vegan #activism. Show it to your #environmentalist friends.

November 8 2014 - Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees in the villages northwest of Jerusalem on Saturday broke open a hole in the separation wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation,” the popular committees said in a statement. [video]

OUT100, Readers’ Choice Award: Tyler Oakley
Internet celebrity, Advocate

It was while interning for the Trevor Project in 2009 that Tyler Oakley first truly appreciated the work being done to help LGBT youth in crisis. “It made me realize I have a voice and can help to make sure that nobody, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should ever feel so alone that they are compelled to take their own life,” says the 25-year-old activist. Oakley has parlayed his commitment to equality into a stunningly successful career on YouTube, where his channel is rapidly approaching 6 million subscribers.

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This week, fans of the popular Hunger Games series relaunched a campaign called “Odds in Our Favor” to draw attention to economic and social inequality. The campaign asks fans to “fill the gap” between the social commentary of The Hunger Games and the world fans inhabit by sharing their stories of economic inequality with the hashtag #MyHungerGames.

The result has been an outpouring of personal stories about hunger, poverty, and health care inequity.

The #MyHungerGames hashtag is inspired in part by Donald Sutherland, the actor who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games series. Sutherland, who is 79, told Good Morning America that he chose to be a part of the series because he wanted to end his life being “part of something that I thought would maybe catalyze and revolutionize young people.”

Sutherland said he hopes that young people will answer the call like the character Katniss Everdeen does in the films. “We’ve wrecked this world and, if you’re gonna fix it, you’ve got to do it now,” he said.

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Yes! Magazine’s article on our Odds In Our Favor campaign.

Read the ever-growing collection of #MyHungerGames stories here, then share yours.

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RebelMusic: Native America premieres TODAY 11/13 exclusively on MTV's Facebook page Check it out!

I estimated that there are about 16 million species of life on Earth. What if 14 million of them suddenly disappeared? Sounds hard to believe, like some dystopian Hollywood summer blockbuster. But that is exactly what seems to have happened at least five times over the past half billion years.

In each instance, a catastrophic event (or combination of events) killed up to 90 percent of the world’s sea and land creatures, and it happened in the blink of an eye – geologically speaking, at least.

Other than the origin of life itself, mass extinctions are the most dramatic and mysterious events in the history of life on Earth.

—  Bill Nye, Evolution and the Science of Creation

“Two years ago I would look at a meal I had made and be in awe of what a masterpiece I could create. 

I would see ‘meat’ as food and food alone. 
I was taught that the animals didn’t matter. “It’s just a way of life.”

Standing here, I closed my eyes…I listened to them shuffling around, tried to hear what they were thinking. 
This isn’t food. This surely can’t be the same food I had eaten and enjoyed and marvelled over. 
I knew they knew. 
I opened my eyes and a tear came out.

This beautiful little baby looked up at me over the crowd.

"Are you here to save me?"

I wasn’t. 
And I look at the picture and it breaks my heart. 
I couldn’t.

We listened to them scream as they killed them. 
We listened to them scream as we walked back to the car.
We listened to them scream.”

-Tina Lynch

Please choose veganism today.

Photo credit to Hannah Gregus.

#Solidarity! Mexican music icons Café Tacuba, with LA based band, Las Cafeteras showing love and standing w/ #FERGUSON and #AYOTZINAPA
For more info, visit these links:
Ayotzinapa students:
http://bit.ly/looking4students
Ferguson
Http://bit.ly/ferguson-background