Radical Gratitude

My Gratitude Journal is Brilliant! (And Here’s Why You Should Have One Too)

As you may have gathered by now, I’m generally a very happy, outgoing person; however, I’ve found that despite my very best efforts to stay positive, sometimes it feels like the odds simply aren’t in my favour and shitty days happen, often with matching moods in tow. It’s 100% normal (insert trite comment about life not being as sweet without the sour here) but normal doesn’t always mean pleasant, does it? I don’t know anyone who enjoys feeling down. In times like these, I think we all wish there was a way to bottle up all our good feelings and epic moments for later use, like… Right now? Good news: there is. Double good news: it’s really, really easy. Enter… The gratitude journal! But before we delve into the how, let’s take a closer look at what gratitude is all about and why you should be making a conscious effort to practise it regularly!

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Steinem apologizes for implying women back Sanders to meet men
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has apologized for implying that younger women have chosen to support Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary because they want to meet men. .

On the Friday edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher pressed Steinem on the contemporary state of feminism.

“I find the young women very, very activist and they’re way, way more feminist than we [were]. I mean, we were like 12 crazy ladies in the beginning. Now it’s the majority,” Steinem said. “But I do think that gratitude never radicalized anybody, you know. I did not say, ‘Thank you for the vote.’ I got mad on the basis of what was happening to me. And I think that that’s true of young women too. So they’re mad as hell because they’re graduating in debt. And they’re going to earn a million dollars less over their lifetime to pay it back. You know, they’re mad about what’s happening to them.”

After her comments were met with backlash, Steinem issued a statement via Facebook on Sunday.

“In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”

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I was very glad to see this. Read my earlier post on the interview here.

FREE High resolution 12” x 18” poster in honor of American Democracy Now journalist Amy Goodman who faced “riot” charges for covering Standing Rock protectors/activists protesting against Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. As with all our posters, feel liberated to share, print, repost, disseminate & wheatpaste at will!

From DemocracyNow.org:

Judge Rejects “Riot” Charges Against Amy Goodman in North Dakota.

A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.

“This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,” said Goodman. “We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet.”

District Judge John Grinsteiner did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday October 14 by State’s Attorney Ladd R. Erickson. Those charges were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. Goodman had returned to North Dakota to turn herself in to the trespassing charge.

The charges in State of North Dakota v. Amy Goodman stemmed from Democracy Now!’s coverage of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Saturday, September 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the pipeline company attacking protesters. The report showed guards unleashing dogs and using pepper spray and featured people with bite injuries and a dog with blood dripping from its mouth and nose.

Democracy Now!’s report went viral online, was viewed more than 14 million times on Facebook and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBCand the Huffington Post.On September 8, a criminal complaint and warrant was issued for Goodman’s arrest on the trespassing charge.“

These shifting charges were a transparent attempt by the prosecutor to intimidate Amy Goodman and to silence coverage of the resistance to the pipeline,” said Reed Brody, an attorney for Goodman. “Fortunately, these bully tactics didn’t work and freedom of the press has prevailed.”

The pipeline project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of over 100 other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning public television/radio news program that airs on over 1,400 stations worldwide. Goodman has co-authored six New York Times bestsellers and won many of journalism’s highest awards in more than three decades working as a reporter.

To see Democracy Now!’s coverage of the pipeline and the protests, please visit: