The year was 1997 and a woman, who at the time was 23, decided to save Luna, a redwood tree 60 meters high and over 500 years. That December 10, Julia turned that tree in her home for two years, changing her life forever.
Over a thousand rings had the trunk of Luna when a chainsaw wanted to cut it through. Fortunately, the fate of this twisted tree. A young butterfly alighted on it and spent 738 days in its branches forcing the company Pacific Lumber to suspend cutting this and other forest trees from Stanford, California.
December 10th, 1997, Julia climbed the tree. Her new home was located now at 50 meters. In 3 square meters Julia placed everything she needed: a canvas, its walls; a small stove, the kitchen; a bucket with a sealed bag, bathroom and a sponge (to collect rainwater), her shower.
Her case became known in the world and eight days after they were fulfilled two years of her stay in the tree, Julia put her feet on earth.
The company assumed responsibility for environmental policy to include in future work that was performed.
Today, Julia is still involved in environmental commitments. She helped create the NGO “Circle of Life”
Anti-government activists gather during a protest in Hong Kong, China, late Saturday and in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
Pro-democracy protesters kick-started an occupation of central Hong Kong after students clashed with the city’s police, prompting thousands of people to take to the streets in support.
China said last month that candidates for the 2017 leadership election must be vetted by a committee, angering pro-democracy campaigners who say the group is packed with business executives and lawmakers who favor Beijing.
32 Year Old Chicago Activist, Leonore Draper, Fatally Shot After Anti-Violence Event
A Chicago woman is shot and killed moments after attending an anti-violence event that she helped organize.
Police officers heard the gunshots around 10:30 Friday night in the 1300 block of West 116th in the West Pullman neighborhood.
A budget analyst for Chicago Public Schools and a freelance make-up artist, 32-year-old Leonore Draper was committed to fighting gun violence on Chicago’s city streets.
On the committee of an anti-violence non-profit called A Charitable Confection, Draper was coming home from a fundraiser Friday night when she was shot and killed while sitting in her car on Chicago’s Far South Side.
“She was sitting in the car dropping her husband off who is handicapped,” said neighbor Andrew Loss. “Some little girl was taking the man into the house. Then when the little girl came back out the lady, she was dead.”
Police are still investigating the circumstances, but say it was after 10:30 Friday when they heard gunshots near the 1300 block of West 116th Street. After touring the area they found Draper with a gunshot wound to her arm. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
Delk Adams is Draper’s former college roommate and the organizer of Friday night’s fundraiser, which she says was raising money to support a teen run charity that fight’s violence on the city’s South Side.
definitely Aquarius, since they seek to change the world, make it a better place (progress, world peace!). Also Aries (the pioneer sign) and Scorpio (representing change and transformation), as their will to stand up for what they believe in is enormous. Gemini (the messenger), Libra (the lawyer), & Sagittarius (the philosopher) have so much convincing power, they have a flair with words like no other. Pisces definitely wants to end the world’s suffering, though escaping reality is also escaping these problems, sometimes.
Great activists under these signs: Rosa Parks (Aquarius), Yoko Ono (Aquarius),
Alice Walker (Aquarius),
John Lennon (Libra),
Brigitte Bardot (Libra),
Gloria Steinem (Aries),
A. Philip Randolph (Aries),
Nina Simone (Pisces), Melanie Sloan (Sagittarius), Betty Williams (Gemini), Angelina Jolie (Gemini), Dorothy Day (Scorpio), Margaret Atwood (Scorpio).
Happy Birthday to Lorraine Hansberry! Writer, activist, and Daughter of Bilitis, Hansberry found success as a playwright for her work A Raisin in the Sun, but died of pancreatic cancer at the tender age of 34, leaving behind an unfinished novel and several other plays.
Steve Biko was a pioneering anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Conscious Movement. His writing and activism inspired, empowered and mobilised South Africa’s black population in the fight against minority rule.
Black Consciousness as defined by South African Students Organization (SASO) in 1972:
ii. the basic tenet of Black Consciousness is that the Black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity
iii. The Black man must build up his own value systems, see himself as self-defined and not defined by others
iv. The concept of Black Consciousness implies the awareness by the Black people of power they wield as a group, both economically and politically and hence group cohesion and solidarity are important facets of Black Consciousness
On this day 36 years ago - September 12 1977 - Biko was killed by the apartheid state - dying, like many black South Africans, in police custody. Biko’s activism and thought have continued to inspire and influence people and politics around the world.
Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.
All of them are queer people of color.
“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.
The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.
He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.
And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.
He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”
“We didn’t take no shit from nobody. We had nothing to lose. You all had rights. We had nothing to lose. I’ll be the first one to step on any organization, any politician’s toes if I have to, to get the rights for my community.”
Rivera was an American bisexual transgender activist and trans woman. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Allianceand helped found Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson (quoted from Wikipedia).
An aerial view of a Greenpeace protest at the Place de L'Etoile during the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015, in Paris, France on December 11th 2015. Around 50 activists tried to draw a yellow sun around the Arc de Triomphe monument. The summit is entering its final stages in an effort to secure a global agreement that would offer a long-term strategy for dealing with climate change. Credit: EPA/GREENPEACE
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Rights activists in Mozambique have marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims.
The “marriage effect” clause sees convicted rapists given a five-year suspended sentence if they marry their victims and stipulates that the perpetrator should stay married to the victim for at least five years.
Though it had fallen into disuse, the clause has been retained in a new legislation replacing the colonial Portuguese penal code of 1886, which is currently before parliament.
But, in a country where women make up 40 percent of parliament, activists are outraged.
International rights group Amnesty International has launched a campaign against the controversial legislation, leading similar campaigns in Algeria and Tunisia, where such laws also exist.
Attack on women
At the protest, a young woman dressed in a blood-spattered wedding gown led a group of about 300 mostly female protesters as they marched to parliament.
“It is an attack on us as women,” protester Aulzira Camacho told the AFP news agency.
“Marry the rapist? No!” read a banner carried by another protester.
The new penal code was rushed through parliament in December, where it was approved in a preliminary vote. It is now under discussion by special parliamentary groups before going back to the assembly for a final vote.
The draft code also terms rape in marriage as adultery rather than an offence.
Activists in the southern African country reject the text, where 12 percent of women fall victim to sexual abuse, according to 2011 health statistics.
Photographed by Igualdad Animal at La Puerta del Sol in Madrid.
“Thus, just as animals can be enslaved, so too can they be liberated; indeed, where animals are enslaved, humans arguably have a duty to liberate them. Answering this call of conscience and duty, animal liberation groups have sprouted throughout the world with the objectives of freeing captive animals from systems of exploitation, attacking and dismantling the economic and material basis of oppression, and challenging the ancient mentality that animals exist as human resources, property, or and chattel.”
— Steve Best