Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

16 posts

‘Angola Three’ Mark Forty Years in Solitary

On Tuesday, April 17th, members of Amnesty International arrived in the Louisiana State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge to deliver a petition to governor Bobby Jindal on behalf of two men, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox. That day marked the 40th anniversary of their time in solitary confinement in the notorious Angola prison.

Wallace and Woodfox, along with Robert King, are known as the “Angola Three”– after the three were convicted of the murder of a prison guard in 1972, they were placed in solitary confinement and remained there despite clear psychological and physical consequences. King’s conviction was overturned and he was released from prison in 2001. Continue reading

Are We on the Brink of a Generation War?

Generation gaps, misunderstandings, and firm convictions about what the lives of young people should be about have emerged through the ages where shouts of “Get a haircut! Stop listening to all that rock & roll music! That damn rap is just noise! Why do you text so much?!” and the like have been the requisite commentary that’s followed most every generation. I’m sure at some point God asked Jesus what the deal was with sandals. Yet, as we move further forward, and technology offers us something new about every few years, just how far apart are we really? Continue reading

Craigslost: Anal Princesses, Down Bitches and the Perfect Nutrition

You thought I forgot about Craigslost? Hell and no!

Slim Pickens and I spent hours this week trawling the bottom of the human slime pond that is Craigslist to bring you another round of soul-crushing-yet-hilarious stories about JO knife fights, sack-punching fetishes and manhood camping the human condition.

Let’s get to the fuckery!

(Craigslost is NSFW but there’s no nudity, just sexual language.)

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Meet Urban Food Justice Eco-Warrior Will Allen

Will Allen of Growing Power

Will Allen, chief executive officer of Growing Power, a 40-acre fleet of urban farms outside of Milwaukee, believes in building ecology, minds and community through farming. “If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”

What started as a small business venture evolved into a small nonprofit through which Allen taught youth where their food came from by having them participate in his farm activities. This eventually transformed into a major multifaceted organization with a $6-million budget that teaches people all over the world about urban and sustainable farming. Continue reading