Reclaiming the Land & Growing the Natural World

Corporate and/or government control of land often lends itself to abuse–one need only look at the hideous strip malls, huge boulevards convoluting what was or could have been a pleasant street into a forbidding and noisy thoroughfare built for nothing but motor vehicles, or at cookie-cutter housing projects with houses built barely 5 feet apart converting previously beautiful arable landscapes into ugly, land-starved, life-denying cells.  Similarly, a glance at the BLM and the history of land grants, how the native Americans were shoved off their ancestral lands, mining and logging “rights” that have been exploited, HUD’s dismal sub-standard public housing, etc. reveals government’s failures at protecting nature and preserving or creating habitable neighborhoods and cities.

In contrast, a wonderful thing is happening in some very depressed communities, like Detroit, where the people are claiming the land from abandoned properties in order to grow their own food, a very direct solution to not only urban blight but food deserts, one that needs no bureaucratic or corporate  involvement, and one that increases sustainability in a very democratic manner and also decreases pollution.  Everyone who knows anything about real estate understands that the best way to increase the value of property is to improve the landscaping, and every human being responds positively to the beauty and serenity of nature, even those who practice environmental destruction.  You don’t see the CEOs of polluting corporations hanging out in their off time at a nuclear power plant, a copper mine, or a denuded forest–they are on their yachts on the glittering ocean, skiing down a gorgeous mountain slope, or at least on a golf course surrounded by grass, shrubs, water, and trees.  Everyone appreciates plants and trees and feels better when in their company, with their life-giving oxygenation, without which we could not survive; when those plants and trees provide nutritious food, their value is potentiated even further, beyond their inestimable intrinsic worth.

There are a lot of direct actions we citizens can take to reclaim the land and utilize our natural environment to beautify and support life:  in addition to re-purposing abandoned properties for growing vegetables to feed yourself and members of your community, working locally on establishing community gardens and planting fruit-bearing trees, both in your own yard and in city parks and along city streets, is another way to ensure there is land to cultivate to help grow the natural environment.  Also, doing away with corporate “personhood” will allow for citizens to take back the power to outlaw the excesses of the corporate world that impinge on our lives in a multitude of ways including housing, city planning, zoning laws, and land use.  We can exercise all of these options to enhance our lives and reclaim the land by growing the natural world.

9/11 Investigation

As I see it, 9/11 was the crisis by which the corporate takeover of government which had begun decades earlier was dramatically accomplished, and which set the stage for the fomenting of illegitimate wars and the dismantling of our civil liberties and destruction of society.  As such, it figures hugely in the state of this nation and the world today and its excoriatingly negative impact cannot be overstated, but it is a symptom of an even larger corruption and needs to be seen in this context.  So, though I believe it is clear that it is not an end in itself, a thorough investigation into the events of 9/11 would be a vehicle by which all of the issues leading up to it and following from it could be exposed and scrutinized and is important for the overriding reason that openly seeking the truth, especially of an event of such magnitude, is the cornerstone of a just society.

Suggest a Grievance – The 99% Declaration

We must address the current war on women going on in this country and in congress and why I entitled a grievance, “Occupy Patriarchy:  End the War on Women” as women’s civil rights as a group are under serious attack and women are being specifically targeted for discrimination.  Patriarchy is the underlying framework upon which war, environmental degradation, denigration of women, authoritarian hierarchy, rapacious corporate practices, exploitation, and subjugation of individuals, groups, and countries are based.  The passage of the Equal Rights Amendment is fundamental to women achieving true parity and is long past due and should be part of this grievance in my opinion, and should not be put off for any reason, any more than any of the rest of our demands should be.  Women have waited long enough for the yolk of patriarchy to be lifted and we must rise up and claim our full citizenship.  After all, we are 52% of the 99%!

Suggest a Grievance – The 99% Declaration