media is not only connecting communities but it's also enabling
individuals to get fit and team up with others to lose weight. AARP partnered with Nevada City local and Community Meltdown founder, Carole Carson to launch an online community fitness challenge and lose 20 tons!
The day Carole tipped the scale was the day she
vowed to change her life, get healthy, and lose weight. Carole not
only followed through with her mission but she inspired thousands of
others in her community to lose over 4 tons through the Nevada County
Community Meltdown. She then authored the book, From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction.
is leading the way as an online fitness coach for AARP. April 15th
marked the official kick-off date of the eight week Fat 2 Fit Community
Weight-Loss Challenge. It is free to join, open to all ages, and both
AARP members and non-members are encouraged to participate. "We will
have tons of fun as we lose tons of weight," says Carole
Carson. Thousands have already joined and it's not too late to get
join, visit www.aarp.org/fat2fit.
you eat impacts not only your personal health but the health of the
planet too. We asked you how your eating habits are enhancing the
planet. Here are what some of our everyday extraordinary listeners are
Catherine Stifter, (producer of Saving the Sierra) said "since
my family likes meat, I'm a huge fan of local grass-fed beef. My meat
does not spend its last 90 days in a feedlot eating corn and
antibiotics. My meat roams the open spaces. Open space is good for the
Lily Gicker is re-using food packaging: bread bags, sour cream containers, peanut butter jars.
And Mark Lippmann is getting back to the basics by growing his own
veggies and fruit trees. Plus his hens provide eggs and garden
fertilizer. Mark says "It's a win-win-spinach omelette-win!"
Thanks to everyone who took the time to share. The See Jane Do team is inspired by your efforts to make a difference.
This Mother's Day, hundreds of women traveled from around the world to
celebrate mothers and honor the original Mother's Day Proclamation made
by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 calling for an end to war at CODEPINK’s 3rd annual 24-hour vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White House.
Jesse Locks and Maya Parker Knitting With Other Women
On Saturday afternoon, women of all ages and backgrounds sprawled out along sidewalks around the park and in front of the main stage to participate in radical knitting circles. They were sewing the more than 8,000 pink and green square cozies together to create a quilt with the message “We Will Not Raise Our Children to Kill Another Mother’s Child.”
Lindsey Campbell and Colonel Ann Wright
On many of them were messages pinned by the person who had originally knit the square to honor their own mother or child. Women read these aloud, which would spark another woman’s story, followed by lively discussion, laughter, tears, and even singing.
Rae Abileah, Group Coordinator at CodePink and Dana Balicki, Campaign Manager of CodePink
CODEPINK co-founders Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin and Gael Murphy, actress Mimi Kennedy, Colonel Ann Wright, Sweeta Noori with Women for Women International Afghanistan, Cynthia Benjamin a mother of an Iraq deployed soldier, Iraq War Veteran and mother Lindsey Campbell, Veteran and spoken word artist Lori Perdue, among many others took the mic to share their own experiences as peace organizers, former soldiers, and mothers and women living under occupation. Jodi Evans of CodePink
Medea Benjamin of CodePink
Actress and Activist Mimi Kennedy
Lindsey Campbell Performing While Daughter Ruby Rose Watches
Attendees were encouraged to participate in learning circles with experts and facilitators on various issues including Gaza, Truth in Recruitment, Nuclear Disarmament, Economic Crisis, Women and War, Legislative Strategy and Being an Empowered Mama.
No Nukes Workshop
Maya Parker and a Friend Enjoy a PediCab for Peace
Festivities continued on into the night with more music, poetry, a film screening of Kathleen Foster’s “Afghan Women: A History of Struggle”, and a Pink Pajama Party in the park.
Sunday morning began with an Interfaith Ceremony lead by women of many ritual and religious traditions, which included singing, dancing and a silence for those loved ones lost at the hands of war. Dr. Patch Adams entertained the children and those young at heart.
Elisa Parker Interviewing a Mom With Her Family From Philadelphia
After 24 hours of continuous knitting, the quilt had reached over 100 feet long. In the closing ceremony hundreds of women, men and children singing “Peace Shalom Shalom” and chanting quotes like “We will march until our feet are pink” offered the quilt and a message of peace to President Obama in front of the White House along with thousands of roses. Onlookers, some from as far away as Korea, were there to visit the White House, found themselves eagerly joining in by distributing roses, singing, taking photos, or writing the message “We Will Not Raise Our Children to Kill Another Mother’s Child” down, to share with others later. We're sure Julia Ward Howe would be proud.
you participated in a peaceful gathering, spent time with loved ones, or simply
took time to yourself, peace was a quiet undertone for many of us during
Mother's Day this year. Following is a recent response we received from Kelley Johnson,
one of our listeners:
One of the
things I do when I visit with my mom is to go out into her flower garden
and slowly meander around with her, spotting the latest addition, picking off
wilted blossoms, inspecting for new growth.
We slowly make
our way to the vegetable garden and see all the plants
growing vigorously in the hot Chico sun. In the summer, my son and I get our
pick of the vegetables, in the winter we raid the lemon tree, and in
the spring I cut flowers or braid lavender wands. We don’t do a lot of talking
out in the garden, lots of being and observing. Sometimes she’ll tell me
about a funny garden story, usually about ducks or frogs in her pool…l and we
She will go on
snail hunts with my son just so he can watch them crawl around, and she never
has anything bad to say about them, though I’m sure she doesn’t like what they
do to her plants. My Mother finds peace in her garden and she shares that with
day I will spend time in my garden, meandering, thinking as little as possible;
just quietly observing and being the peace.
See Jane Do is reporting on CODEPINK's annual Mother's Day event and vigil this coming weekend. We'll strive to capture the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things to create peace and social justice. In order to enhance our planet, our communities, and the lives of our friends and family, we must have peace on this planet.
Calling all knitters for peace! Can a cozy inspire positive change? Can it do more than warm our bodies but also warm our hearts? Maybe not one cozy but perhaps 4,000 can. Individuals and groups all over the world in places like; Turkey, the United States, South Africa, Chile, France, and even people in my home town are knitting their way towards a 150' quilt to drape across the fence in front of the White House that promotes peace during CODEPINK's historic Mother's Day event and vigil.
Local knitter, Sierra Mohr said the message across the quilt will read "we will not raise our children to kill another mother's child" and is inspired by Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation. CODEPINK currently has 3,921 pink squares and 960 green ones and it's not too late to participate in the "radical act of knitting".
See Jane Do is reporting on the CODEPINK event to capture the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things to create peace and social justice. As I mentioned at our recent mixer and fundraiser, if we're to accomplish our mission of enhancing the planet and our communities through the voices and stories of women, then peace on our planet is necessary.
The Goldman Environmental Prize is the largest award in the world to recognize grassroots environmental activists. The 2009 recipients were celebrated at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House with over 3,300 guests. Considering that four of the seven winners were women, See Jane Do had to be there to hear their stories.
Listening to Al Gore and Robert Redford, meeting Tracy Chapman, and interviewing Peter Coyote was extraordinary in itself. But the gem of the evening was speaking with winners; Maria Gunnoe from West Virginia, Marc Ona Essangui from Gabon and Syeda Rizwana Hasan from Bangladesh.
Robert Redford, who narrated the documentaries said, "these are ordinary people doing extraordinary things". It's the power of a good story that can provide hope and inspiration to make a difference.
The recipients were treated like rock stars as guests lined up to greet and congratulate the winners. Folks like Marc Ona Essangui who saved a waterfall and rainforest from the proposed Belinga mine. A man with one leg, none the less. Or champions like Maria Gunnoe who has fought against mountain top removal to extract coal in her back yard in order to protect the Appalachian Mountains and the health of her children.
Marina Bernheimer and I were fortunate enough to interview several of these everyday people doing extraordinary things for the planet.
Several factors shifted for me when I became a new mom. First, I wanted the safest products, the best food, and a healthy environment for my daughter. Second, having worked full time amongst my peers and co-workers for years, I was suddenly on my own during the day with this precious little bundle...I certainly did not want to feel isolated. I think this is a given for many new moms.
Lynn Miller, founder of Organic Mania was also inspired to provide the best when she brought new life into the world. As a result she took it upon herself to tackle both of these issues. She started a carnival. But don't expect to find cotton candy, corn dogs and carnies at this gathering.
A carnival in the blogosphere, is a rotating series that relates to a specific topic and is posted on a regular basis. As Lynn was reserching the best "green" products it occured to her that other moms might also benefit from reading about the information she was collecting. So she started blogging (like 36 million other women). She soon discovered that women, especially mothers were equally concerned about the future of our planet and many were blogging about their own insights and findings, yet a site to connect these eco-mom writers did not exist. So, she launched the Green Moms Carnival to connect the top "green" mom bloggers. In addition to educating women, the carnival has also created a virtual community that connects women across the world.
According to Lynn's website, the mission of the Green Moms Carnival "is to unite bloggy voices around one environmentally-conscious theme per month, knowing that if we repeat the same green messages at the same time, it increases the likelihood that our eco-conscious messages will be heard, understood and adopted by more people." The Green Moms Carnival recently rewarded with a Shorty Award for the best green content.
In our interview, Lynn, Jennifer and Lisa each share their unique story that personally motivated them to do more in order to protect their children and the planet. These everyday extraordinary women also provide action items we can all practice right now to get make a difference.
It's probably one of the most coveted environmental prizes and certainly the largest environmental prize in the world. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Goldman Environmental Prize will honor six grassroots environmentalists on Monday, April 20th, 2009 at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and See Jane Do has been invited to report on the event!
The Goldman Environmental Prize was established by San Francisco natives, Richard and Rhoda Goldman to reward ordinary people (at a grassroots level) who are doing extraordinary things to improve the environment.
Being that the mission of See Jane Do is to capture the stories of everyday women doing extraordinary things for the planet, we are thrilled that four of the six prize recipients this year are women. This year's winners include:
Maria Gunnoe of West Virginia, USA who has fought to stop mountaintop removal for mining coal in her backyard, the Appalachian region.
Syeda Rizwana Hasa of Dhaka, Bangladesh, an environmental attorney who has worked to reduce the impact of Bangladesh's ship breaking industry.
Olga Speranskaya of Moscow, Russia, a scientist who created a strong force to eliminate the toxic chemicals in the environment in the Soviet Union.
Yuyun Ismawati of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, she has implemented sustainable community-based solutions that employ and empower the low-income people of her community to reduce waste and improve the environment.
In addition to the four female prize winners other recipients include; Marc Ona of Liberville, Gabon who led efforts against a huge Chinese mining development and exposed the agreements that would threaten the ecosystem and Wanze Eduards and Hugo Jabiniof Pilkin Slee Village and Paramaribo in Surinamre whose work in protecting their traditional lands against logging led to a ruling that enables indigenous and tribal people control to protect their territories from resource exploitation.
The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is an invitation
only event with over 3,300 people expected to attend.I look forward to interviewing everyday extraordinary women who are doing their part to make a difference and enhance the planet at this historic event.
Women hold up half the world but who is speaking on our behalf in the media? Who are the voices we often hear? Who are the storytellers and what are the stories being told that represent the good work women are doing in mainstream media?
In 2006, only 28% of all U.S. broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening newscast stories were reported by women. (Center for Media and Public Affairs, 2007).
According to recent studies more women than men watch television. Yet, while I Channel surf and roam the radio dial, the voices of strong women are often absent, with several exceptions.
Celebrating thirteen years on the air and broadcasting on over 750 stations, Democracy Now producer and host, Amy Goodman has transformed the power of independent media and opened new doors for women in the media. Democracy Now is an award winning news program that provides perspectives often overlooked by mainstream media.
To succeed in a field that is generally dominated by men, Amy is truly an inspiration to all of us at See Jane Do. Amy and the Democracy Now team encourage all of us to get involved in media and to demand that women's voices not be left out.
During my interview with Amy she discussed why it's so important for ordinary people to stand up and change the world, why women need to be involved in the media and how media can be the greatest force for peace on earth?
Get inspired and informed in 15 minutes by clicking here to listen to the interview with Amy Goodman.
How are you making a positive difference through the use of media? Share with us at SeeJaneDo@kvmr.org