No set of issues is more vital today than climate change and access to clean water, healthy foods and fertile land. Nature in all of its bounty is being sequestered at an unprecedented rate, creating life-threatening borders between greed and need. What does a just and sustainable future look like?
By Dara Cooper, Contributing Editor, Environment, Food, and Sustainability
“If you don’t love the people, sooner or later you will betray the people.”
“I will say again….We’re about to have a revolution here. A revolution of ideas. We’re about to have new ideas. Good ideas…something that’s going to change the situation for us. We should never be afraid of new ideas. Of good ideas.”
“We have a choice to make. To create an economy for the people, by the people. Or to continue with an economy for the few, for the benefit of themselves.”
-Mayor Chokwe Lumumba
Just over a year ago last February 2014, the world lost an incredible activist, organizer, father, and mentor—Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba who came to be known as “America’s revolutionary mayor”—due to a very sudden death. Although we gained Baba Chokwe as an ancestor, after only seven months in office, the loss of Mayor Lumumba came as a sudden blow to activists, dreamers and loved ones all over the country. The significance of his revolutionary work, and most notably his term in office, was and will be forever remembered. With scant resources, a radical agenda and revolutionary heart, his candidacy appeared to be a tremendous long shot to most. A strong grassroots strategy that mobilized the masses proved that the power of the people is more than an ideology. The election of Mayor Lumumba was a real life example of the true power of democratic processes and the viability of a radical agenda. (more…)
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Repost from Grist. This piece is part of a series that asks what pragmatic steps we can take to make regional food systems more sustainable. Read more here.
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Repost from NPR. Greensburg Mayor, Bob Dixson, defies presumed party lines and fights to make Greensburg, Kansas a more sustainable city. Read and listen more at NPR.
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