Being the procrastinator that I am, I am posting this event up a bit late…but better late than never! The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) presents “Screen Free Week” from April 18th-24th. Individuals are urged to turn off their media devices and explore the world around them. It is a chance to be in touch with our creativity, environment, community, and spirit.
Media Education Foundation (MEF), one of my favorite resources, created a great video in support of this event.
The statistics are very eye opening and an important reminder of media’s influence on our lives. The one that sunk in deep for me was:
“We spend about 40% of our time on the planet exposed to some type of media.”
A statistic such as this helps us to understand why media is so powerful. From the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, we depend on media outlets to exist in this world. Groups such as MEF have been working hard to add a new voice to media. One that turns the lens on what we are watching, and examines the impact of this information. So take some time this week to be media-free. Step out in the sun, breath in the fresh air, and sit in silence while admiring the world around you. Take time to meditate, even if it’s just ten minutes, and visualize a life with less distraction. I guarantee you will fee refreshed and alive, filled with new energy and calm. Have a wonderful week!
Sahra Indio “Jah Fire”
To all the weed smokers out there: HAPPY 4/20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Preeti’s Purpose family supports the legalization of marijuana. And this auspicious holiday is a worldwide reminder that weed smokers exist and are fighting for their rights. One day, instead of using code and hiding in the shadows, we will all be able to light up a blunt just as easily as drinkers guzzle down a beer. The prohibition of alcohol was fought by the masses and brought down. Great organizations such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Legislation (NORML) are working to revise legislation and finally change the classification of marijuana. To learn more about Philly NORML check out the open meeting on 4/21.
Visit Philadelphia Weekly to find out about local Philly 4/20 events. One awesome event to check out is the Rasta Reality International all-day/night celebration today in West Philadelphia (view details at PW).
Check out the Preeti’s Purpose Youtube Channel for our “Tokin’ Tunes” playlist. Just some music to kick off your celebration. Have a fun and safe holiday (please smoke and drive responsibly). And always remember: Puff, Puff, Pass.
Mother’s March Video Responses
Everyday people are organizing to bring human rights to all. Activists all over the world do there part to add to the bigger goal of changing life for the better. One such group, fighting the good fight, is the Global Women’s Strike. As stated on their site:
“Women & girls do 2/3 of the world’s work, most of it unwaged. +$1 trillion/year is spent on the military worldwide, more than half by the US. 10% of this would provide the essentials of life for all: water, sanitation, basic health, nutrition, literacy, and a minimum income. ”
These facts are astounding and unsettling. It shows that human life is not of most value in our world. It makes it clear that oppression is part of our system deliberately, and we cannot ignore this anymore. Half the population is dismissed and dehumanized simply because of biology. The Global Women’s Strike is cognizant of reality and there demands are simple:
“Payment for all caring work – in wages, pensions, land & other resources. What is more valuable than raising children & caring for others? Invest in life & welfare, not military budgets or prisons
Pay equity for all, women & men, in the global market.
Food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid maternity leave and maternity breaks. Stop penalizing us for being women.
Don’t pay ‘Third World debt’. We owe nothing, they owe us.
Accessible clean water, healthcare, housing, transport, literacy.
Non-polluting energy & technology which shortens the hours we work. We all need cookers, fridges, washing machines, computers, & time off!
Protection & asylum from all violence & persecution, including by family members & people in positions of authority.
Freedom of movement. Capital travels freely, why not people?”
Global Women’s Strike is a coalition of people working to make the lives of girls and women better all over the world; working to make their demands a reality. Their site is full of resources from current events, important links and media, to marches taking place in your backyard. Learn more on how to get involved locally to change human rights for women by visiting the “contact us” page. And take the time to share this great site with others. Awareness is the first step to social change, so be part of it!