Music, Art and Activism: Giving Voice to Social Injustice

by Josh Clark Musician, writer The relationship between community effort and the effectiveness of any type of activism has been the determining factor of overall change in almost all of human society. However, to maintain a healthy such relationship, the arch of social and political advancement is held up by the keystone of healthy communication. Now…

Informed Eating: Understanding GMOs

by Adam Canal Graduate Research Assistant, Agriculture Editor/Writer   GMOs. Transgenics. Pesticides.   Does the thought of those give you chills? The thought of where your food comes from, or how it’s grown, should not fill you with terror. To a segment of our population, the aforementioned are to be avoided at all cost. But…

About the Authors: Josh Clark

Josh Clark is a professional, touring musician originally born and raised in the greater Asheville area. Currently touring with the act, Travers Brothership, Clark has been performing professionally for nearly 11 years. He is an Appalachian State University graduate, and has performed alongside musical greats such as Dr. John, Ike Stubblefield (The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie…

Back on my feet: The story of me (activist, professional, activist)

by Allison Hargus, creator/writer It’s true. It’s been TOO LONG since I posted last. Don’t judge, I can explain. I am sure many of you are all too familiar with starting a project you are passionate about, but letting something get in the way and it falling to a backburner. This site still gnaws in…

BBC: Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report

October 11, 2017 “US President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of challenging media licences for NBC News and other news networks after unfavourable reports. He took aim at NBC, which made him a star on The Apprentice, after it reported he wanted to boost America’s nuclear arsenal almost tenfold. Mr Trump labelled the report…

Conservation Is For the Birds

by Jillian Perrine   “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” –D.H. Lawrence Though the birds do not feel sorry for themselves, I’ve seen enough birds hurting to pity them plenty. When I think about the…

Burning Oneself Out

by Adrienne Rich We can look into the stove tonight as into a mirror, yes, the serrated log, the yellow-blue gaseous core the crimson-flittered grey ash, yes. I know inside my eyelids and underneath my skin Time takes hold of us like a draft upward, drawing at the heats in the belly, in the brain…

CNN: The Las Vegas Heroes Who Stepped Up

“Amy McAslin and roommate Krystal Goddard dived under a table as gunfire rained down on fellow concertgoers in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Eventually, McAslin realized she was being shielded by someone who’d just been shot.   “A gentleman — I don’t know his name — he completely covered me,” McAslin told CNN. “He covered…

Greetings from Hiroshima: Peace Culture Village creates sustainable peace

by Mary Popeo English Programs & Public Relations Director   Greetings, all you conscious activists! My name is Mary and I am honored to have the opportunity to correspond with you all. A Boston native with a background in anti-nuclear activism, I am now working at Peace Culture Village (PCV), a non-profit organization (NPO), international…

About the Authors: Mary Popeo

As a student at Boston College, Mary had two opportunities to visit Japan. During her trips, she conducted independent research on Hiroshima, interviewed 25 people familiar with nuclear issues, interned at the World Friendship Center, participated in the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, and helped organize the YMCA’s International Youth Peace Seminar. Returning…

Activist of the Week: Henry David Thoreau

What better activist to feature this week than the author of “Civil Disobedience”? Before we get into the profound works of Henry David Thoreau (HDT), let’s back up and look at his early life. Life Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was born in Concord, Massachusettes, a place where he would end up spending most of his…

INTO: Trans Missouri Teen Ally Steinfeld Killed, Misgendered in Early Reports

September 27, 2017 “A Missouri teen who was brutally murdered and whose body was found earlier this month is also transgender, according to her own social media posts. Seventeen year-old Ally Steinfeld’s homicide was covered in several outlets, but her trans identity was not mentioned, though some local media did allude to the fact that she went by…

PHOTO CONTEST: Farmer’s Market Fun!

Hello all of you market lovers! Want to have a new excuse to go to your local farmer’s market? Well now you have one! We are hosting a photo contest because we want to see YOUR local farmer’s market. So here are the rules: Go to your local Farmer’s Market and take a photo! Post…

CNN: North Korea accuses Trump of Declaring War via Twitter

September 25, 2017 “North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war on his country by tweeting over the weekend that North Korea “won’t be around much longer.” “Last weekend Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer and declared a war on our country,”…