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…

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…

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…

Speech to the Young

by Gwendolyn Brooks Say to them, say to the down-keepers, the sun-slappers, the self-soilers, the harmony-hushers, “Even if you are not ready for day it cannot always be night.” You will be right. For that is the hard home-run. Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.

About the Authors: Jillian Perrine

Jillian Perrine graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Agriculture Education. Currently, she teaches high school horticulture in Charlotte, NC. While in Durham, she worked on the raptor team doing raptor care and outreach at Piedmont Wildlife Center. Now, in her free time, Perrine dedicates herself as a transport volunteer at the…

Pottermore: JK Rowling explores Hermione’s activism with S.P.E.W.

content shared from Pottermore by JK Rowling “If Hogwarts had a debating club, what might it say on the subject of elf rights? We explored both sides of the argument spurred by Hermione and S.P.E.W. Hermione’s one-witch crusade to free all house-elves didn’t exactly go as planned. She gained virtually no support from anyone at…

About the Authors: Adam Canal

Adam Canal was born and raised in rural Western North Carolina. Canal received three Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticultural Science, Plant Biology, and Crop Biotechnology from North Carolina State University in 2016. He is currently working on his Master of Science degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics at North Carolina State University in the…

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…

Be the Change You Wish to See- Interview with Alli Anderson

Interview by Alex Ray of Victoria12 Studios. Interviewee Allison Hargus Anderson, creator of The Conscious Activist. VICTORIA 12 STUDIO Hi all, as many of you know, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. While I was there I met some extremely talented and impassioned friends.  Over the past couple days, I spent…