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Love-In-Action Taos Builds Winter Momentum Through Film Screenings

Rivera Sun introducing Gasland film at Moby Dickens Bookshop.

Love-In-Action Taos is activism at high-altitude … which means the winters are cold and snowy. We don’t do so much protesting outdoors during this season, but we keep active anyway! This winter, we’re screening documentaries at the local bookstore, Moby Dickens. We’ve selected a few films out of the thousands our group has collectively seen. Here’s the line-up for the next few months. Popcorn will be served (vegan and nonvegan, GMO-free). We accept donations, but no one is turned away.

Full Winter Schedule of Movies At Moby’s:

TheForgottenBomb_KeyArt_DVD.wideaThe Forgotten Bomb Sat, Jan 10th at 7pm w/ filmmaker Bud Ryan speaking afterwards. “Join filmmaker Bud Ryan on an epic journey to discover what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed and what the true state of the nuclear threat is today.” With Los Alamos National Laboratory just down the road and the continuing waste storage crisis at the WIPP facility, this is a timely and relevant film to witness as we enter the 70th year since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We are also very fortunate to have filmmaker Bud Ryan in attendance, so please tell all your friends! Watch trailer here.

A Force More Powerful Sat, Jan 17th at 7pm This groundbreaking film explores one of the 20th century’s most important but least understood stories: how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, and nominated for an Emmy, A Force More Powerful premiered on PBS in September 2000. Watch the trailer.

Gasland Part II, Sat, Feb 7th, at 7pm After the eerie and unsettling Gasland I screening at Moby Dickens, we’re substituting fact for horror in our film series. GASLAND PART II will provide you with a compelling narrative, shocking facts, clear science on the largest domestic drilling campaign in modern history and an understanding of why drilling can never be made safe. From faucets lighting on fire to dead cows to a bevy of healthcare complaints to entire rivers contaminated with waste fracking fluid, this issue is catastrophe wreaking havoc on our nation. Watch the trailer.

the_salt_of_the_earth_poster-2Salt of the Earth, Sat, March 7th, at 7pm Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces. This powerful film is one of the few films to have been blacklisted by the US government. Today, it is considered a masterpiece and a treasure. Rivera’s note: This film is outstanding! Incredible cinematography, good acting, and startlingly progressive message. Watch the original and very entertaining trailer.

Bonus film: Cowspiracy, Mural Room, Friday, April 24 (time TBA & there may be an admission charge.)
“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This film is being presented by the Vegan Meet-up Group as part of their Earth Day event series. *Rivera’s note: Not so much a vegan film as a must-see for anyone concerned about climate change. We made an exception in our Moby’s series to include this film because it’s so important for everyone to know about, watch, and tell their friends about. It’s life-changing.Watch the trailer.

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“Seeds of Change Workshop” – Rivera Sun’s Powerful Workshop on Strategic Nonviolent Action

Seeds-of-Change-WorkshopLove-In-Action co-founder Rivera Sun brings her powerful workshop to Taos, NM before embarking on a 40+ city tour. Not local to Taos? You’re in luck! She’s on her way to you … and she’s also teaching Love-in-Action Workshops. See her full tour schedule and contact her here.

Come to the Seeds of Change Workshop on Sat, Jan 24th 2-6pm at Moby Dickens Bookshop, Taos, NM:

Ordinary people like you have made change using the tools of Dr. King, Gandhi, Jesus, and Cesar Chavez. Learn these strategies for change and apply them in your community. This workshop covers the basic dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action. Participants discover how to envision and build campaigns, become familiar with the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, the Pillars of Support, the Spectrum of Allies, and learn to connect the dots between the many issues our communities face. Bring your friends, neighbors, elders, and students. Together we’ll explore how ordinary people can make extraordinary change!

$30/person, 4hrs long, Facilitated by Rivera Sun
Register at the door or by calling (575) 776-3973 (scholarships available, please call.)


Pssst … here’s Rivera Sun’s Love-In-Action Workshop description. Very exciting!

Heroes 1 Group ShotLove-In-Action for the Times We’re In! Workshop w/ Rivera Sun
Love in action is the phrase used by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, to describe what happens when “the heart bursts open and springs into action!” This workshop brings you hope, courage, and practical skills for being love in action. Drawing from inspiring stories of nonviolent action, you’ll learn how to bring people together, create a plan, and become a vibrant part of the growing Movement of Movements that is sweeping across the nation and into our lives!

See her full tour schedule and contact her here.

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70,000 Cranes For Peace – Send a Creative Message of Peace to the Cradle of the Bomb

70000 Cranes for PeaceLove-In-Action Taos has joined in with a beautiful project you may want to participate in. Send a creative message of peace to the “cradle of the bomb” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year, as people around the world take action to commemorate the massacre and ban the bomb, Campaign Nonviolence and Upaya Zen Center are calling on citizens to fold 70,000 paper cranes for peace to be brought to Los Alamos National Laboratory, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days. Sign up here.

Sadako statue with paper cranes in Japan.

Sadako statue with paper cranes in Japan.

Seventy years ago, the United States dropped two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 80,000 women, children, and men instantly; and over 150,000 in total. The symbolism of the paper crane began with Sadako Sasaki, who was two years old when the blast from the Hiroshima bomb threw her out a window. She was ten when purple spots formed on her arms and legs. Hospitalized for leukemia in Feb 1955, the popular girl died in October 1955. In her last year of life, she folded 1300 paper cranes as a prayer for healing. The paper crane is now an international symbol of peace, and a poignant reminder of the human costs of nuclear bombs.

On Aug 6-9th, hundreds of citizens will be gathering in New Mexico to embody Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous words regarding nuclear weapons, “It is no longer a choice between violence or nonviolence. It is nonviolence or nonexistence.” They will be participating in a National Conference on Nonviolence and traveling to the heart of nuclear weapons research, Los Alamos National Laboratory, to hold a vigil, a peace march, and deliver 70,000 paper cranes that have been folded by people like you.

Love-In-Action Taos folded paper cranes designed by Taos member, Paul Gutches.

Love-In-Action Taos folded paper cranes designed by Taos member, Paul Gutches.

Come to New Mexico in person or send a delegation of paper cranes to represent you, your family, friends, and neighbors, your peace and justice center, church or spiritual group, school or classroom. Learn how to fold cranes and sign up here.

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Love-In-Action Co-Founder Rivera Sun Spreads the Seeds of Change in Spring 2015

Love-In-Action cofounder, Rivera Sun, reading from her novel, The Dandelion Insurrection.

Love-In-Action cofounder, Rivera Sun, reading from her novel, The Dandelion Insurrection.

Rivera Sun, along with her partner, Dariel Garner (both cofounders of the Love-In-Action Network), are sweeping the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, East Coast, and the Great Lakes Region in Spring 2015 in a nationwide tour, coordinated with Campaign Nonviolence. Teaching nonviolent action workshops and doing readings from her book, The Dandelion Insurrection – a powerful novel on nonviolent change – Rivera Sun is spreading the seeds of courage and strategies for change. Love-In-Action groups, established or still-forming are invited to contact her through Campaign Nonviolence to schedule a visit.

“This is a great opportunity to convene your local group together and invigorate it with new skills, exciting information, and a feeling of solidarity and connection from people all over the country,” Rivera Sun says.

Sun will be visiting 24+ cities and towns speaking, reading from her novels, and teaching workshops on the strategies of nonviolent action behind The Dandelion Insurrection’s story of change. See the full list of cities and schedule Rivera Sun in your town here.

In her workshops, the powerhouse activist and author brings a focused approach to the dynamics and strategy of nonviolent action, covering essentials for planning campaigns, including classics such as Pillars of Support, Spectrum of Allies, 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, and more. Applicable to anyone working to gain living wages, prevent police brutality, ban fracking, end the climate crisis, stop wars, halt drones, or any other social justice issue, these workshops share the skills of planning powerful campaigns that use nonviolence effectively to make change.

Interested in joining the ever-expanding series of communities participating in the tour? Visit Campaign Nonviolence and set up your workshop, speaking engagement, or book reading today!

Rivera Sun leading a strategic nonviolent action workshop in Madrid, NM.

Rivera Sun leading a strategic nonviolent action workshop in Madrid, NM.

Rivera Sun is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, the cohost of Occupy Radio, and the cofounder of the Love-In-Action Network. She is also the social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Sun is a graduate of the James Lawson Institute 2014 and her essays on social justice movements appear in Truthout and Popular Resistance. .

Locations Currently Scheduled, Exact Dates TBA:

West Coast Tour March-April 2015
San Diego, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Petaluma, CA March 23rd
Ukiah, CA March 24th & 25th
Chico, CA
Eugene, OR
Leavenworth, WA
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR April 18th

Rocky Mountain Tour Late-April 2015
Boise, ID April 21st
Cheyenne, WY
Boulder, CO
Denver, CO
Crestone, CO
Taos, NM
 Spring date TBA, Winter Workshop on Jan 24th, 2015
Santa Fe, NM
 Spring date TBA, Winter Workshop on Jan 24th, 2015
Madrid, NM Spring date TBA

East Coast Tour May-June 2015
Austin, TX 
May 9th
Houston, TX 
May 10th
Fayetteville, AR
Washington, DC
Fryeburg, Maine

Great Lakes Region June 2015
Newaygo, MI (in the works)
Madison, WI

Not on the list? Sign up here at Campaign Nonviolence.
For questions, contact Rivera Sun at

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Only Photos Can Capture Love-In-Action Taos’ Outrageously Active Six Months

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The Unsung Heroes: Whistleblowers, Activists, and Muckrakers Procession won “Most Patriotic” in the 4th of July Parade.

It’s hard to keep up with Love-In-Action Taos.  (This website certainly can’t!) Since forming in March 2014, this small town group has organized over forty actions and events, taking part in the Global Climate Convergence, March Against Monsanto, the local agriculture movement, three peace vigils for Palestine, Pax Christi’s Hiroshima Day Vigil at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and won “Most Patriotic” in the 4th of July Parade for their Unsung Heroes: Whistleblowers, Activists, and Muckrakers procession.

Here are just a few photos from the group’s wonderful activities. Enjoy!

Love-In-Action demonstrates in the rain, the sun, and even after dark … while war rages, Love-In-Action speaks up for peace and nonviolence!

Love-In-Action demonstrates in the rain, the sun, and even after dark … while war rages, Love-In-Action speaks up for peace and nonviolence!

Growing gardens, sharing food, swapping seeds, bringing loaves of fresh baked bread to gatherings … it's not just protests. Love-In-Action stands up for life in many ways!

Growing gardens, sharing food, swapping seeds, bringing loaves of fresh baked bread to gatherings … it’s not just protests. Love-In-Action stands up for life in many ways!

From porch gardens to one-acre fields, Love-In-Action Taos members love to grow food! We understand that local agriculture sits in the nexus of climate, water, poverty, and community resilience issues.

From porch gardens to one-acre fields, Love-In-Action Taos members love to grow food! We understand that local agriculture sits in the nexus of climate, water, poverty, and community resilience issues.

Love-In-Action Taos visits our City Councilors … this happens to be about a name-change for a local park.

Love-In-Action Taos visits our City Councilors … this happens to be about a name-change for a local park.

Love-In-Action Taos helped host the local Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet, Peace over Profits. This is an educational talk in the Historic Taos County Courthouse. Photo by David Cortez

Love-In-Action Taos helped host the local Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet, Peace over Profits. This is an educational talk in the Historic Taos County Courthouse. Photo by David Cortez

Planting a Cherry Tree during the Global Peace Walk.

Planting a Cherry Tree during the Global Peace Walk.

Schoolkids from Penasco joined the Community Parade during the Global Climate Convergence, bringing along the recycled plastic dragon they built!

Schoolkids from Penasco joined the Community Parade during the Global Climate Convergence, bringing along the recycled plastic dragon they built!

Love-In-Action Taos joins Pax Christi and John Dear for the Annual Sackcloth and Ashes Hirsoshima Day Peace Vigil at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Love-In-Action Taos joins Pax Christi and John Dear for the Annual Sackcloth and Ashes Hirsoshima Day Peace Vigil at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

We are the media! Love-In-Action Taos proclaims, holding up cameras for the camera. We are the news: both the subject and reporters!

We are the media! Love-In-Action Taos proclaims, holding up cameras for the camera. We are the news: both the subject and reporters!

Love-In-Action Taos painted nearly 100 banners of inspirational leaders for social justice, both living and passed on.

Love-In-Action Taos painted nearly 100 banners of inspirational leaders for social justice, both living and passed on.

Joining the Great March for Climate Action as the cross-country marchers arrive in Taos, NM.

Joining the Great March for Climate Action as the cross-country marchers arrive in Taos, NM.

"Gaza = Guernica" - a 7 x 15 ft adaptation of Picasso's famous painting being prepared for the Aug 9th demonstration for Palestine.

“Gaza = Guernica” – a 7 x 15 ft adaptation of Picasso’s famous painting being prepared for the Aug 9th demonstration for Palestine.


March Against Monsanto becomes a colorful celebration of life when Love-In-Action gets involved!

March Against Monsanto becomes a colorful celebration of life when Love-In-Action gets involved!

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Please Welcome, Love-In-Action Wenatchee, WA!

10606103_10203202715683787_87930954337170232_nLove-In-Action Wenatchee is bringing heart, art, and creativity to Washington State. Please welcome our newest Love-In-Action group, organized by Julie Quinn-Huffman and friends after reading Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. Already planning actions, the group will join in’s Aug 8th Global Meditation for Peace. Julie’s daughter, Grace Silvermoon, created these beautiful, heart-warming invitational fliers to hand out around town. Wouldn’t you say yes, if you were handed one of these? has more information about the Global Meditation for Peace on Aug 8th. It takes place anywhere and everywhere. You can register your own participation or your group’s at register@

The Love-In-Action Network just became bolder and brighter! Welcome!

If you’re looking for Love-In-Action in North-Central Washington, contact Julie Quinn-Huffman at juliequinnhuffman(at) 

Not in Washington? Find a group in your area. 


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Love-In-Action Taos Honors Activists, Whistleblowers, and Muckrakers in Fourth of July Parade


(This is only a partial listing. Links will be added later, and any typos will be corrected. At the time of this posting, we are on our way to the parade.)


Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change, or stasis. Various forms of activism range from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, political campaigning, economic activism such as boycotts or preferentially patronizing businesses, rallies, street marches, strikes, sit-ins, and hunger strikes.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) – Quaker suffragist, women’s rights activist, abolitionist, temperance advocate, convicted for voting in 1872, along with E.C. Stanton wrote/presented what became the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote) in 1920.

Judi Bari (1949 – 1997) – environmentalist, labor leader – organized wildcat strike for postal service, feminist/protected abortion clinics, principal organizer of Earth First! campaigns against logging ancient redwoods in CA that united timber workers and environmentalists, severely injured in Oakland by pipe bomb placed in her car (unsolved), Vietnam & Central American war protester, wrote Revolutionary Ecology: Biocentrism & Deep Ecology.

Medea Benjamin (1952 – ) co-founder of Code Pink (anti-war/social activism) and Global Exchange (fair trade alternatives), CA Green Party Senate candidate, created Occupation Watch Center in Baghdad to monitor war’s effect on civilians, author of 10 political books, her most recent is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control (2012).

CodePink Taos is bringing these 5 Giant Puppets to the Parade … and looking for 5 strong backs to wear them!

CodePink Taos is bringing these 5 Giant Puppets to the Parade … and looking for 5 strong backs to wear them!

Daniel Berrigan (1921 – ) – Jesuit priest, counterculture peace activist, and poet. He was arrested for non-violent protest against Vietnam War and sentenced to six years in prison. He went to Hanoi with H. Zinn to “receive” POWs. Berrigan helped destroy 378 draft board files (Catonsville Nine) and was sentenced to three years in prison. He helped begin the Plowshares Movement. He damaged nuclear warhead nose cones and poured blood on documents (2 year sentence). He protested Central American intervention, the Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War, but he supported Occupy Movement.

Philip Berrigan (1923 – 2002) – brother of Daniel Berrigan, WW II veteran, Josephite priest, Civil Rights Movement activist: marches, boycotts, Vietnam War protester. He was one of Baltimore Four who occupied Selective Service Board, poured blood over records. He was a member of: Catonsville Nine and Harrisburg Seven. He organized the Catholic Left that initiated: the DC (DowChemical) Nine who protested napalm production, the Milwaukee 14/the New York Action/ the Chicago 15/ the Boston Eight/ the East Coast Conspiracy to Save Lives, and the Buffalo Five (draft board protests). He joined the Camden 28 who protested J. Edgar Hoover’s treatment of protestors. He married Sister Elizabeth McAlister, founded Jonah House (war resistance), was a member of the Plowshares Movement, was imprisoned for hammering on Warthog warplanes, and served a total of 11years in prison for civil disobedience. He authored five books about his activism.

Grace Lee Boggs (1915 – ) – PhD, author of five books, lifelong social activist and feminist, subject of 2013 documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs. Although Chinese-American, she married an African American and focused on struggles in the African-American community in Detroit.

Tangerine Bolen – founder and executive producer of Revolution Truth, a citizen-driven first amendment campaign inspired by WikiLeaks. She is a lead plaintiff along with Chris Hedges and six other co-plaintiffs in civil lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act which gives the president the power to hold any US citizen anywhere indefinitely without charge or trial. She’s a supporter of the Occupy Movement.

Cesar Chavez (1927 – 1993) – a Mexican-American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, along with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the United Farm Workers Union. His non-violent unionism created a moral cause with nationwide support. He popularized “Si, se puede.” He and the NFWA led a strike of CA grape pickers who marched from Delano to Sacramento. The strike lasted five years.

Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980) – suffragette, socialist, pacifist, established the Catholic Worker Movement
that provided direct aid for the poor and nonviolent direct action on their behalf. Editor of
Catholic Worker newspaper from 1935 to 1980.

Heroes Patriot BannerJohn Dear (1959 – ) Jesuit priest, author of 30 books, has popular lecture circuit. He founded DC Schools Project for Salvadoran Youth. He was arrested for civil disobedience at the Pentagon (1984) and for Plowshares disarmament action in NC (1993) for which he was imprisoned. He’s director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, peace delegations to Iraq and peace conferences with Israeli/Palestinian peace activists. He organized the People’s Campaign for Nonviolence and formed Pax Christi New Mexico. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and performed an act of repentance at Los Alamos. He was arrested at a drone protest and participated in the Gaza Freedom March. He has been arrested over 75 times[1][2] in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience against war, injustice and nuclear weapons. Peace and nonviolent commitment: He founded Bay Area Pax Christi, a region of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, and began to arrange for Mother Teresa to intervene with various governors on behalf of people scheduled to be executed on death row. Throughout the years, John Dear was arrested in scores of nonviolent civil disobedience actions against war, injustice and nuclear weapons—from the Pentagon to Livermore Laboratories in California. Immediately after September 11, 2001, he served as a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in Manhattan, and personally counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. From 2002-2004, he served as pastor to five parishes in the high desert of northeastern New Mexico, and founded Pax Christi New Mexico, a region of Pax Christi USA. In 2006, he led a demonstration against the U.S. war in Iraq in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2009, he joined the Creech 14 in a civil disobedience protest at Creech Air Force base against the U.S. drone war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and was arrested and put in the Clark County, Nevada jail for a night. He was later found guilty but given time served.

Eugene V. Debs (1855 – 1926) – union leader, founding member of IWW, five time candidate of the
Socialist Party. He helped found the American Railway Union, called for a nationwide Pullman Strike, and served six months in prison for defying court injunctions.

Margaret Flowers, M.D. – pediatrician who left her medical practice in 2007 to advocate for single payer health care. She co-directs She has organized protests for health care, peace, and economic justice, and has been arrested for non-violent resistance.

Larry Gibson (1946 – 2012) renowned anti-mining environmentalist from West Virginia who spent
most of his adult life opposing mountaintop coal mining. Attempts on his life and offers of millions from mining companies to stop his activism did not deter him.

Vincent Harding (1931 – 2014) – African American historian and social activist in the Civil Rights
Movement who knew and wrote about Martin Luther King. He was co-chair of Veterans of Hope Project and Mennonite House, and worked as counselor/reconciler for anti-segregation campaigns of SCLD, SNCC, and CORE. He drafted King’s anti-Vietnam speech.

Julia Butterfly Hill (1974 – ) – environmental activist and tax redirection advocate best know for living
in a 180 foot redwood named Luna on two 6 x 6 platforms for 738 days (1997-1999) to prevent loggers from cutting it down. Pacific Lumber finally agreed to preserve Luna and all trees within a 200 foot buffer zone. Donations to her cause were used for research into sustainable forestry. Hill became a motivational speaker, author, and co-founder of Circle of Life Foundation and the Engage Network to promote social change.

Dolores Huerta (1930 – ) – labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm
Workers along with Cesar Chavez. She directed the Delano grape strike that led to a 3 year
collective bargaining agreement and was arrested 22 times in civil disobedience strikes. She was beaten with batons by San Francisco police during a peaceful protest against Bush’s policies. Proceeds from her suit went to farm workers. Her two year tour to promote the Feminization of Power led to a significant increase in women as political representatives.

Mother Jones (1837 – 1930) – Irish American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent
labor and community organizer after her husband and four children died of yellow fever. She organized mine workers against mine owners and coordinated strikes. She co-founded the IWW and organized a Children’s March to protest lax enforcement of child labor laws. She was arrested twice but eventually met with Rockefeller who introduced child labor reforms.

Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) – author, political activist, and lecturer. A member of the Socialist Party and the IWW, she campaigned for woman’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, pacifism, birth control,
and people with disabilities.

Kathy Kelly ( 1952 – ) – Chicago peace activist, author, founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has traveled to Iraq 26 times and has been arrested more than 60 times. She supports victims of military bombardment and inmates of US prisons.

Dr. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) – pastor, activist, orator, humanitarian, and leader of the Civil
Rights Movement and its use of nonviolent civil disobedience. He helped found the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference and led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Birmingham protests,
and the March on Washington. He received the Nobel Peace Prize. His focus expanded to
poverty, segregated housing in Chicago, and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was
assassinated while working on the Poor People’s Campaign.

Heroes Banners HangingWinona LaDuke (1959 – American Indian (Anishinaabe tribe) activist, environmentalist, and economist who ran for vice president under the Green Party in 1996 and 2000. She directs White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth. She helped found the Indigenous Women’s Network and works to regain reservation land lost in the 19th century. She is of Anishinaabe background on her father’s side and Jewish background on her mother’s. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.

James Lawson (1928 – ) – activist and university professor, and leading theoretician/tactician of nonviolence within the American Civil Rights Movement. He has been training activists in nonviolence since the 1960s, including the Nashville Student Movement and the SNCC.

Thomas Linzey – environmental lawyer who did legal internship at the EPA and has led the fight against environment-destroying corporations; co-founder and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF); co-author of Be the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He created the Democracy School in 2003 and helped draft the Ecuadoran constitution that grants nature the inalienable right to exist.

Joanna Macy (1929 – ) – an environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is the author of eight books; one of the world’s leading sustainability educators,she is an adjunct professor to three Bay area graduate schools.

Keith McHenry – author, artist, and co-founder of Food Not Bombs, he and his nationwide network of supporters have fed the hungry for free for 30 years. Arrested in San Francisco for “making a political statement,” he spent two years in jail. He wrote Hungry for Peace – How You can Help End Poverty and War with Food Not Bombs. He writes about other social justice issues as well.

Michael Nagler (1937 – ) – academic and peace activist. As a UC Berkeley professor, he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. He co-chairs the Peace and Justice Studies Association and is on the advisory board of the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (FIPP-USA). He is currently president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education and writes for New Clear Vision.

Bill Moyers (1934 – ) journalist and public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary for Johnson 1965 – 1967 and as a network TV news commentator for ten years. He has been very involved in public broadcasting, producing award-winning documentaries and news journal programs. He is a trenchant critic of the corporate news media.

Bill Moyer (not to be confused with the other Bill Moyer) is the founder of Backbone Campaign and has been involved in too many projects to enumerate at this moment. (Come back later, we’ll post more. We like Bill.)

Bill Moyer (September 17, 1933 – October 21, 2002), was a United States social change activist who was a principal organizer in the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. He was an author, and a founding member of the Movement for a New Society.

Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) – an African American civil rights activist. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger after the white section was filled. She was arrested for violating Alabama segregation laws and thereby became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. She was fired from her seamstress job and moved to Detroit. From 1965 – 1988, she was the secretary /receptionist for John Conyers, an African American US Representative.

Peace Pilgrim (1908 – 1981) – aka Mildred Norman, was a spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, vegetarian activist, and peace activist. After a spiritual awakening following long meditation, she adopted the name Peace Pilgrim in 1953 and walked back and forth across the United States for the next 28 years in her blue tunic which read Peace Pilgrim. She had no money or backing so she walked until given shelter and fasted until given food. Friends of Peace Pilgrim, an all volunteer, non-profit organization, has published over 400,000 copies of Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in her Own Words and a million copies of her booklet Steps Toward Inner Peace.

Laura Poitras (1964 – ) – documentary film director and producer. She and Glenn Greenwald met Edward Snowden in Hong Kong to document his leak of NSA data. In 2013, she and Greenwald won the George Polk Award for national security reporting related to NSA disclosures.

Pancho Ramos Stierle – came to the US from Mexico to study astrophysics at UC Berkeley but left the doctoral program in protest when he realized his work would be used for nuclear weapons development. He was arrested while meditating during the dismantling of the Occupy Oakland Camp, and was turned over to Immigration and Customs custody rather than being released on bail. His activism focuses on human rights, nonviolence, restorative justice, moving past youth violence, immigration, permaculture/urban farming, and the development of a gift economy.

Bayard Rustin (1912 – 1987) – was an African American leader for civil rights, socialism, pacifism/non-violence, and gay rights. He initiated a 1947 Freedom Ride to challenge segregation on interstate busing and helped organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen the leadership he saw in Martin Luther King. He promoted the philosophy of nonviolence he had observed while working with Gandhi’s movement in India and became a civil rights strategist from 1955 – 1968. He was a chief organizer of the March on Washington. He promoted the integration of unions and the unionization of African Americans. In the 1970s, he became a public advocate on behalf of gay rights.

Love in Action bannerPete Seeger (1919 – 2014) – was a folk singer and activist. Members of his group the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged singing protest music in support of disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes. He popularized the spiritual “We Shall Overcome” that became the anthem of the civil rights movement.

Cindy Sheehan (1957 – ) anti-war activist whose son Casey was killed in Iraq War. She conducted
extended antiwar protest at a makeshift camp outside Bush’s Texas ranch called Camp Casey.
She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 and authored Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey
Through Heartache to Activism.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902) – suffragette, abolitionist. Her declaration at the Seneca Falls
Convention in 1848 was the start of the women’s rights movement that supported: parental and custody rights, property rights, employment and income rights, divorce, birth control, and women’s suffrage. She supported the temperance movement. Author of The Woman’s Bible.

Aaron Swartz (1986 – 2013) – computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet Hacktivist.
He helped develop the web feed RSS, Creative Commons,, and the social news site Reddit (his company Infogami merged with Reddit). He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about online activism. As a Harvard research fellow, he studied institutional corruption and founded Demand Progress to oppose online piracy. After downloading academic articles to share with everyone, he was arrested and charged with computer fraud. This led to $1 million in fines and a potential 35-50 year prison sentence. Two days after the prosecution rejected his counter-offer, he hanged himself.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) – author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, historian, and transcendentalist. His essay Civil Disobedience was an argument for disobedience to an unjust state that influenced Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. As an abolitionist, he delivered lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law, defended abolitionist John Brown, and participated in the Underground Railroad. He opposed the subjugation of Native Americans.

Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883) – was an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Born into slavery in NY and sold several times, she escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son who had been sold to an Alabama slave owner after NY had emancipated slaves, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She wrote about gender inequalities (“Ain’t I a Woman?”) and recruited black troops for the Union Army.

Stephanie Van Hook – is Executive Director of the Metta Center for Nonviolence in CA and serves as the Director of Conflict Resolution service for the Green Shadow Cabinet. She has written numerous political articles.

Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) – was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She documented lynching in the US, showing readers that it was often a way to control or punish blacks under the guise of rape charges. She was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician, and traveled internationally on lecture tours.

Kevin Zeese (1955 – ) – has been a leader in the drug policy reform and peace movements (Democracy Rising, an organization that opposed the Iraq War) and in efforts to ensure a voter verified paper audit trail. He was a Maryland Green Party nominee for a US Senate seat. He was chief counsel for NORML in 1980 and its executive director from 1983 – 1986. He helped stop the spraying of herbicides on marijuana and became an advocate for medical marijuana. He is currently president of Common Sense for Drug Policy. He has worked to disbar lawyers who wrote memos used to justify torturous interrogations.


A whistleblower is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization.

Supporters of whistleblowers march in Santa Monica's seventh annual Fourth of July parade in Santa Monica, CaliforniaWilliam Binney – a formerly high-placed NSA intelligence official turned whistleblower who resigned in 2001 after more than 30 years of service. He spoke out on the NSA’s data collection policies and communication intercepts. He feels the NSA is in deliberate violation of the Constitution.

Erin Brockovich (1960 – ) is a legal clerk/environmental activist who built a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993. The case alleged contamination of drinking water with hexavalent chromium, a chemical used to fight corrosion in the cooling towers. It percolated into the ground water and made residents sick. The case was settled in 1996 for $333 million.

Thomas Drake (1957 – ) is a former senior executive of the NSA. In 2010, the government alleged he “mishandled” documents to punish him for whistleblowing. He had disagreed with the choice of an intelligence collecting tool that violated privacy (violation of the 4th Amendment) and cost more than the alternative. The NSA later called the tool an expensive failure. Drake had given the Baltimore Sun some unclassified information for an article on waste, fraud, and abuse at the NSA. The FBI raided Drake’s home and his computers, documents and books were confiscated, but he was never charged with leaking classified material. He was indicted on lesser violations that could have led to 35 years in prison, but the charges were dropped at the last minute. Drake reportedly inspired Edward Snowden to leak information.

Sibel Edmonds (1970 – ) – a former FBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. She was fired for accusing a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, suppressing intelligence, and endangering national security.

Daniel Ellsberg (1931 – ) – a former military analyst, he released the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times and other papers in 1971. It was a top secret study of government decision-making during the Vietnam War and it caused a great deal of controversy. The FBI illegally wiretapped Ellsberg and there was evidence of a break-in that led to the Watergate trial. Charges against Ellsberg were dismissed.

Brenda Hill – A jury found she did not slander the company that took her home away from her and then slapped her with a punitive $1.2 million slander suit. She had exposed the company’s failure to file official acknowledgments in home purchases and pay real estate excise taxes on those unrecorded sales. In response, Washington state passed a law in 1989 to protect whistleblowers with immunity from civil damages.

John Kiriakou (1964 – ) a former CIA analyst, was the first government official to confirm the use of
waterboarding of al-Quaeda prisoners as an interrogation technique. In 2012, he pled guilty to disclosing classified information about a fellow CIA officer and was convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act even though he never told the reporter the guilty officer’s name. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. CIA veterans have asked Obama to commute the sentence.

Private Chelsea Manning (1987 – ) born Bradley Edward Manning, was assigned in 2009 to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst. Finding the intelligence data very disturbing and something the American public should know about, Manning blew the whistle and released a large amount of data to WikiLeaks: classified documents about the Baghdad airstrike and the Granai airstrike in Afghanistan, diplomatic cables, and Army reports. Her confidante, Adrian Lamo, turned her in. She was convicted in 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act, but evaded the most serious charge of aiding the enemy which could have led to a death sentence. She was sentenced to 35 years confinement with the possibility of parole in 8 years, and dishonorable discharge. She was held in solitary confinement with extremely harsh treatment from July 2010 to April 2011. Her long sentence shows how vulnerable whistleblowers are.

Jesselyn Radack (1970 – ) – a national security and human rights attorney with the Department of Justice, she disclosed that the FBI committed an ethics violation in their interrogation of John Walker Lindh (the “American Taliban” captured in Afghanistan) by not having an attorney present. She alleged that the Dept. of Justice tried to suppress that information. Lindh’s father had hired an attorney but Lindh was never told that. Ashcroft said he was Mirandized and hadn’t chosen a lawyer. Radack’s file was purged of all but three emails, including the one that states interviewing Lindh is not authorized by law. Radack’s disclosure of the retrieved emails may have led to a reduced sentence for Lindh. The Justice Dep’t. retaliated with a 15 month criminal investigation of Radack, even though no charge was ever specified, and that cost her her private sector job.

Karen Silkwood (1946 – 1974) – was a chemical technician and labor union activist known for raising concerns about corporate practices related to the health and safety of workers in an Oklahoma nuclear facility. In the summer of 1974, she testified to the Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns. For three days in November, she was found to have high levels of contamination on her person and in her home. That month, while driving to meet a journalist and a union official, she died in a car accident under unclear circumstances. The jury found Kerr-McGee liable for Silkwood’s plutonium contamination.

Edward Snowden (1983 – ) – in 2013, Snowden disclosed thousands of classified documents that he acquired while working as an NSA contractor. He flew to Hong Kong where he released them to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, then revealed his identity in a video filmed by Poitras and published by The Guardian. The DOJ charged Snowden with two counts of violating the Espionage Act, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. His US passport was revoked so he remained stranded in the Moscow airport for 39 days as he applied to 21 countries for asylum. Russia finally granted him one year of temporary asylum. Snowden’s leaked documents uncovered the existence of numerous global surveillance programs run by the NSA.


Heroes DemocracyThe term muckraker refers to reform-minded journalists who write largely for popular magazines and online journals and continue a tradition of investigative journalism reporting; muckrakers often work to expose social ills and corporate and political corruption.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914) – a California journalist who worked for three San Francisco newspapers, Bierce took on the railroad giants. His muckraking campaign against Central Pacific Railroad, which controlled much of California”s economy and politics, went on for thirty years. In 1896, he covered the funding bill debate in Congress during which railroad officials attempted to avoid repaying millions of dollars in government loans.

Nellie Bly (1864 – 1922) – Nellie Bly was the pen name of journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane who conducted an expose in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. A pioneer in her field, she launched a new kind of investigative journalism.

Noam Chomsky (1928 – ) – In 1967, he gained public attention for his vocal opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War, in part through his essay The Responsibility of Intellectuals. He came to be associated with the New Left and was arrested on multiple occasions for his anti-war activism. He has been a prolific writer of searing political criticism most of his life.

Amy Goodman (1957 – ) – In 1998, Goodman and Jeremy Scahill documented Chevron Corporation’s role in a confrontation between the Nigerian army and villagers who had seized oil rigs. Chevron helicoptered the Nigerian Navy and police to the oil platform occupied by villagers accusing Chevron of contaminating their land. Two protesters were killed and 11 were wounded. Their documentary on this won the George Polk Award. When President Clinton called her at WBAI in a get-out-the-vote message in 2000, she and a colleague challenged him for 28 minutes with questions about Leonard Peltier, racial profiling, the Iraq sanctions, Ralph Nader, the death penalty, NAFTA, Cuba, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Clinton called her hostile and combative.

Juan Gonzalez – (1947 – ) – a progressive broadcast journalist and investigative reporter. He has been a columnist for the New York Daily News since 1987 and frequently co-hosts Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.
Glenn Greenwald (1967 – ) – lawyer, journalist and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US and for from 2007 – 2012. He became widely known and received the George Polk Award after The Guardian published the first of a series of reports on global surveillance based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. The series won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Chris Hedges (1956 – ) – a renowned political journalist and author, Hedges was part of the team of reporters at the New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of global terrorism. He writes for Truthdig and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute. He has published 11 books on politics and religion.

Beau Hodai – a former In These Times staff writer, he is the founder of DBA Press, an online news publication. In 2010 – 2011, he provided research to the AFS Committee, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Private Corrections Working Groups. He has been on radio and television, and has partaken in two documentaries.

Michael Moore (1954 – ) – filmmaker, author, social critic, and political activist. He is the director and producer of numerous film exposes. His works criticize globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, US presidents, the Iraq War, the American health care system, and capitalism.
Greg Palast (1952 – ) – New York Times best-selling author and freelance journalist for the BBC and the British newspaper The Observer. his work focuses on corporate malfeasance, labor unions, and consumer advocacy groups. He uncovered evidence that Florida rigged the ballots during the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.

John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) – authored 27 books, some of which were controversial, particularly Grapes of Wrath. His New Deal political views, negative portrayal of capitalism, and sympathy for the plight of workers led to a backlash against him. In Steinbeck’s last novel, The Winter of Our Discontent, published in 1961, he examines moral decline in America. The critical outcry when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 caused him to stop writing.

Ida Tarbell (1857 – 1944) – was a teacher, author, and journalist. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the progressive era. She wrote many notable magazine series and biographies. She is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company. It was listed as #5 of the top 100 works of 20th century American journalism. She depicted John D. Rockefeller as crabbed, miserly, money-grabbing, and viciously effective at monopolizing the oil trade.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) – Named the father of American literature, Twain began his career writing light, humorous verse but evolved into a chronicler of the vanities, hypocrisies, and murderous acts of mankind. At mid-career, with Huckleberry Finn, he combined rich humor, narrative, and social criticism. Twain’s works have been subjected to censorship mostly because of his usage of the colloquial language of the time which is in some cases offensive today.

Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010) – historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He wrote more than 20 books, including his best-selling A People’s History of the United States which tells the real story of American history not found in textbooks. He wrote extensively about the civil rights and anti-war movements and labor history.

Local Activists:

Marleny Alfaro, Carol Brown, Rick Brown, David Cortez, Claire D’Gaia, Kathleen Dudley, Sigrid Erika, Dariel Garner, Jeanne Green, Peter Harris, Marilyn Hoff, Lyla Johnston, Kate Keely, Josie Lenwell, Pat McCabe, John Olivas, Dianne Pola, Patricia Yousra Morningstar, Winter Ross, Rivera Sun, and many more.

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Love-In-Action Taos’ Unsung Heroes Parade: Activists, Whistleblowers, and Muckrakers

Supporters of whistleblowers march in Santa Monica's seventh annual Fourth of July parade in Santa Monica, CaliforniaGiant Puppets, costumes, banners, whistles … bring it all to the Arroyo Seco 4th of July Parade. Love-In-Action is celebrating the heroes of the People’s History of the United States: activists, whistleblowers, and muckrakers.

July 4th, 11:00am SHARP! Gather at the Arroyo Seco Community Center (the gathering point for on-foot marchers). The parade starts at noon, but it’s good to come early before they close the street and parking gets tight.

Everyone is welcome … if you haven’t been to a Love-In-Action gathering or event, welcome! We’re happy to have you come along. Want to invite friends? Use Facebook.

Ideas to stir your creative juices:

CodePink Taos is bringing these 5 Giant Puppets to the Parade … and looking for 5 strong backs to wear them!

CodePink Taos is bringing these 5 Giant Puppets to the Parade … and looking for 5 strong backs to wear them!

Come dressed as Mother Jones, Eugene Debs, Dorothy Day, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Cesar Chavez.

Bring banners or signs to honor people like Larry Gibson, Rosa Parks, the Little Rock Nine, Howard Zinn, Susan B. Anthony, Grace Lee Boggs, Winona LaDuke, Julia Butterfly Hill

Blow a whistle for Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, Karen Silkwood, Erin Brokovich.

Volunteer to carry one of the Codepink Taos’ Five Giant Puppets of Sadako Sasaki, Rosa Parks, Winona Laduke, Dolores Huerta and Amy Goodman.

Paint a long banner with every whistleblower’s name you can think of. Or one for activists. Or muckrakers.

For more inspiration, check out the Americans Who Tell the Truth Series:

About the Love-In-Action Network: We are a network of locally organized, interconnected groups dedicated to nonviolent action. The Love-In-Action Network empowers citizens through education, discussion, and action, providing opportunities to collectively and individually study nonviolent action, and preparing for the necessary struggle to ensure our health, well-being, and a future for humanity.

“You are the ones you’ve been waiting for!”

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Love-In-Action Coming to a Community Near You!

Quote from Rivera Sun. Meme by Brent Adams

Quote from Rivera Sun. Meme by Brent Adams

“We call into action those whose hearts cry out for justice, and those whose spirits know that the continued survival of our species depends on our concerted efforts now.”

So begin the opening statements the Love-In-Action Network’s Living Charter. I’ve spent years writing fictional novels about social movements and courageous action, but today, I am honored to be a part of the real-life movement for change. The Love-In-Action Network was founded to empower you and your community to participate in the epic struggle for humanity’s future that is sweeping the globe.

To borrow a potent and descriptive phrase from my novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, the Love-In-Action Network is “what happens when the heart breaks open with love and springs into action.”

It’s Occupy crossed with compassion, grounded in the lineage of committed nonviolent struggle. It’s a D.I.Y. study group and action team rolled into one . . . and it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.

All across America, ordinary people like you are yearning for coordinated action like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement or Gandhi and the Indian struggle for Self-Rule. We are ready for change – we know the time is now – but we’ve been looking for a charismatic leader to appear. You know what?

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

The Love-In-Action Network exists to help you become one of the thousand points of light shining in this time of darkness. The Network offers community and solidarity. It empowers you and your friends to engage in trainings, readings, discussions, strategy sessions, and actions. Local groups can be as large as whole cities or as small as two friends. Pre-existing groups can join the Network under their own names, listing themselves as the Your Local Action Group, part of the Love-In-Action Network.

“No more looking for leaders! You are the change!” – Steam Drills by Rivera Sun

Local groups enjoy autonomy and solidarity, able to both create local strategies for action and join with others for regional and national campaigns. All you need is a commitment to nonviolence and a couple of friends.

The Love-In-Action Network has five focuses:

  • 1) Training in nonviolent struggle, philosophy, strategy, history and techniques.
  • 2) Crafting a vision of the future and creating a roadmap from here to there.
  • 3) Connecting inner work to outer action.
  • 4) Developing teams of people capable of high-level strategic analysis of current problems and of formulating strategic plans of nonviolent action.
  • 5) Strengthening the interconnections of one’s community in preparation for nonviolent struggle and readying local members for participation in national mobilizations.

With these, every member of the Network becomes prepared to engage with the challenges of our times. We are an empowered, self-governing organization that can respond flexibly and swiftly to crises, as well as prepare strategies for long-term campaigns. We work with organizations like the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Pace e Bene’s Campaign Nonviolence to provide excellent opportunities for training.

Out of all of this, the coordinated Network of trained individuals becomes a collective force capable of tackling the serious challenges that we face. In your community, church group, or town, let your heart pull you into action. Join a local group or create your own.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

Learn more about the Love-In-Action Network, find a local group, or create your own by visiting our website

Author/Actress Rivera Sun is a co-founder of the Love-In-Action Network, a co-host on Occupy Radio, and, in addition to her new novel, The Dandelion Insurrection, she is also the author of nine plays, a book of poetry, and her debut novel, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, which celebrates everyday heroes who meet the challenges of climate change with compassion, spirit, and strength.


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