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There is only ONE Earth

Published March 5, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

There is only ONE Earth.

There is only one Earth. The Earth on which each and every one of us live.

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There is only ONE Earth:  Original Abstract Art by Jeannie Smith

The Earth that provides our living space, food, water, all the necessities and natural pleasures of life. The Earth that provides all life it’s ability to exist. There is only one Earth – Our Earth.

In addition to allowing the continuation of construction of the North Dakota Pipeline, which will jeopardize the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation primary water source, damage sacred sites near Lake Oahe, and violate tribal treaty rights, Trump and his Climate Change Denier administration proposes to eliminate 38 entire Environmental Protection Agency programs and reduce EPA staff by one-fifth.

Repealing the Clean Water Act protections for wetlands, rollback on federal regulations targeting coal mining, considering roll backs for President Barack Obama’s signature climate change regulations, cuts to the EPA and a 17% budget cut to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will lead to environmental disaster. No doubt, there is more to come.

I believe in Science and Alternative Energy Sources. It is my duty to use my creativity to educate the public and stand against the Trump Administration and all of his dangerous and harmful policies.

PEACE is The Word!

 

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Freedom Fighters: Art as Activism

Published February 19, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

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The Earth is a work of art – a Masterpiece. She is the source of all life. She is our provider of bountiful beauty and sustenance. As capable, intelligent, and sentient beings it is our duty to protect The Earth.

The confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is a travesty for Mother Earth and all life forms. We, as individuals and a collective community, have three critical choices that will determine the life or decline and eventual destruction of our planet:

1. Be afraid to think for ourselves and be a blind follower of the current American Federal Government.

2. Cover our eyes, look the other way, and remain silent in our protective bubbles.

3. Become Freedom Fighters. Be individuals who think for themselves and unite as concerned and educated communities that rise up and fight for what we believe in.

The choice is clear.

All you need is passion. When passion flows, the power imagination and creativity flourishes. Art is inspiring. Art unites humans together.

Art – music, film, visual art, theatre, cartoon, graphic design, illustration, graffiti art, stand-up comedy, poetry, dance, photography, street projection – is the most universal means of communication to reach the masses and spread our message.

Art is a riveting and engaging way we can communicate critical environmental and social issues, expose problems, educate, and help the collective public to care and become involved.

Now…get off the computer and CREATE! Create for the Greater Good. Create for The Earth.

PEACE is The Word!

When Politics Hurt Humans, Politics Hurt Animals and the Earth

Published February 11, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

I don’t get angry very often. When I do, I’m able to sort out my chaotic feelings, calm myself rapidly, and quell the chaos of my emotions and the situation. Recently, I admit, this has not been the case.

November 8, 2016 was my dad’s 72nd birthday. It was supposed to be a day of celebration, but unfortunately, it was all spoiled by the American Presidential election. None of us were in a very good mood. Since then, I began to experience heightened anxiety, depression, and fear. So I read FDR’s first, 1933 inaugural address:

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

And I realized that FEAR does have a name: Donald Trump.

If you’ve been paying attention to the wave of chaos the current American Federal Government has created across the globe, you can understand. I’m angry! If you’re not angry, you haven’t been paying attention. If you haven’t been paying attention, you should pay attention.

When politics hurt humans, politics hurt animals and the Earth

We humans are the wellspring of hope and positive change. We are morally bound to help our fellow humans and we are stronger when we stand together. Humans are absolutely instrumental and necessary to help animals and the earth.

We are The Caregivers of The Earth. We are The Defenders of The Earth and all the life systems the earth supports – including our fellow humans.

Humans – Earth – Animals

This intricate, interconnected, bonded trio is already fragile. Under an American Federal Government bent on a path of destruction, the suffering will continue to have a detrimental ripple effect worldwide.

I am an extremely passionate woman. If you’re like me, I care about everything that harms humans, animals, and the earth. Many like me are already involved in causes, but we must make the time and effort to do to support our brothers and sisters in their efforts.

Three Tips to Avoid Burnout and Stay Sane

1. Focus your energy on one or two causes that interest you. Encourage and support the myriad of causes in small positive ways and save your energy by ignoring people who try to undermine your involvement.

2. Make activism fun. Use your talents and creativity. Art as Activism is a fantastic, liberating, and positive means of expression.

3. Take care of yourself. Sleep well, eat healthy, and exercise. Make time for yourself, enjoy your non-activist interests, friends, family, and the little things in life that make you happy.

Do not be silent. Do not think it will not affect you. Get ANGRY! But, direct your anger and outrage into a positive driving force.

PEACE is The Word!

Resistance is NOT futile: The Power of the People and Non-Violent Direct Action

Published January 22, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Yesterday’s worldwide marches against The Trump Administration and in support of global Human Rights represent a Message of Hope and a testament to The Power of Non-Violent Direct Action.

It confirms three important conclusions. First, people multi-nationally recognize the danger the Trump Administration poses to all of humanity. Second, there are more people around the world, including myself, that do not support the values of The Trump Administration than people who support it.

In his first press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attacked the media for proving my two aforementioned points by blasting the media for covering the worldwide protests instead of Trump’s agenda and also media reports on inauguration crowd sizes. And he was directed to LIE to Americans.

After his tirade, Spicer refused to answer questions and stomped off in a childish tantrum. If you don’t believe me, watch the news footage.

This one instance foreshadows what lies ahead, what LIES are yet to be told, and the kind of propaganda the Trump Administration is willing to spout.

Criticism comes with the territory; it’s part of the job. This is America. This is the Power of the Press and Media, the Power of Free Speech, and the Power of the People wielding non-violent direct action to preserve, protect, and promote social justice.

It speaks volumes about Donald Trump’s lack of integrity and his desperate need for attention, power, and control by any means. But, I will leave my factually based and subjective opinion on his lack of moral character for a future article.

The third important conclusion is: the international solidarity affirms the inextricable link between Human Rights, Environmental Rights, and Animal Rights has reached the critical crossroads of UNITY.

The world is more connected socioeconomically and culturally than ever. Individuals and groups are working to improve the world for ALL. We must continue to support one another and stand together.

The divisiveness in America that people speak of is not between the separate groups fighting for justice. The division is between the American people who are selfish and the American people who are selfless.

I am both college educated and self-educated making informed decisions by continually learning about and observing the world around me.

I was raised to think for myself, not to blindly follow the status quo. I refuse to be silent. I will always stand-up for and promote Human Rights in America and the World and will wholeheartedly support racial, cultural, religious, and sexual freedom, diversity, and cooperation.

I am not perfect; however, I follow a self-designed Moral Code: I believe in and practice peaceful co-existence, cooperation, kindness, and love to the best of my ability.

We must continue to preserve hope and remain courageous through adversity. Protecting and improving humanity is the cornerstone of protecting animals and the environment. Our fortitude, honesty, loyalty, and kindness will pay off in positive and groundbreaking ways.

Respect and promote diversity. Know the facts. Seek the truth. Act with an informed and enlightened conscience. Continue to utilize Direct Action to it’s zenith. We are NOT powerless – We ARE Powerful.

Remember: Ethical politics = Vegan Politics

Support Ebba Olausson: Vegan in Body and Soul

Published June 14, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

freedomWhat we call the Animal Rights Movement is, with greater reason, a Mixed Culture. This Mixed Culture is a mélange of caring and thinking people, so naturally the intellectual and compassionate architecture appeals to us and others like us.

The Language of the People is like speaking every known dialect. Our melting-pot family, spans the globe in a spectrum of thought and experience that translates into non-violent action. Undoubtedly, intellect, compassion, and kindness are the source of continually admirable heroic actions of communities and individuals.

The backbone trait of our family is sensible and simultaneous, hard-hearted compassion. To achieve abolition, total liberation, we must retain balance in our individual physical and emotional lives and remain Vegan in Body and Soul.

Worldwide, government laws protect commercial animal exploitation, allowing devastation of the earth and the brutality against non-human animals and humans. Laws do not defend the right to life. Laws authorize and regulate death.

Animal legislation does not protect animals to its absolute full, idyllically desired potential. Instead, it garners a false sense of hope and justice for the animals that are abused and killed for human use.

Legislation is incongruous; specific laws safeguard and reward animal exploiters, administering retribution to Liberators of the Earth. In addition to levying punishment in the form of imprisonment, these statutes and rulings stigmatize liberators and portray protectionists as radical, extremist, terrorists.

Extraordinary people, like recently imprisoned, Swedish Vegan Straight Edge Activist and Liberator Ebba Olausson, have made the ultimate, fearless, and courageous sacrifice – their freedom. We OWE our family members, like Ebba, our tangible support.

Ebba, sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for property damage of the fur (mink) industry, deserves your letter and artwork of support. Having been transferred several times, please:

Click here and refer to the Free Ebba facebook page for current updates and her location.

The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation

Published May 22, 2014 by Jeannette Louise Smith

Dear Friend,

I’m not a philosopher, so – Thank you, in advance, for your patience and letting me share an overview my thoughts:

The discussion of animal rights, animal liberation, or more appropriately total liberation, must begin somewhere and shared with the masses. Theory, discussion, and then action are essential to solving the cumulative world problems.

In absolute agreement with the total rejection of anthropocentrism and speciesism, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation completely favors and fosters a combined biocentric and ecocentric view that includes more than inherent value. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation encompasses the physical and mental kindness, compassion, love, respect, and appreciation, and connectivity of all living things including the non-animal parts of nature.

The human animal is part of the Universal Ecology and plays multiple roles as the source of destruction, skeptic, idler, and source of improvement-reparation-positive creation. The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows for the individuality of nature and therefore the individuality of the human animal to make the best possible decisions for and live life in harmony with oneself, all of humanity, and the earth.

Nature is not narrow, rigid, and stagnant. The Laws of Nature are diverse, flowing, evolving. There is both predictability and spontaneity. There is no one way of nature. Like the path of nature, no one way of living is completely right or absolutely wrong, all parts are equal.

The Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation does not combat and battle existing evils. Instead, it flourishes from a sense of organic goodness toward direct action without (as much as possible) causing further harm. Please note: While the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation rejects violence; it is not pacifist, it is non-violent direct action.

Therefore, the Common Sense Theory of Total Liberation allows the nature of the human animal to establish a personal way of living that moves the collective community toward total harmony and is reflective of the mellifluous and diverse quality of nature.

Taking into account real-life circumstances, self-expression, co-expression, and individuality, is the only way to achieve liberation for all. We are not obligated to accept other ways of living – we are obligated to understand the many ways of life in order to find better, smarter ways to change what is incongruent with nature (including man) as a whole.

We do not want to create more separation, more opposition, more problems. It is our responsibility to guide, not control, the creation of an all-inclusive, universal way of living.

Therefore, It is critical to remember to live in your own expression and no one else’s. As individuals, we are unique. Our distinctiveness, not our similarities, is what makes us effective. We can accomplish much as individuals and as sub-collectives of the larger, united collective.

You are knowledgeable to learn and understand all of the issues. You are aware of how to inspire and spark change. You are courageous to change the world. You are smart to recognize, without being told, that life and therefore nature is inextricably connected. Be yourself, think for yourself, act for yourself and the world around you.

In the end, what matters most is your vision, then action.

That pretty much sums it up for me – time to go save the world!

Love, Jeannie

Author Note: These cumulative ideas are explored in-depth in my Animal Advocacy column on Examiner.com.