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Black Genius Jesse Ventura James Hillman
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Poet & Human Rights Leader Homero Aridjis
|*Press Conference with Homero Aridjis |
and “Los MacArturos” MacArthur Foundation Fellows
11 a.m. Tuesday Jan. 27
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts,
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
*Public Forum & National Broadcast
Renowned Mexican poet and human rights leader Homero Aridjis will be the featured speaker along with U.S.-based Latino recipients of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships (self-named “Los MacArturos”) in a public forum and dialogue on violence and the human rights crisis in Mexico this Tuesday Jan. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Leaders of Mexican and human rights organizations in Northern California will also be present and the public is invited to participate in the dialogue to be conducted in Spanish and English. Doors open at 6:30 and admission is free.
The Radio Bilingüe Latino Public Radio Network is convening and broadcasting the forum live, including simulcast by partner public radio station KBBF FM 89.1 in the North Bay and live stream at radiobilingue.org. Other Bay Area media partners include public radio stations KPOO-FM and KPFA-FM, Spanish-language radio station KIQI-AM, community newspaper El Tecolote, and the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) national TV Channel. KIQI, KPOO and HITN will broadcast the forum in whole or part on a tape delayed basis.
Mexico is in the grip of a spiraling wave of violence, corruption and impunity. According to human rights watchdogs, the nation faces its worst human rights crisis since 1968, with some 100,000 murdered and more than 25,000 disappeared since 2006. The recent disappearance of 43 rural students in the state of Guerrero at the hands of Mexican police has detonated months of unprecedented and massive protests in and out of Mexico. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to thousands of families directly impacted and has been the scene of many rallies including calls for change in U.S. Mexican policy connected to Mexico’s violence and asylum for unaccompanied minors fleeing the dangers.
Aridjis, long time environmental and social justice activist on the international stage, recently released his latest novel: Ciudad de Zombis, an indictment of Mexico’s current reality of violence, corruption and terror. He will be joined by members of “Los MacArturos” – Latino and ally recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious fellowships – in the dialogue about Mexico’s crisis, future and impact across many borders.
The event is being convened by Radio Bilingüe in partnership with Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño and is funded in part by The California Endowment.
Homero Aridjis Bio
Homero Aridjis is a renowned poet, author, and one of the leading environmentalists of Latin America. He has been elected twice president of International PEN, of which he is now President Emeritus. In 1985, he co-founded and has chaired Grupo de los Cien, a group of writers, artists and scientists, which included Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz. The group has called for the protection of the environment in Mexico, Latin America and the world. He served as Mexico’s ambassador to UNESCO. His most recent novel, Ciudad de Zombis, pictures Mexico’s current reality of violence, corruption, impunity and indifference.
“Los MacArturos” – Latino (and ally) Recipients of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships Expected to Participate in Press Conference and Forum
My friend Johnny Friday, at Campo Cortez, recently sent me this heartwarming video. It's about four minutes long, and will inspire you to want to see the incredible gray whales in Baja. - Dick Russell...
My friend Homero Ardidjis recently visited the monarch butterfly wintering sanctuaries in Mexico, and the news is grim. This is a heart-rending ecological tragedy. Here is his latest article...
40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake
by Homero Aridjis, The World Post, Jan. 20, 2015
MEXICO CITY -- Forty years ago the winter habitat of the monarch butterfly in Mexico was supposedly discovered. After searching for decades, on January 9, 1975 the Canadian scientist Fred A. Urquhart, an entomologist at the University of Toronto's Scarborough College, received a phone call from an American living in Mexico City named Kenneth Brugger, married at the time to Mexican-born Cathy Aguado (known today as Catalina Trail), who told him that "We have located the colony. We have found them -- millions of monarchs -- in evergreens beside a mountain clearing."
The "discovery" had taken place a week earlier in northern Michoacan, in an oyamel forest on Cerro Pelon, 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico's Transvolcanic Belt, and a few days later the Bruggers happened upon other monarch roosts at El Rosario and Chincua. The Bruggers were volunteer "research associates" in Urquhart's longstanding monarch tagging program, in which tiny labels reading "Send to Zoology University Toronto Canada" were stuck onto thousands of southbound migrating butterflies.
But it was only a year after receiving the news that Urquhart and his wife visited the site, and a full 20 months after the find that a stunning photo of Cathy Brugger amidst thousands of monarch butterflies perched on trees and on her, and the headline "Discovered: The Monarch's Mexican Haven" were emblazoned on the cover of the August 1976 issue of National Geographic.
In his article, Urquhart did not reveal the location of the monarch sites the Bruggers had told him about. When asked for details by Dr. Lincoln Brower, today the world's foremost monarch butterfly expert, and colleague Dr. William Calvert, Urquhart steered them to a bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Brower, Calvert and photographer John Christian figured out the general area from some clues in Urquhart's article and a paper he published in the Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, and they located the sanctuaries on New Year's Eve of 1976...
My Mysterious Son
Here is what the publisher has to say about the book in their latest catalogue copy:
And here is the first review on Amazon. I am hoping that, after reading the book, some of you may also wish to post one.
The latest report from "the barricades" in Mexico City, by poet/environmentalist Homero Aridjis:
We're Mad as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore
by Homero Aridjis, The World Post, Nov. 22, 2014
MEXICO CITY -- Thursday, on the 104th anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution in which millions died, the traditional military parade in Mexico City was hastily cancelled to make way for tens of thousands of students, teachers, families, social activists and people from all walks of society who converged in three orderly throngs on the Zocalo, the city's imposing central square and the political heart of the country, to demand the reappearance of 43 missing students from a rural teachers' college in Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero state, who were abducted in the nearby city of Iguala by police and drug gang members the night of Sept. 26-27. Family members of the missing students led the marches.
Many marchers carried placards with photographs of the students, and as we made our way down the spacious Paseo de la Reforma, the chant of "1, 2, 3, up to 43, justice!" resounded over and over again. A man dressed as Father Miguel Hidalgo, a leader of the 1810 Mexican War of Independence, waved a pennant emblazoned with the Virgin of Guadalupe, shouting "Death to bad government!"
Among the cries I heard and banners I saw were:
I was impressed by the degree of anger, by the overwhelming dissatisfaction with the way things are now, by the unanimity of the clamor for change. I felt that a breaking point will soon be reached...
LOST AT SEAOn the same day (Nov. 18) that the Senate rejected the Keystone pipeline by a single vote – a huge victory for everyone concerned about climate change and the future of our civilization – the water front news was much more dismal.
This comes at a time when the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has finally approved new regulations seeking to implement a 25 percent reduction in the taking of striped bass, whose population is in the worst shape since the 1980s. More than 70 percent of the Eastern seaboard’s striped bass spawn in the Chesapeake, where their primary food supply (Atlantic menhaden) has been stripped to 90 percent of its former abundance by the Omega Protein Corporation’s trawling fleet. (The small baitfish are ground up and turned into fish oil and fish meal).
Just as steps are made in the right direction, powerful forces continue to rise up with only the pocketbook in mind. We, the people, need to rise up in equal measure.
- Dick Russell
The Movement for Restorative Justice
By Dick Russell
It’s a warm weekend not far south of Boston. Behind the thirty-foot walls of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution’s Norfolk prison – the state’s largest, with some 1,500 inmates - five men stand together facing a crowded auditorium. A large banner at the back reads: “Building safer communities inside the prison and beyond the walls of incarceration – what is it going to take?” Each of these five inmates has been convicted of a violent crime; most are serving life sentences for murder. Their audience includes not only about 150 other prisoners, but judges, prosecutors, teachers, political and community leaders. It also includes a number of mothers of homicide victims whose sons were killed.
To the plaintive introductory beat of a drummer on the stage behind them, the men take turns walking to the microphone and reading from handwritten statements. These are letters of public apology. One fellow, his voice cracking, says he “took two lives” – because his mother had never recovered from what he’d done. Another speaks of how he’d murdered two of his closest friends, to impress the other members of his gang. A third talks of having driven the getaway car and not actually shooting anyone, but how this was no excuse.
For the first time, they are openly acknowledging their wrongdoing and the harm it has caused their victims, their communities, and their own families. There is no “making it right.” But through taking responsibility and holding themselves accountable for their actions, perhaps a healing process can begin. Even, for some of the mothers and fathers of homicide victims, a possibility that they will find it in themselves to forgive.
Now Janet Connors is addressing the group. She is a lifelong resident of a tough neighborhood in the Boston suburb of Dorchester, and the mother of three. One of those children was slain in 2001. “We can’t bring our sons back, but we can bring them forward,” she says. In 2006, Connors met inside the prison with two men convicted of her son Joel’s murder – the first time state correctional officials had allowed this to happen. She felt the apologies “were coming from the heart” and offered them “half her forgiveness.” The other half would come with their commitment to lead different lives...
Enough! Mexico Is Ready to Explode
The harrowing story of what's currently going on in Mexico is spelled out in full detail here by my friend, the poet/activist Homero Aridjis - a must-read for understanding the situation on the other side of the border - Dick Russell.
Threat to Cabo Pulmo National Park from Cabo Cortés project re-emerges
And speaking of Mexico, this just in from the NRDC - it seems the disastrous development that would wipe out one of the world's most productive coral reefs is potentially "back in business." I'll keep updating my site with news. - Dick Russell.
A petition is being circulated by the Center for Biological Diversity to have the monarch butterfly placed on the Endangered Species List. The more people sign, the better chance we have of saving this priceless and most beautiful of creatures. Click on the link to go to the petition. Meantime, my friend Homero Aridjis has a children's story around monarchs that will be coming out at the end of September, published by Macmillan. Homero and his wife Betty are currently in Valle de Bravo, Mexico for a trinational monarch meeting. - Dick Russell
Click here: Save Monarch Butterflies
On September 11, I was the guest of Jesse Ventura - with whom I've co-authored five books - on his weekly Podcast, "We the People." We focused on the importance of uncovering the truth about what really happened on 9/11, given the new evidence coming out about the 28 pages the Bush Administration ordered deleted from the official government report - concerning the likely involvement of Saudi Arabia in a conspiracy with the hijackers. - Dick Russell
Click here: We The People with Jesse Ventura
I recently did an interview by Skype with Daniel Liszt, who does the Dark Journalist series on YouTube. If you're interested in my work on the Kennedy assassination, you'll want to check it out. - Dick Russell
Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity...
A documentary film is in the works about my trek with photographer friend Steve Ewert across Europe Africa and the Middle East, from June 1970 - December 1971. We've been filmed extensively already in LA and in Chicago. Here is a link to filmmaker Scott Peterson's Indiegogo site, with trailer, please check it out and feel free to become part of the effort to get it made! - Dick Russell
An important new piece by Mexico's leading poet/environmental activist, Homero Aridjis...
Migrants Ride a 'Train of Death' to Get to America
DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans updated...The updated paperback edition of "DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans: No More Gangs in Government," which I co-wrote with Jesse Ventura, has just been released by Skyhorse Publishing. It contains a new chapter about what's transpired since the last election.
Here is the former Minnesota governor's upcoming schedule of TV and radio appearances talking about the book:
- Dick Russell
MY BIOGRAPHY OF JAMES HILLMANThe first volume of my new book, "The Life and Ideas of James Hillman," is being published in June by Helios Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. Volume one of the biography is sub-titled "The Making of a Psychologist." This is the result of more than seven years of research, and I hope that even those with even a passing interest in psychology will find it of interest. I'll be updating here concerning my appearances, reviews, etc. Meantime, please check out the book cover, the publisher's press release, and an announcement concerning my upcoming lecture at the Jung Institute in Los Angeles. - Dick Russell.
In 2000, I visited the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico with Homero Aridjis, Lincoln Brower, and others. It was one of the most memorable experiences I've had in recent years - the stunning beauty of millions of these wondrous creatures festooned in the trees above us. As this piece in the New York Times by Homero and Lincoln demonstrates, the future existence of the monarchs - surely one of the great natural wonders of our planet - is theatened in several ways. This is a tragedy, and calls for action, especially on the front that Americans can fight: the proliferation of genetically modified organisms.
- Dick Russell
50 Reasons For 50 yearsRecently Len Osanic interviewed me about my research into the Kennedy assassination, as part of his ongoing series "50 Reasons for 50 Years." I hope you'll check out his five-minute YouTube video.
- Dick Russell
THE RUSSELL ARCHIVESI have begun boxing up and donating a vast collection of research materials that I've gathered over the years in writing hundreds of articles and ten books. My extensive collection related to the Kennedy assassination and recent American history is going to Baylor University, which already has amassed material from numerous researchers in the field. (See www.baylor.edu/lib/poage) Files related to my book on "Black Genius" will be going to Northeastern University in Boston. My papers related to striped bass and fisheries conservation, utilized for my book "Striper Wars," are available at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. See the following link:
NOT AN ACT OF GODMy good friend Ross Gelbspan, author of two path-breaking books about climate change, has written a powerful piece about the impact of Hurricane Sandy and has given me permission to put it on my website. Go to www.heatisonline.org to keep up with Ross's up-to-the-minute postings on the climate crisis.
read: Not an act of God
"I've recently added a new feature to the Climate Scores website where I've graded the Presidential candidates on how they stand on climate change."
• by Dick Russell
40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat... 1/15
We're Mad as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore 11/14
• Lost at Sea 11/14
• Movement for Restorative Justice, The 11/14
Migrants Ride a 'Train of Death' to Get to America... 7/14
• New Chinese Mega-Resort Plan Threatens Baja Coral Reef 5/14
Gabriel García Márquez takes his place in the pantheon 4/14
These Three Amigos Can Save the Monarch 2/14
Last Call For Monarchs 2/14
Savior of the Whales 10/13
• Guardian of the Gray Whales: Francisco (Pachico) Mayoral, R.I.P. 10/13
• Bottom of Food Chain is Top Priority 12/12
• Kennedy Assassination: New Developments, The 11/12
• Billfish Conservation Act Becomes Law 11/12
• Menhaden Harvest as Fish Oil Jeopardizes Ocean Food Chain 10/12
• The Madness of Drilling in the Chukchi Sea 10/12
James Hillman, Therapist in Men’s Movement, Dies at 85 9/12
The Threat to Baja’s underwater ‘rain forest’ 9/12
• Striped Bass: A Grim Update 9/12
• Of Whales and Fish 9/12
• Charles Colson 6/12
The Sun, the Moon and Walmart 5/12
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Mexico Cancels Controversial Baja Resort Project- This announcement by Mexico's President Calderon represents a huge victory for environmental activists fighting to stop a mega-resort development proposed for one of the most productive coral reefs left in the world. My friends and I, who have a residence not far away on Baja's Sea of Cortez, were very involved in the battle against a Spanish development outfit, Hansa Urbana. So were Mexico's great poet and environmental leader, Homero Aridjis, along with the NRDC and Wildcoast organizations as well as local groups from Cabo Pulmo. This is the most important grassroots achievement in Mexico since President Zedillo cancelled the proposed saltworks at the gray whales' pristine birthing habitat in Laguna San Ignacio in 2000, a story recounted in my book "Eye of the Whale." - Dick Russell
My friend, the Mexican poet/environmentalist Homero Aridjis, has just released through his Group of 100 organization a petition signed by more than 150 writers and artists from 30 countries, asking Mexican President Felipe Calderon to cancel gold and silver mining concessions granted to Canadian companies in Wirikuta, the sacred territory of the Huichol people. The survival of Huichol culture is at stake. - Dick Russell
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TESTIMONY OF DICK RUSSELL
Author, Striper Wars
H796, An Act relative to the conservation of Atlantic striped bass
Massachusetts Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture
I thank you for allowing me to testify today on what I believe is an urgent conservation measure, vital to preserving for our children and grand-children the most magnificent fish that swims our near-shore waters. I am an environmental journalist and the author of six books, including one called Striper Wars, about the fish that is the subject of this hearing. And today I hope to offer some historical perspective, along with the reasons why H796 needs to be passed during the current legislative session.
Striped bass have been called the aquatic equivalent of the American bald eagle. Without Native Americans having taught the Pilgrims about how to take striped bass, they would not have survived their first difficult winters in the Plymouth Colony. Protection of striped bass was the reason for America’s very first conservation law, in 1639, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony general court ruled they were too valuable to be ground up and used for fertilizer. The first fishery management measures, in 1776, were also drawn up on the striper’s behalf...
"Don't Start the Revolution without Me"
by Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell
|Birth of an Island!|
Published June 23rd, 2005...
Dick Russell's latest book:
An American Fish Story
The remarkable story of how one species was brought back from the brink of extinction only to face new and even more daunting threats...
When populations of striped bass began plummeting in the early 1980s, author and fisherman Dick Russell was there to lead an Atlantic coast conservation campaign that resulted in one of the most remarkable wildlife comebacks in the history of fisheries. As any avid fisherman will tell you, the striped bass has long been a favorite at the American dinner table; in fact, we've been feasting on the fish from the time of the Pilgrims. By 1980 that feasting had turned to overfishing by commercial fishing interests. Striper Wars is Dick Russell's inspiring account of the people and events responsible for the successful preservation of one of America's favorite fish and of what has happened since...
Now in Paperback!
Eye of the Whale
"Once in a while, a book comes along that redefines its subject to the extent that most previous works immediately become obsolete. Eye of the Whale is such a book...it will change the way you think about the natural world."
Named a Best Book of the Year by three major newspapers upon its initial publication, and now available for the first time in paperback, Eye of the Whale offers an exhilarating blend of adventure and natural history as Dick Russell follows the migration of the gray whale from Mexico's Baja peninsula to the Arctic's Bering Strait.
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