Essay, video, and details about DROUGHT SOLUTIONS and the benefits of PERMACULTURE:
This Permaculture Design Course is organized by Transition OKC and taught by internationally renowned permaculturist, Scott Pittman of the Permaculture Institute, Santa Fe, N.M.
Full details on registering for the course, payment, dates, times, location,
syllabus and other pertinent details can be found online here.
The course starts on Thursday, August 4th
Join this 4-weekend (12-day) class to learn ins and outs of permaculture design and sustainable living. The class meets over a period of several months, in Oklahoma City, OK
Deadline for enrolling in the course is Tues., Aug. 2. Shawna Struby writes, “Two of my Oklahoma City colleagues and friends have taken the Permaculture Design Course and are much more articulate than I am about describing permaculture’s promise for Oklahoma and the talents of Pittman as a teacher. Randy Marks, principal, Groundwork: Applied Designsays this:
“Scott Pittman is one of the most gifted teachers I have encountered. He has a long history of putting permaculture into practice and he knows how to convey what he has learned. Additionally, he is a great storyteller and has tales of his worldwide travels as a teacher and practitioner. He has a huge heart and is altogether a wonderful human being.”
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Join me, Tuesday, July 26th, for a Noon visit to Rep. James Lankford’s office,
to deliver personal letters and appeals that Congress raise the debt ceiling
and NOT crash the U.S. government, damaging the world economy.
Of course, there will be other suggestions supporting revenue enhancement
and protecting programs serving America’s most vulnerable.
Address is 1015 N. Broadway, 3rd floor, Suite 310.
We should meet in the lobby by 11:45, ready to go upstairs.
I will print off and hand-carry messages responding to this announcement.
Include your address for a response from Rep. Lankford.
Nasty notes will not be used.
(NOTE LATER OPPORTUNITY TUESDAY: At 5pm-6:30pm,
AFL-CIO, Change Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma MoveOn.org, invite others to visit
Lankford’s office with similar messages including, “Where Are the Jobs?”
and protesting his support of the Ryan Bill.
Calls from national organizations spurred this spontaneous opportunity.
I called Lankford’s office for a Noon appointment, so they know at least one person is coming.
An important message from Sojourners:
JIM WALLIS & SOJOURNERS’ “Circle of Protection” Campaign
Will you forward this opportunity to others?
INVITATION: 1. Sign the petition. 2. Read on to give $25 toward Sojourners’ media campaign.
1. It’s not too late to join Jim Wallis and SOJOURNERS by signing on the “Circle of Protection” petition urging Washington DC to protect programs serving “the least among us.” Click here: http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/20/breaking-obama-meets-with-faith-leaders-on-budget-crisis/
2. A moral voice is needed as programs are under attack that serve vulnerable people.
This past week Jim Wallis and “Circle of Protection” leaders challenged President Obama to make sure our federal budget protects those whom Jesus called the “least of these.”
Washington needs to hear the voices of people of faith on these issues.
Powerful interests are pressuring Congress to put the burden of deficit reduction on the backs of the poor and working families.
The only way we can reach decision makers is inviting all people of faith to fight with us.
Early next week, SOJOURNERS will launch radio ads and Facebook ads challenging people in key congressional districts to defend the poor by contacting their representatives. And we can do it … with your help. Join us in our next step now.
Working together, we will be the voice of hope for the poor.
As people of faith, we are commissioned by more than 2,000 verses in scripture that challenge us to think beyond ourselves and consider “the least among us.”
This message has been heard and you’ve helped us:
- Bring together 60 heads of denominations and 45 international aid directors in unity to defend the poor.
- Send 80,000 emails to the president and Congress signing on to the Circle of Protection.
- Run a full-page ad in Politico signed by nearly 5,000 pastors to make sure Congress knows the real-world effects of their budget cuts.
- Meet with the president, pray with him, and ask him to stand up for single mothers, the elderly, and those suffering from famines and disasters around the world.
More members of Congress need to step back from their partisan games and listen to the spiritual and moral challenge to defend the poor. They must see the faces of those whose lives are affected by their decisions. And we will reach them — by educating and motivating their constituents.
With your gift of $25, we’ll reach hundreds more people with radio ads. Imagine how many more will be motivated with your gifts of $50 or $75.
The middle class has the Democratic Party defending their entitlement programs.
The upper class has the Republican Party defending their tax breaks.
The poor depend on people of faith — you and me. We won’t stop regardless of what deals are struck in Washington.
You have spoken loudly. Your work has brought us very close to success in defending the poor. For you, we are truly grateful.
Tim, Leah, Rob, and all your friends at Sojourners
HIGH PROTEIN, HIGH FIBER, ALL VEGETABLE, BEAN SALAD
The canned beans are 23% protein – close to beef – so I consider this salad an Entree to be placed with the meats on the line as an alternative to meat.
Proportions vary depending on how many to be served. I usually make a big one for potluck meals.
I traditionally bought all cans of beans
red kidney beans
white mountain beans
black beans – - – but you can also use
pinto beans – - – the point is lots of COLOR
and cans of
cut green beans
cut wax beans (yellow)
corn niblets in water.
NOW, however, I buy the three cans of beans, same as above, but buy bags of frozen vegetables from which I add frozen vegetables, to suit. It keeps the bowl cold until
the potluck meal starts. No need to cook ‘em.
frozen bag of corn
frozen bag of green peas
frozen bag of cut green beans
frozen bag of edamame (green soy beans without the shell)
frozen bag of chopped broccoli
THE DRESSING IS BASICALLY
measure volumes according to volume of salad. For a big salad I use about a half cup each of the following, to make:
one.third sugar (actually I use a little less than one-third sugar)
one third vegetable oil
one third balsamic vinegar
to which I add, to taste:
course ground pepper
Italian seasoning (I like a lotta Italian seasoning.)
I make the dressing the night before so it can sit in its own juice overnight. You gotta stir it well
before you put it on the salad. I take it to the potluck in its own sealed container, and I DON’T put the
dressing over the salad until the last minute, stirring everything thoroughly so it all gets mixed and drenched.
I also sneak over and stir it from time to time to bring the dressing up.
We got this update from our friends at Pastors for Peace, regarding their caravan and supply shipment to Cuba in defiance of the 30+ year blockade. Some of the participants came through Oklahoma City last month on their way to the Mexican border.
Cuba Caravan Routes Reach McAllen, TX for July 20 Border Challenge into Mexico!
For Immediate Release – - – July 18th, 2011 – - – - McAllen, TX:
“LOVE IS OUR LICENSE”
Pastors for Peace Launches 22nd Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba
Press Contacts -
Ellen Bernstein (646) 319-5902
Janine Solanki (360) 250-0998
Lucia Bruno (212) 926-5757
Press Conference Tuesday July 19th 12 noon
Our Savior Lutheran Church (1105 W. Fern Ave.)
Border Crossing Wednesday July 20
On July 20th, 2011, more than 100 US, Canadian, and European citizens will cross the US border into Mexico on route to Cuba, to deliver 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba and defy the US trade and travel blockade. This aid includes everything from computers to pencils, hammers to plumbing pipes, medications to portable solar panels. The Caravan has traveled throughout the US on 13 routes, stopping in 130 US and Canadian cities. Volunteers are now loading the aid into trucks and buses in McAllen, Texas, in preparation for the July 20th order challenge.
On July 19th, 2011 Pastors for Peace will hold a press conference at Our Savior Lutheran Church surrounded by humanitarian aid and 14 brightly painted and decorated vehicles, including school buses which will be donated to Cuba. Representatives of Pastors for Peace will provide statements and interviews on why caravan participants are committing this act of civil disobedience, why the caravan does not request a license to travel to Cuba, and what they will experience while in Cuba.
IFCO board president Rev. Thomas E. Smith will explain that the US government requirement of a license to travel to Cuba “restricts our ability to act as friends and neighbors with the people of Cuba. This violates our freedom of religious expression, political thought, association and travel. We seek to end these licenses – LOVE is our license.”
“The inhumane and indefensible US blockade against Cuba targets everyone in Cuba, from cancer patients who cannot obtain live-saving medications, to children whose schools have a shortage of pencils” stated IFCO’s acting co-director Ellen Bernstein. “The effects of this cruel blockade are not only felt in Cuba, but also here in the US: In a time when jobs and the economy are key, we are losing out on opportunities to trade with our neighbors only 90 miles away.”
Caravan participants will see Cuba for themselves through an educational and cultural program. This year’s program will focus on the achievements of Cuba’s young people, and will highlight their daily lives and experiences, as well as visits to organic gardens, health centers, urban and rural communities and schools. The caravan will also attend the graduation of 20 more US students from the Latin American School of Medicine, Cuba’s full-scholarship program to train doctors for under-served communities.
This year’s caravan is also a tribute to the life and spirit of Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., founding director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, who for 20 years gave prophetic and visionary leadership to our caravans to Cuba in defiance of the US blockade. Rev. Walker died peacefully in September 2010.
Pastors for Peace is a project of IFCO which has worked for racial, social, and economic justice since 1967.
For more about events and route stops, updates and photos from the road see our website www.pastorsforpeace.org
You can also follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pastorsforpeace
IFCO/Pastors for Peace
From a story in Tulsa World
Oral Roberts’ gay grandson Randy Roberts Potts says he has been shocked on occasion by how his family has treated him, but that has just inspired him to help other young gay people deal with their own issues of sexuality and religion.
Potts will talk about growing up gay in an evangelical world Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Church. It is the first time he has told his story publicly in Tulsa.
Randy Roberts Potts sermon
What: “Miracles and Mendacity,” part of the Re-Imagining Religion summer sermon series
When: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave.
For more: 918-743-2363 or tulsaworld.com/allsoulschurch
Update: Another friend of the Peace House, John Walters, took these amazing pictures of the Caravanista visit, including their leaving OKC on July 15..