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European Days of Action

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IOPS Dublin and IOPS Vienna have joined forces with social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members, unionists and many others in order to organize a series of decentralized actions all over Europe, starting on 15 May, the anniversary of the Spanish 15-M Movement, and ending on 25 May, the end of the elections to the European Parliament. Our common theme is Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from Below, which involves the following…

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On Humanity

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I believe, given the vast and ever-expanding accumulation of evidence, that I am a Homosapien primate descending from the same ancestors that fathered a great many other primate species including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. By extension, I believe that all human beings belong to a family tree that extends to the beginning of life on our planet and includes every living and extinct organism to exist and to have ever existed. I also believe there to be no predetermination or reason for one’s…

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Plan to Thrive: Activist Health and Wellbeing Survey

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Hi IOPS folk, I am a member of the Victoria (Australia) chapter of IOPS and co-covener of a project called Plan to Thrive, which is specifically concerned with helping activists to achieve good health and wellbeing in order to sustain their participation in social movements. We believe that healthy people and communities make for strong and powerful social movements. This project started as a multi-authored blog in May of 2013 and is largely Australian based but has significant global interest and…

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Leaving Education Because I Love Teaching Too Much

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The day began with an exclamation mark! My partner Humanities teacher and I had a guest to introduce to our 6th grade students; an expert artisan who works with papermaking and who wanted to be introduced as “Grandma.” We had just begun our study of India, launching into it by presenting students with a visual array of images instead of the usual hand out or work sheet because that’s the way our charter school has agreed to do such things. Known to be a “hands-on” school,…

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Elements of Design: Living in a economically/ecologically/morally Sustainable Way

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http://smithceeds.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/img.jpg  The term Permaculture is new to many. It basically gives a very broad concept of how we can live sustainably and take back control of our lives in a economically and ecologically sustainable way. So why is it important if it's so broad? Because it allows us to look at the BIGGER picture. This is powerful in many ways. We start to see all the elements that matter, that are interwoven with one another and in reality what make this place whole.…

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Report from IOPS Austria

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IOPS Austria was founded on 16 February 2012. We had our first face to face meeting on 24 April 2012. Since then we had 37 meetings overall, which means we had roughly one meeting every two weeks. By now IOPS Austria has 13 members registered on the website. Those members are involved in varying degrees. 6 of them are participating in pretty much every activity we have, 3 participate occasionally and 4 are only registered on the website so far (3 members have already left because of leaving Austria…

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Are radical feminists trying to take over the ICC?

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I was shocked today when I read the ICC proposals. Note the part about "large majority women", that goes against the IOPS mission, but is what I have found prevalent is not a desire for gender equality but taking over. I think most IOPS members want a "kinship" that is neither patriarchy nor matriarchy. http://www.iopsociety.org/article/icc-reports "Given the message that we, the International Consultative Committee of IOPS delivered in a blog post (that is visible on the IOPS page - http://www.iopsociety.org/…

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A Prompt From Outside IOPS (Who Cares)

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Is  IOPS dead? Dying? Fading away? Has it karked it and not just technically as someone asked recently? Has the experiment failed? Too early to say? To early to bring it up? Sacreligious? Is that how you spell it? Has the energy dissipated into the ether? Does it matter the website is about as active as a desert frog? Is it wrong to put this out there? To ask the question? Is it true IOPS had promise? Was it pie in the sky stuff? Is it worth holding on? Should I just shrink back into my shell and…

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