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Buckminster, you make my life so much Fuller!

On Saturday, September 29th, Ari and I had the pleasure of attending a “live documentary” at Cornell Cinema called the The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. With live commentary by director Sam Green and featuring a score performed live by Yo La Tengo, we were amazed that the tickets were only $20. We’ve been […]

If you’re unemployed, it’s not because there isn’t any work

If you’re unemployed it’s not because there isn’t any work Just look around: A housing shortage, crime, pollution; we need better schools and parks. Whatever our needs, they all require work. And as long as we have unsatisfied needs, there’s work to be done. So ask yourself, what kind of world has work but no […]

Black Gold

If only our schools realized how racist they were and changed their curricula, we’d be in a different world. If you know folks who work in education, let them know about Planning to Change the World, a planbook for teachers. Shira’s been doing their graphic design for a few years now; we wish our teachers […]

Reverend Billy Preaching in Support of Public Assembly and Our People’s History

OCCUPY OUR OWN HISTORY. It was recently announced that the Pavilion in the North Plaza of Union Square in NYC, where the social justice greats sang and shouted in the seminal moments of peace and labor rights in this country – is leased to a restaurant. You can’t privatize Union Square. You can’t make us […]

Clearcutting and whalehunting

Now I’ve seen clearcutting for the first time. Forests so deep and rich they’re like cathedrals, the trees dripping with moss and ferns, alive with singing birds, and then – acres and acres of silent dry land and dessicated stumps. I visited a museum of Native American culture and read a lot of texts celebrating […]

The Most Astounding Fact (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

I ♥ science! And Neil DeGrasse Tyson!

Remember Our Roots

“There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history.” – Wilma Mankiller

Video: Empathy is the Invisible Hand

This is the kind of optimistic view of humanity we cling to at Shirari Industries!

Some really good books for activists

This is a list of books I’ve found very helpful as an activist – from good strategy to essential history to inspiring personal narratives, these are eye-openers and life-changers…

Shirari Won the City of Ithaca MLK Freedom Walkway Logo Contest

The City of Ithaca is developing a project called the MLK Freedom Walkway that will be comprised of two downtown walking loops featuring sculptures, medallions and plaques that highlight the city’s civil rights history. On November 9th, the project officially launched at the Community School of Music and Arts, with the unveiling of route maps, […]

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