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The Sickle and The Sword

The newly released video for the first single, “Constant” off the rapper’s upcoming album,The Sickle and the Sword, is a gorgeous piece of chilled out Northwestern mysticism.

The song is an exciting new direction for RA Scion, formerly of Seattle hip hop group Common Market. The Sickle and The Sword, appropriately enough, is due out on Halloween. Witch’s wisdom indeed.

The entire review by Kelton Sears is here.




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Fishey Fleet Coast-to-Coast Tour Ends at Seattle HempFest

Yesterday, the Fishy Fleet coast-to-coast tour ended at the 22nd annual Seattle HempFest. East coast driver Shannon Spectra, wrote a song about GMOs on the 10 day trip. In this video, she sings, hoop dances and reads the Yes On 522 Dr Bronner’s label that will be available in stores nationwide next month.


Fishy Tomato: A genetically modified tomato, or transgenic tomato is a tomato that has had its genes modified, using genetic engineering. The first commercially available genetically modified food was a tomato engineered by Calgene to have a longer shelf life (the Flavr Savr). This product was a failure because no Americans wanted to buy a GMO tomato. Currently there are no genetically modified tomatoes available commercially, but scientists are developing tomatoes with new traits like increased resistance to pests or environmental stresses. In 1997 the Monsanto Company completed the purchase of Calgene. (Source: Fishy Tomato Webpage)


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Anti-GMO Activists Launch Fishy Art Car Campaign

Fishy Art Cars set to launch anti-GMO campaign on August 5th reports Arin Greenwood at the Huffington Post:

On August fish — sorry, make that August 5th — anti-GMO activists will be launching a nationwide demonstration with a visual punch.
fish tomato car
Part of that punch is a car topped by a fish tomato sculpture, nicknamed Fishy Tomato, a reference to the much-vilified DNA Plant Technology hybrid that mixed a tomato with genetic material from the Arctic flounder. (The hope was that this twist would help the tomatoes be more durable, to stay mush-free longer. What they became is iconic to activists who favor restrictions on the production and sale of genetically modified food.)
Eighteen activists in six art cars, including Fishy Tomato (above), each affixed with a fish-mix sculpture — fish apple, fish soy, fish wheat, and so on — will travel from D.C. to Seattle’s Hempfest, with many stops in between, including one at the Missouri headquarters of Monsanto, a biotech company, for an overnight camping protest. Continue reading

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At Burke, empowering women, one baby blanket at a time

An artisan market at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will showcase the handicraft of women from around the world who work with artisan cooperatives to empower their communities. Five of the cooperatives have Pacific Northwest ties.

By Hannah Leone

Seattle Times staff reporter

A member of the OckPopTok cooperative of Lao PDR embroidering.

A member of the OckPopTok cooperative of Lao PDR embroidering.

Event preview

‘Empowering Women’ Artisan Market

Demonstrations by artisans from Rwanda, Morocco, Laos, Nepal, India and Bolivia, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or In conjunction with the “Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities” exhibition, running through Oct. 27.

Katlin Jackson was volunteering at an orphanage in Haiti when she realized how many children were there not because they don’t have parents but because their parents could not afford to keep them.

When Kari Davidson met Jackson at a weekend-long enterprise event in Seattle last winter, the two instantly connected. Jackson’s passion for Haiti and Davidson’s desire to use her design major to improve society blended together to form Haiti Babi, an artisan cooperative with a mission: to give moms jobs so they can keep their children.

The two women decided on a handmade product that someone with relatively low vocation levels could learn to make and that there is a market for in the U.S.

“We came up with the concept of baby blankets because we liked the idea of a mom making a product she could understand,” Davidson said. Continue reading

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San Francisco leading the way with sustainability development program.

San Francisco is, again, ahead of the curve in working with California’s sustainability guidelines to establish a program to reduce water consumption, reduce waste and enhance community-scale energy resources.  Architect News  reports on a new tool called Eco-Districts that will help them get to their goal:

To aid in the fulfillment of these goals, the program is implementing a tool called  – a community of property owners, businesses and residents within a neighborhood that collaborate to develop and initiate sustainable development projects in their area.  Using a set of performance metrics, neighborhoods can shape their projects with custom strategies for their community.

The Eco-District is fundamentally a community-driven development that has the potential to achieve the smart growth of sustainable ideas but also build local urban identity and enforce a sense of place among its residents.  The Eco-District movement has already taken shape in Austin (TX), Boston (MA), Seattle (WA),  Washington DC, and Portland (OR) in various degrees of development.  San Francisco’s adoption of this tool will help drive the successes of the Sustainability Development Program with a focus on holistic approaches of neighborhood development and support with environmentally conscious improvements. Continue reading

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Up to 2 million in the U.S. and in over 50 countries march against Monsanto

Up to 2 million march against Monsanto

Up to  two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the U.S. and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday to call attention to the dangers posed by genetically modified food and the food giants that produce it.  Founder and organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities across 52 countries.  The “March Against Monsanto” movement began just a few months ago, when Canal created a Facebook page on 28 February calling for a rally against the company’s practices.

“If I had gotten 3,000 people to join me, I would have considered that a success,” she said Saturday. Instead, she said, two million responded to her message.

Together with Seattle blogger and activist Emilie Rensink and Nick Bernabe of, Canal worked with A digital anarchy to promote international awareness of the event. She called the turnout “incredible” and credited social media for being a vehicle for furthering opportunities for activism. Despite the size of the gatherings, Canal said she was grateful that the marches were uniformly peaceful and that no arrests had been reported.

“It was empowering and inspiring to see so many people, from different walks of life, put aside their differences and come together today,” she said. The group plans to harness the success of the event to continue its anti-GMO cause.  “We will continue until Monsanto complies with consumer demand. They are poisoning our children, poisoning our planet,” she said. “If we don’t act, who’s going to?”