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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #40

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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HOW TO SAVE MONEY BY RECYCLING EVERYTHING INTO EVERYTHING ELSE.  Your house can become more delightful than anyplace on the Main Line, for free.

BUS-ONLY LANES TO LINK PHILLY TO JERSEY

PHILADELPHIA BIKE MAP 2012

THE STORY OF CHANGE: animated cartoon from civil rights to green future

PHILLY LOVE NOTES

GIVE TO BENEFIT raises money for equipment for Philadelphia nonprofits.

TEN STEPS TO SAVE THE CITIES: The New Economics agenda for thriving local economies

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED ART PROGRAM (CSA) launched by Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)

THE PHILADELPHIA PAGE of Next American City Magazine

37% OF PHILADELPHIA CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY

PHILADELPHIANS ORGANIZED TO WITNESS EMPOWER AND REBUILD (POWER)

OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING CONVENES IN PHILADELPHIA TO CREATE “VISION FOR A DEMOCRATIC FUTURE.” Attendees list priorities.  Votes for six most popular: 203 clean water, air, and food; 186 free education for all; 158 no war; 116 sustainable human society; 110 a culture of direct democracy; 108 free universal healthcare
—The six least popular: more monuments to peace; no corrupt money in politics; paint the roses red; population limited based on science; progressive tax; revitalize or rebuild buildings; rewarded for hard work; ruled by wise; universal robotic operating systems.

CITIES SEIZE BANK MORTGAGES BY EMINENT DOMAIN, TO CUT RATES
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WHERE FOOD COMES FROM

PHILADELPHIA’S BEST AND WORST VACANT LOTS CONTEST There are 40,000 vacant lots in Philadelphia.  Prizes for former vacant lots that are now under community control and being used for growing food, neighborhood open space, affordable and accessible housing, or job creation.  1st place: $150 home/yard improvement gift card; 2nd place: $100 home/yard improvement gift card; 3rd place: $50 home/yard improvement gift card
—Worst Lot  “How does blight impact you and your block? Show us the worst vacant lot that you know of.  Prize for worst lot:  Lot clean-up organized by Take Back Vacant Land!”
—Submit up to 3 photos + short description + name, phone,  address: takebackvacantland@gmail.com or Take Back Vacant Land, c/o Liberty Resources, 714 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19106 or to  Contest ends August 31

DROUGHT WILL RAISE FOOD PRICES: urban gardens become higher and better use of land than condos

PHILADELPHIA’S FOOD SYSTEM

CHICKEN OWNERS OUTSIDE (AND IN) PHILADELPHIA: COOP

PHILADELPHIA RAINWATER STEWARDS NETWORK (rain barrels, rain gardens, etc)

PHILADELPHIA WORM AND BACKYARD COMPOSTING NETWORK

PHILADELPHIA FOOD PRESERVATION AND FERMENTATION

PHILADELPHIA AQUAPONICS NETWORK

BEEKEEPING 101 COURSE by Penn State Extension
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MINI-EDITORIAL: From Class War to Solid Peace

There are fine alternatives to violence and decay. During the past four years this newsletter has linked to hundreds of Philadelphia initiatives that prove that money, land and law can be used to prepare for the best.  Although we are a city full of dynamic people, there’s still resistance to profound change.

—Philadelphia’s wealthiest destroy their own affluence, when hiding on islands of money surrounded by oceans of desperation.  As health care for millions more dissolves, epidemics won’t honor big bank accounts.  When soils are depleted, hungry masses will break into their pantries.  When government is fully bankrupt, police will quit protecting them.

—Philadelphia’s middle class weaken themselves politically by becoming more concerned with their properties than their liberties, too busy making payments to make change, too dependent on the corporations that abandon them.

—Many of Philadelphia’s poor neglect their own power to create new economic institutions– co-op banks and loan funds, member-owned urban farms, worker-owned green industries, co-housing, and solar utilities.

—Green Jobs Philly’s books explain how the rich, middle and poor can unite to rebuild Philadelphia with liberty and economic justice for all.
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EVENTS

UPCOMING PHILADELPHIA

9/9 GREENFEST 11am-5pm, Headhouse, 2nd & South Streets

9/27-28 THE NEW METRICS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS conference at the Huntsman Hall, 8th Fl, 3730 Walnut St. “Biomimicry Workshop, introduces Nature’s principles to apply in markets or wherever you want to succeed in harmony with the natural world – a first step in using Nature’s lessons to Transform Finance. ”
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YOUR LETTERS

“I am moving to Philadelphia shortly. As soon as I step foot into Philadelphia, I want to be as involved as possible in green efforts. I have a great deal of passion and am very interested in talking to you about opportunities.
—”The ecological free clinic seems like a fantastic idea!  What a great way to coalesce solutions to such pressing issues as healthcare and environmental sustainability. I’m really looking forward to talking to you. Thank you for your time!”  –Sarah Bunch
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“I’m very interested in getting paid, and I am very interested in philly greenspace, I have experience with kids, gardens, and agriculture on a limited scale; I’m handy with tools, strong as 4 goats and a lot more cooperative. The reason I want money is so I can afford to live in or around the city, and take care of my little baby, otherwise I would be happy to just be involved.  I love the city and am encouraged by the real and vital change that is occuring in many neighborhoods.”  –C.T.
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“Thanks so much for the inclusion of The Resource Exchange in your last Green Jobs Philly News #39!  Keep up the great work!”  –Karyn Gerred, Executive Director
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“I want to start by saying thanks for your helping guides to the way life is meant to be shared. The different projects you’ve been involved in are amazing and great examples to lead by.
—”We have a Permaculture  Design Course mapping assignment where we design a community forest from beginning steps through final stages. Using permaculture throughout all aspects. The Philadelphia Patch Adams Clinic is something I’d love to be part of.  So I thought using this site for my assignment would be perfect. And perhaps some ideas from the assignment could be helpful towards the project. Is it possible for you to send me a map of the lot on Allegheny to use as reference in creating my map?
—”Also, I hoped to help out clearing, building, planting, whatever help you can use once the project begins. Please let me know where you can use a helping hand.  –Ana Fischer
—[REPLY] Thanks for your fine and timely offer.  We’re focused on five acres at 1729 W. Allegheny Ave. Here’s a quick sketch showing the earthship at north end for full sun, plus orchard, garden, food forest, greenhouse, vineyard.  Needs detail and community input.  But more sketches will help our community outreach and funding.  Your ideas for optimum distribution of the functions are welcome.  You’re welcome to join our Googlegroup to keep up to date with meetings and progress.

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