Money is an Illusion and so is Working
For those of you who think Im a hater of the military or the government or anything of the such, let that thought go. For some reason over the years I have grown to see life with new eyes. And have grown to become an advocate for living my truth in my heart. And my heart has a larger brain than my mind. And thinks of others in a greater capacity than my mind is able too. So I use it often when thinking of military, humanity, war, government, education and much more.
In my heart, for all my life, Money has been and still is nothing but an illusion to me. Money only has one purpose and that is to purchase things with it. And I also feel work to be an illusion. So what I have to write is my truth and what I feel within my heart. I, me, the being writing the following, would be very okay with no military to protect me. I am not a victim and I love all people, even the “so called” enemy, jerks, stupid, aliens, you name it..... I have been them at one point in my life or another and shame on me to think they are less then me when I am them. Basically this is judging another. I may have said things in the past yet my heart has ALWAYS felt this way about humanity.
All the monies our government and other governments on this earth spend for a military and for weapons “I” would prefer they continue to spend it on the military men and women yet tell them to go home to their families and be with the ones they love and do the things they love. This goes back to feeling work to be an illusion. Work should support you, yet work supports the 1% in my heart of hearts. If you work to earn a living at no point should you struggle considering money is but an illusion controlled by 1% of the population.
Work should be something that is done because you want to and its what you enjoy or love doing. Not because you have to. And instead of spending hard earned tax payer dollars on weapons why not feed the hungry. In this country too. Many. So many. Can not afford to pay to have a roof over their head let alone food for their families. Also if our military wishes to defend our country or feel they need to work, then let it be. Yet they can be peace keepers instead of soldiers.
Many of our ancestors and indigenous peoples survived for many thousands of years without “working” to make “money”. They did what they needed to do to survive and had time for traditions, art, singing, family, animals, spirit, stories and for Themselves. What confuses me is that we are smarter than our ancestors, right? Yet why can we not see that we are being taken advantage of or being held hostage and fed fear by so few? Why cant we see their is more to life than deep, fear based illusions, teaching us that we have to work day and night to have.... anything? Especially considering when the earth is abundant with everything we need and funny thing, its free and always has been, for billions of years.
If they tell you their is not enough clean water, than feel deep inside, connect with your heart. My heart tells me there is Plenty of fresh water and has been for sometime now even ways to develop fresh clean water. Yet its kept a secret or too many limitations are created to prevent this from occurring. Because if this were to occur someone may not be making the millions or billions they are used to making by taking advantage of the 99% who are indebted to the 1%. Their isn't enough food they say. Not enough homes, not enough jobs. But honestly, is this truth? I will tell you what is true. There is enough restrictions, regulations, fees, etc... to keep anyone from reaching their dreams, desires, wishes in these difficult times full of fear, control and limitations.
It would be great if we could decide how the money we put towards taxes is spent or what it is spent on. Besides changing the military to peace keepers and paying them to stay home. Why not spread the wealth to all so no one would have to work? (Unless they wanted too) Allowing humanity to take up the things they love doing instead. And those who do work, or assist society, do it because they love it and want too. Or how about spend money on better education and the environment?
Overall, money, still is an illusion and maybe this is what needs to change. Before there was money there was us helping one another, exchanging, giving, caring and so much more. The 1% has taught us to be strangers towards one another. When the real stranger is the illusion we allowed to be created which we live in that has divided us.
If this does not resonate with you, then so be it. I do not judge you for who you are. Yet I declare myself a citizen of the world, and no border holds me, no one owns me and I am free like my ancestors and the other species on this earth. Free to Live a Life of freedom.
Just a little of what is going on in the world...
Our wasteful habits are endangering the Pacific leatherback sea turtle, a creature that has survived for 150 million years but is now teetering on the brink of extinction.
Americans use more than 380 billion plastic bags every year, contributing to the millions of pounds of plastic waste that ends up in our ocean. Sea turtles and other marine creatures mistake this plastic as food and often die as a result. Scientists predict that they could vanish within the next 5 to 30 years.
"You've been owned!" That's what product manufacturers are hoping the Supreme Court will tell Americans this fall.
The Court will decide if you have the right to resell the very things that YOU OWN -- your clothes, your iPod, even your house:
Please click here for more details, and tell the White House and Congress to stand by Americans' rights to resell the things we own.
Pfizer and others: Stop supporting climate change deniers
The Heartland Institute, a right-wing group that has worked for years to undermine climate science, ran billboard ads equating those concerned about climate change to terrorists and mass murderers.
Partners: Forecast the Facts; 350
What we want: We launched a petition calling on Heartland’s sponsors -- including Pfizer, Comcast and Microsoft -- to withdraw their funding, and we raised money to run ads on the back of bikes that circled Heartland's annual climate-denial conference.
Current status: Together with our partners, we got over 160,000 people to call on Heartland’s corporate donors to pull their support. Twenty corporations representing over $1.1 million in funding -- over half of Heartland’s estimated 2012 corporate funding -- have ended relationships with the Heartland Institute. At the most recent Heartland climate-denial conference in Chicago, SumOfUs.org and allies tried to run billboards in the same place that Heartland ran its own ill-fated ads -- only this time, billboard owner and media conglomerate Clear Channel refused to run our ads, telling us we couldn't use them to criticize corporations. Our community responded by funding people-powered bike billboards to circle Heartland's conference. At the conference's closing speech, Heartland’s President announced that, due to the sudden drop in funding, this year’s conference would be their last!
Read More: The original petition | Pictures of our "Drop the Deniers" protest | List of organizations that have ditched Heartland
Press coverage: Politico | Huffington Post | ThinkProgress
Tim Hortons: Stop using cruel gestation crates (Canadian/Northeast US-only campaign)
Tim Hortons, Canada’s beloved coffee-and-donut restaurant that is expanding into the Northeast United States, gets its pork from suppliers that use gestation crates on their pigs. This cruel confinement practice prevents a sow from turning around or even lying down, for years.
Partners: Humane Society of the United States; Change.org
What we want: Our members prodded Tim Hortons to join McDonalds, Burger King, and other major retailers in committing to purchasing only pork from humanely-housed pigs, dropping the use of gestation crates.
Current status: Collectively, we gathered over 55,000 petition signatures. We crossed Canada to deliver the petitions to Tim Hortons shareholder meeting, and before we arrived, Tim Hortons contacted us to tell us they were listening. Tim Hortons has called upon its suppliers to submit plans by the end of the year for phasing out gestation crates. We will continue to monitor Tim Hortons to make sure they follow through on their promise, and ensure that they hold to their word. If Tim Hortons fully follows through, your actions will have led to a big victory for animal rights.
Read More: Original petition | Press statement on our campaign
Press coverage: The Toronto Star
Johnson & Johnson and ALEC and Trayvon
The American Legislative Exchange Council gained notoriety earlier this year when it was connected to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which George Zimmerman has infamously used as his defense for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. As the public began to learn more about ALEC's work in partnering corporate lobbyists with state legislatures to craft harmful legislation, a call went out for corporations to stop associating with the organization.
What we want: We called upon Johnson & Johnson, along with other corporations, to leave ALEC over its support for harmful legislation.
Current status: In recent weeks, Johnson & Johnson and Dell have become the latest corporations to announce that they will not be renewing their membership with ALEC, joining more than twenty corporations and organizations that have fled in recent months. The corporate lobbying group has become toxic for many big businesses. In April, ALEC announced that it was dropping its Public Safety and Elections Task Force, which previously had worked to restrict voting rights.
Read More: Original petition
Press coverage: Triple Pundit | Policy Mic | International Business Times
Hyatt: Hire back unjustly-fired housekeepers
Housekeepers Martha and Lorena Reyes were fired from the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency just a few weeks after Martha tore down a humiliating picture of her head plastered over a bikini body, put up for “Employee Appreciation Week”. This seems to be par for the course for Hyatt, which has a history of treating employees poorly.
Partner: UNITE HERE
What we want: We called upon Hyatt to reinstate the Reyes sisters to their old jobs with full back pay.
Current status: Martha and Lorena delivered nearly 100,000 of your signatures to their old employer. For the moment, the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency has not given the sisters their jobs back. The Reyes sisters are taking legal action and we're continuing to monitor the situation. In the future, keep an eye out for more campaigns on Hyatt's terrible company-wide treatment of its workers.
Read More: Original petition | Petition delivery
Walmart: Stop human rights abuses in your factories
Reports surfaced that workers at a large Thailand shrimp supplier for Walmart was holding workers in debt bondage -- paying workers less than they needed to survive while keeping them in dept to the company and withholding their passports. A similar situation occurred at a pineapple factory in Thailand that also supplied to Walmart.
Partners: United Food and Commercial Workers Union; Change to Win
What we wanted: We called for Walmart to allow independent monitors into their factories in order to prevent debt bondage and other forms of human trafficking in their supply chain.
Update: The workers held in debt bondage have been freed! Nearly 100,000 of us signed the petition, and our allies will deliver it to Walmart representatives in Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
Read more: The original petition
Press coverage: Bankok Post
Shell: You break it, you pay for it
Shell’s history of carelessness in the Nigerian Delta has resulted in the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez spill every year, for the past fifty years, destroying habitats and rendering large expanses of the country unlivable. Shell has never made a serious effort to clean it up, but recently admitted responsibility for two major spills near the town of Bodo in the Ogoniland region. Now the United Nations is pushing for a $1 billion as an initial contribution to cleanup fund for Ogoniland.
Partners: Friends of the Earth International; Amnesty International
What we want: We are pushing for Shell to provide $1 billion to start the fund that would clean up the mess they made.
Current status: We worked with partners to create huge public pressure on Shell. Our allies are currently in negotiations with the company right now -- and they delivered our petition at the Shell shareholder meeting and Shell’s office in Nigeria, and plan to deliver it soon at Shell’s headquarters in the Netherlands with hopes of meeting their Shell's CEO. Our contribution of over 73,000 signatures has given considerable heft to their message that consumers are aware of, and care about, Shell’s actions as they continue negotiations with Shell executives.
Read More: Original petition | Press release
Thank you JCPenney
JCPenney has been under continuous assault and boycott threats from homophobic right-wing organizations for months, first for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman, then for a Mother's Day ad that featured a real-life two mom family. So how has JCPenney responded? By doubling down with the adorable Father's Day ad to the left, featuring real-life dads Todd and Cooper playing with their children.
What we want: We thanked JCPenney for standing strong in defense of same-sex families, to encourage more corporations to support the LGBT community in national advertising campaigns.
Current status: We received over 110,000 signatures from SumOfUs.org members, drowning out the letter-writing campaign by the American Family Association's branch, One Million Moms, and will deliver your thank you card to JCPenney in the coming weeks.
Read More: Original petition
Bank of America: Get out of our elections
Over the past decade, Bank of America has been at the nexus of money and politics, spending millions in elections and lobbying while receiving billions in bailouts from Washington. Working with activist shareholders, we used a united consumer voice to call on Bank of America shareholders to pass a resultion to stop ALL political donations. This groundbreaking resolution was a shot across the bow for corporate America.
What we want: We called for Bank of America to adopt the shareholder resolution barring any political contributions from the corporate treasury, either from the bank directly or channelled through third parties.
Curent status: Given the historic nature of what we were trying to accomplish, we did not expect an easy nor an early victory. With Bank of America advising its institutional shareholders to vote against the measure, we were hoping for 3% to be voting in favor of adopting the resolution, enough for the measure to be refiled next year. Achieving a majority vote for such far-reaching measures is a long process, and we broke important ground in introducing the language of the ask to major institutions. The final vote was 5% -- nearly double our baseline goal -- and ensured that this proposal is not going away. In the coming months and years, we will continue to press Bank of America and its shareholders to stay away from the political process.
Read More: Original petition | The shareholder resolution | Press release
Press coverage: StarTribune | Triple Pundit
Apple: Make your products ethically
In January 2012, the New York Times reported that workers at iPhone factories in China faced harsh working conditions, illegal overtime requirements, and were paid a pittance. Since then, Apple has hired the Fair Labor Association, which confirmed what we already knew -- things are really bad for workers at factories in Apple’s Chinese supply chain. And just this month, our partners at SACOM -- Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a Hong Kong-based research organization -- released a report showing that instead of improving working conditions like Apple promised, many workers are now being forced to work unpaid overtime, and are making even less -- a direct contradiction with what Apple committed to do.
Partner: Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour
What we want: We want Apple to treat its workers ethically, ensuring good wages, legal overtime hours, humane working conditions and the freedom of association. As an industry leader and one of the most profitable companies in the world, Apple should also be a leader in the way it treats the men and women who make its products.
Current status: After getting Apple to acknowledge its problems and pledge to fix them, we moved to the next step of the campaign: Getting Apple to make good on its word. To that end, we launched a website to track Apple’s progress towards its commitment to make its products ethically. Check EthicaliPhone.org to see Apple's progress towards keeping its promise, as well as facts on Apple's treatment of workers. As for now, conditions for workers have either remained the same or, for many workers, gotten even worse. Several days ago, international attention was again drawn to iPhone factories, as workers in Chengdu rioted, followed by another worker suicide. SumOfUs.org members have helped raise enough money for us to purchase a full page ad Apple's hometown paper, the San Jose Mercury News, to publish our open letter to Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, highlighting continued mistreatment of workers at iPhone factories.
Read More: Original petition | EthicaliPhone.org | Press release
Press coverage: CBS News | LA Times | Talking Points Memo
Stop the Big Four's big greed (Australia-only campaign)
In the fallout of the Global Financial Crisis, Australia's four major banks -- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB) and Westpac -- strengthened their stranglehold on the banking sector. In recent years, the "Big Four" as they're collectively known have begun to use their oligopoly power to build up their collective bottom line, delaying in passing on rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia, and then keeping part of the cuts for themselves as pure profit to be redistributed to shareholders and to plump record CEO salaries.
What we want: We demanded that the big four Australian banks pass along 100% of the most recent rate cuts to their customers.
Curent status: For the most recent rate cut, ANZ was alone in passing on the full rate cut of 25 basis points. NAB and CBA cut rates by 21 points, while Westpac only cut its rate by 20 points. We will continue to pressure the Big Four to be more consumer-friendly and less driven to maximize shareholder profits at the country's expense.
Read More: Original petition | Press release | Snarky ecards for sharing with friends
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