The Mail Must Get Through

The Mail Must Get Through

In Cameron Parish right now, post offices are turning lights back on.

These communities were hit first by hurricane Laura, and then by hurricane Delta. Both storms wreaked havoc on local infrastructure – one after the other. Documentation of the damage is horrifying, and cleanup will take a long time, not to mention recovery.

Many residents are afraid of longer-term problems such as an exodus from these neighborhoods, and how that will impact local business and infrastructure. Then again, what if additional big storms are battering the area next season? All of these unanswered questions have their chilling ramifications – and there are so many unknowns. It’s making people think about the future.

So many people are reevaluating their commitment to living in an area that’s been dramatically impacted by multiple storms this year. This is all while they’re sifting through the debris, looking at how much the storms have pushed their property around.

When you really sit and think about it, you see how this impacts lives. Out here in the regular world, in communities that are more shielded from a storm’s wrath, we’re talking about the post office as a utility and worrying about how many days it takes to get a package from one place to another. We’re worried that shakeups might impact the mail.

In Hackberry and related areas, something has already impacted the mail. Post office shutdowns were necessary because of the limitations imposed by massive storm damage. In other words, after a storm, things change. Especially a storm, or storms, of this magnitude. Everything from the utilities to the Postal Service has to be rebuilt, and that process is ongoing. For example, think about what happens to refrigeration systems. Those fortunate enough to have a generator can switch over. Everyone else is trying to get their meat and other perishables on ice. Supermarkets and stores are scrambling, so are households.

Even days or weeks after a storm surge has abated, the impact is still evident. Just take a look at their heroic efforts of some local businesses to get their doors open again, and you’ll see what these residents are dealing with. Will you donate money or time or resources to helping these embattled residents to dig out of the hole that Laura and Delta have created in their lives? It’s worth it, because we all live with the idea that in a terrible storm, we want to know that help is coming. We want to see the post offices and the restaurants and the shops back open again. You can help.

You can DONATE HERE to support our parent organizations efforts via its “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program” as it relates to disaster relief and the hurricane damaged areas. Please mark your donation for “hurricane relief.”

We continue to have “boots on the ground” in many disaster stricken areas. And plan to for the foreseeable future. That being said the costs of all this continue, and the need for volunteers in many aspects is an never ending need. Consider how you can help us make a difference in those affected lives. EMAIL HERE to volunteer. (we need work from home support volunteers as well)

Part of activism is “being the change you want to see in your society and the world.” One excellent way to be that change is by getting involved in helping others make a difference in those in needs lives. Will you join with us in striving to make a difference?

Why activism is now more important than ever

Why activism is now more important than ever

For many Americans, the pressure has been building for a long time.

There are two major tracks that our country has been on for decades, and those are making activism more and more a vital part of our daily lives. Many people used to be able to just tune everything out and say that they were “apolitical.” Not so much right now.

The first critical trend here is political polarization. In general, as a society, we tend to no longer feel like we are unified in speaking with one voice. The civic values of the earlier part of the 20th century have given way to distrust, cynicism, scapegoating and in general, disagreements with our neighbors. The unfortunate dysfunction of government plays out between individuals who each have their own entrenched opinions. If you feel like your neighbors are a bunch of morons, you’re not alone. That’s part of how national politics is changing our world views.

The second trend, though, is even more directly applicable to how we live our lives, because it’s actively hurting working Americans in ways that we can’t ignore. It’s not just happening to “other people” either – it’s happening to all of us. If you work – you are labor!

Wage stagnation and the devaluation of labor have coincided with both corporate parties neglecting the needs of the worker in favor of managers and corporations. That’s not just a bunch of words. That’s a big deal for you and me.

A few decades ago, productivity stopped tracking with wages. To be specific, productivity went up, but wages stayed the same. The fruits of the American workers labor started to go, in large part, to shareholders and wealthy people accumulating money through capital gains. We had a general sense that it was kind of unfair, but too many of us were not paying attention.

We saw the corporate raiders of the 80s, and the venture capital funds of the 90s, and the restructuring vultures of the aughts, and we saw the American worker plunging down into a financial pit.

These trends are part of the reasons why activism is now so important in our social lives!

Back in the 1990s, a youth protest movement was targeting the WTO, which was part of global justice and a globalized economy.

But that seems quaint now, when our activism is directly targeted toward domestic policy as well.

Americans can’t pay the rent. They can’t get adequate health insurance based on their wages. So activism is now incredibly important. It’s the only way we can even protect our families financially. That’s different than the activism of past decades, which was more or less seen as a hobby or a frivolous bleeding heart kind of advocacy for people that we had never met halfway around the world.

Right now, Activism.Fyi is partnering with small businesses, small family farmers and American families to demand economic and social justice. Sign on, because if you’re not part of the 1%, you’re not at their table!

Its Leap YEAR!

Since you obviously got a full extra day this LEAP YEAR, why not spend it giving back? Do you really need one more day for yourself? Why not spend it giving back to your local community? Getting involved in making a difference in someones life – TODAY!

http://TheBigGiveChallenge.info

We would love to hear your stories of giving back this LEAP YEAR!

Besides Saturday is not a normal workday for many people in this country.

The Domestic Refugee

A great tool as you grow your knowledge related to activism and those issues you are passionate about is “The Domestic Refugee” with Silence Do Good III. They are working on a “Domestic Refugees Handbook” as part of their “Domestic Refugees Project.”

So, take a listen and follow their podcasts as they explore what it is to be a “domestic refugee” in your own country. As well as ways to combat the system and its status quo.

A video update with Ethan The Farmer:

Periodicly Ethan The Farmer, Founder of GTKYF Foundation Inc does videos discussing the happenings of the organization as a whole and the many things we are involved in. Activism.fyi is one of many of the projects, programs, and endeavors that we are engaged in as an organization.

Monday morning Jan 20, 2020 with Ethan The Farmer. Discussing exciting developments with the many programs of GTKYF Foundation Inc.

You can also follow him on Face Book:

https://facebook.com/ethanthefarmer
Ethan The Farmer on Face Book
Ethan The Farmer on Twitter

#FindMarley

Have you ever heard the statement…

“when life throws you lemons, make lemonade?”

Well, this is story of someone who truly is doing just that. The mother behind this was a awesome loving and giving person before this latest tragedy hit. And the way she is turning this tragedy into an opportunity to discuss and provide positive outlets for others in similar situation is exceptional.

This is her story:

Good morning!
As some of you know, my son David Jaxon Page was killed in September when SWAT responded to his home for a noise disturbance. Prior to the homicide, officers on scene were well aware of his emotional state and made a decision to request SWAT instead of calling upon a crisis team. I was a block away and heard the shots that killed my son as I stood hopelessly by.

Since that day, hopelessness and helplessness threatened to overwhelm me as I’ve battled with not only the grief of my oldest son’s death, but also the lies from the detectives, run around from the DA’s office, egregious mistakes by the coroner… on and on.

When the DA’s report was released, I held a news conference which I subsequently shared on facebook. Within just a few hours, dozens of women reached out to me to offer support, saying that they, too, had lost their loved ones to police violence.

One of the struggles I believe all of us who have endured this tragedy have in common is the frustration and sadness we all feel at having to battle a system that is set up to make us lose, not only in the death, but also in the aftermath.

So, I decided to do something about it.

I present to you MARLEY FOUNDATION.
Welcome to a place where we can all come together to share, support, and find the resources we need in order to call attention to militarized police response to mental health crisis in our country – and to recover from it with others at our side.

Take a look. There’s a social media element, articles and news stories, and statistics, with much more to come. But I need YOUR help to get the word out and to fill the site with relevant content.

If you have lost a loved one to police violence, please reach out to me so that we may tell their story together.

Feel free to privately message me or to text directly to 6789MARLEY or (678) 962-7539.

FindMarley.org

#findmarley
@findmarley

Lonely? Valentines Day…

Many folks struggle with being lonely this time of year. As we watch those around us in our communities celebrate “LOVE” and yet we struggle with the day to day wishing we had someone. It is ever growing harder to meet like minded people in a society that is rooted in the distrust and keeping up with the Joneses. But yet we recognize the great importance of relationships to create a stable and strong family thereby effectively creating a strong community. The destruction of the relational aspect of community has destroyed the foundation for strong personal relationships and families.

Happy Valentines day from all of us!

“I have often said that Loneliness will kill an man. Loneliness is a hard road to tow. This I know from my own journey down the road of life.”

-Ethan The Farmer, Founder GTKYF Foundation Inc

Now that we have covered what is the root of the lack of strong relational connections in our communities. How can we address it and help create a strong foundation for personal relationships, and communities?

This is why here at the parent of Activism.fyi we created our Relationship/ Dating Platform. Some have said that this was out of scope with our core mission as it relates to families. But when you think about it, we would argue it is not. Relationships that share common interests and outlooks on life are much stronger than those based on physical only. Thereby we have created nitch targeted dating websites and applications.

For those living life with passion and intensity

We would encourage you to step out of that zone of fear and and meet someone with similar out look on changing the world. If that’s not your cup of tea then check out our relationship platform and find the site that connects to your core. We have relationship sites related to family farmers, those with disabilities, off grid living, homesteading, tiny house living, and more. (some are still in development)

Are you struggling?

THIS IS AN AFFILIATE POST –

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Making Money Via the Gig Economy :

Many folks in our society are looking for a way to earn a few extra dollars. Many are working in or looking to the gig economy to make money. For many the GIG Economy is a great way to add some much needed income.

We have been experimenting with many ways related to the gig economy to help us better facilitate and understand ways to help those in need subsidize their income. We have several team of volunteers with our Tech and Media groups trying out various gig apps and platforms.

So far we have had good results with the “house of gigs” platform. to track earnings, find new gigs and get tips to earn more! So if you are exploring or even already a regular gig worker try it by downloading it here: https://app.houseofgigs.io/d/MTE2NTkw

“We have to find ways to work outside the box, to develop strong families and local economic strength. The Gig economy is crucial to this success.”

*Ethan The Farmer, Founder GTKYF Foundation Inc

As part of our parent organizations commitment to helping families develop strength including the freedom that comes from having a strong financial foundation through diversified income streams our Tech and Media Groups are working to build out our own GIG Platform. This complements the many other platforms we have and are building. Including the diverse encompassing classifieds platform and it many websites and applications.

GIGS PLATFORM

Stay tuned for more developments as we continue in our quest to live our lives with PASSION and INTENSITY to be the change we want to see in our communities through our involvement in Activism.

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.

Ernest Hemingway

Through the use of FREE market like the classifieds platform, and the GIG economy we can take back the power that those in power now hold. Using true barter and alternate forms of currency we can eliminate or at least curtail the ability to use currency that he speaks of in this quote. By taking control of our economy we can help curtail the whole war for profit and control machine. Just food for thought. – Ethan The Farmer