Weekly Round Up! Solutions, Aberrations, and the Decline of Papal Humor


Released only hours ago, Annie Leonard’s new video is here!  Watch the Story of Solutions, and read her interview with Alternet.  “Rather than giving boring lists of solutions, we decided to inspire people to think more deeply about the kinds of solutions we need.”


Stephanie Coontz at TIME drops historically substantiated facts, debunking the idea of a “traditional male breadwinner,” calling it a “late-arriving, short-lived aberration in the history of the world,” firmly declaring it over, and exhorting us to move on from it and to rebuild public policy accordingly.  Adapted from a speech she gave upon accepting her Work-Life Legacy Award.


Over at the GuardianLateefah Simon grounds her analysis in her experience as a teen mom with an arrest record to draw the connections between mass incarceration in the US and a lack of viable work opportunities, pointing the way toward solutions: “Underprivileged youth can pull themselves and others out of poverty if they’re offered meaningful educational, employment and training opportunities.”


Surfing Magazine reposts Kyle Thierrman’s video surfing trash tubes in Indonesia.


Comedian and recovering Catholic Kate Clinton, who’s lived through Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, John Paul II, and Benedict, is bowled over by the kinder attitude new Pope Francis I takes toward homosexuality, birth control, and climate change, in contradistinction to his predecessors.  With a sacrificial spirit, Clinton writes at the Washington Blade, “if this keeps up, it means about 15 fewer minutes devoted to papal outrages per show.  I will offer it up.”


If you can’t get enough of Wade Davissports camps for LGBTQA youth, the Dallas Voice has you covered.  Of the first camp’s speakers, including trans athlete Kye Allums (who played basketball at George Washington University); WNBA vet Tangela Smith; trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and former NFL lineman Marques Sullivan, Davis says everyone asked to be invited back to the next camp.


Dr. Edith Widder’s Kilroys are featured on WPTV, tracking the sources of pollution in Indian River Lagoon.  You can watch the live data feed from the Kilroys on Dr. Widder’s ORCA site.


The Washington Post, covering Dr. Robert Bullard’s John Muir Award from the Sierra Club, also traces how Dr. Bullard came to his calling in the Environmental Justice movement: out of grad school, his first job gave him a research assignment on waste disposal facilities in Houston, whereupon, “I began to see that where you lived and what race you were could really determine your health and well-being.”  His expanded studies looking at other cities throughout the South turned into the now canonical book, Dumping in Dixie.


Local woman makes good!  Our very own Jodi Solomon is profiled by her neighborhood newspaper.  “I feel really lucky to have worked with such amazing people who continue to inspire, disseminate a message and to do good work.”