Laura Stec was our keynote speaker. She
by saying that thirty
year of activism had convinced her "if it isn't fun, it doesn't get
done." Her recipe for making cuisine more sustainable is basically
adding enjoyment to good ingredients. The summary is "the cook puts
energy into the food, so that the food will put energy into the cook."
She had good things to say about eating grains, beans, and fresh
vegetables. Locally grown foods have less embedded fossil fuels
in them than anything else. Cooking them fresh puts less energy into
processing them any other way. "The key is high vibe food, meaning
having fresh food
that you can enjoy more than eating out for less money." She feels that
the shared experience of gathering, cooking, and eating while talking
over food is what makes us human.
It was hot in the ampetheater, so we
moved back into the shade before
the next speaker. I can't show you pictures of that because it was me.
another version of my "change
we can believe in
" speech. This time I ended with "After the
Republicans and Democrats have taxed you until all you have left is the
change in your pockets, remember that it has become more interesting
than it used to be."
This time the questions were stuff like "Do any of the quarters have
snakes on them? I answered "no, but the New York quarter has the Erie
Canal snaking across it, does that count?" Somebody else wanted to know
if there were any amphibians in the set. "There is a boatload of
soldiers on the NJ quarter about to make an amphibious landing, does
that count? I replied." Now I'm wishing I'd ended with "When you give a
homeless person a quarter, don't jut give them a quarter. Give them the
whole State. Like if you have a Georgia quarter in your hand, say
'here's Georgia!' when you drop it in their cup."
Lynne, the Nurse who is talking
single payer health care in front of every group around here spoke
next. We were a very friendly croud for her. Click her picture to see
the handout she passed around. In a similar vein, the Fair Elections
lady also spoke and passed out her
Carol wanted us to know about the 9/11 film festival coming
up. Click her poster to find out more about that.
To read a nice summary of the woman
about the mercury emissions coming out of the cement kiln between
Cupertino and Mountain View, click on her picture. She is
battling to have the local cement kiln closed. She objects because it
emits mercury, a poisonous polluter. They also use 5% of the energy we
consume. It's one of the four worst cement plants in the USA.
After the cement lady was Steve Kline, the
treasurer of Marriage Equality Silicon Valley. Their website is www.marriageequalitysiliconvalley.org
He is consulting for Lynne Williams' campaign for the Maine Green
Independent Party's nomination for Governor in 2010. Her website is www.lynnewilliams2010.org
Prop 8 had passed he had been in the closet, sending money but doing
nothing more. The shock of that loss had made him an activist. Now he
is participating with his skin in the game. As someone who has
organized 50 political campaigns over 13 years, he knows how it
personally thinks that they shouldn't go for another battle over prop.
8 this election cycle. His attituded is "we don't get that many bites
at the apple. If we go around too often attitudes about our cause will
harden. 2012 will be a better year for us."
Somewhere in there he
mentioned that John Muir, (the guy on the California quarter) was known
to have gay sexual relationships during his life. It was news to me. He
doesn't have the clout to prevent people from trying to gather
signatures to get something on the ballot next year, but he thinks if
none of us support it the campaign will go nowhere. To get something on
the ballot, they will have to spend at least 3 or 4 million bucks to
pay signature gatherers for their work. That won't happen without a lot
of support. He mentioned that if they do get it on the ballot, he will
do what he can to help it pass.
Steve also said that MESV is doing phone banking every Sunday, calling
voters in Maine and asking them to vote No on Question 1. That is a
referendum on Maine's November 3, 2009 ballot that asks, "Do you want
to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows
individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?"
There was a
lot more, but I kept getting distracted from my mission by
things like playing badminton and eating food. The conversations I had
were great to. I'm wishing I had taken pictures of people like Aisha,
Susan, and their friends, but it just seemed like a better thing to
just participate. We had a great time.