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End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard; free all prisoners of conscience

first_img Receive email alerts February 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard; free all prisoners of conscience IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further News Beirut, London, Paris, February 13, 2013) – The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, author and political activist, and cease harassing or detaining without cause the couple’s two daughters and Mehdi Karroubi’s son, said the Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and six leading human rights bodies. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, International Federation for Human Rights, League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran, and International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran co-signed today’s appeal.On February 14, 2011, security and intelligence officials placed two former presidential candidates and Zahra Rahnavard, and Karroubi’s wife, Fatemeh Karroubi, under house arrest after they called for demonstrations to support the popular “Arab spring” uprisings across the region. Zahra and Narges Mousavi, daughters of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, and Mohammad Hossein Karroubi, son of Mehdi Karroubi were arrested on Monday 11 February 2013, two days before the second anniversary of arbitrary house arrests of their parents and Mehdi Karroubi. They were released later the same day. “For two years now Iranian officials have stripped these opposition figures of their most basic rights without any legal justification or any effective means of remedy,” Ebadi said. “They and their families should not have to endure even one more day under these wholly unjustifiable and abusive conditions.” Mir Hossein Mousavi, former Prime Minister and Mehdi Karroubi, former Speaker of Iran’s parliament, had been presidential candidates in the 2009 election in which the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner, in disputed circumstances. The announcement of his victory set off huge protests in Tehran and other cities, which the authorities violent suppressed, followed by arrests and show trials of journalists, government critics, and opposition activists linked to the campaigns of Mousavi and Karroubi. After the election, authorities tightly monitored and controlled the movements of Karroubi, Mousavi, and their wives, and suspended the presidential candidates’ newspapers Etemad-e Melli and Kalameyeh Sabz. In mid-February 2011, in the wake of their joint appeal for Iranians to demonstrate in support of pro-reform protests in Egypt and Tunisia, the men and their wives were placed under house arrest without court orders. Fatemeh Karroubi has since been released from house arrest. But the three detained opposition figures remain cut off from the outside world by the terms of their house arrest and are prevented from meeting and communicating regularly with other members of their families. Iran’s senior officials have given varied accounts of the action against the opposition figures. In November 2011, Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of the High Council for Human Rights, said that the detainees had engaged in “illegal activities” and incited violence. He also said that no one could be placed under house arrest in Iran “without trial and without a court order,” and that the public would soon be informed of the charges against the detainees. More than a year later, during which no charges were brought, Iran’s police chief, Esmaeel Ahmadi Moghaddam said on December 25, 2012, that the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had approved the detention of the opposition figures in advance of their “house arrest”. Despite these pronouncements, Iranian officials, including Iran’s judiciary, have failed to provide any legal justification for the opposition figures’ continuing arbitrary detention under house arrest. The UN bodies have repeatedly called on the Iranian government to release the three opposition figures, declaring their detention arbitrary and unlawful. On 11 February, three UN Special Rapporteurs called for the immediate release of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi and their family members and hundreds of other prisoners of conscience who remain in prison for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of opinion and expression, or freedom of association and assembly. In August 2012, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a body of five independent experts acting under the UN Human Rights Council, issued an opinion that the detentions are “arbitrary (and thus prohibited),” and recommended that the Iranian government release the detainees immediately and compensate them for their wrongful imprisonment. In September 2011, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances initiated urgent investigations to determine the fate of the opposition figures, whose whereabouts were unknown at the time. Other UN officials and bodies, including the Secretary General, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, the Human Rights Council, and the General Assembly have also characterized the house arrests as arbitrary detention and called for the detainees’ immediate release. “If authorities had evidence showing that these opposition figures had committed a serious crime they should have charged and prosecuted them in a fair and transparent manner quite some time ago,” Ebadi said. “The fact that they have failed to do so for two years is a clear indication that they have no such evidence and that the continuing house arrest of these three critics is politically motivated.”As Iran prepares for new presidential elections on June 14, 2013, hundreds of opposition figures and critics of the government, as well as journalists, students, lawyers and other human rights defenders, remain in imprison. Many were arrested in the government’s post-2009 election crackdown and sentenced after televised show trials in which they were shown “confessing” to vaguely-worded national security ‘crimes,’ including supporting a “velvet revolution.” Since January 26, Iran’s security and intelligence forces have initiated a new wave of arrests against journalists accused of having “connections” to foreign media, apparently in an effort to silence dissent prior to the presidential election. “Thirty-four years after the establishment of an Islamic Republic founded upon the principles of freedom and justice, jails in Iran today are overflowing with hundreds of political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, many of them ordinary Iranians whose only crime was to speak out,” said Ebadi. Ebadi and the six rights groups called on Iranian authorities to release immediately and unconditionally everyone detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, or association, and to cooperate with UN human rights bodies with a view to improving the current rights situation in Iran. Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistscenter_img RSF_en Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more News News News Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mario Ybarra Jr. and SLANGUAGE at Pasadena City College

first_img Community News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Mario Ybarra Jr., Fresh, 2014. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, 60 x 48” (left). SLanguage Studio with visiting curator Gunner B. Kvaran 2009 (right). Photo courtesy Anne Tereda.Mario Ybarra Jr.‘s art practice inhabits the intersection of the globalized “art world” and the specific cultural experiences of Mexican-Americans living in Southern California. His work has adopted many forms—including sculptural installation, painting, photography and performance—extending to the socially engaged activities of the collective Slanguage, which he co-founded with Karla Diaz in 2002. Based in Wilmington, California, Slanguage embraces what the group calls “a three-pronged approach to art-making,” including education, community-building, and interactive exhibitions.Mario Ybarra Jr. is Pasadena City College’s annual artist in residence for 2015. In keeping with his expansive attitude toward his role as an artist, Mario Ybarra Jr.’s residency at PCC will include two gallery exhibitions and the premier performance of a new work by Karla Diaz.At the Boone Family Art Gallery, “Like a Cow Visiting a Butcher Shop…,” features a new series of paintings by Ybarra Jr.; these emerged from a 2013 project of the same name that he presented at the ARCOmadrid contemporary art fair in Spain. When finding himself in the role of an artist at a large international art fair, Ybarra Jr. has remarked, he felt something like the cow in his title.In Gallery V-108, seven collaborators in Slanguage — Yadira Agredano, Armando Cortes, Carmen Maria Hernandez, Antonio De Jesus Lopez, Monica A. Martinez, Gloria Elisa Margarita Sanchez and Emilio Venegas Jr. — present their recent work in an exhibition titled â€œNoise/Light.”In the Center for the Arts Theatre (one night only, February 26), Karla Diaz presents “Fearless (Except when Riding a Roller Coaster),” a series of vignettes about fear based on dreams, newspaper clippings and Karla’s memoirs.A brochure accompanies the exhibitions.About the Pasadena City College Artist-in-Residence ProgramMario Ybarra Jr. is Pasadena City College’s annual artist-in-residence for 2015. The college launched an ambitious program in 1987 that brings prominent artists for a weeklong stay on campus, where the artists interact closely with students, faculty, and the larger campus community. In addition to his exhibition in the Boone Family Art Gallery, Casey Reas will spend the week of February 23 – 27 on campus, during which time he will present a public lecture and, with his collarborators, offer workshops and presentations to PCC students.Through this program, PCC has hosted celebrated artists such as painters Wayne Thiebaud and Masami Teraoka; installation artists Alexis Smith and Alison Saar; quilt maker Faith Ringgold; eco-political art collective Futurefarmers; illustrator and “futurist” Syd Mead, graphic artist and comics author Gary Panter, artist and software designer Casey Reas and photographers Abelardo Morell, Eileen Cowin and William Wegman. Each of the artists have donated works of art to the college; these are displayed in the college’s Shatford Library and Boone Sculpture Garden. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribecenter_img HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Education Mario Ybarra Jr. and SLANGUAGE at Pasadena City College Featuring a performance by Karla Diaz at Center for the Arts Theatre Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | 5:03 pm Business News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

LVR’s Mackenzie, May top opening race on West Kootenay Cross country circuit

first_imgTwo L.V. Rogers runners — Rachel Mackenzie and Micah May — took home the top prize at the opening race of the West Kootenay High School Cross country running season Wednesday in Kaslo.Mackenzie finished the River Run course in a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds to capture the Senior Girls race.Mackenzie edged Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries in Kaslo by just under a minute.Third was Hailee Gerun of LVR.Mia Ida of Trafalgar was fourth followed by Ellie Hewat of Kaslo.May, meanwhile, led a strong LVR contingent to claim the Senior Boys race in a time of 18:57.LVR boys took the top seven spots in the race.The tour shifts to Rossland Wednesday (September 26) for the second stop of the season at the Blackjack Trails.The Kootenay Kramp hosted by LVR is October 3.The West Kootenay Championships will be held at Camp Busk Trails south of Nelson October 17.The Kootenay championships follow the next week before the top runners travel to Prince George to compete in the provincials. Kaslo River Run 2012 ResultsSenior GirlsRachel Mackenzie LVR 18:43Taylor Wilson JVH 19:19Hailee Gerun LVR 21:18Mia Ida Traf 21:27Ellie Hewat JVHMaddy Murphy LVROlivia Sapriken Mt. SentCarilia Horning LVRLynnea Sharelove LVRRebecca Bracewell LVR Jade Bridger LVRChiara Chirico LVRBayley Meisner TrafJoy Motzkus LVRKano Major LVRClaire Young LVRMia Kraus LVRSenior BoysMicah May LVR 18:57Trace Cooke LVR 19:41Walker Dempster LVR 19:51Levi Smith LVR 20:27Cail Spencer LVR 20:38Owen Thurston LVR 20:48Galen Boulanger LVR 21:08Eli Bukowski JVH 21:33Klaten Jackson JVH 21:35Digby Benner LVR 21:37Finn Elliot LVR 21:42Conrad Watt JVH 21:43Levi Stubbe Mt. SentJaiden Martinson LVRRaven Truth LVRNoah Butterfield TrafKaden Foy LVRSam Kuch LVRDale Cushway LVRThiabald Engelbrecht LVRlast_img read more

Half-time: MLS All Stars 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgJohn Terry’s header shortly after the half-hour mark meant Chelsea were on level terms at the interval in Philadelphia.They were trailing to Chris Wondolowski’s 20th-minute goal when Terry netted from Frank Lampard’s corner.The All Stars line-up includes former England captain David Beckham and ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry.And Henry was involved in the opener, latching on to Landon Donavan’s pass and crossing for Wondolowski to slot past keeper Hilario.Chelsea enjoyed a decent spell of pressure following the equaliser, although Henry came close to putting his team back in front when he side-footed over after being found by Beckham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What’s up with the Warriors suspending Jordan Bell vs. Grizzlies?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MEMPHIS — The Warriors (50-23) suspended second-year forward Jordan Bell for Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies (30-44) because of what the team called “conduct detrimental to the team.”“It’s our business; nobody else’s,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ll move on.”The Warriors did not immediately offer any more details on what prompted the …last_img read more

Here’s why Nick Bosa held a grudge against Baker Mayfield

first_imgTwo years ago, a beaten Nick Bosa had to watch Baker Mayfield disrespectfully plant his school’s flag at midfield. On Monday, Bosa exacted some revenge by planting the Browns quarterback onto the Levi’s Stadium turf.Shortly thereafter, the 49ers rookie conducted his own flag ceremony for Mayfield.Nick Bosa remembers what Baker Mayfield did way back when Oklahoma beat Ohio State. #49ers #Browns #CLEvsSF #MNF (🎥 @thecheckdown) pic.twitter.com/PtHF3I5H8S— Peter Panacy (@PeterPanacy) October …last_img read more

The Evil that Men Do: How Bad Governments Create Poverty

first_img(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ideas have consequences.  When societies deny that all men are created equal, the masses suffer, even when surrounded by rich resources.The silent, staring orphans:  Science Magazine tells a chilling account of the aftermath of Nicolas Ceaucescu’s communist regime in Romania.  The dictator wanted to increase the population, so he rewarded childbirth – but not parenting.  Women with fewer than five children were taxed, whether or not they could afford to care for their babies.  As a result, 170,000 newborns were confined to orphanages in a dreadful “experiment in zero parenting,” Eliot Marshall writes.  When U.S. scientists visited an orphanage in Bucharest, they were shocked at what they saw: “many children rocking back and forth while sitting or on all fours, turning their head from side to side, or repeatedly bringing their hand to their face, often slapping themselves.”The “creepiest thing” about the Romanian orphanages and other places where young children suffer chronic neglect is that “they’re quiet,” Pollak says. In most U.S. elementary schools or child care centers, he says, “you hear talking and screaming and crying … it’s just raucous.” But in “an environment where children are not being attended to, there is this kind of dead silence. … Children are learning: ‘Why should I cry, or gesture, or make eye contact if no one is responding?’”Even though many Americans rushed to adopt some of them, the effects on Romania’s youth continue to this day.  Neglected children often develop chronic mental and physical problems, further stressing service organizations.  On the flip side is China, where the decades long forcible “experiment” (its one-child policy) has left a society with an imbalance of restless young men unable to find brides.Pharoah, let my people go:  How did ancient Egypt become a land of slaves building fantastic monuments to dictatorial leaders?  The land of Egypt was rich and fertile, a seeming paradise for egalitarian living.  Stephanie Pappas writes in Live Science about how despots “evolved” in ancient societies, but that’s a misleading use of the term; it actually was a series of bad choices by free people.  She writes how Simon Powers at the University of Lausanne came up with a mathematical model to explain the shift from egalitarianism to despotism.  Whether it actually explains them could be disputed, but he posits that people gradually yielded up their rights to strong leaders who promised them benefits.  As population density grew, he thinks, people had fewer options; a “feedback loop” ensued, that led to more yielding of power for more promises.  In Egypt, surrounded by desert, the people had nowhere else to go; in Peru, leaving the dictator would have required climbing mountains.  Still, those obstacles have not hindered other people groups throughout history, while nations with plenty of space and resources (Russia, China) have also given in to despots.Violence in the bones:  Examination of skeletons from precolonial natives of Colorado shows that the pueblo people went through a period of “brutal fighting” and “cataclysmic levels of violence” about 800 years ago, “with almost every person in the ancient society affected,” according to new research reported by Live Science.  This is strange, considering that “ancient inhabitants further south in New Mexico lived relatively peacefully.”  Anthropologists can only guess why.  Was it population density?  drought?  lack of specialization in social structures?  Whatever happened, the settlements were completely abandoned, leaving scarred bones in the empty houses at Mesa Verde for modern tourists to wonder about.Outside exploitation:  Environmentalists for decades have worried about the loss of Brazilian rainforests, calling for united global action to stop it.  Fred Pearce has a different idea: on New Scientist, he recommends, “Give forests to local people to preserve them.”  He has data to back up the idea that local control increases conservation, because local people have more interest in preserving the resources.  Outsiders, like large logging conglomerates, often enter from the outside to plunder the land, leaving the local people destitute.The best way to protect rainforests is to keep people out, right? Absolutely not. The best way to keep the trees, and prevent the carbon in them from entering the atmosphere, is by letting people into the forests: local people with the legal right to control what happens there.Given the chance, most communities protect rather than plunder their forests, says a new study by the World Resources Institute and Rights and Resources Initiative, both in Washington DC. The forests provide food, water, shelter, medicines and much else….But community-owned forests are often the best-protected. In the Amazon rainforest, deforestation rates in community-owned areas are far lower than outside….“No one has a stronger interest in the health of forests than the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods and culture,” says Andy White of the Rights and Resources Initiative. “It is tragic that this has not yet been fully adopted as a climate change mitigation strategy.”Voting with your feet:  Sid Perkins in Science wrote about other models that try to capture the transition to despotism.  In “The Benefits of Inequality,” he mentions that people can make choices that cannot be reflected in mathematical models:But to be more realistic, the duo’s simulation may need to include more factors, says Kim Sterelny, who studies the evolution of social behavior at Australian National University in Canberra and wasn’t involved in the current work. For example, the benefits of being a leader almost ensure that there would be strong competition (and possibly even conflict) among group members for power. “The [team’s] model idealizes away the costs and inefficiencies of politics,” he suggests. Plus, he notes, the model doesn’t seem to consider the notion that egalitarian members of a group could band together into an “antielite” coalition.One nice aspect of the team’s simulation, Sterelny notes, is that dissatisfied individuals within a group can, in essence, vote with their feet and leave the group: “If dispersal is relatively low cost, leaders cannot afford to be greedy.” Yet the team’s model also helps explain how despots can rise to and retain power: When the costs of switching allegiance to another group or striking out on one’s own are unacceptably high, Powers says, individuals in the group are essentially stuck in the group, left to make the best of a bad situation.Both views seem simplistic.  The cost to America’s founding fathers was high: death.  Yet in pursuit of their ideals that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights, they mutually pledged to one another their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.Terror on a goldmine:  Having local control of resources is not enough.  The right belief system must give the people incentive for peace and prosperity.  For decades, Afghanistan has been a land of blood, terror and inequality toward women and non-Muslims.  It’s tragic, considering how the people there could have a healthy, wealthy society: why? they are sitting on a gold mine of mineral wealth in those cave-ridden, barren mountains: rare earth elements and other resources the world is clamoring for.  Marcia McNutt, Editor-in chief of Science Magazine, thinks science could bring lasting peace by showing the Afghans were the resources are and teaching them the technology to extract them:Data collection was just the start. The Afghan Geological Survey (AGS) was an empty shell of a building. The USGS set about rebuilding the AGS, teaching staff and students modern techniques such as remote sensing, digital data processing, and geophysical techniques through distance-learning methods. With this mentoring, the first woman Afghan scientist joined the ranks of the AGS employees. Together, the USGS and the reconstituted AGS interpreted the hyperspectral data and verified the discoveries with ground truth, converting the information to “treasure maps” for what eventually might be a trillion-dollar payday for Afghanistan.Other resource-rich countries, such as Botswana, Chile, and Norway, provide good models for Afghanistan to emulate in order to avoid the social unrest, graft, corruption, and environmental degradation that can often accompany natural resource development. Important factors contributing to peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life are equitable redistribution of revenues; strong public institutions; and investment in local capacity-building, environmental planning, and transparency.But what if the radical Muslims who control (or strongly influence) the government refuse to be be influenced by these enticements?  What if they don’t want “peace, prosperity, and improved quality of life” but rather make as their primary aim the imposition of Shariah law on everyone?  What if they don’t value transparency, and hate Western science?  By promoting “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “investment” (read: taxes) for “environmental planning” and “strong public institutions,” McNutt has already stepped way outside of science, and has revealed her personal socialist bias (ignoring the fact that the richest country on earth built its institutions—the envy of the world,—on free-market capitalism, natural rights and the rule of law).  The contrast could not be more stark: on one side of the world, entrepreneurs create wealth out of thin air (e.g., information).  On the other side of the globe, a nation sitting on a gold mine languishes in the 7th century, its corrupt political leaders stifling freedom, its religious leaders brandishing machine guns, its teachers teaching hate.Examples could be multiplied: North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba – countries where ideology, corruption or false religion starve the people of their God-given rights.  It’s the Christian west, with its Protestant work ethic, moral values, and fundamental belief in God-given rights, that created the wealthiest, most prosperous societies on earth.  These societies did not “evolve” according to some academic egghead’s mathematical model.  They were intelligently designed by rational and moral beings with the right world view.  Rodney Stark’s books have a lot to say about this.  Sadly, human potential has been corrupted since sin entered the world, and violence has been the lot of man since the firstborn child, Cain, murdered his brother.It’s interesting to watch leftist PC bias pop up in the science journals.  McNutt clearly let her slip show on her left leg, with references to “equitable redistribution of revenues” and “strong public institutions.”  In the article on Romania, Eliot Marshall had a lot to say about the importance of “parenting” but you can look in vain for the words mother or father.We end with a quote from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  For those in China, Romania, Afghanistan: take the blinders off, and let these self-evident truths burn in their brilliance in your mind’s eye.  You don’t have to suffer under dictators any longer.  You were created equal to Bill Gates or Donald Trump.  You were given gifts in your body and mind.  You’re walking on a treasure chest of a planet.  You have a God who loves you, and a Savior who died for you.  You don’t need a scientist with a mathematical model.  You need a Reformation of your world view, and then the Spirit of ’76.last_img read more

Farmers can fight rural hunger in Ohio with Invest An Acre

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even though America’s farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world, hunger is still a significant problem in America. Nearly 15% of all rural households are regularly without food – that’s around 3 million households in the very communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised. In addition, one out of every six people goes hungry regularly in the United States.The American farmer is the heart of rural America and that’s why it is no surprise that farmers have stepped up to fight hunger in their own communities with the Invest An Acre program.The Invest An Acre program gives farmers the opportunity to donate the revenue from their crops to a local food bank in their community. To help in this effort Monsanto will match donations made by farmers to make twice the difference.One of the beneficiaries of this program is The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. During their most recent fiscal year, The Mid-Ohio Food Bank distributed 62 million pounds of food, nearly half of that being fresh food, to their 20 county territory throughout central and eastern Ohio.“The Invest An Acre program started 3 years ago with the focus of grain farmers donating money at the elevator when they sold their product,” said Jami Willard, the Agriculture Acquisition Representative for The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. “Over time it has morphed into a National program where rural community members and agricultural professionals can also donate online and those funds will be matched with a donation by Monsanto. That money is then put to use right back in the zip code where it was given to alleviate local hunger.”How do farmers get involved?Farmers simply need to bring their crops to a local ADM elevator and let the elevator operator know that they’d like to participate in the Invest an Acre program and 100% of the donated proceeds go to Feeding America to buy food for local food banks. To date, over 5.1 million meals have been raised through the Invest An Acre program.Donations may also be made online at InvestanAcre.org.last_img read more

AgTube: Crop Insurance – The Risk Pool

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Crop insurance is like other kinds of insurance. The more people it covers, the more people there are to shoulder risk. And the more people there are shoulder risk, the cheaper coverage is for everyone. Remove participants, and things get riskier…and more expensive.last_img

Rules Based Companies and Values Based Companies – Episode 104

first_imgUnited Airlines forcibly removed a passenger when they needed 4 seats to move their flight attendants. They followed the rules, and the rules were greater than their values. This is evidence of a cultural challenge.last_img