Declaration of Independence

American flagby Sarah at ProgressiveKid

Two hundred and thirty-two years ago today, our forefathers, supported and counseled by our wise and steadfast foremothers, declared in a moving and revolutionary document their independence from the tyranny of a colonial rule without representation and began the effort to design a radically new type of government founded on the principle that all men, and regretfully only men and not quite all of them, are created equal and that government should be of, by, and for the people. Since that time, our most wise and courageous ancestors, including among numerous others Chief Sealth, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., César Chavez, and Rachel Carson, have with equal elegance asserted additional essential truths about the value of people of all colors and races and both genders, about our brother and sister animals, and about the forests and mountains and rivers of our nation. But today, we, the descendants of these people of vision and principle, have lost our way and stoop on the edge of moral decay, spiritual ignorance, and self-destruction. Continue reading

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Turn and Face the Strange Changes

Parents Facing Climate Change

by Julie at ProgressiveKidfluorescent lightbulb

Now that the mainstream media have finally acknowledged climate change as a newsworthy topic, still not as pressing as the minutiae of Britney Spears’ tragicomic personal life, but worth covering nonetheless, the precarious state of our home planet is on peoples’ minds these days more than ever. For parents, especially ones with active imaginations, the future is more than an abstract mental projection shrouded in a fog of anxiety. For those of us who have educated ourselves about the current and probable future realities of climate change, imagining life for our children and their children is fearful territory. Continue reading