Thursday, March 27, 2014

WISE WOMEN MEDIA for March 28th, 2014--SPECIAL GUEST TAYE BEASLEY, Performance Artist and Dancer


Photo by James Geiger.
This week's SPECIAL GUEST is Taye Beasley, a fabulous Performance Artist and Dancer. Looking forward to having an engaging conversation with her and finding out all about how her art is helping communities and bringing people together.

We are broadcasting LIVE on Friday night, March 28th, 2014 at 10PM EDT. Just follow the link below. If you miss the LIVE BROADCAST use the same link to get to the archived show later:


During the LIVE BROADCAST you can call in to speak with Taye or interact with us in the CHAT ROOM and submit your questions or comments there. 

CALL IN # is: (213) 816-0357

TAYE’S BIO: Shawnetta "TayeTheArti$t" Beasley. 22. Baltimore, MD Native. By Way Of Atlanta And The Carolinas. Dancer/Visual Artist. Currently Residing Back In Baltimore. I've Been Dancing And Drawing Since I Was 4. Always Had A Pencil And Some Paper And Kept On My Ballet Shoes. I Started Doin Ballet At A Young Age. Shhhh Lol. I've Been All Over The East Coast And Down South Dancing/Performing. Last Year, My Artwork Started Getting Recognition From Celebrities (Christina Milian, Trinidad James, Swizz Beatz, Siya, Daniel Gibson, K. Michelle, Sage The Gemini, Chonkie F Tutz, Kida Burns, Scooter Smiff, And Alot More!)

Watch a performance by Taye here:


Photo at ART 2 ACTION/VETERANS OPEN MIC Event at Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse in Tampa, FL.
Taye is on the far right, I am the short one in the middle.
Photo by James Geiger.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WISE WOMEN MEDIA for March 21, 2014--SPECIAL GUEST, Joy Towles Ezell and Florida’s Water Crisis

Lake with Fog at the Lake House, Lutz, Florida. Photo by Anita Stewart.

We will be broadcasting a pre-recorded interview with Joy Towles Ezell on Friday, 3/21/14 at 10PM EDT.

For tonight's show we welcome SPECIAL GUEST, Joy Towles Ezell an expert on all sorts of environmental concerns here in Florida to include our ongoing water crisis. 

Corresponding with WORLD WATER DAY on March 22nd, Joy and I will be discussing some of Florida's water issues that you may have heard about in the mainstream media and probably a few more that few of us have heard about and that never made it into the news. Don't miss this show!

***If you have questions for my guest (since this is not a live broadcast), email them to me at anitastewart@gmail.com with QUESTION in caps on the subject line. I will ask the questions during the interview.

LINK TO THE SHOW and the ARCHIVED SHOW (after the broadcast): 



JOY’S BIO: Joy Towles Ezell is an active environmentalist, environmental activist, community organizer, and pollution fighter. She is the founder and leader of local environmental groups: HOPE (Help Our Polluted Environment) In Taylor County, FL and Friends of the Fenholloway River, and is one of the founders of TRUE – Taylor Residents United for the Environment, now serving as Vice-Chair. She is also one of the founders of the Environmental Alliance of North Florida – EANoF, and now serves as Vice-chair. She is the President of the Florida League of Conservation Voters and is co-chair of Floridians Against Incinerators In Disguise. 

Her son, Trey, encouraged her to try to get the badly polluted Fenholloway River cleaned up. Trey would say every time they crossed the river, "Mom, make them clean that nasty river up." He was killed in a tragic automobile accident in 1991, so thereafter Joy has dedicated her
life to working towards cleaning up the pulp mill pollution of the only industrial-classified river in Florida. With the help of supporters, friends, and allies, Joy has challenged Procter & Gamble/Buckeye to improve their environmental practices in order to one day restore the once-beautiful Fenholloway River, the Floridan Aquifer, and the Gulf of Mexico. The local newspaper referred to Joy and HOPE as "armed radical environmental terrorists"; her quick response was "Yes, armed with the truth, radical...maybe a little for here, environmentalist, YES, and terrorist, well...,the only one we’ve ever terrorized is the PR guy from the mill – and he deserves it!

She has appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes, in CNN’s award-winning features on pulp mill pollution: The Smell of Money, and What Price White Paper? and in the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Clean Up The World feature stories. The community’s story was told in the book Soap Opera, written by Alecia Swazy, and in The War Against the Greens and in Blue Frontier by David Helvarg.

She has spoken at Earth Day in Washington, D.C., has testified before Congress on the Clean Water Act, has testified and entered written comments and testimony at many state and EPA hearings on environmental health, dioxin, chlorine use, pollution, and water issues, and has participated in national, regional, and state dioxin and health-related meetings since 1988. In July, 2006, she spoke at the National Academy of Sciences’ Dioxin Briefing, and spoke on the briefing on an NPR report.

The P&G/Buckeye pulp mill issue was featured in CNN’s environmental award-winning feature story What Price White Paper, and in National Geographic magazine. Joy has helped to interest the public in the issue by being in several public television feature stories, on local and state television and radio feature and news programs, and in many newspaper articles in Florida, the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

She has maintained web sites and listserves to enlighten the public and as a resource for others to use regarding chlorine use in pulp and paper mills, the latest of which is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HopeForCleanWater/ As additional issues have arisen in her home community, she has worked with the Citizens Against the Bombing Range, and has created and maintained list serves such as http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SaveTaylorCountyFloridaResidents/ which is concerned with the proposed siting of the military missile test site/bombing range and a coal-fired power plant in her home community of Perry, Florida.

Joy serves on the Advisory Board for the Chlorine Free Products Association/IMPACT Environmental Education Foundation and on the Florida Clean Water Action Vote Environment PAC Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation and of the Gulf Restoration Network. She was elected in 2007 to the Taylor County Soil & Water Conservation Board for a four-year term.

Joy has collaborated with groups and organizations as diverse as the:
Southeast Clean Water Network
National Clean Water Network
Natural Resources Defense Council
Environmental Health Network
National Dioxin Action Group
Citizens Clearinghouse on Hazardous Waste
Health Care Without Harm
Greenpeace
Friends of the Earth
Center for Marine Conservation
EarthJustice
Union of Concerned Scientists
GreenWave
Sierra Club
EarthShare, Inc.
Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc.
Association for Birth Defect Children, Inc.
Center for Information on Toxicology
& the Environment
Gulf Coast Environmental Defense
Clean Harbors
Gulf Restoration Network
Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation
Citizens Health & Environmental Justice
Conservatree
Chlorine-Free Products Association
Dioxin Litigation Group
Tulane Environmental Law Center
BassMaster Bass Anglers Sportsman Society
Trout Unlimited
Florida & National Wildlife Federations
Big Bend Climate Action Team
National Academy of Sciences
Mendocino Environmental Center
OMB Watch
Organized Fishermen of Florida
RiverKeepers
The Dogwood Alliance
Southern Organizing Committee
for Economic & Social Justice
Save Our Suwannee
Florida NOW
Florida Panhandle Citizens Coalition
Gulf of Mexico Program
South Peace Environmental Association
Edmonton Friends of the North
The International Joint Commission
on the Great Lakes
Women’s Environment Education
Development Foundation (Toronto)
Women’s Environmental Network (London)
Florida Consumer Action Program
Tall Timbers Research Station
U.S. and Florida Public Interest
Research Groups
WorldWatch Institute
World Wildlife Fund
Florida Organic Grower& Consumers, Inc.
Clean Water Action
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice.
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Tallahassee Clean Energy
No Coal Coalition

She has served on the Board of Trustees of North Florida Community College, the Taylor Soil & Water Conservation Board, the Taylor Agricultural Advisory Committee. Joy was the President of the Florida
CattleWomen, Inc., is a Lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and is a member of the Florida Cracker Cattle Breeders’Association. She has been honored with the Century Pioneer Farm Family Award and a Florida Forest Stewardship Award.

In her professional life in the 1970’s and early 1980’s FMC Agricultural Chemicals and Ciba-Geigy Ag Chemicals employed her (before her realization and transformation into an active environmentalist). Ever since then she has campaigned against the use and misuse of toxic pesticides. She worked as a fund-raiser and Florida Director for EarthShare, Inc.

Joy is as an organic farmer and rancher; was employed in the Marketing Division of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, worked as the Wholesale Southern Sales Territory Manager for Smith & Hawken, and was named the "Employee of the Quarter" by Smith & Hawken for the 4th quarter of 2004. She now works as the Eastern sales manager for Sandvik/Bahco/Snap-On Tools.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM EPA/DEP MEETINGS ON 3/11/14 IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

DENY THE PERMIT! Floridians do not want oil drilling or fracking here. It won't repair our economy and it won't bring us jobs. It will destroy life as we know it. The oil spills and accidents happening everywhere are examples of why it should not be done. What I find remarkable is that an administration that is plunking down millions of taxpayer dollars to restore the Everglades is willing to turn over this precious land and water to be fracked. The water, the soil and the wildlife will be destroyed and these crimes will have an unknown impact on humans as well. Safety is another big issue; is evacuation of the residents the only plan now that TOTAL SAFETY (company) is out of the picture? What about open flaring, explosions, sinkholes, leaked gas, toxic fracking injection chemicals? The transport of oil, crude, natural gas, and extraction chemicals is just by itself, as dangerous and the accidents are happening almost daily now wherever fracking exists. The citizens are left with the mess and the responsibility for the clean up--IF they are not injured, sick, evacuated or dead first! Lac Megantic, Quebec is an example of this very thing when a transport train blew up, burning 300 buildings in the town, killing 47 and injuring many more. Five (5) of the dead were vaporized, their skeletal remains were never found. 
Do we want this same situation for Florida? 
Is it really all about the money? 
If you GOOGLE "oil drilling accidents" you will get 4,700,000 entries.
If you GOOGLE "fracking accicents" you will get 452,000 entries.
Even our WARS are for OIL.
These processes are NOT SAFE!
DENY THE PERMIT!
KEEP THE OIL IN THE SOIL!
ENERGY ALTERNATIVES NOW!

Anita Stewart
Hillsborough County Soil and Water, Seat 5
(Public comments made at the EPA/DEP Meeting in Naples, Florida on 3/11/14)
Fractivists at Golden Gate Community Center in Naples, Florida on March 11, 2014
Fractivists at Golden Gate Community Center in Naples, Florida on March 11, 2014. Photo by Anita Stewart.

Friday, March 14, 2014

WISE WOMEN MEDIA for March 14th, 2014--MIC CHECK and Cosmic Happenings with Anita Stewart and Gwen Barry!


ANNOUNCEMENT: My apologies to our listeners last night, we had a DDOS attack/hack last night during the show. Gwen and I were finally able to get underway about 38 minutes into the program. So if you listen to the archive, slide the player up to 38 minutes to hear the very beginning our gabfest, we had fun talking for almost 2 hours! Before that, BlogTalkRadio had some very cool jazz music!

Again, apologies and we will be back next week with a great program! My guest will be Joy Towles Ezell and we will be discussing the critical issues with Florida's Water.

The link to last night's show is here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2014/03/15/wise-woman-media-for-31414-anita-gwens-mic-check-cosmic-happenings

*******
We broadcast LIVE on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 10PM EDT.


(Use the same link to get to the archived show after the live broadcast.)

Join us in the CHAT ROOM, call in or email your questions to anitastewart@gmail.com
Call in number is (213) 816-0357

Tonight's show will be a lively conversation with Anita Stewart & Gwen Barry! We will cover SPRING, the current Cardinal Grand Cross in the sky, the upcoming Ostara Esbat, Politics and of course, the Newsworthy Stories of the day. No topic is taboo!

See you on the radio! Remember, it's just a conversation!




Monday, March 10, 2014

LIVEBLOGGING AT THIS LINK FROM THE EPA MEETING IN NAPLES RE: FRACKING IN FLORIDA ON 3/11/14!



COMPLETE INFO ABOUT THE EPA & DEP MEETINGS IN NAPLES FLORIDA:

U.S. EPA PUBLIC HEARING:

KEEP THE FRACK OUT OF FLORIDA WATER

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014, 4:00PM-8:30PM

Golden Gate Community Center Auditorium

4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116

contact: STONECRAB ALLIANCE @ FACEBOOK or dwyerka@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/660833463978584/

The EPA Hearing is scheduled for MARCH 11. SAVE THE DATE! 4:00-8:30PM. We need you and all of Florida to join us to create critical mass; how many show up will determine what the EPA does. Save our water and our Everglades from dirty drilling by urging the federal EPA to deny the Class II wastewater injection well permit. To speak or submit comments, email Mcmanus.Fred@epa.gov

Oil drilling is more than an environmental issue. It is a human rights issue. Extreme extraction violates the most basic of all human rights – access to clean water and clean air. 

The drilling we’re trying to stop is only 1000 feet from homes in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed, a critical recharge area in the western Everglades. Each well is permitted to use 5 million gallons of water per month. Unlike agricultural water, the drilling water cannot be recycled or reused; it is permanently polluted and must be injected into the boulder zone. Given the worldwide water scarcity and annual water restrictions in South Florida, it is criminal to permit the oil industry to destroy so much fresh water.

Did you know that once the drilling permit is issued, industry is free to extract oil any way they’d like. They can acid or hydraulically frack any time and they don’t have to tell us. They don’t even have to submit a new permit because extreme extraction is perfectly legal in Florida. Did you know the oil industry can use secret chemicals in unknown concentrations, the exact formulas hidden by trade secret laws that violate the public’s right to know. Did you know that one well can use 11,000 gallons of chemicals—everything from benzene, a known carcinogen, to hydrofluoric acid, a corrosive that eats bone, steel, and rock. And did you know flowback can be radioactive and contain strontium, a heavy metal that no amount of regulation or disclosure can ever make safe.

A decision in favor of the Dan A. Hughes Company could open a floodgate of more drilling on the 115,000 acres they leased for oil exploration that includes large portions of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand State Forest, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, with some of the last old-growth cypress in Florida. Add to this another 350,000 acres Collier Resources just leased for seismic testing in the Big Cypress. This is not vacant land, but public land in the heart of the 30-year, 13-billion Everglades Restoration Project that protects native wildlife and vital watersheds. The Everglades is a national treasure on par with the Grand Canyon. Florida’s water and Everglades are far more valuable than oil. They’re our lifeblood, fueling everything from agriculture to our multi-billion dollar tourist industry. Extreme extraction is not safe. Not here. Not anywhere. Ask Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia—the frontlines for fracking and injection wells.

Florida is still suffering from the worst oil disaster on record. Floridians know, accidents happen. Over time, pipes leak. Injected fluids, surface. And, as the BP disaster shows, even cement casings fail. Because it only takes one incident to taint or even ruin a community’s aquifer, drilling and injection wells are not in the public interest.

Now is the time to preserve our air and our water that keeps us alive. Now is the time to create a sustainable future. 

So join us, March 11, in Naples and bring as many people as you can. This is an URGENT REQUEST. The federal EPA is flying in for a hearing that could decide the fate of Florida water and open the door to Everglades drilling. It’s time to show just how strong opposition is to Everglades oil drilling and how serious we are about keeping Florida’s water clean. We need you at the hearing to say “NO” to the injection well. March 11. Clean water not dirty drilling. Hope to see you!

AGENDA:

BRIEF PRE-RALLY (3:45)

EPA INFORMATIONAL MEETING (4-6PM)

EPA PUBLIC HEARING (6:30-8:30PM)

Come and go as you please. We will be there the entire time. Please note that the EPA has also invited the FDEP, FWC, and the Dan A. Hughes, Co.

REMEMEMBER, if you’d like to speak, email requests to McManus.Fred@epa.gov Fred McManus, Chief, Ground Water and UIC Sections. Feel free to submit written comments as well.

Contact us if you’d like housing. We plan to have a cookie table and a very informal afterparty; if you like to bake, bring some homemade cookies to make us strong. 

WHAT: Citizens Oppose Injection Well at U.S. EPA Public Hearing

WHO: Stone Crab Alliance Sierra Club, Conservancy, Green Peace, Food and Water Watch, Environment Florida, Floridians for Clean Water, Indian Riverkeepers, Gulf Restoration Network, Re-Think Energy Florida and concerned citizens

WHERE: Golden Gate Community Center Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 11, Information Meeting 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Public Hearing 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This would take away Home Rule.. Cities and counties would have no say in what happens to it's environment. Please call your state representatives to SAY NO to this Bill. http://www.1000friendsofflorida.org/2014-florida-legislative-session/hb-703/

Let's take a minute to Thank Clovis Watson Jr. for his No Vote!!! clovis.watson@myfloridahouse.gov or phone 352-264-4001.

March to Governor Scott's home in Naples, Florida on 8/31/13

LIVEBLOGGING STARTS HERE AFTER 4PM EST ON TUESDAY 3/11/14

OPEN COMMENTS TO SEE LATEST LIVEBLOGGING!

Internet was sketchy, could do a few entries and then LIVEBLOGGING had to cease as I had no access. Comments are noted below:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

FRACKING IN FLORIDA--WE MUST STOP IT BEFORE IT STARTS!

Photo by Anita Stewart

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140306202519-17238257-fracking-in-florida-we-must-stop-it-before-it-starts?published=t

Nothing could be more intrusive and detrimental to Florida's water and our environment than Fracking. For those of you that DO NOT KNOW what Fracking is, it is the process of hydraulic fracturing of the rock below the earth's surface in order to capture the natural gas that lies below. There are many methods to execute this process; here in Florida ACID FRACKING and HORIZONTAL FRACKING will be the methods used according to the current plans. The first exploratory well will be 1000 feet from a residence.

FRACKING IN FLORIDA will be in or contiguous to the Everglades, the last Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge, and State Parks. Also, of even greater importance, the Aquifers and Watersheds are included in all of those locales mentioned above. The Aquifers and Watersheds are integral parts of our state's fresh water supplies and waterways and all of them are interconnected. To Frack in these areas will cause the permanent poisoning of Florida's fresh water supplies.

It must be noted that the wastewater and the extraction chemicals that will be used will result in the poisoning of our state's precious fresh water supply. Recently our state has begun a multi -- million dollar Everglades Restoration Project to be paid for by Floridians. So for our government to allow the Fracking to commence will result in a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/13/epa-everglades-cleanup-880-million_n_1594079.html

The EPA Meeting is scheduled for March 11th, 2014 at the Golden Gate Estates near Naples, Florida. Floridians: concerned citizens, legislators, activists need to FILL THE ROOM! More info can be found at the following Facebook Event Page. Please forward the link to all concerned parties and RSVP if you will be in attendance:
https://www.facebook.com/events/660833463978584/

Email McManus.Fred@epa.gov if you will be attending and would like to record the meeting or make a public comment.

See more about Florida's Clean Water Declaration:
http://www.wewantcleanwater.com/

TO GET TO THE ARCHIVED WISE WOMEN MEDIA RADIO SHOW WITH KAREN DWYER, PHD ON FRACKING IN FLORIDA: 
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/here-be-monsters/2014/03/01/wise-woman-media-22814-special-guest-karen-dwyer-on-fracking-in-florida

Also see: http://www.handsacrossthesand.com

Anita Stewart
Hillsborough County Soil and Water Board, Seat 5

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WISE WOMEN MEDIA for March 7th, 2014--SPECIAL GUEST--TRUTH JOURNALIST AND REPORTER, SUSANNE POSEL

THIS SHOW WAS CANCELLED AT THE LAST MINUTE DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ON FEBRUARY 21ST, 2014.

IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7TH, 2014, 10PM EST.


WE WILL LIVE BROADCAST ON FRIDAY, March 7th, 2014 at 10PM EST.
GUEST CALL-IN #
(213) 816-0357
CLICK THIS LINK TO GET TO THE SHOW: 

ABOUT SUSANNE: 
Susanne Posel is a globally syndicated independent journalist.

In November 2011, she launched Occupy Corporatism, a headline news website that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to and frequently-cited websites on the Internet.

In 2012, she became a globally syndicated radio host; and that same year, she joined Vinny Eastwood in the creation of REAL Guerilla Media, an aggregator site that spotlights independent media journalists, radio hosts, activists and documentary filmmakers.

In 2013, she joined the i-Heart Radio family of broadcasters.

In 2014, Susanne Posel began a news media agency with phase 1 of the project completed with the publication on The US Independent; an online newspaper that joins together journalists, broadcasters, whistle blowers and professional experts to bring the media consumer in depth information. The US Independent stands of the original journalistic model of honesty and integrity in reporting fact-based news.

Susanne Posel is one of the most integral research journalists and sought after radio guests in media. She is the author of over 5,000 original headline news articles.

See more at: #OccuCorporatism #US_Independent #susanneposel #HARDLINE #headlines #noncompliance  

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