Celebration Nation!

Today, we celebrate!  Barack Hussein Obama is going to be our new President here in the United States.  The impact of this election is felt around the world as people from every imaginable background celebrate this hopeful new turning. Marking the end of the Bush Era that has caused such damage and pain and leaves a massive legacy of violence in so many forms–human, environmental, and economical– in its wake.

However, we have a long way to go. Obama currently supports nuclear power and “clean coal” (which is an oxymoron.) He is beholden to a whole lot of people with big pocketbooks. He is inheriting one heck of a mess, as well as stepping into a political system that is filled with corruption. This is only the first step in what will be a long and challenging journey. True Democracy demands an active citizenry. Are we ready and willing to step up our involvement or will this just be the excuse we were looking for to go back to saying, “We did our part.” As in past tense– don’t need to do anything else.

In Claifornia, Prop 2, which made important and vital changes to how Farm Animals are treated PASSED! Another reason to celebrate! I was a part of promoting this proposition and I am so happy that it passed. Sadly, Prop 8 passed as well, stripping away the rights of people who happen to deeply love and respect someone of the same sex from marrying. We continue to live on the edge of such possibility and beauty, and at the same time such ignorance and violence.

Today, we celebrate one giant leap for America and humankind. We, also, grieve and say prayers for how much further we still have to go.

May this be an ushering in of a new era where even more of us role up our sleeves, reach across perceived boundaries, and get to work at healing this world of us (and yes I mean “us” not just “ours.”)


julia b

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  1. Let’s hope for the best. I think that, since there’s still so much to do, celebrations can wait. However Obama’s election sure seems a good sign.

  2. I apologize before hand, but, I still don’t see any difference or hope on this. Repu or Demo are to branches from the same rotten tree. I bet you this, if our poppulation weren’t so entretained with superbowls.. and misinformed, and had all the facts at hand about, Constitution, real economics,and what is really happening while we pay taxes, we would be so pissed off that everybody would be out on the streets, saying “Non of the options presented are real solutions, we are not voting just to vote, we will stop paying taxes and vote until, we get real leaders and all of our money back”. Don’t we get it, as long as vote for DEM or REP, the system(matrix) is happy, is an illusion to keep us busting our backs, subisdizing their lifestiles, greed and mediocrity. Agh, I could go for hours, but I am tired.

    Anyway, in his victory speech, I think that Obama, said ” And to thos who are destroying the world, We will crush them”

    Hmm, here we go again, sounds familiar?!

    Please!, somebody tell me I heard wrong, and that I just got this all mixed up!

    Anyway, these are interesting times, good politics at play…

    Camilo Pool

  3. Here’s another perspective from a friend to the north. It’s important to identify the source of hope, and to savor this time because of what has been accomplished — i.e. the values that have been affirmed, and those that have been rejected, by the majority of American voters. It’s not just about whether one is optimistic or pessimistic about whether Obama will deliver the goods. Part of that depends on us, and how we all help him do the right thing from here forward.

    I can’t say it any better than the talk I heard yesterday, which also happens to mention the hope that Julia has given us. It starts out by saying that by this election…

    “The world became reacquainted with hope. We keep hope hidden away in the deep recesses of our psyches until we perceive that it is safe enough to let it come out. It’s like oxygen for our soul. We cannot live without it, but we are afraid to breathe too deeply of it. It can hurt to breathe too deeply. Then, every once in awhile somebody comes along and is willing to embody hope on behalf of humanity: JFK; Martin Luther King; Rachel Carson; Dian Fossey; Julia Butterfly Hill; Nelson Mandela; Bishop Tutu; and now Barack Obama. The lungs of our heart open; tears flow. Hope, the exiled virtue, returns home.”

    “Dare we hope for peace in the same way? Will we join in the refrain of the world: “Yes, we can!” when it comes to putting flesh on hope as the presence of peace in the world? It is important to be able to distinguish between the election of Barack Obama as a symbol of collective hope and Barack Obama, the man – a distinction not lost on him. What got him elected is, for me, the real source of hope – a grassroots citizen movement of 10’s of millions of people, the likes of which has never been seen before in the history of American elections, with a singular intention to realize a common goal.”

    “Young, disenfranchised men and women finally found a reason finally to get involved in civic society – to knock on doors, make telephone calls, be a presence at the polling stations. The mobilization of citizens with common purpose, believing that all things are possible, is the true source of hope. Barack Obama possessed the skills, the frame of mind, and the inclination to realize that the miracle couldn’t happen without the people – that is his genius. He galvanized a vision of a better America. But the future will be determined, not by a single man, but by the ongoing commitment of those millions of people, in the U.S., in Canada, and around the world, who are willing to believe that all things are possible. And this alone is the source of our hope for peace.”

    This was actually part a Remembrance Day sermon on peace — here’s the link:

  4. Hi Julia, google Tane Mahuta, Waipoua Forest, South Hokianga, NZ. Tane Mahuta is an ancient kauri tree named after the Maori god of the Forest.

    I enjoy your poetry. I’ll come back and visit.

    mauri ora

  5. I think that Pres-Elect Obama has a greater problem with respect to global warming. Many of our earlier environmental issues had relatively inexpensive, transparent, plug-in solutions (e.g., substitutes already existed for lead, DDT, and CFCs when they were banned). We do not have easy cheap energy storage devices that would allow an quick and inexpensive transition to an all-renewable electric grid. The carbon issue will likely be much thornier and require partial solutions that nobody will acclaim.

  6. I was 11 years old when you experienced your tree sit. I was interested because I grew up in Portland OR, where tree hugging is not only cool, but a passtime for kids. I spent days and days up in towering pine trees; just for fun. I also felt an interest from spending alotof my childhood in the Sierra Nevada Mt.range. I only recently read your book, despite years of curiosity.I’m glad I waited, because I think I was just the right age to read it and really understand what you were attempting tocommunicate and the emotions that were both physical and spiritual. Also, old enough to see an eerie similarity to myself. Just as many people have already bombarded you with thank yous,I have one too. Thank you for showing myself in particular that it’s not only okay to live truly, but it’s the right thing to do.
    With respect to this particular entry, I watched the cheering and hugging after the victory speech, and was amazed to think “This is how politics will bedone now.”
    I feel alittle silly posting this. I don’t write “fan” mail.

  7. Hey Samantha! Beautiful statement, “Thank you for showing myself in particular that it’s not only okay to live truly, but it’s the right thing to do.” May we all have the continuing courage to continuously live true to our truest selves!

  8. I’m an environmentalist and I voted for Obama because of his support for nuclear power. I don’t see any other solution to our energy problem that doesn’t destroy the environment in the process.

    Wind and solar can’t produce enough energy to make a dent, and they do a proportionally large amount of damage to workers and the environment (proportional to the amount of energy produced).

    Coal, oil, and gas are obviously terrible polluters. Hydro requires damming and drowning large areas, and most sites are already in use.

    Nuclear produces only solid waste, in relatively small amounts, which can be stored safely in the Earth’s crust, like other naturally radioactive materials.

    Every year, the ash spewed into the air by coal power plants in the US alone contains more than 150 times as much radioactivity as was released in the Three Mile Island incident, which is the worst nuclear accident we’ve ever had. Nuclear is much, much better than coal, both for people and for the environment.

  9. Those who support nuclear break my heart. There is huge amounts of proof that nuclear has been leaking and polluting for many, many years. Not to mention that energy-reduction policies are what we need, and would reduce the need for yet more destructive ways of producing energy. And nuclear is deadly, and its waste is deadly, and using it, means that we are handing off our responsibility to future generations to deal with. We are poisoning today and into the future. If you support nuclear, go build your house on top of a nuclear waste dump. There is huge amounts of proof that nuclear is toxic, deadly, expensive, and bad policy and there are numerous groups with the research and data to back this up. And there is a huge amount of proof that if we truly call ourselves environmentalists, we need to pushing for energy reduction on all fronts– not the building of deadly and toxic reactors or coal or hyrdo or petroleum.


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