“Planting a vegetable garden beside a road is no longer a fineable action in Los Angeles.
In a major victory for TED speaker Ron Finley, otherwise known as the renegade gardener of South Central, the Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 on Tuesday to allow the planting of vegetable gardens in unused strips of city land by roads. The council is opting to waive the enforcement of a city law that requires sidewalks and curbs to be “free of obstruction” in the case of vegetable gardens designed for community use. The city will stop enforcing this law immediately.
On the TED2013 stage, Finley described getting a citation for planting a vegetable garden on his curb.
“I live in a food desert, South Central Los Angeles, home of the drive-thru and the drive-by,” he said. “So what I did, I planted a food forest in front of my house. It was on a strip of land called a parkway. It’s 150 feet by 10 feet. Thing is, it’s owned by the city. And somebody complained. The city came down on me, and basically gave me a citation saying that I had to remove my garden, and the citation was turning into a warrant. And I’m like ‘Come on, really? A warrant for planting food on a piece of land that you could care less about?’”
After getting the citation, Finley circulated a petition. And the number of signatures he collected made an impact on Council President Herb Wesson. Last week, after two more urban gardeners were issued citations, Wesson raised the motion to amend the ”Residential Parkway Landscaping Guidelines” and stop fining for vegetable gardens. Many of his fellow council members agreed. As councilman Mike Bonin put it to the Los Angeles Daily News, “We deal with a lot of big issues, but this is one that helps shape community character.”
Finley himself was very happy with the change, and that he got a personal shout-out during the council session. ”I was pretty elated. It’s beautiful,” he tells the TED Blog. “It goes to show that one person can make a difference.”
His next battle: pushing for more vacant lots to be turned into community vegetable gardens, so people can learn the self-sufficiency of growing their own food. “It shouldn’t be abnormal,” says Finley.
This cat is a REVOLUTIONARY get to it LA!
Whoop whoop! My city puttin it down!!!
Excavator has made of wood and syringe [video]
Not electricity! but Air and Pressure. genius!
Somebody get this kid all the scholarships.
But if he gets them, watch some C- ass White kids bleat about Affirmative Action.
This is the most accurate model yet of what DNA looks like
This is a stunning 3D map that shows how six feet of of DNA can be crammed inside a single chromosome — a space that’s only a hundredth of a millimeter across. Not surprisingly, it looks like something that would go well with meatballs.
Chromosomes, those packages of genetic material found in our cells, were discovered way back in the late 1800s, but scientists have struggled to understand the exact way DNA molecules fold into them across three-dimensions. But a new study conducted by researchers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts Medical school has resulted in the world’s first comprehensive model of the 3D organization of condensed human chromosomes.
What’s more sadly ironic than widespread hunger in the borough that handles most of the City’s food processing and transportation?
Despite being home to the Hunts Point Distribution Center, the central point through which a majority of NYC’s food is taken before it reaches retailers, the Bronx is fighting a food insecurity epidemic affecting over a third of its residents, and almost half of its children.
I disagree with the idea that people who are prejudiced are not motivated by “personal gain”. It is not necessarily money that motivates them, though. The personal gain they get out of it may be the psychological ego boost in knowing that there are people they are morally superior to.
Worldwide, almost all medications have a brand name that remains patent protected for 20 years, meaning the patent holder is the sole manufacturer and distributor. That allows the holder to charge more for it. When drugs go generic (for example, Tylenol to acetaminophen), anyone can make them and the price tends to drop, meaning company profits drop, too. But the companies keep the brand names, and insist they be used wherever they can, because they know people tend to trust brand names more, even when there is no difference from the generic.
Others can argue whether drug companies’ profit margins actually serve the public interest or enrich their shareholders, but that’s not my quarrel here. The patent protections can stay in place. The dual-name regime shouldn’t.
A couple of tech developers are working on a project to circulate information about anti-trans violence across the country, and they need your help to do it.
The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal will be a centralized place for information about anti-trans violence, including data about open cases, trends and spikes over time, and news updates. It would be the first website of its kind to achieve such a purpose — but only if its creators can raise $3,500.
Here’s some of what you can expect, taken from the project’s website:
We believe…. That is how this project started. So here are some parameters that we hope to be able to provide in that dream that can bring about a tool for everyone.
- Start / End Date
- Victims Name, Age, Ethnicity, Gender identity
- City, County, State, Province and Country Demographics
- Suspect(s), Trial Date(s), Trial Outcomes, Sentences of the Perpetrator
- Outstanding cases with NO Suspect(s)
- Verified Information Type: News Article, Blog, Advocacy Site, LGBTQ Site and more
- Total Number of Committed Murders, Acts of Violence, Suicides that were reported based on date range
- Total Number of Verified Cases, Total number of Unverified Cases, Total Number of Cases Currently being investigated.
And even when you can get ALL that data available at your fingertips, our site intends to do even more!
- Automated feeds to individuals who sign up for alerts of violence within our community based on what type of violence or updates that happen on any given case regarding arrests, suspects, or other confirmed news.
- All articles that have been linked to a specific article type (News Article, Blog, Advocacy Site, LGBTQ Site and more)
- Monthly published statistics reports, including the total number of:
- Reported Committed Murders
- Reported Acts of Violence
- Reported Suicides within the past 30 days
- Open, Pending Verification and Closed Cases
This is such an incredible idea, and it could make things safer for thousands of us. There are 15 days to go and only a few hundred dollars left before they reach their goal. If you can, please consider making a donation.
"That year she accepted a post as senior mathematician with Eckert-Mauchly Computer, which was purchased in 1950 by Remington Rand and merged into the Sperry Corporation in 1955. During this period, Hopper developed the revolutionary concept of the compiler, an…
Nov. 20 2013
Last week I wrote about the potential for the Obama administration’s Asia-Pivot strategy to inflame anti-colonialist sentiment. I lamented that Washington tries simply to get around this popular opposition to the military surge in East Asia instead of acknowledging that people don’t like to be occupied by foreign militaries.
Cynically, the U.S. has exploited the suffering of the typhoon in the Philippines in order to gain leverage in negotiations with Manila over increased U.S. military presence there. The relief operations performed by U.S. forces are seen as helping to “lubricate” the deal for basing rights, which are one piece of a broader plan to contain a rising China.
According to Robert Farley at The Diplomat, the process of “establishing forward U.S. bases in the Philippines…has moved slowly, largely because of domestic concerns in Manila about a military U.S. presence.”
“Fortunately for U.S. strategic interests (if not the victims of the storm),” Farley writes, “the U.S. Navy’s support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan may win sufficient goodwill to overcome local opposition to a renewed U.S. military role.”
That is as plain an example of exploitation as you’re going to get. The fact that Filipinos hesitate to welcome the U.S. back onto permanent bases, after kicking us out at the end of the Cold War, should not be belittled. The 1899-1902 U.S. war and occupation of the Philippines was a vicious colonial experiment waged for cynical geopolitical interests. Inclusive estimates that account for excess deaths related to the war say there were as many as 1 million casualties. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos were locked up in concentration camps, where poor conditions and disease killed thousands.
The account of U.S. Corporal Sam Gillis provides a vivid insight into what the occupation was like: “We make everyone get into his house by seven p.m., and we only tell a man once. If he refuses we shoot him. We killed over 300 natives the first night. They tried to set the town on fire. If they fire a shot from the house we burn the house down and every house near it, and shoot the natives, so they are pretty quiet in town now.”
Just as the U.S. is now trying to cloak their interventionism in the guise of humanitarian causes, the 1899 intervention was of course described in the loveliest of terms. The leader of the nationalist movement in the Philippines who declared independence from the Spanish, Emilio Aguinaldo, received a letter from U.S. General Thomas Anderson that read,” General Anderson wishes you to inform your people that we are here for their good…”
President William McKinley insisted the U.S. was just trying to liberate the Philippines: “No imperial designs lurk in the American mind,” he said, but it was “not a good time for the liberator to submit important questions concerning liberty and government to the liberated while they are engaged in shooting down their rescuers.”
The legacy of that imperial war persisted over the decades until the U.S. was finally kicked out of the Philippines in the early 1990′s. The only reason the U.S. is interested in increasing military presence in the Philippines is to threaten and thus contain China. Never mind the fact that China doesn’t actually pose a threat to Americans.
It should go without saying that it is unacceptable for the U.S. to cynically use the quick military relief operations response to “lubricate” a deal that benefits U.S. foreign policy interests.