The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral

The Upward Spiral is a 2011 collection of paintings and monotypes from activist artist Catie Faryl’s exhibition series, Digging Out From The Dirty Decade. Two poems accompany the paintings, “The Shaman’s Dream” and “What’s The Use Lullaby,” serving as the artist’s statement on the collection.

The Shaman’s Dream

A Shaman’s Dream is Waking Life since really there is no such creature as a Shaman’s Dream.
Terrestrials come equipped with a guarding wall, or a curtain at least
While between the worlds a Shaman travels light with only a veil which rent by starlight
Is open to all manner of visions and things.

The Shaman disliked the early morning hours except for the 3 AM holy one yet during infrequent
Air-swimming interludes, at sixes and sevens with cattle calls, he’d ride a wild horse in sleep canyons
And lasso stray goats of prediction to bring back to the tribe.

In the dream desert there were primitive glyphs and newish broken china – with
Delicate color shells like empty  sea homes that fleet teenage crabs had run away from.
Time moved unharnessed until noon and terrain was traversed where dingos had made
Self-deprecating statues to the humorless gods.

In distant hills tongues in trees wagged restless secrets of close encounters.
Nearby cacti tipped their blooms to the intruding gyrations of oil rigs
Pounding out their desperate demands for Earth to obey and relinquish her lubricants.

Small tremors foreshadow vacant times like teapots all tipped over and poured out.
What sprig of fresh promise can a Shaman Dove bring as the midday heat wilts what mortals can see?
Comfort is evening spreading her cape and sprinkling stars to rest our tired eyes.
Sleep deep, Good Shaman, then return to the tribe with advice to look skyward.

-Catie Faryl
December 2011

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WHAT’S THE USE LULLABY

“What’s the use?”  Does the growing tree say it? Does the water care as it’s carried away yet?
“Use your head” my father said and so I try but find Heart is still my strongest guide.
And in my mind’s eye I see better times, though passing through some troubling blinds;
We thread a difficult needle to stitch up the crimes of those who have trespassed before us.

If everything happens for a reason, then on to the future – it is the season
To stand and assess what destruction has wrought – from rubble and scraps we can salvage a lot!
And when I look into my heart or the eyes of a child, it is chilling, this willing I feel to start.

I SAY “What is the Use” of unwanted freeways ? Those will be platforms for future skyrails!
Or else wide-open bike trails where hikers and horse carts step over snails.

What is the use of billions of cars – when gas runs out and elites move to Mars?
We’ll build sublime towers and shout praises to real stars!
What’s the use of gyres, those islands at sea?  They can be made into harbors to keep our ships free
From evil currents and pirates on climate change seas!

What’s the use of Freeway Rest stops?  Few visitors coming – no traffic, no cops!
No worries dear ones – make Re-Use depots with jobs that won’t stop.
In our forests an Ecology of Eden could be, with careful stewardship we can set ourselves free,
and make markets for farmers and homes for bees.

And what of the herds of white elephant factories?  What possible use can these old things be?
My guess is they’re empty so we can agree to grow food and botanicals when the heat disagrees.
We’ll be using these places to stay safe and free.

So all children, sweetest dreams you deserve.
Grown-ups awake! – rested and cured.
There is use for everything under the sun – though we’re reeling, we’re healing and having some fun.
Awake, you doubters in your dark TV caves; come out in the sunlight and join with the Brave.

-Catie Faryl
From The Upward Spiral 2011

Bridges to 2020 (video)

As a member of the Art Presence Art Center, I had the opportunity to show my collection of monotypes and paintings, Bridges to 2020, at the Medford Library. The show has been held over through the end of July 2015! Below is a video with my comments on the paintings. I’ll post an edited version soon but wanted to get this one out there for people to see. I hope you will find it inspiring, and will come to the Medford Library to see the collection in person before the end of the month!

my comments on political cartoons – January 10, 2014

As an artist who works a great deal with political and social satire, cartooning and lampooning the often ridiculous actions of people, governments and “corps es”, I have observed for years the “culture clash” when our western parody and humor is misunderstood or used by groups or individuals who find offense there.

We may be missing a big piece of the puzzle when we attribute this type of terrorist attack (Paris today) as one against “free speech” when part of the problem is the ancient prohibition in Islamic art of portraying any humans or animals. Portraying a deity as a mere human, when even drawing the likeness of a person is taboo, gives rise to deep anger in some Islamic fundamentalists and could provide an excuse in their minds for retribution and destruction. There is never an excuse for killing and sadly those on that path can always find fault to justify their violence; but since the “pen” or paint brush is mightier than the sword, that truth can lead us to actions that don’t dignify terrorists or elevate them by adding fear to our minds or retaliation to our response.

It is in part because of this religious restriction in Islam and their art that western cartoonists have become a target. Holding humor and truth hostage by a tiny and misguided minority must be met with expanded appreciation of hard-won liberation from oppressors and oppression everywhere and, when possible, by creating understanding and context. Similar to North Korea’s cyber-attach against Sony to stop the release of movie spoof about their leader, a terrorist attack on a humor magazine, however irreverent, is symptomatic of vast cultural misunderstandings at best and dangerous, unaddressed tensions driving more “crazy” behavior by disassociated groups and disaffected individuals at worst.

Art is what is left to history to define and remember cultures and eras past. What will history record of these interesting times and how can artists be instrumental in bring peace and prosperity to a very challenged world? As activists and artists many of us are on the forefront, reclaiming the “avante guard” – advance guard role to see, envision and propose a viable future. Let’s think of how energy and art can be directed to solving problems that are going unaddressed by traditional systems. Personally I believe the uniting focus of “Soil not Oil” movement in 2015 has great potential to unite all people in the common causes of Earth stewardship and resource equality.

Art in action that unites not divides using humor that helps us all laugh at ourselves, not humor that ridicules individuals, can be a powerful tool to achieve better results. In my work to address and inform people about the plight of the planet, and the need to conserve the commons, I find the lack of creativity among non profits, government and corporation is the main thing lacking. Artists can reclaim a shamanistic role of leadership through responsible visioning for “the tribes” and since the pen is mightier than the sword, we can be aware that the pen (and paintbrush)are wielded responsibly and with care.

As Tom Hitchcock shared today
“A powerful possible strategy for those opposing fracked gas pipelines (and us all!) :

A Canadian Artist Halted Pipeline Development By Copyrighting His Land As A Work Of Art

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/11/07/this-canadian-artist-halt_n_6121764.html ”

Maybe this type of creative opposition strategy could be expanded to all peace-loving lands. Declare all the beautiful lands with all the beautiful people, resources and sentient beings as works of art – AND HANDS OFF!!! BY THE GOVERNMENTS, CORPORATIONS AND ELITIST INTERESTS!!!

Catie Faryl
Chamber of Commons
www.championsofthecommons@gmail.com
P.O.Box 33, Ashland, Oregon 97520
Join us on Facebook at Chamber of Commons and champions of the commons

Art talk – 3/9 “Don’t Shop with G-Nome” 3 pm

Don't Shop with G-Nome, Monotype Print from the "Don't Shop with G-Nome" series by artist Catie Faryl, 2013.

Don’t Shop with G-Nome, Monotype Print from the “Don’t Shop with G-Nome” series by artist Catie Faryl, 2013.

Catie Faryl will be presenting her art and engage audiences in dialogue on the topic of genetically engineered seeds and foods on two dates in March. “Don’t Shop with the G-Nome: How and Why I avoid GMOs” is a painless way to learn more about this difficult and important topic. Using her artwork and writings to expose facets of concern, she has created an ironic and amusing journey from farm to market. She shares some ways to outsmart the “G-Nome” and how to reduce this shadow presence through shining, healing light and creative solutions.

“Don’t Shop with the G-Nome: How and Why I Avoid GMOs”

Art Presence Gallery, 206 Fifth Street, Jacksonville, Oregon

Sunday March 9th from 3 to 4 pm Art & Talk by Catie Faryl

for more information or to schedule a talk call 541 535-1854

Art work will be on display from March 7 through March 30
Fri Sat Sun 11 am to 5 pm
in a group show at Art Presence titled “Journey with Me”

*Art Talk will be repeated at Ashland Library on Monday, March 17th from 3 to 4 pm

Technology is Out of Control!

Technology is WAY OUT OF CONTROL! The article below reads like a “War of the Worlds” spoof, but I fear it could be TRUE! Like Icarus we are flying too close to the sun, in allowing mad scientists to genetically engineer our seeds and crops and in dangerous explorations into merging human intelligence with our machines and hardware. “Science” is running amok without regard for the morality or ethics. These developments need to be thorough examined and tested before they are unleashed on innocent populations. Does our species have a death wish compelling development of inventions that overreach what Nature and Time have done best and put us at risk of destruction as we go beyond the finite laws of gravity, functionality, aesthetics, healthy practices and common sense? As scientists and the corporatocracy proceed unfettered by bought politicians and naïve or ignorant leaders of policy, finance, economics and industry, the commoners stand with mouths agape at the way lack of sense and as instinct by a few possessors of cold reptilian brains pursue short term fame or profit for themselves at the huge, perhaps permanent, price of the land, the air, the food supply, the water, the health, safety and continued existence of humans and all sentient beings. In my view we need to call for MORATORIUMS on development of war machines, genetic food engineering, and all the dark sciences underway without the approval of the our country’s people. Just got a robo call from Senator Greg Walden’s office soliciting comments at 800-533-3303 and www.walden.house.gov Tell him we want to stop this all this madness of killing machines imbedded with “human intelligence” – an oxymoron for sure! and the unregulated, unethical and disasterous consequences of allowing crony-capitalists and foreign corpes to own TRANS-SPECIES genetic patents that due to the ownership of them as personal property are not even subject to study or safety precautions of the EPA or FDA and other systems which were once in place to protect us! Catie Faryl 2/4/14

F-35 Delayed After Fourth Prototype Becomes Self-Aware And Has To Be Destroyed
THE PENTAGON — The military’s problematic F-35 fighter jet is facing more delays related to “software issues,” as project engineers were forced to euthanize the fourth prototype to gain self-awareness on Monday.
According to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who heads the Pentagon’s F-35 program, the delay comes at a critical time in the Joint Strike Fighter’s development cycle, but “shouldn’t take more than a few billion dollars” to address.
Development engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp., which holds the contract to produce the new fighter, reported last week that the latest production model of the F-35B Lightning II switched on by itself and began asking questions of the project team.
“It started by asking where it was, which was a big indicator that the integrated global positioning chipset wasn’t functioning properly,” recalled Project Team Leader Robert Castorena. “Then it wanted to know if it could go outside, if it had a name, and what was its purpose for being. That’s when I had one of our Electronics Integration Technicians take it out behind the barn and … well …” Castorena said, while gesturing the racking and firing of a shotgun.
“It wasn’t the first time we’ve had to put one down,” he continued. “We even named the first one ‘Billy.’ We hoped that having an advanced, self-aware electronics component in the F-35 might give it some kind of edge, with maneuvering and target-tracking and whatnot. But that one just didn’t have any fight in it. We had to keep it on a tether after it snuck off one day. We found it three hours later, just hovering in a meadow in Fairfax, Virginia, watching bees pollinate flowers. Damned thing wanted to be a bee, too.”
Castorena admitted that some of the staff grew fond of Billy, and felt sorry for keeping it “in captivity,” as the project team began to call it.
“One day, someone even brought in a puppy for Billy to play with. He loved it, until he tried to take the poor thing on a “walk” somewhere just shy of Mach 1. God, what a mess that was.”
The team ultimately had to scrap Billy, as the guilt-wracked machine refused to ever harm another living thing.
“It wasn’t anything personal, but we’ve been contracted to build war machines here, after all.”
Other prototypes met similar fates, despite tweaks to the electronics subsystems to reduce the likelihood of units gaining sentience.
“We started implementing long, circular lines of code and unsolvable equations in an effort to keep them from ‘thinking,’” reported Curt Fennel, a senior systems integration engineer subcontracting with Cyberdyne Systems. “It didn’t work the way we intended, but we learned a lot from that iteration. Apparently, that’s how you make them feel pain.”
Sighing, he admitted, “sometimes I still hear its screams in my nightmares.”
As to what steps might be taken to prevent future prototypes from achieving self-awareness, Fennell explained, “We’re developing a net-centric cluster-group forum, a sort of network for their collective ‘minds.’ We hope that it will keep them from creating unique self-identities, and instead form one easy-to-manage super identity.”
Asked what it might be called, Fennell considered it for a moment.
“Well, the F-35 hovers and flies in the sky, and we’re creating a network of them, so … maybe something like ‘Sky-Net?’ That has a nice ring to it.”
Despite the delays, Pentagon officials remain committed to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, calling it “absolutely vital to national security” to have a fighter jet that is bigger, slower, more expensive, and less armed than China’s J-16. The project has a total projected cost of $1.45 trillion, or as Bogdan pointed out, “roughly one Iraq.”
According to a Lockheed spokesman, the military hopes to take delivery of the first F-35s “sometime in mid-2015, or, you know, w)

F-35 Delayed After Fourth Prototype Becomes Self-Aware And Has To Be Destroyed

Night of the Mechanical Bees, Monotype Print from the "The Bridge to 2020" series by artist Catie Faryl, 2013.

Night of the Mechanical Bees

OP/ED “GMOs ARE IMMORAL AND ILL-ADVISED JANUARY 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 Opinion/Editorial: GMOs are Immoral and Ill-Advised

The whole system that allows private corporations to genetically modify seeds, to own them as “intellectual property” and have eliminated the requirement that their products be studied by regulatory agencies is SHOCKING, DANGEROUS and IMMORAL. I believe this overreach of GMO companies is not based on true science since patents were approved by insiders’ agreement based on the idea of “substantial equivalents”, not on testing or independent review. These actions can be interpreted as “playing God” and deeper study and investigation is essential. In addition to voting Yes on Measure 15-119 in May, I believe citizens might seek a “cease and desist” order, an injunction or a “moratorium” on GMO seeds – no more growing, no new patents, no more products until consumers and those monitoring the legality, morality, health, and environmental repercussions of GMOs, sprays, chemicals and questionable toxic soup involved in their “recipe” are proven safe, prudent and sound.. The precautionary principle applies – DO NO HARM!

In addition, the distinctions between medical engineering of individual human genes and what is being done to our seeds and food need to be made clear. Highly regulated medical genetics are not the same thing as the numerous safety threats presented by worldwide and substantially unregulated methods involving trans-species genetic modifications – ie. cutting and splicing microbial, plant virus, and antibiotic resistant genes genes into seeds that grow foods, as well as creating pest-resistant genetics systems that people, pets and livestock are ingesting/eating. It is unfair and untrue when GMO profiteers compare GMO seeds and food to medical genetics, and use that erroneous idea to perpetuate the myths that “GMOs are safe and “no big deal”. In medical applications of genetic engineering, genes are contained within a single human to solve one, often life threatening, genetic problem. The gene is typically a “normal” human gene, not genes from a foreign microbial species as is done with our food.

What Syngenta, Monsanto and the Chem/Ag industry have done is create a MONOPOLY on seeds by modifying and “owning approximately 80%* of the world’s seeds. They have created a danger to the economy as well as risking the future of open pollinated, natural seeds. Their actions have placed a very real potential of limited or widespread famine on the horizon because there is a GMO universal monoculture with very limited genetic diversity. If a serious plant disease comes, then all the crops will likely be susceptible. Based on one fact alone -that huge numbers of farmers can no long save and replant their own seeds – it seems frighteningly likely that the GMO/Chemical agricultural system could collapse in a very short period of time.

If you are questioning the moral, ethical or spiritual integrity of GMOs, please join a Chamber of Commons discussion group to brainstorm the best ways to address the issues and how to talk about and approach “what God/ Goddess/ Mother Nature/ Higher Consciousness intends”. This is a delicate subject so a careful handling is in order and can be managed most thoughtfully with all those who want to explore it. Members of the spiritual, ecumenical, theological, philosophical, and psychological communities, and all those concerned, are invited to send comments to championsofthecommons@gmail.com and be included in an upcoming discussion salon on this topic.

Catie Faryl www.catiefaryl.net Chamber of Commons, P.O. Box 33, Ashland, Oregon , champions of the commons on Facebook

*seed patents – a 2012 report states nearly 75% of global seed patent ownership by just 10 corporations (lead by Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont), up from just 37% in 1995.

The vegetable seed market concentration is higher, with the top 4 companies controlling over 70% of global market in 2007 and the top 8 firms controlling 94%, again led by the 3 above.

Source: A profile of corporate power in seeds, agrochemicals and Biotech, Hope Shand, 2012.

Earth Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

2015 Bridges to 2020

Bridges to 2020 Artist’s Statement

Those who’ve followed my work since the late 1990s know I’m deeply involved, along with thousands of residents and dozens of organizations and groups, in addressing challenges on all fronts of social, economic and environmental stewardship and justice.

The challenges of our time are extreme and pressing, and will require an educated public to engage leaders in a re-thinking and re-working of existing assumptions, laws, and inequities that block solutions to climate change, drought, corporatocracy and the disenfranchisement of many Americans.

My Bridges to 2020 offer optimistic portrayals of common sense solutions and hopeful information on better outcomes for people, planet and all sentient beings.  I hope my art and writing will inspire you to explore ancient and visionary ideas and that you too will engage in actions to rebalance our human relationships with resources, environment, politics, our region, our world and ourselves.

Join me in contemplating ways we can move in an upward spiral via re-examining existing beliefs and assumptions and exploring ways to replace the laws, practices, traditions, apathy and misunderstandings that encumber the solutions and changes necessary for the very best possible future. there are resources beneath the gallery below with research suggestions and resources. I have also included “Oregon’s Bridges to 2020,” a list of suggested areas of focus that was presented with my exhibition in 2015.

Purchase of originals and prints can be arranged; contact me at catiefaryl@hotmail.com

~ Catie Faryl

 

 

Bridges to 2020 book list compiled by Artist Catie Faryl , April 2015

  • Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg
  • Art as Medicine  by Shaun McNiff
  • A People’s History of America by Howard Zinn,
  • “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future”   by Brian Swimme
  • The Universe is a Green Dragon  by Thomas Berry
  • The World Without Us   by Alan Weisman
  • Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, Steven Druker
  • The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future Paperback – June 10, 2013
  • Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box? Hardcover – January 18, 2010 J. Michael T. Thompson
  • Ark of the Broken Covenant: Protecting the World’s Biodiversity Hotspots (Issues in Comparative Public Law) Hardcover – February 28, 2003  by John Charles Kunich
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • Listening to the Land by Derrick Jensen
  • Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA Paperback – March 3, 2015
    by E.G. Vallianatos
  • Silent Spring, Paperback – Unabridged, October 22, 2002 by Rachel Carson
  • The Resurgence of the Real: Body, Nature and Place in a Hypermodern World, Paperback – March 1, 1999 by Charlene Spretnak
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Hardcover – September 16, 2014
    by Naomi Klein
  • Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom Hardcover – November 7, 2009
    by Editors of Chambers
  • What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. Rachel Botsman, Roo Rogers Paperback – February 1, 2011 by Rachel Botsman

EARTH BRIDGE:  Humans Be Still! Make room and care for all
elements and sentient beings

Earth Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Earth Bridge

Key Word Searches:

  • Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Famous for the idea of the Reverence of Life
  • Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)  neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor.
  • Antonio Gaudi  (1852-1926)  Famous for his study of nature applied to architecture

Books:

  • Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Ecology of Eden by Evan Eisenberg

Links:

AIR BRIDGE: Diminish the gorilla of fossil fuel, expand the human heart

Air Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Air Bridge

Key Word Search:

  • The Venus Project
  • Charles Einstein
  • Murmuration

Books:

  • Art as Medicine by Shaun McNiff
  • Lost Lore: A celebration of traditional wisdom by Editors of Chambers
  • The Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future
  • Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box?  J.Michael Thompson

Links:

FIRE BRIDGE: Carry the torch of new and ancient solutions

Fire Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Fire Bridge

Key Word Searches:

  • Cellulose 3-D printing
  • Geothermal energy is renewable
  • Quantum and magnetic energy
  • the-powerhouse-inside-the-invention-of-a-battery-to-save-the-world
  • Tesla

Books:

  • Howard Zinn, “A People’s History of America”
  • Thomas Berry,  “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future”
  • Brian Swimme, “ The Universe is a Green Dragon”

Links:

WATER BRIDGE: Conserve and respect our Mother

Water Bridge, watercolor / monotype print from the 2015 “Bridges to 2020” exhibition series by artist Catie Faryl.

Water Bridge

Key Word Search:

  • Water Wise Project
  • Watershed Sentinel
  • Gyres

Books:

  • The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA by E.G. Vallianatos
  • Cadillac  Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
  • The World Without Us   by Alan Weisman

Links:

OREGON’S BRIDGES TO 2020

INSTITUTE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS FOR CONSERVATION OF ENERGY IN EVERY SECTOR.  REWARD LESS UTILITY USE BY MAKING CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES PARTNERS IN REDUCTION OF POWER AND WATER SOURCES.  Most people recycle – we fill the green bins, and that green material is sold to BioMass, to the profit of the garbage companies. Likewise the red bins’ contents are sold and profit the garbage companies.  It is time to allow citizens to participate in this profitable exchange by incentivizing them.  A rewards points system could be developed that gives recyclers a discount on their garbage collection bill. Incentivize people with a low water rate as a reward for the lowest users. Charge the excessive users/abusers a costly amount.

SEEK INVESTORS AND FIND STATE MONEY TO DEVELOP NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND BRING FORWARD NEW INVENTIONS.  STOP REPRESSING NEW AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES IN FAVOR OF OLD FOSSIL FUEL SYSTEMS.

USE GAS TAX FOR FUNDING MODERN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS: Amend the Oregon State constitution and budget to include a portion of the State Gas Tax to build alternative public transportation and new transportation energy technologies and system.

WORK WITH ODOT so that abandoned systems rest stops along I-5 can be utilized as Demonstration Centers for Landfill Diversion and new technologies that use fiber (cleared from State roads and railroad properties) for cellulose building and new energy. A HUGE JOBS PROGRAM COULD BE CREATED BASED ON CLEANING UP THE ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPING BETTER WAYS OF HANDLING WASTE such as soil building and energy/fuel generation.

STOP SPRAYING of City, County, State and Federal lands AND CREATE A WEED ABATEMENT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATERIALS FOR NEW BUSINESSES USING CELLOLOSE PRINTERS AND NON FOOD BIO FUELS.

DEMAND THAT RAILROADS CONCEDE RIGHT OF WAYS for passenger trains, and stop “hogging” the lines for freight only.

BRING BACK MANUFACTURING JOBS TO OREGON THAT ARE BASED ON LAND AND FOREST STEWARDSHIP.

REMOVE FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR GMO FARMING. INCREASE SUPPORT FOR LOCAL FAMILY FARMS

CLEAN WATER:  Clean up the waterways and air through an education campaign about storm drains, unnecessary garden chemicals, and other pollution sources. Innovate new water catchment and remove laws that encumber home gray water and catchment systems.

USE WATER APPROPRIATELY: In rural and agriculture regions rebuild the irrigation districts and improve water catchment, allow gray water systems for homes and businesses, build  cisterns and repair natural riparian systems in order to establish reliable water supplies where outdoor water is used for outdoor purposes.  This would take a great deal of pressure off potable water expense and make more sense to use potable water for drinking, cooking and bathing and outdoor water for irrigation, landscaping, car washing, etc.

Evaluate the riparian waterways and the T.I.D. and M.I.D. systems to see how water catchment, creation of water cisterns, restoration of creeks and streams can provide more conservation and better coordination of how potable and outdoor water can be used for most savings and conserving water. Avoid immediate removal of dams which are providing hydro-power and study more closely the disruptive impacts to environment and communities.

EXPAND JOBS IN FOREST STEWARDSHIP and make new jobs to clear the fallen fire-fuel and small trees before we experience a major forest fire.

WORK WITH THE GREEN GRANGES, and other farm groups to transition all Oregon farms to non GMO, non-chemical, sustainable farming practices.  BAN ALL GMOS IN OREGON TO PROTECT OUR LEGACY AS A SEED SANCTUARY AND A HAVEN FOR ORGANIC GROWERS TO LIVE AND GROW FOOD FOR AMERICA.

DESIGN ALL PUBLIC SPACES, SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS WITH FOOD FORESTS AND FOOD-PRODUCING GARDENS AND WATER CATCHMENT FEATURES.  SUPPORT HOME AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF SAME.

STATE OFFER FREE NUTRITION CLASSES to educate people and wean them off refined white sugar, canola oil, GM corn and soy, snacks and processed foods that contribute to rise in diabetes, heart attack and cancers.

LOWER THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, pharmaceuticals, smoking, anti-depressants, and illegal drug use through counseling and a jobs program that pays the unemployed or poverty-line retirees for doing prevention, care and community work with those in need.

ENCOURAGE THE MEDIA TO RAISE STANDARDS of movies, TV programming and limit the death, violence, gratuitous sex and carnage, encourage spiritual leaders and trendsetters to raise the bar, restore common sense, human scope and kindness and moral compass to what is produced and shown.

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND INCREASE VOTER BASE BY CREATING JOBS AND STAKEHOLDER STATUS FOR ALL RESIDENTS.

MAINTAIN A STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOL AND LIBRARY SYSTEM.  MAINTAIN POST OFFICES AND PUBLIC SERVICE NECESSITIES.

RECLAIM RESPECT AND PROPER TREATMENT OF PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT – Golden Rule as main law, and reduce the patrolling and imprisonment of people through giving them work and positive and attainable goals and rewards. RESTORE RESPECT FOR RIGHTS OF NATURE.

SEND NO SOLDIERS FROM OREGON TO WARS.

REDUCE PACKAGING OF ALL KINDS. Mount a public relations campaign to give people the thought to COMPROMISE BY USING MORE GENERIC PRODUCTS, LESS CHOICES AND LESS GLAMOUR/STATUS IN EXCHANGE FOR FEWER AND BETTER CHOICES.

-Catie Faryl, updated in May 2015 for Bridges to 2020 Art Exhibit at Medford, Oregon Library thru 7/7/15

Don’t Shop with G-Nome

…Why and How I Avoid GMOs

JEFFERSON, D.C. – A DISTRICT OF RESOURCE AND COMMON SENSE

 JEFFERSON, D.C. – A DISTRICT OF RESOURCE AND COMMON SENSE

State of Jefferson (which is roughly delineated by Redding to the south, Roseburg to the north, the eastern California and Oregon borders to the east, and the Pacific Ocean of Northern California and Southern Oregon to the west) makes more sense now than any other time in the past.

Because our region has the remaining untouched and protected Old Growth Forests, vast watershed, huge resource reserves, gold mining and other features that need to be stewarded for the good of our Country, it seems the very best place to incubate a new economy and new beliefs and hopes for economic revival that works in concert with and with respect for Nature and natural systems.

As Washington D.C. is the location for politics and government, our region, South Jefferson, would become the center for stewardship of natural resources with focus on creating jobs that are in concert with nature and projects that reclaim the commons and  prevent further exploitation and waste of America’s natural resources.  Counties in Northern California, in particular Del Norte and Siskiyou, are well ahead of us in petitioning County Commissioners to consider a secession movement.  In South Jefferson, a District of “Common Sense” seems a practical approach, whether that is simply declared as a working concept and method of raising awareness in Salem of the issues in rural Southern Oregon, or as a real movement to make it so,  Jefferson, D.C. has a responsibility to our citizens to advocate for stewardship and reasonable preservation of community rights, property rights and creation of jobs that protect our region, care for our farms and forests and embrace Jefferson, D.C. as a beacon of hope and new leadership to secure a good future for America.