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  The Movement Messenger | Vol. 2 – Issue 5 | June 2015
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Celebrating the 6th Annual Hemp History Week!

Hemp History Week logoFor the last 6 years my team and I have managed communications for the annual Hemp History Week campaign, a nationwide education and marketing program that seeks to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. while raising awareness about the benefits of hemp products.   

The office has been a flurry of non-stop activity this past month as Lauren and Tom have prepared press kits, conducted widespread media outreach, and planned a hemp planting event and press conference in Kentucky, all in anticipation of today’s launch of the 6th annual event! Check out today's press release that details the diverse events and coordinated efforts taking place this week as the campaign engages people across the country on the issue of lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp farming. Want to get involved? Find an event near you

HHW video Colleen Suave


Until next month, 
Ryan Fletcher
on behalf of Movement Media 

In The News

Inside a Hemp Processing Plant
First large-scale hemp processing plant begins in Colorado
By Jaclyn Allen
Alex White Plume

Pine Ridge reservation farmer banned from growing hemp seeks reprieve
By Associated Press

Farmer with Large Bale of Hemp
Hemp industry is growing in Kentucky, attracting processors, investment 
By Janet Patton, Lexington Herald-Leader
Guinea Pig

Here's How America Can Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing
By Pascaline Clerc, The Humane Society of the United States


Boycotted Driscoll's Berries
Alleging Labor Abuses, U.S. and Mexican Workers Call for Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries
By Rachel Luban
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Boycott
Farmworkers’ Union Calls for Boycott Against Driscoll’s
By Leon Kaye 
Small Scale Farmer Cool the Planet
Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else
By Ryan Zinn
Human Showering

Keep yourself clean and fresh when you’re camping
By Roger Phillips


Smiling with toothbrush
DIY: 6 Tips for Homemade Body Care Products
By Jill Ettinger, 

On our Minds

Ryan: I've known Klee Benally for over 15 years. He is among the smartest and most creative people I've ever met. Klee has written and directed his first feature film, called "Power Lines," and it looks awesome.
He just released the 
film trailer. Check it out now!
Lauren: I'm humbled and deeply inspired today by Daniel Kish's ability to navigate the world with sonar (and a great sense of humor.) Take 13 minutes to hear how. You'll be better for it. 
Jazmín: Respect and gratitude to the open hearted, deep thinking facilitators of the Interpreting for Social Justice weekend workshop at the Wayside Center for Popular Education! Next stop on the summer skill-building tour: Allied Media Conference. See you there?
Tom: I have always been interested in learning about new green power sources that will help us move away from our reliance on fossil fuels. Recently, I came across this feature on a new type of "bladeless" wind turbine that could improve net energy gain by 40% over traditional wind farms. 
Michelle: Just one person still lives in the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant: Naoto Matsumura, who has been caring for the pets and livestock left behind after the meltdown in 2011. This story isn't new, but I only learned about it recently and it's been on my mind ever since!
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