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  The Movement Messenger | Vol. 1 – Issue 6 | December 2014
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Welcoming the Winter, Ending the Year

Fall has proven be an increasingly busy season here at Movement Media. This issue we highlight the new video we produced for the 2015 Hemp History Week campaign. This was an awesome collaboration with our friend Nasreen, and it was also Lauren Stansbury’s directorial debut on a Movement Media video! They both did an amazing job. 

Congrats to our colleagues who ran the Yes on 71 campaign to legalize marijuana in the district; the campaign prevailed with 69.6% percent of the vote. We’ve been following the results of the too-close-to-call Right to Know, GMO Labeling initiative 92 in Oregon which has seen an amazing grassroots effort to make sure all votes are correctly counted. 

As we approach the new year, this feels like a good time to reiterate our deep love and gratitude for all of our clients, particularly everyone at Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Vote Hemp, and Fair World Project, whom we will join for year-end meetings and an annual holiday party later this month. And we’ve really been enjoying all the new work we’ve been able to do for New Internationalist and Good Clean Love. We would also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to all our friends and allies who support us, both in our work at Movement Media and beyond. 

We wish you well as we approach the winter solstice and holiday season. Thanks for reading and we hope to see or hear from you soon! 

Ryan Fletcher
on behalf of Movement Media 

In the Works

Dr. Bronner's

A month after the voting deadline, Oregon's Measure 92 to label GMO foods is tied at a 50% - 50% split, with less than 1,000 votes difference between victory and defeat. As the Right to Know campaign moves forward with its recount strategy, media attention nationwide is tuning in to this pivotal GMO vote, which yet has the potential to make Oregon the first state in the country to require mandatory labeling of GMO foods. Dr. Bronner's remains committed to this fightwhich, regardless of its outcome, will be one for the history books! 
Hemp Industries Association

Check out our latest Video!  

Video Screenshot - Sow the Seed

While fields lie fallow during cold winter months, and farmers and soil rejuvenate for the coming season, the Hemp History Week campaign has begun its early outreach to consumer magazines nationwide. We are excited to share the new web video for the campaign, shot during the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) conference this past September on Capitol Hill, which emphasizes this year's theme "Sow the Seed." Big thanks to our videographer colleague Nasreen Alkhateeb for her help with this project. 

In the News

holding "Legalize." posters
Marijuana Becomes Savior, Stigma for Revived Hemp Crop
By Alan Bjerga
protestors at courthouse
GMO labeling in Oregon:
Backers say they'll be back bigger and better
by Dana Tims

bowl of hempseed
The New Super Seed You Need to Try
By Beth Lipton,

organic detergent
The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items
By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

On our Minds

RyanRyan: Like most thinking people in this country I am outraged at the non-indictment verdict from the St. Louis County Grand Jury in the case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who murdered Michael Brown Jr. in cold blood on August 9. Prior to the announcement, activists issued this 9-minute video communiqué providing an intimate look at the climate on the ground before the verdict. This provides really insightful perspectiveespecially now, post-verdict. If you aren’t infuriated enough already, Vice magazine provides analysis of the Grand Jury testimony by Darren Wilson. Finally, an analysis of what the events in Fergsuon mean, and what is to be done about them. 
LaurenLauren: Doyenne of modern literature and feminist science fiction, Margaret Atwood discusses the future of technology, themes of survival and nature, and reflects on her prolific body of work in light of her 75th birthday this past month: “We’re changing. We’re no longer seeing Nature as a monster but seeing Nature as fragile and threatened.”  

In Appalachian news, the f&!ckers are creeping closer and closer to Monongahela Forest.
Jazmin Jazmín: 
Government chambers in flames, poignant moments bathing or taking the streetsthis excellent photo essay profiles #Ayontizapa Normal School before and after the disappearance of 43 students. 

If you dig data and global social movements, check out R-Shief, which just launched new tools allowing free access to its archive and analytics in over 70 languages. R-Shief houses a massive repository of arabic language tweets sent since the 2011 uprisings, churns out visualizationslike this one of #Ferguson and #Gazaand works to build an interdisciplinary community of artists, technologists, and researchers. 
TomTom: With the recent passing of beloved former DC Mayor Marion Barry, some are mourning his loss while others prepare for the fight to take his place on the DC Council. The DC Council will be losing a great deal of experience with Barry and other senior members who are stepping down. It will be interesting to see if any candidates are able to fill Barry's role as a prominent voice for human rights and civil rights in the District. I hope that his successor upholds his legacy and has a passion to fight for justice and fight for the poor. 
MichelleMichelle: The world's largest bat colony is safe from urban development, reports NPR in a story on the massive congregation of mammals. As for keeping ourselves safe? The New Yorker covered last week’s National Book Awards, where Ursula K. Le Guin declared in her speech "...We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable; so did the divine right of kings. … Power can be resisted and changed by human beings; resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art—the art of words."
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