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Are you looking for ways to help save the world, whatever your super powers and limitations? Are you ready to be empowered, to be your own superhero? Determined to save as much of our planet, your family, your life, as can be yanked from the devastation we confront?

We are undeniably in perilous times. It feels as though danger doesn’t lurk in the dark these days–it leaps out at us from everywhere in broad daylight! The climate is finally in revolt against our relentless abuse. Greedy sociopaths rule the economy; lunatics control nuclear weapons; fearful people filled with hatred destroy our government and society, turn us against one another. Everything we hold dear, everything we counted on, everything we thought we could believe in seems to be ripping apart at the seams.

Many people want to resist the destructive changes being forced on us, to participate in creating a better world, but don’t know what to do, where to start, who to turn to.  The one question I’ve heard most often lately is, “What can we do?” I understand, because that’s where I am, too. And for people with physical and financial limitations, it feels like that question should be in all caps.

Our world desperately needs all the help it can get, so it makes sense to share what I learn as I explore. No heads in the sand, here, though. When you stick your head in the sand, your ass is exposed—and EVERYTHING comes as a surprise! We don’t need our butts waving and blowing in the air. As we struggle to save the world, our country, our families, we must remain alert and aware that the world today is, in so many ways, excruciatingly dangerous. So many things can go really, really wrong. No conspiracy theory here, or even alarmist. I don’t have to tell you that the threats are real.

You’re probably here because you’re ready to be involved, to do something meaningful. You may realize that no one is coming to save us, that we must save ourselves. Maybe you’re ready, but have no idea what, where, or how. So where do we start? We must be empowered.

We must be empowered to:

  • protect the environment and counter climate change, adjusting to what is unavoidable;
  • promote justice, equity, and fairness, and to halt cruelty, prejudice, and hatred in all their horrid forms;
  • resist, to fight back, to save our country from the unprecedented danger it’s in and to preserve the rights our Constitution guarantees us;
  • navigate the troubled times we’re going through and that are ahead of us. We need to be prepared and as self-reliant and cooperative as possible.
    • Could you survive another depression like the one in the 1930s?
    • What would you do if the power grid collapsed and you had no power for weeks, or even months?
    • Are you prepared for more and worse natural disasters, in places they don’t normally happen?
    • Could you feed your family if, for some reason, trucks couldn’t run and keep the grocery shelves stocked, or food became unaffordable or just plain unavailable?
    • How would you handle it if a nuclear war broke out? Or if you suddenly realized that our government has morphed into an authoritarian Nazi regime tightly controlled by white supremacists?

Unfortunately, none of these are as far-fetched as they were a mere two or three years ago.

To be so empowered, and to be effective, we must:

  • be informed about what our “public servants” are up to and the probable consequences of their actions, because ignorance is not bliss;
  • know when and where the protests and marches are, so we can participate as much as possible and be ready to take action wherever we are needed and able to;
  • know who to call and how to pressure those politicians who are not acting in our best interests, so we can stop their dangerous, anti-American agenda;
  • be as self-reliant as possible so we can be more prepared for whatever we may have to deal with;
  • build community and cooperate with one another, because we’re stronger together.

Those are our empowerment tools. Are you ready to pull out those superpowers and shine them up? Got your superhero costume all washed and ready to go? The planet is depending on us. Our children and grandchildren are depending on us. The voiceless, the vulnerable, the oppressed are depending on us.

We are the superheroes we’ve been waiting for. Join me, and let’s save this world while we still can.

 

HOW TO USE THIS SITE:

To stay informed about what our politicians are up to, and who to call and apply some pressure, and all kinds of ways you can resist and fight back, follow Color Us Empowered on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes I post on the blog about these things, but the Facebook and Twitter pages are filled with the latest news and posts intended to inform, inspire, motivate, entertain, and empower you–news about the environment, all kinds of rights groups, protests, etc. Also on the Facebook page, I share relevant how-to articles (gardening, preparedness, protesting, etc.) from all kinds of places. You’ll also find information about veganism, including loads of scrumptious vegetarian/vegan recipes on both the Facebook and Twitter pages. I also share some political stuff on the Facebook page, but most of the politics is on Twitter.

There’s an Event Calendar in the sidebar on the right of every Color Us Empowered page. Here I post scheduled events, marches, protests, conferences, observances—anything relevant to our interests that occurs on specific dates. (If you know of relevant events you think we’d be interested in and would like to be included, please email the information and appropriate links to me.)

If you look along the top of every Color Us Empowered site page, you’ll see a menu—a series of tabs with the months of the year on them, and one tab that says “Any time.” You’re looking at the Action Calendar. These are all kinds of things on which you can take action of one kind or another. Some things you’ll find here are the same scheduled events as are on the Event Calendar, sometimes with more information. But a lot of actions you can take aren’t so tightly scheduled, and this is where you’ll find them. You’ll find those best done during a certain month or season under the appropriate tab. For example, are you into saving the bees and butterflies? (I hope so!) Planting an organic garden? (One of the best things you can do for the planet and for your health and self-reliance.) The Action Calendar will remind you what needs to be done when, usually with links to more information and how-tos. Some actions are on-going or can be taken any time—like starting a recycling program, or running for public office, or taking an eco-vacation. Find info about them under the “Any time” tab.

 Just below the Action Calendar menu, is the Main Menu.

  • There’s the Home Page, of course.
  • The About Page—You may be on it now (or else you’re reading the pinned post “How to Use This Site”) finding out what I’m (and you’re) doing here.
  • Empowerment How-Tos: How-to articles intended to empower you in as many ways as possible. I’m just getting started with this one, so currently there’s mostly organic gardening articles here—a topic in which I already have significant expertise and experience. But I intend to expand it to include topics like preparedness, permaculture, community organizing, running for political office, becoming vegan, effective protesting, and even more, all with the purpose of empowering you. I’ll add more articles and topics as quickly as I can get to them. By the way, I accept submissions for guest posts, so if you have some expertise in one of these subjects—or any empowering subject of interest to us, I would welcome some contributions. And just as a reminder—or in case you missed it up above, I also share on the Facebook page relevant how-to articles (gardening, preparedness, protesting, etc.) that I find and think would be of use to you.
  • Then there’s another route to the Action Calendar.
  • Resources: These are pages containing lists of resources of interest to us–a list of places where you can find eco-friendly products and businesses of all kinds, lists of groups (animal rights, environmental groups, political groups, social justice groups), food & food safety, and miscellaneous (which, among other things, includes legal groups dedicated to pursuing legal solutions whenever necessary). You can also find the Resources lists in the Categories drop-down menu in the right sidebar.
  • And then there’s a tab where you can email me, followed by the necessary legal stuff.

And of course, there are the blog posts. There’s a Categories drop-down menu in the right sidebar where you can see all the posts organized by category.

  • “Make Your Mark” posts are opportunities, mostly job and internship.
  • “Call to Action” alerts are exactly what they sound like. Something important is going on, and your help is needed if you can possibly provide it.
    • NOTE: In the category list, “Make Your Mark” and “Call to Action” posts will be found under the “Latest News” category
  • “Color You Empowered” posts are articles meant to instruct, inform, and motivate—to power you up! so your efforts will be more effective. Some of these are also found under the Empowerment How-Tos tab on the Main menu.
  • “Books and Videos You Should Know About”—needs no explanation
  • “Just Sayin'”—This category is more personal, a space to express thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics—a soapbox, if you will.

I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by! I hope you’ll look around, get inspired, educated, and most of all, motivated! There’s a lot to do, and the world needs us. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get ur done, as the cable guy says. Let’s save the planet, our country, and ourselves! We can do it! We MUST do it! Let’s get busy! Let’s get empowered!

And who am I?

I’m just a regular, sometimes cool person (see pic), dealing with financial and physical limitations. But I’m passionate about the environment, civil rights/social justice, animal rights, food/food safety, and a fair political system. My goal used to be to do as much as I could to leave the world a better place than it was when I got here. Now I’m striving to help save it—to leave it in the best condition possible. I’m hoping you’ll join me. I believe we can accomplish more together than we can working alone. Profile-image-color-us

My superpowers? Gathering information and organizing things. What’s yours?

P.S. I’m not a purist. In other words, if you can recycle and feed the bees, I don’t think you should be condemned or vilified if you can’t afford solar panels and absolutely can’t get by without air conditioning for now. It is currently impossible for everyone to do everything that needs to be done. Our society just isn’t set up that way—yet. But whatever you CAN do, please, do. Everything counts.

P.S.S. I wish I could leave politics out of this, but it’s impossible when you’re talking about the environment and civil rights and animal rights and food safety, etc. They depend so very much on policy, so I don’t see any way to avoid being political. I will, however, try to be cool about it (again, see pic). Thank you for your interest and participation!

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