During our visit to Salvador Bahia, Arun and I went to the Municipal School of Eugenia Anna Santos, in Sao Gonçalo. This organization works on the grounds of Ile Axe Opo Afunja, led by Mother Stella Oxossi. The Minister of Education and Culture of Salvador, John Carlos Bacelar arranged a meeting and tour at the school which is in the center of the community and property of Mae Stella De Oxossi‘s home.
Upon arrival we were greeted with drumming, and smiles as it began to lightly rain. The property had the look and feeling of an Ashram school in India.
Accompanied by the Municipal Secretary of Education, John Carlos Bacelar, we were introduced to Candomblé and the history of the property led by Mother Stella Oxossi.
It was explained to us that Brazil honors all forms of religious worship. In Bahia more than 50% of the population’s roots are from Africa. The largest African-Portuguese community lives in Salvador, the 3rd largest city of Brazil. The old African ingenious religious practices are still carried out there till this day.
October is a very important month for Seed Freedom worldwide.
Join in! Occupy Seed! Seed Freedom now!
FORTNIGHT OF ACTIONS FOR SEED FREEDOM
Oct 2nd – Oct 16th 2012
From 2nd October (Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary), to 16th October (World Food Day) the Global Alliance for Seed Freedom is planning intensive actions to create a global citizens’ response on the issue of Seed Freedom that we hope will act as a wake up call for citizens and the government. Gandhi had said, “as long as the superstition that unjust laws must be obeyed exist, so will slavery exist”. Humanity and diverse species on the Earth are being pushed into a new form of seed slavery. In the spirit of Gandhi, we therefore call for a civil disobedience against unjust laws.
New film doc Fixing the Future, showcasing working models for thriving economies, will screen in at least 50 theaters in cities across the U.S. Due to a wildly successful PBS version, the filmmakers have made a new, feature length version of the documentary that you can be among the first to see. Transition US is calling it an “online event.”
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of NOW on PBS) visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse.
The film highlights effective, local practices such as: local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies. Following the documentary, audiences will enjoy a pre-taped discussion panel featuring luminaries Bill McKibben, Majora Carter, Richard Rockefeller and David Brancaccio.
Tickets: $11.75 per adult.
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Venue: Pacific Culver Stadium 12 Theaters, 9500 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232