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To Be a Cascadian...

To be a Cascadian one only needs to start living life differently. It is to recognize that we are part of an ecosystem which is connected to all ecosystems across the planet. It is to recognize that we are all connected to the web of life. Our little piece of the web of life is called Cascadia.
Free Cascadia
Free Cascadia
Already as the Cascadian movement builds people are taking offense that a new form of government might be forming. They are coming from a place of fear when they ask: Will we ask to secede? Will Cascadians force others to give up their United States of Corporate America citizenship? Will it be a bloody takeover?

All these questions are formed in the same frame of mind used to create Oregon, Washington, Northern California and British Columbia. The movement toward living in Cascadia is so far - very different than that.

People identifying as Cascadian are gathering together to have discussions about how we can transit to another, better way of living. How can we create jobs that support us, our local economy and the environment? How can we have decent, safe, affordable places to live that allow us to grow our own food but not tear the ecosystem apart? How can we govern ourselves and cut out the corporate yes-men and women who have taken over the courts, the legal establishments, the medical facilities, the schools and other institutions?

How can we choose the type of health and healing that is right for us?

How can we do all this and still remain healthy in body, mind and spirit?

How can we create a world where women, children, men and all species are treated with respect?

WE TRY NOT TO TAKE OURSELVES TO SERIOUS

And, we want to have fun while building our movement.

Here is a video link to a recent Portland Timbers game where a huge Doug Flag - the symbol for the Cascadian movement was unfurled. Yes, we like to have fun!
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbQEMmQ1XNw

GIVE UP THE OLD TO CREATE THE NEW

Ever hear the expression "Live by the sword, die by the sword". What good would it do to take over a land mass in a bloody revolution if it only creates more death, more war, and more warlords? Think about what has happened in the Middle East and other parts of the world where the war for land mass has devastated the land, the people, the economy and the supporting ecosystem. The people are insane with war. Each generation is infected with this insanity.
We don't need a bloody takeover or a movement to legally secede from corporate America, we only need to organize our selves differently and wait. The corporate world is in its death throes. It is crashing. It will become very evident to us all as we go along who can be trusted and who cannot. We must do whatever we can to create local economies and governance around local ecosystems.

WE NEED NEW TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATION

We may not have the internet for long, we need to get out and meet each other. Already Google and Verizon are trying to create a two-tier internet... to own the internet and to control what information is allowed to flow across the internet.

Go out and have a sit down with people in your community who might be interested in the Cascadian movement.

To be a Cascadian one only needs to start living life differently. It is to recognize that we are part of an ecosystem which is connected to all ecosystems across the planet. It is to recognize that we are all connected to the web of life. Our little piece of the web of life is called Cascadia.

To be a Cascadian is to recognize that the artificial land territory called Oregon was created by warlords, land barons, people of other nations seeking relief from political, religious and economic oppression. These same oppressed people brought their self- righteous thinking here and used the same oppressive methods on the first peoples, the forests, the water, the sky.

To be a Cascadian is to take responsibility for ones actions and lifestyle and start to live differently. Independence of mind will and spirit is sought. We do not want to live off oppressive governments; we want to be self-sufficient while maintaining healthy community connections. We want to be cooperative and peaceful.

Being a Cascadian is less about creating new territory and governments and more about recognizing the biome we already live in and respecting it, and if need be protecting it.

THE ELEVENTH HOUR- How to organize our movement for Cascadia

Here is one of my favorite bits of wisdom circulating the web at this time from the Hopi Elders:

"You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR.
And there are things to be considered...
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally. Least of all, ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we've been waiting for. "

--The Elders Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

THE MAP
Here is a link to a large map of Cascadia with much detail - Check it out
 http://www.cascwild.org/cascadia.html

ORGANIZING TOOLS

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/


These are my thoughts...for what it's worth. - ZCascadia

homepage: homepage: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/


More Tools for organizing Cascadia 21.Aug.2010 14:20

Killer Whale

Links to websites that are helping to organize Cascadia

 http://republic-of-cascadia.tripod.com/


 http://zapatopi.net/cascadia/

Ecotopian Star 21.Aug.2010 23:14

Ecotopian Yeti

Here is a bigger Ecotopian Star I designed some years back.. it would make a great T-shirt or stencil
Ecotopian Star - Localize Democratize Resist
Ecotopian Star - Localize Democratize Resist