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Shelby Lawson · Shelby Lawson is a student at the University of Kansas, majoring in Journalism and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lawson posted the following to her Facebook page:  “Alright y’all. I’d like to clear a few things up. This is a general address to the long list of...
Sustainability Action Network · As a fitting commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Day (yesterday), the Lawrence City Commission will approve an agreement with the Delaware Tribe by wh
Daniel Scharpenburg · We are next to Colorado, but worlds away. People know that Kansas is one of the most conservative states, I think—and you might have heard of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church and their message of hate. Today something happened that is making local news but I...
Brenna Daldorph · Soon, a four-lane freeway will slice across wetlands next to Haskell Indian Nations University in northeast Kansas. Over 100 years ago, this land sheltered Native children fleeing a government school. It still cradles remains today.   When Pemina Yellow Bird moved to...
Films For Action · We hosted a lot of film screenings back in the day. Since we've been focusing on the growth of our international website over the last few years, our screenings have slowed down significantly, but we hope to get back into it eventually. Until then, here is a little trip back...
Tom Philpott · How to make an arid region bloom: irrigated farm plots (between 0.5 and 1 mile in diameter) over the High Plains Aquifer in western Kansas. NASA/US Geological Su
Films For Action · We've got our next event booked for Monday June 10th at 7pm at Liberty Hall. Watch the trailer: Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet. Humanity is waking up to the fact...
Tom Randall · Kansas, I love your sense of humor. It seems like every time the Sunflower State pops up in my news feed, it’s for something like this: House Bill No. 2366, a proposed law that would make it illegal to use “public funds to promote or implement sustainable...
Films For Action · "I cannot believe the fantastic selection and must sees of this week. What a fantastic thing to have available to us. Thank you - Mary   Here are our top 15 most popular videos and headlines from the past week as decided by our community. Exxon, You Can't Silence...
Films For Action · We've had a few video submissions lately where the member added 4 videos that are all separate parts of the same video. Video part 1 Video part 2 etc. I wanted to write this note to let people know that our video submission form allows us to post these parts all...
Mikhail Bakunin · "In your standard dictatorship, activists are brought out back and shot. In the United States' crypto-dictatorship, activists are bullied by the state until they go bankrupt, are buried under a mountain of legal woes, are publicly discredited or humiliated, or as in the...
Films For Action · Woo! If you've visited the site today you may have noticed a few changes. After about a month of working on new changes to the website behind the scenes we finally launched the new updates today, which involved switching to a new, dedicated server. The most noticeable...
Films For Action · December 5 2012, a new independent media project was launched on Facebook. Lawrence Vision aims to provide a source for news, ideas, perspectives, events and discussion oriented towards what we all have in common: a vision of Lawrence and the world that's thriving...
Kelsey Murrell · Tuesday night I watched the election from Oxford with people from all over the world.  One of the best parts of watching the election from here was having the opportunity to listen to my friends from other nations give their perspective on the American elections. Studying...
Films For Action · Having met Speed Levitch at a party last year, it was awesome to see he is the star of a new show on Hulu where he takes on the history of a new locale each week commenting with the zany, sometimes poetic, often philisophical reflections he is famous for. If you're a fan of...
Films For Action · This summer Troy Karlin started a radio show on the local Lawrence, Kansas AM station KLWN 1320 called "On the Brighter Side." As Troy put it, "I turned off my television over two years ago...the news was getting so negative I couldn't handle it anymore. It made me anxious...
Films For Action · By Edward Flentje Reporters from Reuters, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal descended on Kansas in the last few weeks to cover a political contest they view to be of national significance, that is, a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in the...
Films For Action · That's right, Films For Action is lucky to be presenting the Midwest premier of the finished documentary film "Within Reach" here in our very own Lawrence, KS! We're also pleased to have one of the film-makers - Ryan Mlynarczyk - in person to intro the film and do a Q&A with...
Films For Action · Environs, Films For Action and the Learning for Life Center in Topeka are all collaborating to bring you a film screening of Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. We'll be very lucky to have the director of the film, Velcrow Ripper, in person to discuss afterwards. Ripper...
Tim Hjersted · In April 2007, Films For Action screened The End of Suburbia to an audience of 180 people, and launched a campaign to have the Lawrence City Commission create a Peak Oil Task force, which would study the local impacts of peak oil and propose recommendations for the city to...
Films For Action · November 13, 2011, Shannon Gorres gives a tour of the Cosmic Beauty School in Lawrence, KS . The CBS, now in its third year, is working to provide an urban demonstration site for radical sustainability, social justice, and holistic health. Here is how they describe their...
Ken Lassman · This movie and website is making the rounds lately, so I thought I'd take a closer look. As a bioregionalist, I found myself asking a series of questions about what I found. So in the spirit of the website's admonition "not to take on, unquestioningly, a new set of...
Films For Action · This is from the City of Lawrence: "Common Ground is an urban agriculture and community gardening program of the City of Lawrence and Douglas County Applications due:  Friday, December 16, 2011 The City of Lawrence and Douglas County are seeking applications for an Urban...
Films For Action · This tutorial video offers step by step instructions on how to add an independent news headline. Headlines are news stories, editorials, or articles that are republished from other sources. Adding content to the site is easy and takes under 2 minutes once you're familiar...
Films For Action · Pachamama's and Films For Action present a film screening of The Vanishing of the Bees, with the director of the film coming to speak before and after. Free State beer will also be on tap. Doors open at 6. Film starts at 7.   About the Film: Honeybees have been mysteriously...

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Wed, Dec 10 4pm · Come die-in in conjunction with the #GlobalShutDown. The #Lawrencediein will happen in the courtyard and sidewalk of U.S Bank on Massachusetts Street. Be there at 4p. We will...
Sat, Dec 6 2:30pm · At 2:30pm we will meet at WEST South Park and at 3pm to begin a peaceful march of solidarity for justice of those who die and are abused at the hands of law enforcement. The...
Tue, Oct 28 7pm · Sexuality Education Committee and Films for Actions present: Five Friends. This film explores what it means for men to be loving, transparent, vulnerable and even intimate with...
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We are socially-conscious members of the Lawrence community with a passion for justice and direct action initiatives. Our backgrounds vary, but many of us have been involved in other local organizing initiatives such as Lawrence Fair Food and Occupy Lawrence.
We are a group of ordinary people concerned about the various issues that have arisen due to the absurdity of the notion that a legal fiction with limited liability and unlimited resources is a &ldq
A group of people interested in discussing, exploring, and practicing new ways of living, eating, working, playing, and relating with one another and our environment in a radical way.
Films For Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just...
MadreLawrence believes in coming together to have a conversation about what we can do for our beloved city. Diversity is what we stand behind, because only with truly diverse opinions can we build a strong community where ALL have a voice & feel welcome.
This project is currently no longer active, but other projects are in the works. Purchased as a family homestead by Felix and Henrietta Karlin, for their eight adult children and many grandchildren in 1985. Purchased in 2008 by Rod Karlin their eldest son. Stewarded by Troy...
Our mission is to stand in solidarity with the “Occupy” communities worldwide that originate from “Occupy Wall Street” and to promote awareness of social and economic injustice. We seek to inspire positive change through mutual collaboration and community building. We stand...
History:As the oldest service organization in Lawrence, the Social Service League has been providing cost-effective assistance to the financially challenged of Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas since 1863.
We are the local organizing group from Missouri and Kansas organizing support for PFC Bradley Manning while he is imprisoned at the Joint Regional Correction Facility at Coffin Road and 159th Street at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We have many local members, but we also have...
The Kansas Area Watershed Council is one of the oldest bioregional groups on the continent. Our vision is to explore and celebrate the prairie ecosystem, and make community with each other, the land and sky. Many of us are active in continental bioregional organizing, local...
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