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Tim Hjersted
Location:   Lawrence, Kansas
I'm currently working full-time on Films For Action, a non-profit organization that works to support the people working to change the world. Our current projects include regular documentary film screenings and the continued improvement of the Films For Action website. Our site features over...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Feb 7 2015
The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way? Because it wants to terrify its opponents into...
Tim Hjersted added local news on Feb 6 2015
Have a look at this 2 minute clip from the film Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden:
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Feb 6 2015
So one particular night I went on a knowledge binge and spent 9 hours reading about privilege theory. Below you'll find excerpts and links to most of the articles I read. My extremely brief conclusion is that PT is definitely helpful to understand and is useful up to a...
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Tim Hjersted added local news on Jan 30 2015
I often think about this quote from Malcolm X. It's a point that really can't be made too often. Having become socially conscious to a certain degree, it can be easy to fall into the trap of condemning or judging those who aren't as awakened as we are, forgetting that there...
Tim Hjersted added local news on Jan 27 2015
There's a popular quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that says, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” But I think of myself as a human being having a human experience. It's true: We come from the...
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Tim Hjersted rated The Beginning of the American Fall 4.5 stars on Jan 14 2015
Tim Hjersted added a video on Jan 14 2015
Do you know how much the death penalty is costing you? The Penalty is a 90-minute feature-length documentary from the award-winning Webby-nominated team behind One For Ten. Lifting the lid on America's modern death penalty, the film examines the human cost of the ultimate...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jan 14 2015
Alan Heeks explores the pathways that can take us from the ‘old story’ of addictive materialism into a new, creative and regenerative post-industrial society. Since earliest times, people have created stories to make sense of their world. In 1978, Thomas Berry1 coined the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Jan 14 2015
In Plum Village, where I live in France, we receive many letters from the refugee camps in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, hundreds each week. It is very painful to read them, but we have to do it, we have to be in contact. We try our best to...
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Tim Hjersted added a video on Jan 14 2015
Dr. Gabor Maté explains why it is that our culture makes so many of us unhappy, unkind to one another, misrable, alienated from ourselves, etc. Watch the full interview in Part 2. Dr. Gabor Maté: http://drgabormate.com/ 
Tim Hjersted rated Within Reach (2013) 0.5 stars on Jan 14 2015
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jan 13 2015
When every cultural force beckons us to hate, to harden our hearts and vilify the other, we must have the courage to look, deeply, with an intention to understand. To ignore the rage of the dispossessed, to dismiss it without understanding its roots, will not bring us any...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Dec 21 2014
COINTELPRO may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO represents the state’s strategy to prevent movements and communities...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Dec 21 2014
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the US government’s policy towards people of color. I am an...
Tim Hjersted rated Malala. One Girl. Among many 4 stars on Dec 20 2014
Tim Hjersted rated This Is A Goat 0.5 stars on Dec 19 2014
Tim Hjersted added an article on Dec 19 2014
Mass incarceration and bloated police departments are major incubators of some of the most reactionary ideas in society, writes Todd Chretien. IN THE wake of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island, tens of thousands have marched, occupied city halls and...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Dec 18 2014
There are myriad reasons why the rallying hashtag for the movement that grew out of ‪#‎Ferguson‬ is ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ and not ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬. See this, 
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Tim Hjersted added local news on Oct 14 2014
As a fitting commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Day (yesterday), the Lawrence City Commission will approve an agreement with the Delaware Tribe by wh
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 19 2014
Just as we recognize the importance of biodiversity for the survival of the planet, so we must preserve the diverse ways of knowing that exist among humanity. In the late 1990s, a Ugandan intellectual and civil society activist called Paulo Wangoola returned home to the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 19 2014
Just as Sunday’s big People’s Climate March and next week’s UN global summit on climate converge here in New York City, the nation and world are experiencing weather of an intensity that should rattle the stubborn false convictions of even the most fervent climate change...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 19 2014
Expose the Pentagon, the world’s largest & most dangerous climate criminal There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even seen. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 18 2014
I recently read about a cash-strapped seven-year Walmart employee in Louisiana who says she'd live in her car if she could figure out how to do it. Another Walmart employee claims that many Walmart "associates" actually do that to make ends meet, but it's really not an option...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 17 2014
Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 17 2014
Climate Change is back on the political agenda. On 23rd of September, Heads of States are meeting in New York to pledge climate action. This is good news as it is about time. The rising economic, health-related, and environmental costs of burning fossil fuels, combined...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 17 2014
Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 17 2014
Officials in Washington are inadvertently providing some insight into the strange logic of their nebulous war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in contradictory and puerile statements about whether the military action should be called a war, or...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 17 2014
Ahead of UN summit, organizers of direct action say the planetary crisis of global warming 'is a result of an economic system that is based on endless extraction, endless growth, and ceaseless exploitation of the earth and people.' What does climate change have to do...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 12 2014
Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here's how to do it without bombs. President Obama is right: There is no military solution.  Military actions will not set the stage for political...