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...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Mar 18 2015
When Another Person Makes You Suffer, It Is because He Suffers Deeply Within Himself
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over.” - Thich Nhat Hanh I grew up in a family dominated by alcoholism, narcissism, illness and dysfunction. There were four of us, my mother, my father, my...
Tim Hjersted added a video on Mar 18 2015
Letterman to Cornel West: Am I ‘Ignorant’ to Think Race Relations Are Getting Better?
The author of "Black Prophetic Fire" talks about the civil rights movement, President Obama and more.
Tim Hjersted added a video on Mar 17 2015
P L A N E T A R Y  (2015)
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Mar 16 2015
How America's Culture of Shame Is a Killer for Boys
Put an end to shaming by doing one beautifully simple thing. For Americans, shame is how we make people do what we want. We use it on our children to get them to attend to us. We use it as a heavy-handed short cut in our adult relationships. We use it in our political...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Mar 16 2015
Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch
Mark Greene has one clear reason we should all fight for gay rights. Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well. “Boys imitate what they see. If what they see is emotional distance, guardedness, and coldness between men they will grow up to...
Tim Hjersted shared a video via Eli Dragen on Mar 16 2015
Within Reach (2013)
Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA seeking sustainable community. Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they...
Tim Hjersted added an article on Feb 7 2015
Are Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Tactics More Awful Because of One Victim?
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
The Problem Isn't White People. The Problem Is a Meme.
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
Articles on Privilege Theory
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...
Tim Hjersted added local news on Jan 30 2015
What Social Change Activists Can Too Easily Forget
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
Humans Having a Human Experience: On Finding Meaning & Beauty from a Remix of Chardin's Famous Quote
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
The Penalty - How Much Are Executions Costing you?
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
The New Story: Why Changing the Myth Changes Our world
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
Thich Nhat Hanh: Call Me by My True Names
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
Gabor Maté: Many Notions about Human Nature are a Myth. We're All Born With the Same "Blank Slate"
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) 5 stars on Jan 14 2015
Tim Hjersted added an article on Jan 13 2015
If We Want to End This World's Tragic Cycles of Violence, We're Going to Have to Do Something Extremely Radical
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 101 (2010)
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
An Open Letter From Assata Shakur: "I Am a 20th Century Escaped Slave"
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
A Cancer that Produces Racism
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
America Needs to Face an Uncomfortable Truth. That's Why the #BlackLivesMatter Hashtag Is Essential.
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
Delaware Tribe to Enter Interlocal Agreement for Indigenous Agriculture Use of Prime Farmland
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
Why Cultural Diversity Is as Essential to Human Survival as Biological Diversity
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
Climate Change You Can Believe In
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
The Pentagon Is The World’s Largest & Most Dangerous Climate Criminal. It's the Elephant In The Room
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 climate change. It is well understood by every possible measurement that the...
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Tim Hjersted added an article on Sep 18 2014
A Maximum Wage Law?
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
How to Make ISIS Fall on Its Own Sword
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
100% Renewable Energy as Centerpiece of a Climate Action Plan
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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