Newsflash Poster

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, social activist, and founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM.

This has been a busy bee kind of week! Don Bee is still hard at work, getting enough signatures from Berkeley, CA, resident voters. If he succeeds, his ballot initiative to ban neonics in Berkeley goes to a vote this year! If he is short of signatures, he would keep working to gather signatures, and his proposed ballot measure would be voted on in 2016. Of course, I hope that Don gets enough signatures! If you are in the Berkeley, CA, or San Francisco Bay Area and want to help Don “Bee” somehow, please E-Mail to PSM at: doyoulikefood@gmail.com.

Personally, I think that one of my new favorite ways to unwind is to create a save the bees poster. In the poster shown below, notice the “fence” image? Well, I took that earlier today in Sedona, AZ. Tonight, I created the poster design. I realize that both my font and color choices are all over the board, but I was going for creative (no pressure!). Enjoy and please re-post the poster! ❤

Click here if you haven’t already joined Pollinator Support Movement (PSM). Thank You, and we really need to band together so that the planet’s bees and other important pollinators don’t go extinct!

Designed by Alisha Bee Copyright Pollinator Support Movement

“Newsflash Poster” Design by Alisha Bee Copyright 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

What is a Neonic?!

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer, artist, and social entrepreneur. 

neonics REFORM" poster © 2014

neonics REFORM” poster © 2014

 

It’s really dangerous to be a bee

“I’ve heard that bees are dying.  Why are bees dying?  Do we know why?  I’ve heard that mites and cell phones are the cause.”

Yes.  Scientists do know.  

The biggest manmade reason that pollinators like bees are dying is a chemical class called Neonicotinoids or “neonics”.

Stop Using Neonicotinoids

Can you even imagine no vegetables, spices, nuts, and fruits?

For bees and other pollinators, chemical insecticide products used in homes and crops all over the globe cause a variety of neurological (brain!) conditions which result in unnecessary death.  Honey bees, specifically, are dying faster than they can repopulate. Humans all over the planet must quickly take action in order to prevent unimaginable catastrophe.

About Neonicotinoids

Here are some facts about the chemicals, called Neonicotinoids (think Nicotine!), that are used worldwide on farms and in homes:

  • Very persistent in soil and water soluble.
  • Systemic pesticides applied at the root (as seed coating or drench) and then taken up through the plant’s vascular system to be expressed in pollen, nectar and guttation droplets (like dew) from which bees then forage and drink.
  • Systemics on food cannot be washed off.
  • Nicotine-like, neurotoxic insecticides that bind to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in insects’ brains.
  • Bees have a particular genetic vulnerability to these & other pesticides because they have more of these receptors, as well as more learning and memory genes, and fewer genes for detoxification.
  • Widely used on more than 140 crop varieties, as well as on termites, flea treatments, lawns and gardens.
  • Fastest-growing class of synthetic pesticides in history.
  • Imidacloprid is Bayer’s top-selling Neonicotinoid chemical; used to treat fleas on pets.

Click here to learn about the planet’s most common offending chemicals; found in your homes, offices, and on your pets.

Source:  http://www.panna.org/current-campaigns/bees

* Psst!  Monsanto is involved with organic product labeling.

Click here to read more about the challenges of current commercial organic food labeling organization and policy.

Berkeley CA Ballot Report

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott  |  Alisha is a writer and social activist, and the 2012 Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM. 

Perhaps you already read about Don “Bee”, and his contribution to the community and pollinators of Berkeley, California? Don, whose real name is Donald Hughes, has been working daily to get enough signatures on a proposed ballot measure that would seriously restrict and in some cases ban the neonicotinoid pesticide chemicals that are shown throughout the world to be destroying bees, and pollinators of all types.

You could say that Don “Bee” is the Bay Area PSM Collective chapter president. Recently, I added Don Bee to the list of approved authors for the PSM website (pollinatorsupportmovement.com), and have invited him to post about his work and daily experiences. (You know, just in case I can’t cover it as quickly as he needs help with.)

To reach Don directly, or to offer help, E-Mail to: kamiyodojo.ca@gmail.com

If you would like to sign-up to be a part of the bee-saving collective known as Pollinator Support Movement, please click here.

Collecting signatures is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA

Collecting signatures at a farmers market is energy-consuming work in Berkeley, CA. Don is wearing his signature bee costume. He’s been known not to leave home without it.

The deadlines for signatures collection was originally May 5, 2014 (yesterday). But, Don says that the Berkeley City Council is supposed to be meeting soon, and discuss whether or not to allow Don’s proposed initiative more time to collect signatures.

When asked about his work, Don says: “Whether we get the deadline extended or not, we will still keep gathering signatures for the next election. We will pressure politicians and persuade people. We will not stop until neonicotinoid pesticides are banned.” 

Click here to submit an article that you think should go on the PSM website or FB page.

One of Don's original PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

One of Don’s original yellow-colored PSM community education flyers © 2012 Pollinator Support Movement

More About Don

To properly say THANK YOU to Don for his incredible community work, I’d like to praise some of his other talents and projects. What I like about Don, personally, are his abilities to draw, and to talk to people into being peaceful. When I was living in the Bay Area, and attempting to launch Pollinator Support Movement in October of 2012, Don was THE FIRST PERSON that stepped-up to help. PSM is forever indebted to Don’s community organization and public speaking abilities.

Did you know that Don has OTHER names, too? It’s true! As an established black belt and instructor in Ninpo Taijutsu, Don is also known as Sensei. And, when he is performing in public as an entertainer, he is known as Dragon Master (“the world’s first Choose Your Own Adventure (series) rock and roll artist”). If you are in the East Bay area of San Francisco, CA, look Don up!

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Don Bee with a beard in 2012 © 2014 Pollinator Support Movement

Contact Donald Hughes

Today’s PSM website stats

  • TOTAL READERS: 6,366
  • TOTAL FOLLOWERS: 854

Inviting Your Personal-Business

Written by Alisha M. Forrester Scott  |  Founder of Pollinator Support Movement PSM

I am a social activist for the cause of saving and restoring bees and the food supply chain. I am a writer, artist, and entrepreneur with a large network of artist-run creative and professional businesses that have agreed to a collective project to save the bees. We are in the midst of linking assets, in order to launch a public art and educational collective. We will focus on creative storytelling, and sustainable educational systems development. I would like to talk more with other professional services providers about part of a possible crowd funding project. If you’re interested, please contact me at alishatheexplorer.com, or by my E-Mail to doyoulikefood@gmail.com.

Thank You & Sincerely,

Alisha “Bee”

 

Click here to see my creative portfolio at Behance.

Oak Creek in Sedona

Oak Creek in Sedona

The Co-Op Op

Justin Booz, The Co-Op Op, and Free Food for South Side Chicago
Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

Click here to listen to this article at the SoundCloud @BNN Bees News Network page.

Introducing Justin Booz

Late one evening, I sat comfortably on my bed in Phoenix, Arizona, with a notebook and pen.  By telephone, I interviewed Justin Booz in Chicago, Illinois.  Booz (pronounced boose) is one of founders of The Co-Operation Operation. Justin is a living proof that with intention and focus, wild dreams may be made manifest.  At present, he and his twenty-something hometown buddies are making history and positive names for themselves; tending raised bed garden boxes on a toxic land plot in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Justin Booz is a bona fide multi-talented artist, who also speaks French and plays the cello.  He has a healthy sense of humor and a promotional smile that attracts friendly people.  Justin is loved by many, and in my playful opinion would easily win if he ever ran as the Mayor of Chicago.  Speaking on the benefits of working in the garden and garden project, Justin shares, “Boy, oh Boy, is it worth it.”

I originally met Booz inside of a posh San Francisco building, while volunteering as a live camera operator at an annual French cuisine event.  He had arrived on-site before I had, and was also a volunteer cameraperson.

In between working, we talked and discovered that we both lived in the east bay of the San Francisco.  And, we were both living life as low-income agricultural-activist-artists.  We were supporting and amongst the citizens who openly protested Wall Street greed during historical movements such as Occupy Oakland.

Once, Justin and I had fun volunteering together on the lower portion of a public art piece drawn with sidewalk chalk, sponsored by the Chalkupy Oakland group.  For our part, we drew blue and white-colored ocean waves.

While still living in the bay area, I visited Justin during his residency at a local urban-agricultural collective in Berkeley, called P.L.A.C.E.  He was practicing the sustainable lifestyle that he admires.  As friends living in different “neighborhoods” in the east bay area, we often talked often about our dreams of sustainable creativity.  We agreed that freedom and free community food gardens would someday become a social staple.

Since that lifetime in the bay area, the last time I saw Justin was during Thanksgiving 2012.  I was visiting family in Arizona for the holiday.  He stopped for a brief stay in Arizona while on his way back home to Chicago.

Introducing The Co-Operation Operation

Are you living in the south side of Chicago?  Do you like Kale, Cherry tomatoes, Onion, Zucchini, Chard, Cucumber, Radishes, Basil, Lettuce, or Nasturtium (edible flowers that taste like pepper)?  Do you enjoy the positive physical and emotional benefits from consuming entire meals grown in organic gardens?

If you do, be prepared to fall completely in love with the creators of The Co-Operation Operation; a FREE organic food and urban community garden.  Neighbors are emotionally re-investing in the neighborhood itself, and are sharing their social energy to power basic garden projects.

The urban garden that is being established is currently 5000 square feet, and features 41 beds for food production.  The intention behind “The Co-Op Op” urban garden installation is to grow an organic garden that produces enough food for residents of the local neighborhood and surrounding community.

The Co-Op Op on FB already has 800+ Likes; mostly from the United States.  A majority of online response originates from the Chicago-area, but does include both coasts.  Booz reports, “People from over 20 countries like what we’re doing.”

About the Pullman Neighborhood and Garden Site

For general information about the Pullman neighborhood and its historic national role, search online for “Pullman rail cars”.  About 1000 households exist in the Pullman area, which is about four blocks by four blocks large.  The median age of the Pullman neighborhood is mid-thirties.  The area’s racially diverse neighborhood has a smattering of wealthy people, but is historically poor.

Booz says that the hood is, “…not a hip, or, up-and-coming neighborhood.  It’s kind of like a small town.  You could cross the neighborhood in a 10-30 minute walk.”  And, to be frank, no one living in the area ever expects community investment or the birth of profitable commercial potential.

The word “diversity” aptly describes the history of the Pullman area, and the many unfulfilled visions that have existed for this particular land parcel.  One previous land use proposal included plans for a park, but there was no community interest and no investment capital to power any changes.  A decade-long general rejection by The Alderman land council to incoming projects proposals, has felt morally degrading to the locals.

During the last 10-years, the local political system has been plagued with deadlock.  Constant infighting and open disagreement have prevented the community at large from finding a beneficial use for the land.  Environmental quality and local political leaders have been unable to unite the neighborhood.

The land parcel that The Co-Operation Operation is on had previously remained “un-zoned” because of a special designation by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “Super Fund Site”.  What is a “Super Fund Site”?  In a short description, a general health-hazard.  Any land parcel labeled as a Super Fund Site means that it is utterly polluted and contaminated.  Like many land plots in the county, the garden site was off-limits.  That is, until The Co-Operation Operation began toxic remediation.

Interview with Justin Booz of The Co-Operation Operation

As I questioned Justin Booz about his personal experience living a sustainable lifestyle, I was surprised when he described his current existence, “Like living a mystery novel and thriller novel all at once.”

Alisha:  What is the message you are sending, and whom are you sending it to?  

Justin:  The message that we are sending to the entire local neighborhood is “come and take vegetables!” In this way, the garden is benefitting the local neighborhood by improving it, and offering nourishment to the neighbors that want to become involved and fed for free.

A:  How do they know to come and take vegetables? 

J:  Word of mouth invitations.  Members of The Co-Operation Operation project are integrated into the established neighborhood network.  The neighborhood response to the project is openly positive, and one staff member is typically on-site at the garden each day to greet and invite neighbors and curious others as they stop-by.

A:  How do you describe what the project is accomplishing?

J:  Providing a place for neighbors to nourish themselves with garden fresh produce is in itself a simple idea.  Metaphorically, the garden space is opening a community door that was previously unable to be opened, and is filling a void.  Symbolically, the regeneration of this working-class neighborhood is unexpected.  It is hard for many locals to see that there is “Life” growing where people didn’t expect there to be. Everyone is excited at the early and present success of the project.

A:  Who performs the ever-important social media tasks?  

J:  Monica Wizgird, another founder who is on The Co-Op Op’s Outreach Committee, is the one who consistently posts vibrant photo stories on Facebook for everyone to enjoy.

A:  Do you and the group work to accomplish any specific food production goals?

J:  No.  The goal is to continue upgrading and developing the non-profit’s strategic organization and planning, and garden infrastructure.  Operating a high-functioning garden is the focus of the non-profit.  Currently, the The Co-Operation Operation urban garden project is protected by a 5-year land use contract signed in agreement with City of Chicago.  At the end of the term, members operating the site have been told that the non-profit will be given the option to purchase the garden site.

A:  Does The Co-Operation Operation plan to purchase the site?

J:  Yes.

A:  Please report on one unexpected and positive personal benefit from your participation in the project? 

J:  I’ve gained a deeper understanding of the importance of community and volunteerism.  And, I’m learning to build a more sustainable community through focused and collaborative development of a simple idea.

A:  How about one unexpected personal challenge that you have encountered while working on The Co-Operation Operation project? 

J: A rascal neighbor stalked members of our group, and attempted to sabotage the project by spreading very vicious lies.  It was a draining, drawn-out experience.

A:  What is The Co-Op Op planning to do during the Chicago winter? 

J:  A greenhouse made of common corrugated and greenhouse plastics, wood, steel, and concrete will help us to continue growing food in the cold.  So, the group will be nurturing winter crops.  We will continue with site improvements, including the exciting construction of a large water reservoir.

A:  What are your personal plans for winter? 

J:  I plan to work on getting our residential row house off of the grid using recycled materials.  First, gas; then electrical.  I will be working at the garden as a paid staff member through a city-funded “Designated Work Site” program.

About the Angels

Some members of The Co-Operation Operation are currently living near the urban garden in an old row house.  Busy with actively planning and documenting the project for historical purposes, project participants intend to duplicate their program at a second site.  Everyone living at the old row house helps at the garden.

Erin Delaney:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Education, Events, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Viviana Gentry:  Co-Chair Garden Operations, Press Relations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination

Monica Wizgird:  Secretary Fundraising Chairperson, Social Media, Photography, Press Relations, Education, Events

Justin Booz:  Treasurer Building and Design, Press Relations

Elizabeth Nerat:  Garden Operations, Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Education, Events

Jessica Gorse:  Education, Events, Outreach

Sara Koperdak-Meekins:  Outreach and Volunteer Coordination, Legal liason

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony  |  Photo by Alicja Wizgird "Pullman IS magic," echoed a child, to everyone's delight

The Co-Op Op ribbon cutting ceremony | Photo by Alicja Wizgird
“Pullman IS magic,” echoed a child, to everyone’s delight

Reach The Co-Operation Operation

Website http://coopop.org

Phone number  (773) 609-3389

E-Mail  cooperationoperation@gmail.com

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cooperation-Operation/601185756574486

Vital Press Release (RR)

Alisha Bee’s Restorative Retail (RR) Plan To Free the Bees

ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing Restorative Retail (RR)

A Gift of Seeds © 2013 Alisha Bee

A Gift of Seeds © 2013 Alisha Bee

Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott, Founder of Pollinator Support Movement

September 2013

Phoenix, Arizona

On behalf of Pollinator Support Movement (PSM), a new retail fundraising website is launching.  PSM founder, Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott, calls her Restorative Retail (RR) plan, “…an attempt to streamline contemporary commerce, for the purpose of funding sustainable business start-ups and community education and wellness initiatives.  And, to save and restore the bees and the food supply chain.”

The “Restorative Retail” commerce model

The commerce model by which PSM operates is called “Restorative Retail” — which Forrester Scott calls “the Future of Peaceful Commerce”.  By description, the (RR) program is an economic template for doing sustainable and responsible business.  The (RR) new commerce model supports the PSM collective, an all-inclusive network of people who care, and their direct communities, and will operate as a non-profit organization.

Ultimately, like any “online and large box retailer”, Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) collective collects revenues from retail sales, wholesaler affiliations, subscriptions, and trade contributions.  Retail fundraising purchases and contributions are collected by PSM, and funds pooled into a sole, Global Solidarity Fund.  Once traditional cost of business deductions are made, net profits are then bifurcated with:

50% of Net Revenue given to projects “For People”

  • 50% of all net revenues placed into innumerable Community Banking accounts to be spread to and employed by all people in need on planet Earth, wherever they may reside; to provide whatever help (energy) people need in order to restore balance, install sustainable creative-alternative economies, provide public community forum, and free lifetime education, so that all may flourish in peaceful and progressive resonance.
50% of Net Revenue given to projects “For Planet”
  • 50% of all net revenues are placed into innumerable Restorative Natural Systems Banking accounts to be spread to organizations who benefit the planet Earth and her non-Human inhabitants; to provide whatever help (energy) is needed to restore nature to balance.

COMING SOON… “Alisha Bee Presents” opens for retail fundraising business at OpenSky.com

Please support Alisha Bee’s purpose!  When you purchase products and services online through the “Alisha Bee Presents” retail fundraising shop, all of the money (net) that is made from your purchases will allow Pollinator Support Movement (PSM) to create and provide the necessary financial support to create and fund sustainable projects for local and regional North American communities (and beyond).

For Planet. For People. For Purpose.  “Alisha Bee Presents” online retail fundraising at OpenSky.com is being launched to provide major funding for the creative awareness projects produced by Pollinator Support Movement (PSM).  The “Alisha Bee Presents” online retail fundraising shop is donating 100% (net) of its proceeds to Pollinator Support Movement (PSM).  Of that total percentage, 50% (half!) of net gains will directly fund planetary restoration projects.  The other 50% (half!) of net gains will directly fund community support and improvement projects.

How the “Alisha Bee Presents” online retail fundraising shop at OpenSky.com Works.  Please support Alisha Bee’s mission to save and restore bees and the food supply chain!  When you purchase products and services through “Alisha Bee Presents“, all of the money that is made from your purchases will benefit planetary restoration projects and local and regional community support programs.  With your support, AlishaBee.com is going to help PSM to save and restore bees and the food supply chain.

Save Bees By Shopping Online.  If you regularly shop online, consider spending your money at “Alisha Bee Presents“.  Shop online like you do at any other online retailer.  But, unlike other online retailers, your money spent does not go towards executives and shareholders-only.  Instead, Alisha Bee gives all the money to projects that benefits communities and the planet Earth.  By combining our nations online purchasing power together, we have everything to gain!

Click here to read more about the projects that AlishaBee.com is currently working towards funding.

Click here to read all about my public relations work on behalf of Pollinator Support Movement (PSM).

Contact Alisha M. Forrester Scott at (978) 254-7428 is (978) ALISHA-8, or, E-Mail to: alishatheexplorer@gmail.com.