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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.


Honoring Veterans Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work


Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, daily honor contributions by America’s armed forces by helping combat vets re- turn home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veterans Sustain- able Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps. This year, the couple is expanding the pro- gram by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators spark- ing future VSAT-graduate businesses.


For more information, call 800-933-5234, email Karen@ArchisAcres.com or visit ArchisAcres.com.


Veggie Power Food Revolution Day is May 17


Food Revolution Day, a collaborative effort between the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in the United States, the Better Food Foundation in the UK and The Good Foun- dation in Australia, aims to get people around the world talking about real food and food education. Last year, the global day of action encompassed more than 1,000 events and dinner parties among families and friends, school associates, work colleagues and community neighbors in 664 cities in 62 countries.


To get involved, visit FoodRevolutionDay.com.


Nearing Equality Gender Pay Gap is Eroding


Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers.


Progress has also been made in gender segre- gation within the labor market, with many previ- ously male-dominated fields including law, bank-


ing, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination.


n I have the right to hear and be heard. No one will yell, scream or shout and my opinions and desires will be considered in any plans we make.


n I have the right to learn about myself. I will be free to express my feelings and opinions without being interrupted or punished.


Bullying campers are warned that if they fail to honor these rights, they’ll be sent home.


Source: MetroKids.com natural awakenings May 2013 13


Camp Revamped Anti-Bullying Tenets Enhance Summer Fun


Many summer camps have taken steps to prevent bullying, reflect- ing mainstream trends. Attendees at Camp Dark Waters, a Medford, New Jersey, residential camp for ages 7 through 16 founded on Quaker prin- ciples, are asked to abide by a list of Anti-Bullying Campers’ Rights:


n I have the right to be happy and to be treated with kindness. No one will laugh at me, ignore me or hurt my feelings.


n I have the right to be myself. No one will treat me unfairly because I am fat or thin, fast or slow, strong or weak, a boy or girl. I am different because I am myself.


n I have the right to be safe. No one will hit, kick, push or pinch me. I will be free from physical threats.


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