Bob Barker and Animal Activism

How many of us were able to watch The Price is Right when we were younger? Back when Bob Barker hosted the popular daytime game show? Does anyone remember the quip he snuck in frequently right before the credits rolled?

“Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population.  Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

As it turns out, this wasn’t simply for the sake of screen time.  In 1979, at the age of 56, Bob Barker became a vegetarian and, a couple years later following the passing of his wife, became highly involved in animal activism. He credits her for getting him involved and notes that she was far ahead of her time in recognizing animal rights.

It was shortly after this time that he began ending segments of The Price is Right with his famous phrase, and it carried over – even covertly – into other events that he hosted. Barker had been a part of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for a 20-year period before stepping down due to the pageant’s refusal to remove fur prizes from the program. The quiet rebellion and on-screen activism was only the beginning of Barker’s campaign to advocate for animal rights. Eventually, he would take a much more prominent, center-stage role.

While too old to contribute to animal activism in any particularly physical form, Barker has been known for dedicating millions of dollars toward various programs, even founding his own charity the DJ&T Foundation, in 1994 which sponsors animal rescue and park facilities across the United States as well as funds neutering programs to – as you guessed – help control the pet population. He had also spearheaded studies toward animal rights in 2004 by donating $1 million to Columbia University, which had gone toward funding an adjunct professorship in animal rights law as well as opening a student clinic in environmental law.

Barker eventually became more deeply involved at the base level, visiting various sites of suspected animal abuse, including a Cherokee reservation which maintained three separate zoos. Barker had alleged that one of the zoos maintained a poor living atmosphere for one of their bears and formally requested the exhibit be closed before involving PETA in an investigation of the site. While no wrongdoing was found on part of Federal investigators, it was clear that Barker was no longer taking a backseat with his work toward more humane animal rights.

2010 was a particularly eventful year for Bob Barker’s efforts, the same year that controversy arose involving Japanese whalers’ activities in the Southern Ocean, an area frequented by whale populations and prohibited for hunting by the International Whaling Commission. Barker had privately funded efforts in the amount of $5 million to accommodate a ship in the effort of intervening with the Japanese whaling fleet that was said to have operations there. In recognition of his contribution, the ship’s crew christened it MY Bob Barker.  Barker also funded a helicopter to be added to the fleet.

Barker was also known for a $2.5 million contribution to PETA toward building and renovating an office in the Los Angeles area, a project finally completed in 2012. The building officially opened under the name Bob Barker Building, an homage to his generous contributions.

Beyond these, Barker is known for his contributions toward various universities to fund animal law studies as well as his conservation efforts, from ceasing experimentation on cats to relocating circus lions, even to intervening at the state level to advocate against cruelty to pigeons in Pennsylvania. And while many remember him as the charismatic game show host of The Price is Right, many others in particular institutions know him for his unceasing efforts toward the ethical treatment of animals.

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The First Classical Feminist

Feminism has evolved over the last couple centuries.

It is fair to say that classical feminism has done much for women in many Western nations and in developed countries. Voting rights, right to own land, get educated and have a job, are all things that many women take for granted now.

While many in America know about the Suffragettes, headed by Susan B. Anthony, around the turn of the 20th century, but the concept of suffrage and other women’s rights were voiced in various societies well before the movement that allowed the female vote in America thanks to the 19th Amendment in 1920. It wasn’t just in America the issue was important to half the population.

A British woman named Mary Wollstonecraft in the 18th century was one of those activists.  She was only with us for 38 years, but she was a prolific writer and philosopher, most known for A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792, in which she argued that women were only inferior to men due to education, but that men and women should be treated as equally rational beings.

She was one of the first to preach about equality among the sexes.

She died just days after giving birth to her second daughter, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who became the famous author Mary Shelley of Frankenstein fame. Her mother was married to one of the early founders of the anarchist movement, a man named William Godwin. Before marrying Godwin, however, Mary Wollstonecraft had a couple of affairs and had a daughter from one of them, a daughter named Fanny Imlay.

The most vocal early classical feminist, Wollstonecraft was an educational advocate, especially in the education of girls. She, her sister and a friend, combined to open a school for girls to give them a proper formal education, and she later wrote a pamphlet about her experiences in 1787.

She had been an anti-marriage feminist, joining her husband Mr. Godwin in stating marriage as a “tyranny,” especially when it comes to women being less educated than men and thus becoming tyrants in the house with children and servants. Wollstonecraft realized early on that she was not one to be a housewife or a domestic, so she left a position as a governess and returned to work as a writer, author, and advocate. Despite the “tyranny” of marriage, Wollstonecraft and Godwin married while she was pregnant with their daughter.

Besides writing A Vindication, which was in itself radical at the time, she also wrote Maria, or the Wrongs of Women, which was a missive that advocated women embracing their sexual selves, and that it was immoral for women to hide their sexuality. As modesty was all the rage at that time, her ideas generated a lot of buzz for their controversy.

She knew how to generate headlines, at least.

She was a celebrity of sorts in women’s social circles during the late 18th century, and she faded into the memories until the 1900s, when some suffragettes brought up her work in their push for voting rights in the United States. She also became a source of study during the new feminism movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Daryl Hannah’s Contribution to Environmental Activism

There are those who are willing to fight for environmental protections at great personal cost, and Daryl Hannah is one such individual. She is an actress who has been arrested on more than one occasion in order to prevent activities by those who may have a harmful impact on our world and its fragile ecosystems. She is best known as the character “Elle” (the deadly one-eyed nurse) from Kill Bill. Hannah’s exploration into ways to prevent man-made climate change is noteworthy for several contributions.

She records her own video blog “DHLoveLife” in order to help promote potential solutions for a better, more sustainable society moving away from the burning of fossil fuels. Viewers will recognize that she had her home built “green” and it is directly powered by solar energy, a solution which more and more people are getting on board with each year. On top of that, she is vegan and drives a vehicle that uses biodiesel.

Thankfully, solar advancement doubles every two years thanks to activism such as hers. Futurist Ray Kurzweil even predicts worldwide solar domination by 2028. Solar had just a half percent market share in 2012, one percent in 2014, and two percent in 2016. Do the math:

4% in 2018.

8% in 2020.

16% in 2022.

32% in 2024.

64% in 2026.

Total coverage by 2028.

Although this seems impossible, the principle is found in almost every aspect of information technology (consider the very similar Moore’s Law, for example). Many of these technologies double about once every eighteen months. Many of Kurzweil’s “crazy” predictions have come true in the past.

Hannah has done her part by promoting several programs devoted to clean energy alternatives. She participated in the iMatter March in 2011 and the Ride For Renewables project, then executively produced the documentary Greedy Lying Bastards to showcase the corporate connection to climate change denial. She also wrote letters to former President Barack Obama to ask that he cut his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. She was eventually arrested for blocking construction equipment for that same pipeline, and then again in front of the White House for protesting its construction (notably with Robert F. Kennedy).

She continues to participate in the World Future Council, a Hamburg organization dedicated to push forward policy that benefits those who will grow up in future generations–especially when it comes to environmental protections.

Although most of Hannah’s contributions to activism are environmental in nature, she is also a key player in the fight against sex trafficking and sexual slavery that still occurs worldwide. She travels the globe in order to document this terrible atrocity. If there were more people that devoted themselves to such causes, we might be living in a totally different world.

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Al Gore’s Contribution To Environmental Activism

For a long time now, Al Gore’s name has been synonymous with that of environmental activism, albeit usually in a comical context (for good reason). The former Vice President of the United States probably became more famous after he left that job for greener pastures. Just kidding. Those pastures are now devoid of life and desertification has expanded exponentially. Al Gore would like nothing more than to prevent our world’s journey towards a barren wasteland.

His contributions to environmental activism were always abundantly obvious because he’s fought so hard to make global climate change a hot topic of discussion for the media, politicians, and society at large on a world stage. In 2007, Gore and Richard Branson teamed up to create the Virgin Earth Challenge. Any individual or organization can participate in the competition which provides a $25 million prize for anyone who can figure out how to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere (and yes, that stuff really does up the planet). To date, no one has claimed the prize.

Perhaps more shocking is Gore’s insinuation that it may be time to resort to more drastic measures in order to help prevent more carbon from being poured into the atmosphere. He has suggested the possibility of “civil disobedience” in order to prevent companies from engaging in activity that could harm the environment. Sure, he’s not exactly suggesting outright anarchy, but he is strongly implying that we should be willing to break the law to help protect our planet from eventual destruction, something surprising to hear from a former VP–even if it is common for acting presidents, these days.

Veganism is probably one of the most controversial decisions you can make for yourself in 2017. If you come out as gay, then you’re more likely to be accepted by society than you are for making dietary choices for moral and ethical reasons. Whether or not that’s a welcome change is for you to decide. Gore decided to become a vegan in 2013 because he knows that our cattle production is a big part of the environmental crisis. Cattle require a lot of lands to raise, and they leave that land devoid of plant life. Desertification is a result of this process.

Gore recently lobbied for the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to end construction of a coal power plant that would endanger a nearby forest. He has also in the past been involved with a Climate Reality Project for an expedition to the Antarctic, a Repower America initiative focusing on green, renewable energy, and hundreds of lectures on the subject of manmade climate change. For the foreseeable future, we can count on Al Gore to continue to use the spotlight for the advantage of environmental activists everywhere.

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The Biggest Civil Rights Cases In The United States

Many of the rights that we have today were won through the courts. A number of major civil rights gains happened because of court decisions. Below, you’ll find information on some of the biggest civil rights cases in the United States, which have had a lasting influence on every city in the country, from Palm Beach to Seattle.

Brown vs. The Board of Education

In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled that segregation was legal in the controversial Plessy vs. Ferguson ruling. That ruling was overturned in 1954. The Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to segregate public schools.

At the time, many schools in the United States were heavily segregated. Because of this decision, many students had to change schools. It was difficult for many students to attend the schools they were assigned to; in spite of the court’s decision, protestors fought back against black students attending traditionally white schools. However, civil rights workers worked to ensure that students were able to get the education that they were entitled to.

Shelley vs. Kraemer

In the 1940s, it was difficult for many minorities to purchase or rent property. Many people were turned down when they put in an offer on a home or applied to rent an apartment. In 1948, the Shelley vs. Kraemer case declared that it was illegal to enforce covenants that kept people of a certain race from renting or owning property.

This effects of this decision were limited; the Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. vs. The United States case in 1964 argued that hotel owners should be able to choose their tenants. However, the court determined that hotels did not have the right to restrict guests based on race.

Loving vs. Virginia

Interracial marriage was legal in parts of the United States for a long time. While interracial relationships still existed, a number of these relationships were conducted in secrecy.

After the Supreme Court heard the Loving vs. Virginia case in 1967, prohibitions against interracial marriage were declared to be unconstitutional. At the time, there were still 16 states that had laws against interracial marriage on the books, including Virginia. Thanks to this decision, those states had to revise their laws.

Many people fought hard for the rights that we have today. Civil rights are something that a number of people take for granted. It’s important to familiarize yourself with some of the biggest civil rights cases in United States history. Looking at the decisions of the past can help us to fight for a better future.

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Civil Rights Activism In Los Angeles

Los Angeles has always been a center of civil rights activism. From the Watts riots, to Rodney King, to Black Lives Matter, Los Angeles is a great place to be if you are interested in civil rights. Lost Angeles has a large black population and many black residents feel left out of the prosperity that they see all around them.

This feeling of being left out leads to many sorts of social problems and the pockets of lower income black neighborhoods have often fallen into disrepair and the unemployment rate is often high in these neighborhoods as well. There is often a lot of unrest and unhappiness in these neighborhoods.

There is institutional racism as well. The police are often antagonistic towards members of the black community and members of the community feel oppressed. Civil rights leaders in Los Angeles are helping to right the wrongs in the black community and hold police and government accountable to the problems that are happening in Los Angeles.

People are dying and they don’t need to be. The Watts riots started to bring the nation’s attention to the problems that were happening in the black community. The issue really exploded during the Rodney King riots. The Rodney King riots showed how deeply divided the police and the black community were. The entire nation could see it.

The Rodney King riots caused over a billion dollars worth of property damage and over 60 people were killed during the riots. The riots brought lots of positive changes to Los Angeles Police Department and the police made lots of reforms to the department. Civil rights leaders are working hard to bring change to Los Angeles and help people in disadvantaged communities rise up so they can move up the economic ladder.

Civil rights leaders in Los Angeles are constantly lobbying for change and coming up with innovative programs to help the black community in many ways. Leaders are coming up with educational programs, outreach programs that connect people in the black community to medical and legal help, and programs to help members of the black community own their own homes.

There are plenty of legal programs that are designed to help incarcerated black youth challenge their legal issues and help them with rehabilitation when they get out of prison. Los Angeles has plenty of civil rights leaders that are helping their community in many ways.

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ACTIVISM BY THE DOZEN

It has been made pretty clear over the last decade that activism is making a very prominent comeback in American society.

As it was a prominent means of expressing dissatisfaction with the political landscape in the 1960s and 1970s, I guess we could say that what is retro is now becoming trendy.  Marches in various cities to protest or speak out in support of some group of victims or oppressed individuals has been a hallmark of American life (consider how the Revolutionary War started – by people who felt “oppressed” by the King), and now with our population perhaps even more splintered into varying factions of grievance, the activism has been more apparent and more specialized than ever before.

But the word activism or activist has come to mean only those who protest in the streets when actually there are many ways that we can be activists. Activism, as it is described denotatively, is about taking an opinion or stance and being active in expressing that opinion or rallying others to your side – virtually anything more than just voting in an election. Here are 12 types of activism that most of us do when we care passionately about a cause or issue.

  1. Pro bono – This is known as volunteerism, where we spend our time working for free for our favorite political party, political candidate, charity, non-profit or other organization because we believe in the mission or platform.
  2. Grow grass – This is activism that can be called “grassroots,” where a person gathers like-minded people together with a unifying message and gets them all doing the same things for the same cause. Also called “community organizing.” For better or worse.
  3. Written word – Write articles for major blog sites, write letters to the editor and/or letters to elected representatives expressing your support for either side of an issue or piece of legislation that matters to you.
  4. Handshake – This is called direct lobbying, where you get a meeting with an elected official and discussed your most important issue(s) with him or her on a personal, one-to-one basis.
  5. Holding court – O f course, there is always litigation, taking someone to court to draw attention to your cause.
  6. Money walks – If you don’t like what a company is doing, execute a boycott and don’t spend money at that establishment until the policy changes. (Think about Target and what happened there since implementing a policy allowing men and women to use the same bathroom.)
  7. Money talks – This can be called “purchasing ordinance,” where a government agency or legislative body is led to impose heavy regulatory burdens with the intent of crippling or shutting down a business or industry. (Think about the damage to the coal industry by federal regulations, and perhaps why there are few casinos in America.)
  8. Ethos – Is a company acting ethically in a way that you like and want to support? Invest in that company, and divest yourself of any companies that do not act ethically. Ethical investing can make a huge impact on bottom lines.
  9. Chokepoint – A country is going rogue and doing things that challenge national security? Impose economic sanctions, either against the general economy of that country, or targeted sanctions against political and/or military leadership and other key officials.
  10. March – Ah, the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble in full display. The key word is “peaceably.” Grab signs and banners and take a walk down a sidewalk or street, expressing your support or protest.
  11. Resist – This can be a march, but it’s mainly some level of civil disobedience, such as a sit-in in front or inside of a business, disrupting business; or it can be blocking traffic by sitting in front of trucks or cars, or marching in a public park without a permit.
  12. Chaos – This is the ultimate of lawlessness, also called rioting. This is about confronting police, destroying property and acting in a way that goes against all standards of maturity, decency, and civility, not to mention discourse. But it does get your cause on television, so there’s that.

With all these ways to be an activist, you can pick a cause and find the “right” way to take action (or multiple ways) so that your stance gets across in the most impactful way to as many people as possible who need to hear your message. Numbers bring change, so your name will create a bigger number.

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The Cities With The Lowest Crime Rates

Today we will talk about some cities with the lowest crime rates. We will also shed some light on why these cities have such a low rate of crime. The first city on our list of cities with the lowest crime rates is Lewisboro, New York. The city of Lewisboro has a population of nearly 13,000 and is the number one safest city in the United States. With only two crimes reported within the last two years (and they were not violent crimes), it’s safe to say that residents can feel good about the security of this area. Members of the town have credited the dedicated police force and various New York Attorney practices for their hard work in keeping the town free of criminal activity.

The next city on our list is Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge is a great city with lots to offer. Containing a population of about 30,000 people, this is a great place to consider living in if you have been thinking about relocating.

Another great city to be recognized on our list today is Wayland, Massachusetts. With a population of nearly 14,000 people, this is considered the number three safest city in the United States.

The fourth city located in the United States when it comes to the lowest crime rate is Shoreview, Minnesota. This city has a population of 26,475 and makes great strides to keep crime low in the city. They work hard to educate their people and reduce crime by helping residents to understand it.

Fifth on our list today is Washington Township, New Jersey. With a population of about 18,745, this city works to reduce crime by also reducing the cost of health care. The have set in place programs that allow people to get a free eye, blood pressure, and diabetes screening. This has shown to reduce the overall crime rate, as healthy people are happy people.

In conclusion, if you are thinking of relocating due to the crime rate in the area you live in, we highly suggest you take these top five cities into consideration. With a lower crime rate, you can sleep easy knowing the likelihood of bad things happening is much lower. All of the cities listed above have made great efforts to keep the crime rate down and keep the citizens happy. By doing this they increase the rate of people moving to the cities and increase the city’s revenue as well. This means better jobs and social programs for the citizens who live there.

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What You Should Know About Internet Activism

When people are part of a group related to activism, they typically have a goal of getting a group project accomplished. Activism can be related to environmentalism, gun control, and the Internet. In fact, Internet activism is becoming much more popular. It is called online organizing or digital campaigning. It is a way of using podcasts, emails, and social media websites in order to convey the message of certain groups and movements. This can also be used for fundraising purposes as they are trying to generate cash flow in order to keep promoting their agenda. The Internet is a great way to approach millions of people, especially through social media, and this is where you will find a great deal of Internet activism.

Why Is It Necessary?

Activism using the Internet is something that needs to exist. It has to do with how everyone is socially connected. The advent of Facebook has made it possible for over 2 billion people to connect together, and it provides a great way for people to spread their message. Even if you only send out 100 friend requests a day, you would end up with several followers of your Facebook page. They would then send that out to people that they know, and this would create a viral effect, helping to spread your message. The same type of activity using Google for advertising, or placing ads in classified newspapers nationwide, would be cost prohibitive. That’s why social media is an excellent platform for any type of activist, and is the basis for what we call Internet activism.

Will This Continue To Grow?

As long as there are groups of people that need to convey a message, and they want to do so in the fastest and most economical manner, this type of activism will continue on. It is actually not a particular type of activism, but is representative of a way activists can express themselves, get their message out, and find followers. Even if you have never joined a group before, or following a movement, you will likely find several that you can learn more about on social media and even the search results. The Internet is simply the best way for activists to get their message out there, and it will continue to grow larger as more people go online. Now that you have a basic understanding of what this is, you may want to consider becoming an activist with the many different groups on the web.

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What Is Environmental Activism All About?

There are many people in the world today that are concerned about the environment. They are willing to realize that there are certain signs which indicate that humans are causing many of our problems. Therefore, they are focused on avoiding certain types of energy such as the use of coal, gasoline, and transitioning toward electricity generated from the sun. They are also focused on windmills that can generate a substantial amount of power, ways that do not harm the environment in any way. However, appreciating the environment, and making choices for yourself, is sometimes not enough. People will often become an activist in order to push things forward to make changes that must occur. Environmental activism is simply the sum total of those that are environmentalists that work together worldwide to help save our environment. Even something like gun control and ownership can fall into environmental activism if it pertains to how these guns are used on wild game. Many of the movements are very coordinated, utilizing the latest scientific studies in order to clearly show what is wrong, and how to fix these problems.

Why Are They So Adamant In Their Purpose?

There seem to be two sets of people that form the majority of those that have opinions on the environment. There are those that actually believe that the changes in the environment are simply cyclical, and they have been happening for ages. Essentially, they do not believe that mankind is responsible in any way for the environmental problems that we have. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that the polarized ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, the coral reefs are dying, and a multitude of other issues that clearly show that these abrupt changes are not normal. In fact, they will ignore scientific evidence which shows that gradual changes are constant, and that spikes such as those we are experiencing are not the norm. That is why people that believe human beings are to blame for many of the global problems that we are facing because they are actually looking at scientific data, and the world around us, and realizing that we all need to make a significant change.

How Can You Become Environmental Activist?

There are many groups that are located worldwide where you can join like-minded people. If you believe that you need to do your part to spread the word about how mankind needs to make changes that can reduce our carbon emissions into the atmosphere which is causing the greenhouse effect, and a number of other issues, you can find groups that you can join. Regardless of where you live, you should be able to locate a couple different groups, one of which will be to your liking. If you really want to do your part in helping to save the environment because you believe you can make a difference, you should certainly consider learning more about environmental activism.

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