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To all you Earthsters!

A-Gem-in-the-ForestDear Earthsters!!!

Greetings from the land of our northern ancestors, the land of the Lakota people, the paha sapa, known to us as “the heart of it all”

To all our Arizona friends, we look forward to celebrating Earth Day 2014: Urban Roots – Ancient WisdomBringing the Sacred Back to women at the fabulous community gem – our Alwun House – for we are all one!

We are one – in a collective compulsion to show up and do something that benefits another human being.

We are one  – in our desire for clean water, air we can breath and land we can grow food on.

We are one – in our seeking and yearning for a way with less violence and whole lot more love!

We are one in our innate desire to reach out to other human beings and extend a hand of kindness, compassion, love and generosity.

As I spend this sacred time with my mom, in my home town of Rapid City South Dakota, I am reminded of the importance of being surrounded by the wisdom of our elders, the knowledge their years of experience has brought them and the generous information they can bestow upon us!

I am reminded of the importance of improving our ability for conscious contact with one another, with remaining present to our priorities and being willing to forgive those who have chosen different paths – I have found it is easy to jump to judge others much more rewarding though to let “others” be who they are and focus on how I can best serve.

Thank you for being conscious today – thank you for being of service to your community,

We live in a time of so many forces trying to get our attention – I encourage you to take a moment and consider living a life prioritized and centered around some simple principles such as honesty, courage, faith, hope, perseverance, love, integrity and service.

May you come to know how abundant your life is, how bright of a light you can be and how bright of a light you are in this world of perplexing challenges. May you share your knowledge, through your actions and your words, every day for all to experience and for all to share.

May the seeds we have planted today blossom into nutritious morsels of light and love tomorrow!

Thank you for all of your support.

annie loyd, founder, ceo – the FUSION Foundation

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with profound love we are saddened by this tragic loss of life

 

This morning we awoke to the news that 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, out of Payson, AZ, tragically lost their lives on Sunday, June 30, 2013, while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list from the U.S. National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 

“Our entire crew was lost,” Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told reporters Sunday night. “We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Right now, we’re in crisis.”

Arizona columnist E.J. Montini wrote:

The experts will examine the evidence and attempt to figure out what went wrong and how, or if, it can be prevented from happening again.

One thing that does not need to be explained is the bravery of those who died.

A fire broke out and threatened a town and they answered the call.

Heat and wind and uncertainty did not deter them.

They were called upon and they went.

Some years back the author Norman Maclean wrote a book called “Young Men and Fire” which told the story of 13 firefighters lost in the Mann Gulch fire in Montana in 1949.

The firefighters lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire are part of a tradition of  hard work and sacrifice and loss that has long been a part of fighting forest fires.

But just as we needed them, and they answered, their families will be needing us.

And we must answer.

No explanation for what happened will be good enough.

Ever.

The loss is too much.

It will always be too much.

 It has been my experience that when people walk on they leave a powerful legacy. When our lives are the least bit touched by those who walk on and we choose to identify a thread of their legacy and make the conscious decision to carry that thread of the legacy forward, our lives become blessed and we are able to bless the lives of so many as we continue on our journey of bringing light into darkness.

 The piece of their legacy that i personally understand and relate to is – “They were called upon and they went.” i will carry this forward in my daily life – i will make myself available and when I am called upon I will go where I am needed.

 With deep love and appreciation i send heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives.

Thank you for the extraordinary life lesson and legacy. 

Authorities believe lightning sparked the Yarnell Hill fire on Friday. On behalf of the FUSION Foundation and the Peace Walkers Sangha we extend our hearts and send prayers to the family and friends of the 19 firefighters – we mourn the loss of such brave men and women -for more information: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/index.html

http://www.thefusionfoundation.org/index.php/fusion-events/102-news/newsflash/399-with-profound-love-we-are-saddened-by-this-tragic-loss-of-life

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Happy Gay Pride Phoenix –

On this grand and glorious day of celebration, I seek to help us remember how far we have come and not lose sight of how we have accomplished getting to where we are!

I’m moved to make this request because, in the last 24 hours, a conversation took place on FB that involved language that I felt was violent. A LGBTQ activist used the terms “racist,” “charlatan” and “bigot” to describe a community leader. I felt frustrated and saddened because for decades the Gay community has been a leader in creating cultures of peace and understanding in the midst of exceptional anger and fear.

We — the LGBTQ community — are the happy people! Using violent language and judging another individual doesn’t embrace the values of Gay Pride. Judgmental, violent language isolates and backs people into corners, forcing people to become entrenched in defending their positions. Our need for equality doesn’t get met. When we use violent language we are hurting others and, in turn, hurting ourselves. Gay Pride – to me, is making a connection – a heart-to-heart connection. It’s all about the love!

I too feel angry, frustrated and concerned when people espouse points of view that are in direct conflict with my set of values. I feel absolutely compelled to act decisively and quickly when I discover a teenager has been thrown out of his or her house or after learning someone has been beaten to death or someone has been shot. I have a need to make a difference and i am so tired of the violence. Can you relate? Today the path i choose is peace.

I want marriage equality. I want equality and justice for all. I want us all to be safe. I want our kids to grow up in loving and life-enriching environments at home, at school, in the neighborhoods they play, the movie theaters they attend and the places they buy their blue jeans and ipods. It is my belief you want this too. Are you willing to choose peace?

If ending violence means having to change how I speak, or finding a path to compassion and empathy for others with whom I don’t agree – I will do that and I will practice doing it minute-by-minute, day-by-day, as the weeks turn into months and months into years until I can be the change I want to see in the world. What steps are you taking to end violence and creating a culture of peace?

I’ve evolved. I’m not the individual I was three months ago, three or 30 years ago. My evolution has sometimes been quick and sometimes not. Day-by-day, I am learning to treat others in a manner in which I wish to be treated. Will you stand with me and open the doors of opportunity for others to walk through as new and evolved individuals?

As an active member of the Gay Community I’ve watched us be angry, hurt and sad and yet have the capacity to rise with grace and dignity and respond with love, peace and understanding. On this weekend, let’s recommit to being examples of a community of peace in the midst of exceptional violence. Let’s be the models of the change we wish to see in the world. Let’s make a choice to use language that connects with people’s hearts. Are you willing to be the change you wish to see in the world? Are you willing to choose peace?

Long Live our Legacy of Creating a Culture of Peace and Understanding.

 

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A Culture of Peace is Alive and Prospering

SunriseWe started our second class of Nonviolent | Compassionate Communication Classes yesterday and our third group will start tomorrow! Immersing myself in this training has shifted how I view the world and myself in the world. I read differently. I hear the news differently! I feel more free than I ever have! What a joy to have a “life enriching” journey of exploration.

The Quakers say, “Let your life speak.”

Gaining the sight to connect the dots of how, where, when, why hearts are opening is like finding a new pair of glasses! It takes time, many, many attempts of trying them on to see if they fit and being willing to see it through to the end and then realizing within a particular amount of time it is again time for a new pair of glasses – again. Embodying the principles of nonviolent | compassionate communication has been that new pair of glasses for me! A new filter, if you will.

Two stories on NPR caught my attention this week and alerted my senses to affirm . . . the Culture of Peace is Alive and Prospering!

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Hospital Visitation for Domestic Partners

by Scott Wong – Dec. 17, 2008 05:30 PM
The Arizona Republic

Phoenix will become the second city in Arizona to offer its residents a program that grants hospital-visitation rights to all domestic partners. Continue reading

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Annie on the Offense

From the New Times – In the wake of the passage of Prop 102 in Arizona, Phoenix activist Annie Loyd has helped organize several successful demonstrations in reaction to the anti-gay prop.

First, there was a march on November 15 that drew thousands in downtown Phoenix. Then a 1,000-person demo in Glendale, which was initially organized to counter a planned protest by Kansas gay-hater Fred Phelps’ virulently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church but turned into a sort of pro-gay marriage, gay rights love-in when WBC didn’t show. And, finally, a candlelight vigil across from the Mormon Arizona Temple in Mesa, on the night the Continue reading

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Independent Stepping Up to Address Critical Need for Leadership in Community

Phoenix, Arizona – Annie Loyd, independent for US Congress in District 3 of Arizona announced in an exclusive interview with 1190 La Buena Onda on Monday May 12, 2008 that she will be stepping down from running for elected office. Loyd will be directing her energy and focus to address the critical need for leadership in the Phoenix community to bring forth rational, reasonable and equitable solutions to the mounting and divisive issue of how to address immigration.

“We have met with thousands of people during the last one year and three months on this campaign. It became very Continue reading

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