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Who SHOULD be an activist? on Paula Deen & health advocacy

A few days ago, celebrity chef, mini-empire owner, and Smithfield ham spokeswoman Paula Deen simultaneously announced on the Today show on NBC that a) she’s had Type 2 diabetes for the last three years and b) she is promoting Victoza, a diabetes drug from Norvo Nordick, which costs about $500 a month.  My first reaction to the news was: umm, surprise?  Of course she has diabetes. What do you expect from someone involved for so long and to such a degree with such “yummy” food, like her infamous idea to use Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a hamburger ‘bun.’ Continue reading

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Social movements documentary in the works: The Activists

Following Rima’s post about Time’s Person of the Year being named The Protestor, Daily Disruption readers will be interested to know of a documentary film project in the works called The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets.  A social movements colleague and friend – Michael Heaney, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan – is heavily involved in its making.  He and filmmaker-journalist Melody Weinstein are raising money through Kickstarter to get the film to the finish line.  The Kickstarter site, which includes video previews, is here for interested eyes and potentially interested wallets.  This film is bound to be an important look into the lives and personal experiences of activists in the anti-war movement over the course of the last decade.

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Post-holiday Thoughts on Turkey

Many, if not all, of us are now recovering from Thanksgiving feasting.  This was my first time hosting, and as an aspiring locavore, I cooked a locally-raised, heritage-breed turkey.  While some might spurn this as a movement-esque activity, as it doesn’t seem like active protest, ‘local food’ producers and supporters have drenched their actions in frames and rhetoric of improving environmental, social, and economic health, as well as in raising awareness of problems caused by corporate agribusinesses and compliant federal farm policies.  As a social movement issue, ‘local food’ has its conceptual and tangible problems, but it also helps us to focus on questions about who is or is not an activist and what counts as activism. Continue reading

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