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ZOMG Our System Stinks Fundraiser Is Live!

Having risen at retreat-early hours this morning, we’ve put the finishing touches on BPF’s Indiegogo crowdfunding page, and fired up the engines.

Now it’s up to all of us.  Check out the video, donate to receive your copy of The System Stinks curriculum, and share the campaign if it speaks to you.

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has already helped contribute to this vision!  Your encouragement, self-videos, feedback, and video editing expertise (special shoutout to Virginia: it’s been such a joy to work with you) have been invaluable.  So today we’re bringing The System Stinks one step closer to reality!

Compassionate activism.  Spiritual and material liberation.  Personal and collective transformation.  Let’s do this, y’all.


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Comments (3)

  • Keith Roper

    I think it’s much harder for us older types, e.g., we baby-boomers who caused most of the stink, to have any kind of passion for disrupting “the system.” I wish I could be more active but frankly I don’t have the mental and emotional energies required. Too, the U.S. is so entrenched in capitalism…and it appears that the rest of the world is following suit.

    My 2 cents.

    Thanks for being there.

  • Katie Loncke

    Hi Keith,

    I’m surprised to hear you feel that baby-boomers caused most of the stink! That’s not how I see it at all, personally. The systems I think of go waaaaaaayyy back — like capitalism, as you mention, which no one would blame baby boomers for inventing! Each generation inherits and reproduces certain systems anew, with some modifications. And each person of every generation has things to learn and things to teach, that can help disrupt and transform the system(s) in useful ways. I don’t even know you, and yet I’m *positive* that you have something valuable to offer to today’s anti-capitalist movements, or potential movements.

    The kind of transformative work I would like to see in disrupting the system would include all kinds of activities besides the ones we might typically associate with passionate disruption (the protests, militant confrontations with the state, getting arrested on purpose, strategic property destruction, and so on). The movements I love have elements that *restore* our mental and emotional energies, so that we can take care of ourselves and each other, and stay in it for the long haul.

    This isn’t to say that occupations, protests, etc. can’t be restorative — for some of us, they very much are! Solidarity, creativity, and trust can be borne of them. But not always, and not for everyone, which is why I’m attracted to those rare and precious groups that acknowledge the need to “rotate the crops” and do our movement work in many different ways. Such crop-rotating activist communities (that have politics i can get down with) are hard to find, in my experience, for a variety of reasons. But when they do crop up in strong ways, like the Zapatista movement, for instance, I think we can really see how militant disruption and inspirational restoration can go hand in hand, when we’re fighting for our lives. Like occupying a UN building and turning it into an international experimental art university. Or like the landless peasant movements of Brazil, which also have a strong anti-capitalist bent.

    Anyway, I really appreciate you reaching out, and I know that I and other younger folks also have a ton to learn from our movement elders. Even telling stories about how things went down for you can be great! (While also actively creating space for young folks and elders whose voices and stories have been traditionally excluded.) “The System Stinks” will definitely have room for all of us to share our stories of political and spiritual awakenings, and I really hope you’ll join us and share yours. Who knows, you might also get some inspiration from other spiritual activists out there!

    Much appreciation,


  • Marianna Tubman

    One of the biggest ways “the system stinks” – quite literally – is that 1/3rd of the world’s population has no toilet /sanitation facilities, and not enough people are talking about it, and it will get worse with climate change displacing people and spreading sewage etc. I’m learning about how to talk about this taboo subject and trying to encourage people to develop a gratitude/mindfulness practice around using the toilet. See Sit for SOIL and World Toilet Day Facebook pages for more info. And yes, in this case the system goes way back, not talking about sanitation is a way of avoiding the unpleasantness even when it takes place in plain sight as by the roadsides and in the slums of India and other places without sanitation facilities. And as with many other things, women and children are among those most negatively affected due to disease, stigmatization, etc.

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