Wes Stands with Standing Rock

Wes Stands with Standing Rock

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Slider |

On Oct. 2, 2016, my son Kholan and I loaded up an SUV and hit the road for Standing Rock to show our support and dedication to protecting the lands and livelihood for all indigenous peoples. We’ll be here as long as possible to show our support for the movement. I’ll be keeping everyone updated on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Water is life and we plan to do whatever we can to show our support to those defending the water, land, and sovereignty of the indigenous peoples of the world. Oil pipe lines have a notorious record, with oil companies covering up the numerous spills that have occurred over the years. Despite the inherent dangers, they continue to build pipe lines, threating the lives and livelihood of those near the pipeline and down stream. Severely increasing the danger of a pipeline spill in Standing Rock is the fact the pipeline would be built under the Missouri River, a water supply for millions of people. Studi warns indigenous people living closer to the environment will be the first to be affected by water contaminated by energy extraction, but those living further removed, in cities, will not escape the effects if companies continue poisoning our world at the same rate. The Studi men are calling on the oil industry and world to make better energy choices. I believe this demonstration could be the beginning of a worldwide movement to begin the end of fossil fuel use, and the start of a more focused search finding a different source of power and energy. It’s time we as people begin to phase out fossil fuels in favor of energy production less detrimental to our environment. Oil companies could use their wealth to research more and different alternative energy for our use. There is only so much oil to be found in our earth, and its extraction through fracking has been the cause of increased earthquake activity throughout the US, if not the whole world. We can only hope corporate and government powers can work together toward these ends. But we must first put a stop to the practice of uncontrolled greed and accumulation of goods, material, resources and...

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Record Breaking Message

Record Breaking Message

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Blog, Slider |

I’ve just received some exciting news. Last year I spent time helping the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put together a series of public service announcements raising awareness of how American Indians and Alaska Natives are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. I just learned from the producers of the PSA that since it was posted on Feb. 5, for all US commercial broadcast stations to use, the total Nielsen audience for the spot sky-rocketed to 11,843,824 viewers and 6,215 airings to-date, along with an additional 12,174 page views on the CDC-TV page and CDC’s YouTube page. The producer told me the CDC’s media relations company thinks this is a record and the TV spots may reach Nielsen audience views of somewhere between 15 and 20 million this year. They tell me this is unheard of for an “earned media” PSA since stations air at their discretion as opposed to expensive purchased airtime. This is amazing and very encouraging. The health of our native populations is vital. Like I say in the spot, “our people and cultures hold the answers. Our cultures are our source of health.” We can return to a healthy balance by gathering, planting and eating traditional foods and playing traditional games. Through focusing on this healthy way of living we can promote better health and prevent diseases like Type 2 diabetes. Please, check out the videos linked here and please do share them on social media, in emails to friends, or even feel free to post them on your own sites. Together we can return to a life in balance. Wes CDC (click the above image for a direct link to the video)...

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