Wishing you a blessed Solstice from Standing Rock!


We are still standing strong in our prayer at Standing Rock. While the winter has laid a blanket upon the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and many Water Protectors have returned home to reunite with family for the holidays, a beautiful unification is occurring with those who remain to protect our water and to
inspire the world to join this prayer.
This month at Standing Rock, we experienced the true power of prayer and what is possible when all colors of humanity choose to replace fear with love and join together in prayer. On Sunday, December 4th, Unify, UPLIFT, and our many partners in ‘Pray with Standing Rock’ were able to support Standing Rock in the facilitation of a global synchronized prayer, led by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, with interfaith and spiritual leaders from around the world. During this prayer ,as thousands joined hands encircling Oceti Shakowin Camp, the announcement was delivered that the permit to continue the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was denied until an Environmental Impact Statement was completed. The prayer erupted into celebration and we are filled with gratitude for all of you in our beautiful community that joined us from around the world in this prayer.

MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP:

DOWNLOAD THE SONG ‘THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING’
from the Pray with Standing Rock video
All of the proceeds donated for this track go to The Protectors Alliance
project to build and maintain compost toilets at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.

IT’S NOT OVER! A NEW FIRE HAS BEEN LIT
The day after the prayer, we witnessed thousands of Veterans coming to Standing Rock to ask for forgiveness from our indigenous peoples and pledge to stand for our water, our earth and to shield the Water Protectors in prayer. Follwing that powerful weekend, with the arrival of an intense winter storm, the Standing Rock Souix Tribe asked that those not prepared to stand strong though the
freezing temperatures return home.
For the Indigenous leaders and Water Protectors that remain a new camp has formed and a new fire has been lit, called Oceti Oyate, “All People’s Fire.” While the camp winterizes, we are listening deeply for ways we continue to support the needs on the ground and we are inspired to support the emergence of the Indigenous Youth leading this prayer forward and calling on the world to join this movement and defund DAPL to stop this black snake.
The Indigenous Youth have organized actions around the country for people to stop supporting the banks who are funding DAPL. We want to support the youth in brining the Indigenous Leaders from around the world together with advocates, actors, musicians, spiritual activists, environmental organizations, scientists, educators and prayerful people all coming forward wanting to support Standing Rock by organizing a global synchronized prayer action on January 21st. This prayer will be broadcast live from Standing Rock with our global community joining thousands around the country as they take this prayer to the banks and ask that they choose Water over Oil and invest in the future  of our Planet.
On this day of Winter Solstice, December 21st, 2016 we ask that you embrace the light and in your prayer and join us as we move forward empowering the world to choose water and celebrate life. Winter Solstice is a time when nature itself is inviting us to really accept ourselves, so we can grow and cleanse and prepare for personal growth and we are so thankful to grow this prayer with you.

Testimony from Dr. Robert Melamede on Cannabis


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Robert Melamede

December 19 at 8:17pm ·

December 17, 2016

To whom it may concern,

I am providing this testimony in support of Dragan Alargic. Unfortunately, this testimonial is necessary because world governments have been slow to learn modern science and adjust laws accordingly. To begin with, global cannabis prohibition is based on the Singleton Convention. This treaty was created before the active ingredients in cannabis were even scientifically known. Subsequently, there has been an incredible explosion of scientific literature that supports fully the health benefits made by activists around the world describing the broad health benefits that can be afforded by this plant. The world’s scientific leader, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, has stated “cannabis is a treasure trove of pharmacologically active chemicals.”

Dr. Mechoulam not only discovered the structure and synthesis of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, but also played critical roles in discovering the endocannabinoid system and its components. We now know, unambiguously, that the endocannabinoid system, found in all vertebrates, literally regulates all human body systems (circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immunological, neurological, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and tegumentary). For example, very time anyone gets hungry, it is because their endocannabinoid system gave them the munchies.

In all of these body system’s cannabinoids, and additionally phytocannabinoids like THC, function as anti-aging compounds through their ability to inhibit the negative consequences of excess free radical production. Cannabinoids, both from the plant (phytocannabinoids) as well as those we produce (endocannabinoids) should be viewed as the oil of life, as an essential nutrient, as a food. They help protect us from the friction of life, free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for all age related illnesses including cancers.

THC acting on CB1 receptors, protects differentiated cells that mainly burning free radical producing carbohydrates as their fuel of choice because it can efficiently produce ATP for energy. Cannabinoids also help protect cells when they are produce too many free radicals, by turning on safe cellular recycling (autophagy) that occurs when cells burn fat as their main energy source. As a consequence of cannabinoid’s ability to regulate both carbohydrate and fat cellular energy sources to optimize homeostasis, they have profound health benefits. Because of their global metabolic homeostatic capacity, cannabinoids function as adaptogens. Hence, they have profound healing properties, clearly demonstrated to the people around the world who use cannabis to treat virtually all of man’s illnesses.

Today, the greatest global harm to humanity results from illnesses that characteristically are caused by, and produce excess free radicals. HIV, for example, has evolved in the highly differentiated immunological cells of primates and man. Successful viral infection requires the carbohydrate based metabolic machinery that supported its evolution. When sugar burning is reduced sufficiently, and replaced by safer fat burning, the viral infection process does not have the energy and resource support required for a successful infection.

With the above information the courts should begin to recognize our human right to consume foods that promote health and longevity. Dragan has adrenal cancer that causes lethally high blood pressure when not controlled. For many suffering this illness no medicines or surgery can successfully control the blood pressure (250/240). Uncontrolled pheochromocytoma typically results in death from heart attack and stroke within a few years as a result of extreme blood pressure. Nevertheless, there are people surviving for decades with this illness, surviving only by their use of large quantities of cannabis

The cannabis awakening is spreading around the world because of the beneficial experiences that people everywhere are having. The people are demanding change. As governments protect the special interests that have helped keep them in power, many people are choosing safer, cheaper more efficacious cannabis-based medicines and nutritional support. I have attached peer reviewed scientific articles showing how cannabis functions to suppress illness and promote health.

Global human health requires is an end all inhibitory policies that suppress the basic human right of Self Determination. Governments and laws that restrict free access to life-promoting cannabis plants and their products are unscientifically accelerating age-related illnesses and death globally. Those responsible, whether through malice or ignorance, must be held accountable before the World Court for Crimes Against Humanity. The worldwide community of Man, hereby demands the world’s governments support the health and welfare of those whom they represent. I urge you to embrace the documentation provided. It only scratches the surface of the benefits that this plant can provide humanity.

Dr. Robert Melamede, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Biology Chairman UCCS (Retired),
CEO and President Cannabis Science (Retired),
Program Director Phoenix Tears, (Denver CO)
Executive Director Masada (Kingston, Jamaica))
Science Advisor, Spannabis (Columbia SA)

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