March 29, 2020

Destructive acts may cause you to actually feel hate towards the person you love. And in between the love and hate comes fear, confusion, resentment, wonder, happiness, and guilt. Avoid control and resentment. Say “no” in an assertive style that validates the other person’s needs and desires while setting firm boundaries around what you will[…]

Feb. 27, 2020

The teaching and the teacher is less important than your relationship to them, and what you do with it. Remind yourself, and others around you, of their standards of integrity. In order to ascend, you descend first. As our Toltec ancestors taught, and as is the story of redemption in humanity. There will always be[…]

The revolution begins in the mind.

How sustaining ourselves by transforming our inner voices can help, in a Trump era

How are you coping with the overwhelming news of attacks on women’s rights, on environmental protections, against immigrants, Muslims, refugees, discrimination against the LGBT community, and on and on? How are you sustaining your spirit to endure the trials that are testing your resolve? We all acknowledge we fear for the future of our country[…]

SB 350 Kicker

Dear Refugio, The oil industry is getting nervous with all this talk about morality and climate change. Already, more than 5,000 Presente members have demanded that Gov. Brown and the CA state legislature support SB 350, and momentum is growing. Can you help us double that number? This will send strong a message to legislators that[…]

SB 32 Fix Legislation

Dear Refugio, In the coming weeks, the California legislature will vote on an unprecedented set of laws aimed at protecting our environment and fighting climate change. It’s an important step — but unless the main bill, SB 32 is amended, there will still be wide loopholes for polluters to keep spewing greenhouse gases and pollutants in[…]

Environmental Justice Victories

Dear Refugio, Thanks to you, we’re taking big steps toward a world where Latino communities have fresh air, clean water, and good jobs. Powered by your voice – and the voices of nearly 10,000 other Presente members – we’ve helped to win historic legislative victories this year for clean energy. In the process, we’ve exposed[…]

Petition to Senator Menendez on Ayotzinapa 43

From: Mariana Ruiz, <> Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM Subject: Join us for a #USTired2 action near you! To: Ruth Kummings <> We’ve got the attention of Senator Menendez and 13 other Senators. Now it’s time to turn up the volume. Tomorrow: join us for a national day of action near you! Dear Ruth, We’ve got[…]

Beyond Environmental Justice – Immigration Reform

Re-post from original published on April 25, 2013 on Project Economic Refugee site.  There are moments that define a generational shift. This is one of those moments. The Sierra Club has announced it fully supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. This is a historic step for the organization. The Sierra Club is America’s oldest,[…]