Writer & Thinker Arun Gupta Talks Activism at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, August 2, 7pm

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Genuine courage means looking honestly at ourselves, and wrestling with the questions we would rather ignore. Arun Gupta, writer and activist, will speak on resistance and challenging the norm at Liam Flynn’s Ale House (22 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21201) on Friday, August 2 at 7pm. Our favorite radicals, Red Emma’s, are co-sponsoring Gupta’s appearance.

Gupta is the co-founder of NYC’S The Indypendent, Occupy the Wall Street Journal, and a regular contributor to Salon, The Guardian, and AlterNet.

Gupta argues that, “Nearly everywhere I have gone in the U.S. there is pervasive fear: of poverty, of joblessness, of the police, of the state. In such an atmosphere, few people are willing to speak their minds and fewer still stand up for their rights, or the rights of others. Where fear rules, democracy is absent…”

“Many of us are afraid to challenge our assumptions, examine our failures and perhaps most of all, are afraid to admit we don’t know everything and maybe are not right all the time.”

Gupta insists a path forward must directly challenge various forms of fear: fear of the state, corporations, and police, including identifying those fears, and building authentic relationships and communities of trust and solidarity.

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Blog Chat: ‘Mental Fitness Advocate’ Pebbles Armwood Inspires

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Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

Some people foolishly counted Pebbles Armwood out, the girl with a different learning style didn’t fit a teacher’s definition of college material. Today, the 30-year-old Baltimore native, charismatic and confident laughs and admits candidly, “I can hardly keep up with everything I’m doing.”

Affable and warm, it’s not difficult to see why Armwood is progressing rapidly after appearing on the Dr. Oz show last year to share her weight loss story. She dropped fifty pounds using his “green drink,” her own healthy juices, exercise and an improved diet. You can now add 2 pounds to that fifty, she says, laughing again, “It was hard getting those 2 lbs off!”

Over a year ago Armwood tiped the scale at 230 lbs; her doctor shared somber news, she was borderline diabetic. Armwood writes on her blog that she decided then not to “allow myself to become sick from something I have control over… At any cost if I can avoid, stop, and prevent any type of disease that’s what I will do.”

Now most days Armwood is juggling a dizzying array of tasks from blogging at Mental Fitness to launching her own website and business (selling her custom healthy drinks and consulting) co-hosting “Women’s Talk” on internet radio station WPBR, completing a book (due out August 17), and serving as an advocate on behalf of her fellow students at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

“I had to learn that my journey wasn’t about the physical weight loss, it was about the mental and emotional weight that I was carrying that I needed to lose.”

Despite these impressive accomplishments, Armwood knows it’s all possible because she refuses to play the victim; today she is an empowered woman, spreading the message of self love, accountability and the challenge to be authentic.

I’m sure you will leave inspired and convinced that you have the power to change after listening to our blog chat via Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/blog-chat-mental-fitness

Check out Pebbles’ video produced by Keystone Productions, and find out how she makes that fabulous juice.