Around the World… Off to Finish College

Hello World!

It’s been far too long since I last wrote a blog. Despite running around the planet all year, I have neglected this site. I suppose I felt like some of what I was doing was not very blog worthy, because it was more logistical work. But I think I forgot how special writing here is for me. Setting up my new home, in my college town, and getting ready to finish my undergraduate work has made me think a lot about how I got here and how I started this crazy journey into Media Activism.

This blog. Sitting down and sharing my thoughts about the world with you all. Sharing photos of Taiji and my candid feelings about what was happening. Being our main source of media for the first few months of Infinite Patience, without even realizing it at the time, launched me into this life. I have chosen a hard and exhausting journey for myself… but I love this work so much. We have a beautiful home and I want to fight to protect it, from ourselves.

Burlington College

Some of what I have been up to this last year:

I worked as Paul’s assistant for many months, we traveled a bit and I experienced my first East Coast winter since I was a little kid.

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In March of this year I was assigned Volunteer Coordinator for the current Sea Shepherd Global campaign Operation GrindStop 2014. So, I traveled all over Europe having meetings and preparing for that job. I saw some amazing parts of the world out of taxi and hotel windows. I want to go back some day and actually see Europe. Several of us also went on a scouting trip to the Faroe Islands in March, for a week. This was to get a lay of the land, plan the campaign, meet with the police, and so I could prepare information for our volunteers.

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When I flew back to the States I needed to move back across country to my home in Seattle. However; I was neck deep in work for the Faroe Island’s campaign and my dad was kind enough to drive 95% of the way- while I turned the passenger seat of my car into a home office. Haha!

I pretty much lived and breathed the Faroes campaign for weeks while things were kicking off and everyone was getting settled. With the help of my office cats. Because I’m really 100 years old, you see. I sit at home most days working with my cat.

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Sarah came to visit me in Seattle! I missed her so much. We had the fortunate task, with two other awesome girls, of driving the Sea Shepherd RV across the country to the first ever Sea Shepherd Summit, in Vermont. I didn’t do any of the driving. Mostly because I was working full time and dealing with my major changes to the campaign… but also because I don’t think they trusted my driving ;) Not the world’s best driver here. We were lucky enough to see the Yellowstone River, Niagara Falls, and a beautiful sunset at Lake Erie as we camped along the way.

The summit was amazing. It was so great to see everyone I’ve been missing for years, to hear new ideas, and to learn so much about what other Sea Shepherd entities are out there doing. We are a movement! You can’t stop a movement.

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I am also happy to announce that starting this Wednesday I will be the Youth Correspondent and Media Activist for the radio show “State of the Oceans,” on LA talk radio. With Paul Watson, Sia and Shane Barbi, Jani Shultz, and weekly guests. I have been on Jani’s show many times in the past, but I am so excited to have worked out a weekly schedule with them that works with my classes. So be on the look out for that! Link here

Speaking of classes, I have moved once again. My dad helped me move all my stuff across country. We camped along the way and had some great adventures. It was nice having one last trip together before I start school again.

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This time I am officially moved out of my family house. Despite my leaving some stuff there, I won’t be living at home for the next two years- and who knows where I will be going after school is finished. It should feel strange and scary, but my parents have been so supportive of my work and travel over the last few years- that I feel like this is just another adventure. They know I’m only truly happy when I’m on an adventure. You can always go home :)

So I am studying Media Activism at Burlington College, for my undergraduate degree. Media Activism recognizes that mainstream media shapes the dominant consciousness. This degree is about learning how to use media to lead new ways of thinking and develop a more educated and well informed electorate. I want to expose corruption, create news, and make people think.

Please think about helping me pay for school. I would really appreciate any help you can give. I hate asking for money. This is completely out of my comfort zone. But maybe some of you out there, who have followed my work since the beginning, would like to help me out! If I can enter the world with a little less debt than I am currently looking at collecting, I will be in a much better position to start my life.

Go Fund Me – Click Here

So that was my year, so far! It’s been good.

I hope everyone has had an equally exceptional year full of adventure, laughter, love, and the kind of work that excites you.

For the Oceans,
Elora M.

World Love for Dolphins Day!!

Hi all!

This year Sea Shepherd USA is doing something a little different. IF you’re as frustrated with Taiji, and the capture and slaughter of the world’s marine cetaceans, as I am – spend a part of your Valentines day protesting at your local Japanese embassy! Information about the event is below. (Click Here) to find an event in your local area.

-Elora Malama

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Via Sea Shepherd USA:

On the heels of the recent global outcry condemning the brutal and inhumane dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is inviting supporters and all concerned individuals to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians in targeted demonstrations on February 14, 2014 against Taiji’s brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins.

On February 14, 2014, Sea Shepherd USA chapters will be leading demonstrations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates in cities across the country to stand in solidarity with the Cove Guardians in demanding an end to the bloodshed in Taiji. Sea Shepherd invites anyone who cares about dolphins to join us for peaceful “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations on Valentine’s Day to raise our voices for the dolphins. On a day meant to celebrate love, we will show Japan the love felt by the people of the world for dolphins.

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to stand with Sea Shepherd at the Embassy and Consulates of Japan and tell the Japanese government that the world holds dolphins very near and dear to our hearts and we will not tolerate this brutal slaughter by a small group of men who are dishonoring Japan to sell dolphins to the captive industry. We hope that thousands of people will turn out to show their love for dolphins and ask Japan to end the needless killing,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA.

Please find details on how the public can participate in Sea Shepherd’s “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations below:

World Love for Dolphin’s Day

Valentine’s Day Demonstrations Feb 14th, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm ET/PT

Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society & Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians at the Japanese Embassy and Consulates on Valentine’s Day to honor the dolphins who are brutalized in Taiji’s Cove.

There are two ways to help:

1. Demonstrate at Japanese Embassy & Consulates

Sea Shepherd will be demonstrating outside the following Japanese Consulates and the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC. Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians at these locations to remind the Japanese government that the Taiji dolphin drive hunts dishonor Japan. Japan can only begin to restore their honor by ending the horror in the Taiji Cove.

2. Send a Valentine for a Dolphin directly to the Japanese Embassy

Remind the Japanese government that dolphins are loved and revered by millions. Download & print a Valentine for a dolphin here and send it directly to:

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae
C/O The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Sea Shepherd encourages international demonstrations: Sea Shepherd invites our global supporters and dolphin lovers to join in the demonstrations and bring their concern to the doorstep of the Japanese government in cities around the world on the same day. For a list of Japanese embassies and consulates worldwide, please visit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Show your support for the dolphins in Taiji!! Visit Sea Shepherd USA’s website here (click here) to download a poster for the protest and find an event in your local area!!

THE TAIJI DOLPHINS NEED YOUR HELP! LETS PUT MORE PRESSURE ON JAPAN TO END THIS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL SLAUGHTER!

CALL TO ACTION! TWITTER!

Last night Stephen Colbert had Jeff Skoll, of Participant Media, as a guest on his show (The Colbert Report). Skoll’s company backed the film The COVE, which sparked a worldwide movement to protect dolphins and whales in Taiji, Japan!

Skoll discussed how the film made a difference. He told a story about media showing up in Taiji, and one time the killing boats did not go out—thus no dolphins were killed. Colbert took it further, probably confused by Skoll’s statement, that the slaughter had ended.

The killing is not over! There was a pod slaughtered YESTERDAY!

Use your media to reach out to the Colbert Report and tell them that the slaughter in Taiji is still occurring! Please be polite, we need allies in this movement.

Link to the interview: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/432004/january-09-2014/jeff-skoll

TWEET! CALL TO ACTION!
Tweet the ColbertReport and tell them the slaughter in Taiji is still happening! Dolphins were killed YESTERDAY! USE #tweet4taiji

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Facebook Page


Sea Shepherd USA Cove Guardian Daily Reports

-Elora Malama

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A win!

If you saw my recent post about USA Today encouraging tourism in Taiji, Japan, and promoting the town’s whaling history— I had asked you to write to USA Today and explain to them what really happens in Taiji.

However, please note that the article in question was pulled from USA Today’s website. My site had nothing to do with it’s removal, but I want to thank everyone who wrote to the editors when it was first discovered! Due to the public outcry in the last 24 hours the post has been removed. This is a win!

Call to Action! Taiji-Photos-

Hi all,

A friend came across this interesting photo contest, and I thought we should contribute.

Enter November 11 through December 2.
Voting begins December 9.

Contest Information:

“Some pretty amazing memories have been made in our parks over the past 50 years, and we’d love to relive them together.

Send us a photo of your favorite SeaWorld moment, and it could be featured in our online gallery. Together we’ll build a timeline of memories to celebrate the past five decades.”

Below are some photos I plan to contribute. If you don’t have any of your own, please feel free to use mine. Click here to submit photos and see the contest

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(Please keep in mind these are very small files compared to the originals, so they will not make good prints. I wanted to make it easy to download and re-upload.)

Obviously none of us will win this. If you do not live in the United States you will not be able to submit photos. However, here is some information you can put in–because it doesn’t really matter if we follow the rules:

You can use your own name and email, or make one up.

U.S Registered Phone Numbers:
Sea World- 888 800 5447
The White House- 202 456 1111

U.S State and Zip Code:
Tallahassee Florida, 32301

Please keep in mind that Bottlenose and Risso Dolphins were killed in Taiji today, and 4 juveniles were loaded onto a skiff (after watching their family go through slaughter) and were dumped at sea. To me, the equivalent of killing a toddler’s parents and placing the child on a crowded highway.

Thank you!!
-Elora Malama West