Yvonne Gougelet

I’m leaving for Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, in a day or two. I’ve gone with my younger brother Robert the past five years in a row. It’s become a family tradition and the most exciting time of year for me.

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It’s more than a music festival, it’s a spiritual journey for me too~~~~~ Every year I throw caution to the wind, hop in a vehicle and head to the middle of nowhere Tennessee. The adventure gets better and better every year and I never know how I’m going to top the last. At this rate, I’ll be performing on stage soon… and I’m not even in a bad, lol.

Radiohead and Red Hot Chill Peppers are performing, I’ve been listening to them for ten years, and haven’t seen them perform once. I’m hoping Thom Yorke of Radiohead plays songs from Atoms for Peace with Flea from Red Hot. Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, Tune Yards, Santogold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Howard, Feist, soooooooo many amazing bands are playing and comedy too!

Last year I had an all-access backstage pass because my friend performed in the comedy tent. I ended up getting chosen to model the “Bonnaroo Buzz” Ben and Jerry’s sponsored dress in an Eco-Fashion show. I also met the founder of Roo. Along with Neil Young. Epic, to say the least.

Roo fashion show

This year I will be in the regular General admission, but plan on doing some fun interviews with some special people (possibly the founder of Roo!) and a video all about Bonnaroo fashion. Stay tuned and see you on the farm~~~~~~

"Do yourself a favor and pack your bags. Buy a ticket and get on the train." Radiohead:Black Swan:Atoms for Peace

Love, Yvonne

I’m in the new Bud Light Lime Commercial!

Check out this fun commercial I shot for Bud Light Lime while I was down in Miami for the Winter. I’m the lady sliding down the water slide in a bikini! Fun!! Apparently a friend saw this on tv leading into Chelsea Lately on E! So, that’s neat. Let me know if you see it on tv anywhere!

Here are a couple of fun pics from the shoot with me and my girl Shira and my friend Joe who did lighting for the shoot.

Eco-Fashion shoot for fashion magazine!

I’m excited to share I recently did a photo shoot for a new fashion magazine called “Queen of Sheba”. Here is a sneak peek from the shoot! From their site: “Queens of Sheba Magazine is a brand new publication that is based on successful, empowered, and influential women in our society.” I will be one of their featured women discussing my journey as an Environmental activist. The dress in the photo is completely made out of plastic bags from Target!!

I have been a pretty hardcore advocate for the environment for the past few years. I’ve lobbied with Congress, got arrested at the White House, spent the past month in the Gulf of Mexico helping BP victims, etc.

Why? Humans need three (essential) things in order to survive. Clean air, clean water, and fertile soil. What’s the one thing that can destroy all three? A toxic, polluted environment. One thing a lot of people don’t realize is that Humans are destroying our oceans. With toxic pollution run off, the drilling for oil and of course, our waste. We consume so much. And it all ends up in the ocean.

Lately, I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to raise awareness about the BP oil spill and the plastic in the ocean. So I started designing dresses out of plastic. Here I am wearing a cocktail dress made from plastic bags and a long veil made of trash I collected from just the three city blocks!

(The magazine editor/designer/photographer at the fashion shoot designed the white dress at top for the magazine!)

These images below changed my life a few years ago and I’ve vowed to never use plastic bags or bottles again. Please, use reusable bags, reusable bottles, reusable coffee mugs. Our children and our children’s children deserve better than this. Peace~~~~

This pictures sums it all up for me. We come from the ocean. We are one with the ocean and our species has destroyed it. We must change our ways NOW!

Washington Post

FINALLY! TWO YEARS LATER and the Justice Department arrests a BP exec for the Bp Drilling Disaster!!! Spread the word. WE WANT THEM IN JAIL FOR LIFE!

IF YOU KNEW THE TRUTH, WOULD YOU STAY SILENT? I am floored by all of the media that came out last week about the BP Drilling Disaster. Thanks to the hard work of GULF COAST WARRIORS! Know this: the disaster was preventable, which means 11 men were murdered on the oil rig. Gulf residents have died & are dying: the government allowed & continues to dump toxic chemicals (banned in other countries) into the water to sink the oil, which has caused mass marine life death, thousands of sick people (including children) & a high rise of miscarriages. And YOU are at risk. Toxic fish makes its way into the markets, because of FDA LIES. We want CRIMINAL CHARGES, Corexit to be banned, residents to be compensated and fines to go towards the restoration of the Gulf, not the pockets of psychopath politicians. In the meantime, look into how YOU can cut back on petroleum consumption. {End of rant.}

I met oringal Freedom Riders & Ela Gandhi! Life is wild~~~

It’s been a hot minute Tumblr. I left NYC December 31st for some recovery time in Miami. Was there for three months and am now in the Gulf of Mexico with a Peace Organization helping victims of the BP Drilling Disaster. I wrote a play about activism, revolution and depression, focusing on the BP Drilling Disaster. I’ve been to six Occupations and in the ER two times. I’m still broke, still pale, but feeling better than ever :)

Yesterday I met with ORIGINAL FREEDOM RIDERS & ELA GANDHI (Gandhi’s Grand-daughter) at the SCLC headquarters yesterday!!!!!!! (Founded by Dr. Martin Luther King!!) They are forming a NEW Global Peace conference and I’m going to be helping organize!! Life is WILD! Feeling blessed!

Lot’s of COOL stuff happened in Miami. Lot’s of COOL stuff happening here in the Gulf. Updates, videos, photos soon. Expect of purge SOON! <3 Bye~~~ For now, here is a pic of me having lunch with ORIGINAL FREEDOM RIDERS at the SCLC!  WHOA LEGENDS!

All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.

—Bernard Berenson

We can do better! They exist in other countries, why not here?
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7 groundbreaking green carsHybrid, clean diesel, electric and natural gas models have been named Green Car of the Year since the award began in 2006.

We can do better! They exist in other countries, why not here?

mothernaturenetwork:

7 groundbreaking green cars
Hybrid, clean diesel, electric and natural gas models have been named Green Car of the Year since the award began in 2006.

Tomorrow is International Women&#8217;s Day! The perfect day to help spread the word about the INTERNATIONAL SEX STRIKE FOR WOMEN&#8217;S RIGHTS!!!! THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROTEST! A Modern Day Lysistrata!
LADIES, close your legs and demand your boyfriends, husbands, lovers, booty-calls, one-night-stands, STAND WITH US and demand local politicians, Representatives, Senators, World Leaders to RESPECT WOMEN&#8217;S RIGHTS!!!! We are EQUAL, we are ONE. No matter gender, race, age, wealth, religion, sexuality. We all breathe, we all bleed, we all want a safe place to sleep at night. We all deserve to be treated with respect.
In America women STILL get 72 cents per dollar, to her male counterpart. Men get away with rape, victim blaming has become the national norm. A man who beat his girlfriend just won a Grammy, what kind of message does that give the women of the World? What kind of message does that give them MEN of the World. Groping, rape, physical abuse, verbal abuse, molestation, domestic violence and men still walk away free. In America we are loosing our rights left and right! Last year it was an attack on a health center that gives FREE health care to women (men AND children!) This year state by state is limiting free health care, family planning care, birth control, etc. Using Birth Control does not make a woman a slut. Using birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies and abortions! In other countries, it&#8217;s much, much worse. Remember that women of America. We are lucky, but we have to fight four ourselves AND the women of the World.
Share this poster. Tweet it, tumblr it, Facebook it, e-mail it and CLOSE YOUR LEGS! There are big Women&#8217;s Rights rallies coming up at our state capitals and in DC over the next month or two. I will keep everyone posted.
“I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.” Coretta Scott King
Peace~~~~

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day! The perfect day to help spread the word about the INTERNATIONAL SEX STRIKE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS!!!! THIS IS A WORLDWIDE PROTEST! A Modern Day Lysistrata!

LADIES, close your legs and demand your boyfriends, husbands, lovers, booty-calls, one-night-stands, STAND WITH US and demand local politicians, Representatives, Senators, World Leaders to RESPECT WOMEN’S RIGHTS!!!! We are EQUAL, we are ONE. No matter gender, race, age, wealth, religion, sexuality. We all breathe, we all bleed, we all want a safe place to sleep at night. We all deserve to be treated with respect.

In America women STILL get 72 cents per dollar, to her male counterpart. Men get away with rape, victim blaming has become the national norm. A man who beat his girlfriend just won a Grammy, what kind of message does that give the women of the World? What kind of message does that give them MEN of the World. Groping, rape, physical abuse, verbal abuse, molestation, domestic violence and men still walk away free. In America we are loosing our rights left and right! Last year it was an attack on a health center that gives FREE health care to women (men AND children!) This year state by state is limiting free health care, family planning care, birth control, etc. Using Birth Control does not make a woman a slut. Using birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies and abortions! In other countries, it’s much, much worse. Remember that women of America. We are lucky, but we have to fight four ourselves AND the women of the World.

Share this poster. Tweet it, tumblr it, Facebook it, e-mail it and CLOSE YOUR LEGS! There are big Women’s Rights rallies coming up at our state capitals and in DC over the next month or two. I will keep everyone posted.

“I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.” Coretta Scott King

Peace~~~~

I had a nightmare the military killed me…

Two nights ago I had a nightmare I was on a patio in a backyard of a beautiful home on the coast, overlooking the ocean. Sitting in the sun with my two current roommates in Miami. All of a sudden a red airplane flies by & sort of stops in mid air and a huge video camera hanging down zooms in on us. Essentially spying on us. The airplane then lands in the water safely. Then American soldiers get out of the airplane. My roommate turns to me and tells me to run. I run into my room, start packing my bags. I turn to leave the room and a soldier shoots me dead in the neck…. {End of nightmare}

I’ve had prophetic dreams in the past. Hopefully this isn’t one of them. I’m on my way to New Orleans for the BP Trials. I’m going to help raise awareness about the sick people in the Gulf. If corporations are people, then every person at the corporations that caused the disaster should be tried individually, and given prison for life.

Call the White House MONDAY and tell them - NO Settlement for BP - FULL Trial - FULL Transparency. NO Exceptions. 202-456-1111 or call 202-456-1414

The best revolutionary advice I received (via @der_bluthund on twitter) &#8220;Fight, Withdraw, Re-Equip, Fight, Withdraw, Re-Equip.&#8221;
This comic is the story of my life and the reason I am in hibernation mode in Miami right now. Last year my mind/body/soul took a beating&#8230; Last year I overdosed myself on information about corrupt politicians &amp; World leaders, psycho-corporations, why we&#8217;re in War, how I&#8217;m to partly to blame for the killing of innocent children overseas (because I use petroleum based products here in the US- currently weening myself off of it), the military-industrial-complex, the petroleum-industrial-complex, what we humans are doing to our planet. Fukushima, the BP oil spill cover-up, main-stream media lies &amp; cover-ups. Monsanto. GMO&#8217;s, BPA&#8217;s. Poisonous toxins legally allowed in our food, drinks, water, clothes, sunscreens, etc&#8230; because Big Pharma owns the FDA&#8230; making us sick, then selling us the cure&#8230; all for profit&#8230;
It&#8217;s enough to make a woman go mad. And I did.
But I still fought. I spent every penny I had on doing activism. I did nothing but activism last year. Nothing except overdose on information and lay in a ball on my bed, crying. Literally. All year. I dragged myself to Bonnaroo. Dragged. Because I thought it would help. And even there&#8230; I cried in my tent&#8230;
But I&#8217;m feeling so much stronger right now. I am in recovery mode in Miami, healing the wounds from last year. Taking care of myself. Preparing myself to join the revolution again.  Working three jobs to pay off a couple of small bills. Meditating, dancing, getting sun, drinking lots of water (charged by the sun), spending time by the ocean, going to the local farmer&#8217;s market every weekend, buying lots of fresh, local, pesticide-free, non-gmo fruits and veggies. Preparing myself. I need to be strong and ready for the revolution. I haven&#8217;t given up. I haven&#8217;t turned my back on the revolution. I haven&#8217;t stopped. In fact, I&#8217;m coming up with new and creative ways to be involved. Creating costumes, and performance pieces that will help spread my message. Creating art pieces inspired by my environmental activism. It feels good. I feel good. For the first time, in a very long time.
If you are going through what I went through last year, reach out to me. I am here for you. I went through it alone. No one should have to go through it alone. Write me, if you need me. yvonnegougelet@aol.com
Peace &amp; Stay Strong~~~~

The best revolutionary advice I received (via @der_bluthund on twitter) “Fight, Withdraw, Re-Equip, Fight, Withdraw, Re-Equip.”

This comic is the story of my life and the reason I am in hibernation mode in Miami right now. Last year my mind/body/soul took a beating… Last year I overdosed myself on information about corrupt politicians & World leaders, psycho-corporations, why we’re in War, how I’m to partly to blame for the killing of innocent children overseas (because I use petroleum based products here in the US- currently weening myself off of it), the military-industrial-complex, the petroleum-industrial-complex, what we humans are doing to our planet. Fukushima, the BP oil spill cover-up, main-stream media lies & cover-ups. Monsanto. GMO’s, BPA’s. Poisonous toxins legally allowed in our food, drinks, water, clothes, sunscreens, etc… because Big Pharma owns the FDA… making us sick, then selling us the cure… all for profit…

It’s enough to make a woman go mad. And I did.

But I still fought. I spent every penny I had on doing activism. I did nothing but activism last year. Nothing except overdose on information and lay in a ball on my bed, crying. Literally. All year. I dragged myself to Bonnaroo. Dragged. Because I thought it would help. And even there… I cried in my tent…

But I’m feeling so much stronger right now. I am in recovery mode in Miami, healing the wounds from last year. Taking care of myself. Preparing myself to join the revolution again.  Working three jobs to pay off a couple of small bills. Meditating, dancing, getting sun, drinking lots of water (charged by the sun), spending time by the ocean, going to the local farmer’s market every weekend, buying lots of fresh, local, pesticide-free, non-gmo fruits and veggies. Preparing myself. I need to be strong and ready for the revolution. I haven’t given up. I haven’t turned my back on the revolution. I haven’t stopped. In fact, I’m coming up with new and creative ways to be involved. Creating costumes, and performance pieces that will help spread my message. Creating art pieces inspired by my environmental activism. It feels good. I feel good. For the first time, in a very long time.

If you are going through what I went through last year, reach out to me. I am here for you. I went through it alone. No one should have to go through it alone. Write me, if you need me. yvonnegougelet@aol.com

Peace & Stay Strong~~~~

A heartbreaking letter from an activist & writer in #Syria. Please read about their government crackdown and mass killings!

This was copied and pasted from InterOccupy:

Letter from my friend Khaled Kalifa, a fiction and TV writer who lives in Damascus, Syria — I became friends with him when I was teaching at the University of Iowa and he was in the International Writer’s Program. Please read and stand with him:

Letter From khaled khalifa to his friends around of the world

My friends, writers and journalists from all over the world, in China and Russia, I would like to inform you that my people is being subjected to a genocide.

A week ago the forces of the Syrian regime stepped up its attacks on the rebellious cities, especially in the cities of Homs, Zabadani, the suburbs of Damascus, Rastan, Madaya, Wadi Barada, Figeh, Idlib and villages of the Zawiya mountain. In the past week, up until the moment in which I am writing these lines, more than a thousand martyrs fell, many of them children, and hundreds of homes were destroyed on top of their inhabitants.

The world’s blindness encouraged the regime’s attempt to eliminate the peaceful revolution in Syria, with an unrivaled repressive force. The support of Russia, China, Iran and the silence of the world in the face of the crimes committed in broad daylight, has allowed the regime’s killing of my people for the past eleven months. But in the last week, since February 2cd, the features of the massacre were made clear. The scene of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who took to the streets of their towns and villages on the night of the massacre of Khalidiya, the night of last Friday to Saturday, raising their hands in prayer and in tears, is heart breaking and puts the humanitarian tragedy of Syria in the center of the world. It is a clear expression of our feeling of orphanhood, resulting from our abandonment by the world, which is content by political and economic sanctions that do not stop murderers or restrain blood bathed tanks.

My people who faced death with bear chests and songs is being, in these very moments, subjected to a cleansing campaign. Our rebellious cities face sieges unprecedented in the history of world revolutions, preventing medical personnel to attend to the wounded, as field hospitals are being bombed in cold blood and destroyed. The entry of relief organizations is also prevented, phone lines are cut, and food and medicine are blocked to the extent that the smuggling of blood bags or Satamol tablets into the affected areas is considered a crime worthy of imprisonment in detention camps, the details of which will shock you one day.

In its modern history, the world has not yet seen valor and courage such as those displayed by the revolutionary Syrians in all our towns and villages, as the world has not yet seen such a silence, that is now considered a complicity in the murder and extermination of my people.

My people is the people of peace, coffee and music, that I wish you will taste one day, roses the fragrances of which I hope you will breathe one day, so that you know that the center of the world is today exposed to a genocide, and that the whole world is an accomplice to the spilling of our blood.

I can not say more in these difficult moments, but I hope you will take action in solidarity with my people, through whatever means you deem appropriate. I know that writing stands helpless and naked in front of the Russian guns, tanks and missiles bombing cities and civilians, but I have no wish for your silence to be an accomplice of the killings as well.