All three of last week’s posts are worthy of review for different reasons, but the Sunrise Movement’s call for a national General Strike most warrants your attention and should be shared. We need to begin to understand that climate change is not something our leaders are poised to address. We must make them do it. The post also poses a question about Valerie Plame’s candidacy.
Question of the day: Should having a career in the CIA be viewed as serving your country or using all your tools to undermine the sovereignty of other nations if they seek justice over US interests. See Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Palestine, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the list is literally endless? Intelligence is a necessary evil, I suppose, but is a candidate who serves in the CIA responsible for the ways in which our country has historically used that intelligence? Is a CIA career an asset for a candidate or would it preclude you from voting for such a candidate? This question was posed and answered by activist and artist Arlene Goldbard in a recent blog post: To find out how Goldberg weighed in, click here. But please comment below as to how you feel.
Action of the Day. The hubris of the DNC knows no end. It isn’t enough that they threaten to ban any campaign manager working for a candidate challenging a Democratic incumbent. Now this. For months, people across the country and leading Presidential candidates have been calling for a debate focused on climate change. The DNC responded by refusing to host a climate debate and threatening to ban any candidate who participates in a climate debate from any future debates. Click the link to sign a petition to tell the DNC to change their tune: Hold a 2020 presidential primary debate focused n climate action. In 2016, there were ZERO questions about climate change in the general election and only 1.5% percent of all questions in the primary were about the climate crisis. Climate change threatens to end civilization as we know within our lives, and a big part of why we have not done more as a nation to combat it is because of behavior like this from the media and political establishment. Our survival is at stake. It’s time for them to act like it.
A Look Back At Last Week’s Posts: Unnatural gas, WIPP/Holtec, General Strike & Rev Barber
Retake Our Democracy’s primary purpose is to engage, educate and motivate. The premise is that if more people understand how badly they are being undermined, they will become motivated to take some form of action. And by incorporating action alerts into our educational pieces, we offer opportunities for action. But “action” should not be viewed only as participation in a hearing, a march, or a protest. Given the scope of the climate and justice crisis in the world, Action almost must include your serving as a community organizer, being someone who actively and regularly circulates information throughout your sphere of influence. While this may force many of you to get out of your comfort zone, efforts to counter economic injustice and looming climate catastrophe will only succeed when a vast army of people begins to insist that their friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors become engaged in the work.
It isn’t up to leaders; it isn’t up to others; it is up to you. So, please review last week’s posts. Any of them would be a good conversation starter with a group of friends. And if you make a habit, of every Monday sending this post by email to a group of friends and offer a specific question to stimulate conversation, you will be doing precisely what needs to be done by all of us: challenging the people we know to help save our future. Start an ongoing conversation and see it as your purpose to expand those active in the struggle by 5 or 10 people.
Debunking the Holy Grail of Natural Gas. It Is No Bridge to Renewables It Is a Bridge to Extinction
Wednesday, June 5. Speaker Egolf wrote a commentary on how SB 489 allows natural gas in Four Corners. Look for PNM, the Governor, and possibly some enviro grasstop allies to begin cultivating the field, readying us with myths about the need for natural gas as a needed bridge to the future. This post obliterates that assertion proving that natural gas is not clear, not cheap and not necessary. Click here to review this post.
Sunrise Movement Calls for General Strike Sept. 20. It Is About Time We Got Serious
Friday, June 7. Petitions, marches, phone calls and emails all fall on deaf ears when it comes to the power brokers of our economy. A tipping point must be reached with a movement to save us that generates sustained actions, shifts the calculus and tips the scales towards meaningful efforts to address climate change. Could this be it? Time to unify around this and so, I ask you share this post with others and encourage your friends and family to be part of this international effort. Click here to read the full post.
The Sept 20 General Strike is an opportunity to launch a sustained and impactful movement. And we have four months to build momentum and every single one of us needs to take personal responsibility by engaging all you know. Sept 20 General Strike needs to dwarf anything we’ve tried before. And then it needs to continue. There is momentum happening, but what needs to change is that this can’t be leader-led, it must be YOU-led. It is not our time. It is YOURS. SHARE SHARE SHARE and talk about this over dinners, at coffee, in the market. Click here to read the full post. And please share this around. The only way this strike will achieve its potential impact is by people who think others will spread the word, get on board and talk this up. So please share this link.
What IS WIPP? Who Are Holtec? What Do They Propose? And Why Should You Care?
Saturday, June 8. NM”s history of involvement in the nuclear industry stretches to its birth, with our finger prints are on Hiroshima, our Down Winders, unknowingly and unwillingly, bearing the consequences of testing for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Our legacy for absorbing the impact of poorly thought out nuclear power decisions spans decades: Church Rock, WIPP and now Holtec. There is a quote from MLG in the blog, that at first blush looks positive, as she strongly opposes Holtec. But one of our readers, Devin Bent, pointed out that her full quote gave her reasoning for opposing Holtec: its potential impact on the gas and oil and ranching industries. Her full quote includes her unwavering her support for gas and oil industry. The post has been updated with commentary on Devin’s observation. We need to become informed as it is coming. Click here to read the full post.
And if you missed the Reverend yesterday, check out his inspiring words.
Paul & Roxanne