Weekend Reading: Dem Party Climate Town Hall

It wasn’t a debate, instead we had no one-minute sound bites, no interruptions, just time for each candidate to lay out their plan to save the planet. We present our reaction. And breaking news: Trump is coming to NM Monday the 16th.

In brief,

Retake Our Democracy on KSFR, 101.1 FM, Saturdays at 8:30am. Well, we had a great show but we encountered a very slow internet when it came time to upload it to KSFR and so they had to pull the plug (my fault, not theirs). The show was a dialog between Roxanne and I and we will re-record it and use it soon. We need to do that because we have references to the General Strike that will be out of date by then. I am working on a show for next week with the youth activists organizing that strike slated for Sept. 20. For today, KSFR is rebroadcasting my interview with Eric Griego, Working Families Party of NM Executive Director. It was one of the best shows we’ve done, so if you missed it, don’t miss it again.

General Strike Planning Meeting, Saturday September 7 (today) from 12:30-2:30 at the Center for Progress & Justice. If you have been hemming and hawing on getting involved with this, it is critical you show up today. The Santa Fe strike will occur Sept. 20th from 11:30-1:30 at the Roundhouse, but to understand all that is involved and how you can help, these planning meetings are important. Hope you make it. I’ve been to most all of the meetings, but will have to miss this one. Maybe one of you can fill me in.

Click here for more actions and events.

Trump Coming to NM Monday, Sept. 16!

President Donald Trump is planning a rally in Rio Rancho on Monday, Sept. 16, his reelection campaign announced Friday. Trump will hold the rally at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center.

That gives us a bit of time to coordinate an action opposing his presence. I am sure activists across the state will be communicating furiously over the next few days, so stay tuned. Mark Monday, Sept. 16 on your calendar, as I am sure we will want to make our presence felt and our voices heard. Tickets can be requested online.

The Climate Town Hall On CNN

I have read lots of pros and cons on the CNN climate crisis forum. Some have suggested, rightly, that 7 hours of non-stop coverage is only going to reach those who already are on board for climate crisis action appropriate to the devastation to come. I would say that asking people to sit through seven hours is asking more than 99% of the US will do. But, there is absolutely no question that what transpired was a thoughtful discussion of climate change sans interruptions, ridiculous time constraints on every answer and a non-stop series of sound bites.

I found Bernie and Warren both very compelling and Yang quirky and intriguing as ever. Others also offered acceptable plans that significantly ramped up the discussion. And then there was Biden. From William Rivers Pitt from Truthout:

 Picture in your mind a plane crash on top of a train wreck in the middle of an earthquake after an attack by Godzilla, and you’ll still fall short of fully encompassing what the former vice president did to himself on Wednesday night.

William River Pitt, Truthout, September 9, 2019

Another quote from Mr. Pitt:

Had that been the extent of the damage, it would have been a mercy, but it was not. Biden did not need nine other candidates to interrupt him, because he interrupted himself time and again as he staggered through a series of fathomless half-statements that exposed his gossamer grasp of the subject matter. Biden’s prattle about “safe fracking” rang about as true as “clean coal.” Topping it all off was his left eye, which visibly filled with blood halfway through his allotted time. I suppose it could have been worse, but I’m not quite sure how.

Pitt offered analysis of all of the ten participants, so if you didn’t watch, you can get a good analysis in his piece. He found Yang considerably less intriguing than Roxanne and I did. He also found Warren’s plans (she sure has a lot of them) worthwhile. I’ll let you read the article to see who prevailed and tomorrow for Sunday at the Movies, I’ll offer up at least Warren, Sanders, and Biden (if he hasn’t had the tape destroyed) and perhaps all ten videos of each candidate’s conversation. Pitt is a great writer and is not shy in voicing his views, so I recommend this article. Click here to find out more.

In solidarity,

Paul & Roxanne

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