We offer clips from Robert Reich on how a centrist can’t win in 2020 followed by a five minute clip from Bernie reminding us of what progressive values look like. Lastly, two clips from the Extinction Rebellion.
The clips from Reich and Bernie speak for themselves and are quite short. But I’d also encourage you to review at least the first video from the Extinction Rebellion, as it is a 20 minute profile of the Rebellion’s launching of their direct action campaign This Is Not a Drill. Over the past week, hundreds of acts of civil disobedience have been staged worldwide, resulting in over 700 arrests. The segment describes how the Rebellion has significantly escalated direct action to dramatize the urgent need for action. Part of the segment is an interview with Gail Broodbrook, one of the co-founders of the Rebellion. She is extraordinarily articulate, inspiring. Despite its name sounding pretty grim, their movement is actually grounded in hope.
The second Rebellion outlines the principles and strategies of the Extinction Rebellion. Retake feels strongly that this kind of action should be applauded and replicated.
Inspiring Words from Frederick Douglas
Below is a quote from Frederick Douglas offered by David Thompson, a member of the Retake Leadership Team. He offered the quote as a comment on Retake’s post describing the reasons for our support for youth making demands of the Governor (emphasis mine):
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her August claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all‐absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Comment from David Thompson, Retake Our Democracy Leadership Team
A protest without concrete demands is meaningless. I’m happy to help second the demands the youth of NM are making so eloquently. Those demands are direct, practical and achievable, and we should be doing everything we can to advance them. ”David Thompson
Sunday at the Movies
Robert Reich describes why we can’t afford & won’t win in 2020 with a centrist Democrat
A Four Minute Profile of Bernie Sanders
Whether you are in his corner or support Elizabeth Warren, we can’t accept less. This is worth five minutes as the clip illustrates what a principled politician looks like and, whether he is the candidate or not, reminds us what we owe him for moving the entire discussion.
Extinction Rebellion in Brief
A must see video clip: The Extinction Rebellion, just one year old, has created a powerful message fully backed by direct action: This Is Not a Drill. This is a 20 minute segment from Democracy Now that serves as an intro to the Extinction Rebellion’s principles, assumptions and strategies. It includes a look at the past week of civil disobedience followed by an interview with Dr. Gail Bradbrook, one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion. We need this sort of urgency now.
What is the Extinction Rebellion, Pt II?
If the first clip whets your appetite, here is the main dish. The first 20 minutes is a pretty withering summation of where we stand in relation to the climate crisis, followed by a much deeper discussion of how and why the Rebellion was formed, its goals, what it has accomplished to date, and where it is headed.
In solidarity, Paul & Roxanne