Sunday, April 21, 2019

Reaction vs. Response


This past week, Notre Dame, iconic image of Paris, where all roads converge—that is all the national roads of France converge at a spot on the terrace of Notre Dame Cathedral— the heart of Paris is Notre Dame.  So we could say that the heart of France is Notre Dame.

 

And this past week the heart of France went up in flames.

Some images:

 


 

This past year saw the unusual weather events that characterize the acute phase of climate collapse: floods, droughts, crop failures, and immolations of entire forests and ecosystems by fire.

Some images:

 
 




This week saw the stricken faces of urban people, registering their reaction:

Some images:

 

What is the appropriate response when your planet is burning?

La Defense: Gilets jaunes joined by 14 enviro-groups

Please watch: https://theintercept.com/2019/04/17/green-new-deal-short-film-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/




Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=3daIhMb6bVo

Sign: any new DHS secretary must denounce family separation at border at
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And donate to the Collective at https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7315/donate_page/now

 

Foreign

Appropriate response: Decrying ‘toxic alliance’ of Macron and polluters, 14 climate campaigner groups join yellow vests to stage one of France’s largest acts of civil Disobedience: 8-hours-long occupation of La Défense, blockading Total Oil, Société Général Bank, and Eléctricité de France.

Appropriate response: Extinction Rebellion shuts down European cities.

Appropriate response: On Day 2, Extinction rebellion still occupies Oxford Circus, still parties on Waterloo Bridge.

Appropriate response: Extinction Rebellion climate protests divert London police.

Appropriate response: Brussels becomes first major city to halt 5G due to health effects.

EU condemns U.S. after #45 triggers ‘illegal’ and drastic Cuba sanctions.

Norway aviation firm orders 60 all-electric airplanes.

French court finds Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning.

Canada plans to make animal testing illegal.

North Korea wins WTO appeal on  Fukushima seafood ban.

Fire fighters save devastated Notre Dame from total destruction as workers scramble to save art works.

Appropriate response: Yellow Vest Act 22 reaches 30,000 people, despite repression.

Appropriate response: Jacunda Forest Reserve along River Madeira preserves trees and lowers emissions in Rubber Tapper Reserves, protecting forests and providing indigenous folks with jobs,

Appropriate response: Amazon’s sacred headwaters summit strengthens alliance across borders.

Appropriate response: Indigenous peoples go to court to stop Amazon from oil company greed.

Appropriate response: Berne organizes national demonstration to stop 5G on May 10.

Branding Israel with mark of Cain, South Africa breaks off diplomatic relations.

U.S. planes, tractors on EU tariff list over Boeing.

Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia.

Appropriate response: Sudan protesters demand immediate civilian rule.

Edinburgh science festival to ban fossil fuel firm sponsorship deals.

New Zealand to be first with UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples Plan.

Domestic

Appropriate response: Four valve turners (farmers and Catholic Workers pipeline protesters) plead necessity defense before 12-person grand jury.

Appropriate response: Activists scale FERC building, demand Congress replace it with FREC: Federal Renewable Energy Commission.

Appropriate response: New York City Council passes sweeping climate bill.

U. S. arrests medical professionals in illegal opioid distribution.
  
Washington State passes public option.

Bernie Sanders rises from gadfly to front runner.

Warren, Markey, Pressley to join launch of Sunrise Movement’s 250-city road to a Green New Deal tour.

LA teacher’s union passes resolution to ensure safety from wireless technology.

Montana marchers demand justice and safety for indigenous women.

Traditional owners fighting Adano Coal Mine mount fresh legal challenge.

Appropriate response: Indigenous activists set up protest camp at South Texas Cemetery to stop #45 wall.

Starbucks, Subway, Adidas, Evocative, For the Better Good, Ecoffee, and Rimping plan to ditch plastic containers.

House cancels vote on Pentagon increase.

Bill passes making Maryland first state to ban foam food containers.

North Carolina orders Duke Energy to close all coal ash ponds in state.

32 and counting: #45 loses 32 California lawsuits.

ACLU demands investigation into pro-#45 fascist militia detaining migrants.

Appropriate response: Chef Bruno Serato, whose mother once made him cook a meal for a hungry child, has now served three million meals! (He’s an immigrant.)

Family separation: Asylum seeker and son reunited after 324 days apart.

Hunger strikes draw attention to denial of parole and bond  denied at ICE detention centers.

Appropriate response: 59 cities in 23 states and D.C. sign up to sponsor demonstrations against 5G on May 15th.

Philadelphia DA to drop challenge in Abu-Jamal case, clearing appeal to higher court.

Appropriate response: Activists opposed to Venezuelan opposition takeover of diplomatic buildings stage 24/7 vigil to protect Georgetown embassy.

Man accused of threatening Rep. Omar remains behind bars.

Federal Court rules cities cannot criminalize homelessness.

Appropriate response: Cuban Five hero declares solidarity with Julian Assange.

Robert Mueller delivers exhaustive account of #45 efforts to head off or undermine Russia probe, all but inviting Congress (don’t hold your breath) to take action.

AG (Dis)Barr calls Wikileaks publisher innocent: “Under applicable law, publication of these types of materials would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy.”

Question: What do you think constitutes an appropriate response?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

QUID PRO QUO


In February 2019, the IMF announced a pending loan of $4.2 billion dollars to Ecuador, a deadbeat country according to Bloomberg, that has paid back only one bond in its two hundred year history. On March 11 of 2019, the loan was approved by the IMF. Was this a good investment?

Ecuador Economy Minister Richard Martinez (center)
Perhaps not, but as Judas money, it managed to secure the arrest thirty days later, on April 10, 2019, of Julian Assange who was ousted from the Ecuadorian Embassy into the renditioning arms of the UK which arrested him on trumped up charges, threatening extradition to the U.S. where a Virginia grand jury has been working to develop a case against the practice of journalism since 2011. Said Daniel Ellsberg: I think this is a warning shot across the bow of every editor and publisher in the country.

Ecuadorean Embassy, London
Even Deporter-in-Chief, serial assassin Obomber, avoided indicting Assange for the practice of journalism, but under the present administration, niceties regarding Freedom of the Press have become irrelevant. And with Manning in jail refusing to testify to that grand jury, and Snowden in Russia, journalism died. 

The all-the-news-that's-fit-to print state organ New York Times published its hit piece dated April 11 by Scott Shane and Steven Erlanger framing Assange as a narcissistic hacker whose skateboard enthusiasms was inclined to scratch the furniture, and with a cat who posed in the Embassy window wearing a tie. Evidently the Times did not care to scuff up the veneer of its own good grey propaganda. Although it was quite happy to make use of Asssange’s stellar journalism when it suited, it entirely missed noticing the unfit to print news that in the context a fascist government insisting on playing close to its chest, nothing but the kind of muckraking journalism practiced by Snowden, Assange, Manning, Greenwald, Scahill, and Pilger among others, can hope to penetrate the iron fisted curtain of the U.S. secretive regime.

Among Assange’s famous unfit to print news releases are the 2010 releases of 92,000 documents from the years 2004-9 regarding the war in Afghanistan that would become known as the Afghan war logs, the hundreds of thousands U.S. “diplomatic” cables exposing the strategic thinking of the officials changed with ensuring U.S. full-spectrum dominance, and the collateral murder” video showing a U.S. helicopter crew callously gunning down Iraqi civilians. (For a full list, go toWikileaks at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_material_published_by_WikiLeaks.)

April 12 S.F. demonstration at Market & Sansome
Like the Beatles in the 60s, with such releases, Assange changed the course of our history in the early years of the 21st Century. Even prior to Wikileaks, we knew our government was lying to us, but Assange’s revelations renewed our activism, infusing it with energy and purpose.

This week, the arrest of Assange over shadowed the burning of three black churches in a Louisiana parish, and the gutting of the Highland Civil Rights Center and its archives in Tennessee, where a sign of the Romanian fascist Iron Guard Movement was found (the same symbol used by the Christchurch, N.Z. shooter), both events the trickle down effect of Making America Hate Again.





 

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Corbyn opposes extradition of Assange for ‘exposing evidence of U.S. atrocities.’

Snowden leads global chorus condemning Assange arrest as grave assault on journalism.

Immigration

Neilsen, empress of family separation, most aggressive immigration hawk in history, resigns. 

Protesters shed light on Florida Detention Center For Migrant Children.

WH threatens flooding sanctuary cities with asylum seekers. Bring ‘em on!

Federal Court orders U.S. to Abandon ‘remain in Mexico’ plan.

Southern Poverty Law Center announces Judge blocks #45’s cruel asylum policy.

Volunteer doctors on U.S. Mexico boarder struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants.

Health

Renewed push seeks to make Medicare for 64-year-olds a step towards Medicare for All.

Connecticut lawsuit may bar anti-choice clinics from lying to pregnant people.

Domestic

Sanders agreed to FOX town hall to send message to #45 voters: He lied to you. Duh!

Sanders vows to ban anti-labor “Right to Work” laws.

Democratic Party may be coming to its senses. (Don’t hold your breath).

Coordinated hunger strike at two Wisconsin Prisons demanding end to solitary torture.

Following CA governor Newsom’s moratorium on Death Penalty announcement, six former governors and two CA Supreme Court justices commend him.

CA police used of deadly force bill, AB 3932 moves forward.
San Francisco proposal to close juvenile hall draws show of support.

Activist claiming NYPD tried to frame him, gets $860,000 settlement.

Students lead movement to restore prisoners’ voting rights on East Coast.

Protest prompts Beloit College to cancel Erik Prince lecture.

Hopkins students protest private police oplan,  citing school officials’ campaign contributions to Pugh.

Georgetown students vote for reparations.

Progressive Democrats threaten to tank $733 billion in insane Pentagon spending if social programs are not also boosted.

Hunger in America: Nonprofit program is taking unused school food and turning it into meals students can take home.

Poverty in  America: George to give out free tampons and pads in schools, and to low-income folks.

House votes to renew Violence Against Women Act with added gun reform NRA dislikes.

Kentucky becomes 25th state to protect pregnant employees at work.
Tennessee Senate unanimously passes anti-SLAPP Bill

Digital Rights activists celebrate as House approves “save the Internet Act” to restore net neutrality.

Apple employee detain at U.S. border over IPhone and laptop speaks out.

All tech start ups that are poster boys for innovation are built on two profound inventions, both born of cooperation between scientists and public funded research not driven by profit-driven competition: the digital computer and the internet.

31,000 workers at Stop & Shop across Connecticut, MA, and RI, go on stroke.

Thousands strike at 5 UN hospitals, alleging unfair labor practices.

Due to activist organizing Wells Fargo CEO Sloane’s congressional testimony that the bank has changed since its scandal three years ago was met with skepticism and rebuke in Congress.

On Thursday Wells Fargo announced Sloane quit in wake of multiple scandals.’

Chicago to go 100% renewable.

Breakup with oil and gas culture: several Louisiana communities start divorce proceedings.

Mothers Out Front launches “Beyond Gas” campaign 2-year campaign.

Washington Court of Appeals upholds right to present necessity defense in climate crisis.

Foreign

Iran designates U.S. Central Command a terrorist Group operating in Middle East.

Berlin Activists march, demanding city seize housing from companies owning more than 3,000 units. Now, benefiting from novel interpretation of constitutional provision allowing private assets to be transferred to public ownership, their campaign gathers signatures to force citywide vote to force companies owning over 3,000 properties to sell them to the city.

Florence, Italy uses precautionary principle for rollout of 5G.

Cantons of Geneva and Vaud, Switzerland suspends 5G, prohibiting construction of 5G antennae.

5G: CA Supreme Court affirms local authority to regulate wireless infrastructure.

54,000 Germans petition Parliament to stop 5G auction on health grounds.

In Norway electric vehicles outsold gasoline-powered cars for first time in history.

U.S. calls for probe of Yemen hospital bombing.

No thanks to MSNBC, bill to end Yemen siege passes.

U.S. unable to attack Venezuela: too many confirmed S-300 anti-air systems.

Tel Aviv Israelis protest for Right of Return in solidarity with the Great March of Palestinian Return.

Sudan military coup topples ruler after protests.

After more than six weeks of street protests, with the abdication of President Bouteflika, Algeria wins historic victory.

After 21 weeks of skirmishing with municipal authorities, St. Nazaire yellow vests hold “House of the People” hosting 700 delegates.

Bogota bans cars every Sunday and people love it.

Indigenous Chiapas community learns agroecology lessening its dependence on pesticides.

Hundreds of people in Oresund, Denmark built Tvindkraft, the largest windmill in the world and give away the patent so others can do the same. It still powers the town of Ulfborg in western Denmark.

 

Chiapas’ 8-Year-old Xóchitl Guadalupe Crux wins top science prize for her invention of a roof-top solar water heater.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Not An April Fool’s Joke, Not Even Close

With the passing of our national jester, George Carlin, we are grateful for the all too rare laughs we manage to salvage. Thank goodness for the impudence and sheer cheek of people like the Yes Men. But when some clown uses an antinuclear list to assure us on April 1st, that Tom Palmisano, a Southern California Edison officer, has suddenly defected and raised the red flag on the defective Holtec thin walled canisters, which can neither be inspected or repaired, and which the NRC has OK’d to store nuclear waste, it’s not a joke. Not even close. Because that’s one thing no one jokes about, except maybe the U.S. Nuclear “Regulatory” Commission.

Last week was not just April Fool’s, it was the anniversary of Three Mile Island, the U.S. partial meltdown nuclear accident that dumped more radiation over that region of Pennsylvania than this government wants you ever to find out about. I have seen a photographic archive which documents children born hopelessly disabled, livestock born deformed. I have learned that this government paid many persons affected in the millions of dollars to assure their silence.

The Official Story
 There are over 400 nuclear reactors in today’s climate-challenged world, all of them developed to create weapons-grade plutonium for the arms industry, 98 of them in the U.S., many of them installed at the edge of great bodies of water to take advantage of water’s cooling properties, subject for that reason to rising seas. Contrary to advocates’ belief, none are “zero-emission, or “carbon free.” They heat the planet with massive steam and water discharges as well as radiation releases, and in the process kill vulnerable newborns, and thousands of birds, bats, and ocean life. Two of them, Diablo Canyon and New York’s Indian Point, are located on earthquake faults, and Ohio’s Perry, and Virginia’s north Anna have already experienced earthquake damage.

Their installation and maintenance squander public money, delay renewables, and hang like a sword of Damocles over the vast territories which would be affected by the next nuclear disaster. For a better appreciation—if that’s the right word—of what such a disaster might mean to you or me, be sure to read Svetlana Alexievich, trans. Keith Gessen: Voices from Chernobyl. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1997. Alexievich received the Nobel, and this book is nothing short of a work of art. And, if you can find it, Natalia Manzurova, trans. Cathie Sullivan: Hard Duty: a woman’s experience at Chernobyll. 64 pages, self-published, and for an understanding of nuclear cities such as the Soviet Cheliabinsk, and the U.,S. Hanford, Washington reprocessing plants, both of them sites of the most severe nuclear accidents in the Soviet Union and U.S. respectively, and to understand the militarization of our landscapes, listen to Kate Brown talking about her new book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters at
https://www.c-span.org/video/?315104-1/plutopia
And by all means read Frida Berrigan at https://wagingnonviolence.org/2019/04/nuclear-weapons-ruined-my-life/  who writes: “I know the only way to get rid of these weapons is to never stop thinking about them.”

Most reactors, especially in the United States, are seriously embrittled,  although their licenses have been renewed—some of them—for 40 years, by a Nuclear “Regulatory” Commission that, according to Harvey Wasserman, keeps rubber stamping their renewals without inspecting to determine the degree to which they are “embrittled, or cracked, or improperly maintained, or earthquake-vulnerable, or handling their nuke waste properly, or determining whether the companies running them are capable of actually running these giant, aging, insanely complex reactors.”

Some of them are operated by criminal enterprises like P.G. & E, under criminal parole for the deaths of eight persons in the San Bruno fire, and sued for $10 billion by the people of northern California whose homes—nearly 12,000 of them—burned to the ground while the fire destroyed one of California’s—and the planet’s—most precious ecosystems.

Which is why you should sign the petition to Governor Gavin Newsom of California to test Diablo Canyon for safety at https://www.laprogressive.com/diablo-canyon/
Your life may depend on it.


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Armed Services chair plans move to kill #45 plan for low-yield nuke.

Pair of bills would protect millions of immigrants facing deportation.

Immigrant leaders call for ‘driving without fear’ campaign on May 1, 2019.

Progressives, Dems, and Pope sound alarm over #45 threat to close border.

Radiation concerns halt Brussels 5G development for now.

Rome follows Brussels in opposing 5G.

French court recognizes electromagnetic sensitivity as an occupational disease.

California Supreme Court affirms appellate court ruling against T-Mobile West LLC et al, vs. City and Co. of San Francisco et al.

In response to violence against Palestinians, Iceland votes to ban Israeli goods.

Media blackout as Israel’s largest banks pay over $1 billion in fines for U.S. tax evasion.

Africa builds wall of trees across the entire continent with worldwide changes.

Indigenous activists take Atlantic Coast Pipeline to court.

Indigenous organizers halt plans for oil drilling in Amazon.

Protesters mark 200 days of active resistance to Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Florida Power and Light’s huge solar-plus-storage the ‘new norm’ for utilities.

Zuzana Caputova, the ‘Erin Brockovich of Slovakia’ elected nation’s first female president.

Federal Alaska court rules that #45’s order to overturn permanent bans on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans is unlawful.

Strike Debt Bay Area launches local campaign to buy up medical debt for pennies on the dollar and forgive it.

In a first, the House sends #45 resolution demanding an end to U.S. military support for Saudi and Emirati war in Yemen.  The first time since 1973 both houses of Congress pass war powers resolution to end U.S. participation in foreign conflict.

95-year-old WWII vet takes 4 buses to march in New Zealand’s rally against racism.

Citing ‘conscience shocking’ conduct, Federal judge reinstates former Gov. Snyder in Flint Water lawsuit.

Michigan Democrats introduce bills to guarantee water access for state’s poor

Supermarket uses banana leaves to wrap produce instead of plastic.

 

Sonoma officials ban Roundup.

Water protectors protest at Enbridge drill site on Mississippi River.

U.S. judge temporarily halts hundreds of drilling projects in Wyoming for failing to take climate change into account.

To stop Shell from pulling ‘world into the abyss” climate groups deliver groundbreaking summons.

Judge rules that #45 plan to allow dripping in Arctic Ocean is “unlawful and invalid.”

John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation Act signed into law guarantees 335,500 acres of new wilderness in California.

Extinction Rebellion calls on Edinburgh science festival to end relationship with Electricité de France Energy.

Extinction Rebellion protesters strip for ‘cheeky intervention’ in House of Commons.

In India, an organic farming project based on rural village revives traditional agriculture and yields benefits.

Thousands of maquiladora workers strike for higher wages.

Despite tear gas, and skirmishes, yellow vests flood French streets in Act XX.

AOC calls for Chelsea Manning release, citing solitary confinement as torture.

Chelsea Manning files motion for immediate release pending appeal.

Chelsea Manning released from solitary confinement after 28 days.

‘Venezuela won’t become second Syria:’ Lavrov sure S. American won’t back military invasion vs. Maduro.

Venezuela strips U.S. puppet, Guaido of immunity.

Antiwar protesters Tarak Kauff and Ken Meyers released from jail, but remain in Ireland.

Over 300 rallies nationwide held to demand full release of the Mueller Report.

Free Press Action hails committee passive of ‘Save the internet act’ as landmark net  neutrality bill advances to House floor.

Union locals build support for Green New Deal just transition.

2019 sees return of labor activism as workers strike back.

Sanders maintains double-digit lead over 2020 rivals among young Democratic
voters.

Global left celebrates Sanders 2020 bid as chance to build “worldwide progressive movement.”

Following Connecticut last year, three more states, Colorado, Delaware and N. Mexico join national popular vote interstate compact as legislation makes it way through three more states: Maine, Nevada and Oregon.

Democrats win two Louisiana state elections by big margins in formerly Trump--voting districts.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

SKIRTING THE STINK OF RUSSIA GATE




 

L’etat c’est moi. The famous quote came, not from the U.S. Department of Justice this week, but from a man who hefted roughly 80 pounds of clothing on his back, not the light weight Armani, and red power tie, signature costume of the current white uber alles regime. Lace-makers sweated over their bobbins most of their life-time just to fabricate the ruffled jabots, and pleated cuffs; silk weavers sent the heavy knickers and waistcoats to the embroiderers for countless hours of invisible stitching before they could be seen as fit to wear. But now, although it’s quick and dirty, tyranny reigns just as strong, but a lot more gracelessly than it did in the days of Louis XIV.

Take Russiagate as a benchmark. From the start, nothing seemed simple or clear cut to this writer. Rather Russiagate seemed a labyrinth peopled by white men in suits, a scene I found unconvincing and less than appealing. It didn’t smell right.  There was too much hue and cry, too much media hype.  Too much distraction.


Fatso
But while the American public left, center and right, got sidelined by the Mueller Report, by the endless speculation, by the fear it might get shut down one way or another, by Rachel Maddow’s trumpeting, making a case for it loud and clear, by the appointment of Wm. Barr, who, it turns out, is a friend of Mueller’s, no one paid attention to the bloated fist of Uncle Fatso and his gang dipping into the till, diverting funds for wars in space, requisitioning funds for “useable” nukes, moving funds away from entitlements to build a mediaeval wall, to fund the Pentagon with 61% of the budget, and rob veterans benefits to put brown children in cages.

Democrats were all too happy to lick their political defeat like dander off a cat’s back, rather their blame their own corruption for the outcome.  If anyone benefitted from a Russian connection, it was Hilary Clinton, who, despite the Clinton Foundation’s disgraceful corruption, still remains a darling to the necrophiliac female voters (all except the Haitians) who can’t see beyond identity politics.  Sore losers were only too happy to overlook Mueller’s dark history:  G-man in chief for twelve years under Bush and Obama.

But although the prevailing feeling is that the investigation has been a failure, quite the contrary, in my view it has been a huge success in stalling any action to get at the real corruption that curdles Washington these days, both Democrat and Republican, guaranteeing continued chaos, and terrorizing of the American people, and preparing the future in such a way that electoral politics will no longer be relevant by 2020.

The so-called election of 2020 will bring us the mixture as before at best, if it brings us ANY mixture at all: the Democratic carrot, the Republican stick. The system will never allow anyone of integrity to hold office. And caught between the gears of two-party government, the population already under unbearable pressure, will be ground to a pulp.

And the fate of life on the planet hangs in the balance.


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Yellow Vests hold protests across France despite bans.

Protests across Europe highlight rifts over copyright bill.

Venezuelan government bans Guaido from office for 15 years.

Arrest of Guaido’s chief of staff, Roberto Marrero tied to terrorism plans involving 19 teams of assassins.

Week of rebellion called for April 17 in N.Y.C.

Economics doom coal plants as solar and wind are now cheaper.

Russian troops in Venezuela complicate U.S. “regime change” plans, delivering red line warning to #45 regime.

In a still honorable country, Argentina, over a million march in honor of victims of U.S.-backed military dictatorship. When will we turn out in the millions here?

Progressives launch citizen takeover of the EU to defeat far-right and establishment.

EU lawmakers back ban on single-use plastics, set standard for world.

LA county bans roundup.

Vietnam bans import of glyphosate herbicides after U.S. cancer trial verdict.

OxyContin maker, Purdue Parma to pay $270 million in legal settlement.

Monsanto found liable for man’s cancer, ordered to pay $80 million in damages.

Standing Rock medic bus now traveling decolonized pharmacy.

Student reporters in W. Virginia find Atlantic Coast Pipeline offers only two dozen permanent jobs.

Flight attendant with DACA status released after 6 weeks in immigrant detention.

Unsealed documents shed light on state conspiracy against Chelsea Manning.

Minnesota Amazon indentured servants walk off job after speed-up is announced.

Thousands of Uber drivers strike In LA.

10-campus wide strikes characterized by solidarity between research, technical, health, and service workers.

Not piracy, but ‘matter of survival”: Refugees take control of ship headed back to ‘hell’ in Libya.

AOC, happy to engage workers and community on Green New Deal, accepts GOP invite to Kentucky coal mine.

Judge blocks drilling on 300,000 acres of Wyoming public land, citing climate change in the decision.

#45 administration effort to open arctic to oil and gas drilling ruled illegal in ‘huge victory for our oceans.’

Scotland to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles.

California rewarded with butterfly boom after 7 years of drought.

California hills clothed in glory


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Who Is Patricia Okoumou?


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

We were taught those words in parochial school, and although I have long abjured my Christian upbringing, these words still make sense to me.

Who is Patricia Okoumou? 


 

Today’s Newsletter is authored by Lisa Savage, whose blog, Went 2 the Bridge is one of my faves.

Patricia Okoumou is a woman of conscience who could not stand by and watch children being separated from their parents and caged at the U.S.-Mexico border. First on July 4, she climbed the Statue of Liberty with her banner and was arrested. I wrote about that at the time, and you can read that here.

In an interview with Democracy Now! this month, she explained that the slogans on her attire are a response to the current First Lady who wore a jacket that said: I  REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” Okoumou said she was also inspired by our First Lady, Michelle Obama, who was often targeted by ugly racists and who responded, “When they go low, we go high.”

Okoumou commented: “I went as high as I could.”


Okoumou at Liberty's feet
When Okoumou was interviewed by Paper Magazine, reporter Michael Love Michael wrote her as saying:

“the way conservative politicians talk about the family separation crisis is steeped in misleading and xenophobic rhetoric designed to keep people distracted. You can’t call human beings illegal; you can’t call human beings aliens because our children are listening….Aliens come from outer space, and by calling our children that who want better lives, we are a detriment to them.”

Most recently, news that child separations and detentions were kept secret, that they generate profit for corporations like Northrup Grumman and Amazon, and that even infants have been separated from nursing mothers makes Okoumou’s cause even more pressing for those who care what their government does in their name.

 

Today activists will pack the courtroom in NYC for Okoumou’s bail hearing. A bad judge sentenced her to house arrest, claiming that she engages in activism because it’s the only way she has to make a living. Shame on him.

Those of us who can’t be in court with Okoumou today can help by contributing to her defense fund and other expenses here: https://www.gofundme.com/PatriciaOkoumou.

LA City Hall: intact family protesting  (source: Reuters)

Patricia Okoumou hears the children crying for their parents. Do you? (Trigger warning: this recording of their voices could make you cry, too.)


 







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