Category Archives: Rock on-Peace Out

‘Don’t count her out’: can Kamala Harris salvage a languishing 2020 bid? | US news | The Guardian

The California senator was set to storm the race but instead has been taking dramatic action to boost her campaign – will the impeachment inquiry save it?

Source: ‘Don’t count her out’: can Kamala Harris salvage a languishing 2020 bid? | US news | The Guardian

Fire Drill Fridays

Source: Fire Drill Fridays

OUR DEMANDS

Our demands center and uplift those of youth climate strikers across the country, who on September 20,2019 sounded the alarm on the climate emergency and answered Greta Thunberg’s call to action.

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A GREEN NEW DEAL

  • Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs;

  • A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately.

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RESPECT OF INDIGENOUS LAND AND SOVEREIGNTY

  • Honor the treaties of protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands;

  • Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people.

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution;

  • Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity.

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PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF BIODIVERSITY

  • Protection and restoration of at least 30% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030.

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IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

  • Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.

The Launch of Fire Drill Fridays – Jane Fonda

Speaking today at the launch of Fire Drill Fridays. 17-year-old Jerome Foster 11, who has been striking for Climate every Friday in front of the White House. Left to right: Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, me, Naomi Klein and Annie Leonard, head of Greenpeace USA With me granddaughter, Vasser Turner Seydell Vasser, being arrested…her first time Me being arrested…not my first time It was a grand launch. The weather was perfect. All the speakers were wonderful, the press coverage was awesome. White plastic “handcuffs” were put on each of us, we were taken to the nearby police station for a few hours. The plastic handcuffs hurt more than the metal ones and I discovered that it’s not easy for an 82-year-old to get in and out of a police paddy wagon without the use of her hands. All the police women and men were super polite and nice. There were about 16 of us all together, divided into 2 cells with the doors left open. We used the time, a few hours, to organize and plan. Then we each paid $50 (Fire Drill Friday provided the funds for those who didn’t have) and were released. We then walked to a nearby coffeehouse and debriefed. This has all come together very fast. I only moved to D.C. 2 w

Source: The Launch of Fire Drill Fridays – Jane Fonda

Greta Thunberg’s Stirring UN Speech Is Not ‘Cute’ or ‘Badass’

Thunberg is not here to be palatable. She is not here to be adorable GIF-fodder, or to reassure apathetic elites that the future is in good hands. She is here to be taken seriously. The stakes are too high for her not to be. Her activism isn’t cute—it’s terrifying.

Source: Greta Thunberg’s Stirring UN Speech Is Not ‘Cute’ or ‘Badass’

Putin aims a weaponised barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.

Source: Putin aims a weaponised barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark

Democrats have long blamed ‘culture’ for black poverty. Joe Biden is no exception | Bhaskar Sunkara | Opinion | The Guardian

Why, then, this obsession on what poor people, particularly poor black people, are doing wrong? It’s simple: both Democrats and Republicans have preferred a patchwork, punitive and degrading welfare state over an efficient, well-funded, universal one. They’d rather blame the oppressed than lift them out of oppression. They’d rather talk about culture than challenge corporations.

Source: Democrats have long blamed ‘culture’ for black poverty. Joe Biden is no exception | Bhaskar Sunkara | Opinion | The Guardian

Opinion: 80 years after World War II, we must fight for an open Europe | Opinion | DW | 31.08.2019 – Trump, Boris and Putin want to create new divided and unsafe Europe ready for Nazi takeover!

80 years after the outbreak of World War II, apprehensive faces abound, predominantly among the older generations. Nationalism is back, and the masses are once again being stirred up against people who come from other countries, or those who look and act differently. The White House is occupied by a populist, while another governs in London. Level-headed politicians, meanwhile, are still fighting for the EU peace project, though few among them have the courage to point out the importance of one of the pillars of the EU: the creation of a Europe without borders, a Europe that unites. And unless a miracle happens, the younger generation will soon realize what it means when a country like the United Kingdom begins putting up new barriers.

Source: Opinion: 80 years after World War II, we must fight for an open Europe | Opinion | DW | 31.08.2019