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Aloha 'Ohana







Bernie and AOC ROCKIN’ VENICE, CALI
LIVE!
~ December 21, 2019 ~ Venice, CALI



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Fire Drill Friday! Jane Fonda's 82nd Earthstrong! (40 mins)
With Yara Allen, Revs. Drs. William Barber & Liz Theoharris
& dozens of collaborators! We LOVE YOU! THANK YOU!

 December 20, 2019 ~ Washington, D.C.


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"We Must Stand!" 2019 Poor People's Campaign
Watch Night Service**
- vimeo - Audio
* (218 mins)
December 31, 2019 ~ Washington, D.C.




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Glide Memorial United Methodist Church
We Must Do MORE Tour Mass Meeting.**

December 11, 2019 ~ San Francisco, CALI




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Kentucky M.O.R.E. Tour
and Mass Meeting**
- vimeo - Audio
* (130 mins)
October 28, 2019 ~ Georgetown, KY

    


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400 Years Ago** - utube - Audio* (196 mins)
October 20, 2019 ~ Riverside Church, New York City

    



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#PPCMoralBudget:
http://PoorPeoplesCampaign.org/Budget




140,000,000 Poor Americans!
(Almost One of Every Two!)



the former budget
The Souls of Poor Folk (Page 42 has the 140 mil breakdown)



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On Contact: Climate emergency with
Extinction Rebellion*
* ~ Chris Hedges (utube)

October 5, 2019






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#InternationalRebellion


~ Two Weeks was GREAT!


Newsletter #35:
“Erasing our voices
won’t change anything”

January 28, 2020 by XR




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Newsletter #34:
“Hell and High Water”

January 14, 2020 by XR




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December 3, 2019
Greta Thunberg Arrives in Lisbon


 



Farm Aid 34 ~ Madison, Wisconsin
September 21, 2019
~ Audio* ~ (196 mins) featuring: Dave Mathews,
John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt & Willie Nelson



    


    


    


    


    

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It's Revival Time, Goldsboro:
Red Letter Revival
*
* (livestream) - Audio*(160 mins)
October 2, 2019

    

   




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We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour:
WASHINGTON, DC*
* (fb) - Audio*(57 mins)
September 9, 2019



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September 16, 2019 in El Paso, TX
Poor People’s Campaign Announces 9-Month, 20-Plus State,  – The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, national co-chairs of the “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival,” host a press conference to discuss the ​multi-state, We Must Do M.O.R.E. tour​. ​M.O.R.E. stands for​ ​mobilizing, organizing, registering and educating people for the movement who will vote. 
Audio*(126 mins)

   

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We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour:
Portland, Maine*
* (live stream) - Audio*(140 mins)
October 10, 2019

    


    

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We Must Do M.O.R.E. Tour:
Nashua, New Hampshire*
* (fb) - Audio*(142 mins)
October 11, 2019

    

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Crowds gather in New York to
welcome Greta Thunberg after
Atlantic crossing! August 28, 2019



    


    



        

    





    


    


    


    


    





Greta Thunberg School Strike Day One!
20th August 2018 08:57




Article 20th August 2019



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Deep adaptation: Getting real about
the climate apocalypse** ~ utbe (75 mins)

Live from Byline festival Rebel Rebel stage.
Roger Hallam, Prof Rupert Read and Marc Lopatin,
chaired by Anita McNaught
- August 24, 2019 - Audio* (75 mins)

    



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"European Argument"~ Audio* (85 mins)
~ Roger Hallum - Extinction Rebellion - September 6, 2019



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"Time to Act Now"**~ utube (85 mins)
Audio
* (85 mins) ~ Roger Hallum - Extinction Rebellion - August 13, 2019





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Something Drastic Has To Happen**

August 13, 2016 ~ Roger Hallum ~ utube





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Greta, Dad & Crew
 Daily Log to the U.S.A.!


Begins Tuesday, August 13, 2019




Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Voyage Prologue  ~ The Guardian US

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Whose Report Will You Believe? | Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II** ~ utube




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One Day in Gaza**








Thursday, June 20, 2019



TOMORROW! WILL BE SUMMER SOLSTICE:
at 11:54 a.m. ET (New York + 8 hrs to London, U.K.)
Tomorrow is also #ClimateStrike FRIDAY BE JAHMIN' MUM!





#PPCMoralBudget:
http://PoorPeoplesCampaign.org/Budget




Wednesday! Junteeth
June 19, 2019



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Hearing 2019-012: Poverty in America:
Economic Realities of Struggling Families**
~ utube




Wednesday! 5/01, 2019


Indy News:



@Bob_Outdoor


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#ClimateStrike FRIDAY!
April 26,
2019


This Banksy appears



XR Girl at Marble Arch



Fridays for Future

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Thursday! 4/25, 2019

Update #7 – To Parliament,
and Beyond
~ Douglas





Tuesday! 4/23, 2019


                                                                    Greta Thunberg at the UK Parliament ~ Guardian transcript



 ~ George Monbiot ~
1:
LBC London**

2:
Talk at Marble
                                      Arch Just Before Eviction** ~ fb

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Earth Day Monday! 4/22, 2019



                                           A few words from Greta Thunberg** (7mins) utube




XR Online Disability Group Meeting
6:30 – 8:00 pm UTC+01 ~
11:30 am – 1:00 pm PT

Zoom online: https://zoom.us/j/589905318


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Easter Sunday! 4/21, 2019


Monday Feast to be at Marble Arch! ~ fb

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#ClimateStrike Saturday! 420, 2019


"Conventional politics is f**ked. It's finished.
The question is not what needs to happen...
The question is how do things change",
@gailbradbrook, #ExtinctionRebellion.

Join us on the streets for life all life
right now
** ~ utube


Update Day 5

~

Friday, April 19, 2019

                              Climate Change - The Facts** ~ utube
with Sir David Attenborough




Update Day 4


#LettersToTheEarth



11am TODAY: Extinction Rebellion
‘Day of Love’ at Oxford Circus
with
special performances from Emma
Thompson, Lee Ross
and Paapa Essiedu




Greta Thunberg has been in Rome
this week, and is due to arrive
in London on Sunday
~ The Guardian


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Thursday, April 18, 2019


Week of International Rebellion
taking place in over 40 countries

 ~ The Green News from Ireland ~

"We’re all the victims in this story. All of us.
We’re also the villains."
[The corp liars are actually the villains.]


~

Wednesday, April 17, 2019



Extinction Rebellion: Police move into Parliament
Square to confront climate activists
~ news.sky.com

    


    


&

The New York Times Reports (finally!)

~

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Greta Thunberg at
                    E.U. Parliament**
~ utube (60 mins)



International Rebellion Update #1
The Rebellion Begins
  ~ by Douglas

~

Monday, April 15, 2019

Extinction REBELLION  Begins!

~

Skip to More Indy News Coverage




May Day, U.K. Declares Climate
and
Ecosystem Emergency!
Emergency Declared!


"Who's gonna stand up?"
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                  Time to Dance for Mum!*(356 mins)         
We the People Known as Earth BE JAHMIN'! 

          One Bright Day*(161 mins)
Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and Buds Be
ROCKIN'!




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~



Newsletter #33:
“Good COP Bad COP”

December 18, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




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Newsletter #32:
“Yet My Hunger for
Change Propels Me”

November 27, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




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UK Newsletter #5:
Speak up and be Heard

November 15, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion



~~



The Rebellion Grows!

~


Rebel Daily 8: The rules
must be broken

October 16, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 7: A fire
they can’t put out
October 15, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 6: Brutality in Belgium
October 14, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 5: Non-violently
hitting our stride
October 12, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 4: Planes, boats and automobiles
October 11 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 3: They gave their lives
October 10, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 2: The Rebellion Takes Root
October 9, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




Rebel Daily 1: The Sun Rises on a New
Wave of Rebellion

October 8, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion






Announcement #2: “The season of change begins!”
September 27, 2019 by ER Newsletter


Announcement #1: “What’s the point?”
September 19, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion




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Don't Extradite Assange!**
U.K. ~ September 2, 2019 ~ @LetmelookTV
With John Pilger, Roger Waters & Others
- Audio
*(32 mins)

    

    

    







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                          Jah Planet Rocks!* (15 mins)
~

Flashback to The NYC Extinction Rebellion
Organizing Meeting!** ~ with Rev. Billy




The 10 Working Principles of Extinction Rebellion
https://Rebellion.Earth/who-we-are/#p...


    1. We have a shared vision of change
    2. We set our mission on what is necessary
    3. We need a re-generative culture
    4. We hopefully challenge ourselves,
and this toxic system

    5. We value reflection and learning
    6. We welcome everyone, and every part of
everyone into Extinction Rebellion

    7. We actively mitigate for power
    8. We avoid blaming and shaming
    9. We are a non-violent movement
    10. We are based on autonomy
and de-centralization


7,000,000 Protested Worldwide!


#ClimateStrike





OCTOBER 7, 2019


#InternationalRebellion
 


    
   World Map of XR Chapters: https://tinyurl.com/XRchapters
DONATE? https://fundrazr.com/Global_XR
Join Us: https://rebellion.earth/contact/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR #ExtinctionRebellion
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Website: https://www.Rebellion.Earth
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ExtinctionR...
Climate Factsheet for Rebels: https://Rebellion.Earth/the-climate-f...
Rebellion Overview Document: https://goo.gl/91cFn4
International Signup: https://XRebellion.org/
Southampton: https://www.facebook.com/XRSouthampton/
Bristol: https://twitter.com/XRBristol
Sheffield: https://www.facebook.com/Extinction-R...
Lancashire: https://www.facebook.com/XRlancs
Frome: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Glasgow: https://www.facebook.com/XRGlasgow
Scotland: https://www.facebook.com/XRScotland
Sweden: https://twitter.com/XR_Sweden
Germany: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR_DE
Netherlands: https://twitter.com/NLRebellion
Denmark: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionRDK
Denmark: https://www.facebook.com/groups/20207...
India: https://xr-india.weebly.com/
Australia: https://www.facebook.com/XRebellionAus/
New Zealand: https://www.facebook.com/Extinctionre...
Paris France: https://www.facebook.com/xrparis/
USA: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
SF Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/31050...
Los Angeles: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
New York: https://www.facebook.com/Extinction-R...
Wash DC: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Boston: https://www.facebook.com/ExtRebMA/
Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/XRchicago/
Tampa: https://www.facebook.com/xrtampabay/
Central Kentucky: https://www.facebook.com/XRebelKY/
Savannah: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Austin: https://www.facebook.com/XRAustin/
Yellow Springs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/34179...
Grand Rapids: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50371...
Colorado: https://www.facebook.com/groups/28394...
Denver: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Wyoming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/24162...
Montana: https://www.facebook.com/extinctionre...
Seattle: https://www.facebook.com/XRSeattle/?r...
Bellingham: https://www.facebook.com/XRBellingham/
Hawaii: https://www.facebook.com/groups/extin...
Canada: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Alberta, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/groups/35689...
Cowichan Bay, BC, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/groups/74587...
British Columbia, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRe...
Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/Extinction-R...
Vancouver, BC, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/xrvanbc/
Ontario, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/extinctionre...
World Map of XR Chapters: https://tinyurl.com/XRchapters





FridaysForFuture


#FridaysForFuture


2214 events on the Ides of March!
Worldwide across 127 countries!
The biggest strike day EVER! Students
skipped school across Western Europe,
from the US to Brazil and Chile, and
from Australia to Iran, India and Japan.

 




We the Grateful Dead Be Jahmin'!
Zero carbon, Zero nukes, Zero gmos.
The People Known as Earth Grieve!
Climate
Killer Corporations of
Greed!










May 1, 2019 U.K. Declares Climate
& Ecological EMERGENCY!


~~


COMMON SENSE FOR
THE 21st CENTURY
~ pdf


ONLY NONVIOLENT REBELLION CAN
NOW STOP CLIMATE BREAKDOWN
AND SOCIAL COLLAPSE
~ Available Sept. 25, 2019 from all good bookshops,
bricks and mortar and good online resellers!
~
By Roger Hallam
~ www.rogerhallam.com ~ Version0.3


~

For a sonic supplement to [XR] updates,
please check out the
XR podcast



Newsletter 31: A Season of Change
November 5, 2019  by Extinction Rebellion




Newsletter 30: A roadblock
on Memory Lane

October 27, 2019  by Extinction Rebellion




Newsletter 29: Get Ready
to Change the World

October 2, 2019  by Extinction Rebellion




Newsletter 28: Murder in the Amazon
August 23, 2019  by Extinction Rebellion




Newsletter 27: Crikey!
Disobedience down under!

August 08, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion


Truth and its consequences:
August 6, 2019 A Pamphlet by Rupert J. Read



Newsletter 26: Take an
ice-cold sip of Rebellion


July 25, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion


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The Summer of our Discontent
July 22, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion



Newsletter 25: Love in
the time of teargas


July 10, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion



Newsletter 24: They fought like
 (nonviolent) Scotsmen


June 26, 2019 by Extinction Rebellion



Newsletter 23
Radiohead joins the Rebellion



Newsletter 22
Get ready for a Civil Summer!

May 30, 2019 by Douglas




#20 The New Normal:
Eco-action sweeps the globe

May 16, 2019 by Newsletter team


#7 Parliament meets our First Demand!
To Parliament, and beyond!




~



Mauna Loa, Hawai'i
Current CO2 ppm


~



May 1, 2019 U.K. Declares Climate
& Ecological EMERGENCY!



~

George Monbiot - Connecting the Dots** - utube
 Audio* (117 mins) - Full 2 hour talk - Bristol, U.K. - May 2019








#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! March 29, 2019

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March 28, 2019

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March 27, 2019

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March 26, 2019

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March 25, 2019





                                                                                                                                                                                                To Aretha's Funeral  >>  >>  >>



Aretha Franklin*(389 mins)
Be Jahmin'!  Earthstrong ~ March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018 ~
   
                             1964                                                                                                                                 2017
~

March 24, 2019

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March 23, 2019

~

#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! March 22, 2019

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March 21, 2019

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March 20, 2019

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March 19, 2019


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March 18, 2019

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March 17, 2019


SPRING UP RISING


LIVE STREAM FROM MUM EARTH's WAKE!**

   

~

March 16, 2019

Resistance in the
Anthropocene
~ David Mattin ~ Medium

Extinction Rebellion was founded in London in 2018. It is an international movement for direct, non-violent action to avert ecological collapse.

The movement was launched by a letter signed by a host of leading academics. It’s worth quoting from at length:

    ‘Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak…When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm… it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.’


~

The Ides of March, 2019







Campfire Bugle


FridaysForFuture


#FridaysForFuture


2214 events on the Ides of March!
Worldwide across 127 countries!
The biggest strike day EVER! Students
skipped school across Western Europe,
from the US to Brazil and Chile, and
from Australia to Iran, India and Japan.

 

#InternationalRebellion

1,500,000 Protested Worldwide!
We the Grateful Dead Be Jahmin'!
Zero carbon, Zero nukes, Zero gmos.
The People Known as Earth Grieve!
Climate
Killer Corporations of
Greed!

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~

March 14, 2019



Flashback to The NYC Extinction Rebellion
Organizing Meeting!
** ~ with Rev. Billy




~

March 13, 2019


I do believe, Roger has the correct strategy!
HALLAM ROCKS!
** ~ utube







Gov. Newsom to order halt to
                            California’s death penalty
~ San Francisco Chronicle


~

March 12, 2019

~

March 11, 2019


Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior:
‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’
~ The Guardian


~

March 10, 2019
~ Daylight  Savings Time Begins



CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO STOP
                               PLANET ECOCIDE**
~ RT with Chris Hedges








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March 9, 2019

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Climate Strike Friday, March 8

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March 7, 2019

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March 6, 2019

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March 5, 2019

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March 4, 2019


Voting Rights Under Fire**~ fb - Audio*(158 mins)
Was LIVE!A Live Voting Rights Hearing from the Montgomery, Alabama,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
moderate a panel of Critically Needed Electoral Reform


    


    


    


    


    

~

March 3, 2019



Medicare-for-all: Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s
new bill, explained
~ Vox


~

March 2, 2019


Youth Climate Movement to World Leaders:
We Will 'Change Fate of Humanity, Whether
You Like It or Not'
~ Common Dreams




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What Radical Climate
Protesters XR
Are Planning Next
~ Vice






Was LIVE! Voting Rights Under Fire** ~ fb
A Live Workshop from Selma, AL: Live from the Selma, Alabama,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, moderates a panel of experts for this
timely conversation organized around five pillars of
Critically Needed Electoral Reform


    


    


    





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Was LIVE!
Kickoff Rally at Brooklyn College
with Bernie Sanders
** ~ utube


~

March 1, 2019


Climate Strike Friday ROCKED!



 A Selma Town Hall Meeting**
Voter Suppression is Alive and Keeping Us Poor!

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Rev. Mark Thompson
Was
LIVE with Rev. Jesse Jackson in historic Selma, AL!

    


   




#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! March 29, 2019

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March 28, 2019

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March 27, 2019

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March 26, 2019

~

March 25, 2019





                                                                                                                                                                                                To Aretha's Funeral  >>  >>  >>

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Aretha Franklin*(389 mins)
Be Jahmin'!  Earthstrong ~ March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018 ~
   
                             1964                                                                                                                                 2017







A
Green
NEW DEAL!



 
Dateline: Babylon
Continues:




Sunday, April 14, 2019

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

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#ClimateStrike FRIDAY!
April 12,
2019


~

  Thursday, April 11, 2019


~

Wednesday, April 10, 2019





Newsletter #19 – Get Ready for Rebellion!



Othering & Belonging 2019: Day 3,
Wednesday April 10
 afternoon and Closing Keynote
**


     

Begins 116 mins in




RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA
 AFTER THE CIVIL WAR
Part
1**
~ 2** ~ 3** ~ 4**



    


    


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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What is the Rebellion?

~

Monday, April 8, 2019

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Sunday! April 7, 2019




If you are wondering why
we are rebelling on April 15,
how it's come to that, and
what the outcomes may be

 
   





Roger Hallum**(utube)




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SATURDAY! April 6, 2019

~


TODAY WAS


#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! April 5, 2019


~

Thursday, April 4, 2019




Sacred Oak Flat: Indigenous land stolen
by US government! AGAIN!**
(9 mins)



    


    




Apache Spring The Fight for Oak Flat!**(10 mins)



Save Oak Flat, Arizona From Resolution Copper**(11 mins)



TOMORROW WILL BE


#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! April 5, 2019

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019


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Monday, April 1, 2019

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March, 2019 news archive continues >>









Medea Benjamin: @medeabenjamin





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March 24, 2019

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March 23, 2019

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#ClimateStrike FRIDAY! March 22, 2019


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March 21, 2019

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March 20, 2019

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March 19, 2019


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March 18, 2019

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March 17, 2019


SPRING UP RISING


LIVE STREAM FROM MUM EARTH's WAKE!**

   

~
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March 16, 2019

Resistance in the
Anthropocene
~ David Mattin ~ Medium

Extinction Rebellion was founded in London in 2018. It is an international movement for direct, non-violent action to avert ecological collapse.

The movement was launched by a letter signed by a host of leading academics. It’s worth quoting from at length:

    ‘Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or of science with impunity. If we continue on our current path, the future for our species is bleak…When a government wilfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm… it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.’


~

The Ides of March, 2019







Campfire Bugle


FridaysForFuture


#FridaysForFuture


2214 events on the Ides of March!
Worldwide across 127 countries!
The biggest strike day EVER! Students
skipped school across Western Europe,
from the US to Brazil and Chile, and
from Australia to Iran, India and Japan.

 

#InternationalRebellion

1,500,000 Protested Worldwide!
We the Grateful Dead Be Jahmin'!
Zero carbon, Zero nukes, Zero gmos.
The People Known as Earth Grieve!
Climate
Killer Corporations of
Greed!

~

March 14, 2019

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Flashback to The NYC Extinction Rebellion
Organizing Meeting!
** ~ with Rev. Billy




~

March 13, 2019


I do believe, Roger has the correct strategy!
HALLAM ROCKS!
** ~ utube







Gov. Newsom to order halt to
                            California’s death penalty
~ San Francisco Chronicle


~

March 12, 2019

~

March 11, 2019


Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior:
‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’
~ The Guardian


~

March 10, 2019
~ Daylight  Savings Time Begins



CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO STOP
                               PLANET ECOCIDE**
~ RT with Chris Hedges









~

March 9, 2019

~

Climate Strike Friday, March 8

~

March 7, 2019

~

March 6, 2019

~

March 5, 2019

~

March 4, 2019

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Voting Rights Under Fire**~ fb - Audio*(158 mins)
Was LIVE!A Live Voting Rights Hearing from the Montgomery, Alabama,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
moderate a panel of Critically Needed Electoral Reform


    


    


    


    


    

~

March 3, 2019



Medicare-for-all: Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s
new bill, explained
~ Vox


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March 2, 2019


Youth Climate Movement to World Leaders:
We Will 'Change Fate of Humanity, Whether
You Like It or Not'
~ Common Dreams






What Radical Climate
Protesters XR
Are Planning Next
~ Vice






Was LIVE! Voting Rights Under Fire** ~ fb
A Live Workshop from Selma, AL: Live from the Selma, Alabama,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, moderates a panel of experts for this
timely conversation organized around five pillars of
Critically Needed Electoral Reform


    


    


    







Was LIVE!
Kickoff Rally at Brooklyn College
with Bernie Sanders
** ~ utube


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March 1, 2019


Climate Strike Friday ROCKED!

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Newsletter #19 – Get Ready for Rebellion!

17th Extinction Rebellion Newsletter!


Newsletter #16 – Beware the Ides of  Earth March


International Rebellion: Guide + Q&A



Legal Briefing (pdf)



XR Earth March: the Last Leg (fb)
If you’d like to perform on one of our stages: sign up here
As a speaker or workshop leader sign up here: sign up here

VISUAL ARTS


Flags and Banners Gathering April 15th 11.30am, Parliament Square - Join us with your own colourful flags and banners to demand that the government creates a Citizen’s Assembly, to deliberate decisions about the most effective way for the UK to become carbon-neutral by 2025. The united banners will reflect the diverse geographic spread of the movement and give a strong message to the world.


Dead Canary Emissary April 15th 11.30am onwards, Parliament Square - The Irish prime Minister said “If we were miners, we would be up to our knees in dead canaries”. In honour of all the canaries that died in mines during the industrial revolution and to symbolically present the government with an image of mass extinction, please bring a puppet of a dead canary with you. Or sponsor one to be made. All the canaries will be placed in an enormous pile in Parliament Square. If you can’t be there at 11.30am, bring your canary during the day!

Skeletons for Rebellion April 15, time tbc

Join us for a Funeral Procession parading images of extinction through the streets. Bring puppets of skeletons of extinct or endangered species, including humans. Or take part in the funeral procession (dress in black) with a soulful marching band.
Join the facebook group
to see instructional videos on how to make your skeletons.

Species Graveyard April 15th
Print out these placards to raise awareness of the minimum 200 species going extinct every year. Here’s a link to the PDF and PPT on how to create the graveyard as a pop-up installation which can be replicated and brought out to protests: https://we.tl/t-VpgnLjJKPu



Street Art April 15th-17th, location tbc
Bring your artwork to the rebellion! Please mount or frame your work as you'd like it displayed. Write your name and contact details on the back. Your work must be easily transportable on foot.

PERFORMING ARTS

Sounding the 12 Years
April 15th - 17th, time tbc



Churches will be ringing their bells during Rebellion week, 12 times to signify the number of years the UN have told us we have to make a positive impact on our climate.

Bring an instrument to bang or ring, such as a small bell or a cooking pot and a spoon or an air-raid siren! Our sounds will kick off the Rebellion and create a voluminous cacophony twelve times to signify the number of years the UN have told us we have to make a positive impact on our climate.

The Silence Ends: A Chorus of Voices
 April 15th, time tbc
Add your voice to sound the opening of the rebellion and end the silence about the climate emergency. This will be huge - we need all of you to join this powerful spoken word event. If your group would like to join in, print out the words off the FB event or contact us on xr.artactions@gmail.com


Performance Training for Activists

Join these liberating and inspiring training sessions with Lucy Hopkins. Watch this space for videos coming next week - so you can spread the game through Rebellion!

Cosmo Sheldrake (musician) is brewing a sound-based action which requires lots of people to bring a portable speaker that can jack into their phone (bring a lead - Bluetooth has a lag). The app is in development and will involve a chorus of Birdsong.

Street Theatre


Callout for actors to perform a monologue written by April de Angelis, to be performed at various locations during the Rebellion. We are offering workshops with the experienced practitioner, Anna Birch. The workshops will be held near Euston from 9.30am- 2pm on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th April. If you would like to join a workshop please email: xrartactions@gmail.com

Alarm!
This BRILLIANT ACTION can be rehearsed and replicated by affinity groups. Make some noise, and amplify it from your phone by carrying a portable amplifier. Watch the video on how to prepare for this action: Dorking, Sound the Alarm

Earth Speaks April 15th
Spoken Word, Rap, Poetry and Song will speak for the Earth, using the ancient art of oration to alert others to the current climate crisis. Artists will have designated stage time and amplification to perform their work. If you’re interested contact: earthmotherxr@gmail.com


Letters to the Earth
Here’s a reminder of our ongoing call to cultural organisations, writers, artists to lead the change in Culture Declares Emergency
by writing their letter to the earth. Bring it to read out during Rebellion.

REBELLION - WARM UP

Fashion Action & Family Bee Swarm
- Friday 12th April Oxford Circus, London
Join the Fashion Circus - dynamic sustainable fashion show in the street at Oxford Circus on 12th April then swarm to Buckingham Palace to demand a response from the queen (bee)! Families and all children welcome. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds to XR!


Samba for Rebellion


Join an XR Samba Band! We are going to have at least two Samba bands and there will be workshops for new players the weekend before Rebellion Sat 13 - Sun 14th April, likely near Euston. If you already play Samba and then get in touch so we can allocate you a drum and space.

We hope you feel inspired to share your creativity in this celebration of life and rebellion against extinction. If your group has already got a creative idea on the go then we can’t wait to see it!!!


Get in touch

  • To perform on a stage contact: xr_music@protonmail.com

  • Art, circus, street performance, street music, wild ideas or anything else contact: xr.artactions@gmail.com

And...


If you’re in London on the 14th of April, please consider coming to support our incredible Earth Marchers as they make their way into London. Some of them have walked from as far away as Land's End, and deserve every bit of welcome we can give!
Marchers will be staying at sites around the edge of London over the night of the 13th, and on the 14th will enter London in earnest, converging for a welcome reception at Hyde Park.
The reception at Hyde Park will include speeches, music (details to come), dancing and food. Marchers and rebels alike are encouraged to set up tents to stay in Hyde Park overnight, ready to join the rebellion as soon as they rise in the morning!
We'll see you there!




Briefing Guide for Participants

This document provides practical information for anyone interested in joining the Rebellion in the UK. If you are an international group, please feel free to adapt this information for the rebellion in your own country.
Welcome

This is it! From 15 April we hit the streets to demand emergency government action.

We are focusing on capital and major cities where the government and big business are based. Those of us unable to be in the capitals will take action in other localities.

We will block streets every day to build up pressure on the authorities. We’re committed to giving what it takes as everything’s at stake. We are here to Tell the Truth and Act as if it’s Real. Book two weeks off work from 15th April.

Civil Disobedience works when it’s disruptive, peaceful and respectful and undertaken on a mass scale. We don’t want to disrupt people, but our governments’ criminal negligence over 30 years leaves us no choice. If we had functioning democracies we wouldn’t need to. We’ve tried petitions, marches, letters, reports, papers, meetings, even direct actions. They’ve failed. Emissions continued to rise. Governments prioritise the short term interests of the economic elites, so we have to disrupt the economy to get their attention. To get our three demands met. To save all we love.

We need thousands of people to take to the streets, so spread the word. From the first night, we’ll start a wide diversity of cultural events – music, theatre, visual art, speakers, trainings. The more we do the more people we will attract. As more join, we will grow bigger, faster, and have a wider effect.

Action is now taking place all around the world. Join us. This is it! Extinction Rebellion.
UK Rebellion

From 11am Monday 15 April Parliament Square London

Keywords: Come to stay. Take two weeks off work. Bring a tent.

Contents:

    The Action

    Non-Violent Direct Action

    Affinity Groups

    Police & Arrests

    Changes On The Day

    Arrival

    Accomodation

    Additional Info

    Q&A
In the UK, thousands of rebels will peacefully block streets in Central London – where the UK’s politicians, media, people and money are concentrated until the government agrees to meet and seriously discuss the crisis with us. We invite people of whatever age or background to participate in this rebellion – blocking roads and standing up for our future. This is a community rebellion. Together we will stand together and support each other as we confront the government with our demand for decency and sanity.
The Action

At 11 am on Monday 15 April we are inviting you to gather in Parliament Square. We will take our message to the British Parliament and the Government asking for a meeting to seriously discuss our demands for emergency action. If there is no response we will set up camp in Parliament Square and several other key locations in Central London. Please bring a tent and food. This is a peaceful, alcohol & drug-free event.

If there is still no agreement to meet we will split into groups and sit down in numerous roads going into central London, effectively blocking road access into the centre of the city.

A programme will go live, welcoming all to join online. Londoners will be able to come down to the occupations and join the party.
What We’ll Create at Each Site

We’re currently planning and creating:

    Amazing visual art installations for each site, helping to Hold the Vision and generating curiosity – ‘you’ve got to go and see…’
    Music, theatre and other performances – starting with Big Public Performances at 6pm 15th April– not to be missed!
    Public Assemblies– modelling the Direct, Deliberative Democracies of Citizen’s Assemblies – a chance for us all to learn, share, deliberate…
    Tours and Actions spinning off from each site – bringing the Rebellion to other parts of London, guiding people to all our sites and to other key sites for learning and disruption.
    Themes – each Site will have a theme Holding the Vision of the 3 Demands and the world we’re creating.
    Some Days will also be themed – linking with particular partners, allies and movements. E.g. food on World Peasants Day e.g. fossil fuel free day when friends and allies from diverse movements will join us.

Sites will have:

    Learning Spaces – lots of interactive workshops, teach-outs, and inspirational speakers.
    Wellbeing Area– where we can support ourselves emotionally and physically.
    Kids’ Space– not a crche – kids under 12 must be supervised.
    Activities Area: lots of games and activities – fun for all the family!. 
    Kitchens serving freshly prepared food
    Toilets and Washing facilities

Non-Violent Direct Action

We insist on nonviolence – the showing of respect to each other whatever our background and to the public and police. We are here to non-violently pressure the government to undertake action to protect the public and will not be distracted from this clear and singular aim.
Affinity Groups

An Affinity Group is a support group for doing actions. If you are not a member of an affinity group, please join a non-violent direct action (NVDA) training (information on the Extinction Rebellion Facebook Events page) where you can form or join one.

Before April 15th, affinity groups across regions of the UK will be assigned responsibility to block different areas of the city centre. They will make decisions on how best to do this themselves. They can decide to swarm – block streets until arrest looks possible and then move to a new location, or stay until they are arrested. Affinity groups will be asked which tactics they wish to adopt.
Police and Arrests

We will speak to the police to ensure that public safety is prioritised and to ensure any arrests are carried out in a civil and lawful way. XR will respond to such assurances by ensuring that police are treated with respect and everyone involved in the rebellion remains nonviolent in their actions and communications. Our opponent is the government not police officers.

If the authorities decide to move or arrest rebels we will sit peacefully on the ground – we will not assist or resist arrest.  We will then set up camp again at a pre-planned alternative site. If we are arrested and detained then, once released, we will return to blocking the streets. We will call on the general public to join us in this escalation of mass participation civil disobedience.
Changes on the day

Decisions on when and where to move locations will be made by Extinction Rebellion Action and Logistics teams on the basis of views from the people taking part and a strategic assessment of how to achieve our aims. The organisation of the camps will be based upon the organisation of small groups. One person from each group will meet together in various decision-making spaces so there is participation in the site organisation.
Arrival

Those of us coming from outside London, where possible, will walk, cycle, train and bus to arrive by 9am on 15 April, to be ready to meet at 11am at Parliament Square.

However, if you would like to join the Earth March for their final leg, please join us in Richmond Park on the morning of Sunday 14. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates – more details to follow.

Accommodation

We are intending to occupy our street locations until the Government heed our cry of Rebellion. We need as many rebels as possible to camp out.

So come with your camping gear, and join the hundreds of Earth Marchers and cyclists who will have been camping on their way to London.   Bring tents, sleeping bags, ground-mats, headtorch, waterproofs, toilet roll & other camping essentials. Large bags of food and instruments are also very welcome. Please read through this guide:
https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/SafeyDuringProtest_F.pdf

Tents may get confiscated by police so free/cheap tents are available online, at festivals, car boot sales, charity shops, etc. Each Local Group is encouraged to bring as many tents as possible and let us know numbers.

Please note that taking part in the rebellion may result in arrest and all those taking part need to be aware of this. The most likely reason for arrests for sitting in the road is “obstruction of the highway”. This is a minor offense and if the authorities decide to take you to court you are most likely to get a conditional discharge or a small fine. For full information click here.

If you plan to camp, we strongly recommend arranging back-up accommodation. If you have friends and family in London, please ask them to host you, so we can all take breaks to ensure our Rebellion is sustainable.

If you can’t camp, please ask London-based friends if they can host you, or arrange accommodation yourself.  If you are unable to camp and don’t have contacts in London, we can help organise accommodation.

Click here to request/offer accommodation or any kind of indoor space in London for the rebellion Please complete this form by 31 March.

If you have a big tent/marquee/dome tent please get in touch.
Questions  and Answers on 15th April
What is the situation with Climate Change and Ecological Breakdown?

We are facing the extinction of millions of species including humans. Governments are allowing carbon pollution into the atmosphere faster than at any point in history. This is warming up the Arctic and the ice will be all melted in a matter of a few years, maybe this year. Once that happens there will be no cooling system for the earth, temperatures will soar and weather chaos will destroy crops. The result will be mass starvation and the breakdown of society. This process is one of many which are presently set to destroy our ability to eat and live as the global ecological crisis takes hold. Governments need to take emergency action now. It’s real. It’s happening.
What is Extinction Rebellion?
For thirty years conventional campaigning has failed to prevent a massive rise in carbon entering the atmosphere – an increase of over 60% and it is still going up. The rich and powerful want governments to delay taking action because they are making too much money from our present suicidal path which is going to destroy our livelihoods and kill our children. It is time to rebel. This is what Extinction Rebellion was set up to do – against governments all around the world. We demand the authorities tell the truth on the climate and ecological crisis, reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, reduce the use of natural resources to sustainable levels, and set up national citizens assembly to guide the government’s response to the crisis.
What is happening on the 15 April?

We are starting a rebellion against the British Government for criminal inactivity on the climate and ecological emergency. We are going to central London and will sit down and block streets each day and all day until the government agrees to meet with young people to seriously discuss our demands for emergency action. We are prepared to be arrested and detained. If we are released we will return to blocking the streets until the government responds. The rebellion will start at 11 am Monday 15 April in Parliament Square London. See Extinction Rebellion social media for daily gathering and assembly points after Monday.
Why are you rebelling?

Look at it this way. You go to the doctor and she tells you have cancer. You have a choice – do nothing and you will die – or radically change the way you live your life and have a chance of surviving. It the same with climate change – except with one big difference. If you don’t change your children will die as well – and all the human race – everyone will be gone forever. That’s what will happen if we don’t act. We must rebel until the government takes the emergency seriously.
Why arrests?

We don’t want to be arrested but are prepared to do so to highlight the total emergency we now face. Being arrested shows how strongly we feel. We are prepared to lose our liberty to wake up the public and the government. Previous great movements for change broke the law, and involved mass arrests and imprisonment. This is how we won our rights in the past. There can be no radical change without disruption and sacrifice. This is the only we can challenge entrenched political power. It’s just the way it is. We are over standing by and letting our world be destroyed. We are now doing what is most effective – mass civil disobedience.
You are just going to upset people. How will that create change?

Yes, we will upset people and yes this is how to create change. There are three main ways to create change. You can do conventional campaigning – send emails, give donations to NGOs, go on marches. We have tried that for 30 years and it has been a total failure – that is why we are in our dire state today. You can choose violence – that causes disruption and gets attention but destroys democracy and the relationships which we need to respond effectively to the crisis. The third option is mass participation in civil disobedience. We create mass disruption but through our respect to the authorities, we keep open the channels of communication needed to resolve the crisis. This is not a pretty process and is not meant to be. People do not change the habits of a lifetime through information and persuasion. They have to get upset and mad at you. And then some, enough change, because they know deep down you are right. As Gandhi said – first they ignore you, then they laugh at you then they fight you then you win. We are ready for the fight because we need to win.
What will you do if the government agrees to talk to you?

We specifically want three things – that the government and media come clean with the public and tell then the truth on how dire things really are, that they transform the economy and society to get us to net zero carbon emissions by 2025, and lastly they set up an independent national citizens assembly – of ordinary people to deliberate what specific policies are needed to reduce carbon emissions. We are democrats  – we believe the people of the country have a right to decide their future – not the politicians who have been corrupted by the influence of the rich and powerful. We will decide whether we are to live or die. That is why we are rebelling.
Will emergency vehicles be able to get through?

The authorities will be fully briefed on this action allowing opportunity for rerouting. Ambulances will have access to the blockade zones.
Okay, so how do I join?

Come down to Parliament Square 11 am 15 April. Come to stay. This is the most important thing in the world right now. So let’s do it. If you are unable or unwilling to participate in the action please consider supporting us via funding or volunteering on our back-office support teams.

All people who join the space will be required to take part in a short briefing which will explain Extinction Rebellion principles, rules, and practices. A written briefing will be handed to all participants.






A Selma Town Hall Meeting**
Voter Suppression is Alive and Keeping Us Poor!

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Rev. Mark Thompson
Was
LIVE with Rev. Jesse Jackson in historic Selma, AL!

    


   

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February 28, 2019

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February 27, 2019

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February 26, 2019

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February 25, 2019



Extinction Rebellion ~ Chris Hedges





Real Moral Emergency Press Conference** ~ Vimeo



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February 24, 2019

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February 23, 2019







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Climate Strike Friday
WE DANCE!



February 22, 2019


Keep it in  the GROUND!



Fridays Protest Vigil at the Gate!



Secrets of the '60s Counterculture ~ Truthdig
Truthdig with Bob Scheer
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Audio*(35 mins)
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February 21, 2019

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February 20, 2019


Rev. Barber: Why We Cannot Shut Down**~ fb  Audio*(70 mins) ~ fb
 Was Live! In Montgomery, Alabama

    

    

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February 19, 2019
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Rev. Barber and Al Gore Visit
               Buckingham, VA**Audio
*(120 mins) ~ fb
 Was Live! Ecological devastation of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    

    

    

    

    

    



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February 18, 2019

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February 17, 2019


Jesus Christ's Lesson for the 21st Century ~ Truthdig
Truthdig with Bob Scheer
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Audio*(35 mins)

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February 16, 2019


On February 16, 2019 THERE WAS:
Livestream1**(15 mins)
~ fb
    

Livestream2**(45 mins) ~ fb
    

@ReclaimOurBard TAKE OVER of the @britishmuseum

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February 13, 2019

5:00 pm PT

Emergency Mass Call: Green New
Deal in the Senate
~ Sunrise Movement


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February 12, 2019


February 11, 2019


February 10, 2019

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February 9, 2019


Please, Sign the Petition!

Demand Congress stop the immoral
and unconstitutional seizure
and sale of Oak Flat!



March to Oak Flat!




5th Annual March to Oak Flat, Feb. 8-10-2019
The Apache Stronghold has just announced the invitation for all to join the 5th Annual Oak Flat walk, February 8-10, 2019. We hope you can join us in solidarity with our spiritual journey of prayer and ceremony in protection of Chi'Chil'Ba'Goteel. Each year, hundreds of people have walked together for the 45 miles from the San Carlos reservation, through the mining towns of Miami and Globe, up to Oak Flat.  Everyone is invited! This walk is of spiritual importance to the Apache Stronghold and a way for us all to commit to protection of Oak Flat each year that the mine has still not been built!






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The Green New Deal’s huge flaw ~ Slate

"We build more than 1 million new homes a year —
we just need to put them in the right places."


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February 8, 2019

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February 7, 2019


There’s now an official Green New Deal ~ Vox


12:30pm ET, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will
introduce a Green New Deal resolution



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February 6, 2019


The First House hearing on climate change in
more than eight years**
~ C-SPAN  &   fb**

Was Live at 7 am PT (210 mins)

    


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish
together as fools.” - MLK
~ Hiphop Caucus



    


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February 5, 2019



The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins ~ Truthout




Hands Off Valenzuela** (starts at 34:39)
JAMES EARLY WITH DANNY GLOVER ~ TRNN







Two not guilty verdicts, hung jury for five
other defendants in Detroit Poor People’s
Campaign trial ~ Michigan Poor People's Campaign





Blackface Is Just One Part
of the Problem
~ Rolling Stone



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February 4, 2019

                                                   The Black Experience in America ~ The Indypendent

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February 3, 2019

Thousands 'Yellow Vests' Protesters March
Against Macron's Gov't Amid Heavy
Police Crackdown
~ teleSUR





The Border Story Our Leaders Don’t
Want You to Hear -
Audio*(30 mins) ~ Bob Scheer's Truthdig

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February 2, 2019


Poor People's Campaign
march through Atlanta.
May 10, 1968




What if the Poor People of all races formed a political alliance?
Jarvis DeBerry, columnist, updated Feb. 1, 2019
NOLA.com


When Hurricane Michael ripped the roof off a federal prison in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna in October, the inmates there were transferred to Yazoo City, Miss. Thus, the prison’s employees were required to make a seven-hour drive and work in two-week stints to keep their positions. In December, the federal government was partially shut down, which meant those federal employees were traveling back and forth to work in Mississippi without getting paid.

“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” 38-year-old Crystal Minton, a secretary at the prison, said of President Donald Trump to The New York Times. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

The Rev. William Barber spoke about more than a hundred million hurting Americans in an address at Tulane University’s McAlister Auditorium Wednesday night (Jan. 30), without (to my recollection) specifically referring to the shutdown. But Barber made sure to make this point: Poor white people have repeatedly been harmed by politicians they believed would only hurt others.

Barber pastors a church in North Carolina, where, according to a 2016 federal appeals court ruling, lawmakers passed voting restrictions designed to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision." Politicians who have been ushered into office thanks to voter-suppression efforts, Barber argued, have passed laws that have punished the poor.

And most of America’s poor are white.

Barber began his speech by thanking his hosts for not inviting him to a Martin Luther King celebration. “You don’t celebrate martyrs,” he said. To honor them, he said, you “go to the place they fell, reach down in the mud, pick up the baton and go the next mile.”

When King was assassinated in 1968, he was leading what he called a Poor People’s Campaign. Fifty years later, Barber co-chairs the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. “The first goal of this is to change the narrative,” he said before Wednesday’s speech. Referring to the federal definition of poverty, he said, “All you have to do is be single and make $12,000, and they say you’re not poor. We know that’s not true.”

About 40,600,000 people in the United States (12 percent of the population) meet the government’s stingy definition of poverty. But according to the “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017,” published by the Federal Reserve, “Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able to pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense … One in five adults cannot cover their current month’s bills, and one in four skipped a medical treatment in the past year due to an inability to pay.”

In his speech, Barber said that about half of Louisiana’s 4.7 million residents are struggling financially, but, “I bet you haven’t had a person run for office talk about the poor.” Well, certainly not in a way that suggests that the poor are deserving of advocacy, respect and public officials who will work to make their lives less miserable.

Of course, politicians aren’t going to champion the poor because they all live in a country where everybody is (at minimum) middle class. Of course, it’s mathematically impossible for everybody to be in the middle, but that’s the lie that millions of impoverished Americans have told themselves: that they’re in the middle, too. Or that they’re in a temporary bad spot that could be cured with a little more hard work.

When I asked Barber if a general reluctance to use the word poor helps explain resistance to a Poor People’s Campaign, he said he and his co-chair, the Rev. Liz Theoharis, were encouraged to think about a word other than “poor” when resurrecting King’s campaign. “People said we might not want to call it that,” Barber said.

Imagine that: trying to address a problem you won’t even name.

I don’t know if Barber and Theoharis ever seriously considered calling their campaign something else, but Barber said that the people they’re fighting for made it plain the language they should use: “We want folks to know we’re poor …I’m not gonna tell that lie anymore that I’m middle class. I’m one check away from poverty.” And because 62 million Americans are working “every day for less than a living wage,” Barber said, they’re not even one check away from poverty.

Segregation, King said in a 1965 speech, is what the poor white man in the South got instead of decent wages. “And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man.”

The prison employee’s quote that she elected Trump to hurt other folks – but not her – is symptomatic of the disease King diagnosed. Barber is trying to do what King was trying to do when he was murdered: Bring the poor of all races together to demand changes that help
them all.


“The poor in the South hold the key,” he said. “These states are not red states. They are unorganized and undermobilized states. If you change the South, you change the country.”

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February 1, 2019

Today was
#ClimateStrike!



AND THE FIRST DAY OF
BLACK HISTORY
MONTH!

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January 31, 2019

Very Dangerous and Life-Threatening
Arctic Blast  ~ National Weather Service


One of the coldest arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory is surging south into the Upper Midwest before spreading across much of the eastern two-thirds of the country. Through late week, expect frigid temperatures, bitterly cold and life-threatening wind chills, likely leading to widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.


This lecture will be posted to Vimeo? If so, Here






    Eighth Generation Launches New
Little Wool Blankets” for the
     Little Ones or Those with a
                                                             Playful Spirit ~ Native News Online





January 30, 2019


TOMORROW!
#ClimateStrike!

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January 29, 2019


Vacherie Poor People's Hearing** ~ Vimeo - Audio*(75 mins)

Was LIVE Jan. 29, 2019 at West Bank Reception Hall, Vacherie, Louisiana

    


    


    


    


    


    



     


    


   


    


    









Very Dangerous and Life-Threatening Arctic Air
Mass Expected This Week
  ~ National Weather Service


Back to back cold fronts will slice through the eastern two-thirds of the country to deliver one of the coldest arctic air intrusions in recent memory, especially from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. From Tuesday through Thursday, expect frigid temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills, likely leading to widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures. Be weather smart!



New Orleans ROCKED!


New Orleans Poor People's Hearing** ~ Vimeo - Audio*(132 mins)

Was LIVE Jan. 28, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church,  New Orleans, Louisiana

    


    


    


    


    


    

    


    


   


    


    


     


    


    


    






January 28, 2019


Venezuela: What Activists Need To Know
About The US-Led Coup
  ~ Popular Resistance



Tens of Thousands in Europe Protest
Against Climate Change
  ~ teleSUR



Dangerous Travel Conditions in the Northern
Plains into the Great Lakes; Dangerous Arctic
Air Mass Expected This Week  ~ National Weather Service


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January 27, 2019


Dangerous Cold Developing this Week
in the North Central U.S.
~ National Weather Service



Mark Charles Breaks Down Doctrine
of Discovery on TEDX Talk
  ~ Native News Online



Banksy 'Anti-Fundamentalist' Mural
Stolen in Paris
~ teleSUR






Australia: Indigenous Peoples March
Against 'Invasion Day'
~ teleSUR







The Illegal CIA Operation That Brought
Us 9/11
~ Bob Scheer's Truthdig ~ Audio* (37 mins)

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January 26, 2019



Potentially Record Setting Arctic Airmass Poised
To Plunge Through The Central And Eastern U.S.
Late This Weekend
~ National Weather Sevice


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     A conversation at BennettCollege**
11 am PT with Rev. Dr.Barber and Sharrelle Barber





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January 25, 2019


#ClimateStrike Friday
Greta Thunberg at Davos

Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire.

According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. In that time, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society need to have taken place, including a reduction of our CO2 emissions by at least 50%.

And please note that those numbers do not include the aspect of equity, which is absolutely necessary to make the Paris agreement work on a global scale. Nor does it include tipping points or feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas released from the thawing Arctic permafrost.

At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories. But their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag. And on climate change, we have to acknowledge we have failed. All political movements in their present form have done so, and the media has failed to create broad public awareness.

But Homo sapiens have not yet failed.

Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands. But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.

We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.

Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.

Either we do that or we don’t.

You say nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie. Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control or we don’t.

Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t. That is as black or white as it gets. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

We all have a choice. We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations. Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.

That is up to you and me.

Some say we should not engage in activism. Instead we should leave everything to our politicians and just vote for a change instead. But what do we do when there is no political will? What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight?

Here in Davos – just like everywhere else – everyone is talking about money. It seems money and growth are our only main concerns.

And since the climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis, people are simply not aware of the full consequences on our everyday life. People are not aware that there is such a thing as a carbon budget, and just how incredibly small that remaining carbon budget is. That needs to change today.

No other current challenge can match the importance of establishing a wide, public awareness and understanding of our rapidly disappearing carbon budget, that should and must become our new global currency and the very heart of our future and present economics.

We are at a time in history where everyone with any insight of the climate crisis that threatens our civilisation – and the entire biosphere – must speak out in clear language, no matter how uncomfortable and unprofitable that may be.

We must change almost everything in our current societies. The bigger your carbon footprint, the bigger your moral duty. The bigger your platform, the bigger your responsibility.

Adults keep saying: “We owe it to the young people to give them hope.” But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.

I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.


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January 24, 2019


Rev. Barber modeling prayer in action!
True prayer is meant to liberate**
~ utube





WAS LIVE Jan 21, 2019 AT Milford Chapel at Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina,



TOMORROW!
#ClimateStrike Friday



Act Out! [193] Canada’s Reconciliation
Fail, LA Teacher’s Strike Big Picture
& The Commodified Self**
~ Occupy dot com



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January 23, 2019

Leonard Peltier on the Elder Singing
AIM Song at Lincoln Memorial;
                       Breaks Down Song’s Origin
  ~ Native News Onine


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January 22, 2019

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January 21, 2019


TODAY!
MLK Birthday and National Holiday


Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be Jahmin'!  Earthstrong ~ January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968 ~

 
I Have a Dream*(16 mins)


 



Martin Luther King, Jr. Knew That Preaching Was
More Than Words - A MLK Day Message From
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
** ~ Vimeo - Audio*(51 mins)

WAS LIVE AT Tennessee State University,  Nashville, Tennessee

   


    


     


    


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January 20, 2019



Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclispe
Tonight!
~ The Sun UK


The full eclipse begins at approximately 7:41 pm PT
and ends at 8:43 pm PT, with the maximum eclipse
at 8:12 pm PT.



U.S. Winter Advisory

Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
301 AM EST Sun Jan 20 2019

Valid 12Z Sun Jan 20 2019 - 12Z Tue Jan 22 2019

...Major winter storm moving across much of the interior northeastern U.S.
today followed by frigid temperatures...

...Heavy rain could result in flash flooding across parts of northern
California today...

...Developing low pressure system over the Rockies on Monday will become
the next winter storm for the northern Plains on Tuesday...

A major winter storm is currently progressing from the Ohio Valley into
the northeastern U.S.  The center of the low pressure system responsible
for this winter storm will move rapidly across the northern Mid-Atlantic
into southern New England today before exiting into the Gulf of Maine this
evening.  The storm will produce a swath of heavy snow from parts of the
Ohio Valley northeastward into the Northeast with more than two feet of
snow expected for northern Maine.  A narrow zone of sleet and freezing
rain is also expected to slide across southern and central New England as
well as coastal Maine today into tonight before the precipitation tapers
off early on Monday.  Showers and thunderstorms will move off the
Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. by midday with the passage of a strong
cold front.  The coldest air this season will then usher into the eastern
U.S. tonight under blustery northwesterly winds with frigid temperatures
expected to spread from the upper Midwest this morning into much of the
Northeast Monday and Tuesday.  Heavy lake effect snow will develop over
parts of the upper Peninsula of Michigan through tonight, spreading
downwind into the rest of the Great Lakes through Monday.

Meanwhile, a deep upper-level trough over the eastern Pacific will move
onshore into the western U.S. during the next couple of days.  A broad
stream of moisture moving into northern California today will produce
heavy rain that could result in flash flooding in some areas.  The
moisture will then penetrate further inland, leading to widespread higher
elevation snow on Monday from the Sierra Nevada northeastward across much
of the Great Basin and into the Intermountain region followed by the
northern Rockies.  A low pressure system will gradually take shape over
the central Rockies on Monday and exit into the central Plains Monday
night.  This low is expected to develop into the next winter storm for the
northern Plains with snow expanding across the region early on Tuesday.

Kong


~

January 19, 2019





Women's March 9:15 am PT
Washington, D.C.!



Watch LIVE TODAY!** ~ C-SPAN



D.C. Weather Forecast





U.S. Winter Advisory

Valid 12Z Sat Jan 19 2019 - 12Z Mon Jan 21 2019

...Major winter storm expected to move rapidly across the Midwest into the
Northeast this weekend...


...Severe weather and flash flooding are possible in the Southeast...

...Heavy rain likely for the Pacific Northwest into California this
weekend, with heavy snow in higher elevations of the Northwest...


A significant low pressure system is taking shape over the central Plains
this Saturday morning.  Combining with a surge of arctic air from Canada,
this storm is expected to spread heavy wintry precipitation from the Ohio
Valley northeastward through New England for the rest of the weekend.  The
storm is forecast to move at a rapid pace across the eastern half of the
country.  Nevertheless, the abundance of moisture and the vigorous
dynamics of the storm will bring more than a foot of snow from across
northern Pennsylvania and much of upstate New York into much of interior
New England.  The forecast storm track has been trending farther north
over the past few days.  Locations along I-95 over the Mid-Atlantic are
now expected to see mostly rain through the event while mixed
precipitation is expected farther north across southern New England.  The
central Appalachians can expect to see up to a quarter of an inches of ice
while lesser amounts are expected farther west across the Ohio Valley.  As
the low pressure system gets more intense early on Sunday, winds across
new England will become strong and gusty with heavy snow during the height
of the storm.  Meanwhile, rain could become heavy across the Mid-Atlantic
spreading towards southern New England Sunday morning with mild
temperatures before arctic air rushes in behind a strong cold front.
Blustery northwesterly winds will usher in the coldest air so far this
season into much of the Eastern Seaboard with readings dipping to near
zero over interior New England, lower teens over the interior Mid-Atlantic!


Farther south, the strong dynamics ahead of the strong cold front will
bring strong to severe  thunderstorms today across the Deep South from the
lower Mississippi eastward into the Southeast.


In the West, abundant moisture and dynamics associated a strong low
pressure system is impacting the Pacific Northwest with moderate to heavy
rain and inland mountain snow.  By Sunday, moisture from the next Pacific
system will impact areas farther south from Oregon down into northern
California, with snow penetrating further inland across the higher
elevations of the northern Rockies.  By early on Monday, a low pressure
system is forecast to take shape across the Great Basin where snow should
become more widespread into the northern and central Rockies.


Kong

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January 18, 2019

Today was
"Leave it in the Ground"

Stop Carbon Polution Friday
#CLIMATE STRIKE!

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January 17, 2019




Valid 12Z Thu Jan 17 2019 - 12Z Sat Jan 19 2019

...Major winter storm continues across the western U.S. and then reaches the Plains by Friday...


A severe winter storm has been hammering California Wednesday night, and very heavy snow is expected to continue for the Sierra Nevada and also the mountains of northern California.  Blizzard warnings are in effect through Thursday morning for the highest elevations, with snowfall amounts in excess of three feet expected!  In addition to the heavy snow, heavy rain will also fall across the lower elevations, with most of it happening
through Thursday evening.  A moderate risk of rainfall has been issued for a small area in southern California, particularly where the burn scars exist in the Los Angeles region.  Precipitation will begin to wind down by
Thursday night and into Friday morning as the frontal system progresses farther inland across the Intermountain West.


The upper level trough responsible for the ongoing storm over the western U.S. will generate a new surface low over the western High Plains by Friday morning and this will be the next big feature to monitor going into the upcoming weekend.  Freezing rain, heavy snow, and heavy rain are expected in association with the storm system through the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days.  Some thunderstorms will also be possibe across the Gulf Coast region.  Heavy snow will begin by Friday evening over the central plains and then progress eastward by the weekend. Consult the WPC winter weather products and discussion for more information on this system.  In the wake of the storm, an arctic surface
high will plunge southward from Canada and result in frigid temperatures across the Plains and the Upper Midwest, with temperature departures on the order of 15 to 25 degrees below normal!


Hamrick/Reinhart
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January 16, 2019

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Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman: “When Are You
Going to Come to Your Senses Regarding
This President?”
~ Native News Online



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January 15, 2019

Act Out! [191] - The Violence of Bill Blocks
& Shutdowns + Whimsical Resistance
at the Border
~ Occupy.com with Eleanor Goldfield




Here's what climate refugees need to make it through a disaster. How would you fare? — Next up, how the government shutdown targets survivors of domestic and sexual violence – plus the age-old story of colonial oppression gets a reboot via an outgoing Representative's bill block. Finally, Elizabeth Vega joins us to talk about the Tornillo occupation – and how to address the rise of imprisoned migrant children and families.

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January 14, 2019

~ twitter BBC ~
A young Kenyan student is told to choose between wearing
dreadlocks
or going to school. Some people claim it is a
violation of her rights as a Rastafarian; others claim the
school is right to expect pupils to wear standard
uniforms. Where do you stand in the debate?





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January 13, 2019

Sunday

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January 12, 2019

Rev. Barber Lays to Rest His Baby
Brother Chucky
~ twitter




Chucky with his baby grandaughter

  Here's the Service.:
https://livestream.com/accounts/5188266/events/8522982/videos/185726170 …

Union Baptist Church, Griffen, Georgia. January 12, 2019


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January 11, 2019



Today was
#ClimateStrike
Friday!


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January 10, 2019


Big Navajo Energy Receives Funding
to Provide Solar Energy
           to Navajo Families
~ Native News Online



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January 9, 2019

                                                       
Heart of Gold ~ Native News Online



WINNIPEG, Manitoba — When 16-year-old Adrian Sutherland in the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat borrowed a harmonica from an Elder, he fashioned a homemade harness using a coat-hanger, two sticks and elastic bands, and set out to learn Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. He had no way of knowing back then, that 25 years later, his own musical journey would come full circle with the release of a music video that not only pays homage to the song, but also the place where he learned to play it   ......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMTzfSWNBhc&feature=youtu.be

......  Heart of Gold is written by Neil Young, with lyrics translated into Mushkegowuk Cree by Sutherland, and recorded with permission from Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. It was produced by Midnight Shine and John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) at Jukasa Studios in Ohsweken, Ontario, with engineers Jill Zimmermann and Darren Magierowski, and mastered in Toronto by Joo Carvalho.



"My Johnny Cash mural in Sacramento has been nominated
for Best Music Inspired Mural of 2018 for
.
Visit:

to vote for your favorite mural!" ~ Shepard Fairey






Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Trashes I.C.E.
and the Lies of Our Oval Office occupier





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January 8, 2019

The moment RCMP came over the gates and started making
arrests to enforce the Coastal GasLink injunction ~ twitter


    


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January 7, 2019


Tennessee Poor People’s Hearing ~ fb
P1** - P2** - Audio*(127 mins)
WAS LIVE AT American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee

    


    


    


    




          8 Photos That Capture 2018's Global Resistance ~ teleSUR




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January 6, 2019

French Yellow Vests to Macron: 'It's a Revolution' ~ teleSUR




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January 5, 2019

'Call Me a Radical': Ocasio-Cortez Suggests
70% Tax Rate for Ultra Rich to Help Pay
for Green New Deal**
~ 60 minutes




Act VIII: Yellow Vests Take Over Streets
Across France
  ~ teleSUR








rebellion.earth

WITNESS BOX STATEMENT – Angie Zelter, Hendon Magistrates Court 25th June 2019 - Extinction Rebellion

23-30 minutes

Words – 4,451 words. Time to read out – 30 minutes max

Personal Background

I am now 68 years of age but when I was 21, in my final year at university, I read the January edition of ‘The Ecologist’ magazine, called ‘Blueprint for Survival’. This had an enormous impact on me as it introduced the major problems then facing the world – war, poverty, acid rain, ozone depletion, desertification, deforestation, species loss, civil and military uses and abuses of nuclear power, pollution, population growth, consumerism and climate change.

I had been through a university education and been unaware of these major problems. I determined to educate myself and devote my life to helping solve these problems. After spending 3 years in Cameroon, learning about the long lasting impact of British colonialism and racism, the deforestation for timber, oil palm production and other cash crops, and the exploitation of the rich resources of Africa to the detriment of locals and enrichment of corporations and western societies, I returned home to the nuclear weapons Cold War crisis.

I joined the Greenham Common protests, founded the Snowball Civil Disobedience Campaign and then later Trident Ploughshares which won the Right Livelihood Award in 2001. Alongside the nuclear crisis that still haunts us today, I became involved in work on climate change. Lecturers in Climate Science at the University of East Anglia provided expert witness statements for me when defending my nonviolent direct actions against nuclear weapons. And this is how I was first acquainted with the nuclear winter that would result if only a very few nuclear warheads were used. I learnt that everything is connected and that it all has an impact on the climate, on biodiversity and on the sustainability of life on earth. I discovered more details about how our reliance on fossil fuels was causing the greenhouse effect and soon joined with climate scientists and local environmentalists, to start a group in Norwich that tried to educate the public about greenhouse gases and climate change.

We had maps up of how much of East Anglia and London would be under water as temperatures soared and the sea levels rose. This was in the early ‘80’s – almost 40 years ago. We concentrated on what individuals could do to lower their carbon footprints, by putting up solar panels, changing our light bulbs, recycling and re-use, eating less meat, using public transport and giving up our cars, shopping carefully and locally, and consuming less.

After discovering the impact that UK timber imports was having on the loss of old growth forests and their biodiversity I even got involved in carbon sinks and sustainable forest management. I was part of the UK Forest Network and worked with major UK timber importers to persuade them to stop importing old growth timber stolen from indigenous reserves in South America and Asia and was part of the process that set the UK standards for the Forest Stewardship Council.

But of course this was never going to be enough. Governments had to get involved and make systemic changes. Individuals changing their personal lifestyles was not enough. However, very few people and governments listened to us. We were considered Cassandras, doom mongers, nihilists, mad. But if Governments had acted then we would not be at crisis point now.

I will not go into more details about my personal activities over the last 40 years, but I hope it shows that my actions during the week of 15th to 20th April this year were not taken spontaneously or lightly but came out of lifetime concerns and that I have tried everything I could think of to create the changes necessary to combat climate change and prevent catastrophic collapse.

The basis for my belief that there is a Climate Emergency

I will  now quickly present some evidence of the materials that have had most impact and influence upon me and the basic information that was in my possession and which I was aware of before my action. These will show why I believe that without urgent and systemic changes in our society it is likely that civilisation will collapse along with global ecosystems. They will also explain my motivation for refusing to leave a protest area on 17th April.

1. We are already living through a mass extinction of other species and it is now clear that this is due to human activities. If we do not change, our own species is likely to suffer the same fate.

2. In the very near term we are less at risk in the UK than in other parts of the world. However, many here are already feeling the impact, in particular the young and the old. The 2003 heat-wave, attributed by researchers to climate change, caused the loss of 70,000 lives across Europe, including in the UK. Homes in parts of the UK, such as Carlisle and Manchester, are already uninsurable due to flood risk. Tens of thousands of lives are lost every year in the UK due to air pollution attributable to fossil fuels, with children’s lungs badly affected.

3. Carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change, stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, and much of the change we’re experiencing is now already ‘locked in’.

4. There is mounting evidence that we are accelerating towards runaway climate change and a ‘hothouse earth’, leading to conditions that will no longer support human life.

5. In October 1988, the World Meteorological Organisation, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the United Nations Environment Programme Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases (AGGG) issued a report based on their  research project, co-ordinated by the Stockholm Environment Institute. It was to establish appropriate limits for global warming and concluded as follows:

“Temperature increases beyond 1.0 C may elicit rapid, unpredictable, and non- linear responses that could lead to extensive ecosystem damage ….”

6. By 2018 the 1˚C limit had already been breached.

7. Let’s clarify the concept of “non-linear responses”.  At a certain point feedback effects in the climate system will lead to a ‘tipping point’, beyond which the world will continue to warm rapidly, even if human emissions of greenhouse gases were to cease altogether. Ice, for example, reflects heat away from the earth’s surface. As the world warms, sea ice melts, to be replaced with dark water which, instead of reflecting heat away from the earth’s surface, absorbs it, speeding up the process of ice melt, in a vicious cycle of warming. With rising temperatures forest fires increase in frequency and severity. Trees which were absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, instead release it, further compounding the warming process.

8. Lord Deben (the current Chair of the Committee on Climate Change) described the ‘tipping point’ in the following terms (in a 2007 report for the Shadow Cabinet): “Tipping point This refers to the point at which these changes in the climate system lead to runaway global warming.

At this stage, what little influence we had on the climate system will no longer have any effect on the outcome. Runaway global warming could lead to mass extinction.” (emphasis added)

9. In 2008, when the UK’s Climate Change Act became law, the “absolute temperature limit” of 2˚C was used as the goal for UK targets, as noted by the House of Commons Environmental Committee in its review of the Climate Change Bill:                        

 The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed to us that the Government was still completely committed to limiting global warming to a rise of 2˚C. By stressing the dangers even of this level of warming, he emphasised the reasons why the UK and EU were committed to holding a rise in temperature at no more than 2˚C:  ‘Just to put that in perspective, I was told … that with a two-degree average change it will not be uncommon to have 50˚C in Berlin by mid century, … and I think that is quite a sobering demonstration because 50˚C is beyond our experience….Climate change is on a different scale from any other political challenge. Its potential effects could be both physically and economically devastating. It is not just the size but the timing of these effects that poses such a challenge …”.

10. From about 2010, however, there was increasing recognition that the 2˚C limit was inadequate and dangerous.

11. In 2011, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change warned:                                                                 

“Two degrees is not enough – we should be thinking of 1.5˚C. If we are not headed for 1.5˚C we are in big, big trouble.”

12. In 2013, Lord Stern, whose 2007 Review informed the setting of the 2050 Target, gave a presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he said:

“Looking back, I underestimated the risks. The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly. Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought… This is potentially so dangerous that we have to act strongly. Do we want to play Russian roulette with two bullets or one? These risks for many people are existential.”

13. In May 2015, the Structured Expert Dialogue, commissioned by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in 2012, issued its Final Report, which concluded:

“The ‘guardrail’ concept, in which up to 2˚C of warming is considered safe is inadequate … Experts emphasised the high likelihood of meaningful differences between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of warming regarding the level of risk from … extreme events or tipping points …”.

14. In December 2015, the 197 Governments which are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change united in rejecting the 2˚C limit as dangerous and inadequate, by adopting the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which reframes the limit as follows:

“Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels”.

15. Leading research concludes that beyond the Paris Agreement limit, a tipping point may be crossed leading to runaway climate change and a ‘hothouse earth’:

“This analysis implies that, even if the Paris Accord target of a 1.5 C to 2.0 C rise in temperature is met, we cannot exclude the risk that a cascade of feedbacks could push the Earth System irreversibly onto a “Hothouse Earth” pathway… Hothouse Earth is likely to be uncontrollable and dangerous … it poses severe risks for health, economies, political stability … and ultimately, the habitability of the planet for humans…Where such a threshold might be is uncertain, but it could be only decades ahead…”

16. It is evident from numerous authoritative sources, including the UK Government itself, that we are rapidly heading beyond the Paris Agreement temperature limit and into the zone of extreme danger for all humanity and the rest of life on earth.

17. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, provides the definitive synthesis of all peer-reviewed science on climate change. Its last full report in 2014 concluded that:                                                                                                                          

“In most scenarios without additional mitigation efforts … warming is more likely than not to exceed 4 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.” (emphasis added).

18. In November 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme published its “Emissions Gap Report” asserting that ‘urgent action’ was necessary to ‘avert disaster’:

“This report estimates we are actually on track for global warming of up to 3.4 degrees Celsius. Current commitments will reduce emissions by no more than a third of the levels required by 2030 to avert disaster. So, we must take urgent action.”

19. In October 2017 the Government published its Clean Growth Strategy:

 Without significant reductions in emissions, the world is likely to be on course for average temperature rise in excess of 2C above pre-industrial levels, and possibly as much as 5C for the highest emissions scenarios, by the end of this century … Scientific evidence shows that increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts on people and ecosystems. These climate change risks increase rapidly above 2C but some risks are considerable below 2˚C.” (emphasis added).

20. The scientific evidence is clear and unequivocal: an urgent and radical change of course is required if the Paris Agreement temperature limits are to be respected and disaster averted.

21. In June 2017, a coalition of eminent scientists, diplomats and policy-makers, published a comment piece in the leading scientific journal Nature headed “Three years to safeguard our climate”. This showed that in order to meet the Paris Agreement temperature limit, global carbon dioxide emissions would need to peak by 2020, and collapse to ‘net zero’ within twenty years, explaining:

“The year 2020 is crucially important for another reason, one that has more to do with physics than politics. When it comes to climate, timing is everything … should emissions continue to rise beyond 2020, or even remain level, the temperature goals set in Paris become almost unattainable.”

22. In 2018 the Foreign & Commonwealth Office referred to climate change as an ‘existential threat’.

23. On 9 October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its final report into the implications of crossing the 1.5˚C temperature limit and concluded that:

a. the implications for humanity of exceeding the 1.5˚C threshold were extremely severe

b. at current rates of emissions that threshold was likely to be crossed at some point after 2030

c. avoiding such an outcome demanded urgent and radical action to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.

24. The BBC reported the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change conclusions under the headline: “Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe”.

25. In the face of all these dire scientific warnings the UK Government should immediately communicate to the public the danger and start building a democratic mandate for the urgent and radical action that is required, which is why these were, and still are, part of the Extinction Rebellions demands.

26. The Government is not only failing to inform the public about the exceptional risks of climate breakdown and a hothouse earth but is in fact carrying on as usual. Rather than taking urgent action to reduce emissions it is, for example:

1. Expanding aviation, which is one of the most polluting forms of transport, with Chris Grayling MP, the Transport Minister, claiming that the Paris Agreement was “irrelevant” to plans to expand Heathrow Airport;

2. Encouraging ‘fracking’ for shale gas, contrary to the advice of leading climate scientists;

3. Providing the highest fossil fuel subsidies of any country in Europe.

27. Leading experts, including the Government’s own statutory advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, have noted the conflict between the Government’s climate obligations and its actions.

28. In October 2018 The Guardian newspaper wrote as follows:

“One of the world’s leading climate scientists has launched a scathing attack on the government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence. James Hansen, who is known as the father of climate science, warned that future generations would judge the decision to back a UK fracking industry harshly … The science is crystal clear, we need to phase out fossil fuels starting with the most damaging, the ‘unconventional’ fossil fuels such as tar sands and ‘fracking’.”

Belief leading to Action

The information I have presented to you is a dry summary of only a minute fraction of the information that has come my way. It has left me feeling frustrated, depressed and, at times, hopeless. I cannot really understand why those ‘in power’ have refused to act. After all it is their world too. I know politicians are relentlessly lobbied by the fossil fuel and extractive industries, that there is a revolving door from politician, civil servant to CEO’s of the oil and aviation industries etc. But when our society and ecosystem collapses around us, none of us will be able to eat, drink, or breathe money.

We collectively know what to do to halt climate change but it is not being done. But to be depressed and to lose all hope only makes the problem worse. I am fearful for the future for myself, for my family and for all living creatures on this fragile planet. I believe there is a real and substantial threat to all our lives, and that, in accordance with the science, urgent and systemic changes to our society must be taken now to mitigate the danger. That is why I took action on 17th April with Extinction Rebellion.

There had been countless scientific reports, letters from concerned scientists, marches, petitions, and promises. But the government was not acting responsibly and enacting the policies that are needed to address the climate emergency. I therefore took non-violent direct action as a matter of last resort.

In December 2018, Sir David Attenborough told the United Nations:

“Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change … If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon … The world’s people have spoken. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now. Leaders of the world, you must lead.”

Following the wave of actions in London that commenced on 15th  April, I believe that the necessity for the actions, and their success in raising the alarm, are now widely acknowledged. This was reflected in the following articles across the political spectrum in the mainstream media:

“Extinction Rebellion protests have WORKED as MPs succumb to calls for change” (Daily Express, 25 April, 2019)

“Jeremy Corbyn forces MPs to vote on declaring climate emergency after Extinction Rebellion protests over political inaction” (The Daily Mail, 28 April, 2019).

Like most people, I do not like being arrested. I did not want to spend 3 days in police cells refusing what I considered to be unreasonable bail conditions preventing me from returning to the protests. I do not enjoy spending time in courts nor do I wish to spend scarce resources travelling from Wales to London for the hearings.

If the Government had done its job of acting in the public interest by providing the public with honest information about the scale and urgency of the threat, and had addressed the threat instead of compounding it, I would not have needed to engage in non-violent direct action.

Finally, I want to assure the court that all my peace and environmental actions over the decades have been done in a considered, accountable and nonviolent manner and my latest Extinction Rebellion actions were carried out in a similar nonviolent and responsible manner.

The Extinction Rebellion Rebel Code was and still is part of the nonviolence trainings given to participants and not only is it on their website but was repeated at all 5 resistance sites in London. They say:-

1.   We show respect to everyone – to each other, the general public and to the government and police. We oppose systems, not persons.

2.   We engage in no violence, physical or verbal, and carry no weapons.

3.   We wear no masks – we hold ourselves accountable for our actions.

4.   We bring no alcohol or illegal drugs.

5.   We take responsibility for ourselves; we are all crew.

Extinction Rebellion also engaged in extensive police liaison with the Metropolitan police. I met Paolo Enock, of Extinction Rebellion, in the Extinction Rebellion office, before the week of rebellion and was told that Extinction Rebellion held many meetings with leading Police Liaison Officers from the Met as well as with other senior officers in the run-up to April 15th. The sitings of the roadblocks, for instance, were made known to the police in advance in order for diversions and re-routing to take place to allow traffic to by-pass the blockades and to minimise hassle for road users. I was assured that not only were the nonviolence guidelines (the Rebel Code) made clear but that this included moving for ambulances and fire engines. For instance on 5th April 2019, at a meeting held with the Met (at their offices) with a senior ‘Silver Commander’ present, the outline of the non-violent structuring of the planned protests was given and Extinction Rebellion’s presentation included features such as the presence of stewards, of nonviolent communication and de-escalation teams and that an agreement was given that police officers would be accepted and not hindered when circulating on the occupied sites. Concerns were shared about the possible co-opting of the Extinction Rebellion protests by violent factions, and a written reassurance was given by Extinction Rebellion that when any roadblock is approached by a vehicle with an activated blue light (including police vehicles to allow for the eventuality of a terrorist attack) the roadblock would let that vehicle through immediately.

I was later told by him that during the rebellion days Extinction Rebellion had their own team of police liaisons working a shift system across all five occupied sites. These liaisons were in constant contact with police liaison teams during the day and with duty sergeants in the evenings and at night. Paolo himself was in constant telephone contact with the coordinating desk for police liaison during the rebellion days – often on a minute-by-minute basis.

Paolo told me that police vehicles were included in Extinction Rebellion’s bluelight policy. He witnessed two medical emergency incidents on Waterloo Bridge in both of which Extinction Rebellion rebels were proactive in helping with getting the emergency services where they were needed. In the second of these incidents, which happened during a major police arrest operation, a ‘fire lane’ was formed and held open on the northbound carriageway of the bridge for approximately one hour so that ambulances could deal with a medical emergency – a passer-by had suffered a major heart attack on the pavement and required prolonged treatment by medical staff. Not only did Extinction Rebellion stewards and police liaisons alert the police of the emergency, but they collaborated with the police in keeping the emergency lane clear for the full period of the emergency so that ambulances could come and go in both directions.

Paolo said he would be away for this trial date, which is why I have not called him as a witness.

I can testify that I witnessed a beautiful and compassionate atmosphere at all five sites that I visited over the first few days, before being arrested. Local shop-keepers and business people walked through our focal blockade points to get to work and congratulated us on the people’s assemblies, the music and carnival atmosphere, and said they wished traffic was stopped every day as there was less air pollution and it was quieter. Many local shops and cafes enjoyed good business and some offered free use of their facilities as a way of showing solidarity.

I am pleading not guilty, even though I did refuse to move when asked to by a policeman on the 17th April. I am pleading not guilty because I believed I was justified in remaining at the protest in what I considered to be a reasonable and proportionate response to the climate chaos emergency.  I believed that my action, along with many of the thousands gathered in London that week, would help avoid disaster and lead to change. And this has been proved to be true. It has opened up a space for real debate about climate change and what practical actions can be taken. Just days after the Extinction Rebellion actions in London on the 29th April, Wales was the first country to formally declare a climate emergency. This was followed a few days later on 1st May by the UK government declaring a climate and environmental emergency .

I have been involved, as have many thousands of others around the UK, in persuading my own Town Council in Knighton to declare a climate emergency and to hold public meetings to decide what practical actions can be taken. I believe that this would not have happened without the creative disruption we caused in central London.

Given that our fragile planet is undergoing massive climate change that will soon, possibly within 11 years, culminate in catastrophic climate chaos that will lead to massive loss of life, I had to do all in my power to bring about the necessary changes to prevent this catastrophe. I hope you will agree that what I did was a reasonable, proportionate and necessary response to the emergency situation that we are in.

I urge the court to find me not guilty. Thank you.





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