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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Arm in Arm Mission and Invitation to Join

       EARTHDAY ACTION APRIL 22, 2021



Do you believe in a just transition to a fossil fuel free future with good green jobs for all?! We do too!



We are creating art that will appear on Earth Day in a high visibility location to encourage and actively grow public demand for an equitable transition to a de-carbonized, climate resilient Sonoma County.

Here in Sonoma County,

We Are the Flooded. We Are the Drought-Stricken. We Are the Brokenhearted Sifting Through Ashes

We are farmers yielding fewer crops. We are the poisoned, whether we know it yet or not. We are the young struggling to breathe and the seniors with limited mobility. We are friends and family, co-workers and neighbors. We are indigenous. We are migrants. We are of all colors, ages, races, religions, genders, backgrounds and abilities who want to protect the people and places we love.

Together We Can Build Our Shared Future

We believe that a just, fossil free future is necessary, beautiful and inevitable. We believe it is up to the people to demand a livable better future from their leaders. We are members of the Sonoma County Arm in Arm hub. We aim to ignite a transnational era that ends the climate crisis by centering on racial and economic justice. Our primary focus is to create and participate in acts of nonviolent moral protest in order to help accelerate progress towards Sonoma County’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. We meet regularly in order to plan actions, recruit new members, and train ourselves and our community to take the steps to achieve climate justice. Please contact us for information about our current meeting schedule - https://act.arminarm4climate.org/groups/sonoma-county-arm-in-arm

Friday, March 12, 2021

Friday, April 24, 2020

Climate Change and the Future of Humanity | David Wallace-Wells

A short, very helpful video by David-Wallace who wrote a long, well-researched article in the New York Magazine a few years ago and then a book on why catastrophic climate change is an existential threat to humanity.

This short video is very useful to share with family, friends, coworkers, your community to get a conversation started.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus

If you represent an organization consider going to the link and signing this letter to Congress by Sunrise Movement.


5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus
The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from the federal government. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.

We, the undersigned organizations, call for COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to contribute to a just recovery by upholding these five principles:

(1) HEALTH IS THE TOP PRIORITY, FOR ALL PEOPLE, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS

We support the calls of community leaders, public health organizations, unions, and others for free and accessible testing, treatment, and protective equipment; expanded hospital capacity, including in rural areas, territories, and tribal lands; paid sick leave and paid family medical leave for all workers without exception; expanded federal funding for Medicaid; and full funding for Indian Health Service and urban Indian health centers. Critically, the government must ensure such health protections cover all people, including low-wage workers, health workers, independent contractors, family farmers, Black and Latinx communities, undocumented immigrants, Indigenous peoples, people who are incarcerated, people who are homeless or housing insecure, and others likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

(2) PROVIDE ECONOMIC RELIEF DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE

We support the urgent calls to expand the social safety net by broadening unemployment insurance, vastly increasing food aid programs, extending housing assistance, expanding childcare for working families, relieving student debt, and halting evictions, foreclosures, and shut offs of water and electricity. As with expanded public health measures, these economic measures must be implemented to ensure coverage of workers and communities likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. In addition, to counteract the economic downturn, the federal government should immediately direct sizable cash payments to every person. Larger payments should be made to lower-income workers and the poor, who are disproportionately exposed to both COVID-19 health risks and heightened job insecurity. These payments should be made swiftly and regularly throughout the duration of the economic recession.

(3) RESCUE WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES, NOT CORPORATE EXECUTIVES

Any financial assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to workers, not shareholders or corporate executives. Specifically, any federal loans must be used to maintain payroll and benefits, not executive bonuses or stock buybacks. In addition, such funds should come with pro-worker conditions, such as requiring worker representation on the company’s board of directors, company-wide enactment of a $15/hour or higher minimum wage, and compliance with high-road labor standards such as payment of prevailing wages, use of project-labor agreements, adoption of a neutrality policy with regard to union collective bargaining, and adoption of a “ban the box” hiring policy to ensure fair employment opportunities for all.

(4) MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT ON A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY, WHILE PREVENTING FUTURE CRISES

While we urgently need a large, short-term stimulus to protect the health and economic security of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that policymakers also plan for a large, medium-term stimulus to counteract the economic downturn and ensure a just recovery. This stimulus should create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with high-road labor standards; counter systemic inequities by directing investments to the working families, communities of color, and Indigenous communities who face the most economic insecurity; and tackle the climate crisis that is compounding threats to our economy and health. All three goals can be achieved simultaneously with public investments to rebuild our infrastructure, replace lead pipes, expand wind and solar power, build clean and affordable public transit, weatherize our buildings, build and repair public housing, manufacture more clean energy goods, restore our wetlands and forests, expand public services that support climate resilience, and support regenerative agriculture led by family farmers. Critically, stimulus packages should include conditions for industries to implement high-road labor standards, workforce development, and reductions in climate emissions and toxic pollution. The response to one existential crisis must not fuel another.

(5) PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WHILE PROTECTING EACH OTHER

People must not be forced to choose between exercising their rights as citizens and protecting public health. The federal government must support states, by providing funding and technical support wherever needed, to ensure that every American can vote safely in primary and general elections. Specific life-saving and democracy-defending measures include expanding vote by mail, online or automatic voter registration, among others. The 2020 Census must be fully supported and resourced to achieve an accurate and safe count under the new and evolving conditions. US Congress, state capitals and city halls should not shut down until they have amended rules to ensure continuity of governance in the case that in-person sessions are suspended.

test audio and video links

An audio file
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BelgEZELnM3hZxeZJsCGPdFOcXPNsiOx


A YouTube link for video which this will not be
https://youtu.be/GUpiU7P3fgM


An embedded YouTube  of video on blog or website

Inside Extinction Rebellion -- a KEO film

This is a 45 minute documentary history of the XR movement in UK up through the train stoppage action.  The video takes a strong editorial view on that last action thinking it a mistake.  I disagree with that judgement and have previously shown that even that action had the potential for building support and understanding of the movement.