Good morning TPW’ers! I’m trying to spread stuff out a little bit so will be putting the Bernie news in its own thread when time allows, as well as separating out some of the other bigger news items and then putting everything else here.
Kicking off a week of actions targeting the institutions financing the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) tar sands pipelines, activists on Saturday protested at banks in 25 cities to shine a spotlight on the roll they are having on climate destruction.
“It’s back—and so are we,” reads the call to action. After fierce nationwide opposition forced the Obama administration to halt the project, President Donald Trump has given it the green light and the climate movement has vowed to fight it once again.
The peaceful demonstrations are “designed to shine a spotlight on the the four key financial institutions bankrolling the KXL pipeline— Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and TD Bank—and pressure them and the broader financial community to pull out and ‘defund’ the project,” said the Rainforest Action Network, which is organizing the week of protest.
In addition to demonstrating outside banks, activists across the country are also planning a banner drop in Los Angeles and a protest targeting local government in San Franciscothroughout the week of action, which will culminate on Earth Day. Find an action near you here.
I mean, amazing. pic.twitter.com/wmmCmUCDT6 — Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 28, 2017 I just had to share that tweet with Bernie verily amused! 😀 Also this tweet is also Bernielicious: This speech is crashing our servers right now https://t.co/IzUvVw6lDb — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 28, 2017 Did my heart good it did. READ IN FULL: Bernie Sanders’ Speech on Israel, Trump and anti-Semitism at J Street Conference Thank you for inviting me to address you here today. It’s a pleasure to be here with J Street, which has been such a strong voice for saner, more progressive foreign policy ideas. And I … Continue reading →
Headed out to #NoDAPL Day Of Action event? Not able to go to an event but want to get a look at things from the people on the ground? Here are some pretty damn amazing grassroots inspired songs in support of the Water Protectors to pump you up, to pass around, and overall… to just make your day better. Genres may vary.
Starting things off with one video here, and the rest will be in the comments.
Are you on Twitter? The NoDAPL Water Protectors are asking for help to create a Twitter Storm climaxing during the debate, asking why they are not talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the need to protect our water. Here’s the text of their request on Facebook, from Noelle Garcia. She explains what a Twitter storm is, why they want to create it, and what to include in your Tweet (including samples of what to say): noelle garcia to International Days of Prayer and Action with Standing Rock The American Indian Center of Chicago is asking people to share plans to start … Continue reading →
It looks like corporatists all around in CA. No wonder CA is slowly moving backwards. HALL OF SHAME – 16 Democratic Legislators in progressive Districts voting as Republicans – voting so bad they got F’s The Hall of Shame includes the state legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit Californians. To make the list, a legislator needs to have a Courage Score of 59 or lower — resulting in a grade of “ F ” — and represent a district which clearly supports more progressive policies than the legislator. … Continue reading →
Roots Action, which, as you may know, was founded by anti war activists David Swanson and Norman Soloman and journalist Jeff Cohen has an important petition on the rootsaction.org web site to the Secretary of the Army against punishing Chelsea Manning with solitary confinement for her own recent suicide attempt: http://rootsaction.org/featured-actions/1249-urgent-chelsea-manning-is-being-charged-for-her-own-suicide-attempt Chelsea, as you may know, as an act of conscience, leaked info about the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan as well other classified info listed at the bottom of her Wikipedia page to inform us what was being done in our name with our tax dollars and … Continue reading →
This was emailed to persons on the email list yesterday afternoon: Political pundits and the billionaire class are watching very closely to see what Bernie supporters do next. Some of them might be tempted to believe our political revolution is toast. They want our extraordinary phone banking, door knocking, and grassroots organizing efforts to stop. They want us to get discouraged. They want to vanquish our movement once and for all. We aren’t going to let that happen. That’s why, on the evening of August 24, we will kick off a new organization called Our Revolution with a major live … Continue reading →
OvershootDay.Org On August 8, 2016, we will have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. From Gawker: Today is Earth Overshoot Day—the day when humanity has consumed more natural resources than the planet is able to generate in a single calendar year. Disturbingly, this date is happening earlier with each passing year. According to the Global Footprint Network, an international think tank concerned with environmental sustainability, … Continue reading →
Lambert Strether over at Naked Capitalism has an idea for keeping the pressure on the House of Representatives regarding the TTP. It’s a two part strategy: “The key [to preventing TPP from coming to a vote in the lame duck] is to get House Democrats on record before the election as opposing TPP, and then getting them to lobby the 28 Democrats who supported the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to oppose a vote after the election. These 28 are: Terri Sewell (AL-07); Susan Davis (CA-53); Sam Farr (CA-20); Jim Costa (CA-16); Ami Bera (CA-07); Scott Peters (CA-52); Jared … Continue reading →
This is a long list folks…click on the events to go too an event’s homepage for more info: Events OFFICIAL SCHEDULE speakers, rally / marches MAJOR EVENTS NOTE: The City of Philadelphia has informally told us that camping will be “tolerated” around the city, including in FDR Park at night. Please fold/pack up your tents during the day – it will be crazy full with activities at FDR Park. Bernie delgates – need help/donations. Donations – for Bernie DNC delegates Philly.FYI had an amazing man donate large-scale stage/equipment. Come help organize this production. All day, Sat/Sun – FDR Park, Zone … Continue reading →
There’s a petition below asking members of Congress to sign a bipartisan bill to reinstate a 21st Century Glass Steagall Act. Americans for Financial Reform is an research/advocacy group of progressive organizations that are in solidarity with financial reform. The quality of this organization is exemplified, IMO, by the fact that Alexis Goldstein is a senior researcher for this organization. As you may remember, she was interviewed several times by Chris Hayes on MSNBC during the Occupy sit ins. I think she mentioned in one of those interviews that she had worked on Wall Street and that experience, intelligence and dedication … Continue reading →
Jul 21, 2016 — Over 135,000 people have come together to call for dedicated resources to develop computer science education in classrooms throughout the country. That’s great! Lend your voice and tell Congress why Computer Science is important to you: http://www.csecoalition.org/takeaction Last week, Congress Members gathered to discuss changes to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Bill. While the committee did not pass targeted funding for K-12 computer science education, a bipartisan group of Congressional members reaffirmed the need for computer science education. At the state level, governors across the US have been vocal in their support for … Continue reading →
From Cleveland.Com Times are hard, but I’ve never been more fired up to fight for the dreams of average people. I have seen firsthand what can happen when ordinary people take a stand for fairness and inclusion and against hate and division. Last week’s shocking wave of violence reminded me of the challenges our nation continues to face. As the mother of an African-American police officer, the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five Dallas police officers struck me at the core of my soul. Any one of those young men could have been my son. In … Continue reading →
I imagine many of you are on this mailing list already, but incase you are not: Nina Turner is one of the most powerful voices in the progressive movement. A former Ohio State Senator, in 2014 she ran for Secretary of State with DFA’s strong support to reverse the attack on Ohio’s voting rights. Recently, she’s become a prominent spokesperson for Bernie Sanders. Nina is also a national leader in the fight to build a more reflective democracy based in economic and racial justice. Read on to see Nina draw attention to two very important campaigns involving voting rights and … Continue reading →