Politics: Book of the Day
At the Tax March
Carolyn Shadle and Claire Richmond – center two ladies
Z Kripke (and her dog)
March For Science April 22, 2017
Science Trumps Ignorance
Carolyn Shadle (far left) and Claire Richmond (third from left)
EarthDay Fair, April 23, 2017
Carolyn Shadle volunteered
Carolyn Shadle volunteered
People’s Climate March April 29, 2017
Z. Kripke and the Casadys
Jerry W. (left) at the rally
the oceans are rising and so are we…
Clean, affordable water should not be a partisan issue.
Jim Evans, inspired by Daily Kos Briefing, writes,
“It’s my belief that the answer is not to privatize the infrastructure process, but to do it with public works govt. departments and pay for it by taxing those who can afford to pay for the rehab with a progressive tax formula, like we used to do.
As Professor Chalmers Johnson, wrote, ‘Great nations decline when their spending to maintain their empire exceeds their spending to maintain what gave them the ability to build their empire, namely their homefront infrastructure, especially their ability to educate their youth.’
The U.S. has been at this point since “W,” Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and others of their ilk, in 2003 started the U.S. on our current path to “Shock” and “Aw.” Of course, we were already on the path in 2003, but that administration gave it a huge butt kick with a giant kick in the rear.
The “Shock” is that our race to self-destruction hasn’t stopped, and the “Aw” is that we still have the time, and the ability to reverse it. The question is can we find the will to reverse it? Even so, it’s not too late.
Protect our Federal Land
Jim Evans writes, “Trump wants to rescind the 1906 Antiquities Act. He wants oil and coal companies to drill and mine on land set aside under this Act for us and our ancestors. Places like Monument Valley, and Escalante, and Bears Ears.
Trump calls our National Monuments a disgrace, and a grand theft of land from the American People. He says the land should really belong to Exxon, and Shell.
Teddy Roosevelt said that if we didn’t set aside land, it would be gone, and then you couldn’t get it back. TR must be sickened. I know I am.
I just gave some money to the Wilderness Society. They’re a good group. Please help them if you can.
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Weekly (Tuesday at noon) rallies at the Federal Building leaving messages for Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
On February 14 the San Diego City Council heard from citizens before their vote on the proposal to file an amicus brief in support of Washington State’s lawsuit against President Trump’s Muslim ban. 400+ citizens were present. Most speakers urged the Council to vote to support. In the end the Council voted 8-1 (with Scott Sherman the lone dissent) to support.
February 20 and 22 Rep. Scott Peters held Town Hall meetings which many of our members attended to show support for Representative Peters.
Scott Peters’ response to constituents reads:
“Loyalty to Country First – Truth- Opportunity – Respect – Kindness….I refuse to let President Trump’s mean-spirited words and unconstitutional actions like a Muslim ban and attacks on the free press become the new normal. I want you to know that I will continue fighting for you, and I hope I can count on your support as well….”
On February 21 Hundreds of people assembled at the Federal Building to support the Climate Mobilization Rally, organized by Nancy and Derek Casady. John Meyer and Megan Phelps opened the Rally with “God Bless America.” If you missed it, you can Read More here.
By Jim Evans, PhD, member of LJDC Executive Board
Today, the federal government controls roughly 640 M acres, or about 17% of the total US land mass of 3.8 B ac. including Alaska.
In this total are national parks, national monuments, national wilderness areas, national forests, national military land, and tracts of private land being studied for inclusion into one of the above.
Make no mistake, “they” are coming after this treasure. “They” see a national government controlled by Republicans as a golden opportunity to mine, drill, hunt, graze, and in many cases, gain title, to vast tracts of Public Land.
Who are “they?” Mostly, “they” are right wing conservatives who see the land owned and administered by the federal government as a land grab from the people. Instead of seeing the federal govt. as the agent charged with holding land in trust for the people, “they” see the federal govt. as perpetrating a giant theft from the people.
It’s a bizarre twist of the meaning of “trust,” and “people,” but it is our reality, and with the Trump Presidency, as with Climate Change, America may be at a tipping point regarding its Public Lands.
Indeed, the Trump presidency very likely will be the most dangerous time since the Harding/Coolidge presidencies in the 1920’s regarding the transference of Public Land to private ownership or private use.
The method by which this will happen is simple. Legislation will be passed to turn federal land over to the states.
What’s wrong with state control?
Nothing, so long as the state is controlled by state legislatures like Hawaii, the West Coast, the North East, and perhaps Colorado and New Mexico. But guess what states like Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, or North Carolina will do with their treasure of federal land? How do you spell “Drill, Baby, Drill.”
Just as “Charter Schools” and “School Choice” have become code words for defunding public education, and ultimately privatizing public schools, turning federal land over to the states is code for corporations and wealthy individuals gaining control over Public Land.
One of TRs greatest achievements is the 1906 American Antiquities Act. This act allows a president to declare a tract of land a National Monument without Congress approving it. And the good news is a subsequent president cannot reverse it.
You know where I’m going with this.
During his presidency, TR protected approximately 230 million acres of America.
In the last days of his Presidency. President Clinton used the Antiquities Act to declare southern Utah a National Monument.
What has President Obama done? Not much.
But there is still time.
So What Can You Do?
Call and write President Obama. Ask him to create National. Monuments under the American Antiquites Act before he leaves office.
Call and write as many environmental groups as you have time for.
Join as many environmental groups as you can afford.
Contribute as much money to these groups as you can afford.
Call and write as many U.S. Senators and Congressman as you have time for.
Call and write Congressman Ryan Zinke.
Congreman Zinke is Montana’s Congressman-at-Large. President elect Trump is nominating Ryan Zinke to be his Secretary of the Interior.
As Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke will be in charge of some 70,000 federal employees who oversee roughly 9.3% of the land mass in the US, or 340 M ac. Within the Interior Department, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the biggest land holder at 240 M ac. The bulk of this public land is in the West—from the Pacific Ocean including Alaska and Hawaii to the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
There may be no one better in the Trump orbit than Congressman Zinke for this position.
If there is such a thing as a good Republican in today’s America, Ryan Zinke is one. He’s a former grad student of mine at University of San Diego. He received a Master’s degree in our Global Leadership program. I was his adviser. This program is housed in the School of Business and runs parallel to the MBA program. I taught in both programs.
Ryan and I got to be pretty good friends. He’s a former SEAL, and at the time, was the Executive Officer of BUDS Training in Coronado. Ryan liked my approach to leadership ethics and hired me as a paid consultant to the SEAL program. My job was to set up a leadership program for SEAL Instructors.
Ryan also liked what I had to say about American political ideology and TR’s stance on the environment and conservation, especially TRs position on public lands. It turns out that Ryan’s idol is TR, especially the Environmentalist/Conservationist TR, the TR who felt so strongly about America’s land that he considered land to be a resource that needed protection and preservation.
TR worried that in the rush to develop the U.S., Americans could very well exhaust their abundance, and in effect, kill the goose. On this point, TR wrote:
“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.
In closing, as President, TR created the United States Forest Service (USFS) thereby establishing 150 national forests. During his Presidency, TR also created 51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 national monuments.
Since TR, America’s Public Lands have more than doubled. Let’s not give any of these lands up, especially to those who would despoil them.
A message from Executive Director,
Margaret Klein Salamon, climate psychologist
The Climate Mobilization is a new political organization, (founded in September 2014), powered by volunteers. Our mission is to save civilization and the natural world from catastrophic climate disruption. We are dedicated to living in climate truth, and believe that working to solve the climate crisis is everyone’s responsibility.
Dozens of leading environmental analysts have determined that the only way to save civilization from climate change is with a wartime-style mobilization, akin to the American home front effort during World War II. This stark appraisal lies at the heart of this project.
In that sense, The Climate Mobilization is a single-issue campaign. We demand a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate.
To this end, we offer all Americans the Pledge to Mobilize, a tool intended to help you intervene in collective denial and call forth the all-out emergency response needed to protect civilization and the natural world.
In 2013, I developed our basic strategic approach—the Pledge to Mobilize—with a growing network of allies. We developed the Pledge, built our website, and launched in September, 2014 at the People’s Climate March in New York City.
We work hard to enlist the considerable skills and dedication of Pledge-signers– or “Mobilizers” — in this effort. We offer recruitment materials, outreach training sessions, lively community discussion on Facebook and conference calls. We will introduce a formal public organizing campaign in coming months, as we continue to refine our social movement strategy.
The updated date for greeting President Obama’s motorcade is MONDAY, OCTOBER 24. at 7 AM – 12 PM
9600 La Jolla Shores Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
The President will drive by “sometime” in the morning so we’re starting at 7 am. You could probably arrive at 8 and maybe later but parking will be harder and at some point they’ll shut down roads for the motorcade. End time will depend on when the President arrives.
WHERE: We’ll meet on corner of Torrey Pines / La Jolla Shores / La Jolla Farms Rd where we’ll be visible and move closer to the fundraiser (9706 La Jolla Farms Rd.) closer to the Pres drive by time. Note: parking in that area is tricky. RSVP and we’ll send some info on parking, but basically, take public transit, carpool and the earlier the better .
We apologize for the incorrect information and understand if you need to update your RSVP. Email us if you need to let us know you cannot come. RSVP if you can come. Thanks!
Updated invite to share:
Join us this Monday, October 24, to greet President Obama’s motorcade with a large crowd in La Jolla (he’s here for a fundraiser).The President will drive by “sometime” in the morning so we’re starting at 7 am. You could probably arrive at 8 and maybe later but parking will be harder and at some point they’ll shut down roads for the motorcade.
We’ll call on him to put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline, prevent any new leases of federal land for oil, gas and coal extraction, and to use his last few months in office to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
We’ll stand on the corner of Torrey Pines Rd and La Jolla Shores Drive near the fundraiser to raise awareness as his motorcade goes by and hopefully get local media. We’ll move closer to the fundraiser as the President approaches.
Please bring a sign (we’ll have some, but more helpful)