Let the 99% Spring Bloom

Thought I would let you know, if you didn’t already, and ask you to spread the word, that there are trainings in nonviolent direct action all across America from today through Saturday. See the link below for times and places. There will be a number of actions taking place here in Santa Fe, around New Mexico and across the country shortly thereafter. For example,

April 22 is Earth Day. I haven’t heard of specific actions, but they may already be being planned.
April 28 is the March Against the War on Women, in every state capitol
May 1 is the Nationwide General Strike
May 5 is the 350.org action, Connecting the Dots

I have heard of plans to protest the media and corporations later on. We’re getting the ball rolling

The full training lasts 7 hours. (MoveOn is providing a 3 hour version in some places.) I took it a couple of weeks back, when being trained ro train others. It is informative and revelatory, especially for the historically well-behaved, like me. Participants will learn some of the history and effectiveness of nonviolent action, a bit about how our economy got into its current shape, and have opportunities to share and hear the stories of others who are adversely affected by the way things are.

One of the things I like about it is that it builds capacity in people without being prescriptive. There are 60 organizations involved, each with different, albeit overlapping, priorities. This is a truly collaborative effort, and each locale has the freedom and responsibility to use what they learn as they see fit. It is also designed to highlight the resources of those with a history of experience in direct action: there is no assumption that 99 Spring knows best, or that everyone is a beginner. They know that there are community resources ready to lead and educate; 99 Spring provides a context for that to begin.

Our situation is dire, as everyone knows, economically, socially, and environmentally. Let’s get this party started, shall we?

Info on 99% Spring: www.the99Spring.com
Training in Santa Fe: http://moveon.org/event/events/event.html?event_id=128899&id=

Thanks, neighbors. Remember: “People should not fear their governments; governments should fear their people.”

Bring Back Tarring and Feathering

A Look Fit for an Oil Company CEO

AGAIN? Another oil spill? This one’s in Brazil. And Obama is giving away leases to drill in the Gulf AND in Alaska?

Carlos Minc, the Rio de Janeiro state environment minister, said that Chevron, which is a partner with Petrobras on the well, likely faces fines of at least $5.5 million. [Can we replace that M with a B, please?]

‘We’re going to show this gang that they can’t come here and create whatever environmental mess they want,” Minc was quoted by the O Globo newspaper as saying in its Sunday edition. “I want to see the CEO of Chevron swim in that oil.”

And I want to sell advertising rights to a video of that swim on the Nature Channel.

On the other hand, wouldn’t this be the right time to bring back tarring and feathering? For humans, I mean. Not pelicans.

Oil? Nitrogen Fertilizer? Choose Your Poison.

Ahh, youth.

A lot of dolphins have been dying in the Gulf of Mexico.

Massive increase in dolphin deaths

Over 500 dolphins have washed up, dead, along the Gulf of Mexico since last year’s Deepwater Horizon cataclysm caused by BP. While scientists are not sure why so many dolphins have suddenly become prey, en masse, to an infection that has historically affected only a dolphin every now and then, inquiries are focusing on the effects of millions of gallons of crude oil that gushed into the Gulf last year before the well was mostly closed. One report says 580 dolphins have died, with newborns being most seriously affected.

They might also consider its effect in concert with the effects of the tons of nitrogen fertilizer that are washed down the Mississippi from farmlands every year, that have caused a huge dead zone (six to seven thousand square miles) in the Gulf that cannot support life. Obviously, this is not just a concern to environmentalists, but also to fishermen and women whose livelihoods depend on harvesting shrimp and other sea life.

Did I mention that BP was just given a new permit to drill in the Gulf? Yessirree.


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