Originally published at Popular Resistance by Ben Manski and Jill Stein (posted here with a special note from the authors).
The world’s capitals will not end the old economy or deliver the new one. We can’t wait any longer because every day of waiting reduces our window for action. We need not wait because we already hold the knowledge needed for creating the new economy. And because a global climate strike can stop the machine responsible for creating the climate crisis, the most powerful person may be you.
We are writing to you as a key organizer in the movement for ___ [climate, labor, education, food etc.] justice. We are reaching out as members of networks helping to build collaboration across grassroots justice movements (the Alliance for Global Justice, the Global Climate Convergence, the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, the Organic Consumers Association and more). We invite you to join a growing cross-border initiative on behalf of democracy, justice, peace and Mother Earth.
A People’s Climate Strike is being planned – to bring the engines of economic and ecological destruction to a grinding halt, demonstrate our growing power, and promote community-controlled, just, and green alternatives. It will take place in cities and villages across the globe in solidarity with the Paris protests against the final UN Climate Summit sell out this December, 2015.
Check out these links to videos of the NYC Climate Convergence September 19 – 20 & some coverage of artful activism at the People’s Climate March. Videos include Naomi Kline, Ann Petermann, Immortal Technique, Oscar Olivera, Jill Stein, Jacqueline Patterson, Erica Violet Lee, Chris Williams, Josephine Mandamin, Desmond D’Sa, Tom Goldtooth, Nastaran Mohit, Olga Bautista, Art Shegonee, Climate Chorus, Bread and Puppet Theatre & more! Thank you to Struggle Video Media for the extensive coverage.
Show your commitment to racial justice and support the #BlackLivesMatter movement by participating in actions, marches, events and activities in your local community commemorating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only advocated for nonviolent protest and action, but he believed in the need for total system change in order for us to live together peacefully. The GCC knows another world is possible, and we stand together in the spirit of Dr. King and all of the people of the world calling for an end to economic violence against our earth, police and military violence damaging our communities, and the racial violence and injustice plaguing our justice system.
The passing of Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a victory for global corporate rule and under the guise of “free-trade” has serious and disastrous consequences for people, planet and peace. We know that the TPP threatens to affect the environment and accelerate global warming through increased air and ocean transport as well as an increase in dirty energy production and export. The TPP would also have a negative impact on public health by decreasing access to cost-saving generic medications.
Although Fast Track and the TPP were delayed last year, a new bill could be introduced at any time and with the new Congress, the risk of passage is greater than ever. We must send a clear message that the pressure will remain on lawmakers until Fast Track and the TPP are defeated!
The Global Climate Convergence is happy to announce that we have been accepted as an official member of the National Planning Committee for the US Social Forum (USSF). The USSF is taking place in three different locations this year: Philadelphia, Jackson and San Jose.
The present day Movement for Black Lives draws a direct line from the legacy of Dr. King and the current day struggle we face today. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s legacy has been clouded by efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize it. Impulses to remove Dr. King from the movement that elevated him must end. We resist efforts to reduce a long history marred with the blood of countless members of our community into iconic images of men in suits behind pulpits.
From here on, MLK weekend will be known as a time of national resistance to injustice. This MLK weekend we will walk in the legacy of Dr. King and the movement that raised him. This January we will #ReclaimMLK
We are happy to report that Global Climate Convergence organizers Jill Stein and Roshan Bliss have just returned from Lima, Peru where they took part in the Alliance for Global Justice’s climate delegation as well as the locally organized People’s Summit.
Both events were organized to protest the ineffectiveness of the U.N. climate meeting (known as the COP 20) taking place in Lima. They were also designed to provide international forums to discuss the people-powered and democracy based solutions we need to the truly solve the climate emergency.
Long before Wednesday’s ban on fracking by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, small towns in New York state were fighting for their rights to ban fracking no matter what the state wanted. Last summer, the towns — located in counties with the best shale gas prospects — won an important victory in the state’s highest court. On Wednesday, the New York health commissioner said the health risks of drilling outweighed the benefits of tapping the rich shale reserves. As we originally explored this year in early July, here’s the story of the small towns that helped lay the political groundwork for that conclusion.
Prensa Cumbre, 11 de diciembre, 2014.- Esta tarde la Comisión Política de la Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climàtico entregó al ministro del Ambiente y presidente de la COP 20, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, la Declaración de Lima. El documento sintetiza las demandas de una diversidad de organizaciones, movimientos, colectivos sociales, sindicales, de mujeres, campesinos, indígenas, juveniles, entre otros, peruanos e internacionales, sobre la responsabilidad del actual sistema en el cambio climático.