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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, October 14, 2019

4 Ways to End Climate Chaos




Election Protection, No Nukes, Defund the Military, Kill King CONG

By Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News
 
The Greta/AOC generation is marching for our place on this planet.

We can all turn off lights, get off plastic, go vegan, ride bikes, sail the Atlantic, demand eco-straws, solarize our homes.

But four gorillas block our way to survival. They demand a next step of mass action far beyond anything we can do as individuals:

1) ELECTION PROTECTION: Big corporations have stolen our democracy. When Jeb Bush ripped Florida 2000 for brother W, the corporate Democrats did nothing but rant at Ralph Nader. But Jeb was ALWAYS going to get George exactly the votes he needed. Trumputin did it in 2016. In 2020, stripped voter rolls and flipped vote counts could again steal the Electoral College. Our Mother Earth DEMANDS universal hand-counted paper ballots, easy and open registration, fair access to the polls, and much more. This year Al Gore should shift his climate organizing to election protection – and do it with Ralph.

2) NO NUKES: Reactors are killing us all. They (430 worldwide, 96 in the US) spew heat, radiation and carbon. Chernobyl killed more than a million people and cost more than a trillion dollars. Fukushima is poisoning the Pacific. More will explode. Radwaste is out of control. Fantasy designs (thorium, fusion, etc.) are absurd. All existing reactors can be replaced with cheaper, cleaner, safer, more reliable, and more job-producing solar, wind, batteries and LED/efficiency. DO IT NOW!! Before the next one blows!

3) MILITARY MADNESS: America’s imperial military (Earth’s worst polluter) wastes trillions. We need our soldiers here installing wind turbines, solar panels, batteries, efficiency/LED lighting, planting trees and hemp. The trillions wasted on worthless weapons (War is a racket!) must instead ride us to Solartopia.

4) KILL KING CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas): WE need to own and run the fossil-nuke corporations. The “free market” is a myth. A handful of billionaires suck up our cash. Why do we bail them out while they kill us and our planet?
Corporations are not human. They care about nothing except money. We need to control, own and reshape these industrial death machines.
We need to tax heat, carbon and radiation. Plant a trillion trees and an ocean of hemp. Fund Solartopia with the military budget. Own/control these “too-big-to-fail/kill-us-all ” corporations. 
NOW! 

~ Harvey Wasserman's The People's Spiral of US History: From Deganawidah to Solartopia will be out October 1 at http://www.solartopia.org. Harvey hosts California Solartopia at KPFK/Pacifica 90.7 fm, Los Angeles, and Green Power & Wellness at prn.fm.

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