Our planet is becoming a perilous environment for humans and other living things. It is becoming toxic. Our air, water, land, food, and animals are being contaminated daily: toxic water from fracking, overflowing landfills, the destruction of the earth through coal removal and processing, depleted topsoil through monoculture crops, methane about to be released from the thawing of the permafrost in the Arctic, overfishing of our oceans, GMOs in our food, bees dying from pesticide use. The list goes on. Most urgent is global climate change caused by our use of fossil fuels.
We must change our economy and our culture. We must disengage from the current economic model which requires constant growth and which stimulates artificial “needs” while not fulfilling genuine human needs. We must move away from our consumerism and materialism. We must stop rewarding greed and extraction.
We must build community by doing such things as encouraging local self-reliance in food production.read more
Share thisThe American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) had its 40th anniversary meeting in Chicago, Illinois, at the posh Palmer House (a Hilton Hotel) from August 7-9. ALEC claims that 1,200 people attended its meeting this year; the conventioneers included state legislators, corporate lobbyists, and right-wing operatives. ALEC was greeted by more than twice as many protestors, who came out to speak out against ALEC’s regressive policies. Whether they came to protest ALEC’s wage suppression agenda or its bills to voucherize public education or ALEC’s deadly legacy of “Stand Your Ground” gun laws, protesters carried the message “Stand Up to ALEC.”Here are some of the best images from ALEC’s annual meeting, which may not make the official ALEC photo album.Protestors drop three banners inside the Palmer House Hilton (Source: US Uncut)
As corporate lobbyists and legislators were arriving, the Illinois Moral Monday Coalition made good use of the stunning background of the Palmer House lobby to drop simultaneously several anti-ALEC banners from the balconies. Six of the dozens of participants were arrested for their acts of civil disobedience in speaking out about ALEC.
Some of the banners read: “ALEC Makes For-Profit Prisons,” “Moral Monday: No To ALEC,” and “ALEC Attacks All Workers.” The Chicago Moral Monday Coalition partners include: local clergy and laypeople, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), National Nurses United (NNU), US Uncut, Chicago Youth Climate Coalition, Chicago Fracking Working Group, Communities United Against Foreclosures and Evictions, Young People’s Assembly on Violence and Youth Services Project, Southside Together Organizing for Power.read more
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice will rally in opposition to a US military strike against Syria on Thursday, September 12th from 4:30 PM till 5:30 PM in front of the new Walmart at 1100 S. Randall Road in Elgin. That’s a block South of Bowes Road on the West side of Randall.
We chose that site for maximum visibility and that time for the maximum flow of traffic along Randall.
Please let us know if you are coming by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to know that we will have at least the minimum number of people necessary to make a credible statement of opposition.read more
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