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We have only 12 years: U.N. 2018 Special Report on Global Warming
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“The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.” 

 

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, approved by governments

 

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 – Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

“With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The report’s full name is Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

“One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2°C.

“Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems,” said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds, added Pörtner. The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5°C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be. “The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I.

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.

“Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or ‘overshoot’ 1.5°C would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove CO2 from the air to return global temperature to below 1.5°C by 2100. The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” said Priyardarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future, said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II.

“This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people’s needs. The next few years are probably the most important in our history,” she said.

The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options.

The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change.

The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”

As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. The IPCC accepted the invitation, adding that the Special Report would look at these issues in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

Global Warming of 1.5°C is the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use.

The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents the key findings of the Special Report, based on the assessment of the available scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to global warming of 1.5°C.

The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) is available at https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15 or www.ipcc.ch.

Key statistics of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

91 authors from 44 citizenships and 40 countries of residence
– 14 Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs)
– 60 Lead authors (LAs)
– 17 Review Editors (REs)

133 Contributing authors (CAs)
Over 6,000 cited references
A total of 42,001 expert and government review comments
(First Order Draft 12,895; Second Order Draft 25,476; Final Government Draft: 3,630)

For more information, contact:
IPCC Press Office, Email: ipcc-media@wmo.int
Werani Zabula +41 79 108 3157 or Nina Peeva +41 79 516 7068

Notes for editorsThe Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, known as SR15, is being prepared in response to an invitation from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015, when they reached the Paris Agreement, and will inform the Talanoa Dialogue at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24). The Talanoa Dialogue will take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions. Details of the report, including the approved outline, can be found on the report page. The report was prepared under the joint scientific leadership of all three IPCC Working Groups, with support from the Working Group I Technical Support Unit.

What is the IPCC?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states.

IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency.

The IPCC assesses the thousands of scientific papers published each year to tell policymakers what we know and don’t know about the risks related to climate change. The IPCC identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community, where there are differences of opinion, and where further research is needed. It does not conduct its own research.

To produce its reports, the IPCC mobilizes hundreds of scientists. These scientists and officials are drawn from diverse backgrounds. Only a dozen permanent staff work in the IPCC’s Secretariat.

The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also has a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops methodologies for measuring emissions and removals.

IPCC Assessment Reports consist of contributions from each of the three working groups and a Synthesis Report. Special Reports undertake an assessment of cross-disciplinary issues that span more than one working group and are shorter and more focused than the main assessments.

Sixth Assessment Cycle
At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At its 42nd Session in October 2015 it elected a new Bureau that would oversee the work on this report and Special Reports to be produced in the assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6.

The Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will be delivered in 2019. Besides Global Warming of 1.5°C, the IPCC will finalize two further special reports in 2019: the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The AR6 Synthesis Report will be finalized in the first half of 2022, following the three working group contributions to AR6 in 2021.

For more information, including links to the IPCC reports, go to: www.ipcc.ch

draft. 2020 vision, change the world leaflet, full spectrum cooperation.

The Peace Table, Megiddo Peace Project

an open letter by Odile Hugonot Haber and  Alan Haber

Dear Friends in the Peace movements

This introduction letter is an invitation into a hopeful peace initiative  long percolating… The action begins circulating a one page,”change the world,” leaflet  (draft.3 at the end.)

The intent is a 2 year strategic plan to identify “the war system” as a “system,” and to introduce into politics a high-drama of the “people of the world” calling the “powers that be,” the war powers, to the table to negotiate peace, “a new social-political-economic contract” ending the war system.

Naming the System is a beginning

In 1965, at the first US national demonstration against the Vietnam war, organized by the Students for a Democratic Society, our keynote talk challenged that we “name the system.”

In the 1980’s, peace activists working the United States suffered “solidarity whip-lash” shifting from calls for help from El Salvador, South Africa, Nicaragua, while it was clear the same system and dynamics underlay all these wars.

Naming the system… remains a challenge,  capitalism? patriarchy? corporatism? neo-liberalism? imperialism? empire? military-industrial-complex? what?

This initiative urges that we roll these all into one and call it what, in effect,  it is: a “war system.” and to demand it be ended.

The war system  […another telling of the sorry story.  skip ahead if need be] The people of the world have suffered under the war system for at least the last 5000 years.  The boundaries of our countries are drawn in blood and the agonies of soldiers contending in violence, and of the innocents swept in its tides.

History, (his story,) is often taught pre-war, post-war, between the wars, cold war…the war of roses and a hundred years.   Entertainments tell its glories and horrors, Wall Street records its profits.

States are defined by Constitutions and Laws often imposed by violence and sustained by pacifications of uprisings and the umbrellas of “protection” like old feudal barons lording it over vassals and serfs.

A culture of war has permeated all aspects of our common life.

 

The War System  is a system of power based on domination, hierarchy, command, imposition, impunity, and ultimately violence to keep in power those who often got into power by those means, including aggression, corruption, deceit, bullying, and manipulations of democracy and fear..

The war system exists in a concurrent consensus among the powerful on the divisions of resources,  terms of trade and alliances to keep things relatively stable,… until there is a rift in the fabric and arms are called to re-establish order.

The war system is a siphon that sucks money and wealth and the fruit of labor from the poor and the working many to the coffers of the gun makers, financiers  and politicians who profit from the mayhem.

The war system is hot now in 40 plus  places on this planet., and simmering in many more. creating sufferings beyond measure.  Nations have bonded into huge coalitions and are making war in some of the poorest nations like Yemen.

So it has been, beyond memory. People endure, persevere  People resist, organize, protest all over the world, on a thousand and ten thousand local fronts…advances are made, humanity keeps hope alive.

However,  even in our victories the war system has maintained itself and two looming realities send alarms that make perseverance and steadfastness not enough.

 

First: Alarm  The destructive capacity of the weapons of war and the instability of power, and people in power, pressed by distress everywhere, make urgent a reversal of increasing militarization… and a ban against the  bomb and weapons of mass destruction.

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And Second Alarm, The planetary climate change consequences of human activity, threatening the life system as a whole, require economic and political shifts in policies and cooperation hardly conceivable in the world of war, with the war system itself contributing mightily to the fossil fuel dependence and pollution.

The peace movements are rising, reasons for hope.   Often our movements have been  separated and siloed in different specialties, localities and vocabularies…(and ideologies, identities  and egos, too.) No longer need it be so,

The basis of unity in the Call of Life for Peace is far deeper than the particulars of difference, and cooperation is a way differences are resolved.

 

First, the movements  for peace and justice and freedom and liberation have never been more diverse, extensive, stronger, active.  Every identity has become more conscious of itself and its history and dignity. Increasingly, every facet of repression and oppression is resisted and challenged. People inspire one another across boundaries. Incredible work has already been done.

Second, the capacity for communication with the world wide web, internet and social media allows a degree of cooperation, information sharing and thinking and planning together, never possible before.

Third, this is a new time in the whole human story.  Now, for the first time since humans first came out of Africa and populated the world, or however it happened, for the first time since the old book said, “the sins and iniquities of the fathers are on to the 3rd and 4th generation,”  that there are actually 3 and 4 generations active and conscious and trying to figure out our human predicament and to extricate ourselves from the consequences of the actions of the past generations which we have inherited. The opportunity for four intergeneration thinking might point a strategic path that does not reproduce the problems that got humanity to this mess in the first place.

Fourth, there is a new generation of courage and honesty, individuals who have it together and speak authentic truth… and challenge power right in its face, and have compassion and understanding too.  Women and those schooled in the worlds of oppression and carriers of the ancient wisdoms are in new prominence.

Fifth, there are the continuing movements of consciousness and spirit and human potential, general systems thinking, trauma recovery and healing, and permaculture that allow a wider global life system perspective in political work.

Six,   almost everyone, in every country feels an apprehension…people are alert.  not yet enough, but more than ever, restless, like animals before a storm, possibly receptive.

And Seventh: a viable alternative exists.  A set of policies and best practices that could set in motion a transition out of the economy and culture of war, into a culture of peace and non-violence, reproachement and a wider justice and freer life for all.

And Eight, war is not anywhere necessary. It is not good for children and other living things. Everyone could be better off if the whole enterprise were closed down, money reallocated, swords beaten into plowshares,  and people set to doing better things for human needs. Past belligerents can agree on mutual recognition.

So, given the necessity imposed by the First and Second Alarm, , and the strengths and potentialities suggested by 1 through 8, what can be done….

 

System change

Challenge the war system as a system.

How?

every way we have, and are doing

and adding one new way: provide the warriors an exit option, and the people a way of participating.

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Stage, choreograph and act out a mythic meta-drama of the “people of the world” challenging the “old powers that have been,” to give up their wars, put down their guns,  to let their hearts be touched, and turned, and come to the table to talk…to face the people of the world

Every person, every human in the world, to the extent we can,  is invited to the peace table, to become a living character in this drama, a passion play for our time, to put their voice in the “one human voice”…(or taking on  the voice of the masters of war and makers of the big guns,) …or to be spectators, … or perhaps members of a chorus of lamentation, or silent.

On the everyday level of organization actions and missions, everyone keeps doing what we do, …forward on all fronts. Resisting  and proposing. Advancing coordinated direct action demonstrations and non-violent civil disobedience. Struggling for the commons and democratic space.

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On the meta level of system change: First, create an open public process to invite the self expression of the “one human voice,” and, then, compose out of the particulars of response, a draft of a “new social-political-economic contract,” for after the wars, and for the transition time to after the wars,  that the “people of the world” call the “powers that have been” to the table negotiate…. and to agree..

Make it “News” and loud by the 2020 political campaigns, in America, and all over the world, wherever there are elections..

Challenge in the United States the wars powers long announced plan of “full spectrum dominance” with the people power plan of “full spectrum cooperation,”  beginning now with cooperation among peace organizations in sharing in “crowdsourcing” the peoples’ voice, and in composing a document —and video and song and whatever in its expression.

Create a bank of win-win solutions that have occured. Problems versus solutions so all could access possibilities that have worked and won the day lessening dispute or wars, that help also to create long term decisions.

“Time Line”    2 year plan

  1.    Now through Peace  Day, 2018:

>send out draft “leaflet” and introductory letter for responses. and rework for better                   expression, WILPF, WBW, others 2 questions:

What would help make peace in the world where you live, from what you know?            Who are the people and powers you are up against?

>invite a “reception committee” to design a way of receiving, organizing and sharing responses

>invite a “software committee” to help

  1.    September 2018 through February, Presidents Day, 2019

>open Megiddo web site portal as initial reception point of responses

>seek co-initiators, and proliferators and pollinators

>begin general distribution, promotion of the initiative,

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Meeting in the Fall: Nuclear Accountability Boulder meeting

World Beyond War Toronto meetings

Women’s March  Washington

Armistice Day veterans rallies Washington  November 9-11

1400 organizations in Housemans World Peace Directory

others

 

  1. Presidents Day 2019 through Summer 2019

> reception committee continues to receive and organize responses

> invite a “presentation committee” to undertake reading, synthesis,   writing and other expressions to present the Demand

 

 considering:

207 country codes, and “world citizens”

40 war zones and displaced persons, and people without documents

recurrent questions: land, water, security, privilege, power,

care of life system, traditional enemities and historic memories

whole system elements: justice, governance, infrastructure,  economics environment,          science, education, media, health, relations, spirituality, arts

“revolution of values:”   racism, materialism, militarism  nationalism

questions of morals, bigotry, greed, brutality, arrogance…

what peace looks like …actual on the ground projects and pieces of the peace,

next system economic transition policies

gender and transgender perspectives

4 generational perspectives,  young and youth, and old and elder,  and two generations between.

 

  1. Peace Week 2019  Sundays September 15 to 22.  International Day of Peace Saturday September 21. Peoples of the World Convocation.

To receive and discuss the work of the “presentation committee.”   emulating the aspirations of the 1999 Hague Appeal for Peace, plus 20, and the First Hague conference, 1899 plus 120…

Invent a beautiful way of doing it, with music art and ideas, broadcast  everywhere

An inclusive peace circle with its center everywhere and circumference surrounding, embracing the whole world

>invite a “convocation planning consortium,” all organizations that want  to cooperate

>choose a central meeting site, or multiple inter-connected sites

>create a computer world wide web interconnect design so any one or group at any    peace table in the world can have a presence in the world convocation

>present “the Presentation,” seek consensus and identify continuing questions

>issue the Demand.

> Address  the Powers that have been, the Masters of War: those identified as the ones we are up against.

End of the War System, your part a the whole system.

put down the guns, come to the people’s peace table to talk. consider to accept a “new social-political contract,” articulated in minute particular at this convocation,  a better system, where everyone wins: “full spectrum cooperation.” partnership, generosity, caring, sharing, healing, helping, truth and reconciliation, demanding all governments become “governments for peace.”

In the United States, for instance, formulate a 4 year economic, political  diplomatic transition program to demobilize the military industrial complex and convert to the peace system and an alternative global security system.

  1. Peace Week 2019 to Election Days 2020, November 3, 2020 in the United States

> introduce the peace demand in political debates,

> challenge all political candidates to read and endorse the Demand and the “new social-political-economic contract.” …Press National House  and Senate candidates, State and Local candidates, and especially those contending for the Presidency

> challenge the Democratic and Republican Conventions  Seek to introduce and end the war system platform Summer 2020

> consider options for independent political action

  1.  after the elections 2020:

> re-evaluate

>press the 4 year plan on congress

>prepare for 2022 and 2024.

To the End Game

A conscious social political evolution can happen.

Awakening is possible, especially when  alarms are sounded

People can choose to change old habits, especially when help is at hand

Learned behaviors and beliefs can be unlearned, especially when  teachers are at hand

 

It is also true, not to be denied, as one woman said:

“nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom

by appealing to the moral sense, of the people, who were oppressing them”

 

Yet  ending the war system, creating a world beyond war is changing history, and changing the world as it has been since before memory.

 

One human voice speaking truth to power  Circulating this leaflet, asking people to respond and to pass it on, listening, working to synthesize one human voice of the many, …the actions here…undertakes to create an articulated public voice of the ”people of the world”, speaking directly to the powers of war and politics, demanding they come to the table to talk, demand they consider “transformational surrender,” going through the eye of the needle, accepting a new social-political-economic contract, ending the whole war system and beginning the next age of humanity, after the wars, becoming heros for the future..

Asking them to change…each of them, .  identified by the people who respond to the question, “who are the people and powers you are  up against?” Personalize the system, by names and deeds, named by the people on whose neck is their war system foot.

 

It is an appeal to the heart, and reason, and care for the children, their own, and grandchildren, and the next generations, and for the polar bears too.

Look for splinterings in the ruling class concurrent consensus that keeps the war system in place.

The Demand, distilled out of all the”Reception Committee” was able to receive, is intended to be policy specific, —local, state, national, regional, global — with  links to sources, for peace in the world and in all and each of the wars now hot and simmering. “What is needed for peace where you are?” our first basic question.

“The Presentation” will likely be in many media forms…more than words.  The words though are important, hoped to be beautifully said, clear and in big print, explicite about the minute particulars, in multiple languages. Other forms of presentation may be videos, songs, dances, tweets, who knows how the people of the world, if asked, would express it themself.

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20/20 clear vision : full spectrum cooperation. End the war system.

In the political campaigns of 2020, the universal inclusive demand can be put to every politician in the political process, country by country, reinforcing itself across borders—changing the terms of debate globally, and helping all of us better work together.

And ideally, too,  it will help stir an increasing awakening, and a way for people, wherever they are, to participate in a conscious social evolution.., to be characters in the drama.

This initiative projects  a two year process, also ideally, that we become more the “we” that we can be, a big us…world wide…collaborating in both  intentional action, and in a big hug, of mutual recognition around the world, across boundaries of class and race and gender and age and organization and religion… to a common purpose, broad enough to embrace all our purposes.

In this effort toward full spectrum cooperation, no organization loses its autonomy or independence in what it does.

Each “co-initiator organization”  keeps connection with the responses that come through its portal to the “reception committee”   All organizations can spread the initiative invitation leaflet in their own outreach and program efforts

This work is also hoped to increase our knowledge of one another and opportunities to cooperate.

 

>a “collaboration consortium” of participating organizations will figure out how to proceed as we go along to the Peace Table

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The Megiddo Peace Project,  the organizing “lets do it,” of this initiative, has, since its inception in 1986,  focused on “the peace table.” Peace requires a meeting, (or many, but one to seal it,) and a meeting requires a table, and peace requires putting down the gun and coming to the table to talk, and people have to agree on the shape of the table at which to sit and see eye to eye.  The project began with a physical table, family size, designed to be receptive to all outstanding questions, –artistically representing the coming together of the 4 corners of the square of our earthly dilemmas, rising through the eye of the needle transformed to support the circle of community— and it was given to the movement to do with what we can.   Tel Megiddo is an archeological site in the Holy Lands, the foretold place of “Armageddon” the bloody war at the “end of days”… which it is our purpose to preempt and prevent and transform. and make peace instead.

We are long time activists, Odile Hugonot Haber, a nurse, and Alan Haber a woodworker,  We call this effort an “initiative” because without our initiative it would not have been talked out, presented at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) international congress in Ghana, and now in our world of friends and colleagues in the movements… and to you.

We hope  what we do produces a positive response and generates the momentum and spread necessary for success.

Scale of this ,endeavor:

There are 7 billion people in the world and almost all of them would include their voice for peace in the one human voice, if they heard they were asked. In the short run this would overload any capacity to receive the responses.

So practically speaking, how many people responding are enough?

As many as we get is the best we can do. Looked at another way,  a psychologist of visual perception told me, there were 1.2 million neural fibers in the optic nerve, carrying information about what is out there to what is seen in the mind, giving the clarity of the human eye.

If we could among us receive 1.2 million inputs, and integrate them, we could perhaps see together. adequately enough to approach  true human vision. …of the one human family.

>We invite information engineers to join the “software committee” to help design a receiver, adequate to receive a wider world web of inputs.

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money:

Run the whole project on voluntary donations of work, love and knowledge.

Money needed for postage and printing

Money needed for the Peace Week meeting 2019

Each committee and consortium would develop its own budget and fundraising plan

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REPLY: Megiddo Peace Project  megiddo@umich.edu  PO Box 7213, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48107, usa

(  ) I am interested

real name, email address,  country code, age, gender and other self identification.

 

my answer to the questions, now (  ) or ( ) later

  1. what would help make peace in the world, and my life where I live, from what I know?
  2. who are the people and powers you are up against?

 

I am willing to help

(  ) Software Committee: help design reception portals, ways to share information

( )  Co-Initiating Organization: establishing a partner portal

(  ) Reception Committee:  to receive responses

( )  Presentation Committee:to integrate and to present what is received

(  ) Convocation planning consortium , peace week 2019 conference

(  ) Collaboration consortium…figuring it out as we go along.

 

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copy of draft .3  leaflet

adapted from “Greetings” circulated at the 2018 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom International Congress, Accra, Ghana

Women, and men, of every country, and the world,  are enmeshed in the war system.

System change is what we need.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, after the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948

“It is for the people of the world to make  the peace”

The states can’t do it.  They define the war system.

>power concedes nothing without demand<

The Inclusive  Demand is Ending the whole System of War.

This Demand needs to be put at the center of the political agendas in 2020.

Wars kill, mutilate, rape, pollute, starve, do not increase human security,

and cause horrendous  moral injury.

The war powers have many nuclear bombs –and weapons and violences proliferate.

beyond tolerance

The people of the world need to transform this war worn system into a system of peace making and healing

moving forward in economics and culture to support life on our planet.

…the inclusive we …need to bring together our knowledges from  our organizations and struggles and to craft a presentation of comprehensive demands that express in one voice the  peace call of the human family

offering solutions, and putting system change demands to the politicians and powers that be.

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We are inviting a cooperative endeavor to harvest from the knowledge of the movements

a clear program statement of what it means, in specific policies required,  to end the war system…

and to transition, retrain and repurpose to build what will be the new, next  system that serves,

life and humanity, all species, full spectrum cooperation …the peace system.

We invite you to join this 2020 20/20 clear vision initiative.

What would help make peace in the world where you live, from what you know?

Who are the people and powers you are up against?

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The Megiddo Peace Project is undertaking to provide an initial “portal” to help gather these particulars of demand and solution,  calling the war powers to the peace table Much help is needed.

Please write and send your responses as part of your part in the composite one voice for Peace.                   send: your “statements of demand,” what is needed, and ideas and questions .

We will share what we receive.   We hope many organizations will become co-initiators, and a cooperative process will be invented to sort out what we learn and write what needs to be said.

An aim of this initiative is to stimulate the broad peace and justice and freedom movements in every country to become more coordinated and to press  common policy programs for each government…expressing an ideal,…to become a “government for peace.”

We are both WILPF members of Ann Arbor, Michigan US Section. Odile Hugonot Haber is a nurse, long active in the US section, and Alan Haber, a carpenter, made a peace table receptive to all questions. As the first president of Students for a Democratic Society (sds), Alan participated in the collective drafting of the 1962 sds Port Huron Statement, a manifesto of the New Left..

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Contact Megiddo Peace project PO Box 7213 Ann Arbor Michigan 48107.

e-mails: Megiddo@umich.edu, odilehh@gmail.com  www.personal.umich.edu/~megiddo

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Prison Strikers Statement to the Press; August 22, 2018

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Strike Statement to the Press; August 22, 2018

Statement regarding the ongoing Nationwide Prison Strike
issued August 22, 2018, Day 2 of the strike.

Issued by the Prison Strike Media Team

Amani Sawari
official outside media representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak
prisonstrikemedia@gmail.com

National Prison Strike, August 21 – September 9, 2018

Until Every Cage is Empty poster

Rebels incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives when prison officials turned their backs on a riot they provoked. We are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

Learn more at http://sawarimi.org/national-prison-strike

 

Demands

  1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
  2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under United States jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
  3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
  4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human
    shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
  5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in southern states.
  6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and brown humans.
  7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
  8. State prisons must be funded specifically to offer more rehabilitation services.
  9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all US states and territories.
  10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count.

Endorsers

See full list of endorsers.

Add your organization’s name to the list by emailing prisonstrikemedia@gmail.com

Support the Strike

The Janus Decision: Obstacles or opportunities? American working families can’t sit on the fence any longer, in the face of this direct attack
Prince George’s County workers rally at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on August 13, 1980. D.C. Public Library, Washington Star Collection, via Jacobin.
by Dan Mariscal

As you all have either read, heard or seen on TV, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled that agency fee payers, who object to their unions’ political activity can’t be forced to pay dues to their public sector unions, even though they will also reap the contractual fruits of their member’s efforts to bargain for their benefits. The bigger national picture is a lot more serious when taken into context;

Citizen’s United vs. FEC (Federal Elections Commission) was decided in January 2010 and established that money is a form of speech and corporations, as well as unions and other organizations, could use money for speech on political and campaign issues, by way of political action committees. That decision changed the balance and landscape and gave corporations a new political tool to use against unions and organizations that support working families. And the corporations took full advantage of this.

Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, decided May 2018 further advanced the corporate agenda by upholding a practice of barring class action suits by workers, as a condition of employment, which were not unionized. The “take it or leave it” kind of employment that weakens the labor movement and mitigates the job protections that were hard fought for by working families.

Janus vs. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) was decided June 2018, under the guise of another freedom of speech issue. This decision means that public sector union agency fee payers (also known as fair share payers) can opt out of paying dues to their respective unions if they object to paying them. In other words they will be “free riders”; enjoying the benefits of the bargained contract without contributing to the effort or process that provided those benefits. The loss of dues may further inhibit the unions’ ability to fight politically, and legally, on the same level as the corporations.

It is this series of SCOTUS decisions, as well as other efforts to disarm the labor movement, that should be the virtual “writing on the wall”. Make no mistake, this is a pivotal moment in our history and how we respond may determine the future direction of the labor movement…and respond we must. But, let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past and leave the workers out of the loop. This is not a time for power hungry union bosses, with catchy slogans and flowery phrases, to use this to further their own personal agendas and show loyalty to their International Executives, or Executive Boards. This fight calls for focusing on the big picture and realizing that this is not a time for anything but transparency, accountability and integrity. And, the members cannot be kept in the dark, misinformed, and left out of the process.

Yes, this is a call for all hands on deck. But, it is not a call to start throwing money at unions. Money, alone, will not save us from this fight. This fight requires…no, it demands…that we get our national labor houses in order and put the petty divisive fights over members and their dues money in the archaic trash bucket. The response should still be to organize, but let’s get our house of national labor under leadership that understands that we can’t protect and save our working families, by only throwing money at the problem. We can’t fight these battles wearing golden handcuffs. We need “both hands and feet” and we need national union leadership that doesn’t put its interests ahead of our family’s best interests.

Make no mistake that this is an overt attack on working families disguised as a worker’s rights issue. My question to you all is; how is this going to affect your family, your job, your chances of promotion, your pension and future relations with your employer? Will we see contracts where there is an erosion of so much that has been gained by all our hard efforts and sacrifice? The jury is still out on this.

This recent “Janus” decision, now, puts the onus on members in that it is now up to the individual member to decide if they want to pay dues. It will now be a voluntary dues for public sector unions. It is expected that those who felt they weren’t treated fairly by their unions will be inclined not to pay dues, which will financially weaken their respective unions. What we will have to see is if this drop in revenue will force unions to also make sacrifices for their own survival; less staff, pay cuts, less representation, less services…and to what degree. For instance, public sector unions are only obligated to service and/or enforce the bargained contract. If there is an issue that is outside of the contract language, say, an unfair labor practice action against the employer, the union is not obligated to file the action and the member may have to acquire his or her own representation. If a public sector employee is subject to suspension or discharge, the union is not obligated to represent them at the Civil Service proceedings. Yes, I know; in the past the unions have represented employees for these types of labor issues, but that could change in the current environment.

But, this is also an opportunity for local union members to hold their unions’ feet to the fire and vociferously lobby their locals to make changes that they want to see happen, or prevent, or stop current abuses. The response to these SCOTUS decisions is, still, to organize members…just not exclusively at unions halls or with the union’s staff present. Yes, let us organize and communicate with each other, but remember that we can discuss these issues among ourselves outside of union halls, where union staff control the narrative and take names. Members can still meet away from the union halls and speak freely on what they need to fight this war, and I encourage this. Rest assured that corporations will continue to do everything they can to keep us divided, misinformed and confused; and they’re getting better at it. We need fresh ideas, brainstorming, advocacy and strategic planning….and we need all hands on deck….NOW.

Enter the stewards.

Stewards have always held a unique place in unions and cost the union nothing. Stewards are the life blood of their respective unions. But, stewards shouldn’t be puppets, either. They know, more than a union staff representative, what’s really going on at the ground level. The stewards and employee activists know the members and have a better handle on what the members need.

I can’t give enough emphasis on how important the stewards are going to be in the current environment. It is a unique opportunity for stewards to represent their members when it will count the most and at a time when it is most needed. This is a pivotal moment in history, but a golden opportunity to offer more control of their locals back to the members, reinstate transparency, accountability and integrity. It’s not just about money going to unions, it’s about our families and our futures, which is where the focus should have always been.

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Dan Mariscal is a retired 22-year City of Los Angeles employee and a 20-year Union Steward/Labor Activist. He has represented public sector employees in grievances, Unfair Labor Practice Claims, Arbitration, Disciplinary and Civil Service Proceedings.

For more information regarding the Janus Decision, see

America Protests Trump’s Concentration Camps

As Trump Border Crisis Continues, For-Profit Private Prison Companies Lobby for Harsh Policies

More than 600 cities saw large protests, drawing nearly a million people, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. People demanded that the Trump regime immediately stop its illegal policy of “zero tolerance” at the border. Under this illegal policy, more than 2000 children have been kidnapped by government agents and separated from their families. Many have been hidden away in locations across the country, without parents or the public being informed of the locations. Others are being kept in cages with bare floors and no furniture other than group benches. Still others are being held in tent camps surrounded by fences and armed guards. Trump has announced plans to begin placing whole families in these concentration camps, in order to “keep families together.”

At one rally Saturday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for the impeachment of “45”. More than 500 people, mostly women, were arrested for civil disobedience at another protest in Washington, D.C. Elected officials and the corporate media are shy about reporting the fact that the “zero tolerance” policy is not only a violation of US law regarding the rights of refugees seeking asylum. There has been nearly zero reporting of the fact that Trump’s policy violates international law and constitutes a crime against humanity. Prominent medical and psychological professional associations have nevertheless publicly stated that this kidnapping and imprisoning of innocent children is child abuse and a form of torture.

In San Diego County yesterday, thousands attended protests at the County Administration Building in San Diego, in National City, in the City of Carlsbad and in Ramona. These followed a week of similar protests around the County. Protests are continuing across the country.

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Protest march in San Diego, June 23, 2018. Photo credit: Byron Morton.
Veterans Condemn Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy
Reprinted with permission of Veterans for Peace vfp@veteransforpeace.org

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A present-day Guatemala City mural memorializes deposed President Jacobo Árbenz and his historic land reforms. Credit: Soman via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.5

Veterans For Peace strongly condemns Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy, the imprisonment of children, and criminalization of undocumented immigrants. Our immigration laws and enforcement tactics have long been at a crisis point and we are now witnessing even more draconian enforcement and criminalization of people seeking refuge.

Veterans For Peace recognizes that these orders did not happen in a vacuum, but represent a long history of racist and violent policy that has perpetuated U.S. wars across the world and horrific domestic policy that created ICE, massive immigration detention centers and a wall that already splits towns and separates friends and families. However, the Trump administration has escalated, at an alarming pace, the implementation of new dangerous measures. President Trump is moving to fulfill on the promises of his campaign that caused an upsurge of hateful sentiment in our nation and spurred a rise in fear and anger.

Veterans For Peace understands that this outrageous abuse of refugee children and their parents is an extension of historic and current U.S. intervention in Central America. The U.S. government conducts military interventions, orchestrates coup d’etats, and supports oligarchs and dictators. The CIA, NED and USAID pursues regime change for any Latin American government that will not bow to U.S. economic exploitation of their land and their people. This too must end. It is time for the U.S. to have a just foreign policy that treats our neighbors with fairness and compassion.

At a time when refugees who are fleeing U.S.-sponsored violence are being branded as criminals, rapists and terrorists, and as anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to poison the public discourse, it is important for people of conscience to take a stand and to offer a different narrative.

Instead of welcoming refugees as required under international humanitarian standards, the U.S. government is treating individuals and families fleeing to the U.S. as if they are criminals, imprisoning them for profit. Moreover, the U.S. “solution” to the so-called child migrant crisis has been to further militarize the borders of Mexico and Central America and to jail families indefinitely.

We need to build grassroots power to challenge the racist status quo and we need to take action. We applaud those who have already taken action across the country, from Portland to D.C. We can not remain silent about the connections between militarized U.S. foreign policy and the reasons why people flee here for their lives.

[New Indicator recommends that readers also become familiar with the racist origins of ALL immigration and naturalization laws in the USA. A simple place to start could be Wikipedia. See the article on the History of laws concerning immigration and naturalization in the United States.]

 

Anti-war marchers at Copley Square on their way to Boston Common to protest U.S. military involvement in El Salvador, on March 21, 1981. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty
Day of Solidarity with J20 Defendants

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Protestors at the Federal Office Building in San Diego. June, 25, 2018.

International Day of Solidarity with the J20 Defendants

Monday, June 25 was an international day of action in solidarity with the J20 defendants, arrested in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017. On J20, 230 people were mass arrested on felony charges during demonstrations against Donald Trump’s Inauguration. Most have been acquitted or had charges dropped, but 44 still face trial.

The IWW rallies at a US consulate in Toronto. Photo source: It’s Going Down.

 

In San Diego 30 people protested Monday at the north entrance of the Federal Office Building, at 880 Front Street, during the lunch hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Many federal workers and officials and members of the public take lunch breaks at the cafeteria here while doing business at the federal building. Room 6293 of the Federal Office Building is the main office for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of California. Federal court buildings are next door. The protest was organized by the IWW San Diego Local 13.

The international day of action was called on June 6, 2018 by the North American IWW General Executive Board and Defend J20 Resistance:

“For over a year, the US has been pressing felony charges–including “riot,” “inciting a riot,” and “conspiracy to riot”–against protesters who were arrested at the inauguration of Donald Trump. After a revelation that they had been withholding evidence from the defense, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against 10 defendants last week, including against members of our union. Today, the second J20 trial ended in a mistrial for three defendants and full acquittal for a fourth.

“The state is reeling from this defeat, and lashing out like a wounded animal as it retreats. 44 defendants are still awaiting trial. The hour is late; the time to act in their defense is now. We are calling for an international day of action in solidarity with the J20 defendants on Monday, June 25th….”

See the full call to action at https://iww.org/content/solidarity-actions-j20-defendants

For more background information on the J20 case:

June 25th Day of Solidarity Sees Action in 5 Countries

Report from Toronto. June 25th J20 Solidarity Day:

Toronto GDC: Solidarity with J20 Resistance

Report from National Lawyers Guild:

Second J20 Trial Ends with No Convictions, Prosecutor Hiding Evidence

Defend J20 Resistance

Press Kit

News Reports

Democracy Now! Reports

Statement of Solidarity with J20 Defendants

Statement of Unity and Non-Cooperation

J20 Trial: 200 Inauguration Protestors, Journalists & Observers Face Riot Charges from Mass Arrest

 

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Trump Connection Makes American Fascists Dangerous

Massive Boston counterprotest denounces white supremacy

Aug. 19, 2017, Boston. Photo: Liberation News/ Kaileigh O’Keefe

By Dan Siegel
            “We are the Trump vanguard.” – Richard Spencer, white supremacist, anti-Semite and leader of the “identitarian” movement.
            There were “very fine people” on both sides in Charlottesville. – Donald Trump.

Many progressives are still reluctant to take the fascist “alt-right” seriously. Others hope that if we just ignore them they will go away. Their perspective seems to be that until the Nazi flag is flying from the White House we can afford to ignore the threat posed by American fascists.

Fascism is a growing threat in America, in part because it is expanding in numbers and violence, in part because it is linked to Donald Trump. A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center counts 43 murders linked to the alt-right since 2014, 17 in 2017 alone.

Attendees of an alt-right conference in Washington, D.C., perform the Nazi salute to celebrate Trump's election

Attendees of an alt-right conference in Washington, D.C., perform the Nazi salute to celebrate Trump’s election. Photo: Socialist Worker.

A definition and some historical perspective are in order. When the Soviet Union was trying to build a worldwide coalition against fascism in the mid-1930s, it and its allies described fascism as “the open, terroristic rule of the most reactionary, most chauvinist wing of the ruling elite.” That definition works well to describe a fascist state, like Germany in 1935.

Fascism today is a social and political movement: (1) Pre-occupied with complaints of exclusion, impoverishment, and marginalization (They chanted “we will not be replaced by Jews” in Charlottesville.); (2) Obsessed with hatred for the people they blame for their decline – Blacks, feminists, Jews, Latinx immigrants, queers, Muslims; (3) Violent; and (4) Supported financially and politically by factions among the “respectable” right-wing elites. Individuals like Richard Spencer try to bridge the social gap between the thuggish gangs and their better dressed funders.

Fascism came to power suddenly and legally in a Europe facing many of the conditions America experiences today. Just as in Europe in the 1920s, economic decline has degraded the living standards of millions of working class families, and the country’s political institutions and elected leaders are hopelessly polarized and ineffective. The fascists of the 1920s seemed marginal and even somewhat absurd.

The Fascist Party that Mussolini led had just a few hundred members prior to 1921 when it was invited to join the government. In 1922, as conditions in the country became more and more chaotic as a result of economic decline and political fragmentation, the fascists numbered in the tens of thousands, and King Victor Emmanuel invited Mussolini to form a government. By 1925 he had turned Italy into a one party, totalitarian state. And all this by a man whose “attitudes were highly theatrical, his opinions were contradictory, his facts were often wrong, and his attacks were frequently malicious and misdirected.” That statement could easily have been written about Trump.

Hitler and the National Socialists were dismissed and ridiculed early in their rise to power. Before 1930, they received less than three percent of the vote in successive national elections. A few years later they grew exponentially as the Great Depression drove millions of Germans into unemployment, poverty, and fear. Hitler was a powerful orator, who promised to restore Germany’s pride and prosperity. Trump again?

In 1933 German President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor. His legacy was the murder of six million Jews and hundreds of thousands of “social deviants,” 100 million dead in World War 2.

Even before the rise of fascism in Europe, the United States experienced the rise of its homegrown, fascist movement, the Ku Klux Klan. Founded as a social club in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866, the KKK quickly grew as a terrorist vehicle for whites fighting against their perceived displacement and frustration. The Klan’s growth in the South followed the end of the civil war during the Reconstruction period and the short-lived empowerment of newly freed African Americans.

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No-one seems to know precisely the extent of the carnage inflicted by the Klan, but few would dispute that its toll of murdered African Americans numbered in the tens of thousands. After a period of decline the KKK expanded exponentially to at least four million members during the 1920s, including business people, preachers, and politicians in every state in America. The Governor of Indiana was an open member. The Klan’s decline came at its own hand in a series of financial and other scandals.

But the KKK never disappeared. During the 1960s Klan members committed the most notorious acts of violence against the civil rights movement. KKK and White Citizens Council member Byron De La Beckwith assassinated NAACP leader Medgar Evans on June 12, 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi. On September 15, 1963, four Klansmen planted at least 15 sticks of dynamite at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young Black girls and injuring 22 others. On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman were arrested by police near Philadelphia, Mississippi, and then turned over to Klansmen who beat and murdered them.

Decades later, Mississippi is still burning

Photo: People’s World

On November 3, 1979, Klansmen and Nazis, with the help of local and federal law enforcement officers, carried out an armed attack on an anti-Klan rally at a Greensboro, North Carolina, public housing project. A caravan of 10 or more cars and pick-ups pulled up to the project. White men got out of the vehicles, opened their trunks, pulled out rifles, shotguns, and pistols, and began shooting. When the smoke cleared five people were dead and many more wounded, some seriously. The victims had been carefully selected from the crowd – union leaders and community activists, most associated with the newly announced Communist Workers Party.

Some of the murderers were indicted, tried, and freed, demonstrating the Klan’s ongoing influence in a state then lauded as symbolizing the “New South.” Despite overwhelming evidence, including videotape of the attack, the Klansmen were acquitted in a federal criminal trial in which they successfully turned the tables on the “communist provocateurs.” Only after years of community organizing around the theme of reconciliation did public sentiment change to support of the victims and condemnation of the violent rightists and their law enforcement allies.

Donald Trump and the fascist right have supported each other since the early days of his campaign. Trump is easily the most racist president in U.S. history, quite an accomplishment among a group including Andrew Jackson and Woodrow Wilson. Trump has never shied from racist rhetoric and action.

Along with his father Fred, who was arrested during a 1927 KKK demonstration that turned into a riot in Queens, New York, Trump and his building management company were sued by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department for housing discrimination in 1973. Two years later they entered into a consent decree with the government.

Trump bought full-page ads in four New York City newspapers calling for the harsh punishment and “suffering” of five young African American and Latino men who were wrongly convicted of assaulting and raping a white woman in New York’s Central Park in 1989. Long after the Central Park Five were freed, Trump continued to maintain that they were guilty.

During his campaign for President Trump refused to disavow the support of the KKK leader David Duke and falsely claimed that he did not know who Duke was. But years earlier Trump had refused to join Duke in the Reform Party.

Trump’s campaign for president escalated his practice of racist attacks. He may have been the last prominent American to promote the lie that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. He has viciously and persistently attacked Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and continues to make building a border wall his priority, a demand that plays well to his right-wing support. He panders to prejudice against Muslim people and seeks to bar immigration from countries with Muslim majorities. In one of his most overtly racist statements he recently slandered Haiti and African nations as “shit hole” countries.

Richard Spencer and his fascist allies welcome Trump’s support and act accordingly. The KKK, Nazis, and their partners openly proclaim their intent to kill Jews, Blacks, Muslims, and people from Latin America. Dylann Roof acknowledged his racist inspiration for the massacre of nine African Americans in a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. Fascists stabbed at least seven people, most African Americans, at a rally in Sacramento in June 2016.

Graphic: Electronic Village

On January 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette, a fan of Trump and of French rightist Marie Le Pen, killed six people and wounded 19 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. Oregon white supremacist Jeremy Christian stabbed to death two men who stood up against his anti-Muslim hate speech towards two young women on a Portland light rail train on May 29, 2017.

In Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, Nazi admirer and Vanguard America supporter James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of peaceful anti-fascist demonstrators, murdering Heather Heyer and injuring 20 others. White supremacists applauded Fields’ action and threatened to disrupt the memorial for Ms. Heyer a few days later.

As Trump continues to unravel, his racist rants escalate. As his support diminishes, the far right remains his most loyal base. The history of the last several years makes it reasonable to predict that fascist violence will continue to grow.

The struggle to eliminate fascism as a political force in the United States will require a variety of strategies and tactics. The rise of fascism has an ideological or social basis in the tradition of “American Exceptionalism” and white supremacy. Its growth today also has a material basis in the declining incomes and opportunities for class mobility experienced by many sections of the white working class.

But complaints of exclusion, marginalization, and impoverishment made by whites attracted to fascist movements are not dissimilar from the complaints by people of color about their own conditions. Strategies for improving the living standards of all low income and working class people will impact the lives of many who are now attracted to Trump and his fascist allies, as demonstrated by the appeal of both Bernie Sanders and Trump in some working class communities during the 2016 election.

Successful struggles to increase the minimum wage and for full employment; for affordable housing; and for quality education and health care, including mental health and addiction treatment, will both advance the goals of the progressive movement and erode the attraction of the far right. We should not naively think we can transform the hard core fascists or their elite supporters, but a political movement that advances the interests of middle class, working class, and poor Americans can divide the fascist leadership from many potential supporters.

Mass protests on a variety of issues including women’s rights and gun control remain critical. Antifa (anti-fascist) activists have taken the lead in refusing to allow fascists to occupy public spaces in Boston, Berkeley and elsewhere. While everyone may not be willing or able to confront fascists in the streets, we should all respect antifa’s leadership.

The American left cannot treat the anti-fascist struggle as just one of a number of competing single-issue concerns. Fascism represents the most extreme element of the reactionary forces seeking to block people’s struggles for social, racial, political, and economic justice. None of these struggles can succeed unless people unite to eliminate the threat of fascism in the United States.

 

 

Charlottesville and crisis of Trump administration

Trump has helped make the extreme right groups like the nazis and KKK feel emboldened to come out in the open as they did here in Charlottesville. | Steve Helber/AP

Dan Siegel is a civil rights attorney  and activist based in Oakland, California. You may reach him at DanMSiegel@gmail.com.
Saving Face: Fire Sprinklers for Che Café and Why
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March on the Chancellor, October 28, 2014. Photo by Fred Lonidier.
by Monty Kroopkin
member, Che Café Support Network

 

The UCSD administration sent the below email today, March 19, 2018, to all campus staff and students. It explains that

“This work is necessary to provide a fire protection system to the Che  Café.”

True. In order to install the new system it is necessary to upgrade the water flow capacity to the building.

However, with the whole campus right now having the insidious notion brought up again that implies that a fire protection system is or was ever NECESSARY for the building, this is a ‘teachable’ moment. We can calmly explain to all we can reach, that the central theme of the administration’s 2013 – 2015 campaign to shut down and evict the Che Café Collective was a consciously fabricated lie.  The theme was that an automatic fire suppression system retrofit was an absolutely necessary “fire and life safety” requirement to keep the building open. Our legal research proved that the state fire code did/does NOT mandate this expensive retrofit for the building. Our legal research is summed up in the little fact sheet released in 2014: Fire Code Facts

The true reason the building is getting the retrofit now is a lesson in the power of grassroots people’s resistance movements. Following a July 15, 2015 meeting between UCSD Chancellor Khosla and a delegation from Che Café Collective and Che Café Support Network, the chancellor agreed to call off the eviction order and to provide funds from his own discretionary funds to pay for the fire sprinkler system. We agreed to this (1) because the administration was no longer insisting that funds from student fees (the University Center Fee) would have to be used to pay for it and (2) we deemed it a good bargain to allow the administration to “save face” about their years of outright lying about the “requirement” for fire sprinklers in exchange for the administration calling off all their eviction efforts, and (3) we spared the administration from the embarrassment of TV cameras recording any incident with sheriff’s deputies dragging limp bodies of students out of the Che Café to finalize an eviction and spared our own people the prospect of any arrests. The Che Café had been occupied by students and supporters since March 24, 2015 in defiance of the eviction order. At the time of the July 15 meeting with the chancellor the occupation was already the longest protest sit-in in the entire history of the UC system.

We would never have won the Campaign to Save the Che Café without the Occupation of the Che and without the wide range of other actions of campus and community support during the years leading up to that sit-in. (For more about those other actions, see reporting in New Indicator at http://newindicator.org/?p=5 and http://newindicator.org/?p=216 and http://newindicator.org/?p=212 .

As we all go about our lives in the next few days, please take a moment to tell people you meet about this great victory of the power of popular organizing and resistance. Tell people how the Che Café Collective and all its supporters allowed the UCSD administration to do the right thing and SAVE FACE at the same time.

 

 

From: all-official-l-bounces@announce.ucsd.edu [mailto:all-official-l-bounces@announce.ucsd.edu]
On Behalf Of Capital Program Management
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2018 8:00 AM
To: All Academics Staff and Students at UC San Diego <all-official-l@ucsd.edu>
Subject: CONSTRUCTION ALERT – Scholars Drive South at Che Café

 

UC SAN DIEGO CAMPUS NOTICE University of California San Diego
OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR
CAPITAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
March 19, 2018
ALL ACADEMICS, STAFF AND STUDENTS AT UC SAN DIEGO
SUBJECT: CONSTRUCTION ALERT – Scholars Drive South at Che Café
Project Description/Location:
Ongoing renovation and improvement work to the Che Café will require construction of underground utilities within the Scholars Drive next to the Che Café entrance. This will impact traffic along Scholars Drive in this vicinity for the duration of the work beginning on Monday, March 19, 2018 through Sunday, April 1, 2018.  During this time, only one lane will be open at any given time and flaggers will be positioned at each end of the construction to assist with traffic.
This work is necessary to provide a fire protection system to the Che Café.
Immediate Street Traffic, Bike Lane, and Pedestrian Impacts:
Scholars Drive will be limited to one lane during the construction. Detour signs and flaggers will direct traffic.  The bicycle lanes and will also be affected by this closure. Please follow signage and allow extra time while traveling around the Scholar Drive area.
Please view area map at: http://rmp-public.ucsd.edu/fdc/Alerts/ScholarsLnbyCheCafemap_31618.pdf
Please direct questions to FM Project Management, Project Manager Aaron Cooley, acooley@ucsd.edu, 619-550-7136. We greatly appreciate your patience during these construction activities.
Eric C. Smith, PE
Associate Vice Chancellor
Capital Program Management

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