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Why I March – by Rick Bramhall

I am mainly worried about how climate change will affect humans, my own species, but I also care about other species. I just love being out in nature, whether it’s a romp through Presidio Park in the heart of the city or wandering unnamed canyons out in Anza Borrego. There’s nothing like being away from humans to relieve stress.

There’s just something about green expanses and blue skies to calm my internal struggles. I love it when all I can hear is the soft sound of a light breeze through leaves and the individual song of each bird as it flits from branch to branch. When I can stand in one place, turn completely around and see no signs of man-made structures, that’s when I feel at peace.

I fully believe it’s biological. When our ancestors could hear the murmur of a nearby creek they knew there was fresh water available. When they could see nothing but blue sky above and birds singing lustily, they knew they were blessed with a patch of clear weather.

I wish this for every human being that sees me march: that they get to experience some of the sights I’ve seen: a field full of butterflies all coming out of their cocoons the at same time, a pair of groundsquirrel pups tumbling in the dust as they play together, the sight of a male tarantula dancing outside the hole of a female, hoping to gain acceptance.

I also wish this for everyone in the world who has children and grandchildren: I hope those children get to raise their own kids and grandkids in a world that’s not on the brink of death.

Please join me at the People’s Climate March on April 29.

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April 29, 2017 — People’s Climate March comes to San Diego!

“To change everything, we need everyone.”

That was the slogan of the 400,000-strong People’s Climate March that rocked New York City a little over two years ago. That massive march was mirrored by sister city marches around the country and throughout the world.

On that date, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets everywhere, bringing the climate discussion to the forefront. That march helped drive the Paris Climate Agreement forward. It also laid the groundwork for former President Obama’s important decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

But that hasn’t been enough. Our planet is getting warmer. Our nation is increasingly divided. The climate and the environment, long under attack, have never been as threatened, or as delicate, as in this moment.

The planet and our local San Diego County communities need our help — now, more than ever.
That’s why…

We’re not backing down. We’re rising up.
Join us on April 29th!

Another massive climate march is going to take place in April. This time the main march will be in Washington, DC with mirror marches in cities around the world. We’ll be building a movement in San Diego, too, just like we did over two years ago. This time, however, these actions aren’t just marches. They’re mobilizations calling on us to resist, build, and rise up a movement that will extend far beyond the April 29th day of action.

Resisting

April 29th will mark the first hundred days of Trump’s presidency. Around the nation, people have been pushing back on Trump’s attack on our families, our communities, and our Earth. If you’re thinking, in this new era of Trump, “This ain’t normal, folks!” — then we need your input. You can help! Do you want to join the resistance that will tell truth to power and stand strong with us as we move toward April 29?

YES, I want to resist!

Building

As we resist, we also build. April 29th will mark the beginning of an exciting mobilization — a launching — to continue our fight for a better world, a world no longer addicted to fossil fuels. We will wage this struggle on the local, state, and national levels. Join us to help build this mobilization from the bottom up. Whether this is your first time or you’ve worked on things like this before, your presence will be a valuable addition to our work. Wouldn’t you like to help us build momentum?

YES, I want to build!

Rising Up

We’ll build the movement by rising together as we support frontline communities in San Diego County, greater California, and across the nation — pushing forward our vision for economic and environmental justice for everyone. Do you want to join the mobilization as we rise up together to build a better future for everyone?

YES, I want to rise up!

Big challenges face us in the coming months. That’s why we’re thinking big. And that’s why we’re willing to take big risks as we rise together, building a movement that demands climate justice for all. But we can’t do it without you.

As Governor Brown said,

“Democracy doesn’t come from the top; it starts and spreads in the hearts of the people…. California is not turning back. Not now. Not ever.”

We agree. We’re resisting, building and rising from the ground up, and we won’t back down. Won’t you join us, our partners, and our friends to help make a better world for all of us?

YES: Count me in!

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The official reportback from the UN meeting and People’s Climate March

By May Boeve – 350.org

Friends,

This weekend, the world stood tall. What I saw on the streets of New York City and in pictures from around the world, was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in its scale, unity and beauty.

This is a short video, but it’s a taste of what I mean:

Yesterday over 125 world leaders met at the UN for the big climate summit. The headline was that more leaders than ever had gathered to talk about this particular issue — but here is what I think is just as important:

When those heads of state walked into the UN, they had the sounds of the largest climate mobilization in world history still ringing in their ears. A huge number of our allies were still in the streets in New York, laying out a strong vision for a transition away from fossil fuels, bringing the fight to polluters, and identifying solutions that are already in progress. Every speaker in the opening ceremony of the summit spoke of the power of our actions this weekend.

World leaders gathered in New York City didn’t plan to sign a new agreement this week. The next important UN gatherings will be in Lima in December 2014 and in Paris in December 2015. Our hope is to use people-power to ratchet up the pressure on these talks, to channel the voices of millions around the world to increase the accountability and ambition of world leaders in these negotiations.

If they are serious at all about doing their democratic and moral duty, they will need to be ambitious indeed — committing to transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy which benefits everyone, and quickly.

The struggle is not around these summits alone. We’ll have to keep pressure on climate polluters and those who invest in them; we’ll have to turn our communities into models for solutions; and we’ll have to convince politicians that their careers are on the line if they don’t act.

Our purpose in marching around the world is to show that without a doubt there is a mandate to act at the level science and justice demand. After this weekend, we can look them in the eye and say that yes, there is — and insist that they join us on the march towards action.

We need to carry this feeling with us as we move forward. Click here to watch the reportback video and see key stats and new articles from around the world.

Thank you, so many times over. It’s an honor to fight alongside you.

May

P.S. Just an hour ago, we got news that 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben (and 350.org itself) just won the “Right Livelihood Award,” which is known as the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’ — click here to watch a video from him about the award and what this kind of recognition means for our work together.

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Thank You for Being Part of the Largest Climate March in History!

The People’s Climate March San Diego Was a Success!

Together, WE are the solution to the climate crisis.

Yesterday 1,500 San Diegans joined people around the world to support marchers in New York and call for immediate action on climate change here at home. We called for solutions that work for people and the planet – a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency, and a just and sustainable economy. We called for a Climate Action Plan for San Diego; developing sustainable water policies, building affordable, convenient mass transit, and facilitating healthy communities; and supporting green jobs and clean energy.

This is just the beginning. To change everything, we need everyone to participate in the growing climate movement.

Start TODAY by taking immediate action. Please join us at City Hall (202 C Street) at 2:00pm to support a strong Climate Action Plan for San Diego. If you can’t be there in person, please call or email your council member to ask them to support the resolution. Please see the SD350 calendar for more information.

Local press coverage of The People’s Climate March San Diego

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GET INVOLVED – Help Make History

Volunteer to help make this San Diego’s largest climate march and show our elected officials, businesses and individuals that the time for climate change action is NOW. Join us to help promote the march and rally by making signs, making phone calls, handing out flyers, and more.

Contact Masada Disenhouse at mdisenhouse@cox.net or phone 619-277-4594 and tell us how you want to help.

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One Week To Go!

One week from tomorrow, the largest ever global climate action in history will happen: THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH. While the core action is at the U.N. Summit in NYC, we are organizing a tremendous march here in San Diego, one of >1,500 globally. We hope you will join us, and that you can help us get the word out this weekend/week – the more people we turn out, the bigger our impact will be!

That’s why we’re asking YOU and everyone reading this to commit a few hours of volunteering to helping to promote the People’s Climate March.

First, Have you signed up?

www.peoplesclimatesd.org and www.facebook.com/events/693486614073088/.

Second, Can you help make this event HUGE?

  • Tell everyone you know. Sample email, social media posts, etc. HERE
  • Make a donation to support the march. Any amount helps. DONATE HERE
  • Help us make phone calls.
    • TOMORROW, Sunday, Sept 14, 1-5pm at Deirdre’s home, 244 W. Brookes Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 (make sure you’re on W Brookes, west of 1st Ave). 619 299-1644 / urbanjungleart@cox.net
    • On your own: Ask for a list, masada@sandiego350.org / 619-335-1265
  • Hand out Flyers. Download flyers and posters to print HERE or pick up at our monthly meeting Tuesday. Lots of places to flyer Sunday. Email masada@sandiego350.org for ideas.
  • Volunteer for jobs at the march: many available, including sign-in, marshalls, holding banners, and lots more. masada@sandiego350.org / 619-335-1265

Third, What to expect? (more info at: www.peoplesclimatesd.org)

WHEN:     Sunday, Sept 21, beginning 12:30 pm, ending around 3:30 pm.
WHERE:  Start at San Diego City Hall and end at County Waterfront Park.
WHAT:     March and rally with large, colorful signs, banners, costumed characters.
Great music with Steph Johnson, Greg Gross & other local artists.
Speakers: Todd Gloria, David Alvarez, Monique Lopez, Richard Barrera.
Over 50 environmental, health, labor and civic organizations have endorsed.
HOW:       Come by Coaster, trolley, bike (4 organized rides!), walking, or carpooling.

We can’t wait to see you on September 21st for the People’s Climate March!

The SanDiego350 team

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Earthdance is the official after-party of The People’s Climate March San Diego!

Join Liquid Blue and others at WINSTONS in Ocean Beach after The People’s Climate March San Diego

Earthdance is a global party for the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. The peace party will be on from 2pm – 10pm and tickets are just $5! The Earthdance Prayer for Peace will be read at 7pm.

Featured Acts

Liquid Blue – these musical emissaries of peace will perform a mix of “conscious covers” as well as original music (all of which is “socially conscious”) including their peace anthem, Earth Passport (Billboard Top-10 dance hit in 2010). Dance to peace/protest anthems by the likes of the U2; Beatles; Green Day; Marley; Springsteen; Marvin Gaye; Neil Young; Pink Floyd and many more. Even Ozzy (ever checked out the lyrics to “War Pigs” or Crazy Train)!

DJ Layla – mixing of socially conscious world beats; house; trance and more, Layla Loxa represents girl power in many ways. She won the World Bodysurfing Championship in 2002 and finished 3rd in the U.S. Surfing Championships in 2003. She toured the world with Liquid Blue as a singer/dancer for many years before becoming a DJ.

MC Gill Sotu – As a performer Gill won the 2012 San Diego Raw Performing Artist Of The Year, 2012 Winner of the San Diego City Anti-Littering Spoken Word Competition, 2008 Semi-Finalist at the National Poetry Slam, 2007 Grand Slam Los Angeles Poetry Champion, 2006 Grand Slam Ventura County Poetry Champion. His debut album Elephant Heart was nominated for 5 Mavric Independent Music Awards. Gill produces and hosts Train Of Thought, a successful open Mic running over 4 years strong. As a host Gill has run stages for, HBO’s Brave New Voices Semi-Final Poetry Competition, CSUN’s Five for Five Talent Competition, ACLU’s Freedom Of Expression Showcase, Fiesta Del Sol Community Stage, and San Diego Indie Fest to name a few.

Guest Speaker – Martin Eder – He is the director of Activist San Diego, which is a social justice organization that promotes and facilitates the development of an active, inter-related, progressive community in San Diego through networking, culture and electronic technology. He is also the founder of KNSJ Radio 89.1 which is a listener-supported, community-based, educational radio station of, by and for the richly diverse people in the San Diego border region. The mission of KNSJ is to provide high quality radio for those people and viewpoints which have traditionally been excluded by the commercial media, especially those cultural, ethnic and social groups who have been historically marginalized.

Guest Speaker – James Summers – He is the president of the San Diego Chapter of Veterans for Peace; a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization of vets dedicated to increasing public awareness of the costs of war. The group works to promote alternatives to war.

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DISRUPTION – Join a Group to Watch the Premiere

This is a BIG month for the climate movement.

Global leaders are meeting at the U.N. to talk about bold climate initiatives — and tens of thousands of people from across the country will meet them in New York for the People’s Climate March on September 21st, to make sure that talk leads to action.

Adding to this momentum, this weekend will bring the world premiere of Disruption — a brand new movie about the science, politics, and movement around climate change. There are a few screenings in San Diego.

Some of these may be BOOKED, so PLEASE contact the event organizer and check on availability.

Event Information:

A.

Time: Sunday, September 7, 7:15 PM

Location: Ward canyon park – San Diego, CA

Get More Info and RSVP Here: http://act.350.org/event/disruption_attend/8139/signup/?t=2&akid=5056.1532164.FYaZY-

B. 

Time: Sunday, September 7, 6:00 PM

Location:14489 Crestwood Ave., Poway 92064

Contact: (858) 842-8384 

C.

Time: Sunday, September 7, 6:00 PM

Location: Alan and Alby’s home

                 141 Beechtree drive, Encinitas

                 Contact: 760-436-2368

Disruption takes you on a fast-paced journey through the tangled world of climate change: the science, the politics, the solutions, and the stories that define this crisis at this pivotal point in human history.

We’ll be watching together in living rooms, church basements, and community centers. The movie is less than an hour long, so afterwards we’ll also have time to discuss what we can do together on this crucial issue.

This is a movie by and for the movement. We’re hoping it will galvanize a new wave of climate action and leadership this fall — starting with the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21st.

Haven’t seen the trailer yet? You can watch it here.

Can’t wait to watch (and march) with you.

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IBEW Local 569 Supports The People’s Climate March

IBEW Local 569 is supporting the People’s Climate March San Diego on September 21st because the time for climate action is now. From severe drought to an almost year-round threat of wildfires, we are already seeing devastating impacts from climate change on working families. It is our responsibility to face this harmful threat and protect our communities. Not only do we have the technology to generate cleaner energy and reduce our reliance on oil and polluting fossil fuels, California is living proof that with the right policies in place, we can put thousands to work building the 21st century infrastructure of the future. In fact, thanks to our statewide focus on sustainability, IBEW electricians are hard at work every day building solar projects, electric vehicle charging stations, light rail systems and high-performance green buildings. This is valuable construction work that is putting paychecks in our pockets, food on our tables and sustaining families throughout our region all while creating a cleaner, greener, healthier planet.

-Johnny Simpson
Business Manager
IBEW Local 569

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