Green New Deal: Can the vortex spin any faster?

Green New Deal: Can the vortex spin any faster? r1 ... r33

Is the Political Vortex Spinning Faster and Faster?

February 8, 2019 Ecosocialists and Kindred Spirits,

From my perch on the Left Coast, the political winds appear to be speeding up. We’re nowhere near the dramatic obliteration of political time that takes place as a revolution gets underway, but there is no question that the arrival of a few open socialists in Congress has created a rupture in the political space-time continuum.

More people than ever are singing along with Tracy Chapman and to hell with swinging the pendulum back to the days when Clinton and Obama were going to stop the seas from rising.

The Green New Deal is a central focus of much of the renewed radical energy. The Climate Crisis may turn out to be the Vietnam War of our era, sparking a huge movement among young people who are unwilling to go gently into a world-class extinction event. The resolution introduced jointly yesterday by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the House and Sen. Edward Markey in the Senate is going to be followed by an intense campaign by the Sunrise Movement to demand endorsement by every senator and member of congress with a deadline of February 26 ... or else.

You can follow the Sunrise Movement’s plans and how they intend to fight for a radical Green New Deal on their Facebook page. They are calling for immediate efforts to barrage elected officials with tweets and calls and visits to their offices across the country February 11 through13 to be followed by a nationwide day of action on February 26. The day of action will target recalcitrant politicians with nonviolent direct actions to wake them up to the idea that the rules have changed along with the climate.

You can read more below about today's doings including Nancy Pelosi's put-down of the movement to save ourselves and our planet. Stay tuned as the political vortex whips the masks off politicians who want to pay lip service to climate action but are frightened by young people demanding the real thing!

Ted
System Change Not Climate Change

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Sunrise Movement demonstration in San Francisco

The Green New Deal Takes Its First Congressional Baby Step, as Pelosi Mocks “Green Dream or Whatever”

Kate Aronoff | The Intercept | February 7, 2019
The first hand of the Green New Deal has been dealt. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday unveiled a five-page, nonbinding resolution....

Palestine and the Climate Crisis

David Klein | Mondoweiss | February 6, 2019
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Sunrise Movement

Green New Deal -- An Ecosocialist Study Guide

Ted Franklin | System Change Not Climate Change | January 30, 2019
I prepared this study guide for the Ecosocialist Reading Group of East Bay Democratic Socialists of America. These are some of the key readings for anyone who wants to get understand the ecoleft's ideas for a the Green New Deal.
Dr David Suzuki

Why it’s time to think about human extinction

Dr David Suzuki | Kerwin Rae Business Coach Sydney Australia | January 28, 2019
Australian podcaster Kerwin Rae interviews Dr. David Suzuki, the popular Canadian science broadcaster, educator, and environmental activist.
Greta Thunberg

My Message to Davos Elites: Act As If Our House Is on Fire. Because It Is.

Greta Thunberg | Common Dreams | January 26, 2019
The following is a slightly edited version of remarks delivered by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Incredibly moving.
Yellow Vest demonstration in Belfort, France

Opportunities and Challenges Posed by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) Protests and the Sunrise Movement

Kamran Nayeri | Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosocialism | January 5, 2019
In this essay, I will argue that the leadership of the climate justice movement and the movement for radical social change, which in my opinion is essential for tackling the eco-social world crisis.
Angel confronts Balaam and his donkey

The Crisis of Civilization and How to Resolve It: An Introduction to Ecocentric Socialism

Kamran Nayeri | Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosociaism | January 5, 2019
The following is a slightly edited text of a presentation by Kamran Nayeri to the Revolutionary University conference in Berkeley, California, Saturday, October 13.
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