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Climate Change: The Divestment Movement, July 13, 2014

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  • Climate change is real, it's here, and it hurts every living thing on the earth. 
  • Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds
  • btn-take-action.gif Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS) $160 Billion Retirement Fund

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: We Want People to Change Their Minds

That means that if we are going to make the transformative change away from fossil fuel, we need thousands of institutions and millions of individuals to … look at the emerging science and to understand that we can't go on as we did before. What used to be okay no longer is. 

Bill McKibben, 350.org / Common Dreams

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Thursday, July 10, 2014  | Word came recently that both the Philadelphia Quakers and the Unitarian General Assembly have decided to divest from fossil fuels. It followed by few weeks the news that the Roman Catholic University of Dayton and Union Theological Seminary, the home of many a great thinker, had done likewise.

In each case I felt a kind of surge of joy, that these historic institutions were helping transform the political and moral landscape, redefining for our time what's right and wrong. Destroying the climate, they were saying, is incompatible with our evolving ethical sense. We used to think investing in fossil fuel was okay, but the new science has convinced us, and we don't think that way any longer.

Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and co-founder of 350.org. His most recent book is Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

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Part 2: The Divestment Movement Takes on the New York State (NYS)$160 Billion Retirement Fund

The following video illustrates efforts by Fossil Free NYS and local activists to redirect these investments to be more in line with the morals and beliefs of the fire-fighters, teachers, and government employees it represents.

Catherine Jaffee, 350.org.

July 10, 2014 At over $160 billion, the NYS Common Retirement Fund is the third largest pension plan in the country, and it’s heavily invested in the fossil fuel industry.

Over 12,000 New Yorkers have already signed the petition calling on Comptroller DiNapoli to divest the NYS Common Retirement Fund. Many statewide organizations have submitted formal divestment resolutions and requests. The Comptroller’s current response is to participate in a yearlong climate risk study — while the CRF continues to invest in a climate crisis that deepens every day.

btn-take-action.gif Climate change is real, it’s here, and it’s hurting New Yorkers. Join their efforts by signing the petition today.

Catherine Jaffee: US Digital Divestment Campaigner, 350.org

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Popular Resistance FCC Comments: The Internet Is A Common Carrier

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  • Popular Resistance urges the FCC to reclassify the Internet Under Title II as a Common Carrier so real net neutrality rules can be put in place and we can be assured that the Internet will remain an Open Internet with equal access for all and no discrimination. Only in this way can the full potential of the Internet be realized.
  • Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgTake Action Now as the time for public comments is running out. We ask you to sign onto the Popular Resistance formal comments to the FCC published below.  We will file it on July 15.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgJuly 10th, 2014 | This is not the time for expedience or for working within the confines of what is perceived as politically possible. This rulemaking is about the future of the most important communication tool in history. The Internet already has tremendous economic, social, cultural and political impact and will have an even greater impact in all of those areas in the future.

It is time to decide what is right for the Internet, what is necessary to make the Internet the most effective tool possible for humanity. When the FCC defines what is necessary for the future of communication, then what is politically possible will change. As the FCC can see from the hundreds of thousands of comments it has received, people will rally and mobilize to protect the Internet. If the FCC takes effective action to serve the public’s interest, it will have more political power than it currently perceives.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpgTake Action Now as the time for public comments is running out. We ask you to sign onto the Popular Resistance formal comments to the FCC published below.  We will file it on July 15.

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The Senate will soon vote on an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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  • History is calling!
  • "We the People" are on the move!

Jim Hightower, OpEdNews.com

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7/5/2014 | So many absurdities abound in our lives that there's a whole body of philosophical thought called "absurdism," as well as an entire catalogue of plays called the "theater of the absurd." And then there's Antonin Scalia.

This sour, scowling, and snarky Supreme Court Justice personifies the dictionary definition of absurd: "Utterly or obviously senseless, illogical, or untrue; contrary to all reason or common sense; laughably foolish or false."

Jim Hightower is an American populist, spreading his message of democratic hope via national radio commentaries, columns, books, his award-winning monthly newsletter (The Hightower Lowdown) and barnstorming tours all across America.

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