U.S.: October 20-22: No War, No Warming calls for massive intervention in Washington, DC


Let Us Know You Are Coming to DC

Join us in Washington, DC, the Nation’s Capitol, to speak truth to power! Join in planning powerful actions so that we can have the greatest impact on U.S. and global policy makers.

October 20-22: No War, No Warming is calling for a massive intervention in Washington, DC, with solidarity actions around the US and internationally. On Saturday and Sunday we will be organizing trainings in D.C. for nonviolent direct action / civil disobedience and holding spokes council meetings to plan and coordinate our actions.

The intention of No War, No Warming is to hold Congress accountable and show the world that we will not sit still; we will hold an intervention by taking over Capitol Hill on a day that Congress is in session. We will be putting our bodies on the line to say enough is enough. We will be taking positive action to make visible the cost of these failed government policies and to creatively manifest the world we know is possible.

Until our Government representatives change course off the path of destruction, we have no choice but to get in the way.

Some of us may gather in the intersections and set up windmills or solar panel blockades. Others may hold people’s assemblies in front of the doors or create a bicycle bloc in front of a parking garage. Actions may bring to light the cost of war and climate change through die-ins or cough-ins. Others may sit in silent prayer, or form a chorus of resistance in the streets.

Across the country and world the message of No War, No Warming may be taken to federal buildings, US embassies and directly to the offices of corporate profiteers.

Start talking now with your family, friends and co-workers about how you might intervene to stop the destruction of the planet and embody the world we know is possible. Form a group and make plans to send some folks to DC where we will demonstrate with our numbers and our direct intervention our opposition to our government’s “business as usual” approach to climate change and war.

Let’s show the American people, our government and the world that we are taking immediate action to STOP this war and break our addiction to fossil fuels, SHIFT funding to support a sustainable economy and GO green, just and renewable!

Join the Intervention! Please use these online tools to organize your trip and tell us that you’re coming. Find a place to stay or coordinate a carpool with our online housing and ride boards. Let’s help each other get to Washington D.C. to tell Congress what we want!

GO TO: http://www.nowarnowarming.org/


No War, No Warming action

Not Just Our Minds and Hearts But Our Bodies

By Ted Glick

It was gratifying, I have to admit, to get a fairly long phone message from Nancy Pelosi’s Policy Director at the end of last week, the latest in a series of back-and-forth calls since I visited Pelosi’s office on the 17th day of my climate emergency fast over three weeks ago. On that day I visited 15 offices of key people in the House and Senate who are dealing with the global warming issue, making efforts, their staffers indicated, to come up with legislation to address this deepening crisis.

I wasn’t able to speak to any policy people in Pelosi’s office but I was given a name and number to follow up, and I did so. The call last week was the most recent in a game of telephone tag.

Pelosi’s person, Lara, commented on the Speaker’s concern about my health and about her very strong commitment to taking action on global warming. She then proceeded to tell me that Pelosi’s plan is to come up with something “that George Bush can sign,” a direct quote. What she talked about was aspects of two different versions of an energy bill passed by the House and Senate this summer that will strengthen laws and regulations to make the U.S. economy more energy efficient. Period. Full stop.

So in the face of the greatest civilizational challenge humankind has ever faced, to paraphrase Bill McKibben, the best the Democratic leadership can do is to capitulate to George Bush?

Honestly, I’m not surprised, given what they’ve done and not done on the war and the snail-like pace of their efforts on global warming since they took office over nine months ago.

Their strong-statements-backed-up-by-weak-action only deepen my commitment to continue this climate fast and work hard in this last week to make the Monday, Oct. 22nd, No War No Warming nonviolent disruption of business as usual on Capitol Hill in D.C. as large and effective as possible.

I’m really looking forward to risking arrest as part of that stepping-it-up action, and I’m glad that there are at least hundreds of others doing the same. I hope many more will make their plans in this last week to join us.

“Action is the best antidote to despair.” I believe Joan Baez said that. It’s absolutely true. And it’s not just “action,” in general. It’s “action” appropriate to how you feel, to your past experiences in the world of activism and to the situation. For a lot of us, disrupting business as usual on Capitol Hill on a day, a Monday, that Congress is in session and doing their work sure seems very timely, very necessary.

I think back to other major mass movements in U.S. history over the past century. All the successful ones had an edge to them, people willing to occupy factories, in the case of the labor movement of the 30’s, people sitting in or directly confronting racist practices, in the case of the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s, people burning their draft cards or going into draft boards to destroy Selective Service records, in the case of the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 60’s and 70’s, or the massive civil disobedience actions at planned and existing nuclear power sites in the ‘70’s and 80’s.

And this century, beginning with actions in D.C. in April, 2000 that themselves were a follow-up to the successful late November, 1999 actions in Seattle, the global justice movement put the IMF/World Bank/WTO very much on the defensive and concretely impacted their ability to advance their corporate globalization agenda.

I think of the famous statement of Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement in the mid-1960’s:

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

It’s time for us to emulate those past movements as we build the 21st century movement to Fight Climate Change, Not Wars for Oil!

Ted Glick is the coordinator of the U.S. Climate Emergency Council (www.climateemergency.org), a leading organizer of No War, No Warming (www.nowarnowarming.org) and is on the 41st day of an open-ended climate emergency fast. He can be reached at usajointheworld@igc.org

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