Joyous Giant Climate March Shows How To Win

by Harvey Wasserman, The Rag Blog, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — The massive People’s Climate March, the most hopeful, diverse, photogenic, energizing, and often hilarious march I’ve joined in 52 years of activism — and one of the biggest, at 400,000 strong — has delivered a simple message: we can and will rid the planet of fossil fuels and nuclear power, we will do it at the grassroots, it will be demanding and difficult to say the least, but it will also have its moments of great fun. With our lives and planet on the line, our species has responded.

Ostensibly, this march was in part meant to influence policy makers. That just goes with the territory. But in fact what it showed was an amazingly broad-based, diverse, savvy, imaginative, and very often off-beat movement with a deep devotion to persistence and cause and a great flair for fun.

The magic of today’s New York minute was its upbeat diversity, sheer brilliance and relentless charm. A cross between a political rally and a month at Mardi Gras. There were floats, synchronized dances, outrageous slogans, chants, songs, costumes, marching bands, hugs, parents with their kids and one very sweaty guy in a gorilla suit. Above all, there was joy…which means optimism…which means we believe we can win…which is the best indicator we will. Read more

MEETING/ORGANIZING for the October Month of Resistance Oct. 1

by Stan Nishimura, Stop Mass Incarceration Network

The October Month of Resistance to Stop Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation is a nationwide call for action initiated in the spring by Cornel West and Carl Dix (go to www.stopmassincarceration.net for the Call). This is to organize on a mass level to build a movement to say and work to STOP the crimes, abuses, and injustice of the system. In the wake of the outpouring of defiance in Ferguson we have met and are working on an overall plan for events and protests in New Haven as well as in Connecticut. Come join us and be part of the work to come out of the month of October with these issues in the minds and understanding of people throughout society.
Contact: stopmassincarcerationct@gmail.com or newhavenrbnyc@aol.com.

* Mass incarceration: WE SAY NO MORE!
* Police murder: WE SAY NO MORE!
* Torture in the prisons: WE SAY NO MORE!
* Criminalization of generations: WE SAY NO MORE!
* Attacks on immigrants: WE SAY NO MORE!

Wednesday, OCTOBER 1, 4:30 p.m. GATHER AT THE FOUNTAIN ON THE NEW HAVEN GREEN.

SPEAKOUT! and Kick Off the “October Month of Resistance” Join the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and others in speaking out. We will be reading off statistics and names of those affected by police brutality and the police state at the fountain and urge you to join in with your voice. All who oppose the police state are welcome.
We will NOT be silent. We WILL resist!

For more information contact stopmassincarceration@gmail.com

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