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Pray-in at the White House Jan. 15

We are facing a Climate Cliff, and we need you - our religious and spiritual leaders, other believers and all people of good will - to join us in addressing its danger by participating in “A Pray-in for the Climate” in front of the White House on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, following the agenda listed below.    To date, the religious and faith leaders who have agreed to be with us include:            Rev. Richard Cizik, President of The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good             Rev. Bob Edgar, CEO, Common Cause; Former head of National Council …

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now…. Over the bleached bones and  jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ’Too late’.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first public action of any kind, on any issue, after the November 6 election was on the issue of the climate; specifically, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. On Nov 18 3,000 people marched around the White House behind a football-field long, mock pipeline on which was written, “no tar sands pipeline.” 350.org was the primary organizer of this action. At it, Allison Chin, President of the Sierra Club, …

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Acting Before It Is Too Late

 “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. The tide in the affairs of men and women does not remain at flood—it ebbs. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, ‘Too late.’”             Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?  It has been just about three years since I’ve fasted on the climate issue, or …

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Obama, Climate, History

It was worth staying up ‘til 2 am last night to hear Barack Obama’s victory speech. The brother sure can bring it when he is inspired. Now it’s time for the climate and progressive movements to do our job as citizens and demand that he do the same on climate. It’s time, long past time, for Barack Obama to break his own self-imposed silence on climate. When did this silence begin? A piece in last week’s Guardian newspaper reminded me of how far back it goes, to a meeting the White House organized for leaders of environmental groups in March …

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Superstorm Sandy

Much of New Jersey, New York City and elsewhere definitely got hit very hard by Superstorm Hurricane Sandy yesterday: several feet of sand covering roads close to the ocean in Point Pleasant and probably elsewhere—50 or so homes burned down in Queens—extensive flooding of the lower Manhattan NYC subways—7 million or more customers without power—blizzard conditions in the Appalachians—and much more, without question. I live in NJ, about 12 miles west of Manhattan. We didn’t get much rain but we did get very high winds, probably 80 mph or so, and as my wife and I huddled together on the …

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Frankenstorm: God’s Latest Warning?

It is ironic, way beyond ironic really, that the Nation’s Capital—and the entire Northeast-- is staring down the barrel of an incredibly powerful storm about which a National Weather Service meteorologist has said, “"I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m at a loss for expletives to describe what this storm could do." Perhaps this weather scare that may well be much more than just a scare is God’s revenge for the refusal of the U.S. government to take action on the climate crisis. Or maybe this is His way of inserting the climate issue into a Presidential election campaign …

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America the Possible: a book review

“Should we fail to act now on the climate front, the world will likely become so nasty and brutish that the possibility of rebirth, of achieving something new and beautiful, will simply vanish, and we will be left with nothing but the burden of climate chaos and societies’ endless responses to it.”                                                          America the Possible, p. 13  One thing I’ve learned over the 44 years that I’ve been a progressive activist and organizer is that I gain strength from seeing other people change and grow. In some cases these have been young people whose exposure to the truth about …

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Will Obama’s Poll Decline Finally Break the Silence on Climate?

Four years ago, when Barack Obama was running against John McCain for the Presidency and when the climate crisis was not as severe as it has become, both Obama and McCain were in agreement that 1) it existed and 2) action should be taken on it. As importantly, they both spoke about this issue throughout the campaign. Obama’s program back then, put forward in early August 2008, projected 1 million plug-in hybrid cars by 2015, a commitment to energy efficiency, investing in an upgrade of the national utility grid, weatherizing one million homes annually, a 100% auction—with no freebies for …

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Larry Gibson

Fr. Dan Berrigan once wrote a poem, “Some,” that I thought of after hearing of Appalachian hero Larry Gibson’s death two days ago: Some stood up once and sat down. Some walked a mile and walked away. Some stood up twice then sat down. It’s too much, they cried. Some walked two miles then walked away. I’ve had it, they cried. Some stood and stood and stood. They were taken for fools, they were taken for being taken in. Some walked and walked and walked They walked the earth They walked the waters They walked the air. Why do you …

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Albany Action a Big Boost to No-Fracking Movement

Upwards of 2,000 people attended the Don’t Frack New York demonstration yesterday, Monday, August 27 in Albany, N.Y. That’s a lot of people on a work day in the last week of August. But it wasn’t just the numbers that were impressive. It was the vision articulated by numerous speakers at the pre-march and post-march rallies that Cuomo should be rising to the challenge of history and connecting with the history of past NY state leaders like Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Instead of allowing fracking, he should embrace a green energy program to make NY a national leader in the absolutely …

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