Climate Justice

Nuclear Power – the perfect solution for Utopians

A well-written article on the disastrous new interest in nuclear power by Serhii Plokhy, from the UK Guardian – click here.

Plokhy speaks of “the hazard inherent in all nuclear power. In order for this method of producing electricity to be safe, everything else in society has to be functioning perfectly. Warfare, economic collapse, climate change itself – all of these increasingly real risks make nuclear sites potentially perilous places.”

Great! As long as we can guarantee world peace and security for the next 10,000 years – not to mention solve all of the environmental crises – then nuclear power and waste make total sense.

Until then, count me out.

Click here for the full article.

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Russians Resist Ukraine Invasion – 7500 arrests

UPDATE (March 6) – UK Guardian now reports over 7500 arrests throughout Russian – click here for full UKG report.

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Click here for original Feb 24 story

(February 24) The UK Guardian reports 1700 arrests in the Russian Federation in protest of Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine. Pjotr Sauer and Andrew Roth report from Moscow:

“Vladimir Putin has said there is broad public support for the invasion of Ukraine that he announced just before dawn on Thursday morning. But by evening, thousands of people in cities across Russia had defied police threats to take to central squares and protest against the military campaign.

“Police had made at least 1,702 arrest in 53 Russian cities as of Thursday evening, according to the OVD-Info monitor, as they cracked down on the unsanctioned protests. Most of the arrests were made in Moscow and St Petersburg, where the crowds were largest.”

Image: Moscow protester, February 2022 – by Konstantin Zavrazhin

Climate Justice, Culture

Steve Nadel – Presenté!

Our old activist comrade and my close friend Steve Nadel passed away in early December 2021. Steve was 68, and had been in good health until a stroke in October.

Here’s a tribute from the Bay Area Sunflower Alliance

In my circles, Steve marched with Teen Earth Magic in the 2011 Solstice in the Streets event. We traveled together to Nevada Test Site several times for actions in the 1980s. He helped defend Peoples Park in the 1990s, and organized around Richmond Oil Refinery in recent years. He was also the Funky Nixons’ number one roadie!

Some folks from the old days knew Steve from Livermore Action Group, a 1980s Bay Area anti-nuke and anti-intervention coalition. The character Mort in my book Direct Action is based on Steve – http://DirectAction.org/book

Those who worked with him regarded Steve as one of the sharpest and clearest thinkers we ever met. I wish we’d pressed him to write more. He co-edited Direct Action newspaper in the 1980s and GroundWork magazine in the 1990s – click for back issues.

He consistently called old friends together for holiday BBQs, and hosted a Monty Python-infused party each year at Thanksgiving. 

He’ll be missed by friends and by many on the activist front.

What is remembered lives – Steve Nadel, presenté!

– by George Franklin/Luke Hauser

Climate Justice

Forest Defense – Logging Alert near Mendocino Woodlands

The decades-long effort to limit logging in Northern California’s Jackson State Demonstration Forest, which contains Mendocino Woodlands, is currently facing vast areas of active and proposed new cuts.

Mendocino Woodlands is home to four Reclaiming witchcamps as well as dozens of other grassroots camps and retreats.

Read a report from forest defender Fly.

Photo courtesy SaveTheRedwoods.org

Climate Justice, Culture

Last Wild Witch – on Youtube!

Starhawk’s classic eco-fable for all ages – read by Georgie Craig. With surrealistic illustrations by Lindy Kehoe.

Youtube – with all of the pictures!

In the heart of the last magic forest lives the last wild witch…

Will the children of the perfect town find their inner power and let a little magic into everyone’s lives?

Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice, Culture, Immigration

Youtube: History of Direct Action

History of Nonviolent Direct Action in the US: https://youtu.be/s6XTNv2Caus

A brief excursion through 200 years of US activism, with a focus on post-1980 nonviolent activism.

I originally made this video in connection with my book “Direct Action,” and updated it following the Fall 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. 

It offers one version of the nonviolent activist lineage that helped shape today’s protest movements.

– George Franklin aka Luke Hauser aka…

Photo by Janet Delaney – Livermore 1983.
Black Lives Matter, Resources & Downloads

Anti-Racism Curriculum from Reclaiming’s DARC work group

DARC (Decolonizing Actions in Reclaiming Communities), a group of Black, Indigenous, and Mixed Race people from around Reclaiming, has created a booklet detailing a participatory workshop for communities, camps, and congregations, including readings, videos, and discussion questions.

Download the PDF here.

This is an open-hearted invitation to communities, covens, camps, and other groups to tackle the big issues of race, racism, anti-racism, and decolonization.

This resource outlines a participatory workshop, with readings, videos, and discussion questions throughout. If you are facilitating this workshop, please read through the entire document first, then feel free to pick and choose which items your group will focus on, based on the group’s composition, interests, level of understanding, and time. Hopefully all groups – from the 101 level on up – will find something valuable to spark discussion here.

Depending on the nature of the group, you might wish to create sacred space or use other techniques such as icebreakers, rounds, or small-group activities to build relationships and trust between community members and thus create a reflective space for listening within and without, a safe(r) space for speaking truth, a brave space for taking risks and daring to make mistakes.

Doing anti-racist work can be tricky and may require strong facilitation skills. Facilitators might want to work in pairs or teams or rotate leadership. We are hoping that people will find ways to support each other in this work.

Download the PDF here.

Black Lives Matter

BLM – Portland Wall of Vets Joins Protests

Adding their voices to the Wall of Moms (“Moms are here! Feds stay clear!”) and the Wall of Dads who have stood up to Trumpian repression in Portland comes the Wall of Vets.

Dozens of veterans joined the thousands of citizens protesting the federal agents’ presence in Portland. Support protests have broken out in other cities including Oakland, Seattle, and more.

Mike Baker/NYT Report & Video

The Hill – Wall of Vets Report

Amidst a rowdy and potentially violent situation, these groups are pioneering new tactics in nonviolent resistance.

Viva Portland!

Photo New York Times

Portland-Vets-NYT

Black Lives Matter

BLM – Oakland Solidarity with Portland

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Over a thousand people rallied and marched in Oakland this eve (July 25 2020) in support of Portland Black Lives Matter protesters who have been targeted by Trumpian federal thugs. I took the shots below before dusk.

The march then headed for Oakland police headquarters – here is ABC’s report on that part of the protest.

ABC News Report

The stated goal of the march was to express solidarity with besieged Portland BLM activists.

For many people, the aim was to create another flashpoint in the latest round of street agitation. When the government (at least the Trumpian wing) tries to crack down, our best response is to create multiple flashpoints, any of which could flare up at any moment. Keep them guessing.

I’ll be watching for news from Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta – and of course Portland.

– Photos and report by Luke Hauser

 

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