activism, Immigration

Ma Nature Says No to The Wall!

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Mother Nature dismantles Trump’s wall – perfectly illustrating why Direct Action author Luke Hauser has long espoused scrapping the whole stupid idea of a wall and instead building a dome.

From the UK Guardian – the finest English language news-site on the interweb:

“A section of Donald Trump’s much-vaunted border wall between the United States and Mexico has blown over in high winds, US border patrol officers have been reported as saying.

“The steel panels, more than nine metres (30ft) high, began to lean at a sharp angle on the border between the Californian town of Calexico and Mexicali in Mexico amid gusts on Wednesday.

“The section of wall was under construction at the time, with concrete anchors being put in place. But the strong winds blew the panels over onto the Mexican side of the border before the concrete had cured, according to reports.”

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Also – Luke Hauser argues for scrapping the wall and building a dome

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activism, Climate Justice, Culture

Give ’em Hell Greta!

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Greta is barely gone and I miss her already.

Oh, I never met her. i’ve never actually watched a video of her speaking.

But every time I read about her, she’s setting some old farts straight. I find myself spontaneously saying, “Give ’em hell, Greta!”

“You’re Failing!” – Who, Us?

I loved when she told the US Congress: “You may be trying, but you’re failing.”

Only here’s the hitch – I think Greta, for all of her obvious brilliance, still has the naive notion that those Congressional representatives actually represent the American people – as opposed to various corporate and financial interests.

So when she told them they were failing – she really meant it for all of us here in the U.S.

Not just the rich and powerful – every one of us.

Taking It to Heart

Honestly, I took it to heart. I’ve been trying for a long time to make a difference in the world – and in terms of climate justice, I don’t really have a whole lot to show for it..

Why do I keep trying? Good question that I ask myself some mornings.

Partly because I have to keep living in this world. And partly because I want young folks in my life – and those like Greta that I will never meet – to know that we tried.

Here’s a group working to make a difference around the world – this is their Bay Area website. Google for other locales.

Contact Extinction Rebellion

Fall 2019 XR Action in SF – photos by Luke Hauser

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activism, Climate Justice, Culture

Extinction Rebellion – SF Die-Ins

Several hundreds people gathered at San Francisco’s Civic Center on October 16, 2019 for a solemn procession punctuated by die-ins, as part of a day of Climate Justice protests.
The action, organized by Bay Area Extinction Rebellion as part of international protests during October 2019, included people from Red Rebels, Decolonization, Playful Animal Parade, Mindful Direct Action, the Climate Anxiety Tent, DAWG, and WICCA (Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action – our Bay Area Pagan Cluster!).
The actions focused attention on California government and Governor Newsom, and demanded that the state:
–  Declare a climate emergency
–  Commit to fossil-free California by 2025
–  Empower communities through citizen’s assemblies
–  Work for a just transition
Future Actions and Events: extinctionrebellionsfbay.org
WICCA/Pagan Cluster – contact and join our googlegroup
Photo by Luke Hauser.
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activism, Culture, Photos

Climate Justice – Photos from SF

Several thousand Bay Area activists shut down the central financial district of San Francisco, known as Wall Street West.

Click here for photos by Luke Hauser

The September 25, 2019 actions were part of international climate justice events, including the global student strike on September 20.

Reclaiming’s Bay Area Pagan Cluster – Witches Invoking Creative Climate Action, or WICCA – organized a ritual for mid-afternoon. The cluster processed down California Street singing We Are the Rising Sun, then did a short Equinox ritual in the middle of the “mural district” of Montgomery Street, ending with a spiral dance to Our Hands Will Work for Peace and Justice (Harvest Chant).

Click here for photos by Luke Hauser

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activism, Culture, Video

Stonewall – 50 Years of Inspiration

June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal event in the history of GLBQT rights.

Here’s links to documentaries on youtube. Sadly, PBS – “public” broadcasting – is so busy monetizing its properties that it allows us to see only the first 7 minutes of its hour-long video.

Maybe it’s time for another uprising?

Stonewall Documentaries on Youtube

Photo: Kay Tobin, The NY Public Library Collections.

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activism, Resources & Downloads

Teen Earth Magic Workbook – Not For Teens Only!

Luke Hauser is back with a book of Earth-based spirituality and magical activism in the tradition of Starhawk and Reclaiming.

The Teen Earth Magic Workbook – not for teens only! – focuses on empowerment, awareness, and action.

Available on Amazon or as a free PDF.

Visit teenearthmagic.org/workbook/

This unique and powerful tool, based on twelve years of rituals, classes, and grassroots activism at Reclaiming’s Teen Earth Magic camp, gathers 350 pages of Reclaiming-style magic plus 40 years of music and other resources – much of it free online.

Hundreds of ideas for teens, adults, teachers, and organizers – spellcrafting, divination, activism, pentacle magic, and much more.

Illustrated with dozens of photos from our California-based youth retreat, sibling camps Witchlets in the Woods and Redwood Magic Family Camp, and events such as the Spiral Dance and street activism, the book includes:

  • step-by-step skills and practice in creating magical rituals
  • sample rituals including an online ritual
  • a whole chapter on magical activism
  • interviews with participants about the meaning of magic and how we can use it to help change ourselves and the world
  • dozens of spells and workings that can be done alone or in groups; solitary and small-circle magic
  • dealing with curses and negative energy; pentacle workings; intuitive tarot and divination
  • chants for rituals and everyday magic
  • and much more!

With a Foreword by Starhawk, whose Earth Activist Training courses helped inspire Teen Earth Magic.

Available on Amazon or as a free PDF.

Visit teenearthmagic.org/workbook/

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activism, Culture, Satires

Curbing Rampant Pedestrianism

Lately I’ve noticed an ugly phenomenon in our fair bayside communities – careless and inconsiderate pedestrians have been taking over the sidewalks, forcing legally-sanctioned scooter riders to dodge, swerve, and ultimately to dismount and walk their electrified vehicles!

This has got to stop! Unfortunately, no one acts more entitled than a pedestrian on a sidewalk.

We need to get pedestrians under control before someone gets hurt. When I see scooters constantly having to dodge people on foot, I know it’s just a matter of time until a careless pedestrian is going to accidentally hit and kill a scooter rider. I’m surprised it hasn’t accidentally happened already. Those kind of accidents are to be expected when pedestrians get out of control.

Pedestrian Lanes & Laws

I propose that all sidewalks be marked with clear lanes, and pedestrians be required to stay in their lane unless they signal a turn at least 50 feet in advance.

Anyone intending to walk around SF or Oakland must obtain a license; provide proof of insurance (in case they accidentally hurt a scooter or a scooter-rider); and at all times wear a helmet, kneepads, and turn signals.

A Long-Term Vision

Ultimately, our urban vision must eliminate pedestrians entirely from the city. If enough scooters are strewn around on sidewalks and streets and dumpsters and lakes, there will no longer be any excuse for walking.

Join our campaign to eliminate pedestrianism! Email bartcourier@gmail.com

Image: San Francisco activists pile yuppie scooters in front of techie megabus.

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