activism, Culture

Post Scarcity Anarchism – Classic Murray Bookchin

Post Scarcity Anarchism by Murray Bookchin first published in the 1970’s looks at social change and how to participate in/achieve meaningful social change.

In case you’ve never read it or want to read it again, this book has never been so relevant.

It examines what our capitalist society is and what will eventually happen to it (which is what’s happening now!)

– from Baruch

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activism, Climate Justice

Planet Plastic – Good Article

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Good Rolling Stone article on the deluge of plastics leaking into our food, water, and air.

Planet Plastic – Rolling Stone

Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once. More than half the plastic now on Earth has been created since 2002, and plastic pollution is on pace to double by 2030.

The Petroleum Connection

At its root, the global plastics crisis is a product of our addiction to fossil fuels. The private profit and public harm of the oil industry is well understood: Oil is refined and distributed to consumers, who benefit from gasoline’s short, useful lifespan in a combustion engine, leaving behind atmospheric pollution for generations. But this same pattern — and this same tragedy of the commons — is playing out with another gift of the oil-and-gas giants, whose drilling draws up the petroleum precursors for plastics. These are refined in industrial complexes and manufactured into bottles, bags, containers, textiles, and toys for consumers who benefit from their transient use — before throwing them away.

Get the full story:

Planet Plastic – Rolling Stone

 

activism, Culture, Resources & Downloads

The Diggers – revolutionary ancestors!

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In 1649, near London, a rag-tag group of radicals staked a claim to common land and began to clear and plant it so it would be a “common treasury for all.”

The Diggers – an essay

Among our most interesting ancestors, these English revolutionaries were forerunners of groups like Food Not Bombs – claiming unused resources in the name of the community.

Here’s a short article about the Diggers of 1649 and their place in the revolution of the 1640s.

Click here for a bunch more history articles, including the 40-page illustrated essay “Our Magical Ancestors – available as free PDF or read online.

 

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.”

PhotoTop Ten News

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

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activism, Culture, Music, Satires

Funky Nixons – Still Not Crooks!

Funky Nixons now on all streaming services!

Youtube | Spotify

The Funky Nixons – Berkeley’s Finest

Direct Action author Luke Hauser helped launch the infamous Funky Nixons, known in the Bay Area as the House Band of Peoples Park (ie, we played there a lot and provided backup for other performers).

Although Hauser – now a part-time recluse living under assumed names due to unremitting pursuit by international espionage agents – left the band years ago, the rest of the crew persists in their nefarious career, and perform several times a year in the Bay Area.

Streaming income supports this website! Get to it!

Songs include

Screw the Rich

L.A. Driver

Smoke a Joint with Jesus

We Support the Troops

Immigrant Man

Barbara Bush’s Dog

Funky Nixons now on all streaming services!

Youtube | Spotify

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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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