Environment

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NYC
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Blocking U.S. imperialism’s regime change agenda focused on Venezuela and Iran should be a priority for the left. Our panel will discuss both the historical context for this threat and the critical relevancy to the global anti-imperialist/climate and energy justice movements. The debate in the left regarding Maduro and the course of the Bolivarian Revolution is secondary, on one side is Trump/Pompeo/Bolton/Elliot Abrams (the war criminal from the Reagan era) and their appointed "president" Guaido, on the other side is the right of self-determination of Venezuela free of criminal imperial aggression/economic warfare/sanctions and the continuing threat of armed intervention. We should note U.S. involvement in the 2002 failed coup. Considering Iran, the sordid history of U.S. intervention goes back to the 1953 CIA-instigated coup removing Mossadegh. Now Iran is once again a target of regime change, with the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and imposing new sanctions raising the danger of a reprise of the catastrophic Iraq war. Militarized fossil capital wants control of the world’s biggest oil reserve found in Venezuela’s Orinoco deposit and likewise the fourth largest reserve in Iran. Extracting this oil will drive us to catastrophic climate change (C3). Only by blocking the imperial agenda will the ecosocialist-inspired Bolivarian Revolution have the chance to use a small fraction of its conventional oil reserve as an energy supply for solarization of Latin America, as well as a revenue source for its social transformation, thereby creating a model for a cooperative global regime for preventing C3.
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LA
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First Daughter and the Black Snake” follows the efforts by Winona LaDuke, famed Native American environmentalist and executive director of Honor the Earth, in her battle—successful to this point—to stop development of several pipelines that would cut across Indian reservations in northern Minnesota, jeopardizing food and water sources for the Ojibwe tribes, while trampling treaties now a century and a half old. “First Daughter” was produced by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Keri Pickett, an award-winning American photographer, author and filmmaker whose work explores love, family and community. Keri will discuss the film after the showing.
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In Los Angeles today, transit and climate racism demand racial and environmental justice. The Labor/Community Strategy Center is carrying out a Free Public Transportation/Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers Campaign but there is virtually no white or progressive support as the racial (racist) divide In Los Angeles continues as Black and Latino communities struggle alone while most white people talk about Trump, Bernie, Wall Street, but do not challenge their own or societal racism. This is a chance to change those dynamics. We are demanding Free Public Transportation/No Cars in L.A., No Police on MTA Buses and Trains, No Police in L.A. Schools, Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers/Stop U.S. Genocide Against Black people. This panel will feature lead organizers Channing Martinez, Barbara Lott-Holland, India Tate, and Elmo Gomez in conversation with Strategy Director Eric Mann and the audience about how we can work together to actually win those demands over the next 2, 5, and 10 years—starting now. The discussion will focus on how all of us can get involved, through pressure on MTA board members Mayor Garcetti, Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Hilda Solis. Raise funds, hold house parties, go door to door, do social media, show up at MTA board meetings, really get involved in this historic movement and historic struggle.
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LA
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The wealthy few are destroying our climate, our eco-systems and our communities. They destroy Appalachiaѓ??s mountains for profit they make from coal. They poisoned the Gulf of Mexico for profit they make from oil. They are destroying communities from New York to the American West for profit theyѓ??ll make from natural gas. Now frontline communities and allies from across the continent have risen up against the fossil fuel industry. In the past year alone, from Washington D.C. to the streets of St. Louis to highways and byways of rural Idaho, the fight against fossil fuels has intensified with massive amounts of direct action and grassroots organizing.
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LA
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The nuclear crisis in Japan, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago has dropped from the mainstream news outlets. Japanese prime minister Noda, keen to have the world forget and move on, declared in December that the crisis has "been resolved". But the crisis is very far from over with 3% of the Japanese landmass radioactively contaminated and 110,000 people still living as evacuees. As a result, anti-nuclear activism has sprung up all over Japan, leading many, especially women, to become politically active for the first time. New grassroots organizations have formed in Japan and the United States to evacuate more people and force the government to support those who voluntarily evacuate. A reportback from Japan will lead to a discussion of organizing efforts in New York to close down Indian Point nuclear plant, just 30 miles from Pace and the future of nuclear power in light of the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima-Daiichi. The discussion will take up broader themes of nuclear power and its connection to nuclear weapons, as well as the question of whether nuclear power could be an answer to climate change.
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LA
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The prospect of environmental crises, including but not limited to climate change, had become a dominant concern of the left. On this panel, which coincides with a Dissent special issue about environmentalism, we provide a broad spectrum look at what kind of environmental advocacy is happening now, what activists hope to achieve, and what their chances for success are. Panelists will address local as well as national efforts.
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LA
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In order to eliminate fossil fuels from electric generation to avert climate disaster, there are two possibilities. 1) WWS renewables, advocated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2012 study and others; 2) Generation-4 nuclear, specifically Liquid-Fuel Thorium Reactors - LFTR - advocated by the Thorium Energy Alliance and others. This panel will discuss the Pros and Cons of each approach. That is, are humanity and ecosystem better served by proceeding toward low-energy-density, dispersed, intermittent, renewables; or should we resume the R&D begun in the 1960s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to commercialize high-enegy-density, concentrated, baseload, modular reactors fueled by thorium? Both approaches will be explored, with some speakers favoring WWS renewables, and some speakers favoring thorium nuclear.
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LA
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There are national and international environmental groups and there are local grassroots environmental groups. There are groups working within the system and groups putting pressure on the system from outside. They don't often work together. Why not? Can they? Are they that fundamentally different?