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Peoples Climate March

By Harvey Wasserman

Okay, so we had this historic march a little while ago. It was….

…joyous, beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring, life-confirming…and in many ways turning point.

Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can see that it will change things for a long time to come.

It proved to ourselves and the world that we have a huge, diverse, broad-based movement. And that we can put aside our differences and all get along when we have to.

We are our species’ ever-evolving immune system. We are the survival instinct that must defeat the corporate profit motive.

We are also part of a mighty activist stream that’s campaigned for peace, civil rights, social justice, workers’ rights, women’s rights, gay pride, election protection, No Nukes and so much more.

We’ve endured the circular firing squad and want it abolished.

Our hard-earned commitment to non-violence allows for a calm internal space and the great power that emerges from it.  So in a diverse movement of good people with very strong opinions, we are learning to cut each other plenty of slack.

But how do we now build on this?  What do we do next?

Politically, we operate at two essential levels:  the local, and the global.

And to stay functional, we need:  net neutrality, corporate accountability, election protection, social justice, peace.

1.  Local organizing is our ultimate source of power.
The green movement has the great luxury of tangible targets.  The King CONG corporations (Coal, Oil, Nukes, Gas) need actual land on which to do their dirty work.  So we can fight them inch-by-inch, at the source.

We can count the number of nukes Nixon wanted to build (1000) and how many we stopped or shut (about 900 in the US; far more worldwide).

We can name scores of reactors that didn’t get built, did get cancelled, are now being shut, will soon be stopped.

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