Had to republish this..
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Had to republish this..
Hello to all,
Based on the responses I received, it seems that Wed., Aug 29 is the best date for a meeting. So I’m going to call it: 6:30 p.m. at my house (a little early for Marilyn, a little late for Padma, but a compromise). We have a date set for an event with Larry Parham of Citizen Action, to see the film “Priceless” about campaign finance reform and have some discussion, on September 19 at the Ted Stroehble Center in Monticello. So we need to plan publicity for that.
We will have a little ice cream/frozen yogurt refreshments, coupons sent by Ben and Jerry’s as a thank you for the work we did on the resolution (part of their “get the dough out” campaign), which I just received today with a little note.
Also, please be aware that Thomas Brown is leading a very vigorous recruitment campaign for voter registration and supporters of Obama in November, and perhaps even more importantly, to build support for Julian Schreibman, the progressive Democrat who is running for 19th District and has been endorsed by Maurice Hinchey. Schreibman will have a tough fight against Chris Gibson, the Republican incumbent whose district was melded into Maurice’s district.
The OFA team will be at my house this week, Mon-Thurs, from 4:30 till about 7:30 or so, to canvass in Liberty and build as much support as possible. Anyone is welcome to join us, get out in a walk around one of Liberty’s neighborhoods, meet some of the folks here and talk about what’s important to them. My house serves as a base, and we’ll wind up with debriefing and refreshments. If you have any questions, be sure to email me, or give me a quick call (393 4895).
Thanks, and I hope I see some of you this week, and all of you on the 29th.
(from The Nation, July 25, 2012)
I have been following this summer’s droughts and heat waves, one of the three worst in the last ten or so years, and so far the worst. I am extremely concerned as I am sure many of you all are about this, and the failure of this year’s “Durban Climate change convention’ in South Africa, to make any changes or headway in this dire situation.
Summer 2012 has broken thousands of records, bringing misery and worse to millions of Americans. By mid-July the death toll was nearing 100, said Wunderground.com. That is certain to rise—not just because the forecast is for hot weather to persist but because, as in 2003, many heat wave deaths are epidemiologically traceable only well after the fact. Meanwhile, the United States is suffering the worst drought in fifty years, leading the Department of Agriculture to declare more than 1,000 counties—about one of every three in the nation—natural disaster zones. The reverberations will be global and may include violence.
Hi to All,
Above is a short video of the end of the march Saturday, and the very vocal ‘Bus for Progress’ group from central New Jersey , who so kindly gave Kathie and I a ride for most of the march, escaping from the heat. The bus also picked up several other elderly who had collapsed along side the march route as we went along.
You will see Kathie A. and a quick view of Padma (MoveOn Sullivan ) and others from MoveOn and various other progressive groups a the “StoptheFrackAttack’ march on Saturday, July 28, 2012, on the ‘grotto’ area outside the US Capitol.
Another successful coalition of many groups as far as Ohio and North Carolina, joined many from NY, NJ, PA and the Northeast, including, ‘NYagainstfracking.org’. ‘350.org’ (Bill McKibben), the ‘Sierra Club’, our sponsor, ‘Catskill Mountainkeeper’. Thanks for the opportunity to Carolyn and the rest. 23 Sullivan residents, including myself, were able to go. Thanks to your fabulous bus driver, Andy, who was ‘longsuffering’. A long but successful day, despite dangerous heat, for many, and the long day. Democracy now had a short clip from the march today, (Monday, July 30), announcing thousands in the crowd.
Reporting , Bob Dorn
This 80-minute documentary focuses on the growing “wealth gap” in America, as seen through the eyes of filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 27-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. Johnson, who cut his film teeth at NYU and made the Emmy®-nominated 2003 HBO documentary Born Rich, here sets his sights on exploring the political, moral and emotional rationale that enables a tiny percentage of Americans – the one percent – to control nearly half the wealth of the entire United States. The film Includes interviews with Nicole Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., Adnan Khashoggi, Milton Friedman, Robert Reich, Ralph Nader and other luminaries.
I have been watching this documentary and am amazed at the audacity, and non caring attitude of the Super Rich.