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[SDCPJ] Fwd: PLEASE FORWARD: Don't miss the Counter-Inaugural People's Ball: $AVE ON-LINE ~ Fri. Jan 20 CENTRO CULTURAL
PLEASE FORWARD: Don't miss the Counter-Inaugural People's Ball: $AVE ON-LINE ~ Fri. Jan 20 CENTRO CULTURAL
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Fri. Jan 20 CENTRO CULTURAL de La Raza 2004 Park Blvd 7-11PM
Greg Palast is keynote speaker!
Reporting on election manipulation & fraud.
Reporting on election manipulation & fraud.
Live Latin Dance Music, Finger Foods, Inspirational Activist Speakers, no-host bar, raffle, awesome entertainment... and the strength to maintain the progressive movement.
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MON. MLK DAY - Help ASD distribute fliers at the March 619-871-9354 http://www.nansd.net/king-march
Jan 16, 2017
at 2:00pm - 4:30pm
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd,
JAN. 16th, Monday -- ASD General meeting (NOT AT JOYCE BEERS) at the Peace Resource Center, Gateway Drive - come help plan for the demonstration on Inauguration day Jan. 20th
Inauguration day Jan. 20th - Meet at City College to march to the Federal Building with the Alliance for Justice (Activist San Diego is an AfJ member) http://www.activistsandiego.org/node/5407
Help ASD distribute fliers at the March 619-871-9354
JAN. 21st, Saturday: San Diego Women's March, are peacefully marching in San Diego in solidarity with the Women's March in DC. We are dedicated to a free and open society. Together we stand united in our respect for all people and we resist the marginalization of anyone. http://www.activistsandiego.org/node/5409
JAN. 22, Sunday TEACH-IN at Centro Cultural de la Raza 2004 Park Blvd - Strategize and organize for activism in the age for Trump.
[WOSD-Discussion] Media Release: HOMELESS ADVOCATES REACT TO MAYOR'S SOLUTIONS FOR HOMELESSNESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2017Contact: Martha Sullivan, 858-945-6273, firstname.lastname@example.orgHOMELESS ADVOCATES REACT TO MAYOR FAULCONER'S SOLUTIONS FOR HOMELESSNESS IN HIS 2017 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESSWHAT: Press Conference & Performance by the Voices of Our City ChoirWHEN: THURSDAY, January 12, 2017, about 7:30-8:30pm (following Mayor's State of the City)WHERE: Horton Plaza Park (Near 4th & E/across from the Balboa Theater)After attending the Mayor's 2017 State of the City address at the Balboa Theater, Women Occupy San Diego, Voices of Our City Choir and other concerned San Diegans will gather nearby to share reactions to what he proposes as solutions to homelessness.Following our delivery last week of over 1,100 signatures on a Change.org petition1 calling for Emergency Humanitarian Action by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to suspend the ticketing, arrest or stay-away orders of homeless people:"Stacie Spector, Faulconer's senior adviser for housing solutions, later issued a statement saying that she's 'very appreciative of the community's passion in support of the unsheltered.
"'This is a growing concern that we share and city staff are working diligently every day to ensure services and beds are made available to homeless individuals,' Spector said. 'Mayor Faulconer has made addressing homelessness a top priority and plans to discuss solutions at next week's State of the City address.'"2This Petition now has over 1,300 signatures. As Mayor, Kevin Faulconer is responsible for the safety of the San Diegans who are left to our streets as a direct consequence of the decisions and actions by him and other San Diego government and business leaders over the past decade, which have decimated San Diego's affordable housing stock. This is a man-made Disaster, and requires Disaster Relief, NOT ticketing, arrest and stay away orders from services and resources desperately needed by homeless people.
- The Voices of the City Choir will perform, with co-founder, Steph Johnson, and other members of the Choir (homeless and housed) giving their reactions to Mayor Faulconer's proposed solutions to homelessness. PBS NewsHour featured the Choir last month.3
- The Hon. Lori Saldana, Member of the CA Assembly (Ret) representing San Diego 2005-2010 and San Diego Community College Professor who works with homeless people and others struggling to survive, will provide her assessment of the solutions presented by the Mayor in his 2017 State of the City address.
- Suzanne Morse of Heartfelt Voices will speak on how the Mayor's State of the City addressed the continuing trauma to victims of domestic violence who often wind up living on our streets.
- Jeeni Criscenzo of Amikas will talk about its proposal to the Mayor and City Council last year, similar to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's initiatives underway since 2015:"Mayor Murray showed leadership in declaring a state of emergency on homelessness in 2015 and putting forward landmark legislation to establish three legal and safe encampments. The mayor even offered up city-owned property in Ballard, Interbay and other locations."From a homeless person's perspective, living in a legal encampment with food, water, toilets, a kitchen, security, tiny houses (with doors that lock) and case management services is a far cry from trying to survive alone on the street. We now have a year's experience with the three city-sanctioned sites that have been operating in Ballard, Interbay and Othello. They house 160 people at any time, including singles, couples, seniors, vets, families with children and people with pets. Thousands of other people have been helped in the short term as they pass through, staying for a night or a week before moving on."Each location has a city mandated Community Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of neighbors, businesses and church groups who monitor progress, give feedback and lend support. Each site has social workers helping families and individuals connect quickly to housing, employment and education so that living in a tent or a tiny house is not a dead end. My organization, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), contracts with the city for services. SHARE and Nickelsville organizes the residents on daily operations, employing self-help requirements and democratic decision-making. Everyone has duties and chores, they must follow a strict code of conduct, and they are accountable to the community. No alcohol, drugs, weapons and violence are allowed."On December 1, Mayor Murray announced the establishment of three new homeless encampment sites in Licton Springs, Georgetown and Myers Way in West Seattle. These will shelter over 200 individuals and will prioritize homeless people who are currently living in dangerous and unsafe locations on Seattle's streets and sidewalks. The Georgetown and Licton Springs sites will open in early 2017, and both are planned with tiny houses instead of tents. Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Debora Juarez are supporting tiny houses over tents for the sites in their district." 4BACKGROUND: As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, in the past 6 years, decisions by San Diego leaders of government and business eliminated 10,000 "affordable" units of housing, canceling out the entire amount added going back to 1979. Even worse, just 543 permanent units designated for homeless people have been added in the past 10 years. Since 2003, over half of the City's single-room occupancy units have been replaced by market-rate hotels, apartments, condos and office buildings. As a direct result of these policy decisions and priorities by San Diego officials, the population of homeless people in San Diego has spiked in the past two years, with a 19% increase in people who are unsheltered Countywide from 2015 to 2016. San Diego now has the 4th largest population of homeless people in the U.S.
School districts report thousands of students who have no place to call "home". Emergency shelter for families with children is non-existent. The number of people aged 55+ living on the streets has doubled in the past year. People of color are disproportionately represented. As bluntly put by the San Diego Union-Tribune's Business columnist:
"No, the magnets of great weather and lavish welfare don't explain such growth. Los Angeles County, with the same climate and larger subsidies, has cut its chronic population by 29 percent (to a still-catastrophic 12,354 people). Salt Lake City is down 98 percent, Houston is down 86 percent, and the U.S. overall is down 32 percent.
"In our burgeoning failure to house the most vulnerable, San Diego stands alone. We are a national disgrace."
The Mayor of San Diego's answer to the burgeoning population of people forced to live on the streets due to the his own decisions and actions over the past decade (2 years as Mayor, 8 years as City Councilmember) and those of his fellow officials and business leaders? Direct the San Diego Police Department to engage in an escalating campaign of ticketing and arrests for obscure offenses in the Municipal Code, as well as plea bargains by the City Attorney to include "stay away orders" to keep people with no home nor shelter away from the very services intended to help them. Concurrent with this campaign escalated in organized fashion this past March (leading up to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Comic-Con in July), a downtown San Diego business group's monthly census shows a 68% spike in street homelessness since January of this year. So clearly, criminalizing homeless people for harmless, unavoidable behaviors of sleeping and sitting, has not worked to reduce homelessness on the streets of downtown San Diego.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
[SDCPJ] PLEASE FORWARD: Don't miss the Counter-Inaugural People's Ball: $AVE ON-LINE ~ Fri. Jan 20 CENTRO CULTURAL
NOTE: We have a few free tickets for financially-strapped VOLUNTEERS, but Please attend volunteer meetings on both Tuesdays Jan. 10 & 17 @ 7pm @ Activist Center 4246 Wightman (3nter driveway on VanDyke)Don't miss the Counter-Inaugural People's Ball:
SAVE $ ON-LINE ~ NOW!Fri. Jan 20 CENTRO CULTURAL de La Raza 2004 Park Blvd 7-11PMGreg Palast is keynote speaker!
Reporting on election manipulation & fraud.~~~Live Latin Dance Music, Food, Inspirational Activist Speakers, no-host bar, raffle, awesome entertainment.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
[SDCPJ] Fwd: Radioactive waste documentary "Containment" premieres on PBS, Mon., Jan. 9, 10pm Eastern
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Radioactive waste documentary "Containment" premieres on PBS, Mon., Jan. 9, 10pm EasternHow can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Toxic remnants from the Cold War remain in millions of gallons of highly radioactive sludge, thousands of acres of radioactive land, tens of thousands of unused hot buildings, and some slowly spreading deltas of contaminated groundwater. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create warning monuments that will speak across time to mark waste repositories.Containment moves from a nuclear weapon facility in South Carolina where toxic swamps have led to radioactive animals, to a deep underground burial site in New Mexico, to Fukushima, Japan, where a triple meltdown occurred after the cooling systems at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were interrupted, leaving that city a ghost town. The film is part graphic novel and part observational essay mixed with sci-fi that is more science than fiction, weaving between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled distant future, exploring the struggle to keep waste confined over millennia.PBS's Independent Lens website about Containment includes a number of film trailers and short clips you can watch.
Beyond Nuclear was honored and privileged to serve in an advisory role for this film by Peter Galison & Robb Moss, and is thankful to have had a short interview included, alongside those of numerous colleagues. (Be sure to check your local listings to make sure your local PBS channel is showing it. More.)
"Day Against Denial" Actions (Mon., Jan. 9), and Resisting Trump's Corporate CabinetBeyond Nuclear has joined in coalition with such partners as Climate Reality Check, 350.org, and FOE in a nationwide "Day Against Denial" actions on Mon., Jan. 9, and with Food & Water Watch on blocking President-elect Trump's dirty, dangerous and expensive energy industry Cabinet nominees.
Beyond Nuclear has published an exposé on former Texas governor Rick Perry's blatant conflict of interest involving the Waste Control Specialists radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, Texas, that disqualifies him from serving as Energy Secretary. Please phone your two U.S. Senators via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and urge them to block Perry's confirmation.
With Trump's inauguration fast approaching, Beyond Nuclear has joined in solidarity with allies for social justice, the environment, and other progressive causes, to endorse and take part in the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21st, the complementary #We Rise - Jan. 21 Teach-In, and AFSC's Jan. 22nd "Challenging Trumpism, Wars, and Militarism" conference, all taking place in Washington, D.C. Please come to participate if you can, and spread the word!
Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant to close by 2020-2021New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may announce early this week a widely reported, but yet to be confirmed, agreement between his office, Entergy, NY Attorney General Schneiderman, and Riverkeeper, Inc. to permanently shut down the Indian Point Units 2 & 3 atomic reactors by April 2020 and April 2021, respectively. (See photo, above right, of a Japanese delegation, sponsored by Beyond Nuclear, including Fukushima nuclear catastrophe survivors and anti-nuclear activists, with Indian Point in the background, September, 2011.)
However, an escape clause allowing four more years of operations (till 2024 and 2025) could be invoked, if replacement electricity can't be provided for in time. This raises alarm bells, given the efforts by both the nuclear power industry as well as the fossil fuels industries, to regularly attempt to sabotage the ready promise of renewables and efficiency.Even three to four (let alone seven to eight) more years of operations at Indian Point is very risky. Consider the report, commissioned by Riverkeeper, Inc., and written by Dr. Ed Lyman of UCS on the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, entitled "Chernobyl on the Hudson? The Health and Economic Impacts of a Terrorist Attack at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant." Using government computer models, Dr. Lyman calculated that "depending on the weather conditions, an attack could result in as many as 44,000 near-term deaths from acute radiation syndrome or as many as 518,000 long-term deaths from cancer among individuals within 50 miles of the plant." (More than 17 million people live or work within a 50-mile radius of Indian Point.)
Dr. Lyman estimated property damages could range from $1 to 2 trillion (yes, with a T!), and that "Millions of people would require permanent relocation."Of course, a "mere accident," as due to age-related degradation (there have been a large number of breakdowns at the four-decade old reactors), or a natural disaster, could also unleash such a radioactive catastrophe. A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission report has listed Indian Point as the most vulnerable nuclear power plant in the U.S. to an earthquake. Fault lines were discovered very near Indian Point in recent years.Also, each year of operations at Indian Point kills a billion fish and other aquatic life in the Hudson River, due to the reactors' once-through cooling system. And annually, around 40 tons of additional high-level radioactive waste is generated there. Indian Point's irradiated nuclear fuel pools have been leaking, into the soil, groundwater, and Hudson River, for years, even decades.
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Sheila Watt-Cloutier and the Climate Trauma Sheila Watt-Cloutier shares her personal experience of the Arctic and describes the powerful culture of the Inuits in this video. She reminds us that ice is a very big part of the Inuit identity but also a common ground of the planet that connects us all.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier has dedicated herself to protecting the rights of her people and to fighting against the impact of climate change in the Arctic.
Towards a World Without Weapons of Mass Destruction Listen to Paul Walker, Alternative Nobel, speak about his engagement in arms control and the abolition of weapons of mass destruction. The Director of Environmental Security and Sustainability at Green Cross International fights for a universal Nuclear ban.
"Remember We Are One" Watch and get inspired by Prof. Anwar Fazal's beautiful poem "Remember we are one". A leading figure of the worldwide consumer movement, Anwar Fazal became an Alternative Nobel in 1982. Today, he shares his wisdom as a director of the The Right Livelihood College, among other endeavours.
The Courageous Speech by Mozn Hassan at the Award Ceremony Mozn Hassan's courageous speech at the 2016 Award Ceremony is another great source of inspiration. The Egyptian feminist was banned from leaving her country to attend this year's Award Ceremony and had to deliver her speech via video. While Egyptian authorities are increasing the pressure on our Laureate, the Foundation has decided to show its solidarity by sending a delegation to Cairo to present her with the Award in March 2017.
"Hate Speech": A New Strategy Against Human Rights Defenders in Latin America Listen to Guatemalan activist Helen Mack Chang's podcast. She denounces "hate speech" as one of the means of repression used against Human Rights defenders in Latin America. After receiving the Right Livelihood Award in 1992, she created the Myrna Mack Foundation, named after her sister who was brutally assassinated by a military commando.
Snowden Live at the Internet Days Watch Edward Snowden's insightful talk from the Internet Days in Stockholm. The man who opened the world's eyes to US massive surveillance activities highlights the central challenges and opportunities with new technologies. The event was organised by Amnesty International and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation.
Tribute to the 'Father of Permaculture' We are sharing this article in honour of Bill Mollison, the 'Father of Permaculture', who sadly passed away this year. Awarded with the Alternative Nobel in 1981 for his pioneering work, he developed the idea to design sustainable systems utilising processes present in natural ecosystems.
The White Helmets of Syria A rare source of hope in Syria, this stunning article published in October in the Time shows the amazing work done by modern heroes of the Syria Civil Defence. The White Helmets received the Alternative Nobel in 2016 for "their outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war."
Regional Conference for European Laureates In October 2016, we had the pleasure of welcoming 19 Right Livelihood Laureates at the European Regional Conference in Geneva. This video shows the captivating insights of our Laureates' discussions.
Presentation of the 2016 Award Ceremony As a new year dawns, we hope you will be inspired by one of our most meaningful moment of 2016! On November 25th, the Award Ceremony was held in honour of the 2016 Laureates who are on the frontline to uphold fundamental human rights and values in the face of war and repression.
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