Politics and Advocacy Archive

  • Join SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition and Californians from across the state gathering Feb 7 in Oakland — Governor Brown’s hometown — to demand real climate leadership in the face of the impending climate crisis and ongoing drought, with an unconventional oil boom that includes fracking, oil trains, and expanded refinery capacity.

    Gov. Brown: March for Real Climate Leadership on Feb 7th

    Join SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition and Californians from across the state gathering Feb 7 in Oakland — Governor Brown’s hometown — to demand real climate leadership in the face of the impending climate crisis and ongoing drought, with an unconventional oil boom that includes fracking, oil trains, and expanded refinery capacity.

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  • The 2014 film controversially reinstated the radical legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he spoke out against war and poverty and was marginalized by the political establishment as a result. This review of Ava DuVernay's Selma is by Zaid Jilani.

    ‘Selma’: Martin Luther King Jr. as Radical Peace and Anti-Poverty Activist

    The 2014 film controversially reinstated the radical legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he spoke out against war and poverty and was marginalized by the political establishment as a result. This review of Ava DuVernay's Selma is by Zaid Jilani.

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  • The new movie, “Kill the Messenger,” recounts the brave Contra-cocaine reporting by Gary Webb and his subsequent destruction at the hands of the mainstream media. It forced devastating admissions from the CIA about drug trafficking by the Nicaraguan contra rebels under the protection of the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, writes Robert Parry.

    Kill the Messenger: Gary Webb and the Contra-Cocaine Connection

    The new movie, “Kill the Messenger,” recounts the brave Contra-cocaine reporting by Gary Webb and his subsequent destruction at the hands of the mainstream media. It forced devastating admissions from the CIA about drug trafficking by the Nicaraguan contra rebels under the protection of the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, writes Robert Parry.

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  • Lupe Anguiano, former nun and civil rights activist, is working to stop fracking near the Pacific Ocean beaches and agricultural fields of her hometown, Oxnard, CA.

    Faces of Fracking: Civil Rights Hero Takes on Big Oil

    Lupe Anguiano, former nun and civil rights activist, is working to stop fracking near the Pacific Ocean beaches and agricultural fields of her hometown, Oxnard, CA.

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  • Hundreds of Southern Californians Demonstrate along Wilshire Boulevard in Solidarity with Historic People’s Climate Mobilization in New York City Demanding Immediate Action on Climate Crisis

    Hundreds Demonstrate in LA to Support People’s Climate Mobilization

    Hundreds of Southern Californians Demonstrate along Wilshire Boulevard in Solidarity with Historic People’s Climate Mobilization in New York City Demanding Immediate Action on Climate Crisis

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  • In light of the People's Climate Mobilization in New York and worldwide, Sabina Virgo writes on the need to build a movement using the examples of fights for civil rights, feminism and peace, based on the principle that corporate-centered business as usual must end, bringing about a just transition to a sustainable economic model that creates jobs and prosperity for all while protecting our fragile ecological balance.

    People’s Climate Movement: The End of Business as Usual

    In light of the People's Climate Mobilization in New York and worldwide, Sabina Virgo writes on the need to build a movement using the examples of fights for civil rights, feminism and peace, based on the principle that corporate-centered business as usual must end, bringing about a just transition to a sustainable economic model that creates jobs and prosperity for all while protecting our fragile ecological balance.

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  • As world leaders gather in New York City in September to confront climate change, Los Angeles will join the tens of thousands of people demanding they take action before it's too late. People's Climate Los Angeles -- Building Blocks Against Climate Change will happen on LA's Wilshire Boulevard on September 20th, 1 pm to 5 pm.

    People’s Climate Los Angeles – Sept 20 Demonstration

    As world leaders gather in New York City in September to confront climate change, Los Angeles will join the tens of thousands of people demanding they take action before it's too late. People's Climate Los Angeles -- Building Blocks Against Climate Change will happen on LA's Wilshire Boulevard on September 20th, 1 pm to 5 pm.

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  • In a nation that prides itself on democracy and equality, one finds many defenders of elitism and inequality among some conservatives, most libertarians, and especially objectivists. In a capitalist nation, one that often worships economic success above morality, one can find religious defenses of amorality going back pretty far. How did we get here?

    Libertarianism Failure: Inequality and the Repeal of Public Protections

    In a nation that prides itself on democracy and equality, one finds many defenders of elitism and inequality among some conservatives, most libertarians, and especially objectivists. In a capitalist nation, one that often worships economic success above morality, one can find religious defenses of amorality going back pretty far. How did we get here?

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  • On May 17, over 100 residents from across Los Angeles joined hands at Hands Across the Harbor in the Port of LA as part of the National Day of Action Against the Keystone XL Pipeline and Hands Across the Sand/Land. It was one of hundreds of synchronized events to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels including tar sands and hydraulic fracturing or fracking, active threats to Harbor area residents.

    Hands Across the Harbor: LA Residents Protest Dirty Fossil Fuels in Port and Beyond

    On May 17, over 100 residents from across Los Angeles joined hands at Hands Across the Harbor in the Port of LA as part of the National Day of Action Against the Keystone XL Pipeline and Hands Across the Sand/Land. It was one of hundreds of synchronized events to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels including tar sands and hydraulic fracturing or fracking, active threats to Harbor area residents.

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  • On March 1st, almost 1,000 people, supported by over 100 community organizations, marched through the streets of LA Harbor to launch the coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action. To demonstrate the political will for a healthy planet,  SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 prioritized six urgent climate-change-focused requests of local, state and global level elected legislative decision makers.

    Call to Action California: How to Solve the Climate Crisis

    On March 1st, almost 1,000 people, supported by over 100 community organizations, marched through the streets of LA Harbor to launch the coast-to-coast Great March for Climate Action. To demonstrate the political will for a healthy planet, SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 prioritized six urgent climate-change-focused requests of local, state and global level elected legislative decision makers.

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  • The 3,000-mile Great March for Climate Action will launch March 1st from the Los Angeles Harbor Area. Sherry Lear, San Pedro soccer mom, writes on the history of the community that has experienced debilitating effects from fossil fuel development, explaining why it's a perfect place to march en masse for clean energy solutions. More Information: http://j.mp/GreatMarchWU

    Coast-to-Coast Climate March: Why Launch from LA Harbor?

    The 3,000-mile Great March for Climate Action will launch March 1st from the Los Angeles Harbor Area. Sherry Lear, San Pedro soccer mom, writes on the history of the community that has experienced debilitating effects from fossil fuel development, explaining why it's a perfect place to march en masse for clean energy solutions. More Information: http://j.mp/GreatMarchWU

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  • The time for climate action is now! On Saturday, March 1, the SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and its regional partners will rally in the shadow of a Port of Los Angeles oil refinery, sending marchers off on a 17.5-mile trek through the streets until they reach downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of marchers will then continue their journey for 3,000 miles towards Washington D.C., reaching out to everyday citizens along the way on how they can fight climate change in their daily lives.

    Great March for Climate Action: Kick-Off in Los Angeles – March 1st

    The time for climate action is now! On Saturday, March 1, the SoCal Climate Action Coalition 350 and its regional partners will rally in the shadow of a Port of Los Angeles oil refinery, sending marchers off on a 17.5-mile trek through the streets until they reach downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of marchers will then continue their journey for 3,000 miles towards Washington D.C., reaching out to everyday citizens along the way on how they can fight climate change in their daily lives.

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  • How two bitter opponents, Barry Goldwater and David Brower, came to realize the folly of dam building and desert over-development in the arid Southwest United States. It is time to open the floodgates of Glen Canyon Dam.

    Colorado River: Dams and Drought, the Folly of Taming Nature

    How two bitter opponents, Barry Goldwater and David Brower, came to realize the folly of dam building and desert over-development in the arid Southwest United States. It is time to open the floodgates of Glen Canyon Dam.

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  • Watch "The March," a documentary from 1964, re-released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. At this year's ceremony in DC, Republican politicians opted to stay home. Maybe they all had prior engagements...

    March on Washington: Demonstration for Freedom Continues

    Watch "The March," a documentary from 1964, re-released to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. At this year's ceremony in DC, Republican politicians opted to stay home. Maybe they all had prior engagements...

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  • Ellen Brown writes on how the Detroit bankruptcy seeks to sacrifice pensioners to pay off the big banks, appearing like the "bail-in" template pushed upon Cyprus which restructured their insolvent banks using depositors funds while sparing those from other banks and governments. Stephen Colbert sums up the situation with some levity as Detroit fights its way back to solvency.

    Detroit Follows Cyprus: Make Pensioners Pay for Bankruptcy

    Ellen Brown writes on how the Detroit bankruptcy seeks to sacrifice pensioners to pay off the big banks, appearing like the "bail-in" template pushed upon Cyprus which restructured their insolvent banks using depositors funds while sparing those from other banks and governments. Stephen Colbert sums up the situation with some levity as Detroit fights its way back to solvency.

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  • Part of 350.org's Summer Heat campaign, "Separation of Oil & State: Follow the Money" is a July 11th march on the capitol in Sacramento that exposes the connections between government and oil lobbyists. Organizers from 350 Sacramento and Stop Fooling CA will create a human oil slick to raise awareness about the impact of the oil lobby on government.

    Sacramento March: Separation of Oil and State – July 11

    Part of 350.org's Summer Heat campaign, "Separation of Oil & State: Follow the Money" is a July 11th march on the capitol in Sacramento that exposes the connections between government and oil lobbyists. Organizers from 350 Sacramento and Stop Fooling CA will create a human oil slick to raise awareness about the impact of the oil lobby on government.

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  • We, the People of the USA, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. Join the National Day of Action on May 10th with two marches in Los Angeles.

    End Corporate Personhood: LA Joins National Movement to Repeal Citizens United

    We, the People of the USA, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. Join the National Day of Action on May 10th with two marches in Los Angeles.

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  • A movement to pave over San Onofre State Beach and Trestles with a toll-road-to-nowhere-for-nobody-but-developers was rejected by the California Coastal Commission and Federal Commerce Department in 2008. Yet, here again the State Water Boards will decide in May whether to grant a permit for the "Stupid Toll Road" to dump contaminated runoff into creeks and the ocean while keeping the dream alive of paving over Trestles.

    Stupid Toll Road (STR-241) to Nowhere, Still Nowhere Fast

    A movement to pave over San Onofre State Beach and Trestles with a toll-road-to-nowhere-for-nobody-but-developers was rejected by the California Coastal Commission and Federal Commerce Department in 2008. Yet, here again the State Water Boards will decide in May whether to grant a permit for the "Stupid Toll Road" to dump contaminated runoff into creeks and the ocean while keeping the dream alive of paving over Trestles.

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  • World-renowned San Onofre and Trestles have been synonymous with California surfing since the 1930s. A movement to pave over the park and beach with a toll road was rejected by in 2008. We now have the opportunity to have it recognized for its historical contributions by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and stop that toll road project for good.

    Trestles Beach: National Treasure or Toll Road Off-Ramp?

    World-renowned San Onofre and Trestles have been synonymous with California surfing since the 1930s. A movement to pave over the park and beach with a toll road was rejected by in 2008. We now have the opportunity to have it recognized for its historical contributions by being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and stop that toll road project for good.

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  • While the public demands protections for air, land, and water, the California oil industry uses front groups and spends millions on lobbying the legislature, gaining disproportionate influence in subverting pollution and fuel standards. Keeping the economy addicted to climate-fouling fossil fuels and reaping billions in profits, Big Oil claims to be a "victim" of excessive regulation. Stop Fooling California!

    California: Big Oil AstroTurf Subverts Clean Air and Fuel Standards

    While the public demands protections for air, land, and water, the California oil industry uses front groups and spends millions on lobbying the legislature, gaining disproportionate influence in subverting pollution and fuel standards. Keeping the economy addicted to climate-fouling fossil fuels and reaping billions in profits, Big Oil claims to be a "victim" of excessive regulation. Stop Fooling California!

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  • President Obama, we need an energy policy focused on efficiency and conservation, integrated with a clean, renewable energy plan – one that breaks our addiction to dirty and dangerous fuels such as Coal, Fracked Natural Gas, Nuclear and Tar Sands Oil.

    Dear Mr. President, Let’s Move Forward on Climate

    President Obama, we need an energy policy focused on efficiency and conservation, integrated with a clean, renewable energy plan – one that breaks our addiction to dirty and dangerous fuels such as Coal, Fracked Natural Gas, Nuclear and Tar Sands Oil.

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  • Join the largest climate change rally in history on Sunday, February 17th, with tens of thousands converging on Washington DC and solidarity marches in Los Angeles and across the country to demand: "Solve the climate crisis! Take a stand, Mr. President!"

    Word to the President: Action on Climate and Keystone Now!

    Join the largest climate change rally in history on Sunday, February 17th, with tens of thousands converging on Washington DC and solidarity marches in Los Angeles and across the country to demand: "Solve the climate crisis! Take a stand, Mr. President!"

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  • Idle No More has awakened indigenous voices from all over North America, blockading highways and border crossings, flash-mobbing in shopping malls, facing arrest and imprisonment. At issue are sovereignty and treaty rights, dancing and demonstrating for Mother Earth: for the protection of the air, the water, and the land, motivating native peoples out of their idleness and into the streets.

    Idle No More: Round Dance for Mother Earth

    Idle No More has awakened indigenous voices from all over North America, blockading highways and border crossings, flash-mobbing in shopping malls, facing arrest and imprisonment. At issue are sovereignty and treaty rights, dancing and demonstrating for Mother Earth: for the protection of the air, the water, and the land, motivating native peoples out of their idleness and into the streets.

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  • On Sunday, February 17th, at 1 pm, in solidarity with the Washington DC "Forward on Climate" rally, join Tar Sands Action Southern California, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, and Food and Water Watch, along with many more other environmental organizations as they march in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a message - “Solve the Climate Crisis! Take a Stand Mr. President!”

    Forward on Climate: February 17th Rallies in DC and Los Angeles

    On Sunday, February 17th, at 1 pm, in solidarity with the Washington DC "Forward on Climate" rally, join Tar Sands Action Southern California, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign, and Food and Water Watch, along with many more other environmental organizations as they march in downtown Los Angeles to deliver a message - “Solve the Climate Crisis! Take a Stand Mr. President!”

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  • Oscar-entry documentary chronicles the unsolved mystery of the car bombing of Old-Growth Forests Activists and their later arrest by the FBI for their own injuries. The film also illustrates the Redwood Summer movement to save the Headwaters Forest of Northern California and Judi Bari's victorious 1st Amendment lawsuit.

    Who Bombed Earth First! Organizer Judi Bari?

    Oscar-entry documentary chronicles the unsolved mystery of the car bombing of Old-Growth Forests Activists and their later arrest by the FBI for their own injuries. The film also illustrates the Redwood Summer movement to save the Headwaters Forest of Northern California and Judi Bari's victorious 1st Amendment lawsuit.

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