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2019-02-21: News Headlines

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-21). Why the Green New Deal Includes a Jobs Guarantee. therealnews.com The economist Pavlina Tcherneva, who is behind idea for a jobs guarantee, explains how it can fight the climate crisis and promote economic stability for Americans…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). First Mammal Extinction Due to Man-made Climate Change. telesurenglish.net The Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammal to disappear as a result of climate change, according to the Commonwealth of Australia, which has officially labelled the animal as extinct. The small rodent was moved from the endangered list to the extinct list earlier this week by the country's environment minister. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Scientists Stumble Upon 'Extinct' Tortoise Species | Originally considered extinct in 2016 by the state, it was not until Monday that the Commonwealth ag…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-02-21). Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible. thenation.com Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible…

Tamar Singer (2019-02-21). 'Save the world by changing the rules'. zcomm.org Two students explain why they walked out of school to demand action on climate change…

Dr. Dean Alger (2019-02-21). The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned. thenation.com The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned…

ACLU-NC (2019-02-21). Settlement Reached in Customs and Border Protection Sexual Assault Case. indybay.org Teen Was Assaulted by Border Patrol Agent in Texas…

Earth Gathering (2019-02-21). SF Screening of "Beyond The Waves" On The Life Of Japanese Diet Member Taro Yamamoto. indybay.org 245 Valencia St. | San Francisco…

WSWS (2019-02-21). Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence. wsws.org The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-02-21). Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

amnesty (2019-02-21). Senegal: Election must be held in a climate free from violence and intimidation. amnesty.org Two killed during campaign rallies : | Journalists caught up in violence : | Pressures on pro-democracy activists: | Authorities in Senegal should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Presidential election is held in a climate that is free from violence and respects the freedom of all people to express their views, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday's presidential polls. | On 11 February during campaign rallies, two people were killed in the south eastern town of Tambacounda. Many others, including journalists, were injured following violent clashes between supporters o…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-20). It's Possible to Face Climate Horrors and Still Find Hope. truthout.org For decades, the climate movement has suffered from a debilitating self-inflicted wound: the assumption that "we can't tell the public the truth" about the urgency of the crisis, or the scale and speed of the necessary solution. Many climate scientists joined forces with professional "climate communicators" and corporate philanthropies to decree: Fear doesn't work as a motivator! Only hope "works," so let's keep things positive and promote gradualist policies like carbon pricing! This counterproductive mentality is finally changing — and author David Wallace-Wells is a major part of the reason why. | In…

Bill McKibben (2019-02-20). Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal. commondreams.org U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey announce Green New Deal legislation in Washington on February 7, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-02-20). Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation. wsws.org The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.

RT (2019-02-20). DC Comics drops 'superhero Jesus' series after campaign calls it 'blasphemous'. rt.com DC Comics — home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — has shelved plans for a series that would see Jesus Christ return to Earth and "set the gospel straight," after an outcry from American Christians. |

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-19). The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes. progressive.org "Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-18). Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People" therealnews.com Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-16). New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change. therealnews.com The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…

Janine Jackson (2019-02-15). Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide. fair.org by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

Why the Green New Deal Includes a Jobs Guarantee
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
The economist Pavlina Tcherneva, who is behind idea for a jobs guarantee, explains how it can fight the climate crisis and promote economic stability for Americans…
therealnews.com/stories/why-the-green-ne…

Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible…
thenation.com/article/naomi-klein-climat…

First Mammal Extinction Due to Man-made Climate Change
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
The Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammal to disappear as a result of climate change, according to the Commonwealth of Australia, which has officially labelled the animal as extinct. The small rodent was moved from the endangered list to the extinct list earlier this week by the country's environment minister. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Scientists Stumble Upon 'Extinct' Tortoise Species | Originally considered extinct in 2016 by the state, it was not until Monday that the Commonwealth ag…
telesurenglish.net/news/First-Mammal-Ext…

'Save the world by changing the rules'
Tamar Singer | zcomm.org | 2019-02-21
Two students explain why they walked out of school to demand action on climate change…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/save-the-world-by-…

The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned
Dr. Dean Alger | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
The Skies Cried and the Earth Burned…
thenation.com/article/the-skies-cried-an…

Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/jack…

SF Screening of "Beyond The Waves" On The Life Of Japanese Diet Member Taro Yamamoto
Earth Gathering | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
245 Valencia St. | San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882130…

Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882130…

Settlement Reached in Customs and Border Protection Sexual Assault Case
ACLU-NC | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
Teen Was Assaulted by Border Patrol Agent in Texas…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882130…

Senegal: Election must be held in a climate free from violence and intimidation
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
Two killed during campaign rallies : | Journalists caught up in violence : | Pressures on pro-democracy activists: | Authorities in Senegal should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the Presidential election is held in a climate that is free from violence and respects the freedom of all people to express their views, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday's presidential polls. | On 11 February during campaign rallies, two people were killed in the south eastern town of Tambacounda. Many others, including journalists, were injured following violent clashes between supporters o…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/seneg…

Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal
Bill McKibben | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey announce Green New Deal legislation in Washington on February 7, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/20/climat…

It's Possible to Face Climate Horrors and Still Find Hope
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
For decades, the climate movement has suffered from a debilitating self-inflicted wound: the assumption that "we can't tell the public the truth" about the urgency of the crisis, or the scale and speed of the necessary solution. Many climate scientists joined forces with professional "climate communicators" and corporate philanthropies to decree: Fear doesn't work as a motivator! Only hope "works," so let's keep things positive and promote gradualist policies like carbon pricing! This counterproductive mentality is finally changing — and author David Wallace-Wells is a major part of the reason why. | In…
truthout.org/articles/its-possible-to-fa…

DC Comics drops 'superhero Jesus' series after campaign calls it 'blasphemous'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
DC Comics — home of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman — has shelved plans for a series that would see Jesus Christ return to Earth and "set the gospel straight," after an outcry from American Christians. | …
rt.com/usa/451987-dc-comics-superhero-je…

Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
The threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of the dangerous landscape that is filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/20/inte…

The Other Americans: Guatemalan Congress Seeks to Grant Amnesty for War Crimes
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-02-19
"Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict."
progressive.org/dispatches/guatemalan-co…

Teen Environmental Activist Tells Congress to Stop Putting "Profit Over People"
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-18
Nadia Nazar, a 16-year-old leader of youth environmental organization Zero Hour, responds to a representative dissing the Green New Deal and explains the role of youth in fighting climate change…
therealnews.com/stories/teen-environment…

New Poll Shows Increased Bipartisan Desire to Act on Climate Change
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-16
The results, released in December, also show widespread bipartisan support for a Green New Deal and renewable energy…
therealnews.com/stories/new-poll-shows-i…

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities
Sam Cowie | theintercept.com | 2019-02-16
"The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…
theintercept.com/2019/02/16/brazil-bolso…

Tampa Bay students disrupt USF board meeting, demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-15
Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a series of protests and a sit-in at the University of South Florida's (USF) main student center on February 12, to pressure the administration to increase protections for immigrant and international students. These protests were a continuation of Tampa Bay SDS's main campaign called, "Immigrants are Here to Stay" in which they demand noncompliance with federal agencies such as ICE, FBI, DHS so that those agencies cannot receive the personal information of documented and undocumented students on campus. | Students held a series of p…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/15/tampa-ba…

Court Strikes Down FCC's Mean-Spirited Effort to Reinforce Digital Divide
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-02-15
by Janine Jackson | A federal appeals court has overturned FCC chair Ajit Pai's attempt to gut the subsidy that makes it possible for low-income communities to access broadband. For reasons known only to themselves, the FCC's Republican majority voted last fall to make it much harder for people, including tribal residents, to obtain a subsidy provided by a program appropriately called Lifeline. | Lifeline helps people who qualify with a $9.25 monthly subsidy to buy phone and Internet service; for those living on t…
fair.org/home/court-strikes-down-fccs-me…

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_l…

U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-state…

Climate Jobs for All
Jeremy Brecher | zcomm.org | 2019-02-01
Building Block for the Green New Deal…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/climate-jobs-for-all…