On YouTube, Senator Claire McCaskill expresses outrage at Senate Republicans refusal to hold public hearings on their healthcare bill.
Protect our National Heritage: Oppose Trump
Trump has released a list of 27 iconic national monuments up for “review” under the Antiquities Act — the first step toward stripping these natural wonders of protections.
They touch every corner of our country. The list, published by The Sierra Club, is shocking: Continue reading “The List You Need: National Monuments Under Attack by Trump”
The April 29, 2017 Historic People’s Climate March was unlike any of the other huge protest marches in Washington that I have participated in over the last nearly 50 years. For me, the first of these was the MARCH TO WASHINGTON, November 15 1969, organized by the New Haven Committee for the Fall Offensive Against the War in Vietnam (described earlier in a C-Street post).
Why historic? What was special about this latest climate march? Continue reading “The Historic People’s Climate March”
Donald Trump wants to present himself as a “patriot” who is making America great again so that Americans can feel patriotic again. In fact, all of Trump’s actions diminish America. Shouldn’t Americans want to believe that the world recognizes America has the best health care system, the greatest fast trains, the highest ideals for improving the lives of all who live in the community, the safest air and safest water, is the best guardian of natural resources, all, and many more, achievable goals the Trump Administration seem to find unexciting if not actively repugnant.
Ever since WWII America has been the leader not just in “one on one” bilateral relations with other countries in the world the way Trump, the dealmaker, says is how he intends to do business, but in putting together and leading alliances that increase the security and prosperity of all their members. That is what America has been doing until now, with failures as well as successes, but garnering tremendous primacy and respect. In the 21st century picking off a country here and there in deal making will achieve little or nothing, except to destroy that respect.
Trump is squandering a priceless American treasure: throughout our history we have presented ideals that are aspirations for all mankind. Nepal in the early 60s, still barely accessible over mountain passes, had a US Information Agency office where its Nepalese director was telling visitors, including this writer, “Lincoln, he is our hero too.” Our national government is the essential element in this leadership and the pride in “public service” of those who work for it within our elected institutions has brought to all Americans a patriotic pride in admirable actions that have benefitted both us and the world. Trump apparently feels pride and patriotism that his billionaire cohorts can find new ways to enrich themselves – not the nation.
When President Trump says he will make American “great” again I imagine he would include the beauty of America as part of its greatness. Americans have been singing “Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies” for a long time and sense the times we sing this anthem as thrilling moments that bind us together. We can almost see “the amber waves of grain.” Maybe we won’t be able to see them everywhere when Trump realizes his despicable idea of building a wall along the almost 2,000 mile border between Mexico and America. He is not making America “great”, he is making it ugly. Maybe he wants to see the wall as an icon of the America that binds us together, an America that rejects rather than welcomes – “America the Ugly.” What could be more hideous than that unnatural tall dark wall snaking across our beautiful county, reminding us perhaps of the wall that separated East and West Germany during the cold war, or the walls in Jerusalem today. Trump seems to hope that this symbol of hatred and rejection will become real in the hearts of Americans, immeasurably diminishing us.
–Elizabeth Spiro Clark
February 21, 2017
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Climate action is under attack. We need to stand up and take action to protect everything and everyone we love; in the first 100 hours of Trump’s administration, in the first 100 days, and beyond.
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There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles.
It’s up to us to stop that from happening before it starts.
Facing the looming threat of a President who denies the reality of climate change, and openly attacks women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, workers, and so many more, we need to act together and make it clear that we will not stand for any attempts to undermine the fight for justice. Continue reading “The People’s Climate Mobilization March, April 29, 2016”