THIS WEEK’S FOCUS IS THE WAY CLIMATE CHANGE GENERATES MIGRANTS & CLIMATE REFUGEES AND RAISES RELATED HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS CALL FOR FAST ACTION ON A GREEN NEW DEAL & AN END TO ALL NEW FOSSIL FUEL EXPLORATION/EXTRACTION & TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES TO OIL COMPANIES
Jane Fonda’s 9th “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in which climate changeforces people to migrate as their homelands are permanently flooded or can no longer be farmed due to drought. The plight of climate refugees is a major human rights issue now and is likely to become even more urgent as the effects of climate change intensify.
Who are we as a people, as a country, if we turn our backs rather than open our hearts to our global neighbors seeking shelter and safety for their families, as any of us would do in their shoes?
This week’s civil disobedience will be at the offices of one of the financial institutions that is a leading investor in practices around the world that generate the flooding and droughts that force people to migrate in order to survive. They are also leading investors in facilities that are now in use, with new ones under construction, to detain migrants and climate refugees.
*Jane Fonda plans to risk arrest again on Friday, December 20th, the day before her 82nd birthday. She expects to be held in jail overnight on that date. She will refrain from risking arrest until then in order to avoid what she has been advised might be a 30 to 90-day jail sentence. Her supporters believe she will be more effective in sounding the alarm about climate change if she remains active, on the outside and so, they will continue to take up the baton and face arrest for civil disobedience.
Jane Fonda will be joined at every “Fire Drill Friday” through early January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest.
Every Thursday night (7pm ET) she will moderate a live-streamed teach-in with the next day’s speakers who will discuss the specific climate change issue that is the focus of that week’s event.
Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. The effort aims to spur action to avert what the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls irreversible climate disaster if atmospheric CO2 warms the planet by another 1.5 to 2 degrees Centigrade in the next 11 years.
This week, Fire Drill Fridays speakers (see list below) begin at 11AM at Franklin Square (14th & K Sts. NW in Washington, DC). They and Jane will then join the people assembled and walk to the site of a financial institution that plays a key role in the carbon release overload that causes the flooding and drought that creates migrants and climate refugees. Many of them will commit civil disobedience and risk arrest.
- Rev. Noel Anderson is Grassroots Coordinator for Church World Service and lead organizer for the United Church of Christ National Collaborative on Immigration.
- Liz Butler is the Vice President of Organizing and Strategic Alliances at Friends of the Earth and an organizer with Shut Down DC. Butler brings over 25 years of experience organizing and campaigning on critical issues, with a focus on both corporate and legislative campaigns.
- Imam Saffet Abid Catovic is GreenFaith’s Senior Islamic Advisor
- Rev. Kaji S. Douša is Senior Pastor of the Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City
- Susan Gunn is Director of the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns
- Pramila Jayapal is a U.S Representative (D-7 Washington)
- Rev. Malik Saafir is aMethodist Minister, Scholar & Community organizer.
- Taylor Schilling starred in Orange Is the New Black for which she was nominated for an Emmy and 2 Golden Globes.
- Kyra Sedgwick is an Actress, producer, and director, best known for her starring role on TNT’s The Closer, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy. Sedgwick is also known for her recurring role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She’s been in many movies including Something to Talk About, and Born on the Fourth of July and The Edge of Seventeen.
- Saket Soni is founder and director of Resilience Force, a national initiative to transform America’s response to natural disasters by strengthening and securing America’s resilience workforce. After Hurricane Katrina, in 2006, Saket co-founded the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice. Under his leadership, the organization won organizing and policy victories for both U.S.-born and immigrant workers engaged in the reconstruction of New Orleans. Saket is recognized as a national expert on post-disaster economies, immigrant rights and the future of work.
- Maura Tierney has starred in the TV shows ER, The Affair for which she won a Golden Globe. Maura has also appeared in numerous films, including most recently The Report.
- Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Mordechai Leibling will be reading the new Rabbinic Statement on the Climate Crisis, “Elijah’s Covenant Between the Generations to Heal Our Endangered Earth”
“FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS” CALLS ON ALL AMERICANS TO VOTE, SPEAK AND ACT IN SUPPORT OF THE DEMANDS LISTED BELOW AND ALIGNED WITH THOSE OF THE YOUTH-LED CLIMATE STRIKERS STRIKEWITHUS.ORG
VOTE: for the climate in every election up and down the ballot. Vote for candidates who are in favor of a Green New Deal and a bold and responsible transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.
SPEAK: tocandidates or elected officials. Tell them that climate can’t wait. Call them, sign petitions and go to their town halls. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Put your money where your mouth is: divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in a sustainable future.
ACT: Join an organization working for real climate solutions. March, protest and recruit your friends to join. Listen and show up for communities most impacted by climate change and, if you can, put your body on the line.
A GREEN NEW DEAL
· Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs
· A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately in order to avoid a lock-in of increased emissions as we work together for a responsible transition to clean, renewable energy.
RESPECT OF INDIGENOUS LAND AND SOVEREIGNTY
· Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands
· Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people
· A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
· Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity
PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF BIODIVERSITY
· Protection and restoration of at least 30% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030
IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
· Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.