For those March Supporters in the Redlands, CA area:
March 6 (Thursday): Redlands Church of Christ
7:00PM Marcher Climate Change Presentation (open to public)
March 7 (Friday): Redlands Church of Christ
7:00PM Marcher Climate Change Presentation (open to public)
Our destination for March 8: Beaumont!
As much as I’d love to personally get started on full program and message development, we have logistics needs that need to be met first and foremost. We need an able AND passionate Logistics Coordinator/Work Team Supervisor. We also need to consider applicants for our Colorado State Coordinator and D.C. Coordinator.
I was able to get some sleep this past night, 1am-6am. I had kitchen prep duties under the guidance of Lala today and breakfast ran pretty-much without a hitch. We needed eggs for pancakes and french toast (gluten-free, dairy-free, and regular options available, of course) and Kim was able to run a grocery errand to Stater Bros Market wherein we also purchased apple sauce, cinnamon… and sulfite-free cidre. The evening concluded with some good late-night discussions and moth-like-mingling-in-the-crescent-set-moonlight.
Today, I’ll be working with Anita and other interested Marchers to create another organic, contextual, and highly-resonant program for tonight’s RUCC-focused discussion presentation.
I could not be in a better place than here.
Yet Another Late Start. The day is a warm, sunny one. Sunscreen is applied liberally for the first time in years. The route is both long and simple. Near the Claremont Colleges, supporter Brian from last night’s presentation joined us for half of the day’s hoof. Also, amazing organizer, Lauren McKenna & John Forney joined us on our first few miles!
This will be David & Karin’s last day in California — I made it a priority to walk with David (as Karin was driving a support/water vehicle) at the beginning and ending.
View March 5 in a larger map
Our first officially posted route information!!! Thanks, Ki!
We depart at 8AM on March 5th.
Back in Iowa tonight where it is -5 at 8:30 PM.
Heard on the news that the hills outside LAS had 10 inches of rain yesterday and downtown LA reporting 4 inches [on March 1st]. From being there, I think they have it reversed. *Jimmy: I agree. Unless you were there, you’ll ever know how terrible it was.
Other climate news is the arrest of hundreds of students in WDC today on the Keystone protest. NPR carried it on the Sunday news.
Good spirits and wishes to you and all the marchers.
Channing L. Dutton, Virtual Marcher, Friend, and Iowan
This posting is a draft — I needed to unload some info to start, but have details abound. If only time had I.
Jim Driscoll of NIPSPeerSupport.org
Phenomenal guest speakers included:
Kwazi Nkrumah – Co-coordinator, Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater LA; Arnie Sakai – Coordinator, Moana Nui Action Alliance (who facilitated our camping stay, amazing meal, and a ukulele performance just for us for March 2nd in Alhambra)
Marcher Speakers included:
Micheal Zambrano of California; Jimmy Betts of Nebraska/Iowa
Without breaking confidentiality agreements, some highlights included respecting communities to which we do not belong that we will experience throughout our journey — being aware of the things we say from our individual limited experience. Learning to listen better and connect to the person, not simply the culturally, personally, ignorantly imposed container.
Another point covered was the 2007 Free Prior and Informed Consent as being important for interacting with all peoples… all people are our people, after all. Specifically, Implementing Universal Standards:
A final, parting comment that brought many of us to emotional outlet was the simple fact that we did the unthinkable — starting from Wilmington, CA (not the nearby affluent, predominantly upper-income, ‘white’ Santa Monica), a marginalized, neglected community of the working poor and the global majority (communities of all colors). There has NEVER been an environmental/climate change organization that has transcended racial/demographic, though societally-implied boundaries, in such a public, inclusive, and altruistic way.
Feelings of pride for our collective humanity in that moment brought me to tears… Feelings of sadness and despair regarding our current state of ‘accepted’ divisions, discrimination, and simple unawareness brought deep, aquiferous tears. Much of my thoughts and emotions over the past 2 months have been torn between such emotions as my experience with them is that of both a perpetual outsider and an effectual global citizens* (I define this as all people of Planet Earth, not simply well-traveled persons in the more modern sense). We are all global citizens… should that not be enough to inspire us to come together to benefit our source of life, our source of history, our source of everything we know (and don’t) know of our physical reality?
For me, I believe that those who think themselves the least prejudiced are in the most danger of inadvertent racism. Let’s also assume this is not simply an issue of race, but also gender, class, and all -isms. This comes from my own personal experience as a cultural chameleon, one who does not necessarily have a “fit” in the cultures to whom he finds himself, but always feels connected from within. Perhaps this is the ongoing cultivation of self-realization, perhaps this is conditioning out of necessity created through travel, awkwardness, and generally genial lifestyle choices?
Even reflecting on this profound discussion of revelation leaves me bleary-eyed and at a loss for verbal explanation. This conversation has since started group discussion teams that include more than half of our current Marcher population. The Great March for Climate Action is not only a global survival movement, but also a Great Unification Movement for all of humanity.
Infinite Gratitude to all those present and those who have yet be awakened to these difficult, but ultimately liberating and
My people — Your people — are Our People. It’s a matter of reminding ourselves and actively dismantling the abusive stratifications we have allowed to develop in our collective slumber.
Our own 15th CD Councilman Joe Buscaino welcomed the group assembled at the expansive park developed by the Port of LA with funds from environmental mitigation lawsuits. Councilman Paul Koretz spoke about the LA City Council action of the previous day endorsing a moratorium on fracking within the city limits. After that many speakers
told the crowd about the environmental issues facing the planet and what could be done to turn the tide on global climate change.
My personal favorite was the speaker from the California Nurses Association who explained that the “Robin Hood Tax” pending on the national level (which would tax every stock transaction pennies) would produce $350 billion (!!!!!!!!!) which could do great things to transition from dirty energy (like oil and coal) to clean energy (like wind and solar).
Sure, Big Business has the lobbyists and owns the Congress but we have the 99%. The technology is available. We need the political will to force our elected officials to represent us and not the 1%.
Clear skies shone on us at the park and we started the march to USC (17 miles). About 300 of us stopped at the Wilmington’s JC Park for a Climate Action Fair with food, information tables, a Million Trees giveaway. and great spirit that was not dampened by the rain that poured on us at the Climate Fair !!
Congrats to all the organizers and participants – it was an inspiring event.