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Written by Lawrence Wittner and published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 LicenseIn recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialist” brush, contending that the …
A very well organized campaign is underway to kick off what is said to be the largest climate protest in US History tomorrow. Based in New York City primarily, but spanning the whole world and indeed reaching as far as Africa, Brazil, UK and many other countries. With solidarity marches planned in thousands of cities. NYC Alone is reported to have over 100k due to attend.
The following is a verbatim Press Release that has been put out:
The Biggest Climate March In History
2000+ events planned in 150 countries as citizens call for action
On September 21st, thousands of rallies, marches and protests will take place delivering the biggest ever global demonstration for climate action in history. The largest will be in New York where upwards of 100,000 people are expected to come together to demand leaders take action in advance of the Ban Ki Moon climate summit that takes place two days later.
“There’s a vast latent constituency of people out there who are alarmed about climate change. But for years, nobody has put up a banner that said ‘this is the time, this is the place, to show you care.’ The People’s Climate March is that banner, and we’re seeing a phenomenal response to it,” said Ricken Patel, Executive Director of the 38-million member civic organization, Avaaz.
More than 2,000 “People’s Climate” events are now planned worldwide in 150 countries .
In rural Papua New Guinea, students from a primary school will march to a nearby lighthouse which has recently become semi-submerged due to rising sea levels.
The border between Vancouver and Seattle will be the location of a truly international rally where thousands of people will link hands across the boundary line to show that climate change knows no borders.
In Lagos, plans are underway for a historic climate march through the streets of Africa’s largest city. They will be joined by solidarity events in rural areas throughout Nigeria.
In Tanzania, the Maasai plan to march calling for action from their ancient homelands in the Serengeti.
In London environment organisations and faith groups are combining forces to create what will be a historic march through the city to the steps of Parliament.
In Rio, thousands are expected to march on the beaches of Ipanema, while images will be broadcast on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in the week building up to the march.
In Australia, an epic Climate March will convene in Melbourne afterwards a group will walk 700 km along the eastern seaboard to the nation’s capital Canberra arriving at the Parliament, to raise awareness about climate impacts.
In Bogota, Colombia, over 10,000 people are expected to join the march through the capital calling for action.
In New Delhi, thousands will take over the streets on September 20 to demand a renewable energy revolution.
In Berlin, a silent parade, a stream of cyclists and a march for children will converge on the Brandenburg gate.
In Paris, local groups will create the “Paris Marche pour le Climat,” with parades, marches, and bicycle rides planned across the bridges of the Seine.
Over 30 celebrities have also begun showing support for the march, including UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and actor Edward Norton, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well Argentine footballer Lionel Messi .
The worldwide mobilization and march in New York City will take place just two days before world leaders are set to attend a Climate Summit at the United Nations hosted by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The summit is designed to build momentum for national and international climate action, including a new global climate treaty that will be finalized in Paris next year. Mobilization organizers say they are looking for “Action, Not Words” at the summit.
“The scale, pace, and power of the organizing happening right now is something that we haven’t seen before,” said May Boeve, executive director of the international climate campaign, 350.org. “People realize that we can’t leave the fate of the planet up to our politicians. We need to come together, raise our voices, and apply pressure where it counts.”
The situation in Ferguson has escalated in recent days following the murder of another unarmed black teen in America. A cursory search for ‘unarmed black teen killed in America 2014’ yields about 6,000,000 results.
This teens name was Michael Brown. He was 18 years old, A Graduate of Normandy High School in St. Louis. He was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott Trade College yesterday.
Michael was shot by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson police multiple times while unarmed from a distance of at least 30 feet on August 9th. Officer Wilson was identified by Ferguson police on Aug 15th. According to witnesses Brown was shot with his hands up and then shot at least once while on the ground. An autospy confirms he was shot at least 6 times, two of which were head shots.
Officer Darren Wilson
Immediately following the shooting protests began, As night fell protests turned into looting and rioting. Images circulated on social media of black youth riding around with shotguns, presumably keeping police from killing any more unarmed teenagers.
As a result of the unrest, Officially citing ‘imminent hazard’ for any aircraft. A No Fly Zone has been erected over the city and a standing city-wide ‘Law Enforcement Operation’ has been declared. While any danger to aircraft would be virtually non-existent (what has changed for objects traveling at such heights?) the true reason for the No Fly Zone is probably closer to ‘damage control’ and preventing any media with enough resources to have a helicopter from providing any coverage, assuming that media would even have enough sense to do so. After all, Robin Williams just died.
Some journalists of integrity were attempting to cover the unrest, And then this happened
According to the FAA the No Fly Zone restriction is in effect until August 18th.
In addition to a no fly zone Gov Nixon has implemented the first stages of Martial Law, Declaring a State of Emergency and imposing a curfew on the population. From The Huffington Post:
“Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed an order declaring a state of emergency and ordering a curfew in Ferguson, he announced in a press conference on Saturday.
The curfew will last from midnight to 5 a.m., according to Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who also spoke at the press conference.
“What we’re doing now is not who we are,” Johnson said amid shouts from community members during the press conference.
Johnson noted there would be no trucks or tear gas used to enforce the curfew. He acknowledged that tear gas had been used against protesters early Saturday morning, but said he did not order officers to take that action.”
Wikipedia describes the implementation of martial law as follows:
“Typically, the imposition of martial law accompanies curfews, the suspension of civil law, civil rights, habeas corpus, and the application or extension of military law or military justice to civilians.”
What is not being mentioned in most of the coverage. Is the justifiable rage felt by the wide range of innocent victims. Statistics of the nature of how many murders are committed by Police Forces for any given period of time are exceptionally hard to come by. For just 2014 in America alone I attempted to discover the number of unarmed victims of police. By the time I got through August I had over half a dozen names
As a result of the international headlines and thousands taking to the streets, The FBI has taken an interest in this government sanctioned homicide.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered the Department of Justice to conduct an additional autopsy, to be performed by a federal medical examiner. This will show how many times Brown was shot with his hands up or while not facing the officer or while already deceased on the ground. According to witness reports shots were fired by Officer Darren Wilson that exactly match each of those descriptions.
Perhaps it’s about time for citizens to start considering firing their police force like the city of Hampton, Florida did. Albeit their issue was rampant corruption – not rampant psychopathy and racism and a tendency to commit murder.
The Reddit community has been compiling live updates here
A witness account of what occurred has been posted here
A witness account is as follows:
“I have and know the full story…along with the dispatch release. Michael Brown and his friend were walking down the street, the cop pulled up and said “Get the fuck off the street and onto the sidewalk” Mikes friend told the cop “We’re only going right down the street”. Cop chilled for a few seconds and drove away, got mad and drove back. Boys still not on sidewalk. Opened his car door while vehicle was in motion and hit Michael, slamming the door of course. The cop then grabbed Michael by the throat while still in the car and tried to pull him in. Cop said “Stop resisting or I’m going to shoot you”. Michael Brown pushed off and away from the car. While still in the car, cop shot Michael Brown 1 time. The boys ran, cop got out and started to chase them, then shot Michael Brown in the back…Michael Brown turned around threw his hands up and went to kneel down. Cop then fired 4 more shots hitting Brown in the head and chest. The Police Department didn’t even know about it. They found out via the news calling and telling them. They shipped the shooter off immediately and people flipped out…”
The YouTube user StormCloudsGathering has posted video of the friend collaborating this, The narrator also points out many other relevant details.
A cell phone video of the immediate aftermath of the shooting and some more context from witnesses has been made available by CNN here.