I met Danny Lyon while on the Great March for Climate Action in New Mexico. Danny’s got a long history of brilliant writing, photography and activism. During our short time together, he became an ardent supporter of our March. This week, Danny sent me his latest blog post, under the provocative title Kill the Koch Brothers. I thought, “Oh, Danny. That’s going too far.” But as I read the post I developed a very different impression. The piece is short, pointed and absolutely worth reading. Check it out on Danny’s Blog, Bleak Beauty. I’d be interested to hear how it affects you. Thanks – Ed
The last two years of my life have been spent organizing, implementing and wrapping-up the Great March for Climate Action. Without a doubt, this has been the most challenging work of my life. Not surprisingly, other marchers have said the same thing.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis and the empowerment marchers experienced through this journey, we don’t see our work as done. I inquired about marchers’ recent climate-change activity and received responses from 15 engaged in lobbying, direct action, media interviews and presentations. Chances are, there are marchers in your area eager to come and share their story. Already, marchers have given presentations in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Ontario, Canada. One marcher, Miriam Kashia of Iowa City, has set-up eleven talks!
For my part, I am offering a presentation called Climate March: An Odyssey of Survival, and I am willing to travel anywhere in the country to share the story of this amazing, uplifting and unimaginably difficult experience. If you live in Central Iowa, my first presentation is this Saturday, and I’ll combine it with a mini-concert of some of my favorite Chopin. Please let me know if you’re interested in attending and I’ll get you an invitation.
Two key things I took away from the March that I share with my audience:
1. In a very personal, direct and sometimes physically threatening way, marchers witnessed the impacts of climate change. We lived through the reality that climate change is happening NOW!
2. From coast to coast, more and more Americans are taking action in their communities. Rural and urban. Conservative and liberal. People are waking up to the reality of what we face, and this gives me tremendous hope and encouragement.
To learn more about my presentation, house concert and opportunities for meetings to discuss how to organize for climate action in your community, visit Climate March: An Odyssey of Survival. And through our Facebook Page and Website, we’ll keep you posted on the ongoing work of our diverse family of climate marchers.
And please tune-in to my talk show, the Fallon Forum on Monday, 11:00-12:00 noon CST. It’s live in the Des Moines metro on KDLF 1260 AM La Reina, and available online. Join the conversation by calling in at (515) 528-8122. And in Iowa, you also can hear the Fallon Forum on KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames) at 5:00 pm on Wednesday and on KPVL 89.1 FM (Postville) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. This week, the line-up includes:
– Bus travel’s contribution to reducing global warming
– Has torture become as American as apple pie?
– Corporate greed update: Jethro Bodine sues an Iowa restaurant
– The legality of President Obama’s immigration order
“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.” – Samuel Gompers, founder and long-time president of the American Federation of Labor Continue Reading →
I tell you, when you’ve been walking 15-20 miles a day and sleeping in a tent for most of eight months, re-entry is tough. As I returned to Iowa two weeks ago, I thought about how much I wanted to be back on a Des Moines radio station. Given the corporate domination of the public airwaves, I knew this might be difficult or impossible. Continue Reading →
Democrats, don’t kid yourselves. An elite Establishment controls the Iowa Democratic Party, and they simply don’t like primaries. Nominating candidates is so old school. The Establishment prefers coronations. It’s less messy. And it’s less expensive, saving limited Establishment dollars for essentials like yachts, trips to the Caribbean and that new Lexus your trust-fund kid so desperately needs.