Honoring a great American tradition

Dear Friends,

Filling in for me Monday, August 8th at 11:00 on the Fallon Forum is Maria Filippone. Her focus will be on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and her guests include Isaac Christensen with Jewish Voices for Peace and Kathleen McQuillen of American Friends Service Committee. An important part of the conversation often overlooked is the distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. See below for details for how to listen to the show live, rebroadcast, or as podcast. And callers are always welcome at (515) 528-8122 during the live broadcast on Monday at 11:00 CT.

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In every fight against injustice, there comes a point when men and women of conscience must defy laws allowing that injustice to persist. In the protracted fight to stop the Bakken pipeline, we have arrived at that point.

The crowd at a South Dakota Farm Alliance Rally on Feb. 12, 1985 (from The Daily Republic).

The crowd at a South Dakota Farm Alliance Rally on Feb. 12, 1985 (from The Daily Republic).

Over the past two years landowners, farmers, tribes and environmentalists have done everything possible to stop the pipeline.

We have pursued legal and legislative channels at great cost of time and money.

We have held forums, rallies, protests, flotillas, press conferences and more.

We have written letters and opinion pieces for our newspapers, spoken with radio stations and TV reporters, and written countless letters to government agencies.

We have learned more about pipelines, climate change, watersheds and eminent domain than we ever imagined we’d need to know. With the knowledge we’ve acquired, we’ve educated others — and public opinion has moved our direction. The most recent Iowa Poll shows less than half of Iowans support the pipeline while 3/4ths oppose the use of eminent domain to build it.

We await court rulings on a lawsuit filed by ten Iowa landowners and another just filed by Tribal leaders in the Dakotas, and remain cautiously optimistic that the court will decide in our favor. But barring an injunction, those cases may take time.

Meanwhile our land, water, property rights and climate are being trampled.

From the perspective of climate change, it is unconscionable that our government enables this pipeline to go forward. President Obama claims to understand the seriousness of climate change, having said, “No challenge–no challenge–poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Yet he hasn’t lifted a finger to stop this pipeline.

From the perspective of eminent domain, Republican Governor Terry Branstad campaigned against the abuse of eminent domain, yet now has no problem with its use for a powerful, wealthy pipeline company.

From the perspective of our environment, Democratic officials like State Senator Mike Gronstal and Congressman Dave Loebsack either openly support the pipeline or refuse to stand with their constituents against it, despite grave concerns about the potential impact on our land and water.

As with many great struggles before us, when those elected to represent and protect our interests fail to do so, it is incumbent upon the people to challenge an unresponsive government through nonviolent civil disobedience.

In this struggle against the Bakken pipeline, there are two key examples of the failure of law and government to respect and protect our rights.

First is the Army Corps of Engineers’ abdication of its responsibility to assure the safety of our waters. In issuing a permit to Dakota Access, the Corps failed to assess the full range of the pipeline’s probable impacts.

Second, the decision by the Iowa Utilities Board to issue eminent domain to a private company providing no service to Iowans is an assault on the sanctity of our right to own and enjoy property. If government can allow your land to be confiscated for an oil pipeline, where will the assault on liberty strike next?

Yes, it is time to defy an unjust law, time to defend liberty, time to fight the expansion of the fossil-fuel infrastructure and the accompanying destruction of our environment.

In the tradition of other great American struggles for freedom . . .

From the Boston Tea Party to the labor movement struggle to secure rights and freedoms we still enjoy and take for granted;

From the fight for women’s suffrage to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s;

From the Farm Crisis when farmers stood with their neighbors to block foreclosure auctions to the struggles happening now all across the country in opposition to fracking, pipelines and oil drilling;

. . . It is time to step forward and risk arrest.

Over a month ago, a Pledge of Resistance was circulated. The Pledge was initiated by Bold Iowa and supported by Iowa CCI, CREDO Action and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future. To date, over 1,000 people have signed the Pledge, which reads:

“{W}e are the conservatives, standing up for a safe and secure future for our families. It is those we protest, those who profit from poisoning our water, who violate our property rights, and who are radically altering the chemical composition of our atmosphere — and the prospects for survival of humanity — that are the radicals.”

If you are moved, please sign the Pledge and stand with us in a final attempt to stop this pipeline that our planet can’t sustain and most Iowans don’t want.

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Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
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Thanks! – Ed Fallon

Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to launch a campaign of non-violent direct action against the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa, our Tribal allies at the Camp of Sacred Stones in North Dakota need our support NOW!

Without consent or permit, they started digging. From The Camp of the Sacred Stones.

Without consent or permit, they started digging. From The Camp of the Sacred Stones.

We just received word that Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) gave notice to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that they plan to start construction across the Missouri River in North Dakota Friday morning

Bold Iowa can not be there because we are planning actions in Iowa. We will be tweeting and posting pics from our allies at the action in North Dakota.

Here’s what you can do to show support:

1) If you are able on such short notice, travel to the Camp of the Sacred Stones near Cannonball, North Dakota to stand with our Tribal allies. Visit the Camp’s website for more information. Call (701) 301-2238 or email sacredstonecamp@gmail.com with questions. If you’re able to go, take pictures and shoot video to document what is going on and share it online. Send material directly to me at ed@boldiowa.org.

2) Can’t make it to North Dakota? Show your solidarity with the Camp by sharing their stories online and through traditional networks. Let your Facebook friends know what’s going on, and send a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper. In addition to the Bold Iowa Facebook Page, another source of information about breaking developments is through pipeline construction watchdogs.
The bottom line is, working together and building broader alliances, we can still stop this pipeline!

Every non-violent action we take to delay construction helps our cause. Every brave initiative — whether by our Tribal allies, farmers and landowners, or environmental partners — helps raise the national profile of our fight. And as it becomes clear that the Bakken Pipeline is Big Oil’s end-run around the rejected Keystone Pipeline, our political allies inside the Washington, D.C. beltway will, hopefully, feel empowered to take action to put a halt to its construction.

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

 

Please, Mr. President

Dear Friends,

An article in The Guardian reads, “As the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat.”

If Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the monster typhoon to decimate the Philippines, and the raging wildfires in the Western states didn’t do it, then perhaps this new indicator of the world of hurt coming our way as climate change progresses will spur America to action.

Incredibly, many politicians continue to debate the climate crisis as if the matter is not yet settled. Even those who understand the gravity of the problem seem paralyzed by inaction.

Even President Obama, who famously said, “No challenge–no challenge–poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” doesn’t seem to get it. If he did, there are many things he could have done to stop the Bakken Pipeline. There are still things he can do. It is not too late. Perhaps he will be moved to action by:

– The Camp of the Sacred Stones, blocking construction of the pipeline in North Dakota since April, or

– The Oceti Sakowin youth on a 2000-mile relay run from North Dakota to Washington, DC, who will rally in front of the White House on August 6, or

– The sight of Iowa landowners and others who have signed the Pledge of Resistance being arrested as we block construction of the pipeline later this month (stay tuned).

Will President Obama take action? Or was he merely spouting more political rhetoric when he said climate change is the greatest threat to our future? The world is weary of political rhetoric. Action is needed, and needed NOW!

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Ron Yarnell fills in for me today on the Fallon Forum. His first guest is Joe Alton, a Des Moines teacher, who’ll talk about that most prolific of political- and social-revolution tools: the guitar.

Also joining Ron is Nate Mason, a local pastor and youth minister with the United Methodist Church. Nate’s also a former Democratic Party campaign staffer. They’ll talk about how religion and politics are intersecting for young people these days, and they’ll review the political conventions and what might lie ahead in the 2016 campaign.

Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

Man watches Trump speech, needs counseling

Dear Friends,

So, I’m watching Trump’s convention speech yesterday (bad idea) on my laptop over lunch (an even worse idea) when, halfway through, I find myself searching on my phone for information on how become an Irish citizen. Then I find myself googling “parallels between the rise of Hitler and Trump.”

Can this egomaniac’s crazy-talk truly have brought him this close to the presidency of the United States of America?

After watching Trump’s speech, I needed a hug. (Where were you?!) Or maybe ice cream. At this point, I’ll settle for counseling. And for that, I would greatly appreciate your help. Specifically . . .

Call-in to the Fallon Forum today from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at (515) 528-8122, assure me and Charles that everything’s going to be alright, or in lieu of that, tell us what we need to do to stop Trump.

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Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

Dem Party caller doesn’t get customer service

Dear Friends,

Before I tell you about two important events coming up, I gotta share this absolutely true phone call I received last week from a guy with the Iowa Democratic Party:

“May I speak with Edward please?”

A caller asking for “Edward” is never a good sign. “This is Ed, ” I respond.

“Would you be able to volunteer to help our candidates on the south side this weekend?”

“No.”

“Would you be able to volunteer sometime this fall leading up to the election?”

“No.”

“Are you going to vote for all the Democrats on the ticket this fall?”

“No.”

“Can you tell me which Democrats you are going to vote for?”

“No.”

“Well, thanks for wasting my time.” Hangs up.

Wow! I was trying to help him with time management by giving short, concise answers. No gratitude at all. Of the many things the Democratic Party is doing wrong these days, you can add “poor customer service” to the list.

Anyway, two big events are happening in the next few days. I would love to see you at both of them. And stay tuned for more developments with the Pledge of Resistance, as Dakota Access has begun construction on the Bakken Pipeline in a few places in Iowa.

  • On Saturday, July 23 at 11:00 in front of the Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street in Des Moines, Lakota and Dakota youth on a 2,000-mile relay run to Washington, D.C. will hold a rally and protest to challenge President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to take action to stop the Bakken Pipeline. (See their promotional video here.)
  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Bold Iowa are encouraging members, allies and supporters to attend the condemnation hearing for the Higginbottom family on Monday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Polk County building at 2309 Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. When the hearing recesses at roughly 9:30-10:00, pipeline opponents and members of the Higginbottom family will hold a press conference outside the building.Writes Dan Higginbottom: “For my family, today’s hearing marks the final event resulting from the deplorable failure of government, at all levels, to protect the rights of property owners and to protect Iowa’s fragile environment. It is our firm belief that the condemnation of our property constitutes an illegal taking and that the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) does not possess the statutory authority to grant the power of eminent domain in this case. It is our sincere hope that the Courts will uphold property-owner rights in the suits pending before them.” Dan’s family has farmed the land targeted by Dakota Access for 50 years.

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Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

Native Youth Run to Stop Pipeline

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, I learned from sources in southeast Iowa that pipeline construction has started in Lee and Jefferson counties. This is a sad moment for Iowa. But after the Iowa Utilities Board ruling last month, we knew it was coming.

While sad, I’m hardly discouraged. We still have the court case brought by ten landowners over the illegal use of eminent domain. We still await the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision on issuing a permit.Run for Life 1

And remember: Construction was initiated on other pipelines elsewhere in the country (Keystone, Constitution, Palmetto) and they were defeated. Don’t give up! We can stop this!

Need more hope? On Friday, youth from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation will set-out on a 1,500-mile “Run for Our Water” to Washington, DC to protest the pipeline. They’ll cross Iowa from July 19 – 25, and they invite people to run with them, meet them, share a meal with them and hear their stories. They also need to borrow a couple of vans, if you have one to spare or would like to pay for one to be rented. For more information visit their Facebook Page or contact Bobbi Jean Three Legs at bobbi.jean@ocetisakowinyouth.com or Joseph White Eyes at joseph@ocetisakowinyouth.com.Lakota Youth Run

Need even more hope? Support for direct action to stop the pipeline continues to grow, with nearly 1,000 people signing the Pledge of Resistance! This is incredible and unprecedented. Thank you to those who have signed. If you haven’t, please read the Pledge and consider being part of what could be a truly historic moment.

It’s impossible to say exactly when or where direct action will occur, but it could be soon, and it could be anywhere in Iowa. I’ll keep you posted, and please visit the Bold Iowa Facebook Page for additional updates. Thanks again to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and CREDO Action for partnering with Bold Iowa to help circulate the Pledge.

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Here are the segment topics from this week’s Fallon Forum, with Dr. Charles Goldman co-hosting. Please bear with us while we continue to work out the kinks in our new and vastly-improved podcasting format. Listen to podcasts here.

1. Shootings show America’s worsening racial and economic divide
2. Anna Kalinsky speaks out on Exxon
3. Our militarized police force an invitation to Fascism
4. Clinton foreign policy more hawk than dove
5. Abortion opponents lose…again

Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

A Fourth-of-July Stand Against Injustice

Dear Friends,

I sound like a one-trick pony lately, but that’s how serious is this fight against the Bakken Pipeline. Led by farmers, landowners, tribal communities, environmentalists and a dedicated legal team, we have so far prevented billionaire Kelcy Warren and Energy Transfer Partners from tearing through the heart of the best farmland in the world to build a pipeline that threatens to cause so much harm.

In a couple days, Bold Iowa and its allies will announce a powerful action after Independence Day — one we hope will ignite a prairiefire to inspire new allies in the battle to stop the Bakken Pipeline.

For now, there is one thing I ask you to do: Sign the PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE and grow our ranks to one-thousand strong by Independence Day.

Sign the Pledge if you ever said, “I wish I could’ve stood with Martin Luther King, Jr. and other freedom fighters who went to jail during the civil rights struggle.”

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Farmer Jim arrested with Father Jim, protesting the Keystone Pipeline in 2013.

Sign the Pledge if you ever thought, “If I’d been around 100 years ago, what an honor it would have been to be arrested with the brave women fighting for the right to vote.”

Sign the Pledge if you would have stood with these Nebraska ranchers arrested for opposing the Keystone Pipeline.

All across America, the linked battles of climate action and the abuse of eminent domain are at the point where civil disobedience is needed.

If you haven’t already signed the Pledge of Resistance, please take a few minutes to read it over and consider in your heart if you want to look back at this epic moment in history and realize that you could have but didn’t stand with those of us risking arrest in this cause.

If you have signed the Pledge of Resistance, please take a few minutes to personally invite friends, family and others to sign as well.

Thank you!

Ed Fallon

Stopping Eminent Domain Abuse

Dear Friends,

When I spoke at the Rockefeller Fund Conference on Pipelines and Eminent Domain last week, I emphasized that if we’re going to argue against the abuse of eminent domain for a pipeline, we truly have to get to know the landowners and tribes who sit in a pipeline company’s crosshairs. (Read the full text of my speech here.)

I also spoke about how in Iowa we are down to the wire in our fight against the Bakken Pipeline. Over 400 people have signed the Pledge of Resistance, and I encouraged attendees at the conference (and I encourage you!) to read the Pledge, consider signing it, and share it with others.

Looking beyond this pipeline battle, I reminded people that Donald Trump’s stand on eminent domain could hurt him badly in the general election. I believe Trump can be beat on eminent domain in swing states like Iowa. And I believe this battle against the abuse of eminent domain is a fight that is at the very heart of our identity as Americans. This is about freedom. This is about liberty. This is about people’s right to happiness and prosperity through the responsible use of their land and property, without fear of some big, powerful corporation, working hand-in-hand with corrupt government officials, taking what is not theirs simply to satisfy their lust for money and power.

On that argument, Trump can be beat. And oh, while in Atlanta, our crew of fearless pipeline fighters paid Mr. Trump a visit, and our action was covered by . . . um . . . Alex Jones. See what you think, and  forgive me for being distracted by the guy with the “F*** Trump” t-shirt. Here’s the link.

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April Burch as a delegate at the Iowa Democratic Convention.

Delegate April Burch at the IDP Convention.

Closer to home, major kudos to April Burch for convincing delegates at the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) convention to include The Climate Mobilization‘s language in the Party Platform. In her speech in favor of changing the IDP platform plank from “We support Renewable Energy Standard Requirements (40% by 2020; 50% by 2030; 100% by 2050)” to “We support Renewable Energy Standard requirements of 100% by 2025,” April said:

“While it appears that the majority of Iowa democrats support the idea of reducing carbon emissions to 350 parts per million (ppm) alongside Bill McKibben of 350.org, we cannot and will not even approach scaling back to 350 ppm in our lifetimes unless we immediately fight for the most aggressive climate change measures imaginable.

“This requires the Iowa Democratic Party to send the strongest message possible that we are serious about averting the climate crisis. The Climate Mobilization pledge to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025 allows us to soundly reject new fossil fuel infrastructure projects like the Bakken Pipeline as well as the horrors of bomb trains, catastrophic oil spills, and fracking.

“Please vote to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2025 for our grandchildren’s grandchildren.”

The change passed on a voice vote! Way to go, April!

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On today’s Fallon Forum, we talk with:
– Jonas Magram with the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition about his arrest at the recent Break Free From Fossil Fuel action at the refinery in Whiting, Indiana.
– Cherri Foytlin of Bold Louisiana about efforts to prevent further oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
– Wally Taylor, attorney for the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club, about concerns raised over the IDP’s invitation to North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp to speak at the IDP’s annual Hall of Fame Dinner.
– Megan Holleran of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, whose family lost the battle to stop their maple trees from being cleared, but won the battle against the Constitution Pipeline, which was never built.

Listen to the Fallon Forum:
– Live Mondays, 11:00-12:00 noon CT on La Reina KDLF 1260 AM (Des Moines, IA)
– Outside of central Iowa, listen live here: FALLON FORUM LIVE-STREAM
– KHOI 89.1 FM (Ames, IA)
– KICI.LP 105.3 FM (Iowa City, IA)
– WHIV 102.3 FM (New Orleans, LA)
– KPIP-LP, 94.7 FM (Fayette, MO)

Thanks! – Ed Fallon

Letter to Sanders on Urgency of Climate

Bernie: Mobilizing Against Climate Catastrophe Is Your Greatest Opportunity for Heroism Yet

Senator Sanders,

The movement you have inspired for economic, social, and environmental transformation could not have arrived at a more significant moment in human history. Your emergence as the great American populist of the early 21st century comes at a time in which heroic political leadership, above all, is required to avert the collapse of civilization.

Abrupt global warming threatens to destabilize the climate system for tens of thousands of years, sending the Earth into a hot state inhospitable to humanity. If business as usual continues for much longer, a chain reaction of proliferating droughts, famines, and subsequent state failures will cause the unraveling of an organized human community. Furthermore, the global economy’s overshoot of the planet’s limits has initiated the 6th mass extinction of species, which threatens to wipe out much of life on Earth within this century. If allowed to unfold, it could take some 10 million years for life to fully recover.

The legendary biologist E.O. Wilson compares humanity’s collective impact to the 9-mile wide asteroid that 65 million years ago slammed into the Chicxulub coast of Yucatan at a speed of 45,000 miles per hour, exterminating the non-avian dinosaurs and causing the 5th mass extinction of species. While humanity has become a force of destruction on the scale of the Chixculub asteroid, Wilson argues that there is a small window of time left to prevent a full-blown “biological holocaust.”

The truth is that you now have it within your power to catalyze the process that will prevent the collapse of civilization and the holocaust on all life. Whether you become president or not, your incredible success fomenting a genuine political revolution across America has made it possible for you to lead the movement to save life on Earth.

It’s now well understood that what’s needed to stop this unfolding apocalypse is an emergency transformation of the global economy — a WWII-scale mobilization to rapidly restore a stable climate and reverse ecological overshoot.

You recognized this truth in one of the finest moments of your campaign so far, your April debate with Hillary Clinton at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on the eve of the New York primary. You denounced the Paris climate agreement as a disastrously incremental approach to the climate emergency and called for a World War II-scale effort instead:

“In 1941, under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, we moved within three years, within three years to rebuild our economy to defeat Nazism and Japanese imperialism. That is exactly the kind of approach we need right now.”

Ian Dunlop, a global sustainability leader, hailed your call for WWII-scale climate mobilization as historic: “This is the first time I’ve heard anybody politically, honestly starting to talk about what the problem really is and the type of speed of reaction we have to make,” he said. “Finally, we’re getting the truth.”

Your courageous statements of climate truth have been greatly energizing to the nascent movement for emergency climate mobilization. However, the climate emergency has not been the primary focus of your presidential campaign or your career. Your unwavering dedication to economic and social justice has been.

We are writing to implore you to make the immediate commencement of a WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate your overriding priority in the coming months and years. All of our ideals and goals – a fair economy and a functioning democracy that empowers ordinary Americans to participate in the governance of our nation – will be for naught if we fail to stop the climate catastrophe.

Prioritizing a climate mobilization provides the most immediate path to social, economic, and environmental justice. As with the WWII home front mobilization, the climate mobilization will create full employment and drastically reduce inequality, with the principle of fair and shared sacrifice embraced by all Americans. In 1944, top marginal tax rates were raised to 94% on incomes above $200,000 (about $2.7 million in 2016 dollars) and unemployment dropped to 1.2%. All Americans received “fair shares” equal rations of food and energy. Women, African-Americans, and workers made large gains as Americans came together to defeat the Axis powers. A few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt even unsuccessfully pushed for a 100% tax rate on incomes above $25,000 (about $350,000 in today’s dollars) in the name of wartime equality! A full-scale climate mobilization would heed Pope Francis’s directive to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor!”

During the last great crisis of American life, FDR faced a similar imperative to shift priorities to combat the existential threat of fascism. At a 1943 press conference, a reporter asked the President to address a rumor that he no longer liked the term “New Deal.” He responded that a physician, Dr. New Deal, had remedied America’s “grave internal disorder” during the ‘30s. But the attack on Pearl Harbor had “broke his hip, broke his leg in two or three places, broke a wrist and an arm, and some ribs; and they didn’t think he would live, for a while.” Dr. Win-the-War had since stepped in, and Patient America was now on the road to recovery: “He has given up crutches. He isn’t wholly well yet, and he won’t be until he wins the war.”

Just as FDR shifted his approach to defeat fascism, it is an absolute moral imperative that we all pivot comprehensively to fight off the existential threat of civilizational collapse and biological holocaust. You have been “Dr. New Deal” your entire career. But now, at this late hour, humanity badly needs you to become “Dr. Win-the-War.”

You and your supporters face immense pressure to endorse Secretary Clinton and her “politically realistic” yet scientifically catastrophic climate plan in order to defeat Donald Trump and his “America First” (sound familiar?) energy plan. But, as Stephen Hawking recently said, runaway climate change poses “a more immediate danger” to America and the world than even Trump’s neo-isolationism.

Secretary Clinton, like the vast majority of the public, politicians, and the media, is still stuck in the mentality of “carbon gradualism.” While the need for an emergency, WWII-scale climate mobilization is a hidden consensus among climate leaders and thinkers, not even the mainstream climate movement is fully prepared to demand one. Instead, they appear paralyzed by the enormity of the task, unable to integrate scientific reality into their advocacies and organizational strategies.

You are in a unique position to change that. Your millions of supporters are anxiously looking to you to hear what comes next in the political revolution. In the coming weeks and months, you will face a series of tremendous opportunities to rouse America from the trance of carbon gradualism and climate denial, and onto the war footing we so desperately need. You could, for example:

1) Demand that a WWII-scale climate mobilization appear on the Democratic Party platform.

2) Make the need for an emergency, WWII-scale climate mobilization the theme of your convention speech.

3) Demand that Hillary Clinton advocate an emergency, WWII-scale mobilization to restore a safe climate in exchange for your endorsement, if you do not win the nomination.

4) Lead a march on Washington calling on President Obama to declare a climate emergency and gear up for the climate mobilization. You could occupy the National Mall with hundreds of thousands of Americans until the president declares a climate emergency.

5) All of the above

Whether or not you are nominated, we implore you to take up the banner of climate mobilization. You have fought your entire career to protect Americans from exploitation and destitution. Once again, Americans sorely need your protection and leadership. We need a heroic leader to build an enormous movement for an immediate climate mobilization and we need him or her to step up very soon. We can overcome the climate emergency, but we need Dr. Win-the-War to step up with great haste.

Sincerely,

Jean Arnold, Development Director, Association for the Tree of Life

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Chairperson, Buddhist Global Relief

Ryan Brill, Co-Founder, The Climate Mobilization

Myron Buchholz, Congressional Candidate, Wisconsin CD-03

Stan Cox, Author, “Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing” (2013)

Wesley Clark, Jr., Veteran; Host, The Young Turks

John Davis, Candidate for Iowa State Legislature; Iowa Climate Advocate, Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Laura Dawn, Founder, ART NOT WAR

Laurence L. Delina, Author, “Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation: Wartime Mobilisation as a Model for Action?” (2016); Citizen, The Philippines; Visiting Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Ian Dunlop, Former Chair, Australian Coal Association; Member, The Club of Rome

John Ellis, Founder, Bernie2016.tv

Ed Fallon, Director, Bold Iowa

Grace Feldmann, Founder, Lead Organizer, Santa Barbara County for Bernie 2016

Heidi Harmon, Director, 350 San Luis Obispo; Bernie Sanders delegate, 24th Congressional District of California

Nicole Harris, Deputy Director, The Climate Mobilization

Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Coordinating Lead Author, Oceans, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Michael Hoexter, Research Scholar, Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity; Campaign Volunteer, Bernie Sanders 2016

Lee-Sean Huang, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Foossa

Veronica Jacobi, Santa Rosa City Council Emeritus; Founder, OurGreenChallenge.org

Bruce Jones, Climate Activist; Pledged Delegate for Bernie Sanders, 14th Congressional District of California

David Kaiser, Author, “No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War” (2014)

Andy Kunz, President & CEO, U.S. High Speed Rail Association

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun Magazine

Kelsey Lopez, Director of Operations, Transit Oriented Development Institute

Mary Lupien, Delegate, 25th Congressional District of New York; Steering Committee Member, Monroe County for Bernie Sanders

Patrick Mazza, Sustainable Solutions Co-Facilitator, 350 Seattle; Member, Delta 5 Direct Action Team

Abigail McHugh-Grifa, Ph.D., Founder & Lead Organizer, Rochester Climate Action

Brian D. McLaren, Board Chair, Convergenceus.org

John McLeod, Founder, ResistClimateChange.org

Michael Mielke, Strategist, Association for the Tree of Life

Stephen Mulkey, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Unity College

Trevor Neilson, Founder, i(x) investments

Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Margaret Klein Salamon, Ph.D., Founder & Executive Director, The Climate Mobilization

Ashik Siddique, Co-Founder, The Climate Mobilization

Ezra Silk, Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Strategy, The Climate Mobilization

David Spratt, Co-Author, “Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action” (2008)

David Suzuki, Co-Founder, David Suzuki Foundation

Alina Valdes, M.D., Congressional Candidate, Florida CD-25; Proud Progressive & Bernie Sanders Endorser

Lise Van Susteren, Advisory Board, Center For Health And The Global Environment, Harvard School Of Public Health*

Marie Venner, Chair, National Academies’ Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability

Ken Ward, Co-Founder, Climate Disobedience Center

* Institutional affiliation listed for identification purposes only

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