• 'Get On the Streets. And Bring Everybody': Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Two Weeks of Global Action
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/07/get-streets-and-bring-everybody-extinction-rebellion-kicks-two-weeks-global-action
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    Nearly a year after Extinction Rebellion launched in London, the global movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to demand ambitious climate action kicked off two weeks of protests on Monday with demonstrations around the world that blocked major roadways and led to arrests.

    "Starting on October 7th, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion. Together, we will peacefully occupy the centers of power and shut them down until governments act on the climate and ecological emergency," the XR movement says on its website. "Leave your desk. Invite your boss. Walk out of school. Switch off the TV. Put down your phone. Get on the streets. And bring everybody."

    London is just one of 60 global cities where XR members held protests Monday and are planning future actions for International Rebellion, according to the movement's webpage that sorts upcoming protests by continent. Demonstrators worldwide turned out in droves Monday and are set to continue engaging in peaceful civil disobedience in the coming days across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania.

    After the London Metropolitan Police on Saturday used a battering ram to raid an XR building in the city and seize items such as disability ramps that organizers had planned to use to make the movement's demonstrations "accessible and safe for all," XR activists on Monday blocked traffic across the city's government district of Westminster.

    Reuters reported that at least 135 people were arrested. According to the news agency:

    Large crowds of protesters blocked some of Westminster's largest and busiest roads, bridges and squares, carrying banners with slogans such as "Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now."

    Banging drums and chanting, they took over the tourist hotspot of Trafalgar Square and marched down the Mall, the broad tree-lined avenue that leads to Buckingham Palace.

    Some activists glued or chained themselves to cars parked in the middle of roads or to street lamps, making it hard for police officers to detain them.

    "We're here because the government is not doing enough on the climate emergency," Lizzy Mansfield told Reuters. "We only get one planet and so we're here to try and defend it."

    XR parked a hearse at Trafalgar Square to mourn mass species extinction and sent a message to the U.K. Parliament that "truth demands action" by hanging a banner on a barge in the River Thames:

    "Meanwhile, activists from Animal Rebellion, a movement allied to Extinction Rebellion, began marching from Russell Square to Smithfield Meat Market on Monday afternoon," reported BBC News. "Organizers said they plan to stage an overnight occupation of the market to share their 'vision of a future plant-based food system.'"

    From London, Berlin, and Madrid, to Paris, Philadephia, and Toronto, activists, reporters, and supporters shared updates from the streets on social media Monday with the hashtags #InternationalRebellion, #EverybodyNow, and #TheTimesIsNow.

    "In Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital's Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column," according to The Associated Press. "That protest began before dawn."

    Highlighting protests in other European cities, the AP reported:

    In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, and set up tents. The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road. The protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square.

    In Spain, a few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in the Madrid, snarling traffic during the morning rush hour. The National Police said 33 activists were taken to their premises and three were arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.

    Four teenage girls were among about 30 people who were arrested in Sydney on Monday for attempting to stop vehicle traffic, XR organizers told The Guardian. According to the newspaper, hundreds of people joined a march and rally in Australia's capital city.

    Sisters 10-year-old Luka and 12-year-old Maddie Brett-Hall were among those who marched from Sydney's Belmore Park to the central business district. Maddie said, "I feel like we need to make a difference."

    Ember Henninger, a 10-year-old who also marched in Sydney on Monday, said that "the government tells us to just be kids ... and this makes me feel angry."

    XR's International Rebellion follows a global week of action bookended by a pair of climate strikes on Sept. 20 and 27, which were inspired by the school strikes launched by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists worldwide. The #ClimateStrike actions coincided with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City.

    "As the results of the U.N. summit highlight, we can no longer rely on governments to do what is needed in the face of climate and ecological breakdown," Extinction Rebellion NYC spokesperson Trellan Smith said in a statement last month. "We have the right and moral obligation to be on the streets telling the truth about this crisis and demanding responses from our government at this critical time."
    'Get On the Streets. And Bring Everybody': Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Two Weeks of Global Action https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/07/get-streets-and-bring-everybody-extinction-rebellion-kicks-two-weeks-global-action Jessica Corbett, staff writer Nearly a year after Extinction Rebellion launched in London, the global movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to demand ambitious climate action kicked off two weeks of protests on Monday with demonstrations around the world that blocked major roadways and led to arrests. "Starting on October 7th, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion is calling an International Rebellion. Together, we will peacefully occupy the centers of power and shut them down until governments act on the climate and ecological emergency," the XR movement says on its website. "Leave your desk. Invite your boss. Walk out of school. Switch off the TV. Put down your phone. Get on the streets. And bring everybody." London is just one of 60 global cities where XR members held protests Monday and are planning future actions for International Rebellion, according to the movement's webpage that sorts upcoming protests by continent. Demonstrators worldwide turned out in droves Monday and are set to continue engaging in peaceful civil disobedience in the coming days across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. After the London Metropolitan Police on Saturday used a battering ram to raid an XR building in the city and seize items such as disability ramps that organizers had planned to use to make the movement's demonstrations "accessible and safe for all," XR activists on Monday blocked traffic across the city's government district of Westminster. Reuters reported that at least 135 people were arrested. According to the news agency: Large crowds of protesters blocked some of Westminster's largest and busiest roads, bridges and squares, carrying banners with slogans such as "Climate change denies our children a future unless we act now." Banging drums and chanting, they took over the tourist hotspot of Trafalgar Square and marched down the Mall, the broad tree-lined avenue that leads to Buckingham Palace. Some activists glued or chained themselves to cars parked in the middle of roads or to street lamps, making it hard for police officers to detain them. "We're here because the government is not doing enough on the climate emergency," Lizzy Mansfield told Reuters. "We only get one planet and so we're here to try and defend it." XR parked a hearse at Trafalgar Square to mourn mass species extinction and sent a message to the U.K. Parliament that "truth demands action" by hanging a banner on a barge in the River Thames: "Meanwhile, activists from Animal Rebellion, a movement allied to Extinction Rebellion, began marching from Russell Square to Smithfield Meat Market on Monday afternoon," reported BBC News. "Organizers said they plan to stage an overnight occupation of the market to share their 'vision of a future plant-based food system.'" From London, Berlin, and Madrid, to Paris, Philadephia, and Toronto, activists, reporters, and supporters shared updates from the streets on social media Monday with the hashtags #InternationalRebellion, #EverybodyNow, and #TheTimesIsNow. "In Berlin, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital's Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column," according to The Associated Press. "That protest began before dawn." Highlighting protests in other European cities, the AP reported: In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, and set up tents. The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road. The protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square. In Spain, a few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in the Madrid, snarling traffic during the morning rush hour. The National Police said 33 activists were taken to their premises and three were arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers. Four teenage girls were among about 30 people who were arrested in Sydney on Monday for attempting to stop vehicle traffic, XR organizers told The Guardian. According to the newspaper, hundreds of people joined a march and rally in Australia's capital city. Sisters 10-year-old Luka and 12-year-old Maddie Brett-Hall were among those who marched from Sydney's Belmore Park to the central business district. Maddie said, "I feel like we need to make a difference." Ember Henninger, a 10-year-old who also marched in Sydney on Monday, said that "the government tells us to just be kids ... and this makes me feel angry." XR's International Rebellion follows a global week of action bookended by a pair of climate strikes on Sept. 20 and 27, which were inspired by the school strikes launched by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists worldwide. The #ClimateStrike actions coincided with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City. "As the results of the U.N. summit highlight, we can no longer rely on governments to do what is needed in the face of climate and ecological breakdown," Extinction Rebellion NYC spokesperson Trellan Smith said in a statement last month. "We have the right and moral obligation to be on the streets telling the truth about this crisis and demanding responses from our government at this critical time."
    'Get On the Streets. And Bring Everybody': Extinction Rebellion Kicks Off Two Weeks of Global Action
    "We only get one planet and so we're here to try and defend it."
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  • Naomi Klein on the Case for a Green New Deal, Greta Thunberg, & The Rise of Ecofascism
    Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis.

    Klein tips her hat to 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, praising her for her “moral clarity” as one of many youth voices that “burst through the bureaucratic language with which we shield ourselves from the reality of the stakes, the extraordinary stakes, of our moment in history.”

    Klein also lays out a path forward for mankind in which we meet the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation.

    “We do know that if we are going to lower our emissions in time, it is going to take transformations of how we live in cities, how we move ourselves around, how we grow our food, where we get our energy from,” Klein says.

    “Essentially, what the Green New Deal is saying: If we’re going to do all that, why wouldn’t we tackle all of these systemic economic and social crises at the same time? Because we live in a time of multiple, overlapping crises.”
    #NaomiKlein #OnFire #DemocracyNow #HouseOnFire #GretaThunberg
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    Democracy Now! 10/7/19
    Naomi Klein on the Case for a Green New Deal, Greta Thunberg, & The Rise of Ecofascism Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. Klein tips her hat to 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, praising her for her “moral clarity” as one of many youth voices that “burst through the bureaucratic language with which we shield ourselves from the reality of the stakes, the extraordinary stakes, of our moment in history.” Klein also lays out a path forward for mankind in which we meet the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. “We do know that if we are going to lower our emissions in time, it is going to take transformations of how we live in cities, how we move ourselves around, how we grow our food, where we get our energy from,” Klein says. “Essentially, what the Green New Deal is saying: If we’re going to do all that, why wouldn’t we tackle all of these systemic economic and social crises at the same time? Because we live in a time of multiple, overlapping crises.” #NaomiKlein #OnFire #DemocracyNow #HouseOnFire #GretaThunberg https://youtu.be/IARezGmhWr0 Democracy Now! 10/7/19
    Naomi Klein on the Case for a Green New Deal, Greta Thunberg, & The Rise of Ecofascism
    Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak wi...
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  • TO THE NWO YOUTH
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  • Fox News Pundits and Trump Condemned for Attacks Spewed at Teenage Climate Leader Greta Thunberg
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/24/fox-news-pundits-and-trump-condemned-attacks-spewed-teenage-climate-leader-greta
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    After youth activist Greta Thunberg tore into world leaders over their inaction on climate change Monday morning, Fox News spent hours attacking the 16 year-old, drawing condemnation and outrage—and, in one case, an apology from the right-wing network.

    As Common Dreams reported Monday, Thunberg gave an impassioned speech to the United Nations on Monday where she decried the efforts of world leaders to address the climate crisis as insufficient.

    "We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth," Thunberg told the U.N. "How dare you!" [https://youtu.be/TMrtLsQbaok]

    The speech made international news and earned her the attention of the right-wing U.S. media.

    The attacks began in earnest Monday night during Fox's 7pm show "The Story with Martha Macallum."

    Fill-in host Harris Faulkner moderated a back and forth between progressive radio show host Christopher Hahn and The Daily Wire's Michael Knowles. During the exchange, Knowles repeatedly referred to Thunberg as a "mentally ill Swedish child"—repeating an attack he made earlier in the day on his radio show. Hahn demanded Knowles apologize.

    jordan ✔ @JordanUhl
    Holy shit
    Michael Knowles of Daily Wire just called Greta Thunberg a "mentally ill Swedish child."@ChristopherHahn tore into him
    Embedded video: https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1176284552387538949
    6:57 PM - Sep 23, 2019

    A number of groups condemned Knowles in statements to The Hollywood Reporter, including Autistic Self Advocacy Network executive director Julie Bascom, who called the comment "unconscionable."

    "History is full of autistic people and people with other cognitive disabilities who were and are compelling, credible activists and leaders," said Bascom. "Greta is a part of that tradition, and our community is lucky to have her. Period."

    Fox, within hours of the segment, issued a condemnation of the remarks and said Knowles would not be invited back onto the network.

    "The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on 'The Story' tonight, was disgraceful," Fox told The Hollywood Reporter. "We apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers."

    It was a rare admission of fault by the network, as Esquire writer Jack Holmes pointed out on Tuesday.

    "In a landmark event, the world learned what was too low even for Fox News," Holmes wrote.

    Yet, as a number of observers pointed out, the condemnation was a drop in the bucket compared to Fox's flood of invective aimed at Thunberg over the past week.

    "Fox has made it a regular practice of mocking teenage climate activists," wrote Vice's Tim Marcin, "despite the fact that they mobilized some 4 million people across more than 160 countries during the global climate strikes on Friday."

    And for all its words on Knowles, Fox was silent on comments about Thunberg from two of its prime time hosts, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

    Carlson, in a haltingly incredulous monologue, said that Thunberg's speech to the U.N. was part of an "unscrupulous" plot by an undefined but nefarious "they" to seize power.

    "When you use children to demand power, they become a kind of human shield," Carlson said. "You can hide safely behind them; no-one can criticize you."

    Andrew Lawrence @ndrew_lawrence
    They are terrified of Greta Thunberg
    Embedded video: [https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/1176288105395105792]
    7:11 PM - Sep 23, 2019

    Two hours later, Ingraham said that Thunberg was like a charcter from Stephen King's horror novella and movie "Children of the Corn."

    "I can't wait for Stephen King's sequel 'Children of the Climate,'" said Ingraham.

    Andrew Lawrence @ndrew_lawrence
    Laura Ingraham compares Greta Thunberg to Children of the Corn
    Embedded video: [https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/1176322636021940224]
    9:29 PM - Sep 23, 2019

    "Less than three hours after Fox’s hollow apology for hateful comments made by a Fox News guest—who the network says they won't book again—Fox News host Laura Ingraham spewed more hateful comments about Greta Thunberg," Media Matters for America communications director Laura Keiter told Common Dreams.

    "Bigotry, misogyny, and dangerous conspiracy theories are pushed on Fox News daily, with no public condemnation—let alone punishment—from Fox management."

    While Fox was silent on the remarks, Ingraham's brother Curtis—a frequent critic of his sister's behavior—tweeted that the comments made clear that Ingraham values her paycheck more than "the world her three adopted kids will inherit."

    "I can no longer apologize for a sibling who I no longer recognize," said Curtis. "I can and will continue to call out the monstrous behavior and the bully commentary born out of anger."

    President Donald Trump joined in the attacks on Thunberg Monday night, tweeting a video of the activist's angry remarks at the U.N. Monday.

    "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," Trump said sarcastically. "So nice to see!"

    Vox's Aaron Rupar called the tweet one of the president's "ugliest" for downplaying Thunberg's righteous anger.

    "Trump's comment is meant to undermine the very thing that makes Thunberg an effective activist," wrote Rupar, "the impassioned moral clarity with which she speaks about climate change."

    Thunberg hit back with a subtle troll for the president by adjusting her bio on Twitter, Trump's preferred medium of communication.

    Her bio now reads, "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."
    Fox News Pundits and Trump Condemned for Attacks Spewed at Teenage Climate Leader Greta Thunberg https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/24/fox-news-pundits-and-trump-condemned-attacks-spewed-teenage-climate-leader-greta Eoin Higgins, staff writer After youth activist Greta Thunberg tore into world leaders over their inaction on climate change Monday morning, Fox News spent hours attacking the 16 year-old, drawing condemnation and outrage—and, in one case, an apology from the right-wing network. As Common Dreams reported Monday, Thunberg gave an impassioned speech to the United Nations on Monday where she decried the efforts of world leaders to address the climate crisis as insufficient. "We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth," Thunberg told the U.N. "How dare you!" [https://youtu.be/TMrtLsQbaok] The speech made international news and earned her the attention of the right-wing U.S. media. The attacks began in earnest Monday night during Fox's 7pm show "The Story with Martha Macallum." Fill-in host Harris Faulkner moderated a back and forth between progressive radio show host Christopher Hahn and The Daily Wire's Michael Knowles. During the exchange, Knowles repeatedly referred to Thunberg as a "mentally ill Swedish child"—repeating an attack he made earlier in the day on his radio show. Hahn demanded Knowles apologize. jordan ✔ @JordanUhl Holy shit Michael Knowles of Daily Wire just called Greta Thunberg a "mentally ill Swedish child."@ChristopherHahn tore into him Embedded video: https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1176284552387538949 6:57 PM - Sep 23, 2019 A number of groups condemned Knowles in statements to The Hollywood Reporter, including Autistic Self Advocacy Network executive director Julie Bascom, who called the comment "unconscionable." "History is full of autistic people and people with other cognitive disabilities who were and are compelling, credible activists and leaders," said Bascom. "Greta is a part of that tradition, and our community is lucky to have her. Period." Fox, within hours of the segment, issued a condemnation of the remarks and said Knowles would not be invited back onto the network. "The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on 'The Story' tonight, was disgraceful," Fox told The Hollywood Reporter. "We apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers." It was a rare admission of fault by the network, as Esquire writer Jack Holmes pointed out on Tuesday. "In a landmark event, the world learned what was too low even for Fox News," Holmes wrote. Yet, as a number of observers pointed out, the condemnation was a drop in the bucket compared to Fox's flood of invective aimed at Thunberg over the past week. "Fox has made it a regular practice of mocking teenage climate activists," wrote Vice's Tim Marcin, "despite the fact that they mobilized some 4 million people across more than 160 countries during the global climate strikes on Friday." And for all its words on Knowles, Fox was silent on comments about Thunberg from two of its prime time hosts, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham. Carlson, in a haltingly incredulous monologue, said that Thunberg's speech to the U.N. was part of an "unscrupulous" plot by an undefined but nefarious "they" to seize power. "When you use children to demand power, they become a kind of human shield," Carlson said. "You can hide safely behind them; no-one can criticize you." Andrew Lawrence @ndrew_lawrence They are terrified of Greta Thunberg Embedded video: [https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/1176288105395105792] 7:11 PM - Sep 23, 2019 Two hours later, Ingraham said that Thunberg was like a charcter from Stephen King's horror novella and movie "Children of the Corn." "I can't wait for Stephen King's sequel 'Children of the Climate,'" said Ingraham. Andrew Lawrence @ndrew_lawrence Laura Ingraham compares Greta Thunberg to Children of the Corn Embedded video: [https://twitter.com/ndrew_lawrence/status/1176322636021940224] 9:29 PM - Sep 23, 2019 "Less than three hours after Fox’s hollow apology for hateful comments made by a Fox News guest—who the network says they won't book again—Fox News host Laura Ingraham spewed more hateful comments about Greta Thunberg," Media Matters for America communications director Laura Keiter told Common Dreams. "Bigotry, misogyny, and dangerous conspiracy theories are pushed on Fox News daily, with no public condemnation—let alone punishment—from Fox management." While Fox was silent on the remarks, Ingraham's brother Curtis—a frequent critic of his sister's behavior—tweeted that the comments made clear that Ingraham values her paycheck more than "the world her three adopted kids will inherit." "I can no longer apologize for a sibling who I no longer recognize," said Curtis. "I can and will continue to call out the monstrous behavior and the bully commentary born out of anger." President Donald Trump joined in the attacks on Thunberg Monday night, tweeting a video of the activist's angry remarks at the U.N. Monday. "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," Trump said sarcastically. "So nice to see!" Vox's Aaron Rupar called the tweet one of the president's "ugliest" for downplaying Thunberg's righteous anger. "Trump's comment is meant to undermine the very thing that makes Thunberg an effective activist," wrote Rupar, "the impassioned moral clarity with which she speaks about climate change." Thunberg hit back with a subtle troll for the president by adjusting her bio on Twitter, Trump's preferred medium of communication. Her bio now reads, "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."
    Fox News Pundits and Trump Condemned for Attacks Spewed at Teenage Climate Leader Greta Thunberg
    "In a landmark event, the world learned what was too low even for Fox News."
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  • Sixteen Child Petitioners Filed A Historic Complaint With The U.N. Here's WHY, In Their Own Words
    Sixteen young people from around the world filed an official complaint this week to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling out the lack of government action on the climate crisis.

    Crafted by petitioners from 12 countries and between the ages of 8 and 17, the landmark case alleges that U.N. member states’ failure to properly address the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights.

    Speaking on stage, the youth activists shared their names and explained their motivations for filing a complaint and organizing to fight against climate change.

    “The world signed a contract between generations that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future,” said 14-year-old activist Alexandria Villaseñor as she introduced her fellow petitioners.

    “And today I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we are here to collect.”
    #ClimateViolations #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCrime #GretaNailedIt
    https://youtu.be/zUZGqs0gyGA
    Democracy Now! 9/24/19
    Sixteen Child Petitioners Filed A Historic Complaint With The U.N. Here's WHY, In Their Own Words Sixteen young people from around the world filed an official complaint this week to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, calling out the lack of government action on the climate crisis. Crafted by petitioners from 12 countries and between the ages of 8 and 17, the landmark case alleges that U.N. member states’ failure to properly address the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights. Speaking on stage, the youth activists shared their names and explained their motivations for filing a complaint and organizing to fight against climate change. “The world signed a contract between generations that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future,” said 14-year-old activist Alexandria Villaseñor as she introduced her fellow petitioners. “And today I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we are here to collect.” #ClimateViolations #ClimateCrisis #ClimateCrime #GretaNailedIt https://youtu.be/zUZGqs0gyGA Democracy Now! 9/24/19
    Sixteen child petitioners filed a historic complaint with the U.N. Here's why, in their own words.
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  • Consider this before you vote:

    Your minister of finance engaged in insider trading. Also forgot about his villa in France.

    You blew the Asia Pacific deal.

    You blew the helicopter deal with the Philippines.

    You blew the deal with China.

    You blew the deal with Europe.

    You invited "irregular" immigration and the taxpayer foots the enormous bill for it.

    You alienated the United States – our largest trading partner.

    At the G7 you pledged $400 million to Education around the world along with another $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education in Europe. None of it is going to fix our messed up school systems here at home. Meanwhile education costs are skyrocketing for our youth making university a mountain too high for many to climb.

    You pledged $241 million to Family Planning around the world including a $20 million donation to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation (because they have integrity!). This all happened while you told vets that they were asking too much.

    You pledged $2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit and now you’re trying to bully the provinces into new taxes to pay for this pledge.

    You pledged $300 million to the Rohingya Refugee crisis while we have a refugee crisis of our own flooding into Quebec that you won't address.

    You pledged $125 million to Caribbean Reconstruction while our own infrastructure in cities is falling apart.

    You pledged $650 million to Sexual and Reproductive health in Haiti and around the globe wanting safer abortions for woman while many women in our own country are left without a family doctor.

    You pledged $840 million to Syria for Humanitarian Assistance when half the native reserves in our country don't have clean drinking water.

    You gave $10.5 million to a convicted...CONVICTED terrorist in a backroom deal. You intentionally paid it out in a way that prevented the widow of the killed soldier from pursuing it.

    You spent $4.5 billion on a 65 year old pipeline, and now the courts have ruled it shut down. Now it's back on (at a delay cost of $250 million) - good investment for Canada you said? (And KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas)

    You pressured Jody Wilson Raybould repeatedly & INAPPROPRIATELY with several different high ranking officials to offer SNC Lavalin a DPA instead of prosecution for repeated & sustained corruption AFTER the former AG had determined they were ineligible for such a deal. You lied about the above having ever taken place. Then you obstructed the investigation into this obstruction of justice.

    You replaced Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s.

    Your bizarre love of all things Castro.

    You imposed tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments...except cement plants in Quebec.

    You said that a proposed pipeline must consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” (what does that even mean???)

    You chase foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague.

    You chased our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem... lest we forget.

    You called small business owners “tax cheats”.

    People voice concern over money spent on illegal immigration and you call them intolerant racists.

    We have an equalization program, but you give half of it to one province.

    You spent $8 million on a skating rink (vanity project) when Canada's largest skating rink is 500 meters away.

    You added tens of billions to the national debt while lying to Canada's face about it. Balance the budget in 2019? Now we’re looking at 2040.

    You groped a woman and when caught and said she experienced it differently.

    You elbowed a female MP while dragging another MP by the arm in a petulant fit.

    Peoplekind? (international embarrassment)

    You got India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first.

    You said returning terrorists will be an extraordinarily powerful voice for Canada.

    You fought to let terrorists keep their Canadian citizenship.

    You spent $212,234 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 budget report.

    You spent upwards to $348,000 on food and alcohol in five flights on our government’s plane. On your G20 trip to Argentina, you spent $103,000 on food and alcohol alone. How is that even possible?

    You gave Canadian taxpayers' money to Hamas.

    You voice outrage over fake racist attacks and say nothing about real terrorist attacks.

    You took 10 vacations in a single year. Who does this?

    You spent a little over $1.5 million on the trip to India that did nothing but worsen ties. Plus paid over $17,000 to bring an Indian chef to India to cook Indian cuisine. And to top it off, invited a convicted attempted murderer to diner and posed for pics with him.

    And you’re the only PM convicted of ethics violations. (multiple times in fact)

    You destroyed the career of one of Canada’s honest military leaders to cover up possible massive corruption in ship building contracts.

    You invited Joshua Boyle, an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of his wife for a photoshoot in the Office of The Prime Minister.

    You threaten to sue the leader of the opposition then chicken out when you realized that your alleged crimes will be exposed in court.

    You offer over $600 million dollars in subsidies to failing mainstream media outlets if they can prove to be trustworthy. You put a union who vows to destroy your opposition in charge of selecting these new “trusted” sources to receive funding. You could school the Russians in election interference.

    You pay off your friends to engage in election ads for you and get Elections Canada to pay for it.

    $13 million to Loblaws for new refrigerators.
    You made public statements of deep admiration for Chinese communism.

    You wore preposterous, inappropriate costumes during a state visit to India, paid for by Canadians.

    Almost $13 billion in promises right before calling the election.

    Blackface. 3 times. Wow.

    What moral, functioning Canadian human could possible justify voting for you?
    Consider this before you vote: Your minister of finance engaged in insider trading. Also forgot about his villa in France. You blew the Asia Pacific deal. You blew the helicopter deal with the Philippines. You blew the deal with China. You blew the deal with Europe. You invited "irregular" immigration and the taxpayer foots the enormous bill for it. You alienated the United States – our largest trading partner. At the G7 you pledged $400 million to Education around the world along with another $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education in Europe. None of it is going to fix our messed up school systems here at home. Meanwhile education costs are skyrocketing for our youth making university a mountain too high for many to climb. You pledged $241 million to Family Planning around the world including a $20 million donation to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation (because they have integrity!). This all happened while you told vets that they were asking too much. You pledged $2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit and now you’re trying to bully the provinces into new taxes to pay for this pledge. You pledged $300 million to the Rohingya Refugee crisis while we have a refugee crisis of our own flooding into Quebec that you won't address. You pledged $125 million to Caribbean Reconstruction while our own infrastructure in cities is falling apart. You pledged $650 million to Sexual and Reproductive health in Haiti and around the globe wanting safer abortions for woman while many women in our own country are left without a family doctor. You pledged $840 million to Syria for Humanitarian Assistance when half the native reserves in our country don't have clean drinking water. You gave $10.5 million to a convicted...CONVICTED terrorist in a backroom deal. You intentionally paid it out in a way that prevented the widow of the killed soldier from pursuing it. You spent $4.5 billion on a 65 year old pipeline, and now the courts have ruled it shut down. Now it's back on (at a delay cost of $250 million) - good investment for Canada you said? (And KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas) You pressured Jody Wilson Raybould repeatedly & INAPPROPRIATELY with several different high ranking officials to offer SNC Lavalin a DPA instead of prosecution for repeated & sustained corruption AFTER the former AG had determined they were ineligible for such a deal. You lied about the above having ever taken place. Then you obstructed the investigation into this obstruction of justice. You replaced Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s. Your bizarre love of all things Castro. You imposed tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments...except cement plants in Quebec. You said that a proposed pipeline must consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” (what does that even mean???) You chase foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague. You chased our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem... lest we forget. You called small business owners “tax cheats”. People voice concern over money spent on illegal immigration and you call them intolerant racists. We have an equalization program, but you give half of it to one province. You spent $8 million on a skating rink (vanity project) when Canada's largest skating rink is 500 meters away. You added tens of billions to the national debt while lying to Canada's face about it. Balance the budget in 2019? Now we’re looking at 2040. You groped a woman and when caught and said she experienced it differently. You elbowed a female MP while dragging another MP by the arm in a petulant fit. Peoplekind? (international embarrassment) You got India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first. You said returning terrorists will be an extraordinarily powerful voice for Canada. You fought to let terrorists keep their Canadian citizenship. You spent $212,234 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 budget report. You spent upwards to $348,000 on food and alcohol in five flights on our government’s plane. On your G20 trip to Argentina, you spent $103,000 on food and alcohol alone. How is that even possible? You gave Canadian taxpayers' money to Hamas. You voice outrage over fake racist attacks and say nothing about real terrorist attacks. You took 10 vacations in a single year. Who does this? You spent a little over $1.5 million on the trip to India that did nothing but worsen ties. Plus paid over $17,000 to bring an Indian chef to India to cook Indian cuisine. And to top it off, invited a convicted attempted murderer to diner and posed for pics with him. And you’re the only PM convicted of ethics violations. (multiple times in fact) You destroyed the career of one of Canada’s honest military leaders to cover up possible massive corruption in ship building contracts. You invited Joshua Boyle, an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of his wife for a photoshoot in the Office of The Prime Minister. You threaten to sue the leader of the opposition then chicken out when you realized that your alleged crimes will be exposed in court. You offer over $600 million dollars in subsidies to failing mainstream media outlets if they can prove to be trustworthy. You put a union who vows to destroy your opposition in charge of selecting these new “trusted” sources to receive funding. You could school the Russians in election interference. You pay off your friends to engage in election ads for you and get Elections Canada to pay for it. $13 million to Loblaws for new refrigerators. You made public statements of deep admiration for Chinese communism. You wore preposterous, inappropriate costumes during a state visit to India, paid for by Canadians. Almost $13 billion in promises right before calling the election. Blackface. 3 times. Wow. What moral, functioning Canadian human could possible justify voting for you?
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    Young people from around the world are leading a massive coordinated strike from school on Friday, Sept 20, to protest government and business inaction on climate change.

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    A second worldwide strike is planned for September 27.

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