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Mass Organizing Meeting to Stop the Gulf Ecological Disaster

Calling all people in South Florida, if you’re angry about the Gulf oil spill and all its associated crimes, please come to an organizing meeting for a new coalition to fight back against these atrocities and those responsible. I’ll be there — hope you will too!
Stephanie

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Here’s the Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=135485193148140&ref=mf

Mass Organizing Meeting to Stop the Gulf Ecological Disaster
Date: Saturday, July 10, 2010
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: St. Maurice Catholic Church (Hospitality Room), 2851 Stirling Road, Dania Beach, Florida

Description

Building on the heels of June 26th’s huge Hands Across the Sand protest and numerous local initiatives protesting BP and offshore drilling, a number of activists and people new to activism are starting to combine forces to begin building a powerful MOVEMENT demanding action against the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, full immediate compensation for all those affected, an end to offshore drilling and support for clean, renewable energy sources.

We’re just starting out and we’re having our first MASS PUBLIC MEETING. We’re looking at building support for a variety of creative tactics to channel our outrage, our sadness, our commitment, and our determination to win. THIS IS A LONG-TERM FIGHT! It will need to be a huge mass movement if it’s going to go anywhere. It’s taken the ongoing ecocide in the Gulf to take this organizing to a whole new level. But we also realize the problem is much larger than just BP or any single company.

You have an historic opportunity to get in on the ground floor of this newly emerging movement. We’ve yet to decide on how we want to organize ourselves, what we want to do next, even what we call ourselves. Because we’re in South Florida, what we say and do can have a national and international impact. We’re making connections with folks organizing in the Gulf Coast and beyond. But we need YOU if we’re going to make this into a large and powerful force that can actually win.

Our mission is nothing less than saving Planet Earth. Help make history on Saturday, July 10th. It’s up to you.

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St. Maurice Church is located at 2851 Stirling Road in Dania Beach (Broward County), FL. From I-95 Stirling Road exit, go west about a mile to the traffic light at Lakeshore Dr. Turn on Lakeshore and the parking lot is immediately there on your right. The Hospitality Room is on the first floor of the only two-story building on the campus, right next to the Chapel (not the Church).


Two Things

1) I did an interview with Susan Marie on ThinkTwice radio. We had a great, hour-long conversation about ecocide, resistance and cartoons: http://www.thinktwiceradio.com/sue-marie/sue-marie.html

2) I’m participating in an eBay auction of webcomics originals to benefit Gulf cleanup efforts. Get a “Code Green” original and print. At this point it’s pretty cheap! Here’s the whole auction:
http://shop.ebay.com/whirringblender/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686


War on Error



SDCC Schedule

If you go to San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, please come and see me at the NBM Publications table!
Here’s my schedule:
Thursday 2:30-4 p.m.
Friday 4-5:30 p.m.
Saturday 2:30-4 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m.-noon


Our planet, our people are not expendable!

This is a draft leaflet I wrote and am proposing for a group of South Florida activists. Even though it’s not final, I’ll share it here.
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OUR PLANET, OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT EXPENDABLE!
WE REFUSE TO SACRIFICE LIFE FOR CORPORATE PROFITS!

The Gulf of Mexico has been destroyed. Immeasurable, irreparable damage has been done to wildlife, the health of the ocean, and people’s livelihoods. We have been cursed for years to come. It can not, as BP promises, be “made right.” In fact, even after this utter catastrophe, crimes against the planet and its inhabitants continue without pause.

We are told that the government is supposed to guarantee the rights of the people. But when a big corporation decides our rights are not in their interests, then POOF! They vanish into thin air. In a clear violation of our rights to free speech and a free press, government agencies have assisted BP’s lies and cover-up by restricting media access, threatening journalists with felony charges and $40,000 fines. Uniformed police officers in Louisiana have harassed photographers at public beaches. BP has threatened workers with firing if they talk to anyone about anything.

We are also told that the government’s purpose is to protect the country and us. But instead the government helps big corporations plunder the country and trash our lives. The Minerals Management Service allowed BP to cut corners and violate safety regulations, leading finally to the fatal decision to save a few hundred thousand dollars by not installing a backup valve.

When BP ignored an order by the Environmental Protection Agency to stop using the dispersant Corexit 9500 (a poisonous compound banned in Europe), the EPA did absolutely nothing. Millions of gallons are still being dumped into the Gulf, even as it has been shown to evaporate and fall as toxic rain, and is damaging plants far inland.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates during the past 20 years, with the biggest portion going to Obama. It also spent $15.9 million on lobbying last year alone, for the purpose of controlling energy policy.

What does all this tell us?

The government repeatedly sells us out to corporate interests. It sells out our rights, our health, our safety, our livelihoods, our lives, and the natural world. The government is merely a tool to facilitate the conversion of life into profit.

The BP spill is not an accident. It is an inevitable consequence of a global economic system that values profit over life. The BP spill is not unique. Oil companies have ruined large areas of the Niger Delta, Ecuador and other parts of the world, and they will continue to do so until they are stopped.

The ruthless pursuit of profit has caused 98% of old growth forests to be cut down. 99% of the prairies are gone. 80% of rivers worldwide no longer support life. 94% of the large fish in the oceans are gone. 120 species per day becomes extinct. Now the Gulf of Mexico has been ruined. Clearly, a global economic system based on perpetual growth is unsustainable. Yet those who run this system do not stop, will not stop.

At what point will we stop accepting this?

We can not stand by while big corporations like BP, with the assistance of the US government, destroy our lives and our planet. We should have stopped them a long time ago. Now we must stop them before they do even more damage, before they kill everything. We depend upon the natural world — we must now urgently come to its defense.


Nothing New


VJ Movement: “There is more than one truth”

Here are some cartoons I’ve drawn in the last several months for the VJMovement (http://www.vjmovement.com/), an international cartoon agency based in Amsterdam.

Cartoonists and video journalists pitch stories to them, and then anyone is welcome to vote (pitches are displayed in the “newsroom” section) on which ones they would like to see made. Those are the ones that then receive funding. Media democracy in action!



350000 Barrels


Animated Code Green cartoons

Tomorrow (Friday), the South Florida Sun-Sentinel will start to run my Code Green editorial cartoons each Friday. Also, a version of the first one, animated by David Essman, will be posted on the Sun-Sentinel website. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/.

If a lot of people click on it, perhaps they will continue to run it in the future. So please, if you like my Code Green cartoons, and would like to see them animated, please watch it on the Sun-Sentinel website and let them know.

Thank you!
Stephanie


Direct link to Code Green animation

My Code Green cartoon (animated by the ultra-talented David Essman) is hard to find on the Sun Sentinel website, so here’s a direct link:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-code-green-comic-07232010,0,2408768.htmlstory

Please spread the word!
Thank you.


Sacred Pact