Because a sustainable future depends on the people willing to see the truth for what it is, and for those to stand up in unison in order to make a difference.
— Jake Edward Keli'i Eakin
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!We hope that you can take time this weekend to celebrate Earth Day in some way. If you are close to Washington, DC, join the students from iMatter/Kids vs Global Warming on their march from the National Mall to the DC Courthouse and back to the Mall for a rally. These teens are suing 49 states and six federal agencies for not addressing climate change adequately and placing their future in jeopardy.At 5 pm, we will premier the inspiring documentary on climate change activism, “Just Do It.” Director Emily James and iMatter representatives will be present for a Q and A afterwards. The film is free and open to the public at Bus Boys and Poets at 5th and K Sts, NW.Next week, the focus will be on political prisoners and mass incarceration in the US. Big Finance, like Wells Fargo, profits from the private prison-industrial complex. And nearly 1 million prisoners in the US today are used as cheap and unprotected labor by corporations such as IBM, Bank of America and AT&T.Bradley Manning will be back in the courtroom at Fort Meade and Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 58th birthday are both on Tuesday, April 24th. There will be a teach-in Monday night in preparation for Occupy the Department of Justice. Join Danny Glover, Francis Fox-Piven, M1 from Dead Prez and others on Tuesday for the OccupyDOJ Protest starting at 11 am to call for Mumia and Bradley’s release and an end to mass incarceration. Then, Wednesday, travel to Fort Meade for a vigil to support Bradley.The Occupy Movement is having effects in many ways, from changing the national dialogue to exposing corruption and impacting public policy! Kevin Zeese writes about the effect on people in financial institutions in his new article, “Cracks in the Pillars of Power.”The next national Occupy action is the work stoppage on May 1st. You can participate no matter where you are!In peace and solidarity, October2011/OccupyWashingtonDC P.S. Coming soon! Occupy the G8 Peoples’ Summit in Frederick, Maryland. More details to be announced.