This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything
New book by Naomi Klein

Just announced: This Changes Everything will debut #5 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list (10/06)!

Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate.

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democracies.

We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight for the next economy and against reckless extraction is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. 

Either we leap—or we sink.

Once a decade, Naomi Klein writes a book that redefines its era. No Logo did so for globalization. The Shock Doctrine changed the way we think about austerity. This Changes Everything is about to upend the debate about the stormy era already upon us. –This Changes Everything.org

Campaign for Clean Elections

Continuing the Campaign for Clean Elections

Momentum Builds to Get Money Out of Politics
While many will say that the “Clean Elections” proposal (aka public funding of campaigns) is not as urgent as the 2014 races, it is important to know that initiatives, such as the “Clean Elections,” proposal take time to build. Your ongoing support is important. John Hartley is steadfastly leading the charge.

More competition, a more diverse candidate pool, more time spent with regular voters, freedom from conflicts of interest—these are among the signal accomplishments of Arizona and Maine’s new Clean Elections laws as shown in the video “The Road To Clean Elections.” Narrated by Bill Moyers, the video features candidates on the campaign trail, lively testimonials by candidates who ran for office under their states’ voluntary full public financing systems, and assessments of how well Clean Elections works by campaign finance reform experts and activists. Haddow Communications produced the video for Public Campaign with assistance from Northeast Action, Arizona Clean Elections Institute Inc., and the Maine Citizen Leadership Fund. Run time is approximately 14 minutes. Funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York and Solidago Foundation.
View the The Road to Clean Elections Video

Contact: John Hartley at 619-299-8870 or [email protected] Make contributions at www.sdcleanelections.org.

Support the Clean Elections Campaign, www.sdcleanelections.org.

Citizens United

Citizens United

The La Jolla Democratic Club has been supportive of the work of Move to Amend. It seeks to gather support in amending the constitution to reverse the damage done by Citizens United, which allows enormous sums of money to finance political campaigns.

Meanwhile, states have been taking action to encourage the conversation. Recently, the California Legislature approved a nonbinding question that would allow California voters to show their thoughts – mainly, their disdain – for the 2010 US Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case that allowed corporations to make unlimited campaign contributions. It would be Prop. 49.

But opponents filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the question from the November ballot. They say the ballot should be reserved for laws, not the measurement of non-binding feelings. Meanwhile, advocates say putting the question on the ballot provides California voters with the very voice often quieted and underfunded compared to the corporations that the court decision empowered.

The case is being appealed, but the hearing will not be until September 10, after the ballot is printed!

Raise Up San Diego

Raise Up San Diego

DO NOT SIGN!
Paid petitioners are trying to repeal San Diego’s new earned sick leave and minimum wage law. Do not sign!

Our City Council just passed an ordinance making San Diego the largest city in the country to give its workers a boost and require employers to allow workers to earn up to five sick days a year.

Now some out-of-town and local business interests are trying to overturn this widely supported advancement by sending paid signature-gathers into the streets with a petition to overturn it.

Facts: On July 1 the CA minimum wage went from $8 to $9 per hour. The CA state minimum wage will climb to $10 in January 2016. The San Diego ordinance increases wages to $11.50 by January 2017. It also provides earned sick leave.

When you see the paid signature gatherers and their misleading petition, Don’t Sign It! Instead, call or text 619-930-3300 and give Raise Up San Diego the time and locations!

For more information and to take the “Don’t Sign It” pledge visit RaiseUpSanDiego.org, Norma Rodriguez, Coalition Organizer.

People’s Climate March

People’s Climate March

As you may know, on September 21st people from around the nation will come together in an unprecedented citizen mobilization for the People’s Climate March in New York City. As world leaders meet at the United Nations climate change summit, hundreds of thousands of marchers will demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Other marches will take place around the world as we collectively call on our leaders to act on climate change.

A growing coalition of San Diego organizations and individuals want to make sure that our local leaders know that San Diegans are also watching, and we too demand climate action now. They are working to bring hundreds of San Diegans together for the People’s Climate March SD to support the marchers in New York and to demand immediate action on climate change here at home. We will call for solutions that work for people and the planet – a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency, and a just and sustainable economy. We will press our elected leaders to implement a strong Climate Action Plan for San Diego; develop sustainable water policies; build affordable mass transit and facilitate healthy communities; and support green jobs and clean energy.

Link to Dan McCormack’s facebook photos taken at People’s Climate March San Diego

Update on Route 5 Corridor

Update on Route 5 Corridor

Report submitted by member Mike Bullock, Transportation Chair of the Sierra Club.

At a recent meeting of Coastal Commission a package was approved unanimously. It includes rail double tracking, the lagoon improvements, bike and hiking facilities, and highway expansion (from a nominal 8 lanes to a nominal 12 lanes, for 27 miles).

However, the attached Atkins-Kehoe letter was recognized and several Commissioners referred to it and its advocacy for not necessarily building the final two lanes. Therefore, I feel a case could be made that what was approved was a nominal 10-lane freeway, with an option for two more lanes, if they are required.