Occupy SMA

By Jim Carey

As I’m writing this article, the headlines bring the appalling news that #45 wants to exit the Paris Accord which makes it “far more likely that we will breach the danger limit of 3.6 degrees. That is the average atmospheric temperature increase above which a future of extreme conditions is considered irrevocable,” states Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Meeting and Film
Occupy SMA presents
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Mon, Jun 12, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
TV room
Loreto 15, Centro
Free

In opposition to this appalling ignorance, misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, and lack of compassion exhibited by Agent Orange even during his recent embarrassing European trip, we are inspired by the fire which is seen and reported by the Women’s March (2000 here in San Miguel), Indivisible.com, Brand New Congress, 350org., and all the citizens who truly want to make America what it must become.

On Monday, Occupy will show two fiery videos. We will hear Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Desmond Tutu has called him “America’s Nelson Mandela.” Bryan calls us to beat the drums for justice, to be hopeful, and to remember that, “You do not create justice by doing only comfortable things.”

We will also witness Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, perform an uncomfortable act.

On May 19, workers, wearing bulletproof vests and face coverings to conceal their identities as threats and intimidation necessitated their overnight work, removed the massive bronze statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee atop a 60-foot-high pedestal in downtown New Orleans.

Afterward, Landrieu delivered an address that he says celebrates the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” “The historic record is clear: Robert E. Lee, Jeff Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were not erected to just honor these men, but as part of a movement which became known as the cult of the Lost Cause. This cult had one goal and one goal only: through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history, to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity. Erected 19 years after the Civil War, these monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of the Confederacy”

Malcolm Suber of Take’Em down NOLA reminds us that, “These memorials are all across the South, in every courthouse, in every county. Throughout the South, they’ve got a Confederate soldier’s monument. They don’t teach our kids in schools that these people were indeed traitors. Instead of doing as they have done in Germany and outlawing all these things that are reminders of the enslavement of African people, they celebrate it. As long as they celebrate it, they won’t ever understand that these things are daily insults to African people and to our allies, and that they must be gotten rid of if we’re going to move forward on the basis of freedom and equality.”

Join our discussion on Monday. Our events are free.

 

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