SHORT ITEMS for Pacific Call October 2020 Vol 4 issue 5
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR VIOLENCE AT RECENT DEMONSTRATIONS by Black Lives Matter activists since George Floyd’s murder? Trump is trying to blame antifa. But there are reports that racist white provocateurs have infiltrated some demonstrations and broken windows, looted stores and thrown things at the police. This is a new tactic by white racists. They are making Black Lives Matter demonstrators seem violent. And, it must be said that 93% of the demonstrations have been peaceful. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/05/nearly-all-black-lives-matter-protests-are-peaceful-despite-trump-narrative-report-finds
See the links below for the reports on right-wing infiltration of Black Lives Matter demonstrations:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/p olitics/2020/06/22/who-caused-violence-protests-its-not-antifa/ Here is a quote from the Washington Post article of June 22, 2020. “Roughly 80 federal charges, including murder and throwing Molotov cocktails at police vehicles, reveal no evidence of an antifa plot. Four people who identify with the far-right extremist “boogaloo” movement are among those facing the most serious federal charges.”
FROM JOHN LEWIS’ POSTHUMOUS LETTER: “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html
EVER WONDER WHY THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS DOING SO WELL WHILE THE REAL ECONOMY IS DOING POORLY? According to Michael Hudson it is because the Federal Reserve Bank is buying stocks, bonds, mortgages, all to prop up the value of those assets, which 95% of the people will never be able own. https://www.unz.com/mhudson/feds-10-trillion-defends-assets-of-the-rich/ We will see how long this pump priming of the stock market can keep the market going up while the real economy is doing so poorly because of the pandemic.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY HAVING LARGE NEGATIVE EFFECTS: “From 1972 to 2018, California saw a 400 percent increase in annual burned area – a trend scientists attribute to climate change. “The Nation. August 24/30, 2020, page 11” https://literariness.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Literariness.org-The-Nation-August-24-31.pdf The New York Times magazine of July 26, 2020 “The Climate Issue” told of the migration from Central America is the result of failing crops of small farmers due to climate change. The migrants, like so often in our history, would play a productive role here. The magazine also had a story about Jamie Margolin, a former Mike Yarrow Peace Fellow.
AN APPEAL TO NAVY PERSONNEL. On the 75th year of Remembrance of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action published full page ads in local newspapers around Bangor, Washington asking for Navy personnel to refuse to obey any orders to launch nuclear weapons. https://www.gzcenter.org/2020/08/04/ground-zero-appeals-to-navy-personnel-in-newspaper-psa/
BERNIE SANDERS sent out a letter on Sept 4, 2020 to all the people on his email list expressing his concern about all the remarks Trump has been making about the upcoming election. Trump has intimated that if he loses, he will call the election “rigged” and refuse to leave office. What can we do? Sanders is advocating that “state legislatures must take immediate action to allow for votes to be counted before Election Day, as they come in” (Will Governor Inslee call for a special session of the Washington State legislature?) He wants the American news media to explain to its audience that there is no longer one election day and we most probably will not know the results for some time after November 3. He is hoping the social media companies like Facebook will get their act together and work harder to stop the spread of disinformation. Finally, he wants Congress to hold hearings so we may learn what local officials are planning to insure we have free and fair elections during this pandemic.
“My Octopus Teacher” https://www.netflix.com/title/81045007 is about a filmmaker who has “adrenal burnout”, a malady many of us might have right now due to the multiple crises we face. Craig Foster turns to diving in a freezing cold kelp forest without scuba gear or a wet suit off of South Africa’s coast. He sees an octopus one day and decides to go back and visit her everyday for a year. She loses her fear of him and they become friends. She teaches him that he is part of this world, not a visitor, and that lesson changes his life. This is the best documentary film I have ever seen. “A spiritual experience” one reviewer wrote.