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From a Woman’s Point of View is broadcast live every Thursday at 10 a.m. from WMNF-in Tampa, Florida. The show is hosted by Arlene Englehardt and Mary Glenney who are proud founding members of Mobilized.

In this program, they converse with Arnie Arnesen on a range of topics from The Coronavirus, Bernie, Biden as well as Julie Kohler from the Women’s National Law Center on electability of women.

 

 

Top ten ways to overcome stigmas of people who protest and march, rebel and occupy

Good shoes, a good hat, and a fierce attitude.

Mobilized has challenged its writers to come up with some Top Ten lists that are actually useful, not just silly listicles of funny stuff.  There is a time and place for those, but this site aims a bit higher.  So, here’s my second attempt.


Top ten ways to overcome stigmas of people who protest and march, rebel and occupy

Ok, another assignment that is a mouthful.  Can we simplify it?  Oh sure.  New title: Who Cares? Top Ten Ways To Kick Butt.  Because the publisher is correct: lots of folks agree with folks in the streets, but feel they have too much to lose or that their voice isn’t important.  It is; and here are ways to help use it.

10.  Read this book!  “What do you care about what other people think”, by Richard Feynman.  Yes, the scientist who worked on the Bomb during WWII.  Same guy who single-handedly figured out what had gone wrong with the space shuttle Challenger.  He did these, and succeeded at so many other things, because he never ever gave a flying f*** about how other folks would perceive him.  When he experimented with a 25 hour day for months, it certainly confused his superior officers, co-workers and wife, but none of their protestations slowed him down.  That sense of tenacity proved useful decades later when he used it to look beyond what the Brass was saying and got into the trenches with the engineers who had warned about O-rings and such in advance.  And his findings changed NASA for the better.

9.  Read this book, too.  “The Monkeywrench Gang”, by Edward Abbey.  Might as well learn about what would turn a bunch of free-love hippies into serious activists, from the source.  You may then find parallels to your town, your issues, and get insight into how to overcome them.

8.  Steal this book.  No, really, “Steal this book”, by Abbie Hoffman.  A heart-warming story of flooding the pentagon by flushing all the toilets; and other hijinks.  We do not need to re-invent the wheel, when so many good folks have come before us and set examples of what to do, and not to, for success.

7.  What is this, a library?  Well, fine, you’re too busy to read all day.  No problem.  Try to focus on the advantages of getting past your concerns.  Such as this: Protests are fun.  Honestly.  Sure, they can and do end with tear gas, running, and broken stuff.  But those outcomes are actually really rare.  They only seem that way because the TeeVee news loves to show that stuff.  Far more marches or pickets are just folks getting together, singing, and finding strength in numbers.  The vast majority never even get on the news, so in those cases it is as if they hadn’t happened.  But meeting new friends, and learning that you are not alone – that part has real value and lasts.

6.  Winning is addictive.  Not every march ends with clear victories.  Some drag on for weeks or months, some are violently shut down.  But by and large, the forces being protested are A} not at all used to being in the spotlight seen as ‘a bad guy’; and B} super motivated to get out of the spotlight.  So, they often agree to the demands of the people.  (See my essay called ‘notes on a cup of coffee’ for a good example.)  And when they do agree, each and every one of us in the crowd feels just like Luke and Leia after the Death Star went boom.  It makes it that much easier to get out on the picket line next time the need arises.

5. Losing is learning.  For sure, not every cause that I’ve marched for has been won.  But over time one learns what tactics work, as well as when and why they do.  And so it is that after 20+ years of protests in America, things are finally moving in a progressive direction again.  People are using better strategies now than even 5 or 10 years ago, and building real movements that last beyond a 1 day march.  You can do this too, and you can start anywhere.

4. Minds can be changed.  Your actions do count, and often have effects that you do not see right away.  When Occupy Oakland began, for example, most folks in the city just thought it was hobos camping in front of city hall.  But Occupy rapidly built it’s own library right at the camp, and also did daily outreach to passers-by.  Word spread immediately that this was something different.  And then folks began donating to them – radios, rain gear, spare tents, etc… a movement was born almost overnight, and all it took was talking and listening.

3.  Your opponent today might become your ally tomorrow.  You just don’t know!  All of recorded history carries examples of people who listened, and learned, and changed course.  There is a saying I love, attributed to Margaret Mead; “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win!”  If your cause has integrity, and you can stay on message while others come at you, then you are likely to win over the folks ‘on the fence’ and sometimes even your fiercest critics.

2.  In the long run, what you do matters either way.  Look to the folks protesting in Hong Kong right now: they are fighting for ‘Democracy’ against withering odds.  They fully expect to lose.  They have nearly Zero hope of beating the Chinese rulers, yet they protest anyway; and their numbers are growing as the months play out.  Ask them why and they will tell you – they are doing it for the history books.  They are largely angry that their parents generation stood silent and allowed the situation to get as bad as it is, and feel they have no choice but to be heard now.   Fighting for a cause can be ennobling wether it’s a lost cause or one that can be won.

1.  You matter!  “In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches.” – William Saroyan.  In all of time, there has never been You before today.  In this age, there are many steps that can be done to help each other, and almost all of them merely need folks to rise up and accept the challenges.  We built this land by rising to challenges, and there is every reason to believe that we can do so again to better our home.  The first step begins with a choice, deep within yourself.  Choose to be an activist, know that the rewards outweigh the drawbacks.  Choose to be heard.  Your voice matters.

Twelve ways people everywhere can work towards creating solutions and prevent climate catastrophe

By Mary Glenney and Arlene Englehart, Co-Producers of  “From a Womans Point of View” on WMNF-FM, Tampa

Top 10+

Walk or bicycle whenever you can. Fight for better and more efficient public transportation.

When brushing your teeth or washing your face, turn the tap off except when rinsing.

In a cold climate turn the thermostat down 2 degrees and dress warmer. In a warm climate turn the air conditioning up 2 degrees and dress appropriately.

Stop using plastic.

Be aware of sources of methane (fracking,
fossil fuel production, cows), fight for elimination.

If you are a to someone who needs them.

Be aware of the Institute for Biomimicry and the ways nature works to heal itself.

Check your personal of 30% reduction.

If you say you love your grandchildren, you must take responsibility for what we have done to the environment. We are the ones that have to fix it.

Plant a tree and get your neighborhood involved in tree planting.

Be aware of potable water in your community and fight to protect it.

We must work on collective items:

Canada must eliminate tar sands and natural gas. Trudeau sees it as a major source of Canada’s economy.

Eliminate fossil fuels.

Help your Community, help yourself.

Mobilized has challenged its writers to come up with some Top Ten lists that are actually useful, not just silly listicles of funny stuff.  There is a time and place for that stuff, but this site aims a bit higher.  So, here’s my first attempt.


Top Ten Ways To Be More Responsible In Your Own Community

Wow, that is a mouthful.  It’s not even a good acronym, like SPECTRE, COBRA, or CREEP.  That last one was real, by the way.  It was Pres. Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President.  In hindsight, it was one of the greatest acronym’s in history, really…  So, right off we’re gonna ditch the heading, and just go with this instead: Top Ten Ways To Not Be A Dick!

Because you see, being responsible in our community is no more or less than just being a good neighbor.  Like our momma’s taught us, if we help others then we are really helping ourselves.  Truly.  Here goes:

10. Get to know your neighbors.  I once lived in an apartment building.  After 4 years there I knew all of 3 people.  And we had muggings in broad daylight, weird trash-fires, etc.  Contrast that to a different place; the one I lived in next.  Like the first it was not in a great neighborhood, some would say it was worse.  But we had the old lady who sat by her window all day, watching goings-on; we had the racist dude who none-the-less went out in every storm to check on every dwelling and person in the ‘hood and even saved a guys life once, tons of folks like that.  And the difference was night and day.  When a lazy and incompetent Super tried to evict the old lady because she dared to call him out on his lazy incompetence, the entire ‘hood rose up and put the fear of God into him.  Once he knew his own job was on the line, he immediately rescinded her eviction notice.  That’s the power of knowing your neighbors.

9. Strength in numbers.  Like point #10, I cannot stress enough the value of finding allies.  The racist old guy who lived next door to me turned out to be quite the ally when it came time to defend my other neighbor.  Had we just ignored him, we would have lacked his loud clear voice when it was most needed.  He also brought the moral authority, (since he had lived there the longest), when it came time to shame the bad Super.  Turns out that despite the crummy words that he used all too often, his morals were actually pretty strong and his deeds were honorable.  Surprise, surprise.  So: spend your time, preferably before things get rough, getting to know folks.  They may be diamonds in the rough.

8.  Food is a common good.  It can be hard to get to know people.  Probably the best way to get to know them is slowly, over time, maybe over some meals.  In the second neighborhood I lived in, we turned our place into an ongoing open kitchen, and I do think that was the key to building up that community.  Breaking bread with strangers builds strong friendships.  And all good communities begin with friendships.

7. Support your local businesses.  Yes, I know, Amazon is cheaper and you can have a drone fly over your house and drop packages down your chimney.  Or something like that.  Does not matter.  Amazon does not live in your community.  The local mom and pop store owner does.  Their kids go to school with yours, probably.  They are the ones who need your money, not Mr. Bezos and his massive cadre of heartless executives.  They are not going to sponsor your local little league team, nor help rebuild the town square clock tower after some crazy scientist and his teenage assistant blow it up in a time-travel experiment.  You will do that, and Mr. and Mrs. Mom and Pop Grocer will do that, together.  So make your first choice the local one, whenever possible.  You are voting with every dollar you spend, so vote wisely.

6. Support your local governments.  Yeah yeah, I know, ‘down with the Police!’ and ‘down with the man!’.  I get it.  But here’s the reality – the folks who get into local government, be they cops on the beat or maybe a planning commissioner; they are actually trying help their fellow citizens.  Sure, a few of them are nakedly ambitious cretins.  But almost all of them have no real expectation of going on to a higher office, they just want to fix a problem in their community.  And it’s because of folks like them, in every town in America, that we have such a nation today.  We pass boring bond measures, and set tepid speed limits so that our kiddies won’t get run down by speeding racecars.  We have very livable cities, compared to most other nations.  That’s not an accident, it’s because people from all stripes are willing to do the dull jobs.

5. Call out Corruption whenever possible.  Boy howdy though, we do have some crooks in our cities.  My own, Oakland CA, just created a Public Ethics Commission.  Its’ first official act was to get arrested a Zoning Dept. official who they were able to prove took 47 bribes.  Mind you, they were legally only able to look backwards in time to the date the PEC was founded, so those 47 bribes were generated in about 24 months!!  So, the crook Esposito was busted but then the regular PD had to go and look into his decades of probable other previous crimes.  Ay ay ay…   Your local papers generally do a good job of finding crooks, support them.  But also, see if you can get a PEC for your town.  It can’t hurt.

4. Do good deeds.  Do favors with no thought of repayment.  When the time comes, people will step up on your behalf because you will be known as a person who gives a crap about your neighborhood.  Doing good and helping others isn’t just something for the Boy Scouts, and it does not need praise or publicity.  Think of them as paying your rent for being alive on this planet.  We are all of us pretty darn lucky in so many ways, and the least we can do is try to help someone else who isn’t as lucky.

3. Vote.  In this election, the next election, always.  Because each one really is the most important one of all time.  Not because of what the Politicians tell you; they can be ignored.  Because our democratic experiment is still in its infancy.  We are nearing 250 years old but compared to a regime such as China, (6000 years and counting), we are still children.  And as such we need to blaze a trail for others to follow.  That has been our special purpose since 1776 and we dare not fail now.  We are the light against tyranny, even if that light today is taking the form of choosing between two lackluster candidates for dog-catcher.  And for those who avoid voting so that they won’t get called for jury duty… well if you really can’t stomach that obligation then get your city to do as Washington DC did.  They switched to DMV records, a much more fair and wide pool of jurors to choose from, IMHO.  So, your exercise of your voting rights will not get punished later, by loss of work and extra hassle.

2. Support your libraries and schools.  Yes, that means voting for the next tax increase that comes down the pike, and the one after that.  Because educating all kids, not just your own, and long after your own graduate, is proven to be best for society.  America became great by investing in education, and we have slipped as a direct result of our ceasing to do so.  It’s that simple.  Smarter kids equals a stronger society, not just for you but for the next generation.  Since they are the ones who’ll care for you in your dotage, do you really want them to be dumb?  I didn’t think so.

1. Show up.  That’s it, really, the key to all of these.  Just show up.  At your local city council meetings.  At the lower-level departmental meetings where city bureaucrats routinely make horrible decisions in plain sight, because the public is not there to challenge them, or to point our their faulty logic.  Show up at rallies, especially for causes that you will not personally benefit from – – those folks will remember you and show up when YOU need them to.


What I want to say is this: if you wake up and find yourself having a good day, then you now have a goal.  That goal is to do good deeds and build community.  On the other hand, if you wake up and find the world is against you, well then again you must know that (because the world is against you) you have a goal – – do good deeds and build community.

There is no difference, you see?

 

 

 

#childrenofliberty

Twelve Things We can all do to stave off climate catastrophy

Every week, we provide insights from the Mobilized collaborators around the world  Here we feature the wisdom from a woman’s point of view, infact, the authors of this post are the co-hosts and co-producers of the aptly titled weekly show on WMNF-FM in Tampa, “From a Woman’s Point of View.”

Mary Glenney
Arlene Englehart

  1. Walk or bicycle whenever you can. Fight for better and more efficient public transportation.
  2. When brushing your teeth or washing your face, turn the tap off except when rinsing.
  3. In a cold climate turn the thermostat down 2 degrees and dress warmer. In a warm climate turn the air conditioning up 2 degrees and dress appropriately.
  4. Stop using plastic.
  5. Be aware of sources of methane (fracking, fossil fuel production, cows), fight for elimination.
  6. Be aware of the Institute for Biomimicry and the ways nature works to heal itself.
  7. Check your personal of 30% reduction.
  8. If you say you love your grandchildren, you must take responsibility for what we have done to the environment. We are the ones that have to fix it.
  9. Plant a tree and get your neighborhood involved in tree planting.
  10. Be aware of potable water in your community and fight to protect it.
  11. We must work on collective items:
  12. Eliminate fossil fuels.

Ten Climate Actions for the Media to Encourage

Recently, we invited Scientist’s Warning’s Stuart Scott to provide a top ten list for media partnerships in Canada for a project we are collaborating on. In an effort to provide  a GPS for Humanity’s next adventure, Mobilized asked Stuart Scott of Scientists warning to provide a top ten climate actions for the media to encourage.

1) Expose the false narratives

– There are many aspects of the ‘false narrative’ that has been constructed around climate change. I will give here a brief summary of a few. – ‘Carbon offsetting’ is a scam. It is basically the ‘greenwash’ name for a scheme that allows industrialized nations and polluting industries and corporations to continue to do so pretending that their carbon emissions are being taken up in some other part of the world. The ‘offsets’ are often, if not usually, poorly monitored.

Sure there are ‘gold standard’ carbon offsets, and those are the ones that the UN uses and recommends, but even those are based on the false premise that we can avoid doing the hard work ourselves (reducing our own footprint) by getting someone else to reduce theirs.

– ‘Carbon neutrality’ is another term used to cover the lack of intention to reduce one’s own carbon emissions (or ecological footprint in a more general application). It’s another form of the false promise offered by carbon offsetting. Hence, the EU’s recently passed proposal to become ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ is a dodge. It is an expression of toothless intention that extends so
far into the future that it is part of the political phenomenon I call ‘NIMTOO’ or Not In My Term Of Office.

– ‘Carbon markets’ and ‘carbon trading’ are all related and are good for the financial sector (anything they can trade they will make money from whether or not it is a real benefit… and in this case it is not). COP25 failed because of the debate among the Parties (nations) and the corporations who controlled the parties (the people have far less influence than corporations) about the ‘rules’
for the so-called carbon markets.

2) Choose to limit your family size to 1 or at most 2 children.

– This is the single most important thing for keeping the ecological footprint.

Stuart Scott and Victoria Hurth introducing Greta Thunberg to the Worlds’ Stage at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, December, 2018

3) Help your readers connect the dots.

– When reporting on climate anomalies, whether local, national, or in some far off place, include some reference to climate change like, “as
predicted by climate scientists…’ This will aid people in the all-important task of ‘connecting the dots’.

4) Don’t let the government get away with being two-faced.

– The Canadian government’s level of greenwash is major. They claim to be actively supporting climate change oriented improvements, but are still investing heavily in the development of tar sands and pipelines. For the media to be exposing the greenwash would be a major help.

5) Encourage eating a more plant-based diet.

– Food is one of the sacred cows of society. People don’t have to give up eating animal products, but eating them in the quantities we do is a huge problem. Eating a more plant-based diet is not quite such a hard bar to climb over. (Again the fast food industry will not like this as their business model does NOT take into account the destruction of the Amazon rainforest but DOES insist upon year over year revenue growth.)

6) Vacation close to home.

– Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. ‘Vacation’ is a state of mind. Don’t buy into the travel advertising since they sell you Photoshop retouched photos of places you will never see. Hawaii (where I live) is a typical example. They show you a tropical paradise, but then drop you in Waikiki. This is one of those points that the news organizations will not like since there is ample advertising revenue from the travel and airline industries.

– Fly only when you must. Take the train. Trains go through some beautiful places. Flying is cheaper because the damage to the planet is offloaded onto the next generation who will have to deal with a

collapsing biosphere.

7) Join in supporting #FridaysForFuture and other protests and civil disobedience.

– If advocating civil disobedience is too much of a stretch, at least report on the protests with a positive slant. That is, instead of calling these kids ‘truants’ empower them referring to them as youth standing up for their  future.

8) Buy less and consume less.

– Don’t go shopping as much. Shopping has been cultivated as a form of entertainment in wealthy nations. Stay home and play in the back yard or a local park, take up a sport, do something healthy for yourself and less damaging for the planet.

9) Make your buying decisions based upon quality and durability.

– The design of products today includes the INTENTION of having them break after just enough time that you will say ‘oh heck’ and buy another. The warranty of an item will tell you how long 95% of those items are intended to last. Learn to recognize and purchase quality and durability. Don’t be fooled by the empty claim of ‘Quality’. A discriminating person will look for the real thing.

10) Boycott Amazon.com

– Jeff Bezos is one of the most unethical businessmen on the planet. Makes perfect sense that he is also the richest. The two things go together. I report on this in my very first program from COP25, Villains and Heroes. Here’s the link with a time stamp that skips over my talking  about my cancer. .

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