April 22, Earth Day: Act to Stop Environmental Devastation.
As Earth Day approaches, life on this planet faces a true emergency. The latest report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the world is running out of time to reduce carbon emissions and prevent already noticeable harms from “spiralling out of control.” And yet fossil fuel consumption grows, tar sands extraction expands, governments spout words of concern, and nothing at all commensurate with the crisis is done. “Politics as usual will not reverse” this deadly direction. World Can’t Wait Chicago has endorsed the Global Climate Convergence Rally and March on Earth Day and urges our friends and supporters to take part. The rally begins at 4:30 PM, Tuesday, April 22, at the State of Illinois Building (100 W. Randolph, Chicago), and the march following will “protest some of the biggest climate criminals,” including the Boeing Company, Chase Bank, and British Petroleum, which just dumped toxic tar sands into Lake Michigan last month. The Facebook event is here, for those of you on FB.
This climate crisis inspired World Can’t Wait Chicago to initiate the Climate Crisis Conference here in February 2013. The situation is even more urgent a year later, and the presentations from that conference are well worth revisiting. Revolution Books Chicago (1103 N. Ashland) is screening two of them this coming Sunday, April 20, at 4 pm, followed by discussion of the environmental emergency. They will show the presentations by Carl Wassilie, Yup’ik Alaskan biologist and co-founder of Alaska’s Big Village Network, on “Ground Zero for Climate Change: America’s First Climate Refugees,” and by Orpheus Reed, writer for Revolution newspaper, on “State of Emergency: The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe, and The Real Revolutionary Solution.” You are invited to join the discussion and debate about how we can stop this catastrophe!
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Free Screening: “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars“
When: 6 pm, Tuesday, April 22
Where: Perla Cafe, 1813 Dempster St. (near the corner of Dodge), Evanston
Director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of US drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere. The film highlights the stories of 16 year old Tariq Aziz killed by a drone strike and school teacher Rafiq ur Rehamn, whose mother was killed and children hospitalized due to a drone strike in 2012. This event is sponsored by Occupy Evanston, Democracy in Action Chicago, Coalition for Political Reform, and World Can’t Wait Chicago.
Teachers, friends: We have copies of two short films on drones that are particularly well-suited to classroom use, “Wounds of Wazistan” and “Unmanned,” the story of a young drone pilot’s struggles with his job. Both are only about 20 minutes in length, leaving time for discussion. Contact us to arrange a showing for your students, youth group, congregation or family and friends.
More information on the national Spring Days of Action to End U.S. Drone Killing & Surveillance and organizing materials are available here.