There was a fantastic movie on WUCF last Tuesday about Rachel Carson, author of “Silent Spring,” the book that ignited the environmental movement over 50 years ago. Until Ms. Carson’s book came out, we lived blissfully ignorant of the real dangers of chemical pesticides. We learned through her investigations that poisoning certain undesirable creatures is not done in a vacuum and has negative consequences all the way up the food chain, eventually harming us. Consequently, we became less naive about trusting the corporations pushing their products and the government in charge of regulating them.
President Kennedy acknowledged the importance of the book and a long, slow journey began to outlaw DDT in this country and put into place stronger governmental safeguards to our health and environment. Far from perfect, the advances made should be built upon and strengthened not thrown out and eviscerated as is feverishly being done by the new administration. However, we’re in a new era, with seemingly no remembrance of history and an arrogant boastfulness of using “alternative facts.” The same guilty corporations from the past are taking advantage of our ignorance with a new leader determined to sell our environment out to the highest bidder.
We must not sit passively by and let that happen. Please get involved with an environmental group that will work to protect our precious world. Sierra Club, Earthjustice and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excellent four star charities with the legal know-how to fight these criminal acts. Please support them any way you can.
In this brave new world of “alternative facts,” Jesus must be proud of his spokesman. Backing up the Trump administrations’ edict to State Department employees to either “get with the program or….go”, Father Philip Pizzo, a New York Catholic priest, upped the ante and had these holy words of wisdom for Trump protestors on his facebook page.
The news keeps getting worse from this administration. Trump’s executive order Friday banned citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends admission of all refugees for the next 120 days. A federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday night “for people who have already arrived in the United States and those who are in transit, and who hold valid visas, ruling they can legally enter the country.” However, this action, as well as others, has put the world into turmoil. Protests are scheduled throughout the nation, including in Orlando tomorrow.
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Now that the marches, which were such a resounding success, are but a memory, we’ll need everyone’s help on a regular basis to keep the resistance movement alive and “Make America Great Again.” Strange, how that phrase has been perverted, but it’s remarkably true now in defense of what’s going down in Washington. They’re moving quickly to dismember many of the governmental agencies that support us as citizens and make us safe. Move.On.org will be one of the groups battling to safeguard our hard-fought advances in civil liberties, and environmental and human health. Many organizations, especially legal organizations since that’s the language this administration is most conversant in, must be geared up to push back against overreach and the alternative facts employed proudly now by our representatives in the federal government. Please view MoveOn.org’s video, below, for a snippet of their plan and get involved any way you can with whatever organizations you feel most passionate about. In this crisis, it’s our patriotic duty to resist.
It was a stunning display of solidarity worldwide as millions of marchers took to the streets, from all over America to South Africa, Europe and beyond, to advocate for human rights, civil rights and environmental issues. It was apparently a blow to the new administration’s fragile ego as the new press secretary was sent out in his first press conference to angrily defend the “crowd” count at the inauguration. Crybaby Trump used his appearance before the CIA yesterday to continue the “crowd-gate” conspiracy theory and rewrite history about his support of the intelligence agency. Sad!
Now we need to keep this movement alive! Get involved with local politics and keep writing letters to those who can spread the word and fight against the agenda of hate, injustice and “alternative facts.” A “sister” grassroots meeting of the Orange County Democratic Party is tonight, 6:30 (social), 7:00–8:30 PM meeting. Hope you can come out and see what they have in mind to resist the madness in DC. More info:
- Orange County Democratic Party: Monthly meeting 3rd Monday of Every Month, 6:30PM socializing, 7:00PM (sharp)–8:30PM Meeting. For the month of January, they will meet on Jan. 23. IBEW Union Hall, 820 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 (near Mills on Virginia, downtown Orlando area), website: orangefldemocrats.com
What a great turn out for the women’s march today at Lake Eola–a fantastic show of solidarity with all the marches going on around the country. It was amazing to see the number and diversity of attendees who came downtown to show their support for civil rights, human and animal rights, environmental issues, everything that makes our country great. It gave many of us a sense of hope after being so discouraged by the mind-boggling turn of events. By the large show of peaceful resistance, it looks like this administration will have trouble on its hands if it wants to push through legislation designed to harm the environment and those less fortunate in order to continue to enrich the top 1%.