Bridge Walk for Peace, International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020
Report Back: Un Dia Sin Nosotras!
by Toby Blomé
There almost always seems to be something remarkable and memorable that happens each month during our bridge walk, sometimes small, sometimes large and impactful. Afterall, it is a place that draws visitors from around the world. Yesterday, at the end of our walk and rally on International Women’s Day, we were approached by a vibrant group of about 20 Mexican American female activists, of all ages, but mostly young and younger, all dressed in PURPLE! They came to the bridge to rally support for a major movement taking place in Mexico:
The Green New Deal (GND) is not a government spending program or socialism. It is a democratic voter lead proposed economic planning and reinvestment strategy that aims to transition the United State from brown economy to a green economy. From a economic model that denies climate change, is dependent on oil, depletes natural resources, pollutes the environment which makes people sick and natural resources unproductive and where the wealth of the earth and work is concentrated into the hands of the 1% to a economic model that tackles climate change by redirecting investments from oil to renewable, energy conservation, conserving natural resources so the needs of the present are met without compromising future generations needs and sharing the wealth of the earth and work with the 99%. A lot of work for planning a transition from a brown economy to a green economy has already been done. The American proposal for a GND is only part of broader call for a Global Green New Deal (GGND). The GGND is part of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Green Economy Initiative (GEI). The UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative (2008) is designed to assist governments in “greening” their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of sectors, such as clean technologies, renewable energies, water services, green transportation, waste management, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forests. The GGND was launched in 2009 as a recommended package of public investments and complementary policy and pricing reforms aimed at kick-starting a transition to a green economy that invigorates sustainable economies, creates living wage jobs and address persistent poverty. This is also the goal of the GND: investing to combat climate change while improving the lives of the 99%. Momentum is building for a Greener and a more inclusive economy. 65 or a quarter of the world’s countries are now pursuing green economy related strategies and 48 of them are taking steps to develop national green economy plans. America needs to become one of these countries and the Green New Deal can lead the way.
12/9/18, San Francisco
by Martha Hubert and Toby Blomé
for a very dynamic peace march and rally for Yemen on the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday.
What was different about this month’s peace walk is that the Yemeni Americans who joined us communicated clearly through their emotional expressions and passionate words the urgency and desperation that the people of Yemen now face. Millions are on the brink of starvation from malnutrition directly because of the brutal Saudi-led and U.S. supported bombing campaign and endless war. Our signs (“Yemen can’t wait!” and “Let Yemen Live!”), images of severely malnourished Yemeni children, and the child-sized coffins bearing the names of children killed by U.S. forces helped to accentuate this urgency.
Dear CODEPINK friends,
It was great to join the Sunrise Movement, DSA, 350.org, Sunflower Alliance, and other groups today rallying at Nancy Pelosi’s office to ask her to create a “Select Committee to establish a Green New Deal”. There were over 200 people at the rally, the majority under age 30. Renay, Susan, Elana, Jackie and I were there to support the Green New Deal demands and the 40 or so volunteers who risked arrest. They blocked the four entrances to the Federal Building for nearly 3 hours in the biting cold, but there were no arrests.
We joined the singing and chanting and held signs that said
GREEN NEW DEAL? YES
WAR, WEAPONS & PLANET DESTRUCTION? NO