Hot Off the Wire — 1/1/2021

What a Startling Year We’ve Seen with Racial Justice

By Dan Ryan

“The Truth in Black and White”:
The Kansas City Star Apologizes for 140 Year History of Racist Coverage

“Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore.”
Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare

“This Is How Black People Get Killed”:
Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care

The Freedom Struggle in 2020:
Angela Davis on Protests, Defunding Police & Toppling Racist Statues

“America’s Moment of Reckoning”:
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Cornel West on Uprising Against Racism

Bree Newsome & Prof. Eddie Glaude:
The Black Lives Matter Movement Helped the Democrats Defeat Trump

COVID Resources

Hungry for change: Faulty food systems laid bare by COVID-19 and climate crises

The pandemic has made it harder for farmers – already grappling with climate extremes – to sell their harvests, while rising poverty pushes more city residents to use food banks.
— Reuters

3 questions about coronavirus vaccine safety, answered by a physician

  • If I have allergies, should I still get the vaccine?
  • As the vaccine goes out, how will adverse events be tracked?
  • When might kids younger than 16 be vaccinated? — PBS

U.S. struggles to distribute vaccinations, falling far short of projections

In the first two weeks of America’s vaccination campaign, just 2 million people have received the first of the two required doses — PBS

Regional Actions

On January 6, 2021 the Arctic Refuge Selloff begins

Sierra Club, Our Wild Alaska Campaign

OCA General Meeting Sunday

This Sunday the membership will discuss options for face-to-face and Zoom meetings, post-COVID. We will also discuss methods for more effective gatherings, expressed by Priya Parker.

The Olympic Climate Report

Preview our New
YouTube Community Channel

Meeting Resources

Check Priya Parker’s Podcast on commnuncation

in Port Angeles

We will be taking a break until at least after the Holidays. But of course anyone who wants to stand in front of the courthouse on Fridays from 12 to 1 can.

National Actions

We’re going to fight this until hell freezes over . . .
And then we’ll fight it out on the ice.”
— Chevron Spokesman

Is hell freezing over really the problem?

What Do You Get When You Beat Chevron in Court?
500 Days of Home Detention
— Amazon Watch

Tell Biden to stop Line 3 pipeline construction

Construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline has begun, and we need federal officials to do everything in their power to stop it.

Breaking the Silence: 
Sharing Climate Emergency Feelings

A small-group conversation platform in which 2-5 climate-aware people share and process climate emergency emotions, together.
— The Climate Mobilization

Tuesday, December 29th at 12pm PT

Find a financial institution that’ll have your back
— bank for good

Local/Regional News

Timber Tax Cuts Cost Oregon Towns Billions. Then Polluted Water Drove Up the Price.

Rural communities in Oregon paid millions of dollars for clean, safe drinking water because the state didn’t protect their watersheds from logging-related contamination.
— ProPublica

National/International News

The U.S. oil and gas industry may increase its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2026

The industry reported an average annual emissions increase of 10 percent between 2016 and 2019.
— Grist

League of Conservation Voters
Meet Biden’s Climate Team

Addressing the climate crisis is a top, cross-cutting priority for Biden’s administration.

Nature’s Touch:
Climate Change is Here
Radio and Podcast Promo 2:10

Green Belt Society
Podcast Interviews.

The Federal Reserve joins climate member banks

NGFS is dedicated to preparing the financial system for climate change.
— The New York Times

‘climate breakdown’ cost rich and poor in 2020

Extreme weather claimed thousands of lives and caused losses worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide this year, says Christian Aid.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

National Newsletters

Climate in Politics

Build Back Fossil Free — Organizing Meeting —

Jan 7, 2021 5:00 pm PT

In pursuing historic climate change agenda, Biden may find surprising ally

Republicans are pitching their own plans.


Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000
Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is a series of articles on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the
Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan
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