With thanks to Greta Thunberg 1. Over 500 fossil fuel lobbyists were at COP 26, more than any other single delegation. consortiumnews.com 2. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cautioned that promises emerging from COP 26 will "ring hollow when the fossil fuel industry still receives trillions in subsidies." UN.org; commondreams.org 3. Selling more than 1.7 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas development just days after the international climate talks makes a mockery of those commitments. newsweek.com; Marketplace.com; huffpost.com 4. According to researchers behind Climate Action Tracker, global greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will be roughly twice as high as necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade even if the nations meet their pledges - including those issued at Glasgow. 5. The US' blockage of loss and damage finance is a betrayal of the communities most impacted by, and least responsible for, the climate catastrophe. - Yahoo News 6. Militaries, remain exempt from this climate agreement, AGAIN; like the US military - one of the largest single carbon emitters in the world. captain-planet.net
Jill Stein really needs our help. The FEC is demanding that she pay back $175,000. This was public funding used for ballot access during Jill's presidential run in 2016. Please read the story here and make a donation to fight this injustice.
The Massachusetts Legislature is closed now for the holiday season. The bills providing Medicare for All in Massachusetts (S. 766 and H. 1267) remain on the shelf of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Meanwhile, House Leader Ron Mariano’s bill to “save” community health care centers from the predations of larger healthcare organizations (H. 4262) has rocketed along. The difference? Mariano’s bill has to do with private profits, while single-payer healthcare has to do directly with public health. Continue reading
The Green-Rainbow Party advocates the protection of communities and workers from the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the current pandemic. Valid public-health measures include social distancing, mask-wearing, and vaccination. We reaffirm the State Committee statement of November 11, 2020 (www.green-rainbow.org). Continue reading
Now that the dust has settled on Election Day 2021, it is time to get ourselves organized to make Election Day 2022 a day of great celebration and achievement for the Green-Rainbow Party! The Candidate Development and Legal Committee has established the 2022 Election Working Group to take a proactive role in recruiting and vetting candidates to run as part of a statewide slate for 2022. The working group will also coordinate candidate support and the nominating petitions effort to get our slate onto the ballot next spring. David Spanagel was named as one of the Co-Chairs for the working group, and he is now asking what role YOU would like to play in next year's campaign. Continue reading