#Earth2Trump Roadshow Kicks Off in Oakland and Seattle—Headed to DC
January 5, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
From a reader:
The #Earth2Trump Roadshow kicked off in Oakland and Seattle on January 2, and is coming to a town near you in January, on its way to Washington, D.C. on January 20 for Trump’s planned inauguration.
The website www.earth2trump.org says: “The roadshow is rallying and empowering defenders of civil rights and the environment to resist Trump's dangerous agenda. Stopping in 16 cities on its way to Washington, D.C., it’s bringing thousands of people to protest at the presidential inauguration.”
The Oakland launch event featured cultural performances and speeches and was highlighted by the reading of the Pledge of Resistance for the tour:
Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
I pledge to stand in resistance to Donald Trump's assault on America's clean air, clean water, climate, wildlife, civil rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
I pledge to stand in solidarity with those threatened by violence and intimidation because of who they are, what they believe or their opposition to Trump's dangerous agenda.
Donald Trump is an unprecedented threat to our nation's democracy, health and environment. He must not be allowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, gut the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, raid our public lands, eliminate regulations protecting poor communities from pollution, deport millions of people, take away our reproductive freedom, or force millions to live in fear.
I pledge to resist Trump through action.
I pledge to speak out, make phone calls, sign petitions, join rallies, support conservation and civil rights groups, educate my family and friends, and keep a compassionate, loving heart while fighting fiercely for the values I cherish most.
One hundred fifty to 200 people attended the Oakland kick-off for the tour. The tour is being anchored by the Center for Biological Diversity, and is supported by many environmental, union, and other organizations. As part of the climax of the launch event, people wrote their own personal statements of why they were resisting Trump, and these were put into a large globe-shaped ball to be carried across the country to D.C.
A high school climate activist who spoke at the event talked of her family living in another country who was forced to move to higher ground because the ocean is rising. She said, “I will not sit idly by while the seas rise.” She said many speak of protecting the earth for future generations, but that this means acting NOW: “We will protect this earth, now, for this generation.”
A professor emeritus from a local college who spoke said that we are “facing the demise of the human race as we know it” and described what is coming as “a culture of empire, greed, and fear.” And he said it is time to “get over our depression and tap into our anger.”
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