House Democrats must use their new – and growing – majority in the next
Congress to act on restoring voting rights and to investigate and
expose a variety of ills besetting the country, the Rev. William Barber
Barber, co-leader of the New Poor People’s Campaign and founder of the Moral Mondays movement which has spread to other states from his native North Carolina, issued the challenge as part of his keynote and closing address at a Nov. 15 Economic Policy Institute awards ceremony.
would be completely understandable if the people of Butte County wanted
to let Thursday pass without a single thought about Thanksgiving.
The death toll of the Camp Fire stands at 81. Nearly 870 people are still unaccounted for. Tens of thousands are without homes. Jobs and schools and businesses have been lost.
Yet Kelly Laflamme, a resident of Paradise — the town of 27,000 destroyed by the fire — told USA Today she has found something to be thankful for: overwhelming examples of human kindness.
Laflamme will offer her own act of kindness by helping to serve at project Thanksgiving Together.
The goal of the project, led by chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, is to serve 15,000 meals in four shifts at three large Chico locations and in Red Cross shelters.
"We've been working really hard to make this happen," city of Paradise mutual aid spokeswoman Briana Khan told the Record Spotlight. "We had an idea that it would be great to bring the community together so they can share in fellowship on Thanksgiving."
The hosts are World Central Kitchen, the city of Paradise, Chico State University and its Associated Students, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
The brewery expects to serve about 1,600 people. It's preparing 1,500 pounds of turkey, 1,200 pounds of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.
"Our owner realized that if we cooked the potatoes in our brew kettle (where we make beer), we could do about 1,000 pounds of mashed potatoes at a time," said Robin Gregory, a spokeswoman for the brewery. "So we are indeed cooking mashed potatoes in the brew kettle."
WKC is accepting donations of $5 and more online to help offset costs. Previously, WKC delivered more than 140,000 meals to shelters in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. It also served more than 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
One Town Feeds Another
Lincoln, California, is about 90 miles south of Paradise, but that hasn't stopped residents from wholeheartedly stepping in to help fire victims and first responders.
Dozens of the town's residents will give up Thanksgiving with families to serve a meal to about 300 people.
"We have over 100 (volunteers), we're probably close to 150 turkeys that people are cooking. We aren't having to cook anything," organizer Kris Wyatt told Fox40. "Everybody is bringing all the food prepared."
(MORE: Other Ways to Help Those Affected by the California Fires)
The meal is being served at the community's McBean Pavilion to families staying at nearby hotels after being forced out of their homes by the fire.
“So exciting and so wonderful that it's kind of hard not to tear up anymore because it's truly the community coming together and helping,” Wyatt said.
One Family Helps Another
A couple in Rocklin, California, wanted a more immediate way of making an impact, so they decided to "adopt a family" that was a victim of the fire.
"I can't help thousands of people but I can help one family,” Eric Lofholm told Fox40.
Lofholm and his wife, Heather Lofholm, helped one family and launched a Facebook group and a website so that others could help, too.
"I think a lot of people right now, they go, 'I want to help but I’m not sure what to do,'" Lofholm said. "One thing you can do is just help one family."
The Facebook group had grown to more than 14,000 members on Wednesday. The Lofholms drive to Butte County to help sign up victims who have no way to reach the page.
NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Pledges $1 Million
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and a native of Chico, California, is donating $1 million to relief efforts.
In a video on Twitter, Rodgers said the money will go to the North Valley Community Foundation. He also said his corporate partner, State Farm, will donate $1 for every retweet of his post that uses the hashtag #retweet4good, up to $1 million.
"Raising money for both immediate needs and the long-term recovery is what is needed most right now,” Rodgers said in the video.
The North Valley Community Foundation said in addition to meeting basic needs, the money will be used for housing, kids programs, and youth and high school sports.
Send Money, Not Stuff, Officials Say
The Butte County Emergency Operations Center reinforced that monetary donations are the best way to help the most people. It said it has run out of space for donated items.
The center listed the North Valley Community Foundation and these groups as trusted organizations that people could donate to:
• North Valley Animal Disaster Group
• Caring Choices
• United Way
• American Red Cross
• Salvation Army
Rain Makes Everything Harder
Rain falling Wednesday helped the crews fighting the wildfire. But it could also raise the risk of flash floods, complicate efforts to recover remains and make life even more difficult for people who have nowhere to go.
Heavier rain was expected later in the day in the Paradise burn area, where the Camp Fire has killed at least 81 people and destroyed more than 13,000 homes.
"The rain is really a double-edged sword for this fire," said Rick Carhart, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He said searchers have "been able to sift through this really fine ash and when rain gets onto that really fine ash, it turns it into sort of a muddy muck and makes it a lot more difficult."
The Camp Fire started on Nov. 8 has burned nearly 239 square miles, destroying nearly 13,000 homes and over 3,800 other structures. The fire is about 80 percent contained.
(MORE: Before-and-After Images Reveal Fire's Devastation)
Worry About Rainfall in Southern California, Too
Southern California's huge wildfire briefly flared back to life Wednesday as residents put sandbags around properties ahead of a rainstorm that authorities said could bring the risk of mudflows and rockslides from denuded hills and mountains.
A hotspot ignited in a remote area of Bell Canyon west of Los Angeles, Ventura County fire Capt. A.J. Lester said. No structures were threatened by the flare-up, which was quickly knocked down by two engine crews.
With the burn assessment complete, authorities tallied 1,643 buildings destroyed and 364 damaged. Only six other California wildfires have destroyed more structures, according to state statistics.
Three deaths were confirmed in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, bringing the statewide total to 82.
The predicted rain was expected to fall not only on the Woolsey Fire burn area but on other scorched parts of Southern California, including the burn scar of the Hill Fire, which also erupted on Nov. 8 in Ventura County but was held to about 7 square miles.
Utility Filing Points to Possible Second Fire Origin
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that PG&E in a recent regulatory filing said California officials are investigating a second area where the utility company's equipment failed about the same time the Camp Fire broke out.
The energy company told state regulators Friday that it had an outage about 6:45 a.m. Nov. 8 at the 12-kilovolt Big Bend 1101 Circuit in Concow. That's roughly 15 minutes after authorities say the Camp Fire started burning east of Paradise.
Earlier, PG&E filed a report with the California Public Utilities Commission saying another transmission line malfunctioned about 15 minutes before the fire began near the same spot that fire officials identified as the fire’s origin point.
According to the Chronicle, the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has since said it is examining a possible second origin point for the Camp Fire.
A spokeswoman for the utility declined to comment beyond the regulatory filing. A Cal Fire spokesman told the newspaper the Camp Fire’s cause is still being investigated and declined to comment further.
Lawsuits have already been filed in San Francisco and Butte County courts claiming PG&E had a connection to the Camp Fire.
Southern California Utility Also Sued
Victims of the Woolsey Fire have sued Southern California Edison, alleging the utility was negligent in failing to shut off power before the blaze started.
Plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday that nearly 20 people are part of the class-action lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court. The court filing accuses Edison of contributing to the fire's destruction by ignoring warnings of extreme fire weather. The lawsuit says the utility only shut power off once the fire started.
Edison says a statement it can't comment on litigation related to wildfires. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Risk of 129 Million Dead Trees Remains
As crews work tirelessly to put out the Camp Fire, Californians can't rest easy. The state can expect more deadly wildfires that spread incredibly fast.
That's because years of drought and bark beetle infestations have killed more than 129 million trees, Vox reported. All that dead timber is just waiting for a spark to ignite it.
That spark is much more likely with more and more people living so close to the forests. Plus, climate change is causing the vegetation around the trees, like grasses, to dry up and provide even more fuel for the fires.
Vox explained that the solution isn't as easy as cutting down the dead trees. Many of the forests extend over federal, state and private lands — creating a jurisdictional mess. Many of the trees are too decayed to be used by lumber companies, so there's no profit in cutting them.
Coming up with a forest management plan that all parties can agree to is likely impossible. As Umair Irfan of Vox wrote, "Politically, it’s easier to muster the resources to put out a fire than it is to prevent one."
|Alright you redeemers, rebels and radicals out there ...
It's September 17th, the seventh anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the masses will gather for a digital occupation to disrupt Big Tech:
We jam the corporate behemoths that have a stranglehold on our attention, time, and thoughts—Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook, Amazon. These mega corps monetize our likes and clicks, feeding our personal information into endless algorithms that exacerbate our addiction to the instant gratification they provide.
They claim to connect us, yet a crisis of loneliness pervades our culture like never before.
This is a call for everyone around the world to take a stand for our rights and freedoms, in whatever way works for them:
Leave your phone at home for the day
Boycott Amazon for 24 hours
Delete Facebook and Instagram altogether
Take part in Google No Search Day—
Whatever it takes to make Silicon Valley do a double take.
Spread the word; let's shake loose the grip Big Tech has on our minds—even just for one day—to feel the power the people are capable of and rethink the way we let technology run our lives.
Let's flip the power balance.
Let's make the internet ours again.
|Build Community With a New and Unsettling Force and Rev. Barber: Did you
know that while the U.S. economy has grown 18-fold in the past 50
years, wealth inequality has expanded, the costs of living have
increased, and social programs have been restructured and cut
The truth is that economic insecurity, poverty and misery are affecting more young people in 2018 than we are made aware. Join Reverend Barber, a new and unsettling force, and other speakers to build community around challenging the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
|For this public webinar we welcome all people who are on committees in
their states, who have come to Campaign events over the last several
years, who joined the 40 Days of Action, who have been dedicated
followers of the movement via social media: this is a webinar for
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In the coming months, we will focus on organizing, mobilizing voters and building power among the 140 million Americans living in poverty, particularly in the often-ignored South. Poor and low income people from California to the Carolinas are ignored by politicians from both parties. And even though there are 171 electoral votes from Maryland to Texas, much of the South is ignored in the political calculations made by campaign decision makers around elections.
A movement has to fight with the whole country and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We already have the people power, with organizing committees built in 40 states, including every single one that comprised the former Confederacy.
Forward together, not one step back,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
Co-Chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
~ Outdoor Bob
|An Ecological Justice Moral Monday with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Former Vice-President Al Gore: Presented by the North Carolina Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, an important Ecological Justice Moral Monday in Greensboro where North Carolinians impacted by ecological injustice in their communities share their stories. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Former Vice President Al Gore, and Karenna Gore will join to help offer solutions for radical change that can help create safe and healthy communities in North Carolina and across the country.|
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