BUILDING BLOCKS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE SoCal Shout-Out to Paris, December 12, 2015

From November 28 to December 12, 2015, mass demonstrations are planned across the world, demanding that international leaders — meeting in Paris for a global Climate Summit — implement policies to stop climate change now! In Southern California, a broad array of organizations and groups, friends and family, coworkers and communities will join in on the  final day of global action, Saturday, December 12,  gathering along Wilshire Boulevard in a chain of Building Blocks Against Climate Change! A diversity of groups and individuals are invited to each create their part of an interlinking network of protests — like overlapping neighborhood vigils or sidewalk picket lines — extending block after adjacent block between Vermont and Western. Think about it: what does climate change mean to you, to the causes you work on, the people you care about, the future you fight for? How might you bring your message in your way to the people on the streets of Los Angeles? How might you start whole new conversations, spread the word where the media does not, reach communities where politicians fail, help mobilize a mass movement of movements united against climate change? Join us, and together, on December 12, we will let world leaders know that the people’s climate movement is marching forward, from every community, cause, and country, determined to Stop Climate Change Now!

WHAT:     Building Blocks Against Climate Change! The SoCal Shout-Out to Paris!

WHEN:     Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1pm – 4pm

WHERE:  Wilshire Blvd, from Vermont to Western

WHO:       Launched by the Converging Storms Action Network, and sponsored by all participants (see list to date, below).  

HOW:       To participate in this Building Blocks event, follow these 4 easy steps:

1. PICK A LOCATION: Look at the map on this website (below) to pick a corner, block, intersection, or series of blocks for you or your group to meet! (eg SW corner Wilshire & Normandie, intersection Wilshire & Catalina, N side of Wilshire from Vermont to Berendo, both sides Wilshire from Oxford to Western).    

* Helpful Hint #1: Consider collaborating! More than one group or individual can sign up for the same location! Or, sign up on your own at a corner, then see if friends might want to join! You can create a zone (eg Anti-Fracking Zone, Student & Educators Zone, Labor Zone), or joint activity (eg Bike Against Climate Change Caravan, meet up @ Vermont at 2pm, Sing-Out for the Planet, SW corner of Berendo, Bring Kids to a Working Mothers Climate Chalk-Out, NE corner of Alexandria & Wilshire). And be sure to invite others to your location (eg Come to the System Change Zone, between Vermont & Berendo!).

2. SUBMIT FORM: Fill out the Form on this website (below) with your name or group name,  contact email or phone number, and location on Wilshire where you want to meet December 12, and hit Submit! (BTW, your name/location won’t immediately  show up online; we need to manually add participants, but will do so shortly!)

* Helpful Hint #2: It really matters if you sign up on this website!  People are encouraged to show up the day of the event. But because Building Blocks is the product of many clusters of people, its appeal or buzz , its momentum, is best built by a growing and diverse list of participants signing up on the website ahead of time. If a broad range of groups and individuals do so, others will do the same, and more will attend on December 12! So please, Sign up now!

3. MAKE PLANS & MATERIALS: Plan in advance what you want to say, do, bring, distribute, and how. Be creative! Make and bring signs, flyers, petitions, questionaires, educational materials, street theater, music, art, displays, or whatever you think will engage people about climate change, and best convey how you see it intersecting the  issues you care about.  

* Helpful Hint #3: This is not a march or rally; signs/speakers are not provided. But since media and policymakers often don’t report popular dissent, we chose sidewalk protests to engage the public directly. How? It’s up to you. This is a chance to bring your concerns to the street your way, to learn the concerns of others, to interact with folks walking and driving by, to urge them to get involved. Think about the neighborhood, what you want to convey, what materials/activities would work best to do so. 

4. OUTREACH TO ALL YOUR CONTACTS: Inform your group members, friends, or coworkers, forwarding the announcement to everyone, including every group, every individual, and every listserve/event page /Twitter feed you know!

Helpful Hint #4: Remember, you ARE the people’s media! It will make a real difference if you advertise the event, urging everyone to join you at your location, OR sign up for a corner or block of their own, OR share a block with other groups, OR just ENDORSE Building Blocks (see below). The more people you inform of this event, the more who will join you December 12! So do help spread the word!

ALTERNATE HOW:

5. EVEN IF YOU CAN’T COMMIT, YOU CAN ENDORSE US IN SUPPORT: Although you might not be sure if you can sign up for Building Blocks at a given time and place (or perhaps you can’t make it at all), you still can ENDORSE the event! Just fill out the Form (name/ group name and contact info) on this website (below), and we will add you as an event Endorser! 6. IF YOU CAN’T COMMIT OR  ENDORSE, JUST JOIN US DECEMBER 12! Even you can’t sign up in advance, come  down to Wilshire and join people already signed up to be there! Check out the list on this website (below) to see who signed up where. You need not sign up ahead to participate! Everyone is Welcome!

 

MORE INFO YOU SHOULD KNOW:

How is Building Blocks different from past protests? This is a new kind of action: a grassroots, decentralized, self-organizing, multigroup, multiblock mobilization! Each cluster meets at their chosen site, speaking out on climate however they think best. The approach is uniquely powerful in several ways. Since on sidewalks we need no permits or to divert traffic beyond barricades, protestors can interact with the public directly. Since we need not agree on points of unity/slogans/speakers, each participant can decide how to interact, what to do or say, bringing their own signs, flyers, demands, and approach. Groups thereby retain the kind of diverse, grassroots autonomy found in L.A.’s vigil movement, building what friend Bill Miller called a “come -as-you-are, do-your-own-thing, pot-luck demonstration!” Yet we also can combine efforts in a face-to-face, feet-on-ground, simultaneous , sidewalk step-out, raising voices together at the same time, in the same place, on the same issue: Stop Climate Change Now!

If I’ve not been active in environmental issues, why join a climate action?  Whether or not you’ve been active on this issue, climate change is happening now, and it impacts us all. And, while world leaders may discuss climate policies, their past record suggests only mass movements have the power to push for a real end to the fossil-fuel dependency and limitless growth killing earth’s habitable climate. So we ask everyone: What does climate change mean to you, to causes you work on, people you care about, future you fight for? How will everything become more difficult — now, in your lifetime — by the hard, desperate scramble for finite resources on a dying planet? What will victory look like  — in the fight for survival, justice, peace, equality, democracy, joy —  in a world so choked by fossil-fueled greenhouse gasses and a destabilized biosphere that life as we know it is no longer possible? And,  what must we do now? What obligation do we have to tomorrow’s children? Don’t you think you can find a way to join climate change to your current concerns, to add your “building block of protest” to our combined efforts to make our voices for a healthy planet heard? Join us December 12, to help build the powerful, diverse, massive people’s climate movement so urgently needed to save life on earth.

What are the logistical/legal considerations of this kind of demonstration?   This is your opportunity to interact with the public, and other participants, around the climate issue, in your own way. And we welcome your initiative and concern. But please be mindful of this: This event takes place on the =sidewalks= of Wilshire, and has no permits to march in the streets, or rally. The streets are not closed off, car/pedestrian traffic will be moving around you,  businesses open as usual. That means, legally, you can’t interfere with normal flow of traffic, on sidewalks or in streets, or in any way create an obstacle. A good rule of thumb is to remain mobile, able to move easily with your materials. Also be aware that Metro Stations are private property: officials may ask you not to loiter in their boundaries. And we ask everyone’s help in monitoring the event, and in forming moving picket lines to allow a normal flow of traffic to go by.  Please be mindful of those wanting to cross the streets, courteously leaving sufficient space at the corners for them to do so freely. We also encourage everyone to respect people passing by, groups of participants, and property owners in the area.

SIGN UP NOW!

To pick a location on Wilshire, fill out the following form:

List of Participants & Locations on Wilshire, to date:

* Converging Storms Action Network – CSAN (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a  System Change Zone are invited to come to Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo.

* A village effort (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Anti-Racist Action – Los Angeles (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Bernie Sanders Supporters Against Climate Change (SE corner of Wilshire & Berendo)

* Burbank Green Alliance (NW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* John Choy (Location TBA)

* Citi  (NE corner of Wilshire & Vermont)

* Citizens Climate Lobby (NE corner of Wilshire & Vermont)

* Coalition for Educational Justice – CEJ (NW corner of Wilshire & Catalina). Also, anyone wanting to join a  Student & Educators Zone are invited to come to the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina.

* Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles – DSA-LA (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Mary Kate Denny (Wilshire & Western)

* Food & Water Watch (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Marilyn Fuss – 350.org; N.A.N. (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Raul Gonzalez (I’ll be there…)

* Green Spotts Yoga (SW corner of Wilshire & Berendo)

*John Hubacher (Wilshire & Vermont)

* International Marxist-Humanist Organization, West Coast (Wilshire & Vermont)

* jonathan (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Kung Fu Moves (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* L.A. EcoSocialist Group (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* LA LGBT Greens, with Out Against War (SE corner of Wilshire & Vermont)

* Lee Rothman/LA EcoDharma (Wilshire & Western)

* Long Beach Area Peace Network, with Military Families Speak Out (Wilshire and Ardmore)

* Los Angeles for Bernie (SE corner of Wilshire & Berendo)

* Los Angeles EcoSocialist Network (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (SE corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* Military Families Speak Out, with Long Beach Area Peace Network (Wilshire and Ardmore)

* Montrose Peace Vigil, with NELA Radical Neighbors for Peace Through Justice (North side of  Wilshire, just East of Mariposa)

* NELA Radical Neighbors for Peace Through Justice, with the Montrose Peace Vigil  (North side of Wilshire, just East of Mariposa)

* One Struggle (California State University Northridge – CSUN (Wilshire, between Normandie & Mariposa)

* Out Against War, with LA LGBT Greens (SE corner of Wilshire & Vermont)

* Mary Proteoau, with SoCal 350 Climate Action (NW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* Revolution Books (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Revolutionary Poets Brigade (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Jimmy Rivera – San Gabriel Neighbors for Peace & Justice (Wilshire, between Vermont & Western). Also, anyone wanting to join a Bike Caravan Against Climate Change, meet up  at Vermont & Wilshire @ 2pm, with signs on your bike and/or you. We will bike on Wilshire, between Vermont & Western.

* Skateboarders Against Climate Change (Wilshire & Berendo)

* SoCal 350 Climate Action (NW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* Socialist Party – Los Angeles Local (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Solidarity (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Southern California Pachamama Alliance (Wilshire & Kenmore)

* Stop Fracking Long Beach (Location TBA)

* Robert Sucher (Wilshire & S. Hobart)

* Tar Sands Action So Cal (NW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* Topanga Peace Alliance (Wilshire & Vermont)

*Ailish Ullmann (joining the Student & Educators Zone, on the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina)

* United Nations Association Whittier (SW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

*United Teachers of Los Angeles – UTLA (North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina). Also, anyone wanting to join a  Student & Educators Zone are invited to come to the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina.

* VisionLA’15 Climate Action Arts Festival – “Art Making Change” (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Whittier Area Environmental Coalition (SW corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

Additional Endorsers of event, to date:

* AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36

* American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 2276, Glendale College Guild

* Frank Dorrel, Addicted to War

* Lyeah Granderson

* Health Care for All – Los Angeles Chapter 

* Indymedia on Air  (KPFK Pacifica Radio) 

* Ed Pearl, The Ash Grove

* Student Sustainability Collective of Riverside City College

Zones & Activities, to date:

– System Change Zone (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo) – Student & Educators Zone (North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina) – Bike Caravan Against Climate Change (Meet up at Vermont & Wilshire @ 2pm, with signs on your bike and/or you. We will bike on Wilshire, between Vermont & Western.)

See below for previous Building Blocks actions & Participant lists  **************************************************************************

BUILDING BLOCKS AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE SoCal Earth Day Climate Protest, April 25, 2015

* On Saturday, April 25, Southern California will turn out for Earth Day 2015 in the way the times demand: to demonstrate against climate change! A broad assortment of organizations and groups, friends and family, coworkers and communities will gather along Wilshire Boulevard in a chain of interlinking block protests. Diverse groups and individuals will each create their part of a network of protests — like overlapping neighborhood vigils or sidewalk picket lines — extending block after adjacent block between Benton Way (Lafayette Park) and Western Ave. Together, we will demand that world leaders — who will be meeting in Paris for a global Climate Summit in December 2015 — implement policies to Stop Climate Change Now!

WHEN:     Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2pm-5pm

WHERE:  Wilshire Blvd, between Benton Way (Lafayette Park) and Western Ave

WHAT:     Building Blocks of Protests Against Climate Change!

This is a new kind of demonstration: a no-frills, grassroots, decentralized, self-organizing, multi-group, multi-block mobilization! Each group will gather at their chosen corner, block, intersection, or series of blocks along Wilshire Blvd. between Benton Way and Western Ave.  (Sign up for your location on our website today — see form below!) This approach is uniquely powerful in several ways. Since, on sidewalks, we don’t need permits or to divert traffic beyond barricades, protestors can interact with the public. And, since we need not agree on points of unity, slogans, or speakers, each group can decide for themselves how to interact, what to do or say, bringing their own signs, slogans, banners, flyers, and approach. In this way, groups retain the kind of grassroots autonomy and diversity found in LA’s vigil movement, building what our recently departed friend Bill Miller called a “come-as-you-are, do-your-own-thing, pot-luck demonstration!”  Yet the groups will also combine efforts in a face-to-face, feet-on-the-ground, simultaneous “sidewalk step-out,” raising our voices together at the same time, on the same thoroughfare, around the same issue: Stop Climate Change Now!

HOW:  To participate, you – as an individual or group – may do the following:

  1. Look at the map (below) to pick a corner, intersection, block, or series of blocks for your group to meet!  (For example: NW corner Wilshire & Virgil; or intersection Wilshire & Wilton; or north side of Wilshire between Vermont & Berendo; or both sides of Wilshire between Normandie and Western.)
  2. Fill out the form (below) on this website with your name or group name, a contact email or phone number, and the location on Wilshire where you want to meet on April 25, and hit Submit!
  3. Inform your group members (and as many other people and groups you know!), make plans and materials for your group’s “Building Block,” then come to your chosen site to protest on April 25!
  4. Plan in advance what you want to say, do, bring, distribute. Be creative! This is not a march or rally. Since media and policy-makers often do not report on popular dissent, we choose sidewalk protests to engage the public directly. This is a chance to bring your concerns to the street, and to learn about the concerns of others, interacting with those walking or driving by.

     AND PLEASE NOTE:

  • More than one group or individual can sign up for the same location! Do it together!
  • You also could  create a zone, inviting other groups to join you (e.g. ” join our Anti-Fracking Zone,” or “Students Against Climate Change Zone,” or  “Organized Labor Zone”), and provide a location (e.g. Come to the System Change Zone, on Wilshire, between Vermont & Barendo.)
  • And you could shout-out for a shared activity!  (e.g. “Bike Meet-Up with signs to caravan Wilshire,” or “Bring kids to Working Mothers Zone in the park,” or  “Sing-Out for the Planet,” providing times and location).

OR:  If you can’t commit to a time and location, you also can just:

  • Endorse this event, in support of it! Even if you cannot commit to attending at a given time and place, or cannot make it at all, just fill out the form on this website, and we’ll add you as an Additional Endorser!
  • Come join people already signed up to be there on April 25! (Check out the list below to see who has signed up and where.) You need not sign up in advance to participate! Everyone is welcome!
  • Help spread the word! Forward the announcement to everyone and every group you know! Encourage them to sign up for a corner or block, or to share a block with other groups, or to join you at yours! The more groups who sign up on our website, the more people will be likely to join us on April 25!

WHO:   Launched by the Converging Storms Action Network, and sponsored by all participants. KPFK 90.7FM is a Building Blocks Media Sponsor. For information, contact Converging Storms Action Network at insyte22@gmail.com. To view participants to date, click on map “bubbles,” or check the list below.

WHY:

The Converging Storms Action Network invites every group and individual to ask the following question: What does climate change really mean to you, to the causes you work on, the people you care about, the future your fight for? How will everything be made that much more difficult — now, in your lifetime — by a hard, desperate scramble for finite resources on a dying planet? What will victory look like — in the fight for survival, justice, peace, equality, democracy, joy — in a world so choked by fossil-fueled greenhouse gasses and a destabilized biosphere that life as we know it is no longer possible? And to avoid all this, what do you think we must do now? What kind of obligation do we have, now, to care about — and fight for — tomorrow’s children?

Whether or not you have been active around this issue, climate change is happening now, and impacts us all. Moreover, this December, world leaders will meet in a global climate summit in Paris that some say may be our last good chance to make policy that can halt the deepening climate crisis. Don’t you think you might be able to find a way to join climate change to your current concerns, to add your own “building block” of protest to our combined efforts to make our voices for a healthy planet heard? Come join us, April 25, and help make Earth Day 2015 the day when a great diversity of people made it their common cause to help build that powerful, massive, climate movement so urgently needed to save life, and humanity, on earth.

*SPECIAL NOTE: This is your opportunity to interact with the public, and other groups and individuals, around the climate issue. But please be mindful of the following:

  • This event takes place on the =sidewalks= of Wilshire, and has no permits to be a rally or march in the streets.
  • The streets are not closed off, car/pedestrian traffic will be moving around you, and businesses will be open as usual.
  • That means you cannot interfere with the normal flow of traffic, on the sidewalks or in the streets.
  • Please do not assume you can stop in streets, block sidewalks, set up tables, or do anything creating an obstacle.
  • Also be aware that Metro Stations are private property, and officials may ask you not to loiter within their boundaries.
  • The best rule of thumb is to remain mobile and carry your materials with you.
  • We ask your help in monitoring the event, and in forming moving picket lines that allow a normal flow of traffic to go by.
  • We encourage everyone to respect people passing by, other groups of participants, and property owners in the area.

To pick a location on Wilshire, fill out the following form:

List of Participants & Locations on Wilshire to date:

* Converging Storms Action Network (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a  System Change Zone are invited to come to Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo.

* KPFK Pacifica Radio LA 90.7 FM, SB 98.7, SD 93.7 – our Building Blocks event Media Sponsor! (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Alliance for Climate Education (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Barbie Ishida (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Coalition for Educational Justice – CEJ (NW Corner of Wilshire & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a Students & Educators Zone are invited to come to the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina.

* Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles – DSA-LA (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo, in the System Change Zone)

* Kung Fu Moves (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* LAEcodharma (Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina)

* LA Jews for Peace (Wilshire & Oxford – one block east of Western)

* Les Amer (Wilshire & Western)

* Los Angeles EcoSocialist Network (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Vanessa Finney (Wilshire & Western)

* Louie Garza (Wilshire & Commonwealth) 

* Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (NE and SE corners of Wilshire & Western)

* Michael Novick – Anti-Racist Action (joining the MLK Coalition at Wilshire & Western)

* Samantha Mora (Wilshire, between Benton Way and Western)

* NELA Radical Neighbors for Peace Through Justice (SW Corner of Wilshire & Mariposa)

* Peace & Freedom Party, Los Angeles (Wilshire, between Benton Way and Western)

* roelfe1 (Wilshire & Western)

* Ronnie Solman – LA Beyond Coal (NW Corner of Wilshire & Berendo, in the Students and Educators Zone).

* San Gabriel Neighbors for Peace & Justice (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo).

* Schools LA Students Deserve – Grassroots Coalition – SLASD-GC (NW Corner of Wilshire & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a Students & Educators Zone are invited to come to the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina.

* SoCal350 Campaign Committee – Pledge to Resist Climate Change! (Wilshire & Western)

* SoCal350 Student Coalition (NW Corner of Wilshire & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a Students & Educators Zone are invited to come to the North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina.

* Socialist Party Los Angeles Local (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Socialist Party USA (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Solidarity (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Southern California Pachamama Alliance (Wilshire & Kenmore)

* Tar Sands Action SoCal (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Wild Heritage Planners (Wilshire & Normandie)

* The Zeitgeist Movement – Los Angeles Chapter (Wilshire & Oxford)

 

Additional Endorsers of event to date:

* AFT Local 2276, Glendale College Guild

* AF3IRM Los Angeles

* Ed Pearl, The Ash Grove

* International Marxist-Humanist Organization, West Coast

* Frank Dorrel, Addicted to War

* Global Women’s Strike/LA

* Arlene Inoueye – United Teachers of Los Angeles

* Lenny Potash, Executive Board member – AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36

* Whittier Area Environmental Coalition

 

Zones & Activities to date:

System Change Zone (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

Student & Educators Zone (North side of Wilshire, between Berendo & Catalina)

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CLIMATE PROTEST SEPTEMBER 20, 2014!

* On Saturday, September 20, Southern California will join tens of thousands of people demonstrating in New York City against climate change. A broad assortment of organizations and groups, friends and families, coworkers and communities will gather along Wilshire Boulevard in a chain of interlinking block protests. Diverse groups and individuals will each create their part of a network of protests — like overlapping neighborhood vigils or sidewalk picket lines — extending block after adjacent block between Alvarado and Wilton. Together, we will demand that world leaders, meeting at the United Nations in New York, implement policies to Stop Climate Change Now!

WHEN:   Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1pm-5pm

WHERE: Wilshire Blvd, between Alvarado and Wilton

WHAT:     Building Blocks of Protests Against Climate Change!

This is a new kind of demonstration: a no-frills, grassroots, decentralized, self-organizing, multi-group, multi-block mobilization! Each group will gather at their chosen corner, block, intersection, or series of blocks along Wilshire between Alvarado and Wilton. (Sign up for your location on our website today!) Each group can decide for themselves where to gather and what to say, bringing their own signs, slogans, banners, flyers, and approach. In this way, groups retain the kind of grassroots autonomy and diversity found in LA’s vigil movement. Yet the groups also will combine efforts in a non-virtual, face-to-face, feet-on-the- ground, simultaneous “sidewalk step-out,” raising our voices together at the same time, on the same thoroughfare, around the same issue: Stop Climate Change Now!

HOW:      To participate, you – as an individual or group – may do the following:

  1. Look at the map to pick a corner, intersection, block, or series of blocks for your group to meet!  (For example: NW corner Wilshire & Shatto; or intersection Wilshire & Wilton; or north side of Wilshire between Vermont & Berendo; or both sides of Wilshire between Normandie and Western.)
  2. Fill out the form on this website with your name or group name, a contact email or phone number, and the location on Wilshire where you want to meet on September 20, and hit Submit!
  3. Inform your group members (and as many other people and groups you know!), make plans and materials for your group’s “Building Block,” then come to your chosen site to protest on September 20!

        Please Note:

  • More than one group or individual can sign up for the same location!
  • You also could  create a zone, inviting other groups to join you (e.g. ” join our Anti-Fracking Zone,” or “Students Against Climate Change Zone,” or  “Organized Labor Zone”), and provide a location (e.g. Come to the System Change Zone, on Wilshire, between Vermont & Barendo.)
  • And you could shout-out for a shared activity!  (e.g. “Bike Meet-Up with signs to caravan Wilshire,” or “Bring kids to Working Mothers Zone in the park,” or  “Sing-Out for the Planet,” providing times and location).

OR:          If you can’t commit to a time and location, you also can just:

  1. Endorse this event, in support of it! Even if you cannot commit to attending at a given time and place, or cannot make it at all, just fill out the form on this website, and we’ll add you as an Additional Endorser!
  2. Come join people already signed up to be there on September 20th! (Check out the website to see who has signed up and where.) You need not sign up in advance to participate! Everyone is welcome!
  3. Help spread the word! Forward the announcement to everyone and every group you know! Encourage them to sign up for a corner or block, or to share a block with other groups, or to join you at yours! The more groups who sign up on our website, the more people will be likely to join us on September 20!

 WHO:   Launched by the Converging Storms Action Network, and sponsored by all participating groups and individuals. KPFK 90.7FM is a Building Blocks Media Sponsor. For information, contact Converging Storms Action Network at insyte22@gmail.com. To view participants to date, click on map “bubbles,” or check the list below.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is your opportunity to interact with the public, and other groups and individuals, around the climate issue. But please be mindful of the following:

  • This event takes place on the =sidewalks= of Wilshire, and has no permits to be a rally or march in the streets.
  • The streets are not closed off, car/pedestrian traffic will be moving around you, and businesses will be open as usual.
  • That means: you cannot interfere with the normal flow of traffic, on the sidewalks or in the streets.
  • Please do not assume you can stop in streets, block sidewalks, set up tables, or do anything creating an obstacle.
  • Also be aware that Metro Stations are private property, and officials may ask you not to loiter within their boundaries.
  • The best rule of thumb is to remain mobile and carry your materials with you.
  • We ask your help in monitoring the event, and in forming moving picket lines that allow a normal flow of traffic to go by.
  • We encourage everyone to respect people passing by, other groups of participants, and property owners in the area.

To pick a location on Wilshire, fill out the following form:

List of Participants & Locations on Wilshire to date:

* Converging Storms Action Network (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo). Also, anyone wanting to join a  System Change Zone are invited to come to Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo.

* 350 director/co-founder’s mom and step-dad (Wilshire & Commonwealth)

* Sarah Agajanian & Artists for Clean Energy (Wilshire & Catalina)

* Alliance for Climate Education (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Andrew Asch (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Backyard Skeptics Orange County (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Jordon Balderson (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Christian A. Beck (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Jill Blaisdell (Wilshire & Vermont) 

* Joyce Brody (Wilshire & Shatto)

* Bob Brummel (Wilshrie & Kenmore)

* Burbank Green Alliance (Lafayette Park, Wilshire & Commonwealth)

* California Nurses Association (Wilshire & Benton, Lafayette Park)

* Campaign for Sustainable Development (Wilshire & Western, end of Metro line. We are coming by train from the Inland Empire!)

* Canyon Land Conservation Fund (Wilshire & Park View)

* Stuart Chandler (Wilshire & Wilton)

* Anthony Chun (Wilshire & New Hampshire)

* Scott Claassen (Wilshire & Gramercy)

* Citizens Climate Lobby (Wilshire & Kenmore)

* Claremont Colleges (Wilshire & Carondelet)

* Jackie Cochrane (Wilshire & Western)

* Collier’s Group (Wilshire & Western)

* Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Los Angeles (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo) 

* Susan Cope (Wilshire at the Western edge of the protest, near Wilton)

* Michael Cornell (Wilshire & Western)

* Laura Dalton (Wilshire & Rampart)

* Democratic Socialists of America (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Democrats for Neighborhood Action (Wilshire & Shatto)

* Michael Dow (Wilshire & Mariposa)

* Echo Park-Silverlake Hoot (Location TBA)

* Lynne Edwards & family (Wilshire & Park View)

* Endangered Habitats League  (Wilshire & Alvarado)

* The Environemntal Defenders (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Environmental Justice Committee of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council  (Wilshire & Harvard and Wilshire & Kingsley). Also, we invite Asian Pacific community organizations to join us on Wilshire, between Harvard and Kingsley.

* Environmental Law Society, Southwestern Law School (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Food & Water Watch (Wilshire/Normandie Metro Station – Wilshire & Ardmore)

* Theresa Foster/ISO (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Friends Against Climate Change (System Change Zone, Wilshire & New Hampshire)

* Friends of Dan Wang – in honor of his green spirit! (Wilshire & 3rd, in Santa Monica!)

* Paul Fries (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Generations United for Action (Wilshire & Wilton)

* Sarah-Jane George — Marimpact (Wilshire & Alvarado)

* Green Train University (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Donna Heim (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Scott Hornbacher (Wilshire & Westmoreland)

* Michele Hutchins (Wilshire & Ardmore)

* Arlene Inoueye – United Teachers of Los Angeles (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Immanuel Presbytarian Church (3300 Wilshire Blvd, in front of and representing Immanuel Presbytarian Church)

* Barbie Ishida (Wilshire & Vermont, right next to Red Line)

* Richard Kamei, President AFT Local 2276, Glendale College Guild (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Saran Kirschbaum (Wilshire & Normandie)

* KPFK Pacifica Radio LA 90.7 FM, SB 98.7, SD 93.7 (Wilshire & Vermont – our Building Blocks event Media Sponsor!)

* LA Jew for Peace (Wilshire * Western Metro Plaza)

* Labor/Community Strategy Center (Wilshire, between Catalina & Berendo)

* Scott Laster (Lafayette Park, Wilshire & Commonwealth)

* League of Women Voters – Los Angeles Region (Wilshire & Kenmore)

* Darcy Little (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Los Angeles EcoSocialist Network (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Los Angeles Eco-Village (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Loyola Marymount University – LMU (Wilshire & Westlake)

* Nancy Marin & family (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Martin Luther King Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (NE and SE corners of Wilshire & Western)

* Eisha Mason (Wilshire & Wilton)

* Kevin Mayorga (Wilshire & Wilton)

* Joe McLaughlin (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Leslie Medina (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Kate Lewis – UTLA (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Mission Solidarity (Wilshire & Western, end of Metro line. We are coming by train from the Inland Empire!)

* MOVI – Money Out Voters In (Wilshire & Manhattan)

* Natural Resources Defense Council (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Lance Neckar (Wilshire & Normandie)

* NELA Radical Neighbors for Peace Through Justice (SW Corner of Wilshire &  Mariposa)

* Noelle’s liberal ministry (Wilshire & Berendo)

* Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action (joining the MLK Coalition at Wilshire & Western)

* Occidental Divestment from Fossil Fuels! (Wilshire & Park View)

* Occupy Democracy – Pasadena (Wilshire & Kenmore/Fedora, to support Citizens Climate Lobby)

* Sky Pham (WIlshrie & Anywhere)

* Pierce College Vegan Society (Wilshire & S. Alexandria)

* Planet Experts (NW Corner of Wilshire & Catalina)

* Matt Polesetsky (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Linda Pollari (Wilshire & Western)

* Linda Ilene Pollari (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Progressive Christians Uniting (Wilshire & Lafayette Park)

* Rose Puntillo (Wilshire & Vermont)

* The Reding Group (Wilshire & Virgil)

* Reneeheatherly (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Revolution Books LA (Wilshire & Wilton)

* A. Riggle (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Philip Rojc (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Michael Rotcher (Wilshire & Normandie)

* San Fernando Valley Gray Panthers (Wilshire & Ardmore)

* Savetheclimate (Wilshire & Harvard)

* Ted Shatz (Wilshire & Virgil)

* Susan Sherman (WIlshire & Normandie)

* Sierra Club (Wilshire & Normandie)

* Kimberly Sloss (Wilshire & Western, coming in by train from the Inland Empire!)

* So Cal 350, Wilder Utopia, Wild Heritage Planners (Lafayette Park, Wilshire & Benton)

* Socialist Party Los Angeles Local (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Socialist Party USA (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Solidarity (Wilshire, between Vermont & Berendo)

* Southern California Communist Party USA (Wilshire & St. Andrews Place)

* Southern California Pachamama Alliance (Wilshire & Kenmore)

* Edda Spielmann – Sierra Club  (Wilshire & Normandie)

* The Straight Edge International Brigade (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Jennifer Suh (Wilshire & Park View)

* Tar Sands Action So Cal (Lafayette Park)

* The. Medbury (Wilshire & Hobart)

* Robin Thorne (Wilshire & Wilton)

* Transition Towns of Greater Los Angeles (Wilshire & Western)

* Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach (Wilshire, across from Lafayette Park)

* Unitarian Universalist Standing of the Side of Love (Wilshire & Ardmore)

* United Earthlings at the Climate March (Wilshire & S. Alexandria)

* United Teachers of Los Angeles – UTLA (Wilshire & Berendo)

* van deshields (Wilshire & Western)

* Denise Van Zago (Wilshire & Alvarado)

* Viridis Graduate Institute: International School of Ecopsychology (Wilshire & Alvarado — MacArthur Park area)

* Nicholas Walrath (Wilshire & Vermont)

* Whittier Area Environmental Coalition (3300 Wilshire, at Berendo, in front of Immanuel Presbytarian Church)

* Whittier Area Peace & Justice Coalition (Endorse Building Blocks Against Climate Change Southern California Climate Demonstration, and in solidarity with the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition, 3300 Wilshire, at Berendo, in front of Immanuel Presbytarian Church)

* Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council (Wilshire & Vermont)

* wisewordsmankas (Wilshire at MacArthur Park)

* Rasheelle Zelaznik (Wilshire & Gramvery)

* Mark Zimoski (Wilshire & Vermont)

 

Additional Endorsers of event to date:

* AFSCME Retiree Chapter 36

* AFT Local 2276, Glendale College Guild

* Ed Pearl, The Ash Grove

* Electronic Music Alliance

* Frank Dorrel, Addicted to War

* International Marxist-Humanist Organization, West Coast

* Jewish Labor Committee, Western Region

* David Klein

* Miss R*EVOLutionaries

* Patrick Morgan

* Dennis E. Sanders

* San Gabriel Neighbors for Peace & Justice

* School of the Americas Watch

* Steve Weatherwax

* William C. Velasquez Institute