* 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:
- 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.)
- 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!
- 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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To view participants to date, click on map “bubbles,” or check the list below.
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)