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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- shorter version

Local Futures offers a free 19-minute abridged version  of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. It "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

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March 16, 2020

Civil disobedience in the time of climate crisis

Editorial by Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Patricia L. Hynes

Wendell State Forest Alliance members and supporters after court appearance,
Feb. 28, 2020, Orange, MA

Civil disobedience in the time of climate crisis


March 11, 2020 in the Greenfield Recorder

"On Thursday, Feb. 27 of this year, a Portland, Ore. jury refused to convict the so-called Zenith Five — activists fighting for a “habitable future” — for blockading a train track used by Zenith Energy Corporation to transport crude oil. Their blockade consisted of building a garden over the rail line making it impassable for the transport train. Their defense: they were justified in breaking the law on behalf of the planetary climate crisis. Five of six jurors voted to acquit them.

The next day 16 members of the Wendell State Forest Alliance (and supporters) gathered in Orange Municipal Court for closing arguments on why their trespassing to prevent state-supported logging in the Wendell state forest was necessary and justifiable. The judge will likely render his decision in May. “Social change happens by having people who … make sacrifices to bring critical issues to the attention of a larger public,” explained their lawyer, Luke Ryan." ...

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