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  •  Environmentalist David Suzuki letter & talk (6+ / 0-)

    a talk by David at Case Western Univ after receiving an award for Ethics

    start at minute 23 for introduction and then David's speech

    One thing I recall was his statement that we are going down the highway at 120 mph and in the trunk - the understanding and activity level of environmental

    David is 77 years old. He led and participated in several actions to preserve wildlife and the environment. He said that his life work has been a failure. (Spent over 30 years running a Canadian TV series about the environment) He said that it has been a failure BECAUSE the public had not understand the issue and responded to force politicians and company to live in harmony with the environment.

    here is the letter David sent out today. I don't see it on the web page yet, so I am copying it here.

    He lived to see his dreams come true

    Dear Don,

    No one in my lifetime thought so deeply about the issues that mattered to him like Nelson Mandela did—and then lived his beliefs. To have survived with his dignity and mind intact after spending 27 of his best years in brutal conditions at Robben Island and other prisons is a tribute to an amazing man. I cannot imagine anyone else who, upon gaining freedom, would not have sought revenge on his oppressors. Yet he forgave and sought unity.

    Although racism was particularly bad in South Africa throughout Mandela’s struggle for equality, it has been widespread throughout the world, including in my own country. During my early childhood, First Nations people in Canada faced conditions similar to apartheid. In many places, including B.C., they were barred from staying in most hotels, refused service in restaurants and forced to sit in designated sections of theatres. Those on reserves were not allowed to vote until 1960.

    I felt the sting of Canada’s racist policies when the government took all my family’s possessions and exiled us to an internment camp in the B.C. Interior after invoking the War Measures Act in 1942—just because my grandparents came from Japan. My parents were born and raised here.

    Canada boasts of its high ideals of democracy and all the rights guaranteed by its Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but many have been hard won—rights of visible minorities to vote, own property, attend university or even drink in a pub. Homosexuality was against the law until 1969 and same-sex marriage only recently recognized.

    Nelson Mandela was an inspiring leader not only to the people of South Africa, but to anyone seeking justice and equality anywhere. His compassion, endurance, strength and ability to forgive after such harsh treatment at the hands of his government are an example to us all.

    The struggle for justice continues around the world—even here in Canada, despite the gains we have made over the years. As David Suzuki Foundation scientist Faisal Moola, whose parents were members of Mandela’s African National Congress, recently wrote, “His death reminds us that we need to carry forward the struggle against injustice wherever it is found, including here in Canada where close to half of all aboriginal children live below the poverty line, and the dream of reconciliation with indigenous peoples remains unrealized as long as governments refuse to honour treaties and international agreements to protect indigenous rights.”

    I am grateful to Nelson Mandela. He showed us what we are capable of, while setting an exceedingly high bar. His reward was to have lived to see his dreams come true.

    Signature: David Suzuki

    David Suzuki
    Co-founder, volunteer, donor,
    David Suzuki Foundation

    •  Beautiful thoughts in that letter, but don't (2+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, Another Grizzle

      think Suzuki has been a 'failure.'  One of the downsides of not watching TV like we do is missing some of the great programming from Suzuki and others....
      Thanks very much for sharing this, Don midwest.

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 06:58:34 AM PST

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      •  use of word "failure" shock value (3+ / 0-)

        about the importance of education

        now that the press and educational system and courts and legislatures and on and on

        have been taken over and directed in the service of the Economic Royalists,

        something like educating the public

        is truly radical

        when it involves going against the Economic Royalists

        the head of the NY Times IT department physically brought storage devices of Snodwen documents into the US and he thought that he was risking his life by doing that.

        environmentalists have been called, and are being treated as terrorists at times

        this and other examples, relate to the world "failure" in the context of a global coup d'etat and what is needed to combat it.

        to slow down the destruction of the earth

        •  Got it, great comment. The momentum is building (4+ / 0-)

          Did you see this?

          National Day of Action for Public Education is Just the Start of Something Big

          Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, cited today's events marking a National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: Our Schools, Our Solutions as the beginning of an important movement taking hold in neighborhoods across the United States.

          Today’s National Day of Action is the largest coordinated action to reclaim the promise of public education in recent memory, Weingarten said. "Parents, teachers, students and community members are taking part in the Day of Action because they know that the market-based ideologies of privatization, austerity, division and competition are failing our children. They want to reclaim our schools and improve public education for all," said the AFT leader.

          Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

          by divineorder on Thu Dec 12, 2013 at 07:43:55 AM PST

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          •  saw it and forwarded it to policy person (3+ / 0-)

            friend involved with policy in state of OH and I send things to him

            about time for an uprising

            when teachers are treated as scum, or worse - called terrorists by W Bush Scty of Ed years ago -- know that the Economic Royalty has won the day

            There are profound social science issues involved in education including issues of democracy and morality.

            The reduction of education to measurements has been a disaster but it fits the decline of our empire and the destruction of public spaces and public services - which Thom Hartmann points out reduced the power of the Economic Royalists. This is in his new book The Crash of 2016

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