Members and Friends of North Bridge Alliance for Democracy,
Many emails distorted the earlier announcement sent out regarding the
upcoming showing in Concord. Here is a simple text version.
North Bridge members and Friends,
We wanted to let you know that Bill Moyers will be interviewing Dennis
Kucinich and Ron Paul on his Bill Moyers Journal this Friday evening on
Ch 2 at 9 pm and Sunday on Ch 44 at 11 am.
The full list of airdates for Kucinich/Paul program can
be found at:
Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul will appear
together on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS this Friday, January 4 at 6 pm
Pacific Time. Check local listings.
These are our darkest days.
Dennis Kucinich is the only candidate that offers
Listen to his PBS Newshour interview at
Watch the interview at
EXCLUSIVE FILM SHOWING & DISCUSSION
Tom Jackson, director and
Ross Gelbspan, renowned climate crisis
journalist and author
OUT OF BALANCE:
Exxon Mobil's Impact on Climate Change
NOV. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Harvey Wheeler Community Center
1276 Main Street, West Concord
(corner of Main and Church Streets)
The Earth's climate has been pushed
dangerously "out of balance" by reliance on fossil fuels. This film
depicts the powerful influence on national energy and environmental
policy wielded by ExxonMobil, but also offers hope about what we can do.
Please join the First
Parish of Concord Green Sanctuary Committee and North Bridge Alliance
for Democracy as they sponsor this provocative showing and discussion.
For information please call (978) 369-1181.
Hi North Bridge members and
holding a followup this Tuesday evening to the Out of Balance film
we showed in Concord recently . The purpose is to brainstorm on specific actions we
might take. See the agenda and actions recommended by Tom Jackson and
Ross Gelbspan, discussion leaders at the showing, below. Hope to see
I have also
attached the article we submitted to the Concord Journal
covering the showing and discussion which was printed this week,
Bridge Alliance Meeting
December 18, 2007 7:30 pm
Harvey Wheeler Community Center
1276 Main Street (corner of Main and Church)
- Discussion of actions
we might take as a follow-up to the recent Out of Balance film
showing in Concord. (See attached list of action suggestions made by
the film’s director Tom Jackson and climate crisis author and
journalist Ross Gelbspan.)
- Discussion of other
projects we might take up or films we might show in the new year. Bring
suggestions for either actions or films.
- Decide on permanent
location and dates for next year’s meetings. **Note: if you have
a preference for a date or locations but can’t make this meeting,
please let us know by responding to this email.
- Announcements, other
Actions to Combat Corp Impact on State and National Global Warming
During the discussion Gelbspan defined the crux of the problem and
possible solutions. ExxonMobil’s power “really goes beyond the issue of
global warming to the issue that we’re living in a corporate state.”
Voters have no access to government and no power as citizens. “We’re
living under the rule of corporations who are immune to the political
process. Exxon is a very graphic example.” If a congressperson takes
a forceful stand against the oil and coal industries advocating the
shifting of government subsidies away from fossil fuels to alternative
energy technology, industry groups simply fund an opponent, and they
have the money to do so.
· That’s why it’s crucial to get the money out of politics
through public campaign financing, Gelbspan added.
Tom Jackson recommended:
· Boycotting ExxonMobil products and stock
· Asking local gas stations to use other sources for their
· Boycotting American auto companies who are bowing to pressure
from the oil industry in fighting an increase in gasoline efficiency
Gelbspan also recommended:
· Querying candidates on their energy policy and on their stand
on rejoining the Kyoto agreement
· Doing some research to see which candidates are getting the
most money from the energy industry. Use Greenpeace’s website,
· Publicize our findings with articles in local papers on the two
· Put pressure on the media to report on global warming at least
three times a week
· Let your congresspersons know you want them to transfer
subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energy
· Create a fund to transfer clean energy to developing counties
· While making changes in individual energy use is good, “there
has to be political change” as well. Change your light bulbs, ride your
bike, take public transportation, but whatever you do, tell 100
people why you’re doing it—you’ll lay the groundwork for the political
change we need.”
Additional Issues here in state:
· Research what is happening here in testing gasification of
coal, develop a stand on the issue and publicize it
· Show films on coal gasification
· Support Cape Wind
When asked if all of this might take more time than we have
Gelbspan responded “Maybe - some scientists are concerned that the
warming may be taking on its own momentum, independent of human
generated CO2.” But he added that right now, there are lots of people
working on this issue below the radar, “like earthworms.” While it may
look as if little is going on, “rapid social change can erupt as
quickly as rapid climate change.”
We’re in a race against climate catastrophe, but there’s still a chance
that we’ll be able to make the political and technological changes
necessary to preserve the planet.