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PACG Picnic Information

PACG Message to our membership

Are you ready for some R&R? Then you must have marked this coming Saturday, September 13, 12-3, on your calendar. We’ll be at Garfield Park in Davenport, 1224 E. 29 St. Here’s a link to a park map:

cityofdavenportiowa.com/egov/docs/parkmap.pdf

We’ll be in the shelter next to the Collins House.

We still need volunteers and pie donors (see info in last week’s e-mail–below).

We also hope you’ll use this link to send the flyer to individuals and organizations that you think would like to join us:

PACG Picnc flyer 2014

See you on Saturday!

Karen Metcalf
karencadfael@aol.com

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Great March for Climate Action Rally After Action Report

PACG Environmental Forum
LeClaire Park, Davenport

Great March for Climate Action
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Cheers and jeers

There are many, many people to thank for the warm and open-hearted welcome that the Climate Marchers received on August 24 when they trod their way into the Quad Cities; our community was but one stop of many on their mission to walk coast to coast to raise awareness of the deepening climate crisis.

The good news is that members of the PACG Environmental Forum were able to solicit dozens of volunteers and organizations to provide lodging, food, transportation, speaking venues, a lunch and a rally, and finally, an early morning send off, all of which we hope served to make the Marchers’ stay both productive and memorable.  Special thanks go to Alice Traylor and Anne Corbi, whose hard work and organizational skills made all of this possible.

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We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the other volunteers and organizations that helped. We also want to let everyone know that, along with many good memories that the marchers took with them, they also took about $2,200 in donations, which helped get them to Chicago. In addition, thanks to those of you who reached out to individual marchers to help them with personal needs like shoes and clothing.  We can indeed be thankful that we live in such a generous and kind community.

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The bad news, for me, is that even though we had a nice turn-out (150 or so) for the rally on a blistering hot day, the baseball stadium next to us had a game at the same time with perhaps three or four thousand people in attendance.  Why do I say this is bad news?

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Because time is running out! The warnings from our scientists become more dire and urgent by the day. We do not have hundreds of years or even decades to take meaningful action on climate change. Those thousands at the ball park who believed that they were being responsible parents by taking their kids out to a great family pastime must be made to understand that while they go about their daily routines, the future is being stolen from their children. And it is becoming clearer by the minute that this may include the very survival of the people they love the most. Neither in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of any human being that has ever lived, has anything posed such a clear threat to our survival–not nuclear weapons, not pandemics, not meteor strikes–and here’s the deal: the laws of physics do not care what your political or philosophical beliefs are.  If we continue to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the planet will warm past the point of being able to sustain life. It really is that simple.

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Join us!

Bill Sherwood
PACG Environmental Forum Facilitator
563-271-0234
Amcclus406@msn.com

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Update on Picnic Planning

PACG Message to our membership

The Second Annual PACG picnic is fast approaching–Saturday, September 13, 12-3 PM, in Garfield Park in Davenport.  If you haven’t yet read the information from last week’s newsletter (see below), please check it out–and then send in your ticket money.  I promise you that $10 is a bargain price for all the good food, entertainment, information, and fellowship that we have in store.

Just a few updates to share this week:

First, we are very fortunate to have Toby Paone from the Iowa State Education Association as our main speaker.  He will be helping us understand some of the key issues facing public education these days.  The board is hoping that his remarks will spur ACTION from some folks in PACG.

Second, there have been questions about whether we will have a repeat of last year’s successful (and yummy!) pie auction. The answer is: YES, YES, YES.  If you would like to donate a pie, please call Alta Price at 563-505-2996 and she will add you to the list.

Finally, we are looking for volunteers to help with tasks such as making a few phone calls, or set-up, and clean-up.  While not very exciting, these are all essential to making this a successful event for everyone.  If you can help, please e-mail Caryn Unsicker, ibcaryn@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you on Sept. 13!

Karen Metcalf

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Quad Cities Coalition for Democracy Responds to SCOTUS decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC

On Wednesday, April 2014, local citizens held a press conference in protest of the SCOTUS decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC.  This response was part of a nation-wide action. More than 130 other events across the country are also planned, including rallies in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Waterloo in Iowa, and across the nation in many more cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Seattle.

The ruling says, among other things, that individuals can donate the maximum individual limit to an unlimited number of candidates; in other words, there is no aggregate cap on campaign donations made by individuals to candidates.

This ruling greatly expands the undue influence of wealthy individuals in our election process. As Supreme Court Justice Breyer stated in his dissenting opinion, “Today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

Senator John McCain, a long-time supporter of campaign finance laws, said in response to today’s decision, “”I am concerned that today’s ruling may represent the latest step in an effort by a majority of the Court to dismantle entirely the longstanding structure of campaign finance law erected to limit the undue influence of special interests on American politics. I predict that as a result of recent Court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again.”

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Link to SCOTUS Decision:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf

LINK to Iowans For Democracy: http://ia4democracy.org/

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Healthcare “Die In” Rock Island March 11, 2010

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