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ACTION ALERTS 

1)  End fossil fuel use in your city

Stand.earth is campaigning to demand that local officials be accountable to residents to make buildings greener, that is, all electric. Reach local officials in your area through this link: Stand Earth Campaign

2) The banks just can’t seem to help it!

LNG (liquified natural gas) projects produce methane, which is more than 80 times more destructive than CO2 in the first 20 years of its release. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), is targeting the banks that underwrite these dangerous, climate-destroying projects. Two new facilities are being planned for Brownsville, Texas by the Rio Grande LNG & Texas LNG companies. According to the Pew Research Center, 89% of the population of Brownsville is Mexican and Puerto Rican. The town is also one of the poorest in the U.S.  36% of the residents live below the poverty line. Join Rainforest Action Network in petitioning the banks to pull their funds.

3) Promises matter

Remember COP26 when many countries and institutions signed agreements to stop new financing of fossil fuels? Guess who’s not coming through? The US, Germany, Italy and Canada. Step up with Oil Change International in demanding governments meet their pledges. 

4) Stop oil companies from repealing the neighborhood drilling setback!

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After a massive statewide struggle led by people in the most polluted frontline communities, California finally passed a law banning new permits for oil and gas drilling within 3.200 feet of homes, schools, and hospitals.  So Big Oil is spending some of their excess profits (from overcharging at the pump) on circulating a petition to put a measure on the ballot that would repeal this new law. If they get enough signatures to do that, enforcement of the new law will stop until the November 2024 election. We can’t let them get away with it.  Tell your friends, family, and neighbors:  Do not sign Big Oil’s scam petition!

5. Reduce pollution from cars and trucks on highways

Cars and trucks contribute 27% of CO2 pollution in the US. The Senate is now considering whether to support the Department of Transportation’s new greenhouse gas emissions rule to measure, report, and reduce pollution on our nation’s highways. Tell your senators to vote YES
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-your-senators-to-sign-on-in-support-of-the-greenhouse-gas-emissions-rule-now
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Attention: Grandmothers who are constituents    
          of Ro Khanna:                                                            

(Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Newark, the majority of Fremont, and the northernmost and westernmost parts of San Jose — check www.census.gov/mycd) :

Please join the 1000 Grandmothers Legislative Working Group in a meeting with Congressmember Ro Khanna’s staff to present our ideas for a pro-climate coalition of legislators and discuss other climate crisis concerns. Hearing from constituents is powerful! If you can join, please RSVP to Susan Penner, susanpennerbybay@gmail.com with “grandmother” in the subject line.




GRANDMOTHERS KEEP SHOWING UP

2022 ELECTIONS:  Thank you Grandmas!!  ...whew...
We can feel very proud of the role we played in stopping the “red wave.” Grandmothers really stepped up, writing thousands of letters, postcards and texts,


as well as making hundreds of calls to voters in key states.

Some of us went to Nevada to contact voters personally with Third Act and/or Seed the Vote.

  
Grandmother Julie Twitchell greeted Halloween visitors with an Altar to Voting rights pioneers 

  
 And got a writeup in the Daily Cal:
https://www.dailycal.org/2022/10/27/1000-grandmothers-builds-altar-commemorating-voting-rights-pioneers

We have one more important race to go. If you would like ideas for how to contribute to a Warnock win in Georgia, email Robin or Carol. Time is short!
Robin: rbaker@berkeley.edu
Carol: carolahoffman@gmail.com

***Announcement Announcement Announcement***
Saturday 11/19 11:00-1:30. In Person Gathering in Berkeley to celebrate election victories and write letters/postcards to Georgia. More info: carolrothman@gmail.com

On Friday Nov 11  At Save West Berkeley Shellmound Street Painting touch- up event Grandmothers helped block off the street.



YVA Action in SF Thursday Nov 10 brought together hundreds of marching youth as part of Global Climate Strike. Made stops at military recruitment center and Lockheed highlighting military’s heavy contribution to Climate emergency. Grandmothers supported with food, marshaling, and Grandmother  Mishwa Lee spoke at the rally .
     



HAVE YOU HEARD?

  1. All talk, no action? COP27, the annual 2-week global conference to address climate change, began on November 6. A general perception prevails among many activists that every year CEOs, governments, civil society, and others agree to reduce fossil fuels, but those in power never take action to implement the agreements. We believe that:
    •    Making countries and corporations accountable for specific actions to rapidly phase out fossil fuels is necessary; and
    •    Global justice means the rich countries that cause most of the GHG emissions must transfer resources to the poor countries suffering the worst effects.   Here are some resources with different perspectives: 
     
    1. New analytical report on climate finance prepared for COP27 by the Environmental Network: https://www.ienearth.org/climatefinance/ finance/
    2. A coalition of African and Arab NGOs, youth activists, etc. ga to demand different model of development and hold COP27 power players accountable: https://www.cop27coalition.org/about-
    3. Greta Thunberg’s take on COP27’s greenwashing and  why she’s not attending
    4.  “Greenwashing a Police State,” Naomi Klein’s in-depth analysis of the inter-relationship between climate justice and human rights.  Long but worth it. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/18/greenwashing-police-state-egypt-cop27 masquerade-naomi-klein-climate-crisis

2.     Do you or someone you know have retirement funds in TIAA? On October 19, more than 300 hundred academics, medical professionals, educators and researchers filed a formal complaint with the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investing Group PRI, against their own retirement fund, TIAA, and its investment arm Nuveen. They charged that TIAA is violating the six Principles for Responsible Investment, which it claims to follow, by investing 80 billion in fossil fuels and deforestation. The signatories, which include Bill McKibben, Michael Mann, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Amitav Ghosh, were enabled by TIAADivest!! and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). ReutersUS News & World Report; and Responsible Investor, among others, covered the story.  

If you are a TIAA client, please consider joining 500 others...sign on to PRI complaint against TIAA

3.    The growing right-wing movement against responsible investing. Last month we reported that 19 state attorneys general wrote a letter to the BlackRock investment company protesting its (so far mostly verbal) commitment to transition from fossil fuels. Turns out this is only one part of a larger movement to make it illegal for corporations to follow environmentally and socially conscious investing principles (ESG). The anti-ESG or the "anti-woke capitalism” movement says companies are prioritizing “left-wing” goals over the financial interests of businesses and their employees, and should be prevented by law from doing so. The idea of socially and environmentally responsible investment (aka “impact investing”) goes back at least to the 1960s and some would argue the 18th century.  That conservative businesses are pressing it through their AGs is deeply disturbing and the idea of actually making it illegal altogether is a frightening step in the wrong direction.

4.    Cities gain court approval to sue oil companies! U.S. District  Judge Williams Alsum of the Ninth Circuit ruled that San Francisco and Oakland can go ahead with their suits originally filed in 2017 to sue oil companies in state court after a 5-year battle to try the suits in federal court.  The cities are suing under California’s law allowing damages for a “public nuisance,” private actions that harm public health.  https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/S-F-Oakland-can-sue-oil-companies-over-climate-17531944.php

RESOURCES

How to Raise Billions in a Climate Crisis is a brand-new video by SumofUs cleverly outlining how bonds have become essential backers of fossil fuels, along with banks. Take 2 minutes to check it out here: https://actions.sumofus.org/a/revealed-what-are-toxic-bonds/akid=113659.12825615.ZqAoPi&rd=1&source=fwd&t=2 
https://actions.sumofus.org/a/total-greenwash?source=campaigns



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Grandma Says/Solnit Says 
-(Selected words from Rebecca Solnit's speech to canvassers at Reno Third Act Rally )

"One of the things that’s great about older people is that we know the world can change profoundly - it has again and again… the world I was born into no longer exists.  The world we live in now, even from 50 years ago, was utterly inconceivable ... (50 years ago) There wasn’t even language to talk about the environment…there wasn’t an environmental awareness.  I remember my mother putting a little lighter fluid on our garbage and incinerating it in the backyard, I remember everyone smoking in the car with the windows rolled up with the little kids in it.  I remember the lead paint and the lead gas and the impact.  I remember the pesticides…
We know we live in an impossible world.  Marriage equality was inconceivable in the world that we were born into.  By that I mean not just the equal right to marry for same sex couples, but equality within marriage, because marriage, in the world I was born into, was a hierarchical structure in which husbands were bosses and women surrendered their authority.  And people didn’t really think that was going to change.  But it changed…
All you silver-haired people remember when to be gay and lesbian … was to be treated as mentally ill or criminal or both.  As we can look back 50 years -- I feel like we can start looking forward 50 years….We know it’s going to be an unimaginable world in a lot of ways. We know that people who are young now are going to say, ‘when I was young nobody thought we could leave the age of fossil fuel behind, nobody thought it could be so different…’. 
E.L. Doctorow once said, ‘writing is like driving home in the dark.  You can only see as far as your headlights.  But that’s good enough to get you all the way home’.  We can’t see the world 50 years from now, but we can try and choose a route in which the most people survive, the most places survive, the most rights survive, the most qualities survive, the most beauty survives, the most justice survives.  That’s the task we have before us.  And it’s incredibly hard, but it is also incredibly exciting and full of possibility … because what the climate crisis demands of us, just like the crisis in American politics, is that we make a better world; we make a more equitable world, we make a world in which we further dissolve the hierarchies that have been breaking down these 60 years, we make a world with decentralized power, we make a world in which (we end) both the political poison of fossil fuel as it corrupts global politics and the literal poisons …
 A wonderful Spanish poet Antonio Machado said,
‘walk where there is no path.  The path is made by walking.’  
We don’t know how to get where we need to go.  We don’t know if we will get there, but we know that doing nothing is the one thing that guarantees we won’t.  This is one of the gifts of being older. We already live in that future, that unimaginable future of 1972--which should give us confidence that, without knowing what 2072 will be like, we can give our hearts and minds and skills, as well as our checkbooks, to building the best 2072 imaginable. 
We’ve seen examples before, of people who changed the world.  You don’t get to build the whole cathedral, but you have a stone to lay that will build one of the walls.  You have a piece of glass that will be one of the windows.  We all have something to do to build this cathedral of possibility, this cathedral of hope, this cathedral of justice. And there’s no better work to do - so 
let’s do it."





PUZZLING OVER “FALSE SOLUTIONS”Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
 A new California law sets up a process for the state to license “carbon capture and storage” projects –regarded by many as a false solution to the climate crisis. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects install equipment that captures carbon dioxide as it is emitted by industry. They compress the CO2 and store it underground, so less goes into the atmosphere. Here’s a brief summary of some of the problems:

  1. Storage (CCS)
     A new California law sets up a process for the state to license “carbon capture and storage” projects –regarded by many as a false solution to the climate crisis. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects install equipment that captures carbon dioxide as it is emitted by industry. They compress the CO2 and store it underground, so less goes into the atmosphere. Here’s a brief summary of some of the problems:
  2. CCS operations fail to meet their targets for how much they say they will absorb (never 100%) Many projects failed and were abandoned before they even started operating (after receiving millions in federal subsidies). 
  3. CCS installations require significantly more energy, adding both CO2 and local pollution to frontline communities, increasing environmental injustice.
  4. Overall, CCS projects have been “net CO2 additive,” according to a review of research published in 2020. That’s because 
    1. Calculations of their impact fail to consider the whole supplychain: CO2 emissions from mining, transporting, and burning the additional fuel they require, as well as methane leak from oil drilling and fossil gas used as fuel
    2. A large majority (estimated at 75 – 90%) of the
      captured and compressed CO2 is injected into tired oil fields to increase their output ("enhanced oil recovery"). Burning the oil produces more CO2.
  5. The problem of scale     
     a.    “The amount of CO2 being captured and stored currently is inconsequential in relation to the excess concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere,” according to the review article. Maybe it would be possible to work out the technical problems and scale up, but that  would take years and years – time we don’t have.
       b.    Currently the world emits about 35 gigatons (gT) of CO2 a year.  The pipeline capacity needed to transport 1 gT of compressed CO2 would be greater than the current amount used for oil. 
  6. Overall, CCS projects have been “net CO2 additive,” according to a review of research published in 2020. That’s because       
    a.  Calculations of their impact fail to consider the whole supplychain: CO2 emissions from mining, transporting, and burning the additional fuel they require, as well as methane leak from oil drilling and fossil gas used as fuel
       b.  A large majority (estimated at 75 – 90%) of the
      captured and compressed CO2 is injected into tired oil
       fields to increase their output ("enhanced oil recovery").
       Burning the oil produces more CO2.
7. Transporting and storing compressed CO2 creates additional dangers.
        a.   Pipelines transporting compressed CO2 can leak.  In
              2020 a compressed CO2 pipeline exploded in Sataria,
              MI.   Because CO2  is heavier than oxygen, it               
              concentrates near the ground, so people  started to 
              asphyxiate. Many collapsed; many reported continuing 
              symptoms for months.  
        b.    Compressed CO2 stored underground could leak and
               contaminated groundwater.
8.     CCS uses resources that should be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as investments in accessible, convenient electric public transportation.  The federal government has already invested more than $1B in CCS projects.
9.     CCS is promoted by fossil fuel companies as an excuse to continue burning fossil fuel.

 Here are a few great resources on the problems with Carbon Capture and Storage: Carbon Capture Has a Long History. Of Failure.  Assessing Carbon Capture: Public Policy, Science, and Societal Need (research review article)
Carboncapturefacts.org
Carbon Capture and Storage: Honest Government Ad  (satirical video highly recommended)

FALSE SOLUTIONS series will be continued in next month's newsletter



BOOK RECOMMENDATION
 
We Are Still Here!  Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, 
by Traci Sorell.
I just discovered this wonderful illustrated children's book.  If you are looking for a special holiday gift for grandchildren, this might be it.  Even adults have much to learn from this book!  Here's the conceit: "It's Indigenous Peoples' Day Presentation Night at school.  Twelve Native American kids from various tribes present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each ending with the refrain: We are still here!"  The kids' reports each address an issue such as Assimilation, Allotment, Indian New Deal, Termination, Relocation, Tribal Activism, Language Revival, Sovereign Resurgence, etc.  It is very well done! 

— Pamela White



1000 GRANDMOTHERS WORK: Our INSIDE STORY

Coordinating Committee
The CC has been focused on elections and strategy discussions.  We will continue to talk about this in our next newsletters.  

We also shared a brunch in Berkeley, with Madonna Thunderhawk and MabelAnn Eaglehunter from our sister/Grandmothers group from Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.
        
  

We all felt grateful to experience our growing personal and organizational relationships.  And, some members of our newest 1000 Grandmothers circle (Redwood Circle) enjoyed meeting Madonna and Mabelann for the first time.  We got to hear and be inspired (and proud for our support for) the Cheyenne River Grandmothers group's amazing organizing to prevent the taking of Native children from families on the reservation - which is still happening today!
We were inspired by the awesome, effective organizing the Lakota
Grandmothers have been doing to prevent the kidnapping and abuse of
Indigenous children in the South Dakota Child Welfare System. They are
working to set up a Child Welfare Department on the Cheyenne reservation itself, to enable the community to institute new culturally appropriate policies, criteria, and opportunities, which will preserve andsupport Native children’s families and secure the wellbeing of everyone onthe reservation.
The inspiring discussion was punctuated by some health crises that were gratefully resolved relatively quickly, and followed up with humor about disability and mortality, that only a group of elder activist women could fully appreciate.  What a joy to laugh and laugh and laugh together.
  

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San Francisco Circle

With Katrina's leadership, we are planning a SF GrandMothers puppet. It will be beautiful and full of GM spirit, strength and beauty. 

Our newest member, Jo, attended the Four Winds Autumnal Equinox Gathering hosted by the Ponca Tribe in Arizona. She was profoundly moved by the hospitality (organizers drove 200 miles round trip to pick her up,) the depth of spirituality and how that guides activism. The Ponca are the first people in the US to pass the Rights of Nature granting legal rights to rivers etc.  The next indigenous equinox gathering will be in March 2023.

We joined many Grandmothers at the protest against Manchin's drilling deal at the offices of Feinstein and Pelosi.

We happily attended an awards ceremony sponsored by 350 SF at which three of our supervisors were thanked for their work on Climate Change.

We have been attending meetings at City Hall concerning the much delayed cleanup of the BayView Hunters Point Shipyard, a superfund site. A Grand Jury report and recommendations were finally approved by the Board of Supervisors and sent to the mayor. We will continue to push the mayor to fund the recommendations.

We have begun discussing the 1000 GM Statement of Principles which has led to conversations of depth and reflection.

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The Redwood Circle
formed a while ago as the East Bay Circle, but we have now chosen the name Redwood Circle, because other circles are forming in the East Bay. So far, we’ve mainly been getting to know each other and starting the conversation about what we would like to do together. It’s been good! 

NVDA
The NVDA Working group met Tuesday November 15.
Following up from our last meeting, Agenda included a discussion of the frameworks behind the words "Protection" vs."Protest.” Jane Perry led this discussion.



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