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How will you handle Trump’s #SOTU? Here is a #climate leaders’ approach

January 16th, 2018 · No Comments

On 31 January, Trump will mouth a State of the Union speech. Expect — if he doesn’t go off script too much — that much of the traditional media (The Village) will gush about how he stayed on message, that maybe this is a new Trump, that …

Bluntly, it is revolting to consider that a man who should be yelling at the TV in his underwear eating McDonald’s food with wrappers on the floor around him in a retirement home treating him for developing dementia is, instead, the one to be yelled at when he is on TV.

For me, I dealt with this conundrum, in 2018, by volunteering to be a judge in a High School science fair: give a little back to the community rather than have my blood pressure rising to dangerous levels live tweeting an event that, well, is one of the millions of things of the Trump/GOP kakistocracy* that simply shouldn’t be occurring.

I made that commitment before learning of something perhaps more appropriate … a DC event to educate and mobilize on climate.  Here is that climate event at George Washington University, in DC, as ‘response’ to Trump’s State of the Union.

Wednesday January 31, 2018 8:00 PM
After Trump’s first State of the Union, join us for Fossil Free Fast:

The Climate Resistance. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP, and many more will deliver the state of the climate movement.

They will share stories on the urgency of the current political and climate crisis, and how we can resist the Trump Administration’s attacks on our climate.

This truly does sound like a worthwhile event to attend and pay attention — something far better than listening to pundits wax rhapsodically over Trump’s oratory.

* Kakistocracy: A key term to know. One of the very few ‘pleasures’ and benefits of the Trump presidency is learning new language and terms to capture what is going on.

: Word of next four years? kak·is·toc·ra·cies. Govt. by least qualified/most unprincipled citizens.

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