With Major Party Backing, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey Unveil Green New Deal Outlining ‘WWII Scale Transformation’

With Major Party Backing, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey Unveil Green New Deal Outlining ‘WWII Scale Transformation’

“The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation’s biggest crises—climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality.”

By: Jake Johnson

In a path-breaking effort to map out a plan that would transition the American energy system to 100 percent renewable energy while creating millions of jobs in the process, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Thursday unveiled a Green New Deal resolution with the goal of boldly confronting “the existential threat posed by climate change.”

“It’s time for our leaders to join the center of energy in the Democratic Party and prioritize our planet and its people over the profits of fossil fuel billionaires.”
—Alexandra Rojas, Justice Democrats

With the early support of at least 60 House Democrats and major 2020 Democratic presidential contenders—including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.)—the resolutions calls for a “national mobilization” to build “resiliency against climate change-related disasters” and “achieve 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” within the next ten years.

“This resolution outlines a plan to launch a WWII scale transformation of our economy, including a just transition for workers and frontline communities, and moving to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2030,” declared the youth-led Sunrise Movement, which launched a petition calling on members of Congress to back the measure.

BREAKING: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and I are launching our #GreenNewDeal resolution. Our plan is for a 10-year national mobilization to radically transform the American economy and fight climate change. WATCH LIVE:

Posted by Senator Edward J. Markey on Thursday, February 7, 2019

“This is a huge step,” 350.org wrote on Twitter. “For too long, legislation has failed to live up to the scale of the climate crisis. Not anymore. Now, it’s time to come together and fight to make the strongest possible Green New Deal a reality. The climate can’t afford anything less.”

Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, celebrated the Green New Deal plan as “an earthquake in the Democratic Party” that represents “the most serious solution to rewrite America’s social contract and stave off climate disaster.”

“Any Democrat running for president who wants to be taken seriously on climate and economic policy needs to back Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution,” Rojas said in a statement. “The Green New Deal offers a positive solution to match the scale of our nation’s biggest crises—climate change, structural racism, and skyrocketing inequality. It’s time for our leaders to join the center of energy in the Democratic Party and prioritize our planet and its people over the profits of fossil fuel billionaires.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s Green New Deal resolutions come after months of relentless grassroots organizing and mass protests spearheaded by the Sunrise Movement and other national green groups, which are continuing to pressure members of Congress to back climate solutions in line with the dire predictions of the scientific community.

As Vox‘s David Roberts notes, “the progressive movement has, in rather short order, thrust into mainstream U.S. politics a program to address climate change that is wildly more ambitious than anything the Democratic Party was talking about even two years ago.”

“It’s up to the grassroots to keep pushing at every step of this fight for an expansive vision that ends our fossil fuel addiction and solves the climate crisis.” 
—Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth

“One-hundred percent clean energy, investment in new jobs, and a just transition have gone from activist dreams to the core of the Democratic agenda in the blink of a political eye. There’s a long way to go, but the [Green New Deal] train has come farther, faster than anyone could have predicted.”

While expressing concern that Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s resolutions don’t contain the words “fossil fuels,” David Turnbull—strategic communications director with Oil Change USA—applauded their effort to outline “bold and important proposals that start to reflect the scope and scale of actions that the climate crisis requires.”

“Today’s resolutions mark the start of a new conversation on climate action in the United States that can finally begin,” Turnbull added, “and we look forward to engaging fully to ensure a managed decline of fossil fuel production is a key part of that discussion.”

Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica echoed Turnbull’s concern about the lack of explicit language calling for the end of fossil fuels and said, “It’s up to the grassroots to keep pushing at every step of this fight for an expansive vision that ends our fossil fuel addiction and solves the climate crisis.”

“The Green New Deal is a strong vision for the future, stuck in the politics of today. We enthusiastically endorse the many pieces of the resolution that call for systemic change. But by failing to expressly call for an end of the fossil fuel era, the resolution misses an opportunity to define the scope of the challenge,” Pica concluded. “While incomplete, the resolution is a good first step toward a Green New Deal. “


Source: With Major Party Backing, Ocasio-Cortez and Markey Unveil Green New Deal Outlining ‘WWII Scale Transformation’

Kate Genovese & Marlon Hargis Of Exile Talk To Talking Hendrix

Kate Genovese & Marlon Hargis Of Exile Talk To Talking Hendrix

On Activate Media Radio

By Ed Wroblesk

Kate Genovese is a registered nurse with over thirty years experience in the medical field. She has experience working in the substance abuse field and also with children that have been physically and sexually abused, as well as school nursing. Kate comes to talk with Talking Hendrix host Ed Wrobleski about her recently released book “Hat Tricks From Heaven”.

Kate a Woburn, Massachusetts native Author Publishes Poignant Book Aimed at Helping Families Dealing with Drug Addiction
A Mother’s Story of Joy, Devastation, Loss and Inspiration WOBURN, MA — Most acknowledge the growing drug epidemic in the United States
but never expect it to affect their lives, author Kate Genovese was one of these people
until the day she realized her son was an addict. This was one of the worst days of her life,
but not nearly as bad as the day he died from a drug overdose.
Kate, never one to sit idly by, decided to work through her grief by writing a book to help others dealing with drug addiction. You can tune in this friday night to hear Kate talk about her book, for more information on Kate and other books she has written you can go to her official website below:


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Marlon Hargis

Our second guest Marlon Hargis talks about his band Exile who’s still going 55 years later and loving what they do, you’ll get to hear about how they got their start in 1963 as the house band for Dick Clark’s caravan of stars tours and they backed some of the legendary greats like Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon, The Yardbirds, Del Shannon, Paul Revere and the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay and so many more, plus you’ll get to hear about their current tour and projects theyre working on, all this and more this friday night on Talking Hendrix.

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Seamus Egan & Anthony Briscoe Talks To Talking Hendrix

Seamus Egan & Anthony Briscoe Talks To Talking Hendrix

www.activatemedia.org feb. 1st 7-8 p.m.

By Ed Wrobleski

It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today.

EGAN toured for the first time as a solo artist in 2018 as The Seamus Egan Project, bringing along friends and musical guests, introducing fans to both the entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. 
Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20-year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish music tradition, and beyond.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others. 
As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit,
I Will Remember You ,” and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since. 
As a bandleader, Solas has been the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for the past 20 years, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas, including a collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens on their 2013 album, Shamrock City. 
As a performer, few others can make so many instruments sing or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. 
He’s been able to to meld the breakneck speed and fun of late-night Irish music jams as performed with his friends with a more sensitive feel for complex arrangements and composition that came from Egan’s love of other music genres like jazz, classical, bluegrass or rock.

Egan’s always paid homage to his roots, but he’s thought of these roots less as a heritage and more as a universal language to be shared. 
Which is exactly what he’ll be doing at his upcoming shows on his tour. One of his upcoming performances will be in Scituate, Massachusetts at the River Club Music Hall on February 8th but for more information on where he’s coming to a town near you please check out his official website below along with his facebook, youtube, and his band Solas official website as well below:

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Our Second guest is Anthony Briscoe of Seattle, Washington band Down North see their information below :

Seattle, WA, January 22nd – Down North lead vocalist Anthony Briscoe leans into a song like his life depended on it, a veritable force of nature who channels the spirit of legendary showmen like James Brown, Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke (not to mention arena-rock strutters like David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler). His crack bandmates in the Seattle-based band — guitarist Nick Quiller’s fiery psychedelic blues-rock riffs, drummer Conrad Real’s muscular, balls-to-the-wall pounding and bassist Brandon Storms’ rock-solid slap bottom – create a thoroughly modern hybrid of arena-rock bombast crossed with soul revue danceability. The hefty Briscoe is light on his feet – thanks to years of training in ballet and modern dance.

Down North has just made five songs from its new release, No Retreat, Vol. 1, available for streaming at all major sites. The band also debuts their “Stupid Man” music video which is at once an impassioned response to our current self-motivated political climate and a plea for all to take advantage of their right to vote, as it calls out everyone from rapper Kanye West to former New York City Mayor (and Trump attorney) Rudy Giuliani’s infamous line, “Truth isn’t always truth,” in referring to one of the President’s pronouncements.

“Stupid Man” and its accompanying video is singer/songwriter Anthony Briscoe’s attempt to make sense of our current political climate, and his sense of wonderment at the mass ignorance that allowed the election of Donald Trump, complete with a montage of images over the past two years. Those news clips range from the torch-bearing Charlottesville march to the appearance of their good friend (and fellow music artist) Joy Villa in her pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” Grammy dress, from the Klan’s David Dukes extolling Trump’s virtues to an unnamed voter who calls the President a “loudmouth,” then says he’ll pull the lever for him anyway. “This is a very personal song for me,” says Briscoe, whose stated goal is for people to make their voices heard by exercising their democratic duty. “It’s about people voting on narrow selfish interests based on a single issue. Has our society gotten so bad that no one cares about how those choices will affect the rest of us? Like the lyrics say, ‘It’s up to you and me.'”
Other highlights include “Heartbreaker,” whose music video was popularized through Afropunk and features local guitarist Jabrille (Jimmy James) Williams from the True Loves. There’s a ska-reggae feel to “Stupid Man,” while in “Hollywood,” Briscoe takes full aim at the town’s casting couch tradition in the wake of the #MeToo movement. No Retreat, Vol. 1 is just the first of a series of subsequent Down North release in the months to come, its title is a tribute to the band’s take-no-prisoners attitude. “For this band, there is no turning back, no plan B”

After an amazing showcase at Live Nation’s HQ, Music Connection mentioned Down North as one of their ‘Top 100 Unsigned Artists’. Their recent live TV performance on New Day NW on CBS Seattle, propelled them to confirm slots at NAMM, Rock Legends Cruise, and more venues across the country. “We didn’t want to release anything without a great team and the right people to hook it up,” explains Briscoe. “We want to reach the widest possible audience with our message.” And they won’t give up until they get there. No Retreat… no surrender. Down North are coming to conquer.

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