This report is from an email sent out today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Its content highlights the disturbing, pervasive and systemic racism at the heart of government practices even today, after having a Black president at the helm of our country for a full eight years:
A Stunning, Dangerous Verdict After Oregon Standoff
Like almost everyone, we were stunned by last week’s “not guilty” verdicts for the Bundy brothers and other defendants following the 41-day armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.
“This is an extremely disturbing verdict for anyone who cares about America’s public lands, the rights of native people and their heritage, and a political system that refuses to be bullied by violence and racism,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “The Bundy clan and their followers peddle a dangerous brand of radicalism aimed at taking over lands owned by all of us. I worry this verdict only emboldens the kind of intimidation and right-wing violence that underpins their movement.”
Particularly galling was the juxtaposition of the Oregon verdicts, which involved armed militants, with the brutal treatment of unarmed activists fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
Watch Kierán’s recent interview on DemocracyNow! and read Taylor’s McKinnon’s op-ed on the far-reaching implications of the Bundy verdicts.
President Obama’s new initiatives around Climate Change protections are soon to be unveiled, and they’re not going to make traditional energy company executives happy. This time, the President is serious about climate change.
After years of putting other policy priorities first — and dismaying many liberal allies in the process — Obama is now getting into the weeds on climate change and considers it one of the key components of his legacy, according to aides and advisers.
He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standardsfor the heaviest trucks.
And while he routinely brings up climate change in closed-door meetings with world leaders, according to his aides, he also discusses it in his private life, talking about global warming’s implications with his teenage daughters.
As we learn of help and resources available in New Jersey towns for victims of Hurricane Sandy, we’re posting them, along with special information about school closures and other important local information.
Emergency Information: Overnight parking restriction suspended (you may park on the street) until Monday, Nov. 5 2012. Check for parking updates at 201-794-5399
Garbage pick-up is suspended temporarily. Residents may bring household garbage and recyclables to the DPW at 20-05 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn Community Center on Kipp Street and Berdan Road on Thursday 11/1 Friday 11/2 7am-9pm Sat 11/3 9am-9pm & Sun 11/3 9am-5pm. Fair Lawn High School has charging stations from 10am-2pm Fri on 11/2
Showers available at the Community Center on Kipp Street and Berdan Road
Emergency information: for all emergencies call 911. City offices re-opened Thursday, Nov. 1 2012. They are experiencing limited telephone service. Curfew is in effect from 6pm to 6am daily until further notice. Schools are closed until Monday, Nov 5 2012.
Local businesses open
Target on Hackensack Ave
Home Depot on Hackensack Avenue
Costco on So. River Street
Burger King on Hackensack Avenue
711 on Main Street & State Street
Deli Mart on Main Street
Farmers Market on Passaic Street
Lucky Farms on South Summit Avenue
A food truck capable of serving hundreds of meals will be at the Capital One Bank parking lot (3rd and Washington) serving free meals to the public this afternoon. Food trucks from throughout the region are invited into Hoboken to help feed our community.
The Elks Club will also be serving food to the public this afternoon. The Fire Department pumped out the loading dock for the A&P supermarket, which is expecting a delivery and hoping to open today.
Water tankers are available at 1st & Washington and 315 Hudson St (bring your own container)
Resources are being organized and communicated by Mayor Wayne Smith. Call his cell at 973-219-5245 or text him a number so he can call you back. Mayor Smith’s Facebook Page
CITY CONTACT INFO (may not be working)
Fire Dept: 973-399-6555
Police Dept: 973-399-6600
First Congressional Christian United Methodist Church at 1240 Clinton Avenue Irvington Ave (off civic Square). Call if you have mobility difficulties and need transportation.
Chris Gatling Center at 285 Union Avenue Irvington 973-399-6597
There are food stores open on Springfield Avenue in Irvington from Grove Street up to the Maplewood line
Emergency information: Curfew is in effect from 7pm to 7am daily until further notice.
Resources and advisories are being communicated by the mayor via Twitter @corybooker or for non-emergency assistance call 973-266-4111 (if not working try 973-877-9323, 973-733-9326, 973-733-9321 or 973-733-9325)
Hot meals are being served daily to residents in Newark affected by Sandy at these locations
502 Summer Avenue
595 Mt. Prospect Avenue
444 Mt. Prospect Avenue
136 Tiffany Boulevard
1 Court Street
2 Speedway Drive
285 Burnett Street
1060 Broad Street
Shabazz High School
JFK High School
SHELTERS NPS is hosting shelters for those in need at West Side, MX Shabazz, and Samuel Berliner. You can go to a shelter to stay overnight or just to warm up, and you can shower at some of them. Some serve food too.
Newark Public Schools closed Monday and Tuesday (Nov 5&6) for CHILDREN
Xtra Super 930 Broadway; meat counter open till 8pm store open till 9pm (973) 484-7200
Pathmark Supermarket 281 Ferry St Open 24 hours (973) 589-3922
Met Food Market 514 Ferry St Open till 8 pm (973) 817-9333
Extra Supermarket 125 Avon Ave Open till 8 pm (973) 504-9696
C Town Supermarket 120 Clinton Ave #Newark Open till 6 or 7. Call (973) 642-3363
Brothers Supermarket 525 Springfield Ave #Newark (973) 481-6499 Open till 8 pm
Bravo Supermarket 260 Roseville Ave Open till 8 pm (973) 485-6170
Twin City 611 Broadway open till 8 pm.
Fatima Supermarket 111 Wilson open till 10 pm, lines are not long.
Pathmark 167 Bergen St. restocking shelves now. Open 24 hours with average lines.
Seabra’s Ferry Street & Wilson Ave. locations are open. Chestnut Street is closed
Newark Museum writes: As we deal with the aftermath of the storm, we invite you to come in, relax, get warm, and enjoy the beautiful art in our 80 galleries. The Museum is offering free admission this Saturday and Sunday, and we welcome you to participate in art and science activities for children, and group tours; charge your smart phone; and enjoy free WiFi.
New Brunswick Elks Lodge is hosting a FREE SOUP KITCHEN to help those that would like a warm meal and something warm to drink.
Street parking enforcement suspended through 11/4
UPO on Myrtle Avenue by #11 school is open Fri/Sat/Sun Nov 3-4 12-5pm. All are welcome to come and drink coffee, charge your phone or plan a meeting.
Emergency information: Curfew is in effect from 7pm to 6am daily.
Ralph Froehlich Public Safety Building, lower lobby, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield – free public mobile phone(only) charging station, laptops and other devices cannot be charged here.
Warren County: The Trinity Church, 213 Main Street – overnight shelter for Hackettstown residents only, bring own pillows, blankets, food, medicines, books, games, or sleeping bags. Charging station – NO PETS