Downtown La Crosse Park-to-Park Climate March & Lunch Spree!
Start: Saturday, April 29, 2017•11:00 AM
End: Saturday, April 29, 2017•12:30 PM
Global warming and Donald Trump's current denial of it is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.
EVIDENCE FOR GLOBAL WARMING & ITS EXISTENTIAL THREATS: climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ and nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/04/seven-things-to-know-about-climate-change/
The new administration has attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.
We've fought back with a wave of protests larger than at almost any other point in history — let's make sure that we mark the 100th day of Trump's presidency with another mass action that stands up for our communities and encourages him and ALL inside and outside government to boldly #ActOnClimate now with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable land policies that will protect our local and global communities and all planetary life. Our many struggles for social justice and human rights also include an inhabitable planet!
THEREFORE, PLEASE JOIN US with your family and friends on Saturday, April 29th at 11:00 am at Cameron Park at 418 King Street (between 4th St. S & 5th Ave. S) in Downtown La Crosse. We will hear from people representing many diverse communities and then march together to beautiful Riverside Park and back with chants. At the park, we can join hands in a circle to sing part of a few songs* and publicly or privately share some words of thanks for our planet and then circle back for final pix and a lunch spree at approx. 12:30 pm to support local restaurants. All ages welcome!
To comply with city requirements, "we will only walk on sidewalks and footways, in which persons move not more than two abreast and which does not substantially hinder normal use of the sidewalk or footway and conforms with traffic control devices and other traffic regulations." We will also break up in groups of 20 separated by 1 minute each so we don't get backed up too much at intersections. Chant handouts will be given to a few in each group.
Wear weather-appropriate colorful clothes, flowers, sun symbols, etc. in honor of a life-filled planet and bring any handheld musical instruments (flutes, drums, tambourines, harmonicas, etc.) to help make some noise between chants! As we walk, we'll wave to people as we HEED ALL street signals and safely walk northward onto 4th Street, then turn left onto State Street, and then circle beautiful Riverside Park on the public sidewalks inside the grassy middle. Anyone can join the march anytime but please catch up when it is safe for you to do so and without disrupting traffic.
After we finish our songs and thanks at Riverside Park, we'll continue our march southward on Harborview Plaza and Front Street as we wave to more people at restaurants and hotels, and then turn eastward onto King Street to march back to Cameron Park. Once there, we can shake hands and thank each other for coming, take a few more pictures with anyone we wish, and then disperse in several groups to have lunch at 12:30 in Downtown La Crosse to support the many nearby local restaurants and cafés that make it so lively and fun!
For more information and to share event ideas, contact Human Rights and Environmental Advocate Janette Dean (La Crescent High School Graduate and longtime West Coast Activist) at JanetteNoelle@gmail.com or 507-725-3012.
WHOSE CLIMATE? PEOPLE'S CLIMATE! (x3)
WHAT DO WE WANT? Climate Justice! -- WHEN DO WE WANT IT? Now! (Repeat 3x) - THEN SWITCH TO: A Healthy Planet! / Social Justice! / A Green Economy!
RESIST! PERSIST! (x3)
WHAT ABOUT US! WHAT ABOUT EARTH! (x3)
GET UP, STAND UP, stand up for your rights / GET UP, STAND UP, don't give up the fight - REPEAT after someone calls out: Now you see the light!
* Song choruses to partially sing at the event; practice the updated and new one if you can and bring one to share!
America the Beautiful (First Verse): O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!
This Land Is Your Land (Updated for the march to "Dear Earth Is Your Home" with the same tune): Dear Earth is my home, Dear Earth is your home, From the polar ice caps to the widest deserts, From the bright green forests to the deepest oceans, Dear Earth is home to all living things.
Love Song to the Earth (Chorus): This is a lovesong to the Earth, You’re no ordinary world, A diamond in the universe, Heaven’s poetry to us, Keep it safe, keep it safe, keep it safe, cause it’s our world ( YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM )
HIGHER GROUND INSPIRATION: Hear this and help us reach "higher ground" (as Stevie Wonder would phrase and sing it) in our thinking and actions on interrelated climate justice and social justice: youtube.com/watch?v=mcwyyFOeu5E
FYI: The phrase "What about us?" from our "What about us! What About Earth" chant is sung by the chorus at the end of Michael Jackson's Earth Song
Below is our Flyer, our banner, and our separate Wind / Sun / Hand images (with and without slogans) to make a double-sided sign to carry!
The Mona Caron & Jan Berger art images are from peoplesclimate.org for our use with others at: dropbox.com/sh/cfcg6n6vaeb6qsi/AACHQgdRNj-7Ls6TuA5q_7qCa?dl=0