This week, delegations from countries all over the world are meeting in Poland for COP24, the United Nations’ international climate change conference, a crucial opportunity for countries to hammer out technical agreements governing the 2015 Paris climate accord — but the US is largely sitting it out; perhaps Gov Brown has some personnel on deck. Today we tack onto some of those climate issues (minute 35:23) with Citizens Climate Lobby activists Mark Tabbert and Kathy Orlinksy. But before they take stabs at the latest news, we hear from Brooke Adams, Organizing Director for Student Action with the People’s Action Institute, and organizing students, both from UCI: Lorraine Nance, and Cas Yip; they’ve been in the electoral trenches at UCI, with some amazing outcomes to show for it. And they’re not done doing this work, either. Developments pertaining to The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act/HR 7173 are available at: #priceonpollution.
Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEn.org and former Congressman representing Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, offers wholesome and winning perspectives on climate change solutions. He moves mountains on climate change acceptance in business and in the Grand Ol’ Party. Details are available at:http://www.republicen.org/.
In the second segment (minute 33:45), Kate Melges, Ocean Plastics Campaigner for Greenpeace, directs our attention to the production end of the omnipresent plastics. Yeah, consumers can make better decisions, but the producers make it oh so hard for us. Their campaigns can be followed at: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/.
The first guest is Colby Lenz, organizer and legal advocate with the CA Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Transgender Advocacy Group, who is in a dash to have Governor Brown commute as many sentences as possible before he crosses the finish line of his 4th and final term as governor of California. Concerned parties can follow up with: https://survivedandpunished.org/freethemca/.
In the second half (min 28:10) UCI political science professor Kristen Renwick Monroe considers the backlash to #MeToo with prescriptions toward a constructive resolution. Her manuscript, soon to be published, is entitled “Ending Sexual Harassment: Protecting the Process of #FreeThemAll AND #MeToo.”
The Midterm elections are here. In keeping with our ritual on elections, it’s “Ask A Voter,” and we check around the country: Monique Wong at the UCI polling place, (min 1:28); Sue Jones in Madison, WI, (min 9:00); Ann Bidlingmaier in Tallahassee, FL (min 21:53); and Marcos Scauso in South Bend, IN (min 36:00). Vote. Get your friends, families, and co-workers out to vote. Check your county’s registrar of voters for all the information that you need!
In this extra 10-30-18 podcast of AAL, my guest is Irvine City Council Candidate, Farrah Khan. She is the co-founder of First Drops an interfaith organization for parents of young children and is the Executive Director for a non-profit: Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council.
As we continue coverage of the Irvine City Council elections, this is the final, live installment. The first guest is Kev Abazajian, UCI astrophysicist and Director for the Center for Cosmology. In the second segment (minute 29:00), is urban planner Frank McGill.
We continue local election coverage with Irvine City Council candidates: Carried O’Malley, Irvine Transportation Commission Vice-Chair; and (minute 28:26) Jaci Woods, Irvine real estate broker at Seven Gables.
Lauren Johnson-Norris, local attorney and Irvine Community Services Commissioner, makes her case for why she should fill one of the two open seats on the Irvine City Council.
In the second segment (min 29:21), Rebecca Newman, president of the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast offers the pros and cons of the California statewide propositions. Useful resources for voters include: https://votersedge.org/ca, https://cavotes.org/news/our-pros-and-cons-ballot-measures-online-now-english-and-spanish, and http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/.