Focus Post – September 9, 2020

This. Is. Climate. Change.

And the climate has changed.

First, I know everyone is stressed and scared due to this immediate physical danger. Please stay safe, listen to fire officials, and take care of each other. We know that some of us are going to lose most everything and have to start over.

As we’ve seen from the ongoing dumpster fire that is the Trump presidency, we can’t count on governmental support at any level. Which brings me to my second point:”Not me, US.” “Together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.”

“Although the physical danger of approaching wildfire is very real, the fact is that folks have been stressed and scared for the past four years … and increasingly during the 40 years prior. I saw a meme, “If 2020 was an election …” You get the picture. The right-bent neo-liberalism embraced by the Democratic Establishment and Republicans tilting hard-right has to lead us to the place we now find ourselves: the West Coast is ablaze, the pandemic is worsening, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) are being murdered in the streets, our First Amendment rights are being stripped, protesters are being snatched off the streets by security forces and assaulted by fascists with complicity and outright support from “law enforcement.” Houselessness is epidemic, the Democratic Party continues to bash Progressives and Progressive values (No Medicare for All for you! No ponies!), prisons are filled with non-violent offenders to provide legalized slave labor, the economy is in collapse, … on and on. It can be overwhelming. I know I find myself wondering what all this work is for. When those times come, I take a moment or a day or a week to recharge and then chargeback in as I am more able. The direction I charge has changed over the years and continues to do so.

My efforts within the Democratic Party have come to a close, but that does not mean I won’t continue to fight. Each of us must do our best to improve the outcome for not just ourselves, but our collective selves.

We MUST be willing to fight for someone we don’t know.

Whether that fight is for a particular issue or with a particular organization, or if it means starting your own organization or expanding an existing organization, or participating in protests on the ground or on the internet, or working #DemExit or #DemEnter, or helping financially or materially support organizations or individuals in the fight, or or or … we each must DO SOMETHING!

Third, I want to say THANK YOU to the folks of iPA.

Whether you have been here since the beginning in 2015 or are a newcomer and whether you have served in leadership positions or are a follower on the page/group – YOU are part of something that matters and are appreciated. This November I ask that you and all with whom you have influence: VOTE. When almost half of those eligible to vote choose not to, we cannot get a clear picture of who we are as a country. If everyone votes, then regardless of the outcome, we will know that this is who we are.

I sincerely hope that THIS is not who we are.

And finally, I want to close with a few words and pics re preparedness for natural disasters. Thx, Kevin

EMERGENCY PLAN and DISASTER SUPPLY CHECK LIST:

1. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local TV News and/or local radio station broadcasting emergency information

2. Secure safety of your family.

3. Set up a message contact who lives well outside the disaster zone, e.g. friend or relative in another state who can pass info on to other relatives, etc. as it is received from you.

4. Check on neighbors and especially elderly and infirm who may need help being alerted to evacuation and/or being evacuated.

5. Implement pet protection plan.

6. Pre-position vehicle for rapid evacuation. Pre-load with bug-out bag and any additional sheltering items.

7. If you don’t already have a bug-out bag, get it together now:

  • Medications
  • Cash
  • Identification
  • Flashlight
  • Water
  • Portable AM/FM broadcast radio receiver
  • Batteries
  • Personal basic first aid items.
  • Notebook & pencilsJ. BlanketK. Extra socks
  • Personal health info (any chronic conditions, allergies, blood type, name/contact info of physician)
  • In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.) contact phone numbers.
  • Cell Phone/Battery Bank/Chargers
  • FACE MASK(S)
  • Gloves (nitrile if you have them).
  • Two garbage bags (one for hazardous waste, the other for makeshift rain poncho, or miscellaneous.
  • Non-perishable, space-efficient energy/snack food.
  • HAND SANITIZER.
  • CandleU. Matches.
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Tissues/toilet paper
  • Spare eyeglasses if uncorrected vision is very poor
  • Pocket knife
  • Spork, or spoon & fork

8. If advised to evacuate or danger appears imminent, do not delay. After you are at a shelter or are sheltering in place away from danger zone, pass that info to your out-of-area contact.