Earth Day 2020: Strike, divest, and vote for our future

I hope this finds you safe and healthy in these troubling times.
 
The coronavirus has laid bare the brutality and injustice of our current economic system. Millions of people have lost their jobs, are no longer able to pay their rent, student loans, credit card bills, utilities, or healthcare costs. Now when we need it most, we find our social safety net in tatters, torn apart by corporations and right-wing politicians.
 
Normally, in response to a crisis we take to the streets — marching, holding rallies, planning actions, and so much more. We can’t do that now, but we can still still organize to win.
 
 
This year, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re taking action online at a scale the climate movement has never done before. Click here to RSVP for Earth Day Live and find out more.
 
On April 22-24, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency. Activists, performers, influencers, and thought leaders are coming together to host a 3-day digital event full of teach-ins, performances, and more.
 
Right now, fossil fuel companies are elbowing to be first in line for corporate handouts and tax breaks. Last night, the EPA dropped all its environmental and safety requirements with no restrictions around duration. Now, the coal industry is arguing it should no longer have to pay into a Black Lung fund that provides healthcare for 25,000 sick miners.
 
It doesn’t have to be this way. The coronavirus has turned off the global economy. Now is our chance to change the system before we turn it back on. We know that even before the coronavirus crisis, financial institutions were driving us straight off a cliff. Instead of just giving them back the keys we need to take control of the economy and steer it in a new direction.
 
 
The global crisis we face right now is terrifying, but our best hope in moments like these is to work together.
 
Let’s reimagine what a social movement can look like in the digital age.
 
Onward, 
Gary Zuckett
Executive Director
WV Citizen Action
 
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