Thomas Linzey for We, the People, 2.0

Santa Monica welcomes Thomas Linzey, who will be giving an inspiring talk to be filmed for a new project called We, the People, 2.0.  To Linzey, “The environmental movement is a failure.  Whether it’s climate change or the health of our oceans, air, and soil, the planet is worse off now than it was 40 years ago, and rapidly declining. Yet, corporations have more rights than our communities or ecosystems and are doing just fine.  This is how we fix this situation.”

Thomas Linzey: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Fights for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature   

to be portrayed in a new film–We, the People, 2.0

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2 – 4:30 p.m.

Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King Auditorium

601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

(This is a free event.)

Tree Media is filming WE THE PEOPLE 2.0The time is now for this film.

Leila Conners, who co-directed the critically acclaimed film, The Eleventh Hour, sets out to bring us the voice of Thomas Linzey, awakening us to the grandeur of what we can do to revitalize caring for our natural ecosystems and ourselves.  Leila lets us know how momentous it is to be making We, the People, 2.0.  She relates, “Having dealt with environmental issues now for over 15 years, I know that the work of Thomas Linzey is THE solution to endless environmental destruction.  I’ve often wondered, as I know many of you have, why, if we all want clean air, water and soil and a healthy planet for our children, why can’t we make this happen?  Why is it just getting worse?  Thomas has the answer and also the solution. It’s across the board, it answers the 99%.  That’s why we are making this film, because everyone needs to hear about this work.”

With our help through crowd-funding, the film can be made.  Check in with Tree Media to help out!



Resolution Declaring the City’s Commitment to Sustainable Rights

After 9 p.m. on a beautiful Tuesday night, before scores of eager young people, families, friends, neighbors, and allies, the Santa Monica City Council agreed 6 – 0 to approve a resolution to advance a Sustainability Bill of Rights at its January 24, 2012 meeting!  It’s a big first step.

Earlier, as the late afternoon light melted into crimson, violet and bronze, the sunset swept the community into Nature’s embrace.   Rallying on the steps of the Santa Monica City Hall, a couple of blocks from the Pacific Ocean, all sorts of people gathered to boost their energies for the upcoming meeting.  Charlotte Biren and Jenna Perelman, the co-presidents of the SaMoHi Solar Alliance, led the way by speaking clearly about the future that, as Jenna beautifully noted, we hold in our hands.

She called to our minds the gospel spiritual, “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands,” and emphasized that “He, we” can change, as we need now, to set ourselves on a firm sustainable footing.  Charlotte uplifted our spirit with her exuberance and determination to stress that it is the younger generations who will have to live with [or not] the results of how we now regard and use our natural resources.

Thanks to the inspiration of these two young women, other youths, many from SaMoHi Team Marine and Heal the Bay, came, too, bicycling, skateboarding, walking, or driving over to be a part of a growing local movement.  Clearly, the Millennials are wiling to press ahead in bold ways to sustain a future.  With activists and community members from all ages, they take seriously that we need to shift the paradigm from seeing Nature as ours to manage or control to recognizing the “fundamental rights of natural communities and ecosystems to exist, thrive and evolve,” as the resolution declares.  In short, it’s a shift to community rights and the rights of Nature coming before and being above corporate interests.

Participatory democracy moved indoors into a packed city council chambers, and a little after 8 p.m., 40 of us stood up before the city council to support the binding resolution to commit to a real sustainable future that the city’s Task Force on the Environment had brought forward.  A wide variety of people who live, work or study in or visit Santa Monica examined the issue based on diverse perspectives.

Parker, one of the Santa Monica College student leaders, quoted John Muir stressing, “God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”  What Muir asserted about trees bears the truth for all of Nature.

By 9:30 p.m., the council voted 6 – 0 to require that the city staff makes sure that our City Sustainability Plan update, due by September, includes the practices, policies and new goals called for by the Sustainability Bill of Rights. The council resolved that the staff come back with proposed statute(s) that will make the commitments legal, enforceable obligations.

Okay, the Move to Amend resolution stumbled and fell 2 – 4.  The challenge is to convince the council that abolishing corporate “personhood” is not going too far and that that it is what the community calls for, after what our mayor expects to be a public airing and debate.  So be it.

It is indeed a serious matter to amend our Constitution.  As advocates, we’ll move forward to hold public discussions and debates for a serious, not a symbolic, vote from our council to put an end to affording corporations the rights of people.

It means we will also do our best to bring in a Democracy School.   All of our efforts are strengthening our sustainable future.

Here are two accounts of Tuesday’s community and council actions for a Sustainability Bill of Rights.

We Need You!

 We Need You to Help Us Choose a

Sustainability Bill of Rights

for Santa Monica to Protect our Clean Water, Air and Land

  and a Move to Amend Resolution!

 Why?  Big corporations are dominating people, Nature and our democracy.

  Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 5:30 p.m. Rally

Support Sustainability Bill of Rights on the steps of City Hall

6:30 p.m.

 Santa Monica City Council Meeting

Santa Monica City Hall

1685 Main Street

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Santa Monica, CA 90401

 Join Santa Monica Neighbors Unite! Urge our city council to agree! or (310) 458-8201


Santa Monica Blue Bus Lines #2, #3, #4 and #8 serve City Hall. Free parking (w/validation) on Olympic Drive, in the Civic Center Parking Structure