By Tim DeChristopher and Suren Moodliar on September 20, 2017for Counterpunch
In this conversation, the Climate Disobedience Center’s Tim DeChristopher looks at how the progressive movement’s strategies need to change in now that climate change’s real impacts are more obvious to the American public.
Over the weekend of September 19-21, the Global Climate Convergence (GCC) joined with System Change Not Climate Change (SCNCC) in bringing together over 3500 people for the Converge for Climate organizing conference “for People, Peace, and Planet Over Profit,” in New York City. On Sunday, the 21st, the two coalitions (GCC and SCNCC) formed a large system change bloc at the 300,000 strong People’s Climate March, the largest climate protest in world history.
In 2013, Liberty Tree launched an effort to nationalize the Wisconsin’s Wave’s divestment organizing against Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. From May 18-23th, in a joint effort by Liberty Tree and Operation Green Jobs, unemployed workers and their supporters marched 150 miles from Philadelphia to the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.. There, they launched the national Shut the Chamber! campaign, demanding that businesses and local chambers of commerce across the country cut off all ties with the national Chamber.