My Platform – School Reform and more!

Last night we had a very lively debate at the Kreps Conference Room at Redwood High School. It was a very nice event that the League of Women’s Voters in conjunction with Marin Promise promoted in order to bring together the four candidates vying for the three seats for the Tamalpais Union High School District here in Marin County.

I am the underdog, especially given that apparently a community of people were so worried about the candidates that they urged Cynthia Roenisch to run for the position at the 11th hour. She’s a former trustee.

The Marin IJ endorsed all the other candidates but me and the The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee only endorsed Cynthia.

I am the only candidate speaking about diversity and the environment. Apparently these are not popular subjects in a school district that is white privilege and has the largest carbon footprint, per capita, than the entire United States.

I was posed a question last night that I should have answered better and so I am posting a more thoughtful answer about how I would properly respond to the teachers’ concern about their pay and the prohibitive costs of living in Marin County.

I trust I can inspire more people with my answer. Marin County is one of the most segregated racial and economic counties in the country and we have a great opportunity to change that with more affordable housing. San Francisco years ago encouraged homeowners to divide their homes into smaller units in order for homeowners, especially the aging ones, to have an opportunity for earned income and still stay in the area. Why are we not considering this in Marin County?

Perhaps my story can serve as inspiration – I live in a small two bedroom apartment and I gave up my bedroom to a single immigrant mother and her two children. I sleep on the sofa and I get the best tamales in Marin County! I also get to engage and be connected to some of the most diverse cultural groups here in Marin County . . . one year a group of Guatemalan Mayan women dressed my daughter with ribbons and traditional Mayan clothing for a beautiful event. I feel blessed to be raising my own daughter with multicultural values and people I highly respect.

We believe we need so much, but do we really? I am incredibly grateful to help another woman, especially a mother, who would be struggling tremendously and likely be getting abused or exploited, as many immigrants do in this county. I also say to myself that if I feel the right to live in a county that can justify paying slave wages, then I should feel justified in helping them be able to live without fear. That is a duty. And if Marin County is unwilling to fulfill that duty, then I will take on that duty on a personal level.

As I said last night at the forum, it’s high time we ask who and what we are . . . and without pointing fingers, this is the high time to face ourselves and be bold and courageous, while being kind and generous. If anyone can be the source of inspiration, I believe Marin County could carry that torch. But, we need to have believers.

VISION 2020
Taking on the Global Challenge 
The Future of Education for TUHSD
America is facing a crisis.
Our schools can be the pillars of solutions.

Problems (short list):

* 50% loss of global wildlife in past 40 years
* Ocean acidification
* Melting polar icecaps
* 50% dead coral reefs
* Contaminated drinking water
* 500 US mountain tops removed for dirty coal
* Animal factory farming back to The Jungle levels
* only 3% food is grown organically nationally
* Lack of compassion and social justice
* Loss of integrity
LOSS OF POWER AND PRIORITIES

Solutions (short list):

* Defund aggressive male dominated sports (football) – Channel funds for global 
youth empowerment, leadership travel programs connecting to real leaders
* Fund gardens to connect to food and collaboration, more art, dance & music
* Create animal sanctuaries, those that have been exploited:
(Giraffe? Elephant? Cows and Pigs?)
* Engage in problem solving with real life issues
* Join Marin County’s initiative DRAWDOWN
, by Paul Hawkens
* Student Ambassadors get three weeks out of school to pursue national, int’l conferences, 
projects for social justice, peace and/or environment to 
be real leaders of real issues
* Plant based, organic, plastic free lunches only
* Electric bike commuting sourced and funded
* Demand companies profiting off schools to give back now (NFL, Tech Giants)
TAKE BACK POWER AND PRIORITIES

Barbara McVeigh for Real Change NOW!

Endorsed by: 

Peter Coyote
April Peebler, Founder of Heirs to our Oceans (Global Youth Movement)
Michael Stocker, Writer and Global Environmentalist
Etelle Hougenet, Global Environmentalist
Joe Rouse, President of SEA, Writer

Yep, she’s sticking her neck out with these amazing ideas. BE THE CHANGE. Such is the sign of an educated person and a civil society.

Tomorrow Night! Carter’s Birthday Tribute

The People’s Environmental News Hour!

with Barbara McVeigh & Charlie Siler

Tuesday nights at 7pm

Time to get real AND time to turn this world around!

and DEMAND our leadership recognize the people doing the
GOOD WORK FOR ALL OF US.

If they don’t, WE WILL.

Tune into Channel 26 in Marin County or cmcm.tv. Charlie Siler and I have lined up inspirational game changers, those who are helping us, the people, steer the course of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

OUR TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWS ARE LIVE AND RECORDED
Rebroadcast on THURSDAY 10:30AM.

CHANNEL 26 in Marin County OR
Livestream anywhere in the world!
http://www.cmcm.tv/watch

October 2 – The Father of the Solar Age, President Jimmy Carter Tribute
It’s the big question – Carter had solar panels on the White House and pushed for sustainable energy.It’s the Jimmy Carter Jamboree week and we will honor Carter with a film made in 1980 by Robert Redford called The Solar Film and talk to one the White House solar installer Tom Strumolo, of Energy General LLC, who has never abandoned Carter’s vision for the power of the sun.

My Platform – Time for School Reform

VISION 2020

Taking on the Global Challenge
The Future of Education for TUHSD

America is facing a crisis.
Our schools can be the pillars for solutions.
Think BIG.

Problems (short list):
– 50% loss of global Wildlife in past 40 years
– acidification of oceans
– melting polar icecaps
– 50% dead coral reefs in past 40 years
– lack of compassion and social justice
– contaminated drinking water for profit
– 500 US mountain tops removed for dirty coal
– horrific animal factory farming
– only 3% food is grown organically nationally
– loss of integrity
LOSS OF POWER AND PRIORITIES

Solutions (short list):
– Defund aggressive male dominated sports (football)
– Fund gardens to connect to food and collaboration
– Fund more art, dance & music
– Adopt animals/create animal sanctuary to learn responsibility 
(Giraffe? Elephant? Cows and Pigs?)
– Engage in problem solving with real life issues
– Join Marin County’s initiative DRAWDOWN
– Students get three weeks out of school to pursue national, international conferences, projects for social justice, peace and/or environment to be the leaders of 
our nation and our world
– Plant based, organic, plastic free lunches only
– Electric bike commuting sourced and funded
TAKE BACK POWER AND PRIORITIES



Barbara McVeigh for TUHSD 
NOVEMBER 6, 2018


Yep, she’s sticking her neck out 
with these AMAZING ideas. 
Be the solution, not the problem. 
Join her and have confidence 
our local public school community can make magic and BE the model for our nation.

 

 

 

 

 

Endorsements:
Peter Coyote
Learner Limbach, General Manager at Orcas Food Co-op

“Barbara is a nimble systems thinker with and acute grasp on the present, informed by a her experience, and an understanding of the history that got us here.”
-Michael Stocker, Writer and Ocean Conservationist

“Barbara McVeigh is passionate about education. Her work in television has been a powerful tool for spreading much-needed awareness on environmental issues. Barbara would be a great influence on a school board, given her wealth of understanding about how to take complex issues and make them accessible, engaging, and memorable. Her commitment to communities, to human rights, to finding solutions to the challenges facing our planet, would make her a positive force in shaping how children need to be nurtured and inspired. I warmly recommend Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District.”
– Etelle Higonnet, Environmentalist

Barbara McVeigh should not only be on a school board, but advising the State of California on education in my opinion. She has seen first-hand with eyes wide open the impact school has had on her and other children. With Barbara’s background as a deeply committed advocate for human rights and environmental protection, unwavering and fearless, always committed to her principles even when it isn’t the most popular to do so, she would bring a breath of committed change, for the right reasons, to the schools that are now, more than ever, so very much in need. Our children’s minds, bodies and spirits are not nurtured, nor even remotely cared for, in our current school system. It can be fixed, and engaging Barbara will help.
                           – April Peebler, Founder of Heirs to Our Oceans

I confidently recommend Barbara McVeigh for the position of Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District. Barbara is committed to education and creating a positive vision for our youth. In my years of working with Barbara at Sailing Education Adventures, I have found her totally trustworthy and incorruptible. If you want to see an honest, generous, caring person devoted to our young people, join me in supporting Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees.
– Joe Rouse, 
President, Sailing Education Adventures

Time for Change – Our Schools Can Save America

It’s an amazing experience running for public office. Everyone should dip into the opportunity. The contrived stories that begin to arise and the anger and hatred toward anything you say drives conversation in ways I could never imagine. I’m in awe.

So, let’s up the ante why I’m really running for the board of the Tamalpais Union High School District. Is it because I’m a Betsy de Vos fan and aim to change our public institutions into private schools or charter schools? Is it because I’m dangerous?

First off, let me assure anyone that I have NOTHING to do with the GOP agenda, especially given my family took a stand against its Hero in 1981 and we lost everything for it. But, if you wish to categorize me as dangerous, let’s go with it.

Many of us are tired of the high level competition driven in our public schools. We are the kind people who appreciate collaboration and nurturing, not bullying and ego building which many of us see has been the driving energy in many of our public schools. Why on earth is a football team the epicenter of school spirit and why am I paying for a male dominate dominated sport that fosters aggression, violence and ego about a rubber ball with girls in short skirts on the sidelines cheering the grunting, sweating boys? This is an example of how backwards our public schools have become and why should I pay for this crap?

Instead, let’s focus on our horrific problems in our country where our food is saturated with poison, animals are horrifically diseased and abused in animal factories and our children are so disconnected from any of these truths while we go on our merry way believing that getting them into a high level university is considered progress and success. We are absolutely backwards in our narrative about schooling in America. That might be one truth where I do agree with Trump’s idea but certainly not his plan.

So, this is what I proposed:

Uproot the football fields and plant organic corn fields or other agricultural crops and get the kids dirty and connected to the most vital thing in life – OUR FOOD.

And, if you are really worried about losing mascots, let’s just up the ante. Don’t think small and fake, think big and authentic:

BRING IN THE GIRAFFES AND ELEPHANTS OR COWS AND PIGS!

Let’s create animal sanctuaries to help with nurturing and connection to what is REAL in our world besides rubber balls and astro turf. Our students can learn and connect and smile and laugh . . . while learning to nurture and respect life. All life.

Crazy? That’s right because this country has become insane with its lack of vision, compassion and respect for life.

Let’s start respecting ALL people, not just those with money and big houses, but also the janitor, the clerk, the plumber and those around us who can teach us about culture, music and the arts. Let’s start dancing and singing and gather together in ways that unite all of us instead of that which divides us.

And most of all, let’s start educating our children with what’s important in life. It’s high time. And that will be my stand as a public school trustee.

Scared? Good.

The Race Is On!

Thank you to those who endorse my campaign. If you share my values and are ready for a major shift in our education and values that we stand for in our communities, please contact me.

I’ve been inspired by local educator Debra Lambrecht of Caulbridge School:

“After 30 years of consulting with schools, I adopted a new paradigm and opened Caulbridge School. A Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times!”

You can hear last year’s interview on Take Back.

Ocean Conservation Research
Heirs to Our Oceans
Peter Coyote
Key Tea Teahouse and Kava Lounge
Learner Limbach, General Manager at Orcas Food Co-op
Joe Rouse, President of Sailing Education Adventures

Barbara McVeigh should not only be on a school board, but advising the State of California on education in my opinion. She has seen first-hand with eyes wide open the impact school has had on her and other children. With Barbara’s background as a deeply committed advocate for human rights and environmental protection, unwavering and fearless, always committed to her principles even when it isn’t the most popular to do so, she would bring a breath of committed change, for the right reasons, to the schools that are now, more than ever, so very much in need. Our children’s minds, bodies and spirits are not nurtured, nor even remotely cared for, in our current school system. It can be fixed, and engaging Barbara will help.
– April Peebler, Founder of Heirs to Our Oceans.

I confidently recommend Barbara McVeigh for the position of Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District. Barbara is committed to education and creating a positive vision for our youth. In my years of working with Barbara at Sailing Education Adventures, I have found her totally trustworthy and incorruptible. If you want to see an honest, generous, caring person devoted to our young people, join me in supporting Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees. – President, Sailing Education Adventures

___________

I filed papers to run as a board candidate for the Tamalpais Union High School District. I will be on the November 6 ballot, and I ask for your vote.

There are many reasons I chose to run for this governing position and I look forward to serving the community on the highest level possible, while I ask hard questions along the way.

My campaign may be different than others. I refuse to play the political game as its been played in the past. I believe in the power of positive efforts and not downplaying my opponents. Why? If one is to be a leader, than one needs to show our youth how leadership is won and that is with integrity, honesty and vision. In addition, I plan to demonstrate authenticity and respect and not buy into marketing techniques of logos, tag lines or other levels of cheap branding. I want to keep it real. And these are the values I uphold.

If elected, I plan to ask hard questions. Though there are many reasons to celebrate our schools, we must also look at the challenges we have not only in our schools, but society at large. If we are to be the true leaders, than our schools need to also recognize the vast challenges our children are facing. I believe our schools can step up on a higher level to face these challenges on the level that they should.

Our kids are coming into very uncertain times: horrific environmental issues of ocean acidification, pollution and climate change, and also the risk of losing our very rights and constitution as we struggle to understand our values and responsibility related to freedom of speech, intellectual questioning, economic and racial equality and more, a very important topic in our very own Marin County.  These are questions and issues I plan to address during my term on the board if I am elected.

In addition, many of our students are so overworked and cope with anxiety, depression and suicide (see recent Marin IJ article). They don’t even time to step back and think for themselves. Are we serving ALL our students on a responsible level? Can we question our approach on a healthy, intellectual level without feeling threatened or angry? I believe so.

The reason I am driven by these questions is because I have reason to. I pulled my daughter out of one of our California Distinguished Elementary Schools after her first year of kindergarten because I noticed a big change in her behavior during that one year of kindergarten, one of anxiety, stress and more. I saw how much over stimulation the children were receiving and I didn’t agree with it, though I had no basis to articulate why. I mean, what do I know? And I was lead to believe it was one of the best public elementary schools around. I then homeschooled my daughter for four years with the guidance of an independent public charter school and with a small community of other like minded progressive families. It was the most beautiful, freeing experience I could imagine, filled with rich literature, nature play, art and plenty of time for her to explore her passions, imagination and dreams, AND be free of technology gadgets and media. Then I had to transfer her back to a public middle school, as my circumstances had changed. They had her tested and she scored in the top percentile . . . and this was a  California Distinguished Middle School. The girl never had more than seven hours of academics a week during her homeschooling years.

My jaw dropped. I realized  that we need to ask hard questions of our schools. How can a child who never spent more than seven hours of academics a week score so high in a school that spends so much money and instructs children over 35 hours a week? The questions began to grow. Is our educational system serving our children on a level it should? Can we learn from other nations who are taking lead in education with very dynamic changes? I believe we can and we can show the rest of the nation how a dynamic, smart community of people can realign values and shift to ensure our educational models and choices lead the way for the entire nation.

I earned Teacher of the Year award at a top university in China the very first year I taught and the first year out of college. I actually put myself through college, because I understood the value of a strong education. Coming from a working class family and a father who risked and nearly lost everything to stand for political honesty in 1981, I grew up learning hard politics and corrupt media and how to navigate a system that does not favor those who come with little economic support, or listens to the more humble, modest people. We’ve become a society that overvalues how much a person has rather than what they do for others.

I signed up for graduate school at Dominican UC the same day I walked out of my son’s second grade class, again with my jaw dropping, after I came face to face with the level of technology use in the classroom and how much value we put into this style of learning.  The teacher was pushing gadgets onto these young little children who were exhibiting severe anxiety because of it. Why are we doing this when all the research is pointing to the fact that screen time in early years has more negative impact than positive? When you discuss the fact the tech industry is a $60 billion industry, with a huge foothold on our public schools, perhaps its time to ask is our money being well spent on these gadgets? I asked the teacher for the reason behind the use of the gadgets. She replied, while sipping her coffee, “oh, so we can monitor their improvement and submit those statistical reports to the state which, in turns, secures funding.”

Screen Shot 2018-08-18 at 8.02.15 AMWhen did such information based learning become so valued? Is the anxiety worth these statistics? Have we lost that much trust in our teachers and administrators? What are we losing? Are our kids guinea pigs for big tech money? Great research has risen these last years about screen addiction akin to heroine addiction and other major neurological issues. Schools in France ban cell phones on campus. Finland is aggressively reducing homework as they become they educational leaders. Do all kids have to feel that university it the only answer? What kind of pressure are we putting on these kids? It’s time to ask these questions, especially as  more funding is being driven into high school “wellness centers,” a proverbial bandaid to the real issues our teens are facing.

During the homeschooling years, I also had the opportunity to create an outdoor educational program, which I did for four years with a small group of girls. The experience was powerful, as it not only enriched the children with a connection to nature and its wonder, but also allowed them to explore real science, writings by our powerful American nature writers, art and natural history of our very own community, literally in our backyards. I am currently putting together a book about these learnings and the pedagogy which I followed, which is very much in line with some of our country’s leading teachers, such as Richard Louv. In addition, I ran a nonprofit organization leading youth to discover the magic of our oceans and waterways with a sailing organization that taught them to trust themselves, leading to a high level of confidence, as well as a relationship to nature. I was blessed to see these children thrive and grow into leaders today. With our disconnect to nature, what can we do to ensure our children have a strong relationship with it.

In addition, my film projects, specifically Racing with Copepods, which went international, are made with the intention to inspire our youth and adults, to demonstrate the power of passion and connection with what really matters in the world, as we have to face, straight on, some major issues.

Finally, we have a gift in Marin County that is not recognized nor respected on the level it should. Our diversity. With three major underserved communities of our Latin, African American and Indigenous communities, we have a responsibility to show our children the value and power of unity and collaboration. I propose we integrate the value of the most essential ingredient of life – our food. And build real connections and respect for what is our life source. We are lucky to have a community with deep farming roots to help navigate a revolution of connection to what is real and authentic. What’s more, our children are disconnected from nature. They know more corporate logos than that of native botanicals in their own yards. It’s time our children connect and have a relationship with nature, understanding the responsibility of stewardship. And last, but not least, how is it possible we can live on the land of the Indigenous people of the Miwok and not give the proper respect to the people who once nurtured this land? In all curriculum, we can do a better job of learning to respect and engage with our local Indigenous tribes, providing them with bigger voices to teach us and lead us to what is right and respectful.

I ask for your vote in the upcoming election, if you share the same values as I do. I look to support our amazing teachers, staff and students on a level they should be supported, while I gently urge all of us to take a hard look at ourselves to ask what can we all do to ensure we are a model of success and inspiration for the rest of the nation. We can be leaders.

We need big leaders in our country right now, with guts. And I believe the Tamalpais Union High School District can deliver on this leadership model and inspire the rest of our country. I look to collaborate with the other leaders on a positive level, so we can all rise together.

Thank you,

Barbara McVeigh

 

Two Dreams. Two Borders.

Dream big and always stay positive.

I’m pretty sure I met a saint in the cornfields of the Guatemalan mountains. She is the mother of Gaby and I was lucky enough to live the life of Gaby, an immigrant to the United States who has not seen her mother for 17 years.

The original intention was to meet the family of Claudia, the young 20 year old Maya Indigenous woman who was shot point blank in the head at our borders on May 23.  When I did meet the beautiful parents who live in a small Mayan mountainous community, they warmly welcomed me and allowed me to share letters from across our country, words of hope and love believing that there is a better way to solve our border issues than that of violence.

Thank you to the San Francisco Immigration Legal and Education Network, The Unitarian Church in San Antonio, Texas, the Methodist Church of San Rafael, United Airlines,  International Artists of Marin, Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito and many individuals for their support and sponsorship of this journey.

I am currently working with Gaby Mazariegos and Rina Santizo for a presentation about Guatemala and their dreams of El Norte. I’ll share my journey of meeting some of the most beautiful people in the world – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, farmers and more – those who carry big dreams and can teach Americans values of simplicity, kindness, generosity and community.  More to come!

Guatemala Bound, with an apology

I was devastated by the news of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez who was murdered by the US Border Control on May 23. This young 20 year Maya indigenous woman had a dream – to have an education. Why were we not there to support her with a dream?

I spent time in Guatemala 20 years ago. I also had a dream to travel the world and have an education, which had been difficult to do. My family didn’t have money and I had to scrape and fight for both of those dreams. I remember my first trip to Guatemala when I sat on the great temple of Tikal in the Peten region and marveled at the beauty of nature, culture and history and pondered how it was possible that in my schooling I had never learned about this magnificent country and indigenous history given the fact it’s just south of our border.

I returned to Guatemala a few years later and traveled by canoe down the Usamacinto River, the old Maya route, when a young military man who had first frightened me (we were in the middle of nowhere) handed me a baby bird, a gift. And as the canoe continued down the river and a deluge of rain and lightening began, I released the baby bird with a wish for freedom and peace in the world. Perhaps that is why I am being called to Quetzaltenango, the hometown of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. The iridiscent Quetzal symbolized the movement of Creation and the will of the Creator come to earth. We all need to believe in goodness, and that is my full intention for this mission.

On June 19 I fly to Guatemala to take all proceeds that we can collect to benefit the family of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. My message to the family is that there are good people in the United States who believe in better ways than killing. We want to be friends and we are horribly sorry that we have not been able to stop the violence.

I have the support of the local Guatemalan community in my county of Marin. I have been involved with many families and have done my best to support immigrant women either through work efforts, language instruction and accommodations. I personally have learned so much from this amazing community, such as the strength and beauty of generosity, kindness and loyalty. We can learn greatly through collaboration and friendship.

Please email me if you can support this mission. Given that most families in the mountains live on $1/day, all support will be great.

The donations I collect will go directly to Claudia’s mother and I will post photos on my Facebook page.

Action Building! Speaker and Film Events

 

Sept 20-22 California 2020 Vision Art Installation
It’s a weekend of visionary leaders and positive energy and we’ll be there! Artist Gina Musser takes lead in our first art installation to bring attention to The Man Behind the White Guitar film project and the musicians in the film, such as Harry Belafonte, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Winwood and others, who have powerful words of inspiration of unity and peace. We hope to release the film early next year and if you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out!

 

 

 

June 6Sausalito Yacht Club – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with Int’l Sailor and Writer Kimball Livingston. This will be a very special presentation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 9, 2pm
– Launch of Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life at Barnes and Noble in Corte Madera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 9 and 10
People’s Environmental News hits the Fairfax Eco Festival with Community Media Center of Marin!

 

 

 

 

 


July 7, 2pm
Nashville, TN

Screening of a Road Not Taken about President Jimmy Carter’s conservation and energy policies.

Nashville Public Library East Branch
206 Gallatin Ave.| Nashville, TN | 37206

 

Date to be determined – St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco. Racing with Copepods film screening and talk.

 

 

Film Screenings:

If you’re interested in a film screening about the ocean documentary Racing with Copepods or about Jimmy Carter’s energy and conservation initiatives, A Road Not Taken, please contact me!

 

April 18– San Francisco Yacht Club, Tiburon – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with me and Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research.

April 21 Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley – film screening of Racing With Copepods. Peter Hayes of Pegasus will bring the boat to the docks after a day of training new crew to get kids out and sailing!

 

 

April 25 Spaulding Boat Works, Sausalito The magic of a wooden boat – that’s the back story of Racing with Copepods. Film Producer Barbara McVeigh screens her short ocean documentary, filmed right here on San Francisco Bay, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle and narrated by Kimball Livingston.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, will join the post film conservation to share information about The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and why it’s imperative to address ocean issues today.

Magic Bear will be at the docks to inspire all!

Barbara’s great uncle Robert Keleher owned Bear Boat #65, named Magic. He inspired her to sail and to fall in love with the ocean, resulting in this film and other environmental projects. Bear boats were originally built right here in Sausalito by the Nunes Brothers, and Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear, lives at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.

Charlie Siler, cohost of People’s Environmental News, will provide a few tunes on his guitar!

 

 

April 26 – Fairfax Library, film screening of A ROAD NOT TAKEN with me and Charlie Siler of People’s Environmental News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Under My Watch! Offshore Drilling Proposal

I love the oceans. The oceans gave me complete freedom and the value of freedom. I will never turn my back on the oceans. Never.

Our oceans are under threat more now than ever before. As we face the hard truths of ocean acidification and the horrific plastic pollution that now saturates our vast waters, beaches and waterways, we MUST come clean with our horrific landlubber habits. From our addiction to automobiles to consumptive behaviors, now is time to tack to a new course before it’s too late and this generation views us as the most criminal pirate gang the world has ever seen. We MUST take responsibility. It’s not a question about “education,” it’s about activism and responsibility.

You’re either on board, or your not. It’s as simple as that.

Here is my article on Sailing Anarchy, describing my own passion and why I have it. And maybe it’s your passion too, a quality you didn’t even know you possessed. And if you’re not feeling it, NOW is the time to get into the groove. We can do it! Just listen to Simon and Garfunkel’s song. They’ll get you inspired! And you’ll start feeling the groovy.

It’s that easy! We can do it!

 

 

 

Comments can be made through the regulations.gov web portal. Navigate to http://www.regulations.gov and under the Search tab, in the space provided, type in Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0074 to submit comments and to view other comments already submitted. Information on using www.regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the links under the box entitled “Are you new to this site?”

Comments can also be made by mail, in an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program” and mailed (or hand delivered) to Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch, Leasing Division, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216, telephone (703) 787-1613. Written comments may also be hand delivered at a public meeting to the BOEM official in charge.