- The Washington Times
Thursday, December 4, 2014


Other activists have been watching the unfolding events in Ferguson and elsewhere. That includes the same organization behind the massive, gaudy, drum-thumping People’s Climate March that drew 400,000 protestors to the streets of New York in September, and in 150 cities overseas.

The group did not disband after their big event, which included celebrities and politicians among its marchers. Another climate rally is in the works, this seeking “climate justice.” But the organizers also have offered their resources to Ferguson-inspired protestors. Describing themselves as “climate schemers,” Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the pointmen behind it all, are in the midst of rallying their forces. They also have fired up something called an Action Switchboard with a presence on multiple social media outlets, which they describe as “a human-staffed online platform for organizing creative direct actions around specific, achievable goals. Start a scheme, get advice from real-live facilitators.”

They have aspirations elsewhere.

“We stand with and deeply respect the important work happening around the country in support of Ferguson. While our initial campaign is focused on climate, if there are organizers reading this who want to use the Action Switchboard as a resource for developing ongoing, sustained creative actions for racial justice, please contact us and we can help you get started,” the pair advise in a mass email outreach distributed this week.

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