Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Climate Crisis'

Bernie Sanders & the intersectionality of movements

June 16th, 2015 · Comments Off

At Ecowatch, Ted Glick has a strong piece on the need for urgent action in the face of the climate crisis and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Glick connects the grassroots, people-powered movement that is fueling Sanders’ campaign with the Vermont senator’s strong positioning on climate action. Presidential campaigns provide rare moments of political engagement, popular […]

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Tags: Bernie Sanders · Climate Crisis

On the 2014 elections & ideas

November 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Democrats got beat pretty badly in the midterm elections. This is not a big surprise. But the losses have generated countless pieces about why they lost, how they could have avoided losing, what messaging would work better, how Democrats can better convince the citizenry to put their faith in them and so forth. To […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Democrats · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

Organizing & Occupy Sandy

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Yotam Maron has a good piece on Occupy Sandy and turning community organizing in response to a crisis into organizing to produce proactive policy solutions that we need. It’s definitely worth reading. Community-based organizing around mutual aid creates a tremendous opportunity to move people affected by crises to a new political viewpoint that is informed […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis


November 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

EnvironRant has a fake interview with President Obama on the climate crisis.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis

The immorality of climate inaction, the fossil fuel industry

November 20th, 2012 · Comments Off

I was offline last week, so I missed President Obama’s press conference last week. Included in it were the President’s remarks on climate change, which while acknowledging its existence offered nothing in terms of commitment to action, let alone action the scale needed to confront the climate crisis. Here’s some of what President Obama said: […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis

Occupy Sandy & the climate crisis

November 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Yotam Maron is must-read on how the Occupy Sandy response is a real-time model of what anti-climate crisis social movements look like: Welcome to the climate crisis. There’s nothing abstract about it. It isn’t some apocalypse decades away or an event that comes down like one big hurricane to wipe us all out. It’s Hurricane […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Climate Crisis

Stoller on voting third party

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

Matt Stoller has a very long and very thorough response to some of the criticisms levied against his progressive argument against Barack Obama. It’s long and there’s a lot worthy of consideration. But I think this passage on the need to generate real resistance to what is happening with the climate crisis, with the entrenchment […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Progressive Infrastructure

Journalistic failures on climate crisis

November 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Journalist turned climate activist Wen Stephenson has a must-read piece in The Phoenix on the urgency of talking about climate change and the total failures of the mainstream press to address it as a crisis. Of note: First: We need to see a much greater sense of urgency in the media’s coverage of climate change, including in […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis

Obama’s horrific coal attacks

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

President Barack Obama, in last night’s second presidential debate: And when I hear Governor Romney say he’s a big coal guy, I mean, keep in mind, when — Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, “This plant kills,” and took great […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Environment · Mitt Romney

Climate Change Terror

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

First, read this article by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone. OK, now that you’ve done that and we’re both terrified, let’s move forward. McKibben sees a real need as making the fossil fuel industry out to be a villain, a global villain. Here’s why: If you told Exxon or Lukoil that, in order to avoid […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Environment