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Moment of Truth for America: Coronavirus Epidemic Needs a United, Cross-partisan Crisis Response

The global response to the coronavirus health crisis has reached it’s moment of truth.

As an epidemiologist, I am no stranger to global pandemics. During my career, I have battled hantavirus and meningitis outbreaks in the USA and HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria across the world. Today, against all odds, we are winning: Almost two-thirds of people living with the HIV virus are receiving lifesaving treatment, and more than 30 million lives have been saved. 

This turnaround came about thanks to smart science and the dedication of individuals who did not flinch in the face of overwhelming denial and inaction.

One of those individuals is Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., who last week was chosen to lead the White House response to the coronavirus epidemic, reporting directly to Vice-President Pence. 

Cross-partisan approval: Birx the right choice to lead coronavirus effort

This was the right move for these uncertain times. Debbie is the Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. She has served under three Administrations, and is one of the few high-ranking Obama appointees to continue in her position under the Trump Administration.

I worked alongside Debbie at the State Department for years. I believe her data-driven, evidence-based approach and her knowledge of global health equips her to navigate the scientific and epidemic control issues within the federal bureaucracy.  She is honest, smart and a true cross-partisan leader.

My confidence in the Ambassador assures me that we will come through the coronavirus crisis with smart leadership–although we don’t yet know how serious the damage will be. But what about the next one? And the one after?

Climate Emergency and pandemics linked

This will not be the last pandemic. The climate emergency, along with unprecedented levels of global mobility, means that disease patterns are changing. We are not ready.

We see evidence of U.S. unpreparedness almost every hour as the current crisis unfolds. Our public systems are stumbling, testing kits are missing, essential supplies are unavailable and scientists are being muzzled. In a time of epidemic crisis, we must change gears and come together as a society to help each other, tempering our partisan reflexes.

Every person in America needs to wake up and get ready­—for coronavirus and what comes next.

My advice as an epidemiologist is to create a plan for preventing infection, illness and social disruption. Know what to do if your child’s school or your work close for a lengthy period. Make sure the elders in your family, pregnant women and vulnerable people in your lives are protected. Consider having extra food supplies and nonperishables on hand. These are good ideas even when no crisis is present.

My advice as a physician-activist is to call on our political leaders to stop blaming and start acting. Fortunately, Congress approved $8.3 billion of emergency funding to mitigate the potentially devastating health, security, and economic impacts of COVID-19 to the United States.  This large infusion of resources – and before a larger crisis unfolds – is vital to ensure that U.S. domestic responders are adequately preparing, support the global response needs, and develop a vaccine and countermeasures to ultimately end the pandemic. 

As we continue the full-throttle implementation of our current coronavirus crisis, let’s also take a longer view, as we will surely have to respond to new and resurgent emerging infectious diseases.  Preparing for the worst is a cross-partisan challenge and requires an apolitical response.

This is about policy, not politics.

Interconnected  pillars for global change

Last year when we launched Build a Movement 2020, we built it on five interconnected pillars of change. Today, I’m writing about one of those pillars, Gender and Health, and it’s impossible to disconnect it from two others: Restoring Democracy and Climate Restoration.

By building a cross-partisan movement of change we can collectively raise our voices about emerging threats like the coronavirus. By demanding our political leaders invest boldly in climate restoration, we can likely prevent and mitigate future outbreaks.

Comprehensive change demands comprehensive solutions. At this critical moment in history calls for us to leave behind segmented, partisan approaches of the past and forever change how we operate. Our goal is simple: ensure the survival of humanity. We do this with a comprehensive approach through prevention and rapid response to emerging threats. We do this by restoring trust with our government by healing our democracy.

No matter what comes next, I believe we will thrive, heal and strengthen our epidemic response systems–if we act with unity and compassion. Together, we can create a culture of trust, openness, and cooperation. 

This is our moment of truth. So what will we choose?

Trump, Pelosi, Roberts, Congress Fail to Uphold their Oath of Office

Build A Movement 2020–a cross-partisan mobilization–demands that our political leaders work together to urgently lead “Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) and ensure the survival and flourishing of all of humanity.

WASHINGTONFeb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In September 1787, over 232 years ago the current U.S. Constitution was approved with a preamble that states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

While our political leaders are entrenched in tiresome bipartisan warfare, their leadership is woefully inadequate in the face of the ever-worsening climate emergency.  In fact, their failure over the past years places humanity with the imperative to reduce the risk of catastrophic methane releases, which could trigger a human extinction event in the next 2-15 years.

“Everyone in the cross-partisan climate restoration movement agrees that our American government is violating their oath to the American people,” says Dr. Paul Zeitz, Co-Founder of Build a Movement 2020.  “There is a growing consensus that the only right way to move forward is to create a new American 2.0 constitution, that engages all Americans in a participatory experience, so that at last, together, we can realize the American ideal of liberty and justice for all.

“We can join forces, today and every day going forward, in an inclusive healing movement to solve the climate emergency and usher forth a new era of tranquility, peace, and justice for all. At this critical juncture in history, we can avoid our almost probable certain imminent extinction. Let’s join forces with all Americans and vigorously demand action to restore our climate.”

Build A Movement 2020 is a newly forming political movement that connects political parties, movements, coalitions, organizations, and individuals to solve the existential threats facing humanity.

Build a Movement 2020 co-founder Dr. Paul Zeitz is a physician and epidemiologist who has dedicated his career to catalyzing large-scale global movements for health and justice.

For More Info: www.BAM2020.worldwww.drpaulzeitz.org

CONTACT: Paul Zeitz, 202-365-6786, drpaulzeitz@gmail.com

SOURCE Build A Movement 2020

Rapid Melt of Frozen Methane in Arctic Could Trigger Extinction 

Rapid Melting of Frozen Methane in Arctic Ocean Could Trigger Human Extinction 

Climate Restoration Solutions Urgently Needed

31 January 2020 (Washington, DC)  In October 2019, scientists detected alarming increases in amounts of methane gas bubbling from the frozen permafrost in the shallow parts of the Arctic Ocean coastal seas—decades before such melting had been anticipated. 

Experts believe that rapid Arctic warming is increasing risks so rapidly, that a human extinction event could happen as soon as the next 2-15 years.

Warmer waters at deep levels due to the rapid melting of Arctic ice is enabling the frozen and pressurized seabed methane to be released through faults in the seabed permafrost and rise to the ocean’s surface.  This unexpected rapid melting is a clear danger sign, and climate scientists fear that our current conditions are similar to a previous planetary extinction event that occurred 55 million years ago. 

Over the past nine months, I have consulted with top climate experts studying the risks that humanity could face from the abrupt release of methane gas from the Arctic Ocean. They are calling for an “Arctic Methane Emergency Program” to develop state-of-the-art climate modeling and deployment roadmaps for the safe and targeted use of climate and ice restoration technologies. These include: restoration of dwindling Arctic ice, removal of methane from the frozen seabed, and removal of excess methane and CO2 from the atmosphere.  

A combination of solutions would likely be needed should a sudden and large increase of atmospheric methane be identified, so that humanity could take bold action to prevent our own extinction.

Why risk our own human extinction because we failed to urgently mobilize bold climate restoration programs?

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Climate Restoration is the global endeavor to return the Earth’s climate systems to the proven safe and healthy state in which humanity and our natural world evolved. This requires returning atmospheric CO2 to proven safe levels of less than 300 parts per million (PPM) and restoring sufficient Arctic ice to prevent permafrost melt and the resulting disastrous methane emissions.

Build A Movement 2020 proudly serves as a founding member of the recently launched Global Climate Restoration Task Force, a cross-partisan political movement committed to solving existential threats facing humanity. Build a Movement 2020 co-founder Dr. Paul Zeitz is a physician and epidemiologist who has dedicated his career to catalyzing large-scale global movements for health and justice. To learn more: www.drpaulzeitz.org and www.BAM2020.world

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The Day the We Take Action for Good

Have you shaken off the Turkey Slumber yet? Are you ready to take action? 

Did you shop ‘till you dropped on Black Friday, or you more of a click-it and get-it type that lives for Cyber Monday? If so, are you ready to click-and-take action? 

Whatever you did, I hope you had a marvelous holiday weekend. And I hope you didn’t miss this really good news about climate restoration about the Foundation for Climate Restoration. I also hope you’re ready to join us and take action tomorrow!

As you know, I’ve been committed to waging justice for 30 years, but tomorrow starts a powerful new journey, one that is more important than anything I’ve taken on before. 

Tomorrow we take action to save humanity!  

Why tomorrow? Because tomorrow is the one day a year where America focuses its collective attention on doing good in the world.

giving tuesday

Tomorrow is GIVING TUESDAY, and in the last decade, it has literally gone viral. From a quirky online campaign to balance the commercialism (and gluttony!) of Thanksgiving, it has grown to a day where almost $400 million is given to social causes and charitable organizations.  

It’s the day we all think about how to make the world a better place.

It’s the day where Build a Movement 2020 must reach out and grow! 

If we want to have the resources and support to build a movement that grows and scales, we must be successful on Giving Tuesday. 

We need your help and it will only take a couple of minutes.

First thing tomorrow, please:

  • Show up first thing in the morning of Giving Tuesday and make a small donation on our crowdsource page here
  • Post at least twice tomorrow on your social media inviting friends and family to take bold action with you. 

By taking action, you combat our climate emergency. It’s a small action to call others to hold our leaders accountable for meaningful political change leading up to the next Presidential election and beyond. 

This is the moment of change. The start. The time we’ll look back on and say, “I was there. I was part of it.” 

See you online tomorrow. Here’s to our movement in 2020 and beyond! 

 

Urge candidates to take Climate Restoration Emergency Action

If you’re like me you’re following the presidential candidates, the impeachment proceedings and the flurry of news coming out of Washington with a high degree of wariness. It’s noisy and disturbing and eventually, we go a bit numb.

For example, there was only one question in this week’s Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Debate on climate change.

We must break through the noise because there is great news coming out of the effort to not only slow global warming but to actually restore the Earth to a healthy habitat for generations to come. 

To accomplish this ambitious, yet absolutely necessary goal, we must elect a President in 2020 that will lead Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA). And so far, the entire slate of candidates are coming up short. Take a look: 

Democratic voters in Iowa and around the country should be alarmed by the lack of ambition to address climate change by the Presidential candidates. All of the candidates are failing to respond adequately to our climate emergency. We need more than rhetoric and empty promises. Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Yet with bold leadership, it’s affordable and achievable. CREA is a bold, whole-of-government and global effort to catalyze a fast transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2030, massive carbon dioxide removal, and climate restoration by 2050– thereby ensuring the survival of humanity and our natural world.  

It’s time to raise contact these candidates directly, and we’ve made it so easy for you to do in just a few clicks and a couple of minutes online. 

Click here and you’ll come to a simple form that will directly email presidential candidates urging them to take bold action for climate restoration. 

Then post to social media and ask your friends to take action as well. Tell them to go to the Build A Movement 2020 Action Center at this link: https://www.bam2020.world/action-center It’s that easy. And it can be very powerful. 

Now is the time for voters to make sure the next President leads a global movement for climate restoration. 

Let’s join forces with all Americans and vigorously demand action to restore our climate. 

#RestoreOurClimate

 

Seeking A+ Presidential Candidates on Climate Restoration

This week we learn more about our presidential candidates, but will learn more about these candidates and their commitment to Climate Restoration? 

Based on the last debate, no. In fact, there was not a single question on climate change over the course of a two-hour debate on October 15.  But as Axios reported, the backlash on social media, even from some of the candidates themselves, elevated the issue after the debate.

Join our Pre-Debate Live Event on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 8 PM EST, to learn about the CREA President Candidates Report Card and the next steps to demand action. 

We can hope this Democratic debate hosted by the Washington Post will be different. 

But hope isn’t enough. Action is critical.

In fact, action is a key step in moving past climate anxiety toward hope, according to this article in Outside. 

“It’s not hope that drives us into action, it’s action that drives us into hope,” says Rebecca Solnit.” 

 

Do you want presidential candidates to take action? 

The great news is it’s never been easier to sound the alarm on our climate emergency and take, positive, meaningful action toward change. This week leading up to and after the presidential debate is a perfect time to get involved. 

I am hosting a Pre-Debate Live Event on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 EST. Join us online for a discussion of social media engagement during the debate and bold action we can take together after the debate.

 We have a strong panel of climate restoration experts participating:

  • Dr. Paul Zeitz, Founder, Build A Movement 2020,   
  • Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD, Founding Director, The Climate Mobilization, 
  • John Spies, Extinction Rebellion-NYC 
  • and other special guests in the hour before the Democratic Debate at 8:00 PM EST

Crea Presidential Candidates Report Card

We must work together to elevate climate restoration and demand our candidates become A+ students of Climate Restoration. Because right now, as our last CREA Bipartisan Presidential Candidates Report Card showed, no candidate is above a C+. 

That’s not good enough.  

C+ won’t solve this climate emergency. Climate questions must dominate the debate stage. Candidates with bold plans that will actually solve the climate emergency and restore our planet’s health must emerge before we vote. 

The first primaries are coming soon.

Now is the time to demand more.

Join us online to learn more about climate restoration, debate watch strategies and how easy we’ve made it for you to get involved and make a difference. 

A Climate Emergency, but where are the alarms?

Friday night out means something very different than you’d expect for eighty-one-year-old celebrity and activist Jane Fonda. The superstar has pledged to get arrested by taking part in Fire Drill Fridays every week through January to raise awareness about the climate emergency our planet now faces. 

She’s already been arrested several times in Washington, D.C.

Talk about taking action! 

While getting arrested may not be feasible for you, taking action is. It is the civic duty of every human being who calls Planet Earth home. 

We are in a state of climate emergency, and yet millions of people aren’t hearing the alarms. 

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE TO CLIMATE RESTORATION!

CLICK HERE.

 

Sounding the alarm on the climate emergency

I’m breaking the glass and pulling the alarm. We can’t wait any longer. And you can join me one hour before the next debate at our Facebook Pre-Debate Live Event. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 EST and get briefed on the CREA President Candidates Report Card and next steps to demand action.

Climate Emergency. Take Action

Because of the urgency of our climate emergency, I have centered my first action and highest priority as the founder of Build a Movement 2020 on building a collaborative effort around Climate Restoration. 

Over the past month, a global movement for Climate Restoration is gaining momentum to ensure the survival and flourishing of humanity with an ambitious goal to restore a safe and healthy climate by 2050. 

The exciting news of collaborative change has finally begun to spread:

In September we held the First Annual Global Climate Restoration Forum

Hundreds of people from around the world attended the event at the UN Trusteeship Council with support from the UN Office for Partnerships and in partnership with Earth Day Network, Future Coalition, and the Foundation for Climate Restoration.

Take a look at the news coverage: 

In tandem with the Forum, we announced the launch of the Global Coalition for Climate Restoration public and private partners focused on large-scale carbon dioxide removal, Arctic ice restoration, and/or ocean ecosystem restoration. Many organizations are joining the effort as we speak. 

This type of collaboration is critical for meaningful change. We can ensure the survival of humans (or ensure Earth is livable for all humans) but only when we work together!  

We created our BAM 2020 Guide to Climate Restoration called “From a March to a Movement.” Read about these seven critical steps we can take together. It’s free. Share it widely, and turn it into action. You can get yours today. Click here.

Want to join this global effort? Want to help sound the alarm? Text BAM2020 to 52886 and then share this information widely. 

Everyone has a job to do. It’s an emergency! But we can solve it together. 

 

Our next President must save humanity

Our next President must be prepared to save humanity. In the face of a climate emergency that impacts every aspect of our lives, half-measures and plodding steps will not be sufficient. And we have just over 350 days to impact the election with this critical goal.

An effort to save humanity probably sounds extreme. But the science is clear: We are running out of time. Equally clear is that there are options for climate restoration that can do the job. We can save humanity.

This election cycle has focused more attention on climate justice than ever before. Several candidates are calling for a climate emergency. Several are offering bold ideas. But none yet has broken to the top of the field, according to our newly released Climate Restoration Emergency Action Scorecard.

Democratic voters in Iowa and around the country should be alarmed by the lack of ambition to address climate change by the Presidential candidates. 

CREA report card tracking saving humanity

All of the candidates are failing to respond adequately to our climate emergency. We need more than rhetoric and empty promises. 

Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Yet with bold leadership, it’s affordable and achievable. 

Now is the time for voters to make sure the next President leads a global movement for climate restoration. 

You can read the full report on the CREA report card here.

Ensure our next President helps save humanity

Our next President must also go beyond current ambitions for climate action. 

Besides ongoing mitigation (reducing CO2 emissions) and adaptation (preparing for inevitable consequences), the next President must set a new goal to achieve “climate restoration” — to repair the current damage and proactively ensure a safe and healthy climate for future generations.

The next President must mobilize the full capabilities of the federal government, universities, and the private sector to deploy innovative solutions to return atmospheric CO2 to safe levels of less than 300 parts per million by 2050. 

In addition, efforts must restore sufficient Arctic ice for eight months of the year to prevent permafrost melt and the resulting disastrous methane emissions. This is an urgent priority.

So far, none of the candidates have committed to this goal.

The next president must lead the rapid acceleration of the three legs of climate action: mitigation, adaptation, and restoration. This will require mobilizing the entire federal government and society on a scale not seen since Americans mobilized to win the battle against fascism in World War II.

So far, none of the candidates have committed to this goal.

Our next President must unify a broad range of constituencies within the Democratic party and demonstrate their skill to mobilize cross-partisan support that attracts Independents, green Republicans, and especially non-voting Americans. A unified political movement is an absolute prerequisite for breaking the political logjam to accelerate federal climate action.

So far, none of the candidates have committed to this goal.

Our greatest presidents have called on shared sacrifice to accomplish broad goals like winning World War II and ensuring “government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

A new president’s mission is a little more succinct: to ensure people shall not perish from the earth. The top agenda must be to save humanity.

Let’s join forces with all Americans and vigorously demand action to restore our climate.

 

New Climate Change Report Card Warns Iowa Voters:

Democratic Candidates Ambitions Are Too Low

14 November 2019 (Washington, DC)–Three months before the Iowa caucuses, a recent CNN poll shows climate change is a top priority for Iowa’s likely Democratic voters. Build A Movement 2020 today released the Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) Report Card that demonstrates poor performance on essential climate action by all leading candidates–sending a warning to Iowa caucus-goers.   

In releasing the climate change report card, Dr. Paul Zeitz, Founder, Build A Movement 2020 said: “Democratic voters in Iowa and around the country should be alarmed by the lack of ambition to address climate change by the Presidential candidates–all are failing to respond adequately to our climate emergency. Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA) is affordable and achievable. Let’s join forces with all Americans and vigorously demand action to restore our climate.” 

Climate Restoration Report Card

KEY FINDINGS OF CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT CARD: 

  • Among the leading Democratic candidates, Senator Sanders received the highest overall grade (C+ grade), narrowly outperforming his leading rivals. Former Vice President Biden, Mayor Buttigieg, and Senator Warren all got C grades. 
  • Most 2020 candidates agree we face a climate emergency. Alarmingly, however, no leading Democratic candidates have developed ambitious plans to transition to a net-zero carbon economy fast enough to avoid catastrophic climate effects. 
  • Among top-tier candidates, only Biden and Buttigieg begin to support effective action to deal with the damage already done, committing to use natural and technological solutions for carbon dioxide removal–both essential to remove the one trillion tons of excess CO2 in the atmosphere. 
  • None of the leading candidates have plans to implement Climate Restoration Emergency Action (CREA). Only Andrew Yang has proposed specific climate restoration solutions critical to winning the fight against climate change.  

CREA is a bold, whole-of-government and global effort to catalyze a fast transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2030, massive carbon dioxide removal, and climate restoration by 2050– thereby ensuring the survival of humanity and our natural world. 

The CREA Report Card goes beyond other report cards which focus only on switching from fossil fuels to renewables, and do not evaluate candidates’ commitments on reversing global warming and achieving climate restoration. 

Build A Movement 2020 is a newly forming political movement that connects political parties, movements, coalitions, organizations, and individuals to solve the existential threats facing humanity.  This Report Card was co-produced with ClimateChangesEverything.org

For More Info: www.BAM2020.world; www.drpaulzeitz.org

CONTACT: Paul Zeitz, 202-365-6786, drpaulzeitz@gmail.com

Use the digital power at your fingertips

As a doctor and father, I’m used to giving out advice. So bear with me, because I want to offer some simple and effective advice for my fellow activists and change-agents to tap into the digital power at your fingertips:

Use your powers for good. 

And read on, because within this post we’re going to help you do exactly that! Consider this your Digital Power 101 introduction. 

Class is now in session. 

Taking action with a few clicks

Never before in history has such power –aka digital power–been afforded us. The telephone you hold in your hand is more powerful than the first computers I worked on at the State Department years ago. Through the digital power of social media, you can reach more people around the world than many political leaders from twenty years ago.

We all share concerns about the impact of modern digital technology. We worry about our privacy, our identities or even what others are doing with the same tools to harm others. 

But we can’t run from digital tools. They spur change and help galvanize critical support for vital action. Digital power is here, for better or worse. These tools exist, so we must use them for good.

We spend a crazy amount of time on screens. Some of the latest studies found that adults view screens 11 hours a day! 

A lot of that time is passive–following celebrities, posting selfies, reading or watching content others provide– that has us “tuning in and tuning out.” 

What if we gave just a sliver of that time to waging justice? What if we posted for political action and used simple clicks to contact our legislators? What if we came together to use our digital power collectively go viral for justice?

Digital power through BAM 2020 campaigns

At BAM 2020 we made a significant investment in digital tools to make it far easier, more efficient and more impactful for you to make a difference–and do it fast! 

Have you wondered why we’re often encouraging you to text Bam2020 to 52866? If you haven’t done it, aren’t you just a bit curious about what will happen when you do? 

No, you won’t be asked for money. No, you won’t be besieged with spam in your e-mail inbox. You’ll come to this spot here: 

As you can see, we’ve teed it all up for you to quickly and rapidly write a letter and tweet directly to your Congressional leader. You don’t even have to know who your leaders are, as we’ll find them for you in seconds. 

By entering very basic information (none of which will be shared with anyone by BAM 2020) this sets up emails and tweets for you to send. Click another button and away they go! 

Think it doesn’t matter? Well, don’t take our word for it. Try it. Click here and get started right now.  You will contact all your Congressional leaders urging them to support legislation that advances Climate Restoration to confront our growing climate emergency. 

Once you’ve sent it out, wait for a day or two and see how many replies you get. 

Now imagine if you invite a bunch of friends to do the same? Imagine the next happy hour when you’re sitting around talking about your frustration with the lack of political action or solutions, you encourage everyone to do something about it, right then and there, with a cocktail or beer in hand! 

That’s called using your digital power for good.

If 20-30 or 200-300 emails like this show up, your political representatives will take notice. We can quickly and effectively raise this important solution to our climate emergency with those in a position to affect legislation and change.

We’re stronger together

Over the course of the next month, we’ll have several calls to action. You can do EVERY one of them, just as easily as you do this first one. You can keep making an impact, keep raising your voice, keep waging justice with a few clicks on your phone.

And don’t forget the power in your own posts. How many people liked or commented on your latest selfie? What if they saw a post from you showing a letter from your senator about climate restoration instead? What if they liked, commented and shared your posts about taking action to defend the Earth for generations to come? 

It’s simply too easy NOT to do it. 

Tap into your digital power (super power!) Get started today. 

  1. Support Climate Restoration here.
  2. Share your post using our social media links.
  3. Drop me a note and introduce yourself, saying “I’m waging justice!” 

This is how we will change the world together!