Making progress towards tar sands and divestment goals

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We Won’t Quit in South Portland until We Stop Tar Sands

The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday, July 9, to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance, which would protect the city—and potentially all New England—from tar sands. A huge crowd of 355 people, wearing sky-blue tee shirts, turned out in support of the ordinance, and those from South Portland speaking in support of “Clear Skies” outnumbered opponents 9-1. On Tuesday, July 15, South Portland Planning Board will consider the ordinance at a public hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of South Portland High School. The last stage for the city’s process—and hopefully passage—is the second hearing on July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the community center gym. If you can only make one meeting, help us pack the one on July 21!

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The news that the World Council of Churches, which represents 590 million Christians worldwide, has agreed to divest is a power-boost to all divestment drives but especially faith-based divestment. 350 Maine’s faith-based divestment team is building steam. The next Faith-Based Fossil-Fuel Divestment Meeting takes place this Wednesday, July 16, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta at 69 Winthrop St. Come learn how to make this moral argument to your faith community.

“No Tar Sands!” Heard Loud and Clear at People’s Conference and Rally

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With hostile weather threatening, New Englanders joined together just off of Route 302 in Bretton Woods—nearby the 2014 New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference (NEG-ECP) at the Mt. Washington resort. Our conference and rally, developed by the Tar Sands Free Northeast Coalition (with 350.org and 350 New England), was a powerful visual and messaging effort that spoke to the realities and risks of extreme energy, including tar sands. Student leaders provided a wonderful piece of theater; music and poetry were shared, and the people’s conference allowed for unique presentations from individuals and groups across the region. More information will be available as the NEG-NCP continues—without Governor LePage. Click here for the 350 Maine Facebook album of the event. Thank you to all who turned out!

 

Music with a Message for the Climate Movement!

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When we see the ARRT! banners at our gatherings we understand that all activism and no art makes for dull activists! Summer is a good time to feed your soul with some music for the movement. We’re sure there are more performances that we could list but wanted to be sure that you knew about these upcoming concerts:

  • Anti-fracking singer-songwriter Marc Black, Wednesday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m., Happy Acres Hall in Alton and Thursday, July 24, at 8:00 p.m., Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. Suggested donation at both concerts: $10. FMI Christopher Groden, Midcoast Performing Arts Initiative, at 207-323-4505 or cgroden@mpaime.org.
  • Emma’s Revolution and Holly Near, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., University of Maine Hauck Auditorium, Memorial Union, Orono, Maine. Tickets: $20 at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Suite 100 , Bangor or at www.peacectr.org. FMI: 207-942-9343 or peacectr.org

 

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Save the Date:
  • South Portland, July 21: Final vote to adopt the Clear Skies Ordinance, South Portland City Council meeting, Community center gym, 21 Nelson Rd. @ 7:00p.m.
  • Statewide, July 29: Tar Sands campaign call @7:00 p.m. Conference number: 1-213-550-2200; Access Code: 317-1692#
  • Portland, July 31: 350.org Train-the-Organizer training, location TBA, @ 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. FMI Lee Chisholm  @ 207-776-3746 or leechisholm@comcast.net