May 21st: People of Faith Take on Fossil Fuel Divestment
Please join for a statewide meeting on faith-based fossil fuel divestment this Wednesday, May 21st from 12 noon to 2:30 pm, at the Augusta Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 69 Winthrop St. See the invitation and RSVP here!
May 22nd: Support the Auburn Train Blockade Arrestees
Come show your support for the local heroes who blockaded the railroad tracks in Auburn last summer to protest the Oil Trains creeping through our communities! These citizens put their bodies on the line to call attention to the dangers of transporting ultra-explosive, fracked Bakken crude by rail. A rally will be held outside the Androscoggin Superior Court on Thursday, May 22nd, at 9 a.m. to show solidarity and support for the activist arrestees. The court proceedings begin at 9:30 so please come early to show the reckless oil companies that we mean business! It is imperative that all who attend the hearing be silent and respectful while inside the courtroom! Please see this link for further information about the events of the 26th and for carpooling options (and see our Facebook Event Page).
On May the 17th, “Hands Across the Sand/Land” solidarity actions were held in opposition to dirty fuels. In Portland, we held a “Day of Action: No Tar Sands!” event (in association with our coalition partners: Sierra Club-Maine, NRCM and Environment Maine). Despite the rain, we had quite the turn-out across from the Farmer’s Market in Deering Oaks Park—with keynote speaker Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.
For photos, videos and media reports, see this link. For pictures of events across the country, see this link. And for a short video of Sarah Lachance (our 350 Maine Tar Sands Team Coordinator) speaking, see this link.
Chloe Maxmin: a multi-media Maine activist
We are so excited to continue to see our 2013 350.org Fellow, Chloe Maxmin of Nobleboro, maintaining her impressive activism - and getting some significant “press” along the way. Chloe continues to be a significant support to 350 Maine - all the while heading up Divest Harvard, writing her blog (First Here, Then Everywhere)..and apparently being quite successful with her educational efforts at Harvard University! Recently, Chloe was on NPR (discussing her hopes following Stanford University’s divestment from coal), has been published in the print version of The Nation magazine (including in the May 19th print edition, with an April 24th commentary, and via the online Student Nation Dispatches), and was recently published on the Opinion Page of the New York Times. Thank you Chloe—you represent Maine...and all of us—impressively well!
Save the Date:
- May 24 & 25: Please join 350 Brunswick this Friday and Saturday as we stand in support of the students of Bowdoin Climate Action in their ongoing work to divest the college endowment from fossil fuels. Please see this link for additional information.
- May 27: Please attend Protect South Portland’s “Pizza and Planning Party” at 6 p.m. at the Griffin Club in South Portland.
- June 5: It’s a celebration! Stop The East-West Corridor (STEWC) is holding a potluck and a party in Monson @ 5:30 p.m. See additional information here.
- June 27-29 “Healing Walk” in Alberta Canada: 350 Maine is working with 350.org to support the Healing Walk in Canada (see additional information from 350.org on their webpage and via this letter). We are committed to engaging as many people as possible in support of this powerful First Nations ritual in the heart of the Tar Sands production area - including possibly developing solidarity actions across the state. Stay tuned for more information - or be in touch with Sarah Lachance.
- July 6: 1 year anniversary of the Lac-Megantic Oil Train tragedy.
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