February 6 2015 Email

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We are again inviting you to engage in the two key efforts that 350.org and 350 Maine have been committed to:

- powerful achievements blocking tar sands oil production, transportation and use — especially related to the Keystone XL pipeline and the Portland-Montreal pipeline.

- hugely successful divestment efforts across the globe and within the state of Maine.

We thank you for all of your support to date; opportunities for you to be involved in these (and other) climate change activism efforts continue. Consider:

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- confronting extreme energy, in various forms, requires a team approach. Here’s some options:

  • Please join us for our 350 Maine Tar Sands Team meeting on Sunday, February 8 at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland from 3 - 6 p.m. While we await the results of the ongoing political dance related to the Keystone XL pipeline — and the threat of an oil-industry lawsuit in South Portland — we continue to prepare for the host of extreme energy responses that we confront, while supporting renewable energy and other solutions.

For additional information about the Team and the meeting, please contact Sarah Lachance. See this link for carpool coordination.

  • Also on Sunday, February 8: Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance follow-up planning to nonviolent civil disobedience training (for the Waterville CREDO action) and pot luck supper at 3 Big Sky Lane, Waterville. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.This is NOT the full Credo training. Please sign the CREDO Pledge of Resistance and RSVP if you plan to attend.

For additional information: see this document and contact Dick Thomas.

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- join us for in-state events associated with Global Dive$tment Day activities on February 13, including:

  • Global Divestment Day of Action Press Conference: “Maine Divests for a Clean Energy Future”. We’d appreciate your presence at the Welcome Center of the State House in  Augusta from 10 am to 12 noon.  Contact: Karen Marysdaughter and Read Brugger.

  • Bowdoin Climate Action Rally 4:00 PM The Polar Bear/Hyde Plaza, Brunswick, ME 04011; see this link FMI and to RSVP.

  • “Vittles and Videos”: filmed stories of Maine divestment activists and soup supper. 350 Lincoln County. Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Rd., Damariscotta (snow date Feb. 20), 5:30-7:30pm. See this link FMI and to RSVP. Contact: Andy Burt

Please be sure to sign our petition related to Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) divestment effort.

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Save-The-Date: See this Calendar link for information related to upcoming events across the state. Here’s some key ones coming right up:

- Tuesday, February 10:

  • Fast-Tracking Global Warming: How free trade deals undermine effective strategies to address climate change”. At Bowdoin College, Visual Arts Center, Bean Classroom--this event is co-sponsored by Bowdoin Climate Action and the Maine Fair Trade Campaign; 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Contact: Martha Spiess. For additional information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, see “Suggested Media” below.

- Saturday, February 14, 9am-4pm, Changing Maine: We DO Have the Power: Local Organizing Against Corporate/Industrialized Projects, UMaine Augusta, Randall Center Fireplace Lounge. FMI: Sass Linneken, or visit: http://resourcesforsocialchange.org/

Please engage in our 350 Maine regional node efforts, including with upcoming meetings; see specific information here. 350 Maine processes are guided by our Spokes Council approach, where representatives from our regional nodes and campaign teams communicate regularly - and you’re invited!

  • Pending: our next Spokes Council meeting will be a conference call with date/time to be announced.

Be sure to join Climate Vigils including in:

If you are interested in hosting a Tar Sands Healing Walk presentation in your area, please contact Lee ChisholmSarah Lachance or Hilary Clark.  See a video of a 11/23/14 presentation in Damariscotta here.


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Suggested Media:

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); as per Robert Reich: “The Worst Trade Deal You Never Heard Of…”. See various resources:

 

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