Speak Out Against Oil-By-Rail and Do It Soon!
The deadline for comments on the Obama Administration’s proposed regulations for oil trains is September 30.That’s the last day to say that these changes don't do enough to protect our communities. Right now millions of gallons of highly flammable crude oil is being transported near our homes, offices, and schools in tank cars so unsafe the US Department of Transportation has declared them an “imminent hazard” to the public. The administration's new rules should fix this problem, but instead they cater too much to the oil industry, which has fought half a dozen life-saving measures. Their reason—the oil industry doesn't want to pay to make these trains safer. If you didn't already sign the petition, please do so now to send a powerful message to the Obama administration: We demand stronger rules to stop exploding oil trains.
Maine’s Generation Convergence Needs a Place to Sleep
Generation Climate Convergence preparations are going well, but we need some help finding housing for Saturday night, Oct. 4. Please review the Google form and send it to friends/family in the Portland area that would be interested/available to provide moderate housing! FMI contact Iris at 233-0866.
People’s Climate Is More Than Just a March—How to Plug In
There is so much networking to do to strengthen our movement, so much to learn from each other and some serious direct action necessary. Check out the important events below that will help us all make the People's Climate events more than just a march!
Consider the Climate Convergence (Sept. 19-21), more than 100 workshops taking place in churches, gardens, community centers and on two university campuses in Lower Manhattan, all aimed at finding real alternatives and developing action plans that transform the system, rather than accept it. The convergence will include hub meet ups for the following hubs: Tar Sands, Indigenous Peoples, Public Health, Vegans, Bike Bloc, Elders, Boston, California, Fracking, White Anti-Racist Climate Activists, Climate Impacted Shorefront Communities and Great March for Climate Action. FMI and for schedule visit http://convergeforclimate.org/.
On Monday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m., thousands of people will gather at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to confront the root cause of the climate crisis—an economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers and natural resources. Wearing blue to represent the sea that surrounds us, we rise to the steps of the NY Stock Exchange at 12:00 p.m., flooding the area with our bodies in a massive sit-in—a collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience—to confront the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity. Through the power of people taking collective action we will build an economy based on justice and sustainability, and stopping the climate crisis. Full call to action and information here: http://floodwallstreet.net.
Last-Minute Ways to Build Buzz for the March
As we gear up to the big day, here are some ways we could increase excitement and participation at the last minute. In New York City the climate march organizers conducted a culture jam this past Friday. Our situation in Maine is different but we can take a page from NYC and adapt these buzz building actions/events to a location near one of us! This link takes you to the details for Friday’s events with ways to build buzz through social media and more. Just in case you haven't seen it, we’ll whet your appetite with "5 Things Anyone Can Do on Social Media to Promote the March."
➢ “...High times for the fracked gas industry” according to Standard & Poor's from Global Credit Portal.
➢ “Obama Administration releases weak proposed rules on Crude by rail,” from desmogblog.com
➢ “Fleeing energy forum for NASCAR promotion says much about LePage” from the Portland Press Herald.
➢ Climate flags! 350 Maine has this one, a gift from the designer Joan Bernier, but there are others (www.careaboutclimate.com and www.climateflag.com). Spontaneous idea!
Save the Date
❏ Sept. 16, via phone: Tar sands campaign phone conference, 7:00 p.m. Conference Dial-in Number: 1-213-550-2200; Participant Access Code: 317-1692#. Developing Agenda link.
❏ Sept. 17, Belfast: “Gasland 2,” 6:00 p.m., Abbot Room, Belfast Free Library. Part of the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County’s monthly community forum series. Admission is free (donations accepted); discussion will follow. FMI contact Bob Shaw at 338-4450.
❏ Sept. 19-21, Unity: Common Ground Fair. Visit the 350 Maine booth in the Environmental Concerns tent.
❏ Sept. 21, New York: People’s Climate March.
❏ Sept. 21, Auburn: People’s Climate Solidarity Parade, 1:00 p.m. FMI contact Wendy at 777-1980.
❏ Sept. 23, Bangor: 350’s movie “Disruption,” 6:00-8:00 p.m., Bangor Public Library. Cosponsored by 350 Bangor and Maine Chapter of Global Solutions.org. FMI contact Lee Davis (207-866-4785).
❏ Sept. 26-28, Bryant Pond: GrassRoots Organizing Workshops (GROW)—scroll to bottom of page FMI.
❏ Sept. 27, Bangor: End Violence Together Rally/March, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cosponsored by 350 Bangor and 350 Maine.