There’s plenty goin’ on that needs our presence! Where can you show up?

September 15 Trial for Auburn Train Blockade Arrestees

090514a.jpgMonday, September 15, has been set as the trial date for Doug Bowen and Jessie Dowling, who are charged with criminal trespass for sitting on the railroad tracks to stop trains from carrying deadly Bakken fracked crude through downtown Auburn—or anywhere. (Trial might extend into the morning of September 16.) The trial will be held at the Androscoggin County Courthouse, on the corner of Turner and Court St in downtown Auburn, at 9:00 a.m.

In May 2014 Doug and Jessie were denied use of a competing harms defense; information about the purpose of the action would be withheld from the trial jury. The case will be treated as a criminal trespass relying on police video of the event.The prosecutor has realized that the video itself includes all our signs, so Doug and Jessie will be permitted limited testimony. All who would like to attend the trial are encouraged to do so. Our presence had a big positive effect at the hearing in May, and surely will again.

For those who plan to attend, a defense attorney has said that as long as we are respectful and maintain a proper distance from the jurors, and keep the entrance to the building clear, we may stand with our signs in jurors’ view as they enter the courthouse building. As with past trials, we want our dress, signs, and speech to promote open-mindedness in the jurors. We anticipate the jurors progressing to the courtroom around 8:30 a.m., but those planning to be part of pre-trial rally and press conference should plan to arrive around 8:00 a.m. If you have interest in organizing or being part of pre-trial events, please contact Heidi or Read Brugger (or at 207-382-6477). (Image: Bob Klotz)

Calling All Youth for Generation Climate Convergence

090514b.jpgThe climate crisis is all too real—perhaps more so for youth, who have inherited this crisis. The Generation Climate Convergence on October 4-5, at the Univ. of Southern Maine's Portland Campus, is a chance for high school and college youth to figure out how to solve the crisis in sustainable ways and bring justice with solutions. Some food and housing will be provided. 

There will be mentorship and workshops on topics including climate justice, school and campus sustainability, grassroots activism and community organizing, media, agriculture, and much more. Do you connect with any of these topics? Interested in hosting a workshop on another topic? Please fill out this: Workshop Proposal. The planning team will give you the support to make it happen. Register for the Generation Climate Convergence: here. FMI, contact iris.sangiovanni@maine.edu. 350 Maine is a sponsor for the Generation Climate Convergence.

End Violence to the Environment

When we all come together, we are a formidable presence for peace, nonviolence, and environmental healing. To that end 350 Bangor and 350 Maine are combining with many organizations and groups to cosponsor a rally and march on the Bangor waterfront Saturday, September 27, starting at 1:30 p.m. This Maine action is represented on the Pace e Bene website as one of 130 actions that are planned for the week of Sept. 21-27 to support the UN International Day of Peace and the UN Summit on Climate Change. In Bangor we have named our event: End Violence Together, recognizing that we all have a stake in ending violence whether social or environmental. The afternoon will include drumming, music, speakers, informational tables, a march along Main St., as well as a closing ceremony with photo shoot at the waterfront. Please check out the website for more on what’s happening nationally.

Helping Hand for Justice for the (Penobscot) River

A major event, Justice for the River, is being organized for Saturday, October 18, on Indian Island, Penobscot Nation. Justice for the River will feature local musicians and activists along with several special guests. The purpose is to raise funds for Penobscot legal defense of their river, which is threatened by the proposed East-West Corridor crossing it, a proposed 600-900-acre dump north of Indian Island and near Birch Stream, oil trains crossing the river en route to the New Brunswick Irving refinery, and a legal challenge from the State of Maine to Penobscot jurisdiction of their river.

350 Maine works with Stop the East-West Corridor (part of our tar sands resistance), which is supporting this event. The event organizers, Dawnland Defense, are seeking people who can volunteer time and energy helping out during the event. Dawnland Defense is finalizing the program and developing a team that is willing to work hard for the river and to ensure that guests have a great time for a worthy cause. If you are interested in stepping up, contact sacredhomelands@gmail.com.

Save the Date

September 7, Unity: “Disruption” screening, 6:30 p.m. Room 204, Parsons Wing, Student Activities Building, Unity College. Discussion follows film, free. FMI, contact Heidi.
September 7, Waterville: “Disruption” screening, 8:00 p.m. Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building, 4000 Mayflower Hill, Colby College, free admission. FMI, contact Dick.
September 11, Oil-By-Rail Resistance Campaign conference call, 5 p.m. Number: 408-418-5050; Participant code: 7723123#.
September 19-21, Unity: MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair. Visit the 350 Maine table in the environmental concerns tent!
September 21, New York City: Peoples Climate March
September 21, Auburn: People’s Climate Parade in solidarity with the PCM. FMI contact Wendy.
September 26-28, Bryant Pond: GrassRoots Organizing Workshops (GROW)

Suggested Media

“Montreal train tracks have become thoroughfares for crude oil tankers” from the Montreal Gazette
“Journalist sues Utah tar sands refinery for illegal “terrorism” police detention” from Utah4Ps
“Railroaded: A Tale of Two Communities” from The Life Support Project 
“The crisis of rising sea levels - Water’s Edge” a special investigative report from Reuters
“Carbon” the first of a four part short film series from Green World Rising
“Shale Oil Drillers Deliberately Wasted Nearly $1 Billion in Gas, Harming Climate” by DeSmogBlog