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Some Nitty Gritty on People’s Climate March

81314a.jpgThis past weekend a contingent of 350 Mainers attended the Northeast Climate Justice Gathering in Vermont (where, by the way, Bob Klotz and Sarah Lachance of the tar sands team presented on the South Portland victory). Several of the workshops and forums focused on the People’s Climate March. We heard a lot about bus commitments from Vermont and Montreal, train travel for Connecticut, etc. So this is a good time to remind you to sign up for one of the Sierra Club Maine buses. Sign up with a group of friends and plan ahead what signs or messages you will take. 350 Maine has some great ARRT! and other banners that could be borrowed if you would like to take a banner and don’t have time to make one; FMI contact Heidi@350maine.org.

We don’t have a march route yet—it’s still being negotiated with the NYPD. We’re asking for a starting point at Columbus Circle and we’re looking at routes through midtown Manhattan, including possibly through Times Square. The NYPD has not closed the door on any routes, but has not committed to any of them, either. We’re confident we’ll come to agreement on a good route in midtown Manhattan, but it may take longer than we expected.

Some of you have expressed interest in the other events that are happening before and after the People’s Climate March. The week of September 17-24 is “International Week of Solidarity with Frontline Communities Around the World,” and as a result many organizations are planning activities around the march. The People’s Climate March web site has a good schedule of events.

There is the possibility of receiving assistance from 350.org to fund a bus (has to be a full bus) that would arrive for the march but bring riders back on late Monday or even Tuesday. If this interests you or planning for something in Maine for post-march, contact info@350maine.org(Image: Cesar Maxit poster for People’s Climate March)

How to Register for Lobster Boat Court Proceedings

81314b.jpgIn 350 Maine’s last email we included info about Jay O’Hara’s and Ken Ward’s upcoming trial for blocking a load of mountaintop removal coal from reaching Brayton Point (MA) coal plant (and they did it using a lobster boat last summer!). We didn’t have a good link for you to register to attend this legal engagement, which will put climate change on trial. Bill McKibben and Dr. James Hansen will join expert witnesses. To register for the trial in the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, MA on September 8 and 9, go to www.lobsterboat.org. We have a self-directed ride board here(Image: lobsterboatblockade.org)

This Friday 350 Maine Reps Meet to Prepare for October statewide

81314c.jpgRepresentatives selected by 350 Maine regional nodes and statewide campaigns will meet on Friday, August 15, for a facilitated discussion and work session to draft working agreements and an organizational structure for 350 Maine. The structure concept and working agreements will be brought to a statewide gathering of all 350 Mainers later this fall. Campaign and regional node teams have been considering questions posed by an ad hoc planning group and recently submitted ideas for structuring their teams and 350 Maine these are the elements that will be considered at this Friday’s gathering. 350 Maine will post a link to notes from this meeting so that everyone will have this info in preparation for the fall statewide. (Image credit: Heidi Brugger)

Save the Date

August 13-19, Northeast Harbor: East-West Corridor Arts Show, opening reception on Thursday, August 14, 5:00 p.m. Seventeen artists pay tribute to the area threatened by the proposed East-West Corridor. Show features people, culture and landscape of the area under consideration.

August 19, Portland: Restitution hearing for TD Bank lock-down activists, rally at noon; court proceedings at 1:00 p.m.

Suggested Media

Try this global warming quiz recommended by our friends at 350 New Hampshire!
“The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External” by Naomi Klein, from The Nation
The White House Has a Plan to Stop Oil Train Explosions—Eventually by Matthew Phillips, from Bloomberg Businessweek
Europe’s Forests Falling Victim to Rapid Climate Change by Planet Editor, from Planet Experts
Edelman formally declares it will not accept climate denial campaigns by Suzanne Goldenberg, from The Guardian
Fossil Fuels Raising Mercury Levels in Oceans: Study by Chris Rose, from DESMOGBLOG.COM