We stand united—in New York City, in trials, and in loss

Reserve Your Bus Seat for the People’s Climate March TODAY!


Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club has made a powerful commitment: it will charter as many buses to New York City for the People’s Climate March as we can fill! Each roundtrip seat ticket is $30—normally the cost of roundtrip between Augusta and Portland, so this is a deal! Right now the plans are to leave from Portland very early (so early it could be late!) with one stop in Portsmouth, NH. But once reservations are in, the folks at Sierra Club will look into other stops in Maine to make this more approachable for activists. You can reserve your seat now by going here or send a check for $30/ticket made out to: Sierra Club Maine Chapter, 44 Oak St. Suite 301, Portland, ME 04101. Download the color or black and white flyer to post and spread the word in your area. 350 Maine recommends buying a ticket, prepared to leave from Portland (with people leaving their cars at the park and ride); Sierra Club will try to arrange other pick-up locations and will notify all of us as soon as possible.

Paul McGowan, Climate Champion


With heavy hearts we mark the death of our friend, Paul McGowan (shown in the center, from the hearing for his LD 927). Paul was a staunch advocate for the environment. He believed that change began with the individual. When he heard someone express a concern about the state of the town or the world he would ask, “And what are you going to do about it?”  He challenged us to live our beliefs and gave us tools to accomplish it. As a trained facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, he lead workshops for York town leaders; as a State Representative he introduced bills to ban single-use plastic bags and to have a statewide plan to reduce carbon emissions. He was a member of the York Energy Efficiency Committee and a member of the town Energy Steering Committee. He helped organize a number of comprehensive Energy Fairs for the people of York. He attended one of the “No to Keystone XL” rallies in DC, his first protest rally. He used his passion and vision to inspire and motivate us. Our world is a better place thanks to Paul’s time here. Paul will be sorely missed. (Image credit: Read D. Brugger)

Climate Change Goes on Trial in Massachusetts ...

In May 2013, Jay O'Hara and Ken Ward used a lobster boat to blockade a huge coal ship at Brayton Point, Massachusetts. At their trial this September, they're mounting a "necessity defense"arguing that direct action is practically and morally necessary to stop climate change. Climatologist James Hansen and 350.org ‘s Bill McKibben will be called as expert witnesses. Jay's inviting climate movement supporters to come to the trial, September 8-9, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Please click here to RSVP!080514c.jpg

To join in making this case to the world, come to the trial. Your presence will help communicate exactly how much this matters. Jay and Ken have a stellar organizing team who are helping to put their arrangements together, and they will keep you abreast as event plans, transportation and logistics get sorted out. The trial will also help build momentum for the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. (Image credit: The Nation)


… and in Maine


We have two court dates on the horizon in Maine too. Doug Bowen and Jessie Dowling, who with Meaghan Lasala, sat on the Pan Am railroads tracks in Auburn last August in protest of Bakken oil-by-rail shipments traveling through Maine communities, will go on trial in Auburn in September (date TBD). Their attempt to use a “competing harms” defense, which would have put climate justice on trial, was denied by the judge. Coming right up on August 19 is the Cumberland County Superior Court date for Sylvia Stormwalker and Betsy Catlin, who locked themselves to the TD Bank doors in Portland’s Monument Square in protest of the startup of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. They have already been found guilty and are in court at 1:00 p.m. on August 19 to see if fines and restitution can be reduced or changed to community service or jail time. For more on this trial, click here.

Save the Date

  • August 6, Wells: “Tar Sands Invasion: Discussing the Realities of This Extreme Energy Source,” presentation by Sarah Lachance, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm; $5 donation; no reservation needed.

  • August 6, York: 350 Maine York Region meeting, 7:00-8:00 p.m., York Public Library, Kennebunk Room (downstairs), York. All are welcome. FMI contact Hilary Clark at 207-363-8128 or clarkhamel@aol.com.

  • August 7, Portland: 350 Greater Portland meeting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. All are welcome. FMI contact Lee Chisholm at 207-776-3746 or leechisholm@comcast.net.

  • August 8-10, Greensboro Bend, Vermont: Northeast Regional Climate Justice Camp, sponsored by The Vermont Workers Center, 350VT and Rising Tide Vermont. Another opportunity to prepare for People’s Climate March.

  • August 10, Waterville: 350 Central Maine meeting at 11:00 A.M. at the Universalist-Unitarian Church. On the agenda: reps for the 350 Maine convergence, next steps on oil-by-rail, meet with Citizens Climate Lobby Climate for session on carbon tax legislation. FMI contact Linda Woods at linda350centralmaine@gmail.com.

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