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“We should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide.”
—Thomas Edison, in a 1931 conversation with Henry Ford & Harvey Firestone [ARCHIVE]
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From an August 2, 2017 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) emailing:
On October 27th, CELDF and our partners at Tulane Law School in New Orleans are holding the first Rights of Nature conference. We’ll be joined by Rights of Nature practitioners from Ecuador, Nepal, Australia, and elsewhere. More information coming soon!
In Oregon, the Siletz River Watershed filed to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its rights – the 3rd ecosystem in the U.S. to do so. The timber industry is suing to overturn a Community Bill of Rights adopted by Lincoln County residents that bans aerial sprayed pesticides and recognizes the Rights of Nature. CELDF is representing the watershed.
And in Ohio, while Bowling Green residents submit petitions to place the first right to climate measure in the state on the November ballot, elsewhere, government again attempts to stifle the people’s right to initiative. Boards of Elections in Medina and Athens Counties are blocking qualified measures. Residents are fighting back.
Check out other CELDF happenings on their events page!
“Stand Up and Speak Out!” Protest Demonstration in Horsham
Close the Drone Center Before It Is Activated
Last Saturdays, noon to 2pm
Protest Horsham Drone Command Center
(Outside the Reaper Drone Command Center
at theHorsham Air National Guard Station,
Easton & County Line Roads, Horsham PA)
10:45am: Carpool from Lehigh Valley
(From Hellertown Park & Ride, Silvex Rd
near intersection of Rte 412 & I-78, behind Wendy’s)
Please call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 to sign up or with questions.
Interns use research & analysis to rethink the way we do things and raise awareness towards a more sustainable future as they gain hands-on experience developing solutions. Featured projects for 2017–2018:
- Let’s talk about food! – Preparing in finished form, including a website, ideas for teachers to cover food’s important connections to health & climate; develop a system for assessing food sustainability at school. (Fall internships available.)
- Community & Restorative Justice – Exploring ways to make law enforcement & the justice system responsive to community needs.
- Community Planning for Resilience & Sustainability – Exploring ways for communities to become more resilient and develop effective climate action plans.
- Editing & Publishing (Spring 2018) – Assist with publication of the next edition of the Alliance’s annual booklet
- Urban Ecology – Looking at cities from a holistic viewpoint. (Now in development; available next year.)
The View From Popular Resistance:
Daily Movement News & Resources
Resistance Report for movement building news, analysis, interviews and editorial commentary.
RESIST: Strategic direct action and civil disobedience such as strikes, sit-ins and occupations can expose injustice, slow down or stop harmful practices and win specific demands.
CREATE: Along with direct action and other forms of resistance, a successful movement must also build new institutions based on solidarity, justice and cooperation.
ORGANIZE: About creating sustainable, democratic organizations that empower its members while also protecting against disruption.
STRATEGIZE: Strategic nonviolence and links to organizations that provide training in nonviolent resistance, effective strategy and creative actions.
From Popular Resistance, 5/6/17:
Internet Freedom Is Fundamental, We Might Lose It
We must protect the free and open Internet again. Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai, a commissioner who opposed Title II and net neutrality, to be chair of the FCC. Pai is a former Verizon lawyer who is representing the interests of ISP’s like Verizon and Comcast rather than the public interest. It is going to take another mass mobilization, probably larger than the last one, in order to protect net neutrality.
We started a campaign, Protect Our Internet, see the website and Facebook page (like the page and share it). We have already taken initial actions with our coalition partners, including protesting Ajit Pai when he spoke at the American Enterprise Institute. More is planned. Sign up on Protect Our Internet so you can be part of this campaign and click here to take action by sending Ajit Pai an email.