“This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state’s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us—one of the final ones, I suspect—is to rise up in outrage and halt this seizure of our rights to liberty and free expression. If we do not do so we will see ourselves become a nation of captives.” —Chris Hedges (Nation of Change posting)

From: Organic Consumers Association, 4/19/14:

Victory in Vermont!

This year, Mother Earth has at least one thing to celebrate on Earth Day—the beginning of the end of Monsanto’s evil empire.

On Wednesday, April 16, the Vermont Senate passed H.112, this country’s first no-strings-attached law requiring the mandatory labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and outlawing the practice of labeling GMO-contaminated foods as “natural” or “all-natural.”

With the passage of the Vermont GMO labeling law, after 20 years of struggle, it’s time to celebrate our common victory. But as we all know, the battle for a new food and farming system, and a sustainable future has just begun. Monsanto will likely sue Vermont. And lose. And the Gene and Junk Food Giants will still try to pass a federal law intended to strip Vermont, and every other state, of the right to pass GMO labeling laws.

But we will fight back. And we will win.

Protests at Horsham: Stop the Drone Center Before It Starts

Last Saturdays, noon to 2pm: May 31,  June 29

Protest Horsham Drone Command Center
(Outside Horsham 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 610-691-8730 to sign up or with questions.

Interns continue to work on rethinking the system with projects such as healthy food, sustainability in schools & on campus, and Fair Trade. Most projects involve to help make the Lehigh Valley more sustainable.

We are working with a Community Fellow from Lehigh to help the Bethlehem Area School District implement the Climate and Sustainability Commitment adopted in April.

We continue to support and work with a variety of efforts to help people get healthy food. For an overview of the issues, see Healthy Food for Healthy Communities or Focus On… Food for Health.

Our campus sustainability internship has been reworked to reflect the fact that most LV campuses now have active sustainability initiatives. We will use the student’s home campus to evaluate the STARS Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting System.

For more information, contact Peter Crownfield, internship coordinator

Current Opportunities •   Thoughts from past interns •   How To Apply

Positions on Fracking of the Candidates for PA Governor

Republican Party candidate: Pro-Fracking – Tom Corbett: “In his March 2011 budget address, Corbett said, ‘Let’s make Pennsylvania the hub of this [drilling] boom. Just as the oil companies decided to headquarter in one of a dozen states with oil, let’s make Pennsylvania the Texas of the natural gas boom. I’m determined that Pennsylvania not lose this moment. We have the chance to get it.’ ” From: StateImpact

Democratic Party candidate: Pro-Fracking – Tom Wolf: “With Pennsylvania sitting on one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the world, Tom Wolf believes that the Marcellus Shale must be a key component of any plan for Pennsylvania’s future. We must ensure that we take advantage of this resource and opportunity in a way that benefits all Pennsylvanians and protects our water and environment.” From: Tom Wolf’s website

Green Party candidate: Opposed to Fracking – Paul Glover: “Fracking should be banned and dismantled. Where contracts can’t be broken, prohibitive cleanup/abandonment bonds should be imposed. At the same time we ban fracking, we need to build energy-efficient alternatives to fossil fuels.” From: Glover for Governor

From the POGO BLOG of 5/8/14:

Weakened USA FREEDOM Act in the Works

“A weakened version of the USA Freedom Act unanimously passed through the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [5/7] and reportedly was approved today [5/8] by the House Permanent Committee on Intelligence—clearing the way for the bill to be debated on the House Floor.

“But the bill omits critical government reporting requirements included in the original USA FREEDOM Act as introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

“POGO Executive Director Danielle Brian said: ‘We are deeply troubled that much-needed reforms to shine a light on surveillance activities were not considered by House Judiciary yesterday. We cannot expect this bill to protect privacy and civil liberties while the public and Congress continue to be in the dark about the policies in practice.’ ”

Go to the Pogo Blog site for the rest of their comments.