“Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.” —Lucretia Mott (1793–1880), Quaker leader and advocate for women’s rights and abolition of slavery.
From Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), 3/16/15:
ALEXANDRIA, NH: COMMUNITY RIGHTS WINS AT TOWN MEETING
Residents of Alexandria, NH, have faced increasing pressure from energy corporations over the last year. Last week at Town Meeting, residents voted overwhelmingly to adopt a second Community Bill of Rights ordinance to strengthen their 2014 rights-based law banning unsustainable energy projects. Read CELDF’s press release here.
OHIO COMMUNITY RIGHTS NETWORK: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH,
COUNTY COURT DECISION EVOKES RALLYING CRY FROM RESIDENTS
While the city’s defense and the court’s ruling in the Broadview Heights case are disappointing, they are not unexpected. In fact, the history of people’s movements shows us that when it comes to protecting rights, our state and federal governments – and sometimes even our own local governments – will try to block us when the protection of our rights would interfere with powerful corporate interests and wealth. Read OHCRN’s statement here.
“Stand Up and Speak Out!” Protest Demonstration in Horsham
Close the Drone Center Before It Is Activated
Last Saturdays, noon to 2pm: Oct 25, Nov 29, Dec 27
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.
Spring 2015—This spring, our primary focus is on the health impacts of synthetic turf, with a goal of developing recommendations to guide schools & other institutions. As with our other internship projects, interns continue to use research & analysis to rethink the way we do things. Most projects are designed to help make the Lehigh Valley more sustainable while giving students hands-on experience.
We continue to support and work with a variety of efforts to help people get healthy food by promoting school & community gardens and access to food that truly supports health & sustainability. For an overview of the issues, see Healthy Food for Healthy Communities or our page on Sustainable Campus Dining Resources.
Likely projects for this summer are continuing to raise awareness about health impacts from synthetic turf and the importance of healthy food—great opportunities for students with an interest in communication! See our Summer Internships page for more information.
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, 11/15/14:
People Power Can Make the Politically Impossible,
the Politically Inevitable
“The net neutrality rules were thrown out by a court in January 2014. Following that decision, millions of people emailed, petitioned and telephoned the FCC urging net neutrality but the FCC did not seem to be listening. More was needed.” More was done using tactics that included an encampment at the FCC headquarters, interruptions of the FCC hearing, actions that generated so many comments it crashed the FCC’s system, and blocking the driveway at the home of FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. “We know we have not won yet, but we also know we are capable of winning. The battle for the future of the Internet has been engaged and the right solution – reclassification under Title II and putting in place strong net neutrality rules – has gone from being politically impossible to seemingly inevitable.”