“I think . . . our hope is that we’ll turn this disappointment and disgust with this [Ferguson Grand Jury] decision into engaged voters and civically engaged residents.” – Michael Curry, president of the Boston branch of the NAACP, quoted in the 11/26/14 Boston Globe.
LEPOCO needs to replace Robert Daniel II, who had been a mainstay there since 2008, as soon as possible. Candidates need to be committed to nonviolence, enthusiastic about promoting LEPOCO’s peace and justice efforts, able to coordinate with and aid the various committees and working groups (CASK, NAS/Stop the Wars, ASG, Peace Camp, etc), participate in the Steering Committee, assist in office activities (newsletter, flyers, website, financial records, etc), interface with other peace and justice groups, and represent LEPOCO at various peace and justice events.
It is desirable for the person to have knowledge of peace and justice issues, experience / training with group leadership, capable of working with people from diverse backgrounds, speaking / writing abilities. This coordinator position will provide “room to grow.”
Flexible working hours usually requiring about 30 to 35 hours per week. Includes some benefits and hourly wage.
If interested, please send a letter of interest and a resume to email@example.com or to LEPOCO Peace Center, 313 W 4th St, Bethlehem PA 18015. If you have questions please call the Peace Center at 610-691-8730. Deadline for expressing interest in the job: mid- to late-November.
“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.
Interns continue to work on rethinking the system, using research & analysis to develop new approaches on projects such as healthy food, climate action, sustainability in schools & on campus, and Fair Trade. 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.
We also are working with a Community Fellow from Lehigh to help the Bethlehem Area School District implement the Climate and Sustainability Commitment adopted in April.
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.”