“Where was I going to draw the line [between beings it was okay and not okay to kill]? Mammals, fish, insects, plants, plankton, bacteria? If ‘what’ became ‘who’, then what would be left to eat? I have my answer, finally. I’m not going to draw a line. I’m going to draw a circle.”
– Lierre Keith, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, 2009: 92-93. [ARCHIVE]
Election News From Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF):
Grant Township, PA Asserts Rights in a People’s Municipal Charter
With the state, industry, and a federal court telling Grant Township it can’t say “No” to frack waste, the people approve a Home Rule Charter and Bill of Rights banning waste. More in CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.
West Chester, PA Adopts Community Rights Frack Ban
The people of West Chester overwhelmingly adopt a rights-based charter amendment, protecting their right to a healthy environment and to democratic, local self-government. Read CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.
Youngstown: Just Shy of Victory
Advocating for community rights and fighting to protect their clean air and water for 2 1/2 years, last night Youngstown, Ohio, came closer than ever to codifying their rights. Read CELDF’s 11/4/15 press release.
“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.
NEW for 2016: We are developing recommendations & tools to help teachers integrate climate & sustainability concepts, starting with templates & guidelines for school-level inventories of greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] — and using them to generate discussion of global warming and what can be done. In addition to specific tools, we will also be encouraging teachers to do more to integrate discussion of climate & sustainability topics across the entire curriculum. [more info]
As these efforts continue, we will also begin exploring ways to raise awareness of the health & climate impacts of the industrialized food system. (This may turn into a summer project involving 2–3 interns.) We continue to work on a variety of efforts to help people get healthy food — for an overview of the issues, see Healthy Food for Healthy Communities & Sustainable Campus Dining Resources.
As with most of our internship projects, interns use research & analysis to rethink the way we do things. Projects are generally designed to give students hands-on experience in developing solutions and getting them implemented.
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.”