“According to social activist and perennial agitator Naomi Klein, the really inconvenient truth about climate change is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism.” – , in his review of Naomi Klein’s new book,  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

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 lepoco@fast.net 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.

For more information, see the Internships with the Alliance page or contact Peter Crownfield, internship coordinator.

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.