Posts Tagged ‘Standing Rock’

get_the_lead_out_poster-thumbnailGreetings Earthlings. Did you think we got the lead out of the U.S. in the ’70s? It wasn’t just about the gasoline and the paint. Earth to humans: You still have a problem! Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts joins us to talk about this rather unknown issue these days in the 21st century. Also, joining us in the studio is Dr. David A. Reckhow, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst who headed a recent study of lead in our water. We still have lead in our air and water and it’s a BIG problem for our kids. As always, we’ll also take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill and His Malignancy, as well as a side trip to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………..Revenge of the Critters! Wait, do critters hate motor vehicles or just ones rich people drive?

It’s time for another two-fer in our Fool-on-the-Hill segment and this time they are Dems. Senators Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp recently bailed on their party and voted to approve climate criminal Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). No surprise that both come from the fossil fuel producing states of  West Virginia and North Dakota, the latter being the site of the much disputed DAPL pipeline. Meanwhile Pruitt is now in the building (we had advised the employees to change the locks but they didn’t listen to us) and recently released emails shows he is considered dangerous. Someone call 911!

Time to checkout the present resident in the White House, His Malignancy, the King of Nothing. Let’s start with Rep. Maxine Waters as she drills into Big Oil and their enablers in the Administration calling them what they really are! One of those players is, of course, “T” Rex Tillerson, Big Oil’s man at the head of the U.S. State Department who is no doubt gleefully awaiting the eviction of Water Protectors at Standing Rock so the Dakota Access Pipeline can continue its course of climate destruction. His Malignancy, who has green-lighted the DAPL project he is personally invested in, has a portrait of Indian butcher, Andrew Jackson on the wall in the Oval Office, a fitting symbol of the sort of person the fake president emulates as he carries on the U.S. tradition of treaty trashing. If this were the B-grade bad TV it comes across as on a daily basis we could simply change the channel, but it’s actually happening here in what passes for the real world. We’ll rerun that piece we didn’t get to last week about how the fake president needs help.  Michael Moore seems to think his 10-point plan will “make toast” of the present resident in the White House but we don’t see forced eviction on the list?

Over in The Enviro Show Echo Chamber you don’t want to stand HERE for more than a few minutes or you actually will be toast! The Independent in the UK gives us the latest on the hell hole called Fukushima. And this from Grist: Standing Rock camp torched in traditional Native ceremony but the struggle continues. This weeks science class has some important homework for you. Yes, there will be a test and it will be about deforestation, OK? . Finally, this report comes from Faux “News” so you might want some fact checking time. Be that as it may, we just love reports of flying reptiles as big as airliners (and their remains reportedly found in Transylvania no less)!

 

After our conversation with Dr. Reckhow and Ben we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Saturday, March 11, Noon: Safe & Green is hosting a vigil at Noon in Pliny Park, Main St & High St., Brattleboro to once again call attention to the on-going nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Please stand in solidarity with the evacuees of a region once as productive, beautiful and productive as our own. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

Saturday, March 11, 12 to 1:30pm. Standing WITH Standing Rock  on the Greenfield Town Common, Court Square, Greenfield, MA. Stand together in community prayer, song, and peaceful action in support of Standing Rock Water Protectors and Indigenous people. Standing Rock and Native Nations have called for solidarity actions to support their March 10th Washington DC march in prayer and action. The Standing Rock and Native Nations who are organizing the DC March say: “We ask that you rise in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of the world whose rights protect Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) for the future generations of all.” The Native Nations’ demands for the peaceful DC March include respect for tribal rights and the protection of the environment and future generations. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1466248530054599/

 

Tuesday, March 14, 6pm.: The Public Service Board has scheduled a public hearing on the sale of Vermont Yankee. Entergy and NorthStar are asking for a Certificate of Public Good for the sale.  An informational presentation will be held at 6pm. The hearing will begin at 7pm.  Most likely it will be at Vernon Elementary School, but we will confirm the location at a later date. Email: safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 7pm. Beware the Ides of March Enviro Show. Taking down the emperor one word at a time. Actually, we have the best words……O, and real facts! Call-in with your brief poems, songs or prose, but let us know first, OK? Email: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org

 

Thursday, March 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Poetry reading and creative writing workshop featuring Don Ogden, author of Bad Atmosphere. A free copy of d.o.’s book will be given to the first 20 participants to arrive. Part of the Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis series. Room 2601, UMass Library , Amherst, MA. Contact: Madeleine Charney

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, 10am. All day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/   MA bus sign-up HERE.

 

That’s about it for now Earthlings. We go out with Eliot Bronson’s “Head of the River”.

Until next time remember: Listen to your Mother!

 

 

 

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green-heart-recyclingGreetings Earthlings. An old Mass Earth First! bumper sticker says: “Earth, Love it or Leave it” and we really mean it when it comes to the new regime in Washington. Those climate criminals should be banished to the Phantom Zone for life so we can get on with the business of confronting the Climate Crisis for future generations on this beloved planet. Speaking of those generations, Phil Gregory from Our Children’s Trust calls in with news of their Landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit. “Their complaint asserts that, through the governments affirmative actions in causing climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” There it is. And we guess this new cabal of evil doers in congress and the White House need to be hauled into the dock and punished for their crimes. We’ll get into this love fest soon enough, as well as take you to meet our Fool-on-the-Hill, His Malignancy and a trip to our Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for……..Revenge of the Critters!

The Dove is a symbol of love, right? So it stands to reason that this bird might take the opportunity to………occupy a cop car, right! And guess what? The cops helped out!

He’s baaaaack! This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill was last week’s (and possibly the week before that, who knows!). Yes, it’s House “Science” Committee chair and major Texas climate criminal, Lamar Smith again. This time he is busy trying to pump life into another NOAA “scandal”. Yes, it’s Climategate#2, more bad science to prove climate science is…..well, bad? What do they put in the water down there in the Lone Star state that creates folks like Lamar? Oil? Methane? Mercury? (that last one got the Mad Hatter after all).

We’re ditching our New Boss segment for the duration given that the present Boss is assuredly not the “same as the old boss” or any other boss in our memory for that matter. Soooo, a new bumper tune perhaps for the new “His Malignancy” segment? Let’s see what the Climate Criminal-in-Chief has been up to in his effort to destroy the plant. Of course, his so-called executive orders to restart DAPL & Keystone XL were expected, albeit disasters in the making. Then there’s his order to government agencies to ditch two existing rules before initiating a new one. It’s like a rollback for rolling over what’s left of the planet. By the time you read this Oklahoma climate criminal Scott Pruitt may have already been enthroned at the EPA by His Malignancy and his fellow enemies of the Earth in the U.S. Senate. So just how much damage can Pruitt do at the EPA? We go to MIT for the answer. But wait! Maybe the poor present occupant of the White House…..um…OK, so not poor…..maybe he just needs help?  A vacation to the Phantom Zone, as noted above, could give him and his cohorts in the Administration some much needed rest, yes?

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we learn that The Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn’t actually need all that fracked gas Kinder Morgan’s been trying to fool us about. Surprise! Meanwhile, someone should tell the new occupants in the White House that “If Trump does not pull back from implementing these orders [DAPL & KXL], it will only result in more massive mobilization and civil disobedience on a scale never seen of a newly seated President of the United States.” Remember on our last show we said The Scientists’ March on Washington hadn’t set a date for their event? Now they have. The Paper of Record told us it’s Earth Day, of course!

After our conversation with Phil we head over to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, February 22, 3:30. Mass Rally at TD Bank, Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. Please show up and take a stand against TD’s investments in tar sands, the Keystone XL & DAPL & Trump’s green lighting the Keystone XL & DAPL. Be a Witness to Our Peaceful, Direct Action. Bring your great signs & songs. Contact: BEREAL@VERMONTEL.NET  OR call: 802.869.2141

 

Thursday, February 23, 6 to 9pm. Sen. Ed Markey Town Hall. Ed Markey is a defender of the planet and was spot-on in the struggle to stop Trump appointee Scott Pruitt from taking over the EPA. Show up and thank him! Smith College Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1836458143289148/

 

Friday, February 24, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Meeting Our Ancestors: Exploring the Future Through the Present Moment, Campus Center, Room 917, UMass, Amherst, MA.  A sacred “deep time” practice session, inspired by the work of activist and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy. In this workshop we will consider how we might act like ancestors of future generations and reinvigorate our commitment to climate justice action. The group is facilitated by Tim Beaucage, graduate advisor/teaching associate at UMass Amherst. Go to: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.
Saturday February 25, 1-4pm, The 350 Mass staff is coming to the Berkshires to hold a training to talk about techniques for new member outreach, how to act on our 100% renewables campaign, and how to be involved in our legislative work  at the UU Church in Pittsfield (175 Wendell Ave). Please register for this event here: https://goo.gl/LU7P50.  Contact: Talita Elizeu, Organizing Intern
350 Mass for a Better Future. Call: 617-435-9200. Email: talita@betterfutureproject.org

 

Sunday, February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm. Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution‘s Climate Crisis Task Force meeting at Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Sunday, February 26, 7-8:30pm. Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign’s Monthly Phone Seminar: “The meaning of carbon neutral and why wood fuels such as wood chips and pellets do not qualify for this designation.” with Guest lecturer, Bill Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he is the founding director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the Tufts Climate Initiative and co-founder of the Global Development and Environment Institute. Register before 2/26 at: massforestrescue@gmail.com

 

Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton, MA. We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . Help us organize to protect constitutionally protected conservation land from Kinder Morgan, stop gas leaks statewide and biomass in Springfield, create a clean and renewable energy future in Massachusetts, and figure out how to build up urgency in the public so that we can pressure institutions as a movement. Go to: https://climateactionnowma.org

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Sunday, March 5, 9am./All Day. 30th Annual Local Environmental Action 2017 Conference. This registration page is for both Toxics Action Center and Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) participants: https://tpin.webaction.org/c/72/t/12703/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=5  More info here: http://www.localenvironmentalaction.org/

 

Saturday, April 22, Noon to 5pm. March for Science – Boston Common. The March for Science champions publicly-funded and publicly-communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. This group is inclusive of all individuals and types of science! Go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283459638410385/

 

Saturday, April 22, All Day. March for Science – Washington, DC. In Washington DC, our march through the streets will culminate in a rally on the Washington Mall. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be both a call for politicians to implement science based policies and a public celebration of science.  The rally will feature main stage speakers and teach-in tents around the mall where scientists and science communicators from a wide variety of scientific fields will discuss their work and its impact on our everyday lives. Go to: https://www.marchforscience.com

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

Ok, that’s it for now. Remember, when you’re out there resisting, listen to your Mother, OK?

 

resistwhitehouseGreetings Earthlings. We knew it would be bad but this?? It’s one thing to be the laughing stock of the civilized world as we become totally ruled by creepy clowns who have parked their creepy clown car on the People’s Lawn, but it’s quite another to have bonafide climate criminals enthroned in the few places left in the nation’s Capitol that were somewhat able to push back The Machine, albeit ineptly. Now The Machine and U.S. Government are one. Corporate America has overthrown the United States of America…….for the time being.  Susan Theberge and Irvine Sobelman of Climate Action Now WMass return to examine the remains and ask the inevitable question: Where do we go from here? Legislatively speaking we can start right HERE.  Our roving reporter and bard, Tom Neilson calls in from FLA to talk water. As usual we will also drag you over to Meet the New Boss (better bring your hot air sickness bags!) and see the Fool-on-the-Hill (if we can decide which one of soooo many to choose from), as well as visit The Enviro Show Echo Chamber, but first it’s time for…………Revenge of the Critters! My Goddess, isn’t THIS ONE worth a replay?? The nation’s preeminent symbol expresses outrage!

So many fools, so little time. This week we take you to meet repeat offender, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman and climate criminal Repugnican Rob Bishop of Utah. Rob, we guess in his position as guardian of all things natural, is working hard to gut the Endangered Species Act (where’s that angry Bald Eagle when we really need him?). He claimed recently the act “has never been used for the rehabilitation of species. It’s been used for control of the land”, which the eagle, for one, could easily refute. We guess Rob’s ill-advised effort will sail through congress and land on the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s desk soon enough. We also guess history will remember these criminals and it won’t be pretty.

We have Breaking News! Kinder Morgan/TGP (in their eternal wisdom) “has filed a renewed request for Notice to Proceed with Tree Felling for the entire CT Expansion Project.  (Their initial request was filed last March, after receiving the FERC certificate.) KM is anxious to complete tree felling before March 31st, during the “environmentally preferred window” to protect migratory birds. [Yesterday] they filed their Biweekly Status Report, again claiming to have ‘received all federal permits needed for tree felling.’ That’s not quite true. In addition to not having a final section 401 water quality certification from MassDEP (because of our ongoing appeal), there are several issues as yet unresolved that must be completed before FERC can consider allowing tree felling for the project.  Please comment on Docket No. CP14-529 ! Obviously this is a time-sensitive request. (How to eComment.)  [from MassPlan].  Also go HERE regarding Native stone sites at Otis. 

The sketchy New Boss is, not unexpectedly, off to a rocky start in his new position as Climate Criminal-in-Chief, but right off, let’s let our own Rachel Maddow reveal what may be THE most unsettling aspect of the Boss’ reign: how he got there in the first place. OK, putting aside all the lies and lame-ass deception for the moment, it appears a host of federal employees are worried about the Boss, no doubt sensing the same sinking feeling many in Washington are feeling, including the Boss’s staff. On Wednesday the entire senior staff of the U.S. State Department was fired unexpectedly by the New Boss or their new boss, that guy from Big Oil.  Some other federal employees find themselves being muzzled by the Boss for disseminating those old-fashioned facts called…..well, facts. Some of them don’t much care for a two-bit Ministry of Truth coming down on them with gag orders so they are launching their own real news.  Scientists are not pleased with all this unscientific behavior and have just invented a….. Scientists March on Washington! Look out Secret Service and DCPD, it’s angry geeks wielding bunsen burners & pipettes! Back to fake news, it’s no longer just those creepy never heard of sites that troll onto your Facebook news feed anymore, now it comes straight out of the Oval Office and from down the hall. Adding insult to injury, another climate criminal and familiar troll (and former repeat offender Fool-on-the-Hill winner) thinks the White House is the ONLY PLACE you should get your news!  This should be in the news soon enough: The Boss is closing in on his choice to help congressional obstructionists stack the Supreme Court with some far-right ideologue (who, of course, would never dream of being one of those activist judges!). And you’ve probably already heard about the Climate Criminal-in-Chief’s executive order on DAPL and Son of Keystone XL, yes? Goddess knows we could go on and on, the Boss is an endless gushing sewer of polluted proclamations and twisted thoughts, but we have a show to put on. More next time!

You probably won’t be surprised to find our Enviro Show Quote of the Week referencing the New Boss but how about us quoting……ourselves? It’s true, d.o. can’t resist a little bit of poetry regarding the Boss and his proposed cabinet, something that has our in-house poet reflecting on Dr. Caligari’s Cabinet. Check it out HERE.

Over here in The Echo Chamber we find the Humane Society here in the Commonwealth working to bypass this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill with some state sponsored endangered and threatened species legislation. You can add your voice to that effort, OK? Did you know that two commonly used pesticides are likely to harm 97% of Endangered Species in the U.S.? We shudder to think what a Pruitt led EPA would do……rather, NOT do about this information. After you’ve voiced your concern and/or outrage we have a gift for you! Stop by our table at this Saturday’s “Climate Action in a Time of Crisis” in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton for some of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species condoms!  (yes, it’s the exploding human population that endangers the other lifeforms on planet Earth). If you miss us there just drop us an email and we’ll get some to you.

 

After our conversation with Susan and Irvine we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 2:00pm. Public hearing on MA Global Warming Solutions Act. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), under its authority pursuant to the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), sections 3(c), 3(d), 4 and 7, will hold public hearings at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA. Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the public hearings. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 PM on February 24, 2017. Written comments may be submitted in the following three ways: through the online portal available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html, by email to climate.strategies@state.ma.us or by mail to: Jordan Garfinkle, MassDEP, 7th floor, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108. For special accommodations for these hearings, please call MassDEP Diversity Office at 617-292-5751. TTY# MassRelay Service 1-800-439-2370. This information is available in alternate format upon request.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 4pm. #HoDAPLLastStand! TD Bank, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. On February 7th the US Army Corps of Engineers gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the Environmental Impact Statment ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. The Water Protectors still on the ground have made a call for an INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EMERGENCY ACTIONS on WEDNESDAY FEB. 8. In Western Massachusetts we are answering that call. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799108267008398/

 

Thursday, February 9, 4:00pm. The Changing Landscape: Environmental Journalism in the Age of Trump . Ziff Gallery, S414 Integrative Learning Center, 4th Fl. (located in the center of the UMASS campus, between the campus pond and Campus Center, map). Editors for global conservation news service Mongabay.com will share how they developed careers covering this beat, how they see the media landscape changing during this pivotal period, and the role of nonprofit and entrepreneurial journalism in 2017 and beyond. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296

 

Thursday Feb 9, 7:00pm. Changes to the Land: Discussion & Live Podcast Taping w/ Harvard Forest & Mongabay. Holdsworth Hall #308 (UMASS campus, third building north of campus parking garage). Harvard Forest scientists will discuss with Mongabay.com editors their landmark report “Changes to the Land,” about forest fragmentation, climate change, and more in the Bay State and the wider region. [Be sure to ask them why increased logging in this age of Climate Crisis??] Come hear this discussion and query the panel about climate change and other changes to the land, regionally to globally. Contact Erik Hoffner to learn more about these events or to arrange a meeting, erik@mongabay.com or 413-429-5296
Thursday, February, 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Finding Work with Meaning in the Anthropocene: Panel Discussion, Room 2601, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. Part of Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series. Gain insights into your personal journey toward forward-thinking work in sustainable living and community building within the fields of education, entrepreneurialism, and green building, with Ofer Sharone, assistant professor, Sociology, UMass Amherst, Sara Schley, co-founder of the sustainable consulting firm Seed Systems; Ezra Small , UMass Amherst Sustainability Manager; Sarah Hebert G’13, Trinity Solar employee; and John Fabel, building and construction technology adjunct faculty member, UMass Amherst. More information on our blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/talkingtruth/
And Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkingTruthUMass/

 

Saturday, February 11, 9:30am. to 5:30pm.  Multi-generational NVDA Training, First Churches, Main Street, Northampton, MA. This workshop will introduce you to the spirit of nonviolence and to the continuum of Non Violent Direct Actions (NVDA) and will prepare you to be part of Sugar Shack Alliance actions. The day includes time for personal reflections on Civil Disobedience, an introduction to the basic tenets of consensus decision making and horizontal leadership, exploring the purpose of affinity groups and learning about the structure of Sugar Shack Alliance. An important part of the day is to raise awareness of dynamics related to power and privilege. Please register HERE. You will  receive a confirmation email with details. Contact sugarshackalliance@gmail.com 

 

Sunday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm. Frankin County Continuing the Political Revolution Climate Crisis Task Force. Green Fields Market, 144 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Go to: http://fccpr.us/taskforces/climate-crisis-taskforce/

 

Saturday, February 25, 10am. – 4pm. Non-violent Direct Action Training in Northampton, MA. This one is being organized by American Friends Service Committee although the trainers are also on the Sugar Shack roster. There will be some folks there who are training for purposes other than joining Sugar Shack Alliance to participate in our actions as members of Sugar Shack affinity groups. However, we want to encourage you, urge you, implore you to sign up for this training which will well prepare you for joining us. To register and get more information, go to www.AFSCwm.org and click on trainings at the top in bright green.

 

February 26, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. An Evening with Jacqui Patterson – NAACP Env. & Climate Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA . Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. Call: (413) 253-2848

 

Saturday, March 4, 9:30am-5:30pm.  Non-Violent Direct Action Training with Sugar Shack Alliance in Great Barrington, MA! Exact location to be determined. This highly interactive training will give us a chance to evaluate our role in the CT Expansion Pipeline Resistance, both individually and collectively. Sugar Shack will provide us with great tools and information on building Affinity Groups within our community. Please leave your email on here or PM me if you’d like a direct update on the location once that’s been established. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/sugarshackalliance/

 

Saturday, April 29th, 2017. That’s the date of the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., when we will come together with hundreds of thousands of people to reject Trump’s attack on our communities and climate, and push forward with our vision of a clean energy economy that works for all. Go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/pledge/

 

That’s all folks! For now. Remember, when you’re out there, listen to your Mother.

bds-poster-standing-rock-sioux-protests-solidarity-e1474157212128Greetings Earthlings. [UPDATE: Standing Rock national ride board HEREIn case you were operating under the mistaken assumption the Indian Wars out West were a thing of the past allow us to enlighten you! Paki Wieland of Occupy the Airways fame back from Standing Rock to shed some light on that and get into some depth about the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners, (where the alleged President-elect is invested) as well as the Standing Rock defenders. The most recent attack on the Water Protectors calls for immediate solidarity. Dallas Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network reported that nearly 200 people were injured and 12 people were hospitalized for head injuries. One protester went into cardiac arrest but was revived by the medic team. As always we’ll also take you to visit our Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss. If you behave and stop asking “are we there yet?” we’ll also take you to The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and out for ice cream, but first it’s tie for…………Revenge of the Critters! Deer attacks driver who hit him!

Time to really Meet the New Boss and a good place to start is here with his transition team….such as it is. Yes, we may as well replace Obama with that other guy in the silly wig ‘cuz we just can’t resist……..No, wait! We CAN resist! Sorry, bad choice of words…..’cuz we have sooooo much material to work with we have to start now or we’ll be backed-up like a failed septic system by the time January rolls around. For starters the Boss just promised [on Day One] to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal,” but didn’t say which restrictions he wanted to eliminate. Another interesting aspect of The New Boss is his tendency to deny the Climate Crisis. Noam Chomsky had something to say about that recently. O hey, here’s something that might qualify as Breaking News: “Trump’s Top Environmental Adviser Says Pesticides Aren’t Bad for You“! Who knew! Finally, are you familiar with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? Here’s a Wikipedia quote for you: “In his influential book From Caligari to Hitler, Siegfried Kracauer says the film reflects a subconscious need in German society for a tyrant, and it is an example of Germany’s obedience to authority and unwillingness to rebel against deranged authority”.  OK? Let’s talk about the New Boss’s cabinet! 

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is 4% better than Sen. James Inhofe. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who will succeed current Senate Committee on “Environment” and Public Works Chair James Inhofe, is new & improved! Yes, he’s a Climate Crisis denier like Inhofe and “has voted against nearly every pro-planet bill since joining the Senate in 2007” BUT his lifetime League of Conservation Voters score is 9 percent while Inhofe scored 5 percent. See? Barrasso is 4% better! OK? Celebrate! Things are looking up!!

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber we find the fossil fools falling all over each other to get back into the fracking fuel export race. In a Trump era there will be way more stories like this. What could possibly go wrong?? Speaking of wrong, Chomsky returns here again to remind us about what was mostly overlooked during that whole selection process. We could not agree more. Time for our Enviro Show Blog Action link and it has everything to do with Standing Rock & YOU. Finally, here’s one of our favorite rants on the vote rote from our friend at The Center for Biological Diversity.

We have Breaking News! (and it’s actually good news). Riverkeeper reports ““This is a monumental day. This [NY Supreme Court] decision effectively stops the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from re-licensing Indian Point.” We love New York!

 

After Paki fills us in on the latest from Standing Rock we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

Thursday, December 1, All Day.  NoDAPL Day of Action: Divest TD Bank As part of the #NoDAPL Dec. 1 Day of Action, this event will bring community members together to put pressure on TD Bank to divest their funding from the Dakota Pipeline project. TD Bank Northampton, 175 Main Street, Northampton, MA. For 10am. action go to: https://actionnetwork.org/events/nodapl-day-of-action-divest-td-bank Host Contact Info: kgkollman@gmail.com. For 4 to 6pm. action go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683404271971115/

 

Friday, December 2, 10:30am. to 4:30pm. “Modern” Wood Heat Presentation & Tour for Municipal Officials. Pellet pirates’ dog & pony show  to promote the invasion of more bad forestry and the climate crushing pellet industry. First Floor Meeting Room, Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, MA. Wood Heat Magical Mystery Tour leaves Transit Center at Noon. Come early to protest outside or to attend if you are a town official.

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016. March for Jobs, Justice, and a Livable Earth! Hartford, CT (time and location TBD). The fight to preserve our planet and halt climate warming is inextricably tied to the struggle for all the other elements of a decent human life: jobs, health, equality, and justice.  The threat of catastrophic global warming requires a just emergency transition, in Connecticut and every other state, to an energy grid and mass transportation system powered by 100% clean, renewable sources like solar and wind. Send your endorsement to: organizers@350ct.org. For more information, call Ben at 203-215-0395 or Diane at 203-922-2151.

 

Saturday, December 10, 9:30A to 5:30PM. (Location TBA) Sugar Shack Nonviolence Training in Amherst MA. We will help you connect to an Affinity Group. You need to have this training and be in a Sugar Shack Affinity Group to participate in a Sugar Shack direct action where folks are risking arrest. The training is a full day from 9:30 to 5:30 with trainers Paki Wieland and Mary Link. Go HERE.

 

Saturday, December 10, 5 to 8pm. Standing Rock Benefit Dinner and Lecture. In observance of Human Rights Day, Nuestras Raices and the United Congregational Church of Holyoke invite you to a benefit dinner and lecture about the Standing Rock Water Protectors and how to support their cause. We are honored to host Jennifer Weston, a researcher, writer, and producer from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas. United Congregational Church of Holyoke, 395 High St., Holyoke, MA

 

We go out with Tom Neilson’s “Echos of Wounded Knee”

Now,we are sooooo out of here……’til next time, remember: Listen to your Mother!

 

pure-black-wallpaper-159Greetings Earthlings. Ready for the New Boss? [UPDATE: We are decidedly not and thus have changed the title of this blog. As you might surmise, THE biggest loser in the Election of 2016 is not  progressive or liberal ideals or common decency (though they surely lose), it is the planet that sustains us. Now we must protect the Earth with whatever means are left to us – d.o.]  Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron join us to comb through those louse infested coats and others (perhaps less tainted?) for some answers. Chances are good some of that will be put to music as well! We’ll also take you to some familiar places here such as The Enviro Show Echo Chamber and The Bus Stop Billboard, along with visits to this week’s Fool-on-the-Hill and to Meet the New Boss (who is getting a bit old, yes?), but first it’s time for………Revenge of the Critters! Aussie guy gets a BIG fright from outback. You have to see it to believe it.

This week’s Fool-on-the-Hill is back for a repeat performance. Yes, it’s Texas…….yes, Texas….again, repugnican Rep. Lamar Smith whom even many Texans don’t care for! :O It seems in “a new poll in Texas’ 21st congressional district, 45 percent of respondents said they are less likely to vote for Rep. Smith because he refused to investigate allegations that ExxonMobil knew about climate change in the ’70s and failed to disclose the threat to the public.” It goes on but who gives a f….(sorry).who even wants to acknowledge that these people even exist? After all, Halloween is over, why must we continue to scare each other??

Time to Meet the New Boss (and various other presidential hopefulls) doing absolutely nothing about the major injustices at Standing Rock rez. Were The Boss’s efforts to stall the DAPL pipeline work on Native land back in September merely symbolic? Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has rightfully noted that Obama’s legacy rides on this critical issue of Native rights and fossil fuel expansion. We hope The New Boss (soon to be The Old Boss) will do more than “let it play out for several more weeks”. Maybe he should take the family to the movies to see “Before the Flood”!  Here’s some good analysis on what DAPL is actually about and here’s a list of what’s needed to support Standing Rock Water Protectors.

Our Quote of the Week calls for another trip in the Wayback Machine but you won’t have to leave the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

“What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?” ~ Massasoit

In The Enviro Show Echo Chamber our guests join us as we find many disturbing stories on the U.S. presidential campaign of 2016, an event that may go down in history as the era when nearly everyone in The “Land of the Free” came unhinged and the body politic went psychotic. Maybe a good place to start is right here with this post-Halloween clip.  OK, so we know what the orange guy with the wig thinks about the Climate Crisis, what about his  energy plan? The Libertarian Party candidate has an interesting plan for dealing with climate chaos, all we need is an ark!  While we’re on the subject of outer space maybe these guys can help us? No? Anyway, back to the campaign, such as it is. Granted, $hillary (the candidate for president of Corporate America)  hasn’t written off the Climate Crisis as a hoax like that other guy, but surely you recall what she thinks of us leave-it-in-the-ground activists, right? Saying all of us should “get a life” seems like a bad starting point for scoring votes, yes? We think Tom may have something to sing about on that note. On to the perennial Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein who seems to take all the best enviro positions, but there are still some doubts about her on other fronts. Be that as it may, her most recent remarks about Clinton being more dangerous than Trump has raised concerns. Regarding the Lesser of Two Evils argument on voting we turn to Noam Chomsky. Sooooo, given that THE best candidate for president was cheated out of the nomination by corporate Dems what are we left with? That’s up to you, Enviro Show listeners! Time to move on to the ballot questions and obviously the one most relative to enviros is Question #3, Conditions for Farm Animals. This one cuts close to home ‘cuz reportedly the only farm effected would be Diemand Farm in Wendell, MA. We’ll be getting into that and more so tune in, OK?

After our election coverage and that call from Paki we take you to the Bus Stop Billboard:

 

 

Thursday, November 17, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Indian Orchard Covenant Church, 95 Berkshire Street, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Sunday, November 201pm-6pm. Climate Crisis Community Grief Ritual. Deep conversation, music, poetry, art, and ritual to share grief and find resilience about climate change and other environmental/social/racial justice issues. Donation requested to cover costs.   Wheelchair accessible.  Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St. (3 miles west of Northampton on Rt. 9). John Berkowitz  413-387-8439 johnpberk@gmail.com

 

Monday, November 21, 11am. Speak Out at the State House. Support the immediate closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor. Great Hall, 2nd Floor. Go to: www.capedownwinders.info

 

November 24, 2016, 12:00 noon. 47th National Day of Mourning: Coles Hill Plymouth, MA. Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience. Go to: http://www.uaine.org/

 

November 28, 2016, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. Reports from Action/Work Groups Including: Food Justice, Healthy Soil and Sustainable Farming, Building the Climate Justice Movement in the Face of the Climate Emergency, Five College Students and more. Go to: http://climateactionnowma.org

 

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm. Springfield Climate Action & Resiliency Plan Community Engagement Meeting. Trinity Church, 61 Sumner Avenue, Forest Park, Springfield, MA. Call: 413-734-4948

 

Friday, December 2, 10:30am. to 4:30pm. “Modern” Wood Heat Presentation & Tour for Municipal Officials. Pellet pirates’ dog & pony show  to promote the invasion of more bad forestry and the climate crushing pellet industry. First Floor Meeting Room, Olver Transit Center, Greenfield, MA. Wood Heat Magical Mystery Tour leaves Transit Center at Noon. Come early to protest outside or to attend if you are a town official.

 

That is all for now. Next tie it’s Standing with Standing Rock. Until then keep on listening to your other, OK?