Public Hearing on Compressor Station 206 & Pipeline (May 2 Somerset NJ)
May
2
4:00 PM16:00

Public Hearing on Compressor Station 206 & Pipeline (May 2 Somerset NJ)

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Williams Transco. is proposing to build a 32,000 Horsepower compressor station (gas engine) that could affect the air of South Brunswick, Franklin, and Princeton area residents.

Join us for this FERC public hearing on the compressor station. The public has until May 14th to submit comments on the DEIS. 

Learn about the dangers posed to the health and safety of residents, visitors, wildlife, and the environment from emitted toxic gas, noise, potential fires, and explosion.There are many opportunities right now to show why you're against this dangerous project in our backyard, and in anyone's backyard.

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Clean Water Action 32nd Annual Conference (April 28 Edison NJ)
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Clean Water Action 32nd Annual Conference (April 28 Edison NJ)

Don't miss Clean Water Action's 32nd Annual Conference featuring dynamic speakers, environmental workshops, women's leadership panel, as well as breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. April 28th from 9 am - 6 pm at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, 1295 Inman Ave, Edison, NJ 08820.

RSVP
$25 in advance per person and $35 at the door. $15 per student. Advance registration deadline April 13th. Register at www.cleanwater.org/conference2018

To pay by check, mail to Clean Water Action, 198 Brighton Ave, 2nd FL, Long Branch, NJ 07740. To register by phone, call 732-963-9714 ext 252.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER (4-5 pm)
Governor Phil Murphy (invited)

WOMEN IN POWER & EMERGING LEADERS PANEL (3-3:45 pm)
Kate L Triggiano, Chair, Red Bank Environmental Commission; Organizer, Clean Water Action
Amanda J Nesheiwat Environmental Director, Town of Secaucus, NJ
Elizabeth Juviler, Organizer, NJ 11th For Change

WORKSHOPS

SESSION I: 10:30 AM - NOON

ELECTRIFY NEW JERSEY: Learn what Jersey City is doing to bring Electric Vehicles (ev) to cities and how New Jersey can best create the infrastructure needed for EV’s future success. Moderated by Wyatt Earp, International Representative/Green Jobs Liaison, IBEW

Presenters: 
Pam Frank, VP, Gabel Associates and CEO, ChargEVC; Katherine Lawrence, Director, Office of Sustainability, Jersey City

KEEP WATER & HEALTH IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: Learn how to improve New Jersey’s infrastructure despite Washington’s attempts to destroy hard won water and environmental safeguards. Find out how to make New Jersey’s water and sewer systems more climate resilient. Moderated by Michele Roseanne Donato, Esq., Land Use Attorney; Board Member, Clean Water Action.

Presenters:
Joseph J. Maraziti, Esq., Land Use & Redevelopment Attorney, Maraziti, Falcon & Healey
Aaron Kleinbaum, Esq., Environmental Attorney, Executive Director, Eastern Environmental Law Center

KEEPING THE POISONS AWAY: What you don’t know about household and personal care products can actually hurt you. Hear from experts about options for cleaner, safer and healthier living that protect the environment too. Moderated by Maria Ackerman, Donor & Events Associate, Clean Water Action.

Presenters: 
Dr. Gail Zimmerman, MD, Internist and Natural Doctor, Bay Head, NJ
Willie DeCamp, Chairman and Past Director, Save Barnegat Bay
Janet Tauro, NJ Board Chair, Clean Water Action; GRAMMES
(Grandmothers, Mothers & More for Energy Safety)

RETHINK DISPOSABLE: LESS WASTE TO TRASH: Learn how to stop managing waste (recycling, burning and landfilling) and start
producing less. Find out how food service businesses are embracing our ReThink Disposable program to reduce single-use products and save money too. 

Presenters: 
Maura Toomey, ReThink Disposable Coordinator, Clean Water Action (Moderator)
Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program and Associate Director for the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC), The New School
Nataki Williams, Business Owner & Finance Controller, Vital Dining

SESSION II: 1:15 - 2:45 PM

PUMP UP THE VOLUME: MEDIA TRAINING COURSE: Learn the latest tools to help you be successful in today’s media . . . how to write newsworthy content, reach your targeted audiences, and amplify your message and campaigns on social media; including live-streaming video, live tweeting, and developing materials for allies and partners. Moderated by Jenny Vickers Chyb, NJ Communications Manager, Clean Water Action.

Presenters: 
Randy Bergmann, Editorial Page Editor, Asbury Park Press
Neil Bhaerman, National Communications Manager, Clean Water Action

CLIMATE & ENERGY: HOW TO MOVE FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS: Learn how Clean Water Action and its partners are taking it upon themselves to do the work the Trump Administration won’t when it comes to fighting for 100% renewable energy by 2050 and green jobs. Moderated byAlyssa Bradley, Energy Organizer, Clean Water Action

Presenters: 
Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware RiverKeeper Network
Jeff Tittel, Director, Sierra Club, NJ Chapter
Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director, Center for the Urban Environment, John S. Watson Inst. of Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University; Member, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN ACTION: Engaging communities and leaders in making a difference locally and statewide where pollution and its adverse impacts are disproportionately greater. Moderated by Jeanette Mitchell, Climate Organizer, Clean Water Action

Presenters: 
Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, Board Member, Clean Water Action; 
Vice Chair, Newark Environmental Commission; Executive Director, Stepping Stones Resources
Nicole Miller, Member, Newark Environmental Commission, GI Reformer

SAFE DRINKING WATER DISRUPTORS: Learn about growing concerns regarding unregulated contaminants, endocrine
disruptors, and lead in our drinking water, as well as policy options at the local, state and national levels. Moderated by Tom Fote, Board Member, Clean Water Action; Legislative Director, Jersey Coast Anglers Association

Presenters:
Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action
Michael Gochfeld, MD, Occupational Medicine, Piscataway, NJ
Dr. Joanna Burger, Distinguished Professor, Biology, Rutgers University

SPONSORSHIP & GREEN VENDORS

Individuals and environmentally-friendly businesses are invited to be showcased at our conference and to our 150,000 New Jersey members and 60,000 email subscribers. Visit our Sponsor Page at www.cleanwater.org/become-clean-water-sponsor to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or contact njcwa@cleanwater.org to apply as a green vendor. 

RETHINK DISPOSABLE
The conference is a Zero Package event - implementing ReThink Disposable practices to reduce the amount of plastic and foam debris that ends up in our oceans and waterways, harming wildflife. We will provide all reusable cups, plates, and cutlery and encourage you to BYOR! (Bring Your Own Reusable)

SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE SPONSORS:
The Wardlaw + Hartridge School
Bayshore Recycling
Dr. Joseph and Janet Tauro
Ocean County Sports Medicine Center
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Port Division
CWA Local 1036
John and Diane Kirby Burke
Anonymous Donor
Kopp Electric Company
Paul Prendergast Karate 
Michele R. Donato, Esq.
Tom and Lynda Fote
Rodger and Jane Nogaki
Tirza Wahrman, Esq.
Ocean Bay Auto Body - Ted Rainer
Tastebuds Catering

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Kwel' Hoy: Many Struggles, One Front (April 24 Pennington NJ)
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Kwel' Hoy: Many Struggles, One Front (April 24 Pennington NJ)

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EXHIBITION OPENING & RECEPTION
@ The Watershed Center
31 Titus Mill Road Pennington, NJ 08534

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition Kwel’ Hoy: Many Struggles, One Front, a collaboration with Indigenous leaders and scientists that celebrates and connects communities protecting water, land, and our collective future.

http://thenaturalhistorymuseum.org/events/kwel-hoy-many-struggles-one-front/

The exhibition features a totem pole carved by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation; an ever-growing stone altar initiated by members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation and added to by members of the public contributing stones and prayers for the water; and videos and graphics that map the fossil fuel ecosystem—encompassing land, energy, economics and culture. 

At this opening event, leaders from Lummi Nation and the Ramapough Lenape Nation will offer ceremony and songs. Members of the public are invited to bring a stone or rock to contribute to the altar. Speakers from The Natural History Museum, The Watershed Center, Princeton Environmental Institute, and Science for the People will offer brief remarks. A reception will follow, where visitors are invited to explore the exhibition inside. 

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KWEL' HOY: MANY STRUGGLES, ONE FRONT
The science is clear: to ensure a livable world, we must keep the vast majority of current oil, gas and coal reserves in the ground. Yet the fossil fuel industry continues to develop infrastructure across farmlands, fresh waterways, crowded cities and sacred sites. The byproducts of the fossil fuel ecosystem—from contaminated water to cancer clusters near petrochemical plants to climate-related wildfires, droughts and floods—are already felt around the world.

Over the last 6 years, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation has transported a series of totem poles across North America to communities threatened or impacted by fossil fuel projects. As the pole travels, it draws a line between dispersed but connected concerns, building an unprecedented alliance of tribal and non-tribal communities as they stand together to advocate for a sustainable relationship between humanity and the natural world.

With this exhibition, the totem pole visits The Watershed Center—a science education and advocacy center outside of Princeton, New Jersey—connecting the science community’s efforts to protect the local watershed from the proposed PennEast Pipeline to the nearby Ramapough Lenape Nation’s struggle to stop the Pilgrim Pipeline, and the Lummi’s struggles to protect the waters of the Pacific Northwest from oil tankers and pipelines. 

The totem pole journey demonstrates that struggles are connected and in unity there is strength. Drawing a line in the sand, it joins communities together as one front in the collective struggle for a safe and sustainable future.

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Kwel' Hoy: Many Struggles, One Front is one stop in a cross-country tour, evolving museum exhibition and public programming series. 

The exhibition was developed by The Natural History Museum--a mobile and pop-up museum led by artists, activists and scholars--with members of the Lummi Nation. Additional partners include the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Science for the People, Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center.

FULL PROGRAM OF EVENTS

4/21: Kwel' Hoy: Totem Pole Journey comes to Ramapough Lenape land
4/24: Exhibit opening: Kwel' Hoy: Many Struggles, One Front 
5/1: Panel: Museums in a Time of Crisis
5/3: Panel: Science for the People

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Stop Williams Gas Pipeline & Compressor (April 12 Parlin NJ)
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Stop Williams Gas Pipeline & Compressor (April 12 Parlin NJ)

  • 3011 Cheesequake Rd Parlin, NJ 08859-1247 (map)
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Williams Transco. Is proposing to build a 26’’ fracked gas pipeline through residential communities in Sayreville & Old Bridge, under the Garden State Pkwy, near Cheesequake Park, and through the Raritan Bay.

This pipeline is not only a safety hazard for the potential for explosion, but may leak unhealhty methane & benzene into the air, lead to lower property values, and endanger coastal marine life. An expanded pipeline means more dangerous air pollution coming from the existing compressor station.

Join us for this public meeting with elected officials to stop this dangerous proposal, as the permitting process for this project will be approved or denied this year.

Location: Madison Park Firehouse

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Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock W/ Discussion & Reception (Jan 6 Lambertville NJ)
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock W/ Discussion & Reception (Jan 6 Lambertville NJ)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota captures world attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government's plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land. A collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione, it is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors. 
Discussion with Owl, member of Ramapough Lenape Nation who attended Standing Rock and Red Day Woman, an indigenous tribal member who kept a kitchen to feed the elders.
Owl from the Ramapough Lenape Nation is an advisor to the tribe and activist at the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp. He attended Standing Rock and as a result returned to NJ to establish the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp with Ramapough Lenape Nation Chief Dwane Perry, other members of the Ramapough Tribe and allies. Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp was formed in October of 2016 in solidarity with the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Led by Ramapough Lenape Nation, the camp was erected to educate the public on the impending crises of the AIM and Pilgrim pipelines that threaten the local water supply in our region. Pipeline ruptures cause severe damage to our sacred waters and endanger our families and wildlife. Even with these dangers, Spectra Company is still pushing for the AIM and Pilgrim pipelines to be completed. 
Umpetu Duta Wi’ (Red Day Woman) is from the Fort Peak Tribes Assinibone & Sioux of Northwest Montana. Her late Great Great Grandfathers are Sitting Bull of the Sioux Nation and Crazy Horse. She is an activist for Indigenous Rights, World Peace, Climate and Ecology issues and loves the Universe of Spirituality. At Standing Rock she was honored to cook food for the elders and is credited for her involvement in the credits ofAWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

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Court Support: Protector Water Protector, Harold (Jan 2 Hackensack NJ)
Jan
2
9:00 AM09:00

Court Support: Protector Water Protector, Harold (Jan 2 Hackensack NJ)

Support Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp Water Protector, Harold aka “Uncle,” on Tuesday, 1/2 at Bergen County Court (Room 403) in Hackensack, NJ at 9am. Harold is being accused of having an alleged connection to vandalism that was done to Polo Club property back in May. Please come out and support. Spread the word, arrive early, and wear RED!

Can't make it but want to help? Please consider donating to the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp Protectors Defense Fund and sharing widely. We are in URGENT need of funds to cover legal fees: https://fundly.com/split-rock-sweetwater-prayer-camp-protectors-defense-fund.

BACKGROUND:
Since October 2016, under the leadership of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has been holding space and leading the fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile pipeline that would carry up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey endangering local water supplies, sacred sites, and essential wetlands.

Unfortunately, the presence of Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has exposed deeper issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, land rights, freedom of religion, and discrimination against the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Water and land protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp have experienced harassment, intimidation, and false accusations on an ongoing basis from the Town of Mahwah and surrounding Polo Club neighbors. 

Now, coincidentally, three protectors have been charged in connection to alleged vandalism near Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer including Harold aka "Uncle."

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Court Support: Defend Split Rock Water Protectors (Dec 14 Mahwah NJ)
Dec
14
1:30 PM13:30

Court Support: Defend Split Rock Water Protectors (Dec 14 Mahwah NJ)

  • 475 Corporate Drive Mahwah, NJ, 07430 United States (map)
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Please come out and support Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp water protectors on December 14th at 1:30pm at Mahwah Municipal Court. Ramapough Tribal Chief Dwaine Perry and Owl are being accused of allegedly tampering with Polo Club security cameras. We stand behind them in asserting their innocence. Please wear RED!

Can't make it but want to help? Please consider donating to the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp Protectors Defense Fund and sharing widely. We are in URGENT need of funds to cover legal fees: https://fundly.com/split-rock-sweetwater-prayer-camp-protectors-defense-fund.

BACKGROUND:

Since October 2016, under the leadership of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has been holding space and leading the fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile pipeline that would carry up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey endangering local water supplies, sacred sites, and essential wetlands.

Unfortunately, the presence of Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has exposed deeper issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, land rights, freedom of religion, and discrimination against the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Water and land protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp have experienced harassment, intimidation, and false accusations on an ongoing basis from the Town of Mahwah and surrounding Polo Club neighbors. 

Now, coincidentally, three protectors have been charged in connection to alleged vandalism near Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer including Ramapough Lenape Nation Tribal Chief, Dwaine Perry.

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WACAP Meeting - FERC Approval Imminent! (Nov 29- Amwell NJ)
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

WACAP Meeting - FERC Approval Imminent! (Nov 29- Amwell NJ)

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West Amwell Citizens Against the Pipeline is meeting Wednesday November 29th @ 7pm at the West Amwell Municipal Building.

A FERC decision is imminent and could happen any day. Learn what this means to our community, what we can do to fight it (there's lots!), and what it may mean for you personally.

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Court Support: Defend Split Rock Water Protectors (Nov 16- Mahwah NJ)
Nov
16
1:30 PM13:30

Court Support: Defend Split Rock Water Protectors (Nov 16- Mahwah NJ)

  • 475 Corporate Drive Mahwah, NJ, 07430 United States (map)
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Please come out and support Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp water protectors on Thursday, November 16th at 1:30pm at Mahwah Municipal Court. Ramapough Tribal Chief Dwaine Perry and Owl are being accused of allegedly tampering with Polo Club security cameras. We stand behind them in asserting their innocence. Please wear RED!

Can't make it but want to help? Please consider donating to the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp Protectors Defense Fund and sharing widely. We are in URGENT need of funds to cover legal fees: https://fundly.com/split-rock-sweetwater-prayer-camp-protectors-defense-fund.

BACKGROUND:

Since October 2016, under the leadership of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has been holding space and leading the fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile pipeline that would carry up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey endangering local water supplies, sacred sites, and essential wetlands.

Unfortunately, the presence of Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has exposed deeper issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, land rights, freedom of religion, and discrimination against the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Water and land protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp have experienced harassment, intimidation, and false accusations on an ongoing basis from the Town of Mahwah and surrounding Polo Club neighbors. 

Now, coincidentally, three protectors have been charged in connection to alleged vandalism near Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer including Ramapough Lenape Nation Tribal Chief, Dwaine Perry.

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Final Day of Trial: NJ vs. Ramapough Court Support (Oct 31 Hackensack NJ)
Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

Final Day of Trial: NJ vs. Ramapough Court Support (Oct 31 Hackensack NJ)

Stand with the Ramapough Lenape Nation as they enter their final day of trial on Tuesday, October 31st from 9am-4pm at Bergen County Court House in Hackensack, NJ - court room tentatively 426. Please spread the word, arrive early, and wear RED!

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BACKGROUND INFO:

The Town of Mahwah, NJ is claiming an egregious amount of land use violations (totaling up to $40,000) against the Ramapough Lenape Nation over the use of their ceremonial lands. As it stands, they are claiming the Ramapough do not have the right to assemble for prayer or cultural activities on their own land, and that erecting teepees are in violation of local zoning ordinances because they are considered "permanent structures."

Please help pack the court room to show the Ramapough Lenape Nation do not stand alone!

For more background info, see:

- 10/24 Update on Third Day of Trial: https://youtu.be/dzr5FRMbP4A?t=8s

- "Developer says Ramapoughs have long history of religious ceremonies in Mahwah" http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/mahwah/2017/10/10/ramapough-tepee-trial-enters-second-day/747785001/

- "Ramapoughs Trial Continues As Tribe Claims Town Is Trying To Outlaw Prayer At Tepee Site" https://patch.com/new-jersey/mahwah/ramapoughs-trial-continues-tribe-claims-town-trying-outlaw-prayer-tepee-site

- "Ramapough tepee trial begins: When does tepee become zoning violation?" http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/mahwah/2017/10/03/ramapough-tepee-trial-begins/729662001/

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First Lunaape Language Camp (Sept 18- Mahwah NJ)
Sep
18
to Sep 20

First Lunaape Language Camp (Sept 18- Mahwah NJ)

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Join the 1st Annual Lunaape Language camp at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp from Monday, September 18th through Wednesday, September 20th. Registration is a minimum $10 donation. All are welcome to attend!

AGENDA:
*Sunrise ceremony each morning. Breakfast and lunch provided*

Monday, September 18th: 9am-3pm & 6pm-9pm
Tuesday, September 19th: 9am-3pm & 6pm-9pm
Wednesday, September 20th: 9am-12pm ONLY

In case of rain, Lunaape Language camp will be held at the Ramapough Community Center (189 Stag Hill Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430). For more information, email sasha395@yahoo.com.

Come out to learn our Lunaape Language
at this HISTORIC, INAUGURAL
Lunaape Language Camp!!! 

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Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation Powwow (Sept 16-17 Ringwood NJ)
Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation Powwow (Sept 16-17 Ringwood NJ)

  • 1304 Sloatsburg Road Ringwood, NJ, 07456 United States (map)
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The Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation hosts its annual powwow at Ringwood Manor (Sally's Field). Parking is free (typically behind the field by Farm Road area). Hours are 11-6 on Saturday, with the Grand Entry at 12 noon, and 11-5 on Sunday. Suggested donation : adults $8.00, children 5-12 $3.00. Under three years old, free. Elders 60+ $5.00. There will be Native American crafts for sale, dancing and Native American food. Other tribes also come to participate and dance and sell their crafts.

For further information:

Tony Moon Hawk, 917-415-5139
Marcey Tree in the Wind 973-981-1954
Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann 862-274-0023

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Pinelands Commission VOTE - NJNG Pipeline and Wharton Resolution (Sept 14- Trenton NJ)
Sep
14
9:30 AM09:30

Pinelands Commission VOTE - NJNG Pipeline and Wharton Resolution (Sept 14- Trenton NJ)

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NOTE - THIS IS A NEW TIME AND LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING.


Pack the house to oppose the pipeline and protect the Pinelands!

The Pinelands Commission intends to vote on whether or not to approve the application by New Jersey Natural Gas to construct a high pressure pipeline through a portion of the Pinelands. The Commissioners need to see a room packed full of Pinelands Supporters. They have to cast their vote in front of you.

The New Jersey Natural Gas Southern Reliability Link pipeline is a 30-mile, 30" diameter, 722 psi gas transmission pipeline slated to be routed from Chesterfield, in Burlington County, through the Pinelands to Manchester, in Ocean County. This pipeline is associated with the Garden StateExpansion, which includes a new compressor station in Chesterfield. These projects put the health and resources of residents, our ecosystem, and our environmental regulations at risk. 

The Commission needs eight affirmative votes to move this project forward (there are a total of 15 Commissioners). A recusal or abstention counts as a no vote. 

In spite of the turmoil around the NJNG Gas Pipeline, the Pinelands Commission could also take a very positive action on September, 14th. For the first time in its history, the full Commission will be presented with a resolution that would greatly reduce the harm being done by off-road vehicles in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve - Wharton State Forest. If passed, the Wharton Resolution will have the force of effect to designate only those sand roads marked on the USGS map as being available for use by motorized vehicles. This map of Wharton will be made available to the public and will present a great public access benefit to those who are seeking a reliable and responsible way to explore its 122,800 acres of preserved open space. 

You can review the meeting agenda here: http://www.nj.gov/pinelands/home/meetings/documents/2-agenda%209-8-17.pdf

You can review the meeting packet here: 
http://www.nj.gov/pinelands/home/meetings/documents/09082017%20Meeting%20Packet.pdf

You can review the Executive Director's report on the NJNG SRL pipeline here: http://www.pinelandsalliance.org/downloads/pinelandsalliance_1587.pdf

Please arrive early - by 9:00am - to get a good seat

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A View from The Pipeline
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

A View from The Pipeline

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This is a photo show featuring images by Heather Warburton taken along the proposed route of the South Jersey Gas Pipeline. This area is too beautiful and important to risk. There will be a special guest speaker, Lena Smith from Food and Water Watch talking about aquifers and the dangers of the pipeline

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Documentary & Discussion: Beyond Standing Rock.
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Documentary & Discussion: Beyond Standing Rock.

BEYOND STANDING ROCK takes a close-up look at the controversy on the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The film investigates the collision of energy development and tribal rights/sovereignty. BEYOND STANDING ROCK explores these issues through three different tribal stories: The Dakota Access Pipeline (Standing Rock Sioux), the Southern Ute Tribe energy development, and a coalition of tribes in the Four Corners region, fighting for control over the Bears Ears National Monument.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Leigh Paterson.

This program is co-sponsored by the East Brunswick Human Relations Council.

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Organizers Meeting (Aug 31st- Mahwah NJ)
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Organizers Meeting (Aug 31st- Mahwah NJ)

  • 189 Stag Hill Road Mahwah, NJ, 07430 United States (map)
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We will be holding an Organizers Meeting on Thursday, August 31st at 7pm at the Ramapough Community Center (189 Stag Hill Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430) for those interested in getting involved at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp. All are welcome to join any of the following committees: 

- Fundraising Committee
- Gardening Committee
- Outreach Committee
- Start a committee that fits your interests and the needs of the camp!

All are welcome to attend. Anushiik!

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Wordspace: A Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline Fundraiser (August 12th- Newark, New Jersey)
Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

Wordspace: A Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline Fundraiser (August 12th- Newark, New Jersey)

ATTENTION WRITERS, POETS, SIGN INTERPRETERS--

Indivisible Underground NJ is organizing an event at Index Art Center (1st Floor) on AUGUST 12TH, 2017. Door donations will go directly to the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline. Visit https://stoppilgrimpipeline.com/ for more information!

READINGS: 
Julian Xeer
Jule Lee
Kyle Goodman
Tom Puopolo
Tamara Hart 
Shinobi Adept
Mr. McGinny


MUSIC:
Hal Guitarist
and more TBD!

CATERING: 
tasty vegan hors d'oeuvres by Yema Rose and Racho Deetz

Are you, or is anyone you know, interested in reading poetry, short stories, performing spoken word, or interpreting via American sign language for the event? The content does not need to be specific to the fundraiser but should include themes of social justice, political issues, or environmentalism. If interested, please contact one of the hosts or post your request in the comments! 

Ken Dolsky from Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline will be presenting information about the organization at 7pm. 

In addition to food, spoken word presentations, and music there will be letter writing stations, a CAPP petition, and voter registrations available for all who attend. Invite all your friends- We really need a lot of people to come out and support this vital environmental cause happening in our area! Thanks and we'll see you there!

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Mann v. Ford Movie Night and Sleepover Fundraiser (Aug 12th- Mahwah, NJ)
Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

Mann v. Ford Movie Night and Sleepover Fundraiser (Aug 12th- Mahwah, NJ)

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Join us for a film screening of Mann v. Ford, the story of the Ramapough Lenape Nation's epic battle against two American giants: the Ford Motor Company and the Environmental Protection Agency, which failed to ensure that Ford cleaned the land of deadly toxins and erroneously declared the community safe and clean of toxic waste. Following the movie will be a discussion led by Ramapough tribal members and storytelling by the fire. Free will suggested donation of $5-15 (no one will be turned away).

Bring blankets and/or something comfortable to sit on. All are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. All overnight guests must abide by the ground rules and follow protocol set forth by water protectors. Familyfriendly! **We ask that if you intend to stay overnight, please arrive by 3pm for Orientation and to set up your tent. Thank you!

Movie begins at 5pm sharp. Food and snacks will be available for purchase including smores!

Mann v. Ford movie trailer: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mann-v-ford/video/trailer.html?autoplay=true

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The Ramapough Mountain Indians have lived in the hills and forests of northern New Jersey, less than 40 miles from midtown Manhattan, for hundreds of years. In the 1960s, their neighbor in nearby Mahwah, the Ford Motor Company, bought their land and began dumping toxic waste in the woods and abandoned iron mines surrounding their homes.

Ford has acknowledged the dumping. In the 1980s, the Ramapough’s homeland was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of federally monitored Superfund sites – and supposedly cleaned up by Ford. However, thousands of tons of toxic waste were left behind.

In 2006, the residents of Upper Ringwood, after suffering for years from a range of mysterious ailments, including deadly cancers, skin rashes and high rates of miscarriage, filed a mass action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from Ford as compensation for their suffering. Ford denied all responsibility for the illnesses devastating the community and claimed its flawed cleanup had fully complied with all EPA rules.

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Court Support: Defend Water and Land Protectors (Aug 10th- Mahwah, NJ)
Aug
10
1:30 PM13:30

Court Support: Defend Water and Land Protectors (Aug 10th- Mahwah, NJ)

  • 475 Corporate Dr Mahwah, NJ 07430-3603 (map)
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On Thursday, August 10th at 1:30pm, please come out and support Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp water and land protectors for a hearing at Mahwah Municipal Court (475 Corporate Dr, Mahwah, NJ 07430).

Can't make it but want to help? Please consider donating to the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp Protectors Defense Fund and sharing widely. We are in URGENT need of funds to cover legal fees: https://fundly.com/split-rock-sweetwater-prayer-camp-protectors-defense-fund.

BACKGROUND:

Since October 2016, under the leadership of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has been holding space and leading the fight against the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, a 178-mile pipeline that would carry up to 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey endangering local water supplies, sacred sites, and essential wetlands.

Unfortunately, the presence of Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp has exposed deeper issues surrounding indigenous sovereignty, land rights, freedom of religion, and discrimination against the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Water and land protectors at Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp have experienced harassment, intimidation, and false accusations on an ongoing basis from the Town of Mahwah and surrounding Polo Club neighbors. 

Now, coincidentally, three protectors have been charged in connection to alleged vandalism near Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer including Ramapough Lenape Nation Tribal Chief, Dwaine Perry.

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NJNG Pipeline - Pinelands Commission Public Comment Meeting
Jul
26
9:30 AM09:30

NJNG Pipeline - Pinelands Commission Public Comment Meeting

Pack the house to oppose the pipeline!

The New Jersey Natural Gas Southern Reliability Link pipeline is a 30-mile, 30" diameter, 722 psi gas transmission pipeline slated to be routed from Chesterfield, in Burlington County, through the Pinelands to Manchester, in Ocean County. This pipeline is associated with the Garden State Expansion, which includes a new compressor station in Chesterfield. These projects put the health and resources of residents, our ecosystem, and our environmental regulations at risk. 

The Pinelands Commission is a group of 15 individuals appointed to uphold the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), the rules put in place to protect the Pinelands. 

Please come and explain your objections to the project and how the pipeline violates the CMP.

A few of these violations:

1. The current route goes through the Pinelands Preservation Area designated by the Pinelands Protection Act. This route is unnecessary and could instead go through the less sensitive Pinelands Protection Area. In cases such as this one, where a route through the Protection Area is feasible, it is required by the CMP.

2. The pipeline is not needed, and thus is not genuinely associated with the needs of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Joint Base is unable to tap into a 30", 722 psi pipeline without major infrastructure, and NJNG has no intention to modify the system in the near future. Additionally, neither NJNG or the Board of Public Utilities has conducted a reliability analysis that shows that this project is necessary for the base or for the system as a whole. Independent expert reports have demonstrated that the project is unnecessary

3. The pipeline fails to meet essential water resource protections outlined in the CMP. The route runs through two Superfund sites for which the EPA has required specific remediation actions. It is essential to avoid any possible resuspension or spread of contaminants within these areas. Available data on contamination and site geology in these areas and throughout the route is insufficient to ensure the safety of construction and operation of the pipeline. 

Learn more about the pipeline here: http://www.pinelandsalliance.org/protection/hotissues/development/njnatgasline/ 

Comments may also be submitted in writing to the commission at njngcomment@njpines.state.nj.us until 5pm on August 2, 2017.

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Rally/March to Protect Delaware River Basin from Fracking
Jul
25
12:00 PM12:00

Rally/March to Protect Delaware River Basin from Fracking

  • 125 W State St #2 Trenton, NJ 08608 (map)
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We need you to come out to march and rally Governor Christie to protect the Delaware River basin from fracking! We are coming together on Tuesday, July 25th to call on our Governor to make the temporary moratorium on fracking in the basin permanent. We are rallying for the river because it provides drinking water to 17 million people. Nearly seven years ago, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) put in a temporary moratorium on fracking in the Basin. We are concerned, however, that there are attempts being made to lift the moratorium given what’s happening in Washington. With the Fossil Fool in the White House, the Delaware River could be threatened with fracking and more pipeline proposals. 

Join us on Tuesday, July 25th outside the State Annex Building for a rally and march at the Archives Building to the Governors new office since he is spending $300 million renovating the Statehouse. Thousands of people have come out to ban fracking in the Basin and we need to keep coming out to protect our water!

Around four years ago, there was a proposal to lift the moratorium and adopt weak rules on fracking. When the moratorium was put in place, there were plans for more than 10,000 fracking wells in the Delaware River Basin. Fracking would require hundreds of billions of gallons of water pumped underground with toxic chemicals. These fracking fluids would destroy our pristine streams and cause the loss of tens of thousands of acres of forests. Our forests would be even more fractured by increased pipelines with hundreds of new proposals in the region. This would destroy the basin turning the Delaware River Valley into Oklahoma. 

Recently, signals from the DRBC staff have raised alarm bells that the Commission may be taking steps to adopt regulations and lift the current moratorium. We must keep public opposition strong against fracking and urge voting members - the Governors of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, representing the Basin states, and the Army Corps of Engineers, representing the federal government to make the ban permanent. Without a permanent fracking ban, residents in the Delaware River Basin could be faced with well pads, compressor stations, drilling rigs, and countless miles of pipeline construction.

Please come and if you haven’t signed the petition please do so now. If you cannot make the rally, you can comment to protect the Delaware River here: https://secure3.convio.net/scnj/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1498

Details: Rally, March, and Petition Delivery Outside Governor Christie’s temporary office

Tuesday, July 25th at 12:00 pm, noon. Meet at the Statehouse Annex at 125 W State St #2, Trenton, NJ 08608 and then march to 225 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608. Petition delivery will be at 12:30 PM.

Please bring a sign to protect the Delaware River against fracking. 

For parking information and RSVP, please e-mail Jamie at jamie.zaccaria@sierraclub.org.

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Mahwah Town Council Meeting
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Mahwah Town Council Meeting

Support the Ramapough Lenape Nation!

The next Mahwah Town Council meeting will take place Thursday, July 13th. We are asking all allies to come out for another great showing of solidarity with the Ramapough Lenape Nation. The purpose of attending is to maintain a consistent presence and let the Town of Mahwah know we are still here. Please plan to meet at the Ramapough Community Center (189 Stag Hill Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430) at 6:30pm and we will head over to the Mahwah Town Council meeting together (475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ).

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Stop Williams Transco Pipeline: Public Meeting
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

Stop Williams Transco Pipeline: Public Meeting

Williams Transco has proposed a 23.4 mile pipeline to expand its existing transmission system to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale through Raritan Bay to New York. If built, the pipeline will disrupt YOUR fishing, boating, and recreational activities. 

Construction of the pipeline would also distrub 14,000 acres of habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals. 

This is also a step backward for our energy policy & the environment by committing the region to more fossil fuel infrastrucutre projects that are unnecesary and make it more difficult for renewables to enter the market.

Clean Ocean Action Clean Water Action New Jersey ReThink Energy NJBayshore Regional Watershed Council

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Burlington County Freeholders Meeting - Reject the NJNG Pipeline
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Burlington County Freeholders Meeting - Reject the NJNG Pipeline

  • 49 Rancocas Road Mount Holly, NJ, 08060 United States (map)
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The New Jersey Natural Gas Southern Reliability Link pipeline is a 30-mile, 30" diameter, 722 psi gas transmission pipeline slated to be routed from Chesterfield, in Burlington County, to Manchester, in Ocean County. This pipeline is associated with the Garden State Expansion, which includes a new compressor station in Chesterfield. These projects put the health and resources of residents, our ecosystem, and our environmental regulations at risk. 

Each Pinelands County has a representative designated to represent them on the Pinelands Commission. Burlington County's representative, Sean Earlen, is the chair of the Commission and voted to approve the South Jersey Gas pipeline in February. He is appointed by the Burlington County Freeholders. 

Many townships and residents within Burlington County have been actively fighting these projects. Burlington County is currently engaged in litigation over the road-opening permits for the pipeline. Concerning this lawsuit, the Freehodler Director stated: "This board will vigorously oppose this attack by New Jersey Natural Gas, just as we have actively opposed the proposed route for this pipeline." 

You can learn more about the county's opposition here
http://www.nj.com/burlington/index.ssf/2016/02/pipeline_company_sues_nj_county_over_road_policies.html 

It is time for the Burlington County Freeholders to act upon these statements and the sentiment of their residents. Tell the freeholders that their representative must vote to reject this pipeline to protect the interests of Burlington County and the integrity of the Pinelands. 

The public comment meeting for the NJNG SRL pipeline is on July 26 at 9:30am at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River: https://goo.gl/Mpi2vp. Sean Earlen's current term on the Pinelands Commission expires July 27, 2017.

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Movie Night and Sleepover Fundraiser
Jun
30
to Jul 1

Movie Night and Sleepover Fundraiser

  • Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp (map)
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Join us for a film screening of American Native, a documentary about the Ramapough Lenape Nation’s fight for federal recognition as a legitimate Native American Tribe. Following the movie will be a discussion led by Ramapough tribal members and storytelling by the fire. Free will suggested donation of $5-15 (no one will be turned away).

Bring blankets and/or something comfortable to sit on. All are welcome to pitch a tent and spend the night. All overnight guests must abide by the ground rules and follow protocol set forth by water protectors. Family friendly! **We ask that if you intend to stay overnight, please arrive by 5:30pm for Orientation and to set up your tent. Thank you!

Movie begins at 7pm sharp. Food and snacks will be available for purchase including smores!

American Native movie trailer: https://vimeo.com/68924266

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Mahwah Town Council Meeting
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Mahwah Town Council Meeting

We are changing our Organizers Meeting to a showing of solidarity for the Ramapough Lenape Nation.

The 6/22 Mahwah Town Council meeting was rescheduled to Thursday, June 29th. We will be meeting at the Ramapough Community Center at 189 Stag Hill Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430 at 6:30pm for a brief meeting and then heading to the Mahwah Township Hall (475 Corporate Hall) together. All are welcome to attend and address the Council during the public portion of the meeting.

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Middlesex County Against Fracked Gas Pipeline
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Middlesex County Against Fracked Gas Pipeline

The Middlesex County Board of Freeholders have refused to take a position in opposing the Williams fracked gas pipeline and compressor station through Middlesex & Somerset Counties, and the Raritan Bay. In a time when we have a Presidential administration in the swamp with oil and gas companies, a Governor (Christie) who's never seen a pipeline he doesn't like, the next largest government entity is our Board of Freeholders. A strong resolution of opposition to this project would send a loud message of disapproval to federal regulators. Join us to call on our elected representatives to take action, and pass a resolution.

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Pilgrim Pipeline's Impact on Water Presentation, Princeton Hydro
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Pilgrim Pipeline's Impact on Water Presentation, Princeton Hydro

We hope you can join us to get an update and learn about the next steps we are taking to stop Pilgrim Pipeline on Tuesday, June 13th! The Pilgrim Pipeline puts our water at risk by cutting through the Highlands region and threatening the water supply for over 3 million people. We are coming together for a town hall to discuss our work with water expert Mark Gallagher of Princeton Hydro to identify the pipeline’s impact to multiple waterbodies it plans to cross. We will use this data to fight any DEP permits, including the Water Quality Certificate, which stopped the Constitution Pipeline in New York. Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club will be speaking at the event.

The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 pm at the Chatham Library on 214 Main St, Chatham Township, NJ 07928. We will meet at the Lundt Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

Pilgrim Pipeline would carry 200,000 barrels of the most flammable crude Bakken oil each day between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey. A spill or explosion would be a threaten communities along the route and is a huge public safety threat. However, Bakken crude is transported, it is a disaster waiting to happen. The Pilgrim Pipeline will actually increase Bakken oil being transported on train and barge through our communities. This pipeline would also lead to more air pollution, increase fracking, and further our impact on climate change. 

The New Jersey Sierra Club and the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline has worked with independent water experts at Princeton Hydro to conduct an environmental analysis of Pilgrim’s impacts to water quality in an effort to fight various NJDEP permits required for approval. The company has yet to file applications for permits in New Jersey, but these findings will help us be prepared when and if they do.

Please encourage your Mayors, Council Members, Environmental Commissioners, or any other town representatives to join us. To learn more about Pilgrim Pipeline and the proposed route please visit: https://stoppilgrimpipeline.com/

To RSVP please contact Toni Granato at toni.granato@sierraclub.org

Look forward to see you there,

New Jersey Sierra Club

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