Move New York OFF Fossil Fuels NOW!
Aug
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Move New York OFF Fossil Fuels NOW!

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The Trump White House is emboldening the corporations and climate deniers that are threatening our communities and undermining our democracy. We must demand that New York elected officials embrace climate solutions now, not tomorrow.

As the first national organization to call for an all-out ban on fracking, Food & Water Watch is building a grassroots movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop dangerous pipelines and fracking infrastructure, and transition to 100% renewable energy.

On August 24, learn more about our plan to move New York– and the whole country– OFF fossil fuels. Join us!

Please RSVP to Laura at lshindell@fwwatch.org or (347) 774-4695.

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Save the EPA Rally & Petition Delivery (Sept 14th- Manhattan, NY)
Sep
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Save the EPA Rally & Petition Delivery (Sept 14th- Manhattan, NY)

Congress is finalizing the budget on October 1. Join Food & Water Watch on September 14 to deliver thousands of petition signatures to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to urge him to draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that cuts the Environmental Protection Agency's funding. 

Donald Trump is proposing to slash the EPA budget by 31%, eliminating thousands of jobs, and undermining enforcement of laws that safeguard our water and air. New York communities would be hard-hit by these cuts. The cleanups of the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn could be disrupted. Programs to combat global warming would be eliminated, risking further climate catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy. 

As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer has an obligation to defend the EPA, for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the climate we depend upon!

For more information, contact Eric at eweltman@fwwatch.org, 347-778-2743.

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Call-In DAY: Urge Schumer to Defend the EPA! (Aug 15th- Your Telephone!)
Aug
15
9:00am 9:00am

Call-In DAY: Urge Schumer to Defend the EPA! (Aug 15th- Your Telephone!)

On August 15, join Food & Water Watch and our allies for a statewide call-in day to Senator Schumer to urge him to defend the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)! 

Call Senator Schumer TODAY @ 866-961-3208 and urge him to accept NO cuts to the EPA! And encourage your friends and community members to make a quick call! 

Donald Trump is proposing to slash the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31%, eliminating thousands of jobs, and undermining enforcement of laws that safeguard our water and air. New York communities would be hard-hit by these cuts. The cleanups of the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn could be disrupted. Programs to combat global warming would be eliminated, risking further climate catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy. As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that cuts EPA’s funding. 

Note: This toll-free number allows us to track the number of calls that we generate. It cycles through Schumer's eight offices, so if you don't get through the first time, dial again.

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Rally in Albany Tell Cuomo Deny 401 WQC and be a Climate Leader (Aug 10th- Albany, NY)
Aug
10
11:00am11:00am

Rally in Albany Tell Cuomo Deny 401 WQC and be a Climate Leader (Aug 10th- Albany, NY)

This is the final stretch, it all comes down to THIS! We need EVERYONE to join us and get on the Bus and #StandwithCromwell We will be rallying in Albany to pressure Governnor Cuomo to do the right thing and be a climate leader - DENY the 401 Water Quality permit for the Millennium Valley Lateral Pipeline and Eastern System Upgrade. We are demanding that he shut down CPV once and for all. Mario Cuomo shut down the Shoreham Nuclear plant at the 11th hour due to community action and everyone demanding that it not be operational. We need the same thing to happen with CPV, build on bribery and corruption and never should have been approved. We have learned the science, seen the studies and know the experts, this plant will be catastrophic for Orange County, all of New York state and the entire Earth. 

Let us know if you have any questions. 

More details to come!! We will have free buses to take people from Middletown, N.Y. Midtown Manhattan, New Paltz NY, and White Plains NY.
Reserve your bus seats early!!
http://tinyurl.com/Bus2Albany-Aug10

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Shut Down Goldman Sachs' Pipeline Conference! (Aug 10th- New York, NY)
Aug
10
8:30am 8:30am

Shut Down Goldman Sachs' Pipeline Conference! (Aug 10th- New York, NY)

  • 200 West St New York, NY 10282-2101 (map)
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Shut Down Goldman Sachs' Pipeline Corporation Finance Conference! 

Tell Goldman, Trump and Cuomo: No More Oil & Gas Pipelines

Wall Street’s giant bank, Goldman Sachs, holds an annual finance conference for the worst of the worst: the corporations financing projects such as Dakota Access, Pilgrim, and KeystoneXL that seek to rip through indigenous communities; destroy our water and air quality; and fuel the climate crisis. 

These corporations network with big investors and work to secure financing for their projects at this elite, private confab. 

This year, let’s give them a loud and clear wake-up call. We'll be at 200 West Street, Goldman Sachs’ lower Manhattan headquarters at 8:30am to:

*Tell Goldman Sachs to stop financing oil, gas, coal, and pipelines

*Protest Goldman Sachs’ control over our federal government through their many top level people like Steve Bannon, Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn in the Trump Administration

*Urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject any new fracking infrastructure projects such as the Pilgrim Pipelines.

Together, we’ll be supporting the indigenous communities fighting Dakota Access, the 4 major tar sands pipelines, and the massive oil Pilgrim Pipelines proposed for New York and New Jersey. 

Please RSVP on this page to join the fun as we let Goldman Sachs, Trump and Governor Cuomo hear it from NYC!

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Brooklyn Meetup: OFF Fossil Fuels Sign-Making Party (Aug 9th- Brooklyn, NY)
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brooklyn Meetup: OFF Fossil Fuels Sign-Making Party (Aug 9th- Brooklyn, NY)

Join Food & Water Watch at our downtown Brooklyn office for an OFF Fossil Fuels sign-making party! 

Food, drinks, and art supplies provided! 

We'll be making signs for two upcoming OFF Fossil Fuels rallies. Our message is simple: no fracking in New York means no fracking infrastructure! From pipelines, to power plants and compressor stations, Governor Cuomo must reject it all and transition New York to 100% renewable energy.

Please RSVP to Laura: lshindell@fwwatch.org, (347) 774-4695.

Directions: The Food & Water Watch downtown Brooklyn office is located on the 4th floor of the Green Desk building on 147 Prince Street, which is a small alleyway adjacent to the carwash on the corner of Flatbush Avenue & Willoughby Street. Take the F/A/C to Jay St Metrotech, B/Q to Dekalb Ave, or 4/5/2/3 to Nevins St.

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Manhattan Meetup: EPA Petitioning & Leafletting (Aug 8th- Manhattan, NY)
Aug
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

Manhattan Meetup: EPA Petitioning & Leafletting (Aug 8th- Manhattan, NY)

  • Corner of Crosby & E. Houston Streets, Manhattan, NY 10012 (map)
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Hit the streets with Food & Water Watch to gather petition signatures to Senator Schumer to urge him to oppose Trump's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Trump wants to take a sledgehammer to the EPA, slashing 31% of its funding, laying off one-fifth of its workers, and eliminating key programs. 

Meet us at the corner of Crosby and E. Houston Streets for petitioning and leafletting from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Afterwards, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, we will meet at Housing Works Cafe on 126 Crosby Street (between E. Houston & Prince Streets) to debrief and discuss the next steps for our Manhattan volunteer group.

For more information, and to RSVP, contact Eric: eweltman@fwwatch.org, 347-778-2743.

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New AUG Court Date- Landowners vs. Nat Fuel NAPL Eminent Domain
Aug
4
10:00am10:00am

New AUG Court Date- Landowners vs. Nat Fuel NAPL Eminent Domain

Despite the fact that the NYSDEC DENIED Water Quality permits for the Northern Access Pipeline - National Fuel is still summoning landowners along the pipeline route to court to condemn and seize their property under Eminent Domain.

NOTE: OUR COURT CASE IS NOW POSTPONED UNTIL AUG.
The New Date is Friday, August 4th. The Court case begins at 10:00 and we will gather outside at 9:00 AM

We would welcome anyone who would like to attend the court date as quiet and respectful support for the landowners. Please know, the dates (time) can change. It is best to call the day before to confirm.
Erie County Court Clerk #: 716-845-9486

Our NEW Erie County Landowner Court Date:
Friday, August 4th at 10:00 am (Gather outside at 9am)
Location: Erie County Court, 25 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY (Part 21)
Presiding Justice: The Honorable John F. O'Donnell J.S.C.

Thank You!
Lia Oprea
Landowner fighting Eminent Domain
Founder of WECAP
Cell: 310-770-3288
Rider Hopkins Farm- Olmsted Camp
12820 Benton Road, Sardinia, NY

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Outdoor Movie Night: VICELAND's Sacred Water: Standing Rock
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Outdoor Movie Night: VICELAND's Sacred Water: Standing Rock

Manhattan, New York

**Space in West Harlem Piers Park is limited, please RSVP through the link above to secure your seat.**

WE ACT is back again this summer with our free “Black and Green Summer Movie Series.” Join us as we preview the VICELAND film, Sacred Water: Standing Rock. The film tells the story of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation of North and South Dakota who are fighting to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. The tribe fears that a leak could contaminate the Missouri River and spell disaster for the Great Sioux Nation.

LIVE MUSIC WILL BE FROM 7:00-8:00PM.
FILM BEGINS AT DUSK.

**Space in West Harlem Piers Park is limited, please RSVP through the link above to secure your seat.**

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Black and Green Summer Movie Series is co-sponsored by ImageNation.

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Public Hearing to Stop the Lateral Pipeline for CPV. (Middletown, New York)
Aug
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Public Hearing to Stop the Lateral Pipeline for CPV. (Middletown, New York)

  • Paramount Theatre (Middletown, New York) (map)
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--Middletown, Orange County, New York 10940--

Join us in telling Governor Cuomo and his administration to reject the remaining permit for Millennium's Valley Lateral Project, a pipeline that would deliver dirty fracked gas to the massive CPV power plant currently being constructed in Orange County. On August 2, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a hearing to accept public comments about the Valley Lateral Pipeline. This is our opportunity to speak out, and tell Cuomo that he has an obligation to protect New Yorkers' health and safety, and environment, by stopping this pipeline, and all fracking infrastructure, in New York State.

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Albany Potluck and Meeting with Water Protectors (Aug 2nd- Albany, NY)
Aug
2
5:30pm 5:30pm

Albany Potluck and Meeting with Water Protectors (Aug 2nd- Albany, NY)

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Water Walk for Life connects communities along the Hudson River from Ramapough (Mahwah, NJ) which means “Sweet Water” to the Grafton Peace Pagoda (Grafton, NY). Walking in prayer for a peaceful future on Mother Earth, Water Walk for Life advocates against the the#PilgrimPiplines proposed to connect Albany, NY to LInden, NJ.

This evening potlick and meeting will include presentations about fossil fuel ifrastructure buildup in the Northeast -- Pilgrim Pipelines, Connecticut Expansion, AIM/Spectra pipelines - climate change, war and peace, 

Potluck Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30
Presentations and Q&A: 6:30 - 7:30

(If you are contributing food, please try to come at 5pm)

Water Walk for LIfe is sponsored by NY-NJ Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline - CAPP, Ramapough Lenape Nation, Food & Water Watch350NJ, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, Sierra ClubStop NY Fracked Gas PipelineGreen Party, Riverkeeper, PAUSE and Grafton Peace Pagoda

The walkers, led by Rev. Jun Yasuda of the Grafton Peace Pagoda are a a group of interfaith water protectors. 


The prayer walk is part of campaign

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Public Hearing: Say NO to Expansion of Westchester's Airport!
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Public Hearing: Say NO to Expansion of Westchester's Airport!

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Join us on July 27 at a public hearing to speak out against the recently-released draft of the Westchester County airport master plan, which calls for massive expansion of the airport!

The draft plan calls for major increases in the number of flights (ignoring current passenger caps) and development of a corner of the airport that drains into the Kensico Reservoir, which provides the drinking water for 9 million people — including most of Westchester and New York City! Further, the trumped-up plan calls for $462 million in construction, but simultaneously makes the claim that development will not increase the airport's greenhouse gas emissions.

Help us stand up for Westchester's communities and environment by speaking out against expansion, and privatization, of the airport!

*Doors open at 6:00 p.m. There will be free parking at the County Center parking lot.

The coalition to oppose privatization and expansion of the Westchester County airport is spearheaded by Citizens for a Responsible County Airport (crcairport.org), and includes Sierra Club Lower Hudson, Food & Water Watch, Westchester for Change, WESPAC Foundation, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Purchase Environmental Protective Association, Grassroots Environmental Education, We Persist, Indivisible Westchester, and Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network.

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Save the EPA! Discussion w/ Former Top EPA Official Judith Enck
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Save the EPA! Discussion w/ Former Top EPA Official Judith Enck

Save the EPA! 
A Discussion with Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck

Sponsored by Food & Water Watch

Donald Trump has launched an assault on the Environmental Protection Agency. This threatens our health, communities, and environment. We can – and must – stop him.

Trump wants to slash the EPA’s budget, risking the safety of our water, air and climate. We must demand that Congress oppose any cuts to the EPA budget.

Join us on July 27 to hear from Judith Enck, formerly the EPA’s top official for New York. We’ll explore how EPA cuts would impact New York communities, and discuss the New York Campaign to Save the EPA, and how you can get involved.

Appointed by President Obama, Enck was the regional administrator overseeing environmental protection in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, eight Indian Nations, and the Virgin Islands. Enck previously served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York Governor’s Office and as a Policy Advisor to the New York State Attorney General. 

Please RSVP to Greta at gzarro@fwwatch.org or 347-774-4597.

 

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Jul
22
11:00am11:00am

Campaign for Water Protection, Greater Newburgh, NY PFOS Contamination

NEWBURGH, N.Y. - June 22, 2017 - PRLog -- The Campaign For Water Protection (#WaterProtection)is pleased to announce that retired Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger USMC - founder of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten - will speak on the topic of water contamination and what the public needs to know at the Newburgh Free Library, NY on July 22, 2017 - The Newburgh PFOS Crisis.

Jerry Ensminger USMC, lost his 9 year-old daughter to Leukemia from toxic well water at Camp Lejeune. U.S. Marine officials failed to act on the water contamination. Ensminger tirelessly fought to have the US Federal Government to investigate the contaminated water.  In 2012, then President Obama signed the Janey Ensminger Act (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Janey_Ensminger) into law to begin providing medical care for people who may have been affected by the Camp Lejeune contamination.

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Jul
20
2:00pm 2:00pm

Imagine: Water Protectors Prayer/Gathering

Save the date for the upcoming Water Protector in Prayer/Gathering held in Times Square. 

We are not protestors but we are water protectors always walking in prayer. 

We need Drummers, Dancers, Singers,those that can do video live feeds,as WE come together around the world in unified prayer and spirit CALLING OUT ALL WATER PROTECTORS

....if you can come Walk,Dance,Drum,Sing in prayer in Times Square New York city .unified globally as we gather to pray for our struggle to protect clean water for the benefit of a healthy sustainable world for all life and future...

In addition, we are
CALLING OUT ALL WATER WARRIOR'S, WE NEED BOATS ,KAYAKS,WATER VESSELS ON THE WATER FOR WATER CEREMONY SURROUNDING ELLIS ISLAND IN PRAYER'S, JULY 20 ,2:00 -4:00 .on the water in unity with water warriors walking Drumming,singing, in prayers from Times Square and around the world for clean water, renewable Energy,and a healthy clean future for all life and generations to come

***This is a family friendly, alcohol/drug-free event!***

More details to follow.

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Free Red Fawn Fundraiser
Jul
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

Free Red Fawn Fundraiser

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

On Wednesday July 19, join us at the American Indian Community Houseto support a fundraiser for political prisoner and water protector, Red Fawn.

Indigenous activist and guest speakers including Arrow Banks via Skype, Esme Roddy (Sault Sainete-Marie Objibwe), Natalia Sells (Diné). 
Traditional Drum song and dance with Cheyenne L. E. Phoenix(Diné/Northern Paiute)
Poetry by Christopher Soto
Donated raffle prizes from Superiority Burger, Roberta's, Drag City and more!
"Free Red Fawn" benefit T-shirt designed by Cometees and shirt bodies donated by Lisa Spellman, $20 donation goes 100% to Red Fawn's legal fees and can be donated directly at www.freeredfawn.com 
Refreshments donated by 47 Canal

***This is a family friendly, alcohol/drug-free event!***
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Red Fawn is a human rights advocate, organizer, and a community leader within the Oglala Lakota Sioux. She was raised in traditional Lakota ways, grounded with love and deep connection to the earth and all living things. Her mother, Troylynn Yellow Wood, taught her the importance of fighting for social and environmental justice.

She has been imprisoned since Oct. 27th 2016 after Morton County Sheriff Department accused her of firing a weapon during a militarized police raid of the Standing Rock Prayer and Resistance Camps, although eyewitnesses saw, and firmly say, otherwise. On that day, Red Fawn was helping those who had been injured, as a frontline medic.

Red Fawn is a symbol of Indigenous Resistance, and she is being wrongfully imprisoned--she needs our support! We are fundraising to help with the cost of her legal team.

***We are accepting donations for raffle—please contact us if you would like to donate.***

#FreeRedFawn  #MniWiconi #StandingRockIsEverywhere #Solidarity#WaterIsLife

All proceeds will go towards Red Fawn's legal fund. To learn more about how you can help or donate, please go to: 
www.freeredfawn.com
Free RedFawn

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New July Court Date- Landowners vs. Nat Fuel NAPL Eminent Domain
Jul
18
9:00am 9:00am

New July Court Date- Landowners vs. Nat Fuel NAPL Eminent Domain

Despite the fact that the NYSDEC DENIED Water Quality permits for the Northern Access Pipeline - National Fuel is still summoning landowners along the pipeline route to court to condemn and seize their property under Eminent Domain.

NOTE: THE ORIGINAL DATE OF JUNE 6 HAS BEEN CHANGED.
The New Date is Tuesday, July 18th. Court case begins at 9:30 and we will gather outside at 9:00 AM

We would welcome anyone who would like to attend the court date as quiet and respectful support for the landowners. Please know, the dates (time) can change. It is best to call the day before to confirm.
Erie County Court Clerk #: 716-845-9486

Our Erie County Landowner Court Date:
Tuesday, July 18th at 9:30 AM.
Location: Erie County Court, 25 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY (Part 21)
Presiding Justice: The Honorable John F. O'Donnell J.S.C.

Thank You!
Lia Oprea
Landowner fighting Eminent Domain
Founder of WECAP
Cell: 310-770-3288
Rider Hopkins Farm- Olmsted Camp
12820 Benton Road, Sardinia, NY

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RALLY: Stop Privatization & Expansion of Westchester's Airport
Jul
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

RALLY: Stop Privatization & Expansion of Westchester's Airport

  • 148 Martine Avenue White Plains, NY 10601 (map)
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Join us as we raise awareness about the negative financial and environmental impacts that would result from privatization of the county airport.

The bids from private companies to take over the Westchester Airport are due shortly before the rally. Speakers include: George Fuss, Legislator Parker (Dist.-7), Jonathan Wang, and a public health expert. After the rally, we will attend the Board of Legislators regular meeting in the 8th floor of the building, where representatives plan to speak during the public comment period. The rally is permited.

Sponsored by Citizens for a Responsible County Airport, Westchester for Change, WESPAC, Sierra Club, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Purchase Environmental Protective Association, Food & Water Watch, Grassroots Environmental Education, We Persist, and Indivisible Westchester.

Citizens for a Responsible County Airport is a nonpartisan grassroots group committed to sustainable, conscientious management and improvement of the airport by holding our government accountable. crcairport.org

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Water Protectors Feast and performances
Jul
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Water Protectors Feast and performances

Are you a water-protector? Join The SeaChange Voyage as it comes to town for an evening of performances and discussion next to, and about, the water that sustains us. Together we will use art and storytelling to weave together first-hand stories of the Standing Rock protest camp by Mohawk warriors and local stories of resistence and resilience to climate change and its causes. This event will include poetry, music, street theater, and hip-hop as well as a community discussion around water protection. 

Please bring with you a vegetarian/vegan dish to share, and a small amount of water from a place you cherish to contribute to a water ceremony. 

Location TBC: Waterfront Park

More information: www.seachangevoyage.org

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Water Protectors Climate Defenders Send Off To Jail
Jul
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

Water Protectors Climate Defenders Send Off To Jail

This is it. If you ever fought #Fracking or the #Minisink Compressor Station, #Climate Change. Its time to draw a redline in Orange County. Join #WaterProtectors and #ClimateDefenders Actor and Activist James Cromwell, mother Pramilla Malick, and Grandmother Madeline Shaw, before they report to the Orange County Jail for their efforts to defend your right to clean air, water, and a livable future for your children, by trying to #StopCPV. They are sacrificing their personal freedom for US. Come and show them your support and say thank you!! We will hold a press conference at 2pm and then rally at the site before caravaning to the Orange County jail where they will say goodbye as they serve a week long sentence.

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RALLY: Urge Schumer to Oppose Dirty Energy Bill
Jul
11
12:00pm12:00pm

RALLY: Urge Schumer to Oppose Dirty Energy Bill

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Join us in urging Senator Schumer to lead the opposition to the Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is attempting to rush this 891-page bill to a vote the week of July 10 without any public hearings, bypassing all committees, and flouting normal procedures.

The Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill would be a disaster:

· Promote more fracking and speed the approval of natural gas exports
· Give FERC even more authority to rubber-stamp fracking pipelines, expediting the build-out of more fossil fuel infrastructure
· Authorize millions of dollars for research into extraction of new sources of dirty fossil fuels from the ocean floor
· The “Renewables” section doesn’t even mention solar and wind power

On July 11, we’ll be delivering to Schumer a letter signed by hundreds of organizations and a petition signed by thousands of constituents calling on him to lead the charge in opposing this dangerous legislation.

For information, contact Eric Weltman at Food & Water Watch: eweltman@fwwatch.org; 347-778-2743

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Jul
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

STOP INVASION OF OIL STORAGE BARGES ON THE HUDSON!!

  • Enter building on W. 64th near CPW by going up a few stairs and opening brass doors. Basement meeting room.

  • What is being done with the glut of volatile Bakken crude oil stacking up in Albany? It is being put into 40+ huge barges and parked in the scenic Hudson River. 

    We and the Hudson have had enough of the oil invasion!

    Oil trains run along one side, the Spectra-AIM pipeline was put under the river next to the aging Indian Point Nuclear Plant, and now towns from Kingston to Yonkers face an invasion of floating oil storage tanks that are vulnerable to accidents, could come unmoored, willleak over time, and pose a security risk.

    At this event you will learn more about this and what we can do.  We will have a well-informed guest speaker from Riverkeeper.

    Co-sponsors of this event are:  United For Action, Food and Water Watch and Friends of Clearwater.

    Please consider signing this petition: https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2988 

    NOTE:  Though the NYC Grassroots Alliance usually holds our events/meetings on the first Mondays of every month, this one will take place on the second Monday due to the holiday weekend on July 3.

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 4th of July Celebration and Opening of Camp Constellation
Jul
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

4th of July Celebration and Opening of Camp Constellation

  • Woods Hole Road Freehold, New York 12431 USA (map)
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This 4th of July Celebration kicks off the opening of Camp Constellation. The local activists and Water Protectors have asked Veterans to set up a permanent camp to protect the principal activist, Stella Martin and her family, from the harassment and danger she is experiencing by the opposition force, thought to be either organized crime involved in the illegal toxic dumping and/or local interests profiting from the dumping and/or local officials complicit. To date, there has been no militarized police response as we saw at Standing Rock. The opposition is operating clandestinely at this point.

In addition to setting up Camp Constellation for protection of the family, the veterans will assist the local activists in their efforts, including collecting water samples, publicizing on social media and local activism. Local activists will lead this mission. Our job is to protect and serve and follow their lead.

We will use the model of Standing Rock as our roadmap. The intent is to remain peaceful and prayerful. No weapons, no drugs (unless compliant with NY State Medical Marijuana Laws,) no alcohol at the camp.

I have started a sign-up roster,Active Roster. If you wish to volunteer some time over the summer, please sign up at, Sign up HERE (http://www.columbia.edu/~jw157/NYVWP.html). Be sure to list you availability and any special skills and/or equipment you can bring to camp.

This is, ultimately, no just an issue local to one area. The runoff of the toxic material, principally, metals like cadmium has already seriously affect the health of local activists.. Stella's family abutting one toxic dump has been stricken with cadmium poisoning, their property quarantined and her family rendered, temporarily, homeless. There is emerging evidence that the runoff has contaminated the drinking water of Saugerties, NY with the town looking to spend money on finding additional drinking water source without telling the local residents what this is about. One local water test went off the charts for cadmium pollution. Of course, the poisoning of the Catskill Watershed makes its way to the Hudson River and the Reservoirs supplying NYC with its drinking water.

This is a major, major crises in the making on par with Flint Michigan. Veterans must play a role in protecting our water in New York State.

 

 

Contact Email: Mniwiconi@niany.com

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People Power Planet Party
Jun
17
11:00am11:00am

People Power Planet Party

www.PeoplePowerPlanetParty.com
The People Power Planet Party is an outdoor Eco Fest and Block Party. Adults and kids are invited to engage with workshops and interactive art installations, while enjoying live music, dancing and street theater. Relax in a community garden, power a light bulb by riding a bike, learn about NY renewable energy projects, and much more.

Free, and open to everyone. 

For complete schedule, please visit: www.peoplepowerplanetparty.com

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Training in Non-Violent Direct Action
Jun
17
10:00am10:00am

Training in Non-Violent Direct Action

Whether your an environmentalist, social activist, prison reform advocate or any other progressive cause, this training is for you. With experienced trainers we will explore both active and supporting roles when pursuing Non-Violent Direct Action. We will role play dealing with aggressiion and discuss group decision making. All this while networking with each other and having fun!

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Build Fracked Pipeline Resistance in Brooklyn
Jun
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Build Fracked Pipeline Resistance in Brooklyn

Powerhouse Grassroots Org: 350Brooklyn, Sane Energy Project, All Our Energy and Surfrider NYC Chapter in organizing the turnout for the public hearings that are expected to take place this summer, possibly within the next few weeks. Representatives from the three organizations are going to put their heads together at a meeting on Wednesday, June 14. The meeting will be at 7 pm on the roof at Brooklyn Commons.

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Shut It Down: An Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners
Jun
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Shut It Down: An Evening with the Tar Sands Valve Turners

On October 11, 2016, five climate activists shook the North American energy industry by closing the emergency shut off valves on all five pipelines bringing Canadian tar sands oil into the US. It was an unprecedented act of non-violent direct action that shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day. 

Now, the “Valve Turners” face felony charges with sentences of up to 90 years in prison and hundreds of thousand of dollars in fines and legal fees. Come hear "Valve Turners" Annette Klapstein, Emily Johnston discuss why they felt morally compelled to take this action and risk their freedom. 

They'll be joined by documentarians Deia Schlosberg and Steve Liptay who filmed the actions in Minnesota and North Dakota. Deia was arrested in October though her charges have been dropped. Steve continues to face charges in Minnesota. Jay O'Hara, from the Climate Disobediance Center, will moderate.

Our collective commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience is the most powerful force on the planet.

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Resist Trump Volunteer Meeting
May
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Resist Trump Volunteer Meeting

Learn about and get involved with Food & Water Watch's campaigns to oppose President Trump's anti-environmental agenda, including his plans to slash key environmental regulations, promote more fracking, and privatize our public water systems. 
And we can make real progress here in New York by urging Governor Cuomo to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and dirty nuclear power, and transition our state to 100% renewable energy. 

It's critical that we join together to fight back against Trump's climate-destroying plans and defend our right to clean water, climate justice, and safe food.

For more info, or to RSVP, contact Greta Zarro: 347-774-4597; gzarro@fwwatch.org

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Westchester Social Forum 2017
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Westchester Social Forum 2017

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Westchester Social Forum: Building the Movement for Social & Ecological Justice

Join progressive organizations for the Westchester Social Forum on May 20 to learn about the social and environmental justice work that is being done in our county and how to get involved.

The day will include skills-trainings and workshops, a panel of speakers, a people's march in downtown New Rochelle, and music and dance from artists in our community. 

We live in a time of struggle as we witness growing threats to the wellbeing of our planet and communities, as profit is placed over people and land, and corporations, not citizens, control our democracy. Come to exchange ideas and information, foster solidarity, and celebrate our work to create a more just and equal society. 

The event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us!

Workshops include (list in formation):
*Deportation Defense Workshop - Hudson Valley Community Coalition
*Runaway Inequality - Communication Workers of America
*Pride in Politics – The LOFT: LGBT Community Center
*Housing is a Human Right - Community Voices Heard
*Voting & Inequality - Citizen Action of New York
*Creating Hip Hop Social Justice - True He(ART) Academy
*The Indigenous History of Westchester and the Impacts of Colonization - Ramapough Lenape Nation
*Reproductive Rights and the Political Landscape - WCLA: Choice Matters
*Protecting the Human Right to Clean Water - Food & Water Watch
*Taking on Controversial Issues While Creating Space for All Viewpoints - Stephanie Low, Diversity and Inclusion Educator and Consultant
*Exploring Alternatives to Violence - Alternatives to Violence Project
*Not in Anyone's Backyard: The Buildout of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in NY - SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and Resist Spectra
*Organizing Locally Around Issues of Policing, Accountability and Transparency - New York Civil Liberties Union/Westchester Coalition for Police Reform
*Recognizing, Understanding, and Countering Islamophobia - Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia
*Understanding Power as a Tool for Undoing Racism - People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and New RoAR
*Indian Point - Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
*Get your CBA on! What is a Community Benefits Agreement, and Why Does it Matter?- Sustainable Port Chester Alliance
*The Fight for Health Care and a Fair Federal Budget - Consumer's Union

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Construyendo el Movimiento por la Justicia Social y Ecológica

Únase a organizaciones comunitarias en Westchester durante un foro social en mayo para intercambiar ideas e información, fomentar solidaridad y celebrar nuestra labor para crear una sociedad más justa e igualitaria. Estamos viviendo tiempos de lucha, mientras presenciamos crecientes amenazas al bienestar de nuestro planeta y nuestras comunidades, que anteponen la ganancia de dinero por sobre el pueblo y la tierra, y donde las corporaciones, no los ciudadanos, son los que controlan nuestra democracia.

Sin embargo, nosotros, el pueblo, tenemos el poder colectivo de organizar un movimiento por el cambio. El Foro Social de Westchester proveerá el espacio para aprender de unos y otros, fortalecer nuestras habilidades organizativas y conectarnos como una comunidad.
El día incluirá una marcha popular, talleres sobre organización social y justicia ecológica y culminará con una celebración cultural. ¡Esperamos que puedan unirse a nosotros!

www.westchestersocialforum.org

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Sacred Water and Red Power: A Film Screening on Standing Rock
May
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sacred Water and Red Power: A Film Screening on Standing Rock

Please join us for a film screening of Sacred Water and Red Power, two episodes from Viceland’s new series RISE that powerfully document and critically explore the political struggle at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. These films present incredible portraits of the leaders of the #NODAPL movement, contextualize the current struggle against the fossil fuel industry within Sioux history and politics, highlight ongoing state violence against Indigenous peoples in the United States, and raise fundamental questions about the role of Indigenous social movements in shaping our collective future. These are essential films for our time.

Film screening followed by discussion and Q & A with: 
Michelle Latimer, RISE Director
Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, The New School
Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria), Penn Barra Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by:
Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology, The New School

This event is hosted by The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center, co-sponsored by Global Studies, and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP, limited seating available.

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