Vermont Landowner Alliance presents A Landowner Forum on the Gas Pipeline!
During Phase 1 of the Addison/Rutland Gas Pipeline Project, a number of landowners and community members gained experience and insight into how Canadian-owned VT Gas Systems operates, negotiates contracts, secures easements, observes (or fails to observe) safety regulations, and other issues associated with this pipeline. They also became very familiar with the procedures required by the state's regulatory agencies, particularly in regard to property owners' rights and eminent domain.
With a wealth of factual and documented information, these landowners seek to inform communities so people can protect their rights and make sound decisions when confronted with Vermont Gas Systems or the Vermont state regulatory process.
Vermont Landowner Alliance presents A Landowner Forum on the Gas Pipeline!
Come stand with us this Saturday for our protest and chalk-in! Tell TD that the continued funding of climate-destroying projects is unacceptable! (More: https://thereitis.org/td)
=== BONUS: The Farmers Market is on! Bring a bag and shop local! ===
APPAREL? If you'd like to make "Unpaid Protestor" apparel, bring a shirt (or whatever) to paint, and come a little early (we've got a stencil and paint)!
SIGNS? We'll have signs available and make-your-own materials.
=== HOLD YOUR OWN chalk-in whenever! TD Bank clears our messaging as often as it can. But what we have to say plays an important role in educating the public, and the sidewalk is a free speech zone. So we re-chalk. You can, too. ===
Be respectful, be safe! But don't be silent!
#TDdivest #TDdivestRutland #NoDAPL #NoDAPLRutland #WaterIsLife#Rutland #standwithstandingrock #DefundDAPL
The Flood never came to Standing Rock, so let's bring the Flood to the United Nations.
From April 24th to May 5th the United Nations in New York City is holding the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, also known as PFII. Typically, these forums lack Native American representation, and often have Non-Natives speaking on behalf of Natives and their issues. This ends now.
For two weeks, we need to show New York, The UN, and the world that Indigenous People are here, and can speak for themselves.
The world will not forget what happened at Standing Rock. The world will no longer ignore the conditions on reservations, and the issues effecting indigenous people around the globe. 3/4 of the world's population are indigenous, and it's time they stop forgetting that.
There are multiple levels of events within this forum, some more exclusive than others. We want to come out in full force at every level. From top to bottom. From panels at the UN headquarters to flash mob round dances in Time Square, we are going to Flood New York City.
Whether you are registered for the forum or not, we are asking for all indigenous people and allies to come to New York City and show your support. As the strongest of warriors take the United Nations to speak, they will have the support of their brothers and sisters outside, praying, singing, marching and standing in solidarity.
Thousands came to Standing Rock. Thousands came to DC. And we can do the same in New York City.
We are planning a plethora of events, from demonstrations, to speaking engagements, to gatherings and dances and celebrations. For two weeks, let's make New York City our new home.
More details to come as this develops and grows.
If you would like to register your own group for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City. http://bit.ly/PFIIRegistration
Deadline March 30th 2017
Inexpensive Bus resources :
"TROUBLE #1: Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPLStruggle
The first episode of Trouble looks beyond the mainstream narratives surrounding the Standing Rock encampment to get a better understanding of some of the camp’s overlooked dynamics, including serious disagreements over which tactics to use to best stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)."
The film is a half hour long. Afterwards, there will be time to discuss and/or I will field questions. Admission is free, but donations will be collected to support the media collective that produced the film.
This will be a great way to get energized and focused ahead of the People's Climate March, as well as a starting point for longer-term community dialogues about strategies and tactics in the fight against climate change.
Please join us for Clean Water Day on Wednesday, March 29th at the Vermont State House.
At 8:30 a.m. we will start gathering at the Pavilion Auditorium (109 State Street, Montpelier) right next to the Vermont State House for an overview of what’s happening in the state on clean water, and a brief training on how to be a powerful voice in support of clean water. At 10:15 a.m., we will walk over together to the State House to make our voices heard at a press conference and in meetings with our legislators.
8:30 a.m. – Pavilion Auditorium-109 State Street, Montpelier.
(Door is on the side street of the History Museum)
9:00 a.m. – Welcome, introductions, and goals for the day.
Overview of the issues
What’s happening at the State House
How to have a great meeting with your legislator
10:15 a.m. – Walk together to State House
10:45 a.m. – Cedar Creek Room press conference.
11:30 a.m. – Gather in Room 10 to prepare for meetings. At this time attendees will have the option of recording short video testimonies of why they care about clean water.
12:00 p.m. – Legislator meetings. Attendees will schedule lunch meetings with legislators.
Parking is available at the following locations:
-Department of Labor in back lots closest to Winooski River and bike path. 5-10 minute walk via bike path to Pavilion building. Free.
-Public parking lots (http://www.montpelier-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/1399). Paid.
-Street parking. Paid.
Community Sailing Center
Connecticut River Watersheds Council
Conservation Law Foundation
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
Friends of the Winoosk
Lake Champlain Committee
Lake Champlain International
Lewis Creek Association
Nature Conservancy Vermont,
Vermont Association of Planning & Development Agencies
Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club
Vermont Clean Water Network
Vermont Land Trust
Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Conservation Voters
Vermont Rural Waters Association
Watersheds United Vermont
White River Partnership
We are still supporting our sisters and brothers from Standing Rock. Legal Fees are piling up and support is much needed. We also hope to bring more support to the Indigenous Youth Council.
Dinner at 5pm ($10 All Vegan, Organic, Gluten Free and Kid Friendly) Tea and Water will be available as well.
Air Ceremony (led by Fearn Lickfield and Katrina Coravos) 7pm
Ecstatic Dance 7:30-9
Bread and Puppet performance 9-10
Donation based Healing Arts and Herbal Oasis
Please join us in continuing to support those who need us now!
The fight in Standing Rock is not over! Although the water protectors have been driven from their camps, they are still fighting. We need to show our support!
We will be meeting in front of the Waterman building on UVM campus at 7:30. We will be marching down College st to the Water Front starting at 7:45. Bring signs!
Consider donating. There are many legal fees that water protectors are facing.
THE PLAN: Have 1-2 people hold a "Boycott TD Bank" sign in front of Burlington's location for ALL opening hours in a week (8am-6pm), Mon-Saturday. We will be handing out information to TD customers, and collecting signatures. We're working on finding sponsors to give out snacks/hot beverages, to attract a crowd. At the least, we will provide refreshments to volunteers.
WHY: Transferring your bank funds to an environmentally-friendly credit union is one of the highest impact, low-effort actions you can do to have an effect on climate change. Here's info on what TD bank does with your funds: http://350vermont.org/td-banks-dirty-fossil-fuel-cash-pipeline/Would you rather have your bank invest your personal savings into solar, or invested into a pipeline?
SMALL GOAL: We are simply looking for 16-40 volunteers to cover a 1-2 hour shift. If you might be interested in doing a shift, please say you're interested in this event and I will send you time slot options to choose from. Here is the current volunteer calendar: https://goo.gl/AYHmGM
OUR BIG GOAL: To have as many TD Bank customers sign a petition to TD Bank/State of VT/&UVM, and to have as many customers pledge that they will, or have closed their TD bank accounts. We will contact as many other cities to also boycott their banks using the same tactics, using our templates to make it easy. If you don't live in Burlington and want to organize your own local event, just start your own event, copy this information, and I will send you a copy of our google calendar & addt'l info. This event is primarily targeting TD banks, however there will be other similar events in the future that target other investors of the major oil pipelines (to name a few- Wells Fargo, Bank of America, etc).
HOW IT'S EFFECTIVE: Instead of planning one large march, we believe we can educate a larger audience of bank customers by spreading out the time of our volunteers. If we each do a 1-2 hour shift, we can hand out an enormous amount of informational pamphlets. When we educate & upset TD Bank customers, TD managers will be effected, and it will ring up the corporation ladder. We believe the majority of Vermonters believe and care about climate change, but don't understand how severe of an impact their TD Bank accounts are enabling the fossil fuel industry.
WATERBURY, VT - RALLY FOR CLEAN WATER - SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 4-6:30 PM
Please join Indivisible Mad River Valley on Friday, March 10 in Waterbury, VT to rally for clean water and in alliance with the 'Stand for Standing Rock' March in Washington, DC. We will gather across from the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury beginning at 4:00 PM.
We are gathering in support of clean water in Vermont and everywhere, and in alliance with native people. We also want to send a message that TD Bank should divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Our goal is to rise awareness about water protection efforts everywhere, and to provide visibility and act in alliance with the Standing Rock March happening on the same day in Washington, DC.
Please be sure not to obstruct entrances Waterbury's treasured local businesses/restaurants, and plan to eat and drink in one of them after the rally! Be safe, gathering is at dusk, stay out of the streets!
Suggested parking: Foundry Street behind the Wesley United Methodist Church
Please come with your signs. Suggestions:
- There is No Alternative for Water
- Stand with Standing Rock
- DAPL Divest
- Water is Life ~ Mni Wiconi
Our persistence is wearing down the resistance (this week brought at least two divestments to fruition)!
The Republican Administration has now waived both the waiting period and the environmental impact assessment, and Energy Transfer Partners has been working quickly to complete the pipeline. So:
-- Let's keep the pressure on TD Bank to stop funding planet- and treaty-destroying projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
-- Let's keep encouraging citizens to divest from TD!
Only acting together can we MAKE BIG COMPANIES FEEL THE HEAT - and then "see the light"! Bring your family, bring a friend, bring a stranger, bring change! (Join the group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/TDdivestDAPLRutland)
Make a sign, make change! (No sign? No problem! You can find one here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TDdivestDAPLRutland/photos/?filter=albums, or just show up - we have extra!)
Join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TDdivestDAPLRutland/
Be respectful, be safe! But don't be silent!
#TDdivest #TDdivestRutland #NoDAPL #NoDAPLRutland #WaterIsLife #Rutland #standwithstandingrock #DefundDAPL
-Dinner and welcome 6:00pm-7:00pm (this is a potluck, bring a dish to pass!) -
-Presentation and speaking event starts at 7:00pm-
The Red Warrior Society water protectors and Mothers Against Meth Alliance are travelling from the struggle at Standing Rock to the east coast this winter and they are coming to Vermont on February 2nd! Join us for an evening of learning, reflection, and raising funds to support these warriors.
From caravan organizers:
"Water protectors and indigenous warriors are coming to the east coast, STRAIGHT OUT OF STANDING ROCK. These Black Snake Killaz have been fighting for sacred water and are now on the road spreading knowledge and sharing their stories of rezistance fighting the DAPL.
Mothers Against Meth Alliance has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline from the very beginning, fighting the results of the black snake and adiction in both bodies and minds, beyond Standing Rock and long before, from the Pine Ridge reservation to wherever resource extraction is imposed onto our land and our people."
Please consider donating to support this tour. The water protectors are travelling a long ways to speak and all proceeds raised from the tour will fund their ongoing work fighting for sacred water and against addiction.
PAYPAL support to the tour at Julzzzzrich@gmail.com