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March 4, 2016 Climate Action Now newsletter
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Go to sugarshackalliance.org for detailed information about the walk and evening events.

Josh Fox will attend this free screening of his new film. Josh and local organizers will be available for a discussion about resistance to the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline and building a just and sustainable future. 
 

Thursday, March 17 at 7 PM
Congregational Church
429 Main Street, Ashfield, Mass.


Event is free, donation is requested

 
This event concludes Day One of the "Taking Steps to a Renewal Future" walk
Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, March 18 at 7 PM
Cowell Gymnasium, 51 Maple St., Shelburne Falls 


Event is free, donation is requested

 
This event concludes Day Two of the "Taking Steps to a Renewal Future" walk

Photo copyright: Rene Theberge
 Taking Steps for a Renewable Future: Saturday Night Rally
 
Join Us for a Night of Celebration and Education to Stop the Pipeline! 
 
March 19th from 7 to 9 PM
St. James Episcopal Church
Greenfield, Mass  
Speakers (to date) include: 
Jimmy Betts, Beyond Extreme Energy
Attorney Cristobal Bonifaz  
Ben Clark, Clarkdale Orchards
Jim Cutler, Sustainable Energy Activist 
Lisa McLoughlin, Nolumbeka Project
Carolyn Ness, Chair Deerfield Select Board 
Ryan O’Donnell, Northampton City Counselor
Jed Prujansky, Northfield Select Board
 Rosemary Wessel,  No Fracked Gas in Mass
Leigh Youngblood, Mount Grace Land Trust 

Musicians:
Moonlight and Morning Star
 Ben Grosscup
Court Dorsey and Dineen O’Rourke
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Hear stories from the walkers! 
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Stay tuned for additional surprise guests!

This event concludes Day Three of the "Taking Steps to a Renewal Future" walk



Post Oil Solutions& Climate Change Cafe and Sugar Shack Alliance Invite You

 
  Non-Violent Direct Action Training To Stop the Kinder Morgan NED Pipeline
&
 Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

 

Sunday, March 6, 2016
 9:30 AM to 6 PM
3:30-6 for Part 2 only
Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room
Brattleboro, Vermont (enter from Canal Street entrance)

 
Interested in learning about the theory and practice of non-violent direct action? Want to learn more about the proposed Kinder Morgan NED pipeline and how we can work together to stop it? You do NOT need to be in an affinity group to participate nor do you need to know whether you are prepared to risk arrest. The training will support you to consider all your options. If you have already taken part 1, or have been in an affinity group in the last five years and participated in a large action that could have included civil disobedience, you can come for the afternoon part of the day, Part 2.  There is no charge, but we do pass the hat to cover costs. To sign up for the training and find answers to questions email Tim Stevenson. Please include your name, email address and phone number.


Photo copyright: Rene Theberge


Western Mass Code Pink Honors Women Resisting Pipelines
 
International Women's Day Celebration 2016!
 

 Tuesday, March 8
7–9 PM

Lyman Hall First Churches Meeting House
129 Main St. , Northampton Mass


 Recognize and celebrate the wide range of ongoing local anti-pipeline activism in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Acknowledge the AMAZING organizing already in place by groups in opposition to pipelines in Western Mass (and beyond). 
 
Learn how you can engage in the struggle to stop the Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct (NED) extension in towns all along the proposed pipeline route.

 Music, drumming, refreshments, and conversation will be vigorously encouraged!
 Join us in this celebration of International Women's Day, visioning and re-envisioning the fossil fuel-free future!  


Photo copyright: Rene Theberge
 

Another Date with the DPU
  Come to Greenfield on March 30 

 
Where: Greenfield Middle School Auditorium, 195 Federal Street
When: March 30,2016: Hearing starts at 7 PM
Please arrive at 6:30 PM  so we can have a vibrant outdoor presence

Kinder Morgan has petitioned the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) for access to over 450 properties; land where owners have steadfastly refused access to the pipeline giant to conduct “surveys preliminary to eminent domain.” Every landowner who resists surveying is slowing Kinder Morgan down; the corporate behemoth needs this on-the-ground data in order to complete their pipeline project planning process.

Please join us to show solidarity with friends and neighbors whose property rights are under attack and who will be making statements to the DPU. More information is available
here in the News & Updates section. Your written comments, due by Friday May 6, 2016, are appreciated; we want to be sure that landowners are able to have priority in speaking at the hearing. Go to nofrackedgasinmass for terrific in-depth analysis and help with comments about this and related pipeline issues.

Photo copyright: Rene Theberge

 

You are warmly invited to the next Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Monday, March 28th

 7 to 9 PM

Unitarian Universalist Society of  Amherst

121 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, Mass
(on a bus line and handicap accessible) 
Come and help us to create an inclusive, unstoppable movement for climate justice!

Questions? Contact us here 

Walk for a New Spring




The Sugar Shack Alliance brings together people and local organizations helping to energize and expand the regional activist community as we continue to maintain a nonviolent direct action campaign to prevent the building of the Kinder Morgan NED pipeline. We are forming to build a direct action resistance campaign in Western Massachusetts, to defend New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire from Kinder Morgan’s fracked gas pipeline, compressor stations, and related projects. We aim to engage communities along the pipeline route, as well as other concerned New England residents, in sustained non-violent actions to stop Kinder Morgan’s construction. We are working in solidarity with many groups struggling to abandon the fossil fuel industry, to build a sustainable and equitable future, and to demand climate justice globally.

Climate Action Now

 
Climate Action Now is a grassroots, people powered organization based in Western Mass and dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement. We work in our communities and in collaboration with diverse partners across the region to educate, advocate, organize and mobilize for climate action. We warmly welcome newcomers so please contact us if you would like to get involved.
 

Special thanks to Rene Theberge

 
Please send feedback, comments and ideas to newsletter writer and editor 
Susan Theberge

 

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