Stringer event: Call to divestment action!
Wednesday, July 12 @ 5:40 pm
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is headlining a climate change event at Columbia University next Wednesday July 12 at 6pm. The event is aptly titled Sea Level Rise: Causes, Impacts and Options for Solutions. We want to take this opportunity to challenge Stringer to be the climate action champion we need him to be by supporting fossil fuel divestment at the NYC pension funds. The pension funds invest more than $4 billion in dirty oil, gas and pipeline companies that are wrecking our climate and threatening New York with another Superstorm Sandy.
Will you come out to leaflet the event, bring in a divestment hand sign and ask a divestment question from the floor? We need to make divestment front and center for the Comptroller and this is a great opportunity to do so.
It’s great to talk about rising sea levels and climate change, but New Yorkers need real action – and that starts with divesting the NYC pension funds from the companies driving climate chaos.
If you want to go into the event, please reserve a seat through the CU website. It’s FREE:
Location: Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway( @116th St) NY 10027
Time: Gather at 5:40pm to start leafleting attendees as they go into the hall.
Materials: Bring a personal sign, we’ve got the leaflets and a banner covered.
Some person sign messages:
1. Stringer: Make a choice – climate chaos or climate action
2. Stringer – champion divestment not rising sea levels!
3. Safety for New Yorkers OR climate chaos? Stringer: the choice is YOURS! #DivestNYs
4. NYers OR Fossil Fuel Billionaires? #DivestNY
5. Invest in Solar & Wind OR Invest in Exxon?
6. Stringer: #DivestNY Now!
7. Whatever else you would like!
For more info contact Beta and Nancy who will be on site to help organize!
Beta – firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy – email@example.com
NY Energy Independence Events:
Free NY from Big Oil & Gas
Thursday, June 29 at 12 PM
On the steps of City Hall, NYC
New York State, multiple towns and cities
On Thursday, June 29, New Yorkers are standing together to urge Energy Independence for New York State by freeing it from Big Oil and Gas! Events at locations across the State.
Burning fossil fuels is a leading contributor to climate change and the oil and gas industry has known this for decades. Yet, instead of acting, they began a campaign to manufacture doubt and undermine action. New York cannot break its addiction to fossil fuels by permitting new infrastructure that will lock us into decades of fossil fuel use and leave our land and water vulnerable to spills and accidents.
We call on Governor Cuomo to declare energy independence and urge him to use the State’s powers to say NO to fossil fuel infrastructure! Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation must deny permits, Water Quality Certifications, or other regulatory approvals for transmission pipelines, power generating plants, compressor stations, and all fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
New York can lead on energy by 1) accelerating investment in renewable energy like off-shore wind and community solar and in energy efficiency measures; and 2) holding corporate polluters responsible for their actions in the courts.
Facebook Event for more info.
Trump is announcing his decision on pulling the U.S. out of the global Paris climate agreement at 3pm today. Make no mistake: this will almost certainly be a devastating blow to our collective future. We’re not going to take this lying down. Now, more than ever, we need New York’s elected leaders to stand up and take bold action.
That’s why we will rally against Trump’s announcement today (Thursday, June 1st) at 6pm – and call on our local leaders to take action.
Join us at 6:00pm today to say: NYC Stands Up Against Trump’s Paris Exit.
We will first rally at Foley Square/Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan, and then march to City Hall. We will protest Trump’s outrageous action and call on Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Comptroller Stringer to take the bold action we need to fight the climate emergency. This is a crisis and they should act like it.
In this dark moment, let’s take our outrage and channel it into positive change here in New York, where we know we can move Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Comptroller Stringer and our other elected officials to action.
Join us at 6:00pm today to say: NYC Stands Up Against the Trump Paris Exit. Rally at Foley Square/Federal Plaza in Lower Manhattan, and then march to City Hall.
Please feel free to bring a sign and get ready to raise your voice! Together, we can fight back to save our collective future by making NYC take the bold action we need.
Join the Facebook event and help us spread the word. Thanks!
State of the Resistance: An Update From The Frontlines
NYS AG Eric Schneiderman & State Senator Liz Krueger
Introduction by Council Member Dan Garodnick
Wednesday, May 24 @ 6pm to 8pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC (between 34th & 35th)
NYC May 17, 2017 @7:00 PM –Doors open @ 6:30PM
Hosted by The Church of the Village – 201 W 13th St (corner of 7th Ave)
13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance – Honoring Berta Cáceres
The event is free. RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/13-colors-of-the-honduran-resistance
Join us for an evening of inspiring theatre and discussion with two Honduran activists honoring the life of Berta Cáceres. Afro-indigenous autonomous feminist, poet and writer Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara, a feminist who voices resistance through song and writing, will perform stories from Melissa’s newly released book *13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance*. Both were amongst the closest friends to Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism, and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta. A post-performance dialogue will examine parallels between current struggles in Honduras and the U.S.
Melissa Cardoza, an afro-indigenous fearless journalist, poet, writer and feminist organizer from Honduras, poetically relates some of the most compelling moments she has witnessed amidst the brutal repression and unyielding hope and struggle that have characterized post-coup Honduras today. She will be touring along with her fellow member of the Honduran Red de Defensoras or network of women rights defenders, beloved Honduran jazz/folk protest singer Karla Lara, who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice in the resistance.
Karla Lara songs: http://ecologicalcommonwealth.org/materials/karla-lara-2/
Hosted by The Church of the Village
Sponsored by: 350NYC, Grassroots Global Justice (GGJA), Witness for Peace, MADRE. Global Kids, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, UPROSE, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), Urgent Action Fund – Latin America (UAF-LA), 350BK, Bronx Climate Justice North.
Facebook Event Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444126019222232/
Read more about Berta Cáceres here.
The Vision and Legacy of Berta Cáceres
Buy the book “13 Colors of Honduran Resistance: (in Spanish and English)
“13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about the many contours of Honduran feminists fighting for self-determination and dignity. These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart. Cardoza is brilliant in storytelling, and ensures that, in memory of our sister Berta Cáceres, feminisms are three dimensional and span multiple experiences—trans, Black, elderly, and more. The lessons contained in these stories offer important reflections for all revolutionaries.” – Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Network
For inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 8th #DivestNY LobbyDay
Westminster Presbyterian Church
85 Chestnut Street, Albany NY
Join us in Albany to support The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, A3712 Ortiz / S4596 Krueger which will require New York to divest the $170 billion state pension fund from fossil fuels. Currently, the pension fund invests more than $10 billion in fossil fuel companies, and more than $400 million in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Burning fossil fuels causes climate destruction like Superstorm Sandy that devastated New York and caused over $65 billion in damages.
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Divestment Briefing – 85 Chestnut Street
11:30 – 12:30 Legislative Meetings – Legislative Office Building
12:30 – 1:00 Gathering – Capitol
1:00 – 3:00 Legislative Meetings – Legislative Office Building
2:00 – 3:30 Sign out and Debrief – Legislative Office Building
Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/GJrlIpHnNdMowf0O2
Legislative meetings will be scheduled in groups and led by someone experienced in lobbying. If you schedule your own meetings, please let us know who you will be meeting with.
For more info: DivestNY.org: Mark Dunlea, Dunleamark@aol.com or Ruth Foster: 518-588-0187 email@example.comOrganized by the #Divest NY Coalition. Additional sponsors: (list in formation) 350NYC, Elected Officials to Protect New York, Green Education and Legal Fund, and Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. This event is part of the Global Divestment Mobilization
Saturday 4/29 – D.C.
PEOPLE’S MARCH FOR JOBS, JUSTICE, & CLIMATE
Recently Donald Trump gutted the Clean Power Plan and rolled back crucial environmental protections. These protections were hard-won, and were set up to both combat climate change and protect the most at-risk among us: low-income communities, communities of color and our nation’s children.
Trump’s executive order is nothing less than a tragedy. Today, we’re doubling down on our efforts to make sure Trump and his cronies like Scott Pruitt know: our resistance is here to stay. Trump’s 100th day in office will be marked by a powerful show of our people-powered resistance in our march for climate, jobs and justice.
On April 29 we will come together in DC to physically surround the White House and drown out the administration’s climate denial. We will raise our collective voices and call for real action and an end to the climate crisis. Click here to invite your friends on Facebook to join you.
Here are the latest details from the PCM organizers for the day:
11:00am: We will gather in front of the Capitol Building in contingents that spell out the values we share: justice, truth, democracy, faith and more. No matter what community you’re marching with, or where you’re coming from, there will be a spot for you. At 12:30pm, we’ll begin marching up Pennsylvania avenue.
1:30pm: We will surround the White House on all sides, and take powerful collective action to honor the lives at stake and make a loud sound demanding climate justice and good jobs that will drown out all of the climate-denying nonsense that has been coming out of the White House and Congress.
2:00pm: there will be a moment of silence as a coordinated joint action throughout the march. Information about the joint action will go out over text.
To get that message, please Text CLIMATE to 21333 in advance.
3:00pm: We will reconvene at the Washington Monument grounds to connect and share the stories that brought us to DC. We’ll hear from the front line of the climate crisis and share solutions rooted in our own communities. There’ll be music and beautiful art from around the country that powerfully shows our local demands and visions. We’ll even assemble all our individual signs into one collective message of resistance.
Trump’s game plan has been to relentlessly attack our communities and shock us into hopelessness. It hasn’t worked because our people-powered movement is stronger than he is — together, the resistance stopped his attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act and stymied his despicable Muslim ban. Now, we are going to do the same thing to his attacks on our climate, our air, and our water.
But for this march to be a real show of our collective power — to send the message that our resistance is here to stay and will fight tooth and nail for our communities — we need to be there en masse, raising our voices with our friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones.
Click here to invite your friends and family on Facebook to march with us on April 29th.
Thursday, April 20
at 12 PM – 1 PM
350NYC will join Friends of the Earth U.S. on Thursday, April 20 to deliver petitions to TIAA’s headquarters in New York City as part of a national week of action targeting TIAA.
Meeting location: St. Agnes Catholic Church, 143 E 43rd Street (between Lex. & 3rd ave.)
The main action will be at TIAA’s office at 730 3rd Ave.
Help us deliver our petition to TIAA asking them to stop funding deforestation and grabbing land. Over 85,000 people from the general public and 5,000 TIAA clients signed our petition. Now it is time for us to take our campaign to the next stage and deliver our demands to TIAA!
TIAA, one of the largest pension fund management companies in the U.S. that manages the retirement money of professors, unions, nonprofits, museums and other cultural institutions, prides itself on upholding socially responsible values. Unfortunately, across the world from the U.S. to Brazil, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Uganda, TIAA is linked to land deals that are anything but transparent. It is involved in agricultural enterprises that force farmers off land, cause deforestation and exacerbate climate change and contribute to human rights violations. Currently, TIAA has over $100 million invested in the world’s most harmful palm oil companies and $8 billion invested in farmland that was acquired without permission from local communities. We’re demanding TIAA come clean about its investments in land and implement a deforestation and land grab-free investment policy.
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/989764984488091/permalink/994184860712770/
Groups in our coalition include: Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grain, National Family Farm Coalition, Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin Farmer’s Union, Organic Consumers Association, Fair World Project, Rural Coalition, Presbyterian Hunger Program-PC(USA), Friends of the Earth U.S., ActionAid USA, MaryKnoll, Grassroots International, Faculty/Staff Divestment Network, 350NYC, Union of Concerned Scientists, Fian International, Fian Sweden, Other Worlds, Sum of Us, Food and Water Watch, Responsible Endowment Coalition
Sustainable – Movie and Discussion
Wednesday, April 12
6:30PM – 9 PM
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2, West 64th Street, New York, NY10023
“America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have emerged who provide hope that the health of our nation might still remain within our grasp.” (Mark Wechsler)
Join us for this new full-length movie that explores these issues and stay for the discussion about how New Yorkers can make a difference.
RSVP on Action Network
“Sustainable” the movie provides a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.
Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.
This is a free event but please RSVP on Action Network.
Doors open 6:30pm
Movie starts promptly at 7pm. – 8:35
Discussion: 8:35 – 9pm
Sponsored by 350NYC Climate Education and Sustainable Solutions group.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook event page.
Rally to Save the EPA! Resist Trump Tuesday
Tuesday, April 4
12 PM – 1 PM
780 3rd Ave, New York, New York 10017
Donald Trump’s assault on our environment threatens the health of New Yorkers. Trump proposes slashing the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31%, eliminating thousands of jobs, undermining enforcement of laws that safeguard our water and air, and closing programs that protect our most vulnerable.
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.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer must lead the charge to stop Trump’s dangerous cuts. As the nation’s most powerful Democrat, he must draw a line in the sand and refuse to support a budget that cuts EPA’s funding.
Sponsoring organizations (list in formation): New York Communities for Change, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York State Nurses Association, Working Families Party, Food & Water Watch, 350 Brooklyn, 350 New York, Sane Energy Project, Brooklyn Movement Center, United Thru Action, Gray Panthers, Green Education & Legal Fund, Sadhana: Coalition of Hindu Progressives, Peace Action of New York State, The Fifth Avenue Committee, Eco-Logic, New York Indivisible, Bronx Climate Justice North, MoveOn, People’s Climate Movement – NY, Community Free Democrats, Environmental Stewardship Committee of The New York Society for Ethical Culture, South Asian Fund For Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST), Grassroots Action NY
For more information, contact Eric Weltman: 347-778-2743; email@example.com