Hope you are staying safe and are well. There are several events and actions you can take for this last month of 2020.
Dec 8, Twitter Storm to VA DEQ Stop Work NOW on MVP

12-1 pm
For those on Twitter, an opportunity to help spread the word on a Twitter storm TODAY from noon- 1 pm. Here’s the link with suggested toolkit tweets and graphics. The VA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is allowing the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s (MVP) construction to pollute the waterways of endangered fish. Go to @StopPipelines to retweet memes with text or use the toolkit to create tweets. The State Water Control Board is meeting on Wednesday and MVP isn’t even on their agenda! The Twitter Storm will alert Gov. Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring that the DEQ isn’t protecting our water and endangered species.
Organizations and activists are watching the progress and delays of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and MVP Southgate. Connected to that, please consider signing onto this petition — The Appalachian Trail is not for sale that Maury Johnson (WV landowner impacted by the MVP) shared.
Dec 9, Line 3 Resistance: National Mobilization Call/Digital RALLY

8 pm, online
Join Stop the Money Pipeline and partner organizations. We will be joined by organizers from Minnesota and feature speakers from the frontlines fighting this deadly, colonial black snake that threatens water, Indigenous rights, and the climate.
Speakers include:
Winona LaDuke (White Earth Nation), Honor the Earth
Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation), Giniw Collective
Bill McKibben, writer and 350.org co-founder
Sam Grant, 350MN  and more.
Register here to join and find out how you can support the frontlines in the fight to #StopLine3! Help spread the word here.
Sign this petition calling on President-elect Biden to review the permits granted by Trump and halt Line 3 construction immediately.
Connected to Line 3, check out this great interview link with the awesome Winona LaDuke talking about Line 3, an Indigenous Green New Deal, and more. Think of Standing Rock and the terrible militarized police. Sadly, that might be happening soon in MN. The proposed Line3 is set to run through sacred rice and wetland areas.
Dec 9-10, Climate Convergence: Uniting for Victory 2021
A high-level symposium to discuss federal legislative plans for 2021 that includes six sessions and a Climate Cabaret.
Congress is gearing up to take real action on Climate in 2021. And it is strategically vital that civil society be prepared to work together to secure meaningful legislative victories. There are thousands of climate groups and millions of activists waiting for coordinated leadership and direction. This symposium will delve into the 2021 Action Plans from leading coalitions and organizations to help guide the way.
Register Today!
Dec. 11, Stop the Money Pipeline is organizing a letter delivery action to bank branches, insurance offices, and asset manager headquarters all across the country, focusing on Keystone XL and Line 3. Because of Covid there won’t be big rallies, but 1-2 people delivering letters. More info here if you’re interested in signing up, and very importantly, the Covid safe action agreement link. As part of the action this Indigenous Women’s Tar Sands letter will be delivered, which has been signed by more than forty Indigenous women who are organizing to stop tar sands in their communities, and 158 organizations.
Dec 13, The Condor & the Eagle: Perspectives on the Rights of Nature
6 pm, online
A viewing of the documentary film The Condor & The Eagle hosted by the Indigenous Environmental Network. Directly after the film viewing, they will host a conversation with Casey Camp-Horinek, Tom BK Goldtooth, and Chief Ninawa Huni Kui to talk about the importance of the Rights of Nature in making sure Indigenous values and rights are reflected into colonial law. Rights of Nature or Rights of Mother Earth seek to define equal legal rights for ecosystems to exist, flourish, and regenerate their natural capacities. More information and donation link here.
Check out the article This election isn’t about the next four years. It’s about the next four millennia by Bill McKibben. Also this great podcast where Bill was interviewed and an interview with Bill by Emily Sanders with ExxonKnews. I might have mentioned this before. Bill has been writing a weekly The Climate Crisis column in The New Yorker, where he also includes a section—Pass the Mic—where he interviews someone in the climate movement, plus, includes updates and articles. You can sign up here for a free subscription.
Great op-ed Clean energy can also power racial equity in North Carolina by William Barber III and Ethan Blumenthal.
More Actions to Take!
Have you heard about the proposal of the world’s largest gas station in Orange County? A Texas based corporation wants to build Buc-ee’s Travel Center at Efland Station with over 100 gas nozzles on a protected watershed (Eno River). UGH!!! Check out voice4efland.com for much more information on actions you can take, including this petition anyone can sign, contacting the Orange County Commissioners, and speaking at the upcoming Dec. 15 Commission meeting.
U.S. insurers like Liberty Mutual are continuing to insure unchecked fossil fuel expansion, while also supporting efforts to thwart climate legislation. Send an email to top executives at U.S. insurance companies and demand that they don’t insure fossil fuels. Check out Insure our Future’s newest scorecard report.
Read about the Poor People’s Campaign set of 14 policy and legislative priorities for the first 100 days of the next Congress and the Biden-Harris administration.
Save the date Jan 13
NC Team Democracy, the statewide coalition which has come together to strategize and act around the 2020 election, is planning actions on January 13 around the need for jobs, housing, and health care.
Thanks for reading and for taking action!