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No Love for Massey Energy at the Polls

Posted by 11/08/06

As a great blue wave washed over America with a new majority in Congress and ousted Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon, George Bush and the Republican Party aren’t the only ones who were rebuked on November 7th. On Election Night, Massey Energy and its CEO Don Blankenship were foiled at the polls as over $6 million was spent over the past 3 years trying to turn West Virginia from a blue state into a red one. During the 2006 election, Blankenship targeted 40 Democrats in the West Virginia’s House of Delegates with $2 million. Their number in that body increased from 68 to 72—a stunning blow to someone who tries to rule like a feudal lord. He has worked to create a legislative atmosphere favorable for his union-busting anti-environmental operations, not without success-- “Union leaders say Mr. Blankenship, 56, is the main reason that less...   Read more

Touring Toronto with Grassy Grandmas

Posted by 11/07/06

Here's David's report from his trip up to Ontario this week. The Grassy Narrows speaking tour has turned out to be a real hit - we have reached about 450 people in 6 cities in one week. You can hear a pin drop while the Grassy Narrows clan mothers speak, and they have had some very positive things to say about their collaboration with RAN. Today Judy was keynote speaker to about 200 delegates (First Nations, NGOs, activists, academics) at a conference focused on collaborations between Indigenous groups and NGO's called "Re-envisioning Relationships." As a prop she used a power point slide show I put together from this summer. We gave out hundreds of our beautiful new stickers, posters and pamphlets, and about 100 people signed our petition. People begged for copies of...   Read more

Touring Toronto with Grassy Grandmas

Posted by 11/07/06

Here's David's report from his trip up to Ontario this week. The Grassy Narrows speaking tour has turned out to be a real hit - we have reached about 450 people in 6 cities in one week. You can hear a pin drop while the Grassy Narrows clan mothers speak, and they have had some very positive things to say about their collaboration with RAN. Today Judy was keynote speaker to about 200 delegates (First Nations, NGOs, activists, academics) at a conference focused on collaborations between Indigenous groups and NGO's called "Re-envisioning Relationships." As a prop she used a power point slide show I put together from this summer. We gave out hundreds of our beautiful new stickers, posters and pamphlets, and about 100 people signed our petition. People begged for copies of...   Read more

Ford's Largest MegaDealer Joins the Campaign to Break America's Oil Addiction!

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 10/19/06

Please join us in celebrating a milestone for the Jumpstart Ford campaign. Last week, AutoNation became the first major car dealer to join Plug-In Partners, calling on automakers to manufacture plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and make them available to American customers. PHEVs are hybrid vehicles that dramatically reduce our dependence on oil by plugging into the grid to recharge. PHEVs achieve up to 100 mpg and offer you, the driver, a real-world solution to high gas costs, poor air quality, climate change and over-reliance on oil. AutoNation is linking to Plug-In Partners’ website where customers can place “soft orders” for PHEVs. So, let me give you the inside story on why this announcement is so important. 1. The Jumpstart Ford campaign and all its supporters made this happen! For three years, the Jumpstart Ford Campaign has been enlisting the support of Ford dealers to help persuade...  Read more

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