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ClimateGroundZero.org - Citizens Direct Action Camp June 1st - 6th

“We All Live at Climate Ground Zero” It is time for American citizens to take leadership & direct action and make our politicians accountable to us. To this end we announce a Citizens Direct Action Training Camp in June 2008 in Montana to oppose and confront the massive fossil fuel development of the Rocky Mountain Corridor from Fort MacMurry, Alberta all the way to New Mexico. We oppose: Alberta Tar Sands and Coal Development Development of Coal in Montana and Wyoming feeding America’s electricity appetite Montana Governor Schweitzer’s plan to import...

A Cargill Tale: Spray it, Buy it, Ship it

Final Dispatch: Andrea and Jodie writing from the South American soy frontier On the way back from visiting the threatened Yaguarete forest and the community of Tava Guarani, we happened upon a soy plantation called Laguna Blanca. It wasn’t hidden; in fact, a large billboard outside the plantation gate proudly advertised it, and called our attention with the words “Corredor de Conservación” (conservation corridor). Various NGO sponsors that in some way or another lend their assistance to the “project” were listed at the bottom. Among them was US AID--the U.S. government’s foreign aid institution. ...

Students Fight Coal, Not Hangovers at Mountain Justice Spring Break

Mountain Justice Spring Break has been kicking it up in southwest Virginia this week. I got here Tuesday night and through the week over 100 students, youth, environmentalists and activist-organizers have been working on building that better world we all work to see. Folks from all over Appalachia, the Mid-West and the Southeast are here. Folks from Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington DC and California are here getting their activism on as well. I've helped facilitate a lot direct action and direct action trainings for the youth climate movement in the past few years and things are really building....

Appalachian Blue Grass Band Jams at Bank of America

Our friends at Mountain Justice Spring Break have been busy this week. Perhaps we can get a Blue Grass day of action at Citi and Bank of America branches soon. "At noon on Wednesday, March 5th, approximately two dozen Mountain Justice activists visited a Bank of America in Boone North Carolina to protest the bank's funding of mountaintop removal coal mining and coal-fired power plants. Today's event was the third bluegrass-themed protest in a week in which Action Jackson, an Appalachian string band from East Tennessee, staged a traditional fiddle and banjo jam inside a BoA branch while others rallied in opposition to Bank of America's investments in coal. During the demonstration, three account-holders already present in the bank chose to close their accounts in protest, informing the branch assistant manager that they would not allow their hard-earned money to destroy Appalachian communities and ecosystems. After a few minutes...

Vote for Your Favorite Fossil Fool!

Well, it’s that time of year…time to select your Fossil Fool of the Year!! Voting is just underway here, and we've got a vested interest in the outcome, so, please, go vote, and pass the link on to everyone you can. This year, we’ve pulled out all the stops. We've created five categories to cover every type of fossil fool offender: 1) Fossil Fool of the Year, 2) Most Inauspicious Newcomer, 3) Lifetime Achievement, 4) Biggest Human Toll, and 5) Outstanding Performance in Corporate Greenwashing. Some candidates were chosen by RAN, others were nominated by Energy Action, Co-op America, and affiliated groups. We intend to present the Fossil Fool of the Year with an award (a 'Foolie') on Fossil Fools Day, and if our nominees win in other categories, we’ll do everything possible to make sure they get their Foolies as well. So help us make it happen!...

From Dekalpar to Toropiru

Dispatch #2: Jodie and Andrea writing from Paraguay Rural campesino communities in Paraguay are isolated from each other by many conditions: poor roads, distance, lack of bus fare (or lack of buses), shoddy communication, and a self-reliance that keeps them bound to the land. And...

Ole King Coal Joins Hillary and Energy Industry in Houston

Houston is stepping off on coal and global warming. This week, various energy companies hosted a "Presidential Forum" on energy issues in Houston Texas. You may be surprised to find out that none of the remaining presidential contenders support moratoriums on coal fired power plants...

Great News for the Old Growth Campaign!

What happened: Boise announced yesterday that it “wishes to honor the request of Chief Fobister to discontinue sourcing fiber from the Traditional Use Area of Grassy Narrows”. Check out their letter here: boises-letter.pdf AbitibiBowater, the world's largest paper company, clear-cuts trees from Grassy...

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