You are cordially invited to the first annual Anti-Frack Action Camp.
October 13-15th, 2012
Beginning Saturday October 12th at noon with a picnic lunch, Finger Lakes Earth First! is hosting a weekend camp out against fracking. The purpose is to build regional capacity for Direct Action* while celebrating our connection with this land and the beautiful Fall season. There will be delicious food and fire circles, tree-climbing and workshops, sleeping under stars and in tents, skill shares & trainings (bring a workshop or discussion topic), and swimming for the daring!
Everybody is welcome! RSVP for site directions and schedule: FingerlakesEF@riseup.net
This is a family friendly event – Our camp has nearby parking and a reasonably accessible trail. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or requests.
*We believe we have a responsibility and the ability to take Direct Action against fracking without relying exclusively on “representatives” be it politicians, activist leaders, or big time environmentalist organizations. Direct Action is really just that–direct action. Check out the camp to get involved and learn more.
Saturday, Oct 13
12:00 – 1:00pm – Picnic Lunch & Sign-in
1:00-2:00pm – Opening Circle
2:00-4:00pm – Workshop I
4:00-6:00pm – Workshop II (and/or Earth First! arts & crafts time?)
6:00pm – Dinner, followed by nighttime festivities
Sunday, Oct. 14:
9:00am – Breakfast
10:00am – Morning Circle
11:00am-1:00pm – Workshop I
2:00-4:00pm – Workshop II
4:00-6:00pm – Workshop III
6:00pm – Dinner
Monday, Oct. 15:
Rally to be Announced. Stay tuned!
What: Call to Actions
When: Tuesday September 4th 2012
Where: Everywhere, wherever you are
How: Anyway you know/can
WE KNOW THIS IS SHORT NOTICE!
WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE NEED TO BE READY FOR QUICK ACTION TO PROTECT OUR LIVES AND HOMES!
It was recently reported that Governor Cuomo would announce the opening of NY state to active drilling “soon”, despite the insistence of residents that we do not want the gas industry fracturing our communities!
On September 4th, 2012 we challenge you to create the most creative direct action response you can with the people you have and supplies you can rustle up. Tell the gas industry and elected officials like Governor Cuomo, “WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET YOU DO THIS! We will meet you in your office with banners and signs, we will meet you on the streets chanting, we will meet you in front of the companies’ headquarters, we will hang banners from your street poles, we will sit down in the roads and bar industry vehicles from entering their compounds, we will stop the drill rigs from drilling when they come!”
You don’t have to wait to organize a rally or an office demonstration. Successful actions always start with a committed team. Collaborate with your group on a smart strategy, effective tactics, and powerful messaging. No matter how small your action is, it will become one of the many grassroots voices against fracking that make this movement strong. You are powerful and creative; you can do it, whatever that may be!
Lies and money have worked in the past; they don’t anymore. There have been too many broken promises, broken treaties, broken dreams. The fracking industry will not win us over no matter how hard it tries. We will fight like the lives of our children depend on it, because they do.
Location: in Ithaca, RSVP for details and directions.
Dates and Time: Tuesdays, June 12, July 10, August 14. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Grassroots Ecological Consulting
, an Ithaca-based organization that advocates for resilient communities (natural and human), is offering a series of three workshops on bioregional mapping this summer. In collaboration with Ithaca Freeskool
, these hands-on workshops are free—but space is limited, so register now.
What do we call home, and why? The bioregion has long been a useful concept to understand what Doug Aberley calls “the boundaries of home.” With the burgeoning locavore movement and the coming changes promised by Peak Oil, the idea of bioregionalism has never been more relevant.
In these three workshops we will explore bioregionalism as a concept and tool, consider the boundaries of our bioregion, and put pencil to paper to craft maps of our home.
No cartographic or artistic skills required! Come learn just how simple and powerful map-making can be.
On Saturday, May 19th, participants in the Occupy Well Street campaign against fracking are calling for a Day of Direct Action Against Extraction. We invite all who are opposed to the widespread use of energy extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, mountaintop removal coal mining, and tar sands oil distillation to take creative, public direct action at local or regional points of production in these industries. All who participate are encouraged to employ a wide spectrum of tactics that appeal to their experience and comfort level, such as handing out literature, arranging speaking events, orchestrating colorful street theater, or taking up space by creative means.
Why a Day of Action? We have many reasons: We are tired of our communities being divided and conquered by gas corporations in pursuit of ever higher profits. The water that flows through our bioregion is being sold off for fracking as fast as those granted responsibility for our rivers and watersheds can rubber stamp withdrawal permits. Despite promises of gas drilling and fracking operations creating a surplus of local and regional jobs, our region is teeming with highly paid out of state rigworkers, engineers and other “specialists”, while the local jobs largely consist of temporary truck driving and dangerous “roustabout” positions. We are being lied to and manipulated, but we refuse to be passive participants in these destructive
While there are many differences between fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining and the tar sands megaprojects, they are all too similar in their
effects on the health of human and animal communities. Countless trucks clog the roads, the air fills with pollutants, the water becomes undrinkable, land and forests are cleared, and communities suffer from conflict and illness.
One of the main goals of the Occupy Well Street campaign is to create solidarity among all those resisting energy extraction. Our communities may be
separated geographically, but voices and actions can offer effective support between regions and allow us to continue sustaining our struggles against
extraction. We must communicate within and between movements, share information and knowledge, and support each others’ efforts in order to grow and evolve.
The last place the gas companies want concerned community members to show up is at their fracking sites, pipeline projects, compressor stations, water withdrawal sites, and other important facilities. The points of production are where the physical damage occurs, and we invite you to join us in throwing a wrench in the gears on May 19th!
Groups or individuals participating in the Day of Action are invited to send articles, after action reports, photographs or press releases from their events to occupywellstreet (at) riseup.net. Submissions will be posted on http://www.owsstopfracking.org/
What have participants in the Occupy Well Street campaign been up to? Groups have picketed active fracking sites, blocked industry truck traffic, drawn attention to water withdrawal sites hidden in plain sight, held industry analysts and “reporters” accountable in public meetings, and distributed
literature at pro-industry events. Occupy Well Street is committed to finding common ground between all those fighting extraction industries, and networking is ongoing. Stay tuned for more news soon!
We are very proud to announce that Natalie Merchant is lending her voice to fight fracking! With special guests the Horse Flies. Also featured, will be our scientific advisor, Dr.Sandra Steingraber. Proceeds from this show will benefit the Finger Lakes Clean Waters Initiative! Tickets on sale now and selling fast!
For tickets please contact the Forum box office at 607-778-6626.
Shale Promises? or Shale Spin?The Economics Behind Hydrofracking.
A lecture by economist Deborah Rogers
Deborah Rogers, on a speaking tour in central NY, will be at the First Unitarian church of Ithaca (corner of Aurora and Buffalo Streets) at 7 pm on Friday, January 20.Her talk will examine aspects of the push for shale gas extraction that have not been widely discussed publicly in this area.All are welcome.
Ms Rogers began her financial career in London working in corporate finance and later served as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.She then started an artisanal cheese making operation in Texas and became interested in natural gas when an energy company planned 12 high impact wells next to her dairy property.After exhaustive research, she began speaking out in 2009 about anomalies she had identified in the shale gas industry, including false expectations of the yields and profitabi
lity of many shale gas plays and over-hyping of investments therein.Ms Rogers is the founder of the Energy Policy Forum, a prominent web site and blog for discussion on these and related matters.She was featured in a lengthy NY Times article by Ian Urbina on June 26, 2011 entitled Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush.
This meeting is sponsored by Shaleshock Action Alliance, the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca,Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water (ENSAW), and the Tompkins County League of Women Voters.
Grassroots energy is high as this year comes to an end. Encouraged by insistent power-of-the-people messages, thousands of people have rallied all over New York at educational forums, DEC hearings, and local election debates with calls to stop unsafe shale gas drilling from coming to our state.
As part of a state-wide movement, we’ve helped to hold off massive natural gas industrial development in our Marcellus shale for another year, and the DEC will soon start opening tens of thousands of letters on how to improve the sGEIS. The level of public engagement in gas drilling rules and regulations is unprecedented for any environmental issue in NY history.
Because our region’s rural, suburban and urban citizens emerged as leaders in many new groups in the grassroots movement, we have a strong local and state-wide coalition that works together to make our messages loud and clear. Shaleshock is proud to be known as one of the first groups to form three years ago, spreading seeds of resistance that grew in towns and villages near and far. (Our No-Frack lawn signs are visible in pictures as far away as Europe.)
During 2011, Shaleshock accomplishments include:
• Reaching many thousands through our popular website, e-mail listserve, Shaleshock 101 classes, information display tables, and free videos and pamphlets.
• Producing and posting over 200 documentary videos by ShaleshockMedia in the past year, with 42,500 views, vastly expanding our educational outreach.
• Teaching over 600 people more about gas drilling at four Ithaca forums on topics of “Drilling and DEC: New Guidelines”; “Storing Liquid Gas in Watkins Glen”; “From Marcellus to South Africa”; and “Economic Impacts of the sGEIS”. Shaleshock also co-sponsored another dozen events held in the region.
• Providing resources through our high quality communications network and background of deep research for five nearby towns to pass gas drilling ban ordinances over the summer and fall of 2011.
• Giving hundreds of people the opportunity to speak directly about their concerns in meetings with our NY State elected officials.
Your generous donations make all this possible. As volunteers, we gladly donate our time, but we need your help with funds to rent our little office above Autumn Leaves, pay for video production supplies and expenses, print brochures and handouts, put on educational events. Please, contribute what you can to this exciting movement. No donation is too small. (While we are a non-profit community organization, Shaleshock is not a federally tax-deductible organization.)
The fight to protect our water, air and communities continues. If we work together, we can stop the dirty, polluting extraction methods of fossil fuels and move toward the future of clean, renewable energy on which our lives depend.
Best wishes for a joyful holiday season,
From Sara, Ryan, Lisa, Laurie, Hilary A, David, Fred, Margaret, Marie, Hilary L., Elmer, Eric, Steve, And many more!
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“Through Shaleshock, I’ve found a really fun way to be a fracktavist: working on the Ithaca Festival Parade. With some zany ideas, a bunch of cardboard, pipes, paper mache, paint and tape, we concocted what many parade goers said was the best entry 2 years in a row! Besides being a lot of fun for us, I feel that keeping our community base energized is essential. With arts + activism we can reach people through their hearts, not just their minds.” – Steve
“My experience faciliating meetings and helping with outreach/education has been really exciting. I’ve learned a lot from the Shaleshock 101 groups and the various trainings we’ve helped to organize.” – Ryan
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