Friends, These sibling pipeline struggles have much in common, as both Dakota Access Pipeline and the Pilgrim pipelines would threaten mighty rivers, carry fracked Bakken shale crude oil from North Dakota, harm climate, violate indigenous peoples’ land, and put drinking water at risk for millions. We are united and strong here! Over a dozen of us from CAPPNY have gone to North Dakota in solidarity since September, and increasingly, the national profile of the fight against Pilgrim pipelines is growing also, along with the awareness that Pilgrim’s route would go through Ramapough Luunape land. Here’s an example: From Standing Rock to the World: 10 indigenous and environmental struggles and how you can help in 2017.
In closing — see you Sunday, or soon.
PLEASE JOIN US TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH STANDING ROCK
SATURDAY DECEMBER 3rd 10am – 1pm
29 Main Street, New Paltz NY WELLS FARGO BANK
More than 200 Indigenous tribes as well as non-Native allies have been standing strong to stop Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from uprooting sacred Sioux burial sites on unceeded treaty land dating from 1851. More immediately water protectors have been risking their lives to keep the 1172 mile pipeline, which would carry Bakken Crude oil, from being laid under the Missouri River and Lake Oahe, the only water source of the Lakota Sioux. A break in the line will poison drinking water for millions and hasten climate change. Water protectors are being met with brutal militarized force from County and State police, a private security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners, as well as from the National Guard, even though the corporation has been given NO federal permit approval to drill under the Missouri River.
Now the Army Corps of Engineers has issued an eviction notice to Standing Rock (Oceti Sakowin Camp) where thousands have been peacefully camped out for months- for Dec. 5th!
Wells Fargo is one of the banks investing in DAPL, making it possible for Energy Transfer to continue this project despite costly delays and strong opposition.
Given Wells Fargo’s prime investment in this project, and its recent practice involving customer account fraud. this seems like an especially appropriate place to urge people to take action.
On Sat. we will share information, urge account holders to divest from Wells Fargo, urge Wells Fargo to divest from DAPL, stop business as usual.
Please spread the word to all you know
Please bring signs. We will have fliers to distribute to customers and passersby.
If you would consider participating in an action within the bank itself, please email either:
Please join us this Thursday (October 27th) for A VERY SPECIAL FREE SCREENING of Two Native American Documentaries, with Live Music and Special Guests.
Thursday, October 27th at Four Brothers Restaurant & Drive-In in Amenia, NY
5:00pm – Special Guest Speakers and Music featuring:
Chief Hawk Storm
Donna Coane and Women’s Drum Group
Bethany Yarrow & Refus Capodachia
6:45pm Screening of Stand Up with Standing Rock
8pm Screening of WARRIOR – Life & Trial of Leonard Pelteir
Info/ Arts & crafts Spaces. Bring your own tables and chairs
Northeast Region Standing Rock Solidarity Committee
See you there.
WE NEED TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO INFORM THEM OF THE RISK THEY FACE AS A RESULT OF THE AIM PIPELINE.
The Unitarian Congregation in Kingston has once again generously offered their space for our meeting.
This time we will work on the what to do and who will do it plans. We will have time to break up into working groups to help us all plug into the nitty gritty of the work that needs to be done. Matt Smith from CAPPNJ and Food and Water Watch has again offered to facilitate the meeting!
This is an exciting time in our struggle against Pilgrim Pipelines- as we move into the “scoping” process and the environmental review.
Recently there have been public meetings in several towns-which have been well attended-People have been doing great work! As more and more people learn about Pilgrim Pipelines and the risks it poses to our communities, air, water and climate, the more people are ready to act!! Now is the time to mobilize!
So we hope that you will be able to come on Oct. 6th.
Its at the Unitarian Congregation at 320 Sawkill Rd in Kingston- at 5:30. If you can, bring a simple dish or drink to share – (be great if you can bring your own dish and utensils too) so we can eat while we meet and work.
What: The 100% Renewable NY campaign and the Fossil Free State Divestment campaign are holding a Climate Change Lobby Day on April 11th. The day will be focused on building support for two important bills, 100% clean energy by 2030 (A7497 / S5527) and divestment of the State’s pension system from fossil fuel companies (A8011a / S5873). The campaign also supports ending all fossil fuel infrastructure in New York State.
Join us to build support in the legislature for these critical pieces of legislation, which will create a Fossil Free New York State!
Where: Room 104a at the State Legislative Office Building, 198 State St, Albany, NY 12210.
When: Briefing: 9:30-11 AM, Legislative visits: 12-4 PM.
RSVP: Register for the event here. Email for more info.
You are invited! Open Organizing Meeting to Stop Pilgrim Pipelines:
WHAT: Open meeting to update, assess and develop our strategy for stopping Pilgrim Pipelines this Fall and beyond, building community in the process.
WHEN: Thursday, September 1st: Doors Open 5:30 pm, Gather 5:45 pm, Close 8:30 pm.
WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catksills: 320 Sawkill Rd., Kingston NY 12401
This UU Church is on the direct path of Pilgrim pipelines and has said “no” to any access for Pilgrim to their property!
HOSTED BY: Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines-New York (CAPPNY). FACILITATOR: Matt Smith, CAPPNJ
WHO SHOULD COME: Folks who are committed to helping stop Pilgrim pipelines from being permitted or built, who value teamwork in building power to win this campaign. Lovely if you favor of protecting waterways, land, climate, health, safety and community well-being, and support building a sane and sustainable clean energy economy with good jobs. But — the only requirement to attend is that you want to stop Pilgrim pipelines from being built.
RSVP — and questions and ideas — to Sue Rosenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org 845-246-3449 (land) or (914) 466-0954 (cell).
WE PROVIDE: Food. Updates. Eight-point “working strategy.” A nice space, fabulous facilitator, and organized agenda.
YOU BRING: Food to share if you can, and your own re-usable plates, utensils, napkins and drink containers if you have them, to help us be “zero waste.”
WE ALL BRING: IDEAS. Questions. Desire to understand each other’s situations, goals and challenges, and to work together.
This amazing campaign, which has won over 30 Resolutions Opposing Pilgrim Pipelines in New York State and so much more since we first met in October 2014, is volunteer-run with no office, supplies, or even (yet) fundraising. I am not online, so please send your questions, agenda ideas, and RSVP to Sue by email email@example.com or call her. Thanks!
RUPCO and the City of Kingston will host a solar installation workshop for homeowners meeting certain income standards. GRID Alternatives Tri-State, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar provider, headlines the workshop to be held September 9, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Ulster County Community Action, 70 Lindsley Avenue, Kingston. Rooftop solar can cut costs every month on electric bills, protect against rising electricity prices, and supplies a clean energy source that contributes to cleaner air for everyone.
In partnership with the City of Kingston and RUPCO, GRID Alternatives coordinates full service installation from start to finish. This program is specifically designed for eligible families living on low or fixed incomes, generally 80% of Ulster County’s Average Median Income (AMI). For a Kingston family of four, this income limit is $60,150. As Brenna L. Robinson, Director of the Office of Community Development explains, “We are thrilled to partner with RUPCO again, to provide yet another opportunity for Kingston’s residents to make their lives better. In addition to installing solar energy equipment, other improvements such as replacing old windows and doors, adding insulation, roof improvements, or new heating/cooling equipment can significantly increase their homes’ energy efficiency and that will keep money in their pockets to be used where they really need it.”
RUPCO secured a grant from NeighborWorks® America to provide matching funds towards GRID solar installs. NeighborWorks® provides matching funds of approximately $2,500 per installation to RUPCO for homeowners who meet eligibility criteria to work with GRID Alternatives’ solar project installations.RUPCO will help 10 Kingston residential households by providing matching funds for these solar installs.
Specifically, RUPCO is looking at two income-qualifying areas inside the city limits. In these areas, there are a total of 870 owner-occupied homes located in a large portion of downtown, as well as a very large portion of Midtown. Representatives from each organization will be on hand to answer homeowner questions.
“We frequently get questions like: how much can I save on my electric bill with solar? How do I apply for the solar program? Do I qualify?” notes Michael D’Arcy, Outreach Coordinator for RUPCO’s Green Jobs | Green New York Program. “We will answer these questions and many more on September 9th. Invite friends, family and others you think may qualify for our program. You can also bring your electric bills to get a jump start!” To learn more, call at 845-331-2140 Ext: 267.
Since 2011, RUPCO, as an Independent Contractor to the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) actively markets Green Jobs | Green New York, to improve Home Performance with ENERGYSTAR® and all NYSERDA programs to educate homeowners, community leaders and the general public about the benefits of the program. This program serves 10 counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley, including Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties. The Green Jobs | Green New York Program covers 2,451,153 residents (12.7% of NYS Population) in 673 Zip Codes. In total, 43.6% of the homes in Kingston are owner occupied. As of April 30th, RUPCO has a total of 4800 residential referrals, 1302 completed Home Energy Performance audits, and over 364 customers approved for or have completed a residential energy upgrade or retrofit. Visit Green Jobs | Green New York for more information.