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    People’s Climate March 9/21/14


    Upcoming Events


    Lobster Boat Trial 
    Mon, September 8 and Tue, September 9
    Fall River District Court, 186 S Main Street, Fall River
    RSVP here

    People’s Climate March 
    Sun, September 21, 11:30 am
    Columbus Circle, New York City, NY
    Buy tickets here

    Rally for a Koch-Free WGBH
    Wed, October 1
    Time and location TBD

    Berkshires area:

    Free Showing of Gasland II
    Sun, August 31, 11:00 am
    Triplex Cinema,  70 Railroad Street, Great Barrington

    350MA Node Meeting
    Wed, September 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield

    Boston area

    350MA Node Meeting
    Tue, September 2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Nate Smith House, 155 Lamartine Street, Jamaica Plain

    Boston Street Medics Protester Health & Safety Training
    Sun, September 7, 2:00-4:00pm
    Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory St. in the Brewery Complex, Jamaica Plain

    FERC Hearing on Spectra Pipeline Expansion
    Mon, September 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Holiday Inn Dedham, 55 Ariadne Road, Dedham

    Cambridge area:

    350MA Node Meeting
    Tue, September 9, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Lecture by Michael Klare on “Hot War, Climate Change & Sustainability”
    Thu, September 11, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    MIT Campus, Room 35-225, Cambridge

    People’s Climate March Art Build
    Sat, September 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Community Center at Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington

    Get Up Stand Up Reggae Concert to Build Buzz for People’s Climate March
    Fri, September 19, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
    Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington

    Central MA area:

    350MA Node Meeting
    Wed, September 3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Ghosh Science and Technology Room #402B, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester

    Climate Change 101 Presentation
    Sat, September 6, 2014.10:30am – 12:00pm
    Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, Worcester

    Lowell area:

    Kinder Morgan Presentation in Dunstable
    Wed, September 3, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Upstairs Meeting Room, Town Hall, 511 Main Street, Dunstable, MA

    350MA Node Meeting
    Thur, September 4, 8:30-9:30am
    Brewed Awakening, 61 Market Street, Lowell

    Metro West area 

    350MA Node Meeting
    Thur, September 4th, 7:00-9:00pm
    Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Concord Rd, Wayland

    South Shore area:

    350MA Node Meeting 
    Tue, September 2, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
    Old Ship Church Parish House, 107 Main Street, Hingham

    Pioneer Valley area:

    Bird Puppet-Making for People’s Climate March
    Sat, September 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Heritage Park, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke

    Tabling for the People’s Climate March at the Co-Op Power Sustainability Summit
    Sat, September 13
    Heritage Park, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke

    Bird Puppet-Making for People’s Climate March
    Sun, September 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Yurt in the Woods Studio, Haydenville




    This Week’s News and Updates

    Hi all,

    Every day, I hear about another crazy wonderful thing that someone is doing to prepare for the People’s Climate March. The variety is astounding — from bird puppets in the Pioneer Valley to reggae concerts in Cambridge to street medic trainings in Boston. Each morning I find my inspiration renewed by the latest video about the march or another amazing selection of posters.

    Three weeks to go. I can’t wait to see you all in New York!

    With love and hope,


    Just 18 Days, 23 Hours and 48 Minutes Until the People’s Climate March

    Less than three weeks until the People’s Climate March in NYC! Have you purchased your bus tickets yet? All the logistical details are on the ticket purchase page, so be sure to read carefully! Now is the moment to invite friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to the march. Let’s fill as many buses as we can!

    Save the Date – Fight for a Koch-Free WGBH

    WGBH Boston, one of the country’s leading PBS stations, says that its mission is to “foster an informed and active citizenry” through radio and TV programs like NOVA. And yet David Koch (yes, thatDavid Koch) sits on WGBH’s Board of Trustees and its “Science Visiting Council”. This is the same David Koch who spends millions of dollars each year trying to convince the public that climate change isn’t real. The Kochs’ efforts to deny climate change and undermine climate science should be unacceptable at a place like WGBH. On October 1st, concerned climate activists will rally outside the station’s annual board meeting to call for a Koch-free WGBH! Save the date — details to follow.

    Volunteers Needed for the People’s Climate March

    The People’s Climate March on September 21 will be the largest climate mobilization in history. We’re looking for volunteers to serve as bus captains and help us bring hundreds of people to New York from Massachusetts for the march!

    Are you interested in helping with outreach and recruitment leading up the march, and then checking people in on the day of? Sign up to volunteer here! We’re especially in need of bus captains in Worcester, Boston, Cambridge, and Amherst.

    Stay Connected to 350MA During the People’s Climate March

    We’ve created a mass text messaging system to help everyone stay connected to 350MA before and during the People’s Climate March. To join, text @PCM350MA to 23559. We are also sending periodic email updates to all bus registrants. If you’re planning to make your own way to the march, but you want to stay updated on 350MA’s plans, please fill out this form to recieve the updates.

    Climate Legacy Campaign Update

    The 350MA Climate Legacy campaign platform is nearly realized! Coal will be effectively phased out within the next three years, fracking within Massachusetts is effectively prohibited, the Patrick administration is moving forward with preparations for a carbon tax study, and we’re holding the line against new fossil fuel infrastructure. To finish the job, we will now focus on (1) keeping out more tar sands and fracked gas by pushing for “clean fuel” and “clean energy” standards, and (2) fighting in the trenches against the advance of new or expanded gas infrastructure.

    Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue our postcard drive outreach effort and prepare for drop-off events at the State House.  And mark your calendars: FERC Chair LaFleur, ISO-NE CEO van Welie, and EPA Administrator McCarthy (!) will be in Boston on Friday, September 19for a special energy industry event, a fantastic opportunity for 350MA to voice its concerns. Stay tuned for details!

    FERC Hearing on Spectra Pipeline Expansion

    Spectra Energy is trying to expand the Algonquin Pipeline, which runs across four states from New York to Massachusetts, in order to transport more gas. They want to construct six new loud, dirty and potentially explosive compressor stations and many new metering stations, including one across the street from an active quarry in Boston. Hearings with federal regulators are an important opportunity to express our views on this unnecessary and polluting new project! The upcoming hearing in Dedham is the only hearing scheduled for Massachusetts.
    WHAT: FERC Hearing on Spectra Pipeline Expansion
    WHEN: Monday, September 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    WHERE: Holiday Inn Dedham, 55 Ariadne Road, Dedham

    Worcester Node Is Now Central MA Node!

    The Worcester node of 350MA just voted to change its name to the “Central MA” node to reflect its geographic range. Congrats on the new name! If you’ve got questions about the Central MA node, you can email Errica Saunders,

    Climate Change 101 with 350MA Central MA

    Santa and a polar bear cartoon

    Confused by all the info about climate change? Get the straight scoop from an expert at Climate 101 with Allison Dunn, Ph.D. atmospheric scientist at Worcester State University. This is a great opportunity to learn more about climate science!
    WHAT: Climate Change 101 sponsored by the 350MA Central MA Node
    WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 10:30am – 12:00pm
    WHERE: Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street, Worcester

    Help Create Art for the People’s Climate March

    The first People’s Climate March art build in Cambridge was a huge success! Join us at the next art build to create posters, banners, wearable art, noise makers, and more.

    What to bring: (whatever you can from this list): arts and crafts supplies of all kinds, old umbrellas, scissors, large markers, paints & paint brushes, latex wall, poster paint, bed sheets, hats, tin pie plates, stapler & staples, poster board, mat board, cardboard, dowels, bambou garden stakes, cardboard tubing, straight pins, ribbon, string, rope, twine, tape, sponges, rags, drop clothes, tarps, plastic buckets, aprons, razor cutters.

    Art Build 2 (Hosted by Follen UU Church Environmental Justice Task Force – will be family friendly)
    WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    WHERE: Community Center at Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington

    Art Build 3 (Hosted by Mass Art – exact times and location to be determined)
    WHEN: Saturday, September 13
    WHERE: Mass Art, Boston

    Help Make Bird Puppets for the People’s Climate March

    Make hand-held bird puppets from cardboard for the People’s Climate March with theatre artist and activist Beth Fairservis. We hope to fill the streets with flocks of birds handmade by groups in Western MA. RSVP to Beth

    Bird Puppet-Making Session 2
    WHENSaturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    WHERE: Heritage Park, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke

    Bird Puppet-Making Session 3
    WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    WHERE: Yurt in the Woods Studio, Haydenville

    Protester Health & Safety Training

    Major mobilizations are an important tool in political movements, but they can also be hectic and stressful. In preparation for the People’s Climate March, the Boston Street Medics will hold a Protester Health and Safety training on Sunday, September 7. The space is mobility accessible, near Stony Brook Station on the Orange Line, and there is on- and off-street parking. This session will cover the basics of buddy and affinity group safety, weather-related illness, police/arrest safety and advocacy, special needs and chronic illness awareness, and post-action emotional self-care. The focus of this training is on injury and illness prevention, staying safe in the streets, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. There is no cost to attend the session, but please RSVP by Thursday, September 4th at Please with any questions.
    WHAT: Boston Street Medics Protester Health & Safety Training
    WHEN: Sunday, September 7, 2:00-4:00pm
    WHERE: Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory St. in the Brewery Complex, Jamaica Plain.

    Hot War, Climate Change, and Sustainability

    How are conflicts from Iraq to the Ukraine connected to climate change and fossil fuels? On September 11, Michael Klare, director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), will give a talk at MIT titled “Hot War, Climate Change, & Sustainability”. The talk will cover the connections between global warming, scarce energy resources, and intensifying conflict worldwide. The event will help to build awareness for the People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City. Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace.
    WHAT: Lecture by Michael Klare on “Hot War, Climate Change & Sustainability”
    WHEN: Thursday, September 11, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
    WHERE: MIT Campus, Room 35-225, Cambridge

    “Get Up, Stand Up” People’s Climate March Reggae Show

    get up stand up poster

    Matt Jenson, a local musician and professor at Berklee College of Music, is hosting a multimedia reggae experience on September 19that will help to build excitement for the People’s Climate March in New York City. The concert will feature a powerful set of Marley’s music followed by an equally powerful set of contemporary reggae. There is a $5 discount for the show if you purchase a bus ticket to attend the march! Purchase your show ticket here.
    WHAT: “Get Up, Stand Up” reggae show to build buzz for the People’s Climate March
    WHEN: Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm
    WHERE: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street, Arlington

    Tabling for the PCM at the Co-Op Power Sustainability Summit

    The Co-Op Power Sustainability Summit will be held on September 13 in Holyoke. Climate Action Now / 350 MA in the Pioneer Valley will be tabling to spread the word about the People’s Climate March! Register here, then email or call Dave Roitman (; cell is(413) 535-7173) to get all the information and materials you’ll need for tabling!
    WHAT: Tabling for the People’s Climate March at the Co-Op Power Sustainability Summit
    WHENSaturday, September 13
    WHERE: Heritage Park, 221 Appleton Street in Holyoke

    Wear Armbands to Promote the People’s Climate March!

    We have green armbands/wristbands! Wear one proudly to show that you are going to the People’s Climate March or supporting it. It’s a great way to get people asking about the march and a great tool for recruitment. Whenever someone asks about the armband / wristband, tell them about the march, ask them to join in, and hand them a band along with our quarter page flyer explaining the march and how to get to it. to have a box of bands and flyers mailed to you or to arrange a pick up at the next Cambridge Node meeting!

    Become an Ongoing Contributor!

    Ongoing contributions are so important!

    Well, that basically sums it up. We depend on grassroots funding —sign up now as an ongoing contributor for Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts!

    About Better Future Project

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    Better Future Project (BFP) builds a powerful grassroots movement to confront the fossil fuel industry and meet our energy needs without contributing to climate change, oppression, or human suffering.

    350 Massachusetts (350MA)is Better Future Project’s volunteer-led climate action network. Although closely aligned with the mission and values of, 350 Massachusetts is not part of

    Climate Summer is Better Future Project’s flagship leadership development program for young adults. Participants learn organizing skills including story-telling, relationship-building, social media, traditional media, event planning, campaign planning, and more, all while living their values and traveling exclusively by bicycle. Graduates go on to become leaders in the national climate justice movement.

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    Electoral Occupy?


    More than most mass movements Occupy was and is divided by the question of whether to participate in electoral politics. Some of the opponents of voting offer arguments that seem to say that voting is a kind of contagion, as if questions of strategy come down to what makes you feel or not feel dirty. Sounds silly, unless you believe in the Gaia principle, but sticking with standard political reasoning for a minute:

    Questions of electoral political strategy are less acute here in Massachusetts, the belly of the health insurance beast (Sorry, Connecticut) where a solid Democratic base makes the specter of spoiler candidates less scary. This is probably why the Green Party has had some success. Here are their candidates:….

    Nonetheless, what voting does do is take the attention away from the real problem, which is, as usual, the system itself. It is not voting per se that is the problem rather it is the winner take all electoral system which like for profit healthcare doesn’t belong in a civilized world. We should follow older wiser Europe and institute proportional representation, instant runoff voting and nationalize the health insurance industry.

    Short of succeeding from the union and creating bioregion states this is not a problem that can be solved by DIY, disintermediation, or goat farms. So if you want to change the system volunteer with these folks:

    But Who Should I Vote For?

    In this the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary season, the get out the vote calls have begun. The state employee labor unions are shilling for the candidate they assume will be their new boss. They get out the vote, he or she guarantees their contracts, the health insurance companies are assured of fat & excellent union health insurance fees. The other candidate has made a simple declaration in favor of single payer healthcare.

    Don Berwick: It is time to find a way to get to yes on a single payer system in Massachusetts.

    The other two are offer:

    Martha Coakly: Continue to bring down the cost of healthcare and energy.

    Steve Grossman: “If earned sick time is not law by 2015, it will be the first bill I file as governor.

    Like the financial sector and the cheat on your taxes industry, the health care industry plays a key role in keeping the 1% in power. The fact that does so by sucking the life blood out of those it purports to help while making a mockery of Christ the Healer, well, such is life in America.


    We could all follow Walter White’s example and when the health insurance companies have us in their death grip, go over to the dark side, create more death, more sickness. But we have chemical companies for that—wouldn’t it make more sense to nationalize the drug trade and use the profits to fund a healthcare system? If drugs, like cannabis, really are only being used for medicinal purposes (LMAO), don’t they belong under the purview of a nationalized healthcare system? Wouldn’t we all feel a little safer if some entity under at least nominal democratic control were in charge of the drugs, as opposed to Gus, Walt, Mike and Jesse? Or we could just wait until countries like Uruguay have us by our drug addict short hairs.

    But I digress. The moment has come. This editorialist is with brother Malcolm, “By any means necessary.”

    The struggle for universal healthcare coverage has been waged incrementally and electorally. Generations of liberals have slowly increased the health insurance companies’ market share by creating a system of fee-based rationing the complexity of which is rivaled only by Title 26, the 17 volume federal tax code. Nobody understands either one and yet participation in both is mandatory.

    Stop the Bleeding.

    If Don Berwick even hints that he can stop funding the health insurance companies he deserves a chance Vote for Don Berwick and the Green party candidates. If you feel kind of sick afterwards, wash your hands. It’s the right thing to do.

    Roped Off in Ferguson

    The question is not whether the mayhem in Ferguson was caused by a “small” group of discontents, or whether the other protestors are sincere in their wish for a peaceful solution. The question is why such discontent is no longer staying within the usual boundaries of home, bottle, and pipe. Why are the most desperate among us taking every opportunity to voice their discontent as often and as violently as possible?


    The party is over. The well fed minority that have put this country into the hopper must back away from the trough. Address poverty and racism or bear the consequences; the violence that is endemic among the dispossessed survivors of eat-your-own capitalism will be in all our streets, all our homes, all our neighborhoods.


    The time for halfway solutions is past. To break the cycle of drop out-to-gang-to-convict-to-criminal:


    Extend Public Education Through College

    End the Reign of the Golden School

    Free All Prisoners Convicted of Victimless Crimes.

    Nationalize the Healthcare Industry.


    And to pay for it? Well, in the past the privileges of the minority came from the sale of human beings (now it comes from privatized prisons, the Judge is extra).


    There is a better way:


    Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare.


    And who is Occupy or anyone to be making that kind of “demand.” To which this editorialist says “There is no power like stating the truth: it’s time to share the wealth.”


    Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare


    was one of the 10 Objectives offered by the InterOccupy Strategy Group.



    And, for the record the demands of the Black Panthers are here:


    Michael Brown is dead. So is Eric Garner. And Treyvon Martin. Stopping more such murders means trying a little harder than replacing a police chief.

    NATGAT ’14 Report Back

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    Together We Rose!  Occupy’s Third National Gathering
    Last week in Sacramento, the Occupy movement came together for reflection, learning, planning, sharing—and yes, marching!  Despite drought and heat of 100°+, Occupiers from up and down the West Coast, as well as other areas of the country (and a few from elsewhere on the globe) shared 5 days of activism and discussion.
    Tonight is the DeBrief call where we discuss what worked well this year, what didn’t, and what could be done better next time Occupy does something like this.
    Register for the call here.
    Watch the GAs and more on these stream channels:
    Fri. GA
    Sat. GA
    Sun. GA
    Here is some of the exciting news to come out of the GAs and other interactions at NatGat2014:
    D’andre Teeterstopmassincarcerationbrought a proposal for NatGat attendees to endorse the Month of Non-Violent Resistance Against Mass incarceration, which was passed July 31. 
    “Occupy has distinguished itself as being one of the great moments in recent history of the United States when people came together from all walks of life, different races, different creeds, different political positions and all came together around something that was absolutely urgent and necessary.
    In that spirit, I am really calling on people to take up this month of mass resistance vs. mass inc that can bring together many many people –a big tent, a big occupy tent, where occupy can actually rejuvenate its energy and reach out to many people in the press community that we have not reached out to before.”
    D’andre Teeter.
    For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison — ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement. 
    The Stop Mass Incarceration Network 
    A working group of folks from around the country has continued the work started by the 2011 Demands and Objectives survey results of Occupy LA,  to help solidify our unity, declare our non-violence, summarize what we want, and grow our movement.  Please stay tuned for upcoming conference calls if you would like to be involved in this work.
    Please help advance this proposal and work by signing the Petition:
    Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration Discussion on Loomio
    Katherine Dawn, visiting from Australia, and advocating for an International Gathering in counterpoint to the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014, wrote a piece on her reflections:
    We have been doing a lot of organizing and having lots of discussions on Loomio this year; was created by members of Occupy New Zealand and shares many conceptual similarities: how to include the 99 percent in decision-making.  Here is the link to our organizing group there:
    The Occupy National Gathering was planned using InterOccupy tools and servicesInterOccupy seeks to foster communication between individuals, Working Groups and local General Assemblies, across the movement. We do this in the spirit of the Occupy Movement and general assemblies which use direct democratic and horizontal decision-making processes in service to the interests of the 99%.
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    Ferguson Murder Demo, TOMORROW, 8/16, Copley



    NATGAT ’14

    The Ferguson Murder is part of the militarization of US that starts with one-on-one racism between police and the poor and ends with locking people up to make a buck. Occupy Nat Gat 2014 has called for





    For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison — ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement.

    The Stop Mass Incarceration Network



    In 1967 the Black Panthers called for the release of all imprisoned Black Men as part of their 10 Point Plan. Now it’s your turn.




    Long live Treyvon Martin,


    Aria Littlhous




    As many of you have heard, teenager Michael Brown was killed August 9th in Ferguson, MO – shot multiple times by a police officer despite eye-witness accounts that he was unarmed and had his hands up in surrender. The police reaction? Refusing to interview the main eye witness, confiscating phones with videos of the incident, and declining to publicize the autopsy report or the name of the involved officer. As protests in Missouri heat up on both sides with protestor and police violence escalating, support from cities across our country is vital!

    This peaceful protest is for Boston to show its solidarity with Ferguson and say that racialized police brutality is an American CRISIS that needs to be addressed. The slaughter of unarmed children cannot continue – every American citizen has the right to due process, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

    Come to Copley Square this Saturday the 16th to make our voices HEARD! There will be plenty of signs, and I need YOU GUYS to help carry them all!

    Please please share and invite. Michael Brown’s family deserves justice!


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