800 people so far have RSVPed to head to Boston this coming Saturday to make their voices heard on climate justice. Please join Safe & Green and 130+ other environmental, labor, social justice, and climate action groups co-sponsors. The action marks the end of the Paris climate talks.
Why go ?
- The end is not in sight for climate change, nor for the talks in Paris. It is likely the close of the climate talks will be extended past Saturday.
- Multiple reports say Nuclear power is a big player this year – hidden beneath the “clean energy” slogan (Take a look at the three articles at the end of this email). Bring your own graphics, or look for the No Nukes flags and get one of your own.
- 350VT and 350Mass have made it easy for you. They have extended the bus RSVP so may still be time to catch a ride there & back for only $37.50. Tickets are here.
- Our New England climate is obviously warming – it’s still protest ‘season’ for fair weather activists 🙂
- Shela Linton, an ally, single mom & Brattleboro native, writes from Paris with a convincing argument for joining together with others who share our values: “Through my work with the Vermont Workers’ Center and our national allies, I’ve come to see the interconnections between environmental and social justice issues and the need to build unity between our movements.” You can read her Sunday OpEd from Paris here.
Following the official rally on the Boston Common at 1 and March to the State House at 2:30, other groups will engage in separate direct actions. One action at Fanieul Hall Marketplace is looking for non-arrest supporters. In another action, “Dressed as official MBTA employees, we will “officially” announce and hand out Change of Service maps due to massive flooding to people entering and exiting the subway system. The maps showcase the imminent devastation that sea level rise is going have on our coastal infrastructure if we cross the climate line and fail to keep 80% of our fossil fuel reserves in the ground.”
The latest official schedule is below and here: http://www.jobsjusticeclimate.org/logistics/
SPEAKER LINE-UP (PRELIMINARY)
1 PM: Rally at Parkman Band Stand
Derek Pellotte, 350 Mass for a Better Future
Sherri Mitchell, Maine Penobscot Tribe
Karen Higgins, Registered Nurse and National Co-President of National Nurses United
1:30 PM: March Begins
Stop 1: Fast food worker speaks in front of McDonalds
Stop 2: United Food and Commercial Workers worker speaks at Primark location
Stop 3: Jane Palmer, VT landowner & pipeline fighter, speaks in front of Kinder Morgan Office
2:30 PM: Rally at State House
John Robbins of Council of American Islamic Relations, Massachusetts
Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas Missioner for Creation Care, of Western MA Episcopal Church and founding member of MA Interfaith Climate Coalition
John Harrity, President of Connecticut State Council of Machinists
Adrian Ventura, Executive Director of New Bedford Worker Center
And here we’ve selected three articles about nukes & Paris, as promised above:
The View from New England on HuffPo how the Paris talks are like New England’s current energy “quandries”
China’s awful env. record – and it wants to build 110 new nukes by 2030? Washington Post
Linda Gunter’s Counter-Punch article here: who are the billionaires behind the Breakthrough?