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Fractivists Take Actions Against Fracking and Cuomo!

First up: A Weekend of Workshops 8/25 & 8/26

village7n-1-webTwo days of interactive panels, strategy sessions, NVDA training, hosted by activist leaders from all over the state. More than 200 expected to attend. HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday @ 1:30, Building Affinity--How to Activate Our Allies, with Iris Bloom, Larry Bennett, David Braun, Laurie Spaeth, Reverend Sam Trumbore, and Green Umbrella. Saturday @ 3:45, Fighting for Local Control--Democracy from the Ground Up, with Kelly Branigan, Toshia Hance, Isaac Silberman-Gorn, and others. Sunday @ 10:45, Mapping the Industry outlines areas targeted by drillers, with Mary Finneran, Lou Allstadt, Martha Cameron, and more. Sunday @ 1:30, Finding Tactics that Work, with Dave Publow and Occupy friends. Check the complete schedule (subject to change).

Remember this? How much fun did we have last December, at the DEC hearings in NYC, reciting a promise to Governor Cuomo that we wouldn't allow fracking in New York? This is going to be even more fun:

This time, Sandra Steingraber will lead us as we recite the Pledge to Resist Fracking, in unison, at the Capitol in Albany, out loud. REAL LOUD. Don't miss this.

Speakers will include: Bill McKibbon, Josh Fox, Al Appleton, Tony Avella, Sandra Steingraber, Helen Slottje, Debra Winger, and grassroots leaders from affected areas such as Ruth Young, Bill Feldman, Pramilla Valley, Maya Van Rossum, and many others. Street theater and mock actions are planned along the route, which includes a stop at our favorite government agency, the DEC.

THIS IS IT. This is when we all need to show up and explain to Cuomo that we won't allow fracking ANYWHERE in New York State, that we won't allow any "test cases," that we're not going to fall for "sacrifice zones." We're in this together. And we need to all be there, together.

Get all the info on buses, parking, etc at Don't Frack New York.

Start the action before the action! Local activists have initiated the No Frack Caravan! No matter where you're starting from, join up all along the route to Albany: Fracktivists from all corners of the state will decorate their vehicles with signs and banners, and form a joyous, colorful and noisy parade into Albany to announce their arrival! The caravan will grow as it proceeds along Route 20, I-88 and the Thruway! Get the details on where to join in here. Plan to arrive in Albany in time for the 11am Rally, and leave extra travel time to really enjoy the caravan!

Start the day at the Hudson River in Albany--End the day at the Hudson River in NYC! Celebrate our statewide solidarity with a party hosted by NYC Friends of Clearwater, at Pier 66M / the Frying Pan (Hudson River at 26th Street). After the bus ride home (which lets off just blocks away), we'll join NYCFC's aptly-timed Water Festival, with performances by Joel Landy, Ray Korona, Jenny Hurwitz, The NYC Metro Raging Grannies, Alex Greenleaf, Russell Daisey, Peter Pasco and others, plus the Peoples Puppets of OWS! "Connect the Dots" is the theme. Speakers will address the connections between pipelines, hydrofracking, coal, Indian Point, and climate change. Connecting with the successes of the past is important too and the heroes of the Westway and Shoreham actions will be there also. Ken Gale, host of WBAI's Eco-Logic, moderates.

OK, so we're ready! Is Cuomo Ready? Yeah, probably, he's been hearing from us a lot lately . . .

Pledge to Stop Fracking in New York State

Click to sign the Pledge

Together, we will take a pledge of resistance to hydrofracking in the state. The Pledge to Resist Fracking in New York.

I believe:

  • that high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking is an accident-prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with risks that include catastrophic and irremediable environmental damage;
  • that these risks cannot be properly resolved, nor can they be mitigated through regulation by any government agency, let alone one that has colluded with the gas industry over the last four years in creating rules that attempt to regulate fracking;
  • that Governor Cuomo and this agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation, have repeatedly turned a deaf ear to the petitions of New York’s scientists, economists, medical professionals, and ordinary citizens who have tried again and again, for four years and to little avail, to alert the agency and Governor Cuomo to the many dangers that hydraulic fracking poses to our health, safety, property values, peace of mind and to the climate itself;
  • that it is wrong to shatter the bedrock of New York State and inject it with toxic chemicals.


If Governor Cuomo permits high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracking in any part of New York State, I pledge to join with others to engage in non-violent acts of protest, including demonstrations and other non-violent actions, as my conscience leads me.

I make this pledge in order to prevent the destruction and poisoning of New York’s water, air, and food systems, on which life, health, and economic prosperity all depend–including that of future generations.

Sign the Pledge: http://www.dontfrackny.org/pledge

4th Annual NYCFC Water Festival Connect the Dots & Albany After Party

Join us on Sunday & Monday Aug 26th & 27th, 2012 for the
4th Annual NYC Friends of Clearwater Water Festival 
Connect the Dots:
Pipelines-HydroFracking-Nukes &|
Albany After Party!!! 

This year we are having a two day Water Festival!
Aug 26th Sunday - PotLuck Picnic and Water Fun at the park by Pier 96 includes a day of Free kayaking! (picnic area sw of park)

Noon to to 3pm. Potluck Picnic at 56th St & the Hudson River
10:30 to 12 join in the Kayak fun at the pier
Organizations tabling = spreading a blanket, sharing food and info.
August 27th Monday Eve Water Festival
FREE Concert, Environmental Speakers, Party!
6:30 to10:30pm at Pier 66 Maritime/Frying Pan, W 26 Street in Manhattan

Many of our fractivist friends will be returning from Albany on Monday evening after very important actions to influence the governor to prevent fracking in NY State. We welcome them and celebrate their efforts with a great end to the day!

We have plenty of fabulous music and speakers on the most important environmental issues facing us today. Gas Pipelines, Hydrofracking, Nuclear, Pollution of our Waterways are an Assault on people and the earth.

Ken Gale of WBAI’s Eco-Logic moderates

Musicians ♦Joel Landy ♦ Ray Korona♦ Russell Daisey♦Jenny Hurwitz♦
Peoples Puppets of OWS ♦NYCMetro Raging Grannies ♦Peter Pasco♦ and many other inspiring activist performers


Like minded people get together.

Cuomo Sacrifices Southern Tier: Urgent Action Needed!

Thanks to David Braun/UFA and Ellen Osuna and our many friends in movement to bring attention to bring attention to this threat to our water, land and air.

Cuomo is about to open the state to fracking, giving the drillers a foot in the door which will not stop at the Southern Tier.  Even if it did, all New Yorkers, all people, all beings, have the right to clean water and air.  People are rightfully saying that all NYrs should get equal protection, that buffering the NYC and Syracuse watersheds and not other watersheds, is inherently unfair.  While this is absolutely true and a matter of human rights and environmental justice, it is also completely false to equate a 1,000 foot buffer as "protection".   NYCs watershed will not be "protected".  The attached document from a geologist, very informative and not that long, explains the realities of upward migration of chemicals, well casing leakage, which is inevitable, how fracking opens up pathways in the rock.   

NY Times article -

Author is taking questions
.  The "HydroQuest" paper attached can be helpful in crafting questions / comments.

Please call Governor Cuomo today and demand that he permanently ban fracking in New York: (518) 474-8390

The New York Times is reporting that Governor Cuomo is ready to Frack New York. He plans on starting in the Southern Tier and creating a Sacrifice Zone. We need to respond and let the Governor know that we will NOT sacrifice the health of residents of the Southern Tier for gas industry profits.

Forward this message to your friends, family and neighbors. Ask them to call to protect our air, water, families and communities! Get on Facebook and Twitter and use the power of social media to spread this message far and wide! Let's make sure that there is NOTHING on Gov. Cuomo's Facebook wall today except our contempt for his disregard of the lives of New Yorkers! Tweet at the Governor using his handle @NYGovCuomo.

Why are the people of New York City more important than those in the Southern Tier?! NO SACRIFICE ZONES!
This is the time to make a difference, make a call, write a letter, make yourself heard!

Join Us For Our Monthly Meeting Today


INVITE! NYCFC Monthly PotLuck /Live music SingAlong/ Teach In on Upcoming UN Rio + 20


Please join us at New York City Friends of Clearwater's monthly gathering May 18th 6:30pm- 9:30pm


Each month we cover topics of environmental interest. The gathering opens with song, the guest speakers and Q&A is next, then the rest of the evening we play music and sing!  Joel Landy will be performing with IP and fracking spoofs that are as insiteful as they are funny and hopefully Peter Pasco will be back! We welcome you to bring your voices, musical instruments.


Tonight is a Teach In on Rio+20. If you have never heard of it or just wanted to understand it better come tonight.. There are many different perspectives on the Rio+20 Earth Summit based on the viewpoints and interests of the various participants, which range from governmental representatives to civil society organizations that do not have standing to participate in the official meetings. Here is the Web site for Global Transitions 2012, which is providing innovative ways to think about sustainability:  globaltransition2012.org/about-us


Speakers: Prof Lisa DeCaprio of NYC Dept of Sustainability,

Ted Schulman of OWS Earth Summit Working Group, Catherine Skopic the UN task force on Rio+20

OccupyTheEarth.net  helps understand Rio+20


Reclaiming our Future:

1. Global participatory democracy - deeper public participation the UN and global governance.

2. Harmony with Nature - the People's Earth Summit

3. Introduction of new economic paradigms, eg, Sacred Economics, Resource Based Economy

4. Creation of more meaningful measurement to replace the GNP, example: the Happy Planet Index and the open data movement

5. New values, teach our children to think, example: TheHawnFoundation


At least three outcomes are expected from Rio+20"

1. The Rio Declaration

2. The Rio Recommendations

3. The Rio Actions Dialogue affects this - accepting input  to June 6th

 There is opportunity for impact. The more a specific topic shows up, the more weight it may have.


Please attend and bring your neighbor, friend, co-worker, family to enjoy an evening with like minded people, great food, great music, timely topics and lively discussions.


Location: DC 37, 140 Park Place/125 Barclay St. Rm9  Chambers St exit on the E train.(btwn Greenwich St.& WestSt.) *New Location!*  


New York City Friends of Clearwater is an environmental education organization that believes in celebration through music and community. We are a chartered sloop club of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the organization founded by folk musician and activist Pete Seeger 40+ years ago to clean up the Hudson River.

We hope you come to eat, sing and learn with us on

Friday, 5/18.

June 8th will be a report back on the May 17th NRC hearing on relicensing of Indian Point

“It’s as clear as water; we need to change!”



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