v FRIDAY, November 15, 5:30pm: Rolling Jubilee - Debt Cancellation Announcement by Strike Debt Helena MT – You are Invited to a Celebration with Cake and Dialogue at Plymouth Congregational Church, corner of Winnie & Oakes.
Sponsored by Strike Debt Helena MT -- a Helena Economic Justice Group Working on Debt – in cooperation with the Rolling Jubilee Project of the national Strike Debt Organization, http://strikedebt.org/.
Strike Debt Helena MT: “Even those of us who don't have staggering debt are still affected and deeply moved by the injustices and suffering of our sisters and brothers in deep debt due to the unfair and exploitative practices of Wall Street banks and greedy corporations. Our Strike Debt work in Helena can help to end this and begin a new day.”
Strike Debt Helena MT is a Helena grassroots action group founded in the spring of 2013, working for economic justice and debt solutions for the 99%, bringing people together to promote creative community remedies for the debt problems we face as individuals, families, and as a community. Contact: Phone: 406-459-1348. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strike-Debt-Helena-MT-Helena-Economic-Justice-Group-Working-on-Debt/181532472002490) E-mail: strikedeb...@gmail.com. Strike Debt Helena MT is a local Chapter of Strike Debt: and is an offshoot of Occupy Helena.
"Change your heart, your life, your community, the system -- in that order."
Berrigan's answer to a question -- "How do we change the world?" -- put to him in 1976 when he came to Helena. http://www.jonahhouse.org/archive/phil.htm
v TODAY: November 13, 7pm: Film -- A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet at Helena College Lecture Hall, Room 125, 1115 North Roberts Street
The Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC, www.northernplains.org
www.northernplains.org ) and the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC, www.meic.org are sponsoring a free screening of "A Fierce Green Fire," a film that explores the history of environmental Activism.
· “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet comes from fiilmmaker Mark Kitchell, and is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep. The film tells vivid stories of grassroots and global activism spanning five decades -- from halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste a Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization.
· A discussion will precede the film, and MEIC and NPRC staff will be present. A trailer is online at <http://www.afiercegreenfire.com/trailer.html>
Main Sponsors: Northern Plains Resource Council and Montana Environmental Information Center. Co-Sponsors: Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund, Montana Audubon, AERO- Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Montana Sierra Club
v SATURDAY, November 16, 4:00 to 5:30: Dances of Universal Peace at Covenant Methodist Church, 2330 East Broadway
· Soup and fellowship afterward.
· All dances taught; many traditions represented: Christian, Buddhist,
· Questions: Call Charlotte 449-2993
v Comments are due by November 18: This is YOUR chance! No coal exports! Say NO to Arch Coal's Export Facility in Washington State! Action Request from the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC, www.meic.org).
St. Louis, Missouri-based Arch Coal wants to strip mine the tranquil Otter Creek valley in Montana and ship the coal to China. For this scheme to work, Arch needs to receive a permit to build a coal port shipping facility in Longview, Washington. This is your official chance to say HELL NO to Arch Coal’s dirty coal port.
As the United States transitions from dirty coal plants to clean and renewable energy sources, coal companies have decided to export coal to Asian markets in order to maintain their profits. More west coast coal ports are essential for companies like Arch Coal to export to countries like China and Korea.
Exporting Montana’s coal will cause air and water pollution, destruction of wildlife habitat, and traffic congestion and public safety concerns from increased train traffic. It will require the condemnation of private property to build the Tongue River Railroad, and most importantly, it will escalate climate change. We already have clean, affordable, and renewable alternatives that create thousands of jobs across Montana. We don’t need this destructive project.
Please take action TODAY, and say NO to Arch Coal’s dirty coal port!
Want to comment directly? You can send comments to comm...@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov, and include “Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal” in the subject line. You can find more information on the EIS process here.
Thank you for all that you do to fight climate change!
MEIC is a nonprofit environmental advocate for clean water and a healthy environment for all Montanans. It was founded in 1973 to protect and restore Montana's natural environment. Visit our website at www.meic.org.
v THURSDAY, November 21, 7pm: Global Industrial Capitalism and Threats to the Environment -- A talk by David Barsamian: Founder and Director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado.
Sponsors: Helena Service for Peace and Justice and Strike Debt Helena MT
Location: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan
Info: E-mail Helena...@gamil.com or call 443-0843.
Barsamian writes: “Sure we have Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Protection Agency. Still, the
threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs, focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. But the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation. As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America's most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy and other s. His most recent books are Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with Richard Wolff and Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and The New Challenges to U.S. Empire with Noam Chomsky. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom
Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
v Saturday, November 23: Multi-Organization Otter Creek Campaign Planning Session. Meeting to craft a statewide strategy for defeating the Otter Creek Coal Mine. Location AND TIME to be determined.
· Meeting (by invitation) to craft a statewide strategy for defeating the Otter Creek Coal Mine.
· Location and time to be determined.
· Contact Nick Engelfried, nicke.a...@gmail.com, of the Blue Sky Campaign and Coal Export Action for additional information.
Helena SERPAJ : Helena Service for Peace and Justice/SERPAJ – Founded October 4, 1990
… We, the people of the Helena Service for Peace and Justice, are a community of persons
committed to working nonviolently for peace, justice and ecological responsibility.
Because we are people with hope,
we have organized ourselves as a grassroots community of peace and justice workers.
Our hope is grounded in the truth that peace, justice and nonviolent living are possible …
(from the Helena SERPAJ statement of purpose, on–line at https://www.facebook.com/HelenaSERPAJ and http://forusa.org/groups/affiliate-groups/helena-service-for-peace-justice
§ Helena SERPAJ is on-line:
o Helena SERPAJ is (since1994) a local affiliate of the FOR (Fellowship of Reconciliation) since 1994 has an FOR website: http://forusa.org/groups/affiliate-groups/helena-service-for-peace-justice
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