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  March 2017 Newsletter 
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Sunday, March 5th at 1pm

@St. Pat's Parade in Queens
Meet at Caffébene Coffeeshop 
41-31 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 

Facebook Event for more info
  
Join 350NYC and friends at the St Pat's for All Parade to celebrate and give thanks to the government of Ireland for their recent vote to divest their sovreign holdings from fossil fuels: oil, coal and gas. This historic decision is a testament to the commitment of the people of Ireland to a just and sustainable planet. We also take this opportunity to honor the life and legacy of Ireland’s first female President, Mary Robinson whose global leadership promotes human rights, gender equality, women’s leadership and climate justice.

The 350NYC contingent for the parade will meet on the North west corner of Queens Blvd and 42nd St in front of the Caffé bene coffeeshop @1pm.

Now it's time for NY to go Fossil Free! 350NYC is calling upon New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to follow in Ireland's footsteps and divest city pension funds from oil, coal and gas. New York City should immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels and divest from direct ownership in any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

More info here and here about Ireland's historic vote.

March 4th - 11th
WATER WALK FOR LIFE
An 8-day 90-mile walk for water/pipeline awareness, in particular the Pilgrim Pipeline & SPECTRA-AIM in our region. Anyone can join the walk for a few hours, or a few days, or just come to an evening potluck, hear speakers on local issues. Volunteers also needed for transport shuttles.

Event is in alliance with Food & Water Watch, 350.org-NJ, CAPP (Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines) NY & NJ, The Ramapough-Lenape, Indian Point coalitions, Resist SPECTRA-AIM. Organized by the Grafton Peace Pagoda, walk is being led by Jun-san Yesuda, a well-known international activist & Buddhist nun. Visit Facebook page for updates! 

Route: Beginning with water ceremony (Carteret, NJ), to Linden, NJ to Split Rock site of Ramapo-Lenape (Mahwah, NJ), ending at Indian Point Nuclear Plant (Buchanan, NY). 

In the News: Pipeline activists to start march in Carteret

March 6th @10am in ALBANY
Hearing on Cuomo's $7.6 billion nuclear bailout

Hearing Room B Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor Albany, NY 12248
10:00 AM 

The NYS Assembly will hold a hearing on Cuomo's $7.6 billion nuclear bailout. See hearing notice for details on how to testify. 
 
The hearing will examine alternatives to the nuke bailout, such as investing in renewable energy sources and conservation; hear from affected industries and advocates, such as large energy users and representatives of low-income ratepayers; and, discuss ways for the omission to provide for more transparency and public involvement in a decision-making process of this scale and impact. 
 
For more info on the bailout, see stopthecuomotax.org and op ed in the Daily News.


Tuesday, March 7th
Multi-Faith Gathering for Climate Justice
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th)


Please join us - clergy and laypeople from all faiths - as we gather together to affirm, renew, and strengthen our commitment to work for climate justice for all. We'll connect, sing, and hear voices from many faith traditions calling us to be stewards of the earth and its most vulnerable inhabitants. A major focus of this gathering will be the upcoming March for Climate, Jobs & Justice in Washington, DC, on April 29. We'll offer information, support, and tools and techniques for activating your faith community to join this historic march.

Please see here for more information

March 8th @ 4pm - 8pm
International Women's Strike NYC: Rally and March 
Washington Square Park
Facebook Event for more info

On March 8th, the International Women's Strike NYC - a coalition representing dozens of grassroots groups and labor organizations - is organizing a number of actions in support of labor campaigns, migrants' rights, Sanctuary Campus campaigns, and others. 

At 4 PM there will be a rally in Washington Square Park.
The rally will open with an artistic performance created by Alejandra Ballón Gutiérrez (Arequipa, Peru 1975), “La Alfombra Roja”, and songs by singers Natalia Saez, Renee Ghoust and Liah Alonso. “La Alfombra Roja” project was created to make visible the terrible effects of patriarchal relations on women’s lives. 

At 5:30 PM we will march to Zuccotti Park. The march will make some stops along the way, with performances in front of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, Stonewall, City Hall, the African Burial Ground and the former slave market, financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, and others.
 


Thursday, March 9th
whatNOWwhat: CHANGE THE CLIMATE


Industry City Distillery
33 35th Street, 6th Floor
Brooklyn
7:00 - 11:00pm


D/N/R trains to 36th Street
Cost: $1 - 100

Join us for a night of pop-up performance, visual art, music and libations to support organizations doing work for land justice, the environment and climate change. 100% of proceeds will go to Honor the Earth, 350NYC, National Resources Defense Council and Earth Justice

Shadow puppetry by Andrew Benincasa, live musical sets from Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali and Rude Mechanical Orchestra. DJ sets throughout the night from DJ Scribe.  
With the Teaspoon Brigade, a nod to Pete Seeger: like an action piñata seesaw to pop the paradigm through interactive calls to action.

Food by Insatiable Vegan. 
Brought to you by Holes in the Wall Collective.

See more information here
contact: Dhira Rauch for more information:  dhira@holesinthewallcollective.org or (415)652-2258


March 10th and 11th
CLIMATE ACTION CONFERENCE with Bill McKibben
@ NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

In association with Hip Hop Caucus and Justice Action Mobilization Network
Conference Tickets: $5
Saturday Night Performance Tickets: $5

Speakers to include:
Bill McKibben, Michael Oppenheimer, Jeffrey Sachs, Bernie Sanders, Peggy Shepard, Sandra Steingraber, Elke Weber, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Rev. Lennox Yearwood

With performances by: 
Messiah, Antonique Smith, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas)

Humanity is facing a global climate emergency, and we must act now to address the environmental, economic and political issues contributing to the problem. The conference will feature some of the leading figures in the environmental movement as well as leaders from diverse fields such as climate science, medicine, public policy and the arts, as well as elected officials and impacted citizens.

REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULE
FAQS
 
Saturday, March 18th
#DivestmentDay

Union Square @ 10 AM - 2 PM
Hosted by Grassroots Action NY

Facebook Event for more info

Join Grassroots Action New YorkBronx Climate Justice North and a coalition of NYC groups in an initiative started by DefundDAPL (defunddapl.org) and tell big banks like Wells Fargo, Citibank, TD, Chase, and Bank of America how we feel about their decision to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. . 

Banks that you can switch to that don't invest in fossil fuels. 
Pick one of these or find another one that works for you then follow along with our divestment campaign before #DivestmentDay to get ready to close your old bank account with us. Check out grassrootsactionny.com/divest for all of our divestment resources.

Then, on March 18, we will rally in Union Square then head to the banks to close our accounts together! We will be leading groups of people to various banks to close their accounts together and want to make sure we prepare correctly so, if you haven't already, please fill out the form in the "tickets" link to let us know which bank you will be divesting from.



Monday, March 20th
Screening of "Indian Point"


Rutgers Presbyterian Church
236 West 73rd Street, 5th Floor
6:30 - 9:00pm

Facebook Event for more info

Free screening of "Indian Point", a documentary film that explores nuclear power in the Age of Fukushima. The film provides a rare glimpse inside the aging nuclear power plant known as Indian Point and features unprecedented footage of the nuclear power plant station which was designed in the 1950s and sits in Buchanan, New York, just 35 miles up the Hudson River from Times Square. Indian Point sits on top of two intersecting earthquake faults. With 20 million people living within its 50-mile radius, it has been called the most dangerously sited nuclear power plant in the U.S. by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Following the 94-minute film, local environmental activist Marilyn Elie, who was featured prominently in the documentary film, will lead a Q&A session. More info here.


350NYC Monthly Meeting
March 22nd @7-9pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W 64th St (
near Central Park West)
Downstairs in the Social Hall


Join us for our monthly general meeting with guest speakers Dan Sherrell and Annel Hernandez from NY RENEWS.
We're gearing up for the People's Climate March next month so come help us organize and learn what you can do to stand up to the administration's assault on our future.
All are welcome!



Sunday, March 25th
Earth Hour

8:30pm (your time)
Anywhere on the planet!

Join us this Earth Hour and be a part of the movement towards building a better tomorrow for our planet and future generations. Spread the word and bring a friend along! Together, we can unite to shine a light on climate action and #ChangeClimateChange

2017 marks Earth Hour's tenth anniversary, a new milestone in its commitment to making the planet a better place. For more info: http://earthhour.org/
 

SAVE THE DATE!
March for Science and Earth Day Network Rally and March in DC
Saturday April 22 at 8 AM - 5 PM
National Mall and Memorial Parks
Washington DC

Facebook Event for more info
Official Event Website

This Earth Day, join the effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.

Science serves all of us!


April 22nd Earth Day NYC Activities

Rally to Stop Trump's Climate Agenda at NOON
111 Worth Street - Foley Square
New York, NY 10013

STOP TRUMP’s CLIMATE AGENDA!
Join us on Earth Day for a noon rally at Foley Square to express our opposition to Trump’s climate agenda. Trump calls climate change a hoax. He has promised to reduce the environmental regulations that protect our air and water and to increase our reliance on coal, oil, and gas. To protect all living things on our planet, we must transition as quickly as possible from fossil fuels and nuclear power to a new, green economy based on renewable energy. 

Great Speaker Line-up! For more info check out the event here.

FOLLOWING THE RALLY, WE WILL JOIN THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE. See below for details and click here and here.


March for Science NYC
EarthDay April 22nd

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

Want to volunteer? Fill out the form here.
**TIME AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED**



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WE RESIST ... WE BUILD ... WE RISE
Saturday, April 29th
People’s Climate March in Washington DC 
to demand that the new administration and congress prioritize a progressive Climate, Justice, and Jobs Agenda.

Join the 350NYC contingent for this historic march! 
PURCHASE YOUR 350NYC BUS TICKETS HERE

Now more than ever we need to stand up for the planet and protect what we love.  The Trump administration and the extremist GOP Congress are mounting an all-out attack on the environment and our civil liberties.  The People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29 in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization that will unite all of our movements for justice, peace and a sustainable planet. Each and every day, grounded in our unified resistance, we will advance our vision of what we as a nation need to do now to build a future with millions of good jobs, justice for communities and clean energy, air and water.


As a member of the organizing table of People’s Climate Movement NY, 350NYC is proud to sponsor buses to the PCM in Washington, DC on April 29. We invite you to march as a member of the 350NYC contingent to raise up our voices in defense of the planet.

We are offering seats at several different levels including free travel for students and participants with limited means. We also are planning to organize a coordinated "march within a march" to maximize our voice and visual impact and deliver a stronger message to those in power in Washington. Join us now to be part of this contingent.

NOTE: If you plan to march with another contingent for this march (eg. your faith group, union or college) you should check in with them about their plans for coordinated travel to DC before buying your ticket. 

Climate justice -  This march will highlight the interconnected struggles for a just society and a sustainable planet. You can read more about the national march organizers and the specific platform for the march at https://peoplesclimate.org/

WE RESIST ... WE BUILD ... WE RISE
“People & planet are under attack!  What ya gonna do? Stand up! Fight back!”



350NYC Switch to Wind Campaign

In the age of Trump, resistance takes many forms and this is one thing we can all do without permission, policy incentives, or gathering on the streets. By switching your ESCO to Clean Choice Energy (formerly called Ethical Electric), our clean energy partner, you will be supporting the delivery of 100% renewable energy on to the electric grid AND for every new customer they get through our partner program, they will donate $150.00 to 350NYC. Please get your friends, family members and colleagues to Switch to Wind!.

 
Switch to 100% renewable energy and support climate activism! Find out more about  Switch to Wind

 

"LIGHTING THE WAY"


UPDATE:
Lighting the Way Completed!


The project has been completed and is a huge success! We borrowed money to complete it on time and anyone who donates by March 15 will get their name listed on the video we are making, as a contributor.  The video will be used for Climate Education to encourage others to make the switch within their communities. 

Donate to 350NYC's LED campaign and cut carbon now!
If every New Yorker switched just one compact fluorescent bulb to an LED bulb, NYC would collectively cut over 125 million pounds of carbon emissions per year!
www.gofundme.com/LightingTheWay


Cut Carbon Now! 



http://www.ourpower.solar/signup350/



FOSSIL FREE NYC!

New York City should immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels and divest from direct ownership in any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
We are also calling on Comptroller Stringer to divest NYC pension funds from the banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, defunddapl.org


Update: On 3/17 Comptroller Stringer joined CALPERS and 120 Big Investors representing 653 billion in assets under management calling on the banks who fund the Dakota Access Pipeline to "address or support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for a reroute of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that avoids their treaty territory1." Here's the statement and list of signatories.  That same day Mayor de Blasio also announced that he had sent a letter to banks "letting them know that financing the pipeline creates serious risks for NYC's pension investments." 

We delivered our petition to the Comptroller on Valentines Day.
VideoTen-Year- Old Aspiring Green Inventor Delivers Valentine Petition
Watch Josh Fox's Message to Scott Stringer
Watch the video of the full event

Join the NYC Divestment campaign! #DIVESTNY
email us @350nyc@gmail.com.

"Like"  Fossil Free NYC  
Fossil Free Teachers NYC


FOSSIL FREE NY STATE! 

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Act has been reintroduced this session! The new bill number is S.4596 in the Senate and A.3712 in the Assembly.
Demand an end to fossil fuel investments!
Assembly Switchboard (518 455-4100) and State Senate (518 455-2800).
Follow us @ Fossil Free New York State
#DivestNY



The Fight for Keystone Continues 

Given President Trump's revival of the Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline projects, our vigilance remains as important as ever. While Trump promises an increase in job creation, the lasting effect the pipeline would have on the environment could be detrimental. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council as quoted in a CNN article, the extra greenhouse gas emissions from oil conducted via Keystone alone “would be almost as much as all the emissions saved from the new fuel efficiency standards on heavy trucks, and roughly double the amount saved from the effort by several northeast states to voluntarily restricting greenhouse gases.” As of the executive order issued on January 24th, the Secretary of State has 60 days in which to consider the pipeline application. 


Update 100% Renewables
Governor Cuomo has agreed to doing a feasibility study to determine how we can get to 100% ASAP.

Support the NY State Campaign for 100% renewable energy by 2030. 
100% RENEWABLE NOW NY CAMPAIGN
New Bill#'s: Call your state legislators to ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to the NYS 100% by 2030 bill A05105 (Colton) / (S Hoylman) Requires the establishment of a one hundred percent clean energy system by two thousand thirty. Ends fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Assembly switchboard is 518 455-4100;
Senate is 518 455-2800
Sign the 100% by 2030 petition 
Follow the campaign on Facebook.
Find out how your organization can sign on in support of this goal.  




#ResistAIM
Sign the Petition: Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

RESOURCES for RESISTANCE
Weekly Action Checklist   

a. Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda (link)  
b. Surviving an autocracy (link)
c. How to stop helping DJT (link)


350NYC Meetings
UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, ALL 350NYC AND NYC GRASSROOTS ALLIANCE MEETINGS 
ARE HELD AT THE
 NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE (NYSEC)
2 WEST 64TH STREET 
NY NY 10025
(NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE)

 
Monday, March 6th  
6:30 – 8:45 NYC Grassroots Alliance Monthly Meeting:

WISE OR FOOLISH? Nuclear Power in an Era of Climate Change

Wednesday, March 8th 
7-9pm: 350NYC Climate Education and Sustainable Solutions Meeting  
Room 508.  

Thursday, March 13th  
6-9pm: 350NYC Media and Communications Team Meeting - 
location TBA - save the date and stand by for more info.

Wednesday, March 15th 
7-9pm: 350NYC Divestment Committee 
Room 508

Wednesday, March 22nd 
7-9pm: 
350NYC monthly meeting.  
Guest speakers: 
Dan Sherrell and Annel Hernandez
 from NY RENEWS
Check Meetup for Agenda details closer to the time. Social Hall. All Welcome. 

 

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