Direct Action @ People’s Climate March 9/21/14, NYC

Chris Hedges writes, “Our only hope comes from radical groups descending on New York to carry out direct action, including Global Climate Convergence and Popular Resistance. March if you want. But it should be the warmup. The real fight will come once people disperse on 11th Avenue.

“The march is symbolic,” said Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance when I reached him by phone, “but we are past the time of symbolism. What we need is direct action against the United Nations during the meeting. This should include blockades and disruption of the meeting itself. We need to highlight the fact that the United Nations has sold out to corporate interests. At U.N. meetings on climate change you see corporate logos on display. During the last meeting on climate change in Poland, the U.N. held a simultaneous conference to promote coal as a clean energy source. These U.N. meetings have become corporate trade shows where discussions on climate are hijacked to promote corporate interests. Barack Obama has announced he will continue the U.S. stance of only calling for voluntary climate goals in advance of the upcoming climate summit in Paris next year.”

For information on how to attend the People’s Climate March, please see the previous post.
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
WHEN: Saturday, 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

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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

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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

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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
WHEN: Saturday, September 13
WHERE: Heritage Park, 221 Appleton Street in Holyoke

Wear Armbands to Promote the People’s Climate March!

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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!

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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.

If you have questions, email Emily Kirkland, Better Future Project Communications Coordinator, at If you’ve received this email through a friend and you’d like to subscribe, click here.

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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.

9/4 – Fast Food Day of Action, Home Workers Speak Out

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Fast Food Day of Action

Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 11:15am

Fast-food workers in Boston are escalating their fight for better pay and better conditions at the workplace.

In July, Boston-area fast-food workers attended a convention where they vowed to do whatever it takes to win $15 and the right to form a union. Please join us for a fast-food worker rally on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 11:15 am. (facebook link is external) We will be meeting downtown at the Irish Famine Memorial located at the intersection of Washington and Milk Streets.

Homecare Workers Speak Out for $15/hour!

Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 10:00am

Across Massachusetts and the nation, more homecare workers like you are joining the Fight for $15 everyday! That means we want $15 per hour so we can survive and support our families while providing quality care!

Are you ready to speakout for $15/hr for homecare workers? How would $15/hr improve your life? To RSVP or share your story, email Natacha.Perez(AT)

FACT: Did you know the state recently boosted homecare funding for private agencies by $6 million dollars? We want to make sure that money is used to help improve homecare wages and access for seniors and people with disabilities! If you agree, join us at the speakout!

Homecare workers: We are uniting for higher wages to recognize the important care we provide! Seniors and people with disabilities count on us to live independently, but we can’t live on low wages that don’t pay the bills. If you are a homecare worker… JOIN US!

Together, we will speak out about the importance of homecare — and the workers who make homecare possible.

This event is supported by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Jobs with Justice, the #WageAction Coalition, MassUniting, Chinese Progressive Association, and more!

RSVP here

Urban Shield 2014 Arrives.

From September 4th, 2014, until September 7th, 2014, Urban Shield reappears in Oakland, CA. It’s four days of glorifying militarized police and their deadly toys. It’s a convention which markets death via its trade show and whose 2013 publicity has a picture of commandos on a BART train pointing assault weapons while a passenger rides nonplussed. It’s 2014 publicity pictures are equally horrifying. Four days of weapons on display, sessions on how to deal with terrorists (but none on how to de-escalate a crowd situation or talk someone down who … Continued