You're all cordially invited to come out to our 350 for 350 Rally for a Green New Deal on the FDR Mid-Hudson Bridge next Sunday Nov. 16th at 2 pm-- we'll gather at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 Clover Street in Poughkeepsie for speeches, music from choir(!) before we go out to bridge by 3 pm...
[...join us Weds. Nov. 12th 1 pm at Holy Light/33 Clover to help us plan mobilizing 350 folks out for this!]
[click on http://www.350.org for neat 90-second animation; see Bill McKibben piece in Mother Jones too]
Time for Dutchess County (and the whole valley) to truly become a clean, green, job-creating machine-- cleaning up local air quality, saving tax dollars on Medicaid, saving money on electric bills and lowering our carbon footprint-- see http://www.CambridgeEnergyAlliance.org [thanx TM, PW, BM, MH-- and http://www.GreenforAll.org (inspired by Van Jones' great work on green jobs in inner city of Oakland)]...
Thanks a TON to event co-sponsors-- Rhinebeck & Arlington High School Environmental Clubs, Vassar Greens, Bard Environmental Collective, Hudson Valley Network Spiritual Progressives, NYPIRG, and New Paltz GreenWorks!...
Note-- Bill McKibben and folks @ http://www.350.org are actually looking forward to pic from this event being one of the "ten best action photos to take with us to the Poland UN climate meeting in December"; Brian Doyle's son John will actually be attending this conference, so can bring pix of event himself!...
[WE REALLY NEED TO GET 350 FOLKS OUT FOR THIS FROM ALL OVER OUR VALLEY; HELP US!]
Community organizers for this so far include (more needed-- facepainters, et. al.; let us know!):
-- Melissa Everett (keynote speaker, Sustainable Hudson Valley Executive Director)
-- Bishop Debra Gause (keynote speaker from Holy Light Pentecostal Church)
-- Tom Mansfield (Red Hook County Legislator)
-- Pete Wassell (Dover County Legislator)
-- Steve White (City of Poughkeepsie County Legislator)
-- Brian Doyle (City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Chair)
-- Gwen Johnson (City of Poughkeepsie Seventh Ward Councilwoman)
-- Joe Rich (City of Poughkeepsie Second Ward Councilman)
-- Susan Zimet (New Paltz Town Boardmember)
-- Pete Healey (New Paltz Village Boardmember)
-- Rev. Gail Burger (former Dutchess Interfaith Council Executive Director)
-- Mike Ignatowski (Hudson Valley Network of Spiritual Progressives Founder)
-- Amy Christie (Rhinebeck High School Biology Teacher; Environmental Club Advisor)
-- Maribel Pregnall (Arlington High School Biology Teacher; Marine Biology Club Advisor)
-- Mae Parker-Harris (of Smith Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church)
-- Ann Perry (of Holy Light Pentecostal Church)
-- Katherine Straus and Moey Newbold (Vassar Greens)
-- Stephanie Lyon and Adrienne Taddeo (Marist College)
-- Ali Stahl (Bard College Environmental Collective)
-- Ariana Basco (SUNY-New Paltz NYPIRG Coordinator)
-- Lalita Malik (Dutchess County Environmental Management Council Chair)
-- David Dell (Sustainable Hudson Valley Vice Chair)
-- Lucy Johnson (Vassar College Anthropology Professor/Sustainability Expert)
-- Laurie Husted (Bard College Environmental Resources Auditor
-- Chris Ruhe (folksinger extraordinaire; "Planet Blue" co-host on WVKR)
-- Daniel "Zenote" Sompantle and the Zenotistas (Musicians for Change)
Bill McKibben wrote the following May 11th for Los Angeles Times: "Two weeks ago came the news that atmospheric carbon dioxide had jumped 2.4 parts per million last year-- two decades ago, it was going up barely half that fast. A few weeks ago, NASA's chief climatologist, James Hansen, submitted a paper to Science magazine with several coauthors. The abstract argued that 'if humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm.' Hansen cites six irreversible tipping points-- massive sea level rise, huge changes in rainfall patterns, among them-- that we'll pass if we don't get back down to 350 soon; the first, judging by last summer's melt of Arctic ice, may already be behind us."
[ http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-op-mckibben11-2008may11,0,2392815.story ]
Each one reach one, folks-- and please let us know asap if you and your group/organization can join us on the 16th...
[LET'S DO THIS!]
p.s. Recall stark article from Poughkeepsie Journal last week (local economy suffering; must act now!)...
"Jobs Growth in Dutchess 'Lackluster'" by Craig Wolf