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Friday, June 29, 2012

From the Delaware Riverkeeper

Organizations Legally Challenge Tennessee Gas Pipeline Project
Effort to block construction based on flawed environmental review by agency
Washington, D.C. - Three environmental groups – Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Sierra Club, and the New Jersey Highlands Coalition -- have filed a request for rehearing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting they rescind their approval for the construction of Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s (TGP) Northeast Upgrade Project (NEUP).  NEUP is proposed to be built spanning portions of Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey and crossing under the Delaware River just above the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  For a copy of the filing, go to:
The organizations are challenging the approval because FERC did not fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act which requires that the full extent of environmental impacts, including cumulative impacts, be considered when making the requisite analysis of the adverse impacts weighed against public benefits.  The filed legal documents insist that a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required and that FERC cannot allow TGP to avoid accurate environmental review by “segmentation”, or cutting up the pipeline review into small parts to dodge comprehensive analysis.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Organic Bytes June 27, 2012

Obama Betrays Campaign Promise to Label Genetically Engineered Food

In 2007, Senator Obama, campaigning for the presidency in the Democratic primary, promised to label genetically engineered food.
Now, if you write the Obama for America campaign about GMO labels, you get this response:
"Genetically modified crops hold out the promise of benefits like increased production and reduced reliance on pesticides. At the same time, some Americans want more information to help them choose their food. President Obama understands these concerns and is considering additional steps in this area."
What? How can he flip his position like that? What makes him believe Monsanto's lies? Why isn't he listening to the 9 out of 10 voters who want GMOs labeled? Is there anything we can do to get him back on our side before November?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Uke Jackson's Last Show

Uke Jackson & the Ginseng Roots Band

Final Show for June 2012

@ Bookstore Speakeasy

336 Adams Street
Bethelehem PA

Saturday June 30, 2012
9 pm - 1 am

We know this will be our last gig for June due to the fact that it is taking place the last night of June. In fact, this gig could almost be said to span 2 months, as it ends @ 1 am on the First of July.

The Bookstore Speakeasy is a 1920s theme nightclub and restaurant with a delightful menu.

Uke Jackson -- resonator ukulele, red plastic trombone, vocals, the Grand Contraption
Johnny Peppers -- saxophones
Peter Reichlin -- tuba and trombone
Mike Green -- cornet


Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday July 8. We will be playing the last set of the afternoon @ 3 - 4:30 pm in Center Square, Easton, PA. It will be a six musician line up with special guest Randy Reinhart on cornet. This is Heritage Day in Easton, celebrating the 1776 public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Center Square, 4 days after our country was founded.

In addition to the music and other events in Center Square in the afternoon, the evening promises fireworks over the confluenece of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers.

We will also be @ The Bookstore Speakeasy on Saturday, July 14.

Working Class Bohemians will be at Cherry Valley Vineyards 1 - 4 pm on Sunday, July 15.

The Working Class Bohemians are also playing a couple of senior community gigs in July, and the entire band is playing a couple of private parties.

Book us now for your lawn party -- full band or duo, amplified or acousitc.


The gigs are still rolling in, but for sure we will be part of MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA

Friday August 3 -- @ The Bookstore Speakeasy 9 pm - 1 am
Saturday August 4 -- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm
Sunday August 5
-- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm

Thursday August 9
-- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm
Friday August 10
-- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday August 11 --
-- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday August 11 --
@ The Bookstore Speakeasy 9 pm - 1 am
Sunday August 12 -- -- @ Hotel Bethlehem 3 pm - 7 pm

Come on out and hear us!

Uke Jackson & the Ginseng Roots Band

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

From the Delaware Riverkeeper 6/26/2012

Delaware Riverkeeper Network Launches Public Service Awareness Ad
on cable television to engage the public on the threats posed by fracking
Bristol, PA – For years, when the public heard about natural gas drilling and fracking, it was likely that they did so from the oil and gas industry through the ad campaigns of Exxon and Chesapeake, and industry lobbying groups like American Petroleum Institute, American Natural Gas Alliance and the Marcellus Shale Coalition.  When it came to the TV airwaves, industry has enjoyed a virtual monopoly with campaigns that overwhelm solid, objective news reporting that critically analyzes the claims of industry.
Today, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) seeks to break the advertising monopoly with a thirty second TV ad which starts tonight on LIFETIME, MSNBC, CNBC, and FOX NEWS. 
“Gas industry television ads have been increasing, spreading a false picture of shale gas drilling, fracking, and the effect they have on local communities.  Our ad is intended to bring balance to the picture,” says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper. “The gas industry ads are ubiquitous and relentless. Our goal is to take on the misinformation campaign of the industry and to engage the public with the facts they need to know to protect themselves and their families,” continued van Rossum.
”The public needs to know that: hydraulic fracturing and other methods to extract gas from tight geologic formations such as shale cause inevitable pollution, both short term and long term to groundwater; even the best management practices available today will not protect communities, public health and the environment; and industry’s own documents show this to be true”, said van Rossum.  “Further, the toxic waste products produced and the lack of available technology to clean it, the land clearing, tremendous truck traffic, and air pollution cause inevitable degradation that is difficult and in many cases impossible to remediate”, concluded van Rossum.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s TV ad exposes the intractable problems of pollution from shale gas extraction processes and invites the viewer to learn more and get involved on the issue.  The ad links to DRN’s dedicated website where the TV ad can be seen and action alerts and further information is available. 
“We don’t have millions of dollars like the industry does: given our limited resources, some may be surprised that we would spend some of it on FOX,” said van Rossum.  “But we feel this is an issue that transcends party and ideological lines since it affects clean drinking water and the health of our communities.  We are serious about engaging the public, all the public. We want to open the debate up wide to involve everyone.  We all have a right to this information and everyone needs to know what’s going on,” concluded van Rossum.
Established in 1985 upon the appointment of the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization.  DRN's professional staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed including portions of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tonight @ the Bookstore Speakeasy

Saturday June 23
The Bookstore Speakeasy

Ginseng Roots Band
9pm - 1 am

Uke Jackson, resonator ukulele, trombone, Grand Contraption, vocals
Johnny Peppers, bass sax
Adam Niewood, soprano and tenor sax
Louis the Gypsy, guitar

plus, some of our favorite sitter inners.

The Bookstore Speakeasy
336 Adams Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015-1661

(610) 867-1100

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Organic Bytes 6/21

Why Genetically Engineered Food is Dangerous: New Report

Eighteen years after Monsanto and the biotech industry began force-feeding untested and unlabeled genetically engineered foods to humans and animals, a definitive study of the hazards of GMOs has been published. OCA urges everyone to read this.
Learn More

This Week's Farm Bill Votes

The Senate Has Voted...

... Against GMO Labels
The vote was 26 in favor of GMO labels, 73 opposed. Click here to find out how your Senators voted. More info on this Senate vote next week!

... For Corporate Welfare for Insurance Companies, Not Food Stamps for Hungry Kids
An amendment by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, would have cut the amount paid to insurance companies to subsidize their costs in selling crop insurance. Last year, the government paid insurance companies $1.3 billion, and Ms. Gillibrand’s amendment would have reduced that amount to offset a $4.5 billion cut to the food stamp program. But the Senate rejected the amendment, 66 to 33.
Find out how your senators voted and let them know what you think.
Take Action

... To Support Rural Development - the "Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act" Will Invest in Jobs, After All!
$150 million in critical funding for rural economic development and new farmer programs was restored through an amendment introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
That's $35 million for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the keystone new farmer program at USDA; $50 million over five years for the Value-Added Producer Grants program that helps farmers transition to new markets and products that return more of the consumer food dollar back to the farmer and the local community; $15 million for the Rural Microentrepeneur Assistance Program to help start new small rural businesses; and $50 million to begin to eliminate the backlog in water and sewer projects in small rural communities.
Find out how your senators voted and let them know what you think.
Take Action

... To Keep Organic Programs - Smart Move, as Organic Grows the Fastest, Creates the Most Jobs!

An amendment by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) to remove all funding for the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program went down on a 42-57 vote.
Find out how your senators voted and let them know what you think.
Take Action

Unfortunately, the Senate leadership decided not to consider votes on amendments to...
  • Encourage more USDA-funded research on plant and animal breeding to improve health, nutrition, farm income, and food security.
  • Allow the direct sale of raw milk and raw milk products across state lines.
  • Legalize the production of industrial hemp, a potential new bumper crop for U.S. farmers.
  • Codify an agreement between egg producers and the Humane Society of the United States to increase the size of hen cages over the next 18 years and end the practice of depriving hens of food and water to increase egg production.
Learn More

Support OCA and OCF

Invest in a Healthier Future: Help Spread the Truth About Corporate Manipulation of Science

Every day there’s a new story about how companies like Monsanto are misleading the public when it comes to food safety. The alarming increase in corporate funding of university research and scientific studies is producing “scientific evidence” aimed at duping consumers into thinking that everything from the genetic engineering of our food, to the poisoning of our soil, is perfectly safe.
The latest example? Two Monsanto-funded studies in scientific journals that discredit the link between glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) and cancer – despite extensive non-industry-funded research proving glyphosate’s toxicity.
The OCA works hard to expose these dubious “studies” and educate consumers about the real danger of the chemicals used to grow and make food. But we need your help!
Please support our efforts to educate and mobilize consumers to pressure corporations to get the poisons out of our food. Your donation helps keep the OCA strong and allows the OCF to lobby for food safety.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)

India to Label GMOs

The second largest country in the world, India, will now become the 50th nation in the world to require labels on genetically engineered foods, joining the EU, Japan, China and other nations.
Learn More

New AMA Policy on GMOs Stops Short of Protecting Consumer Health

The American Medical Association says we ought to test genetically engineered foods for safety reasons before letting them out in the market. And yet, the AMA doesn’t support mandatory labeling. Which begs the question: If there’s sufficient reason to think these foods might be unsafe, shouldn’t consumers know which foods contain GMOs and which don’t – so that we can avoid them, if we want, until they are proven safe?

Read More

OCA at Rio+20

OCA Director Ronnie Cummins and a delegation from OCA’s sister organization in Mexico, Via Organica, are attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil. Although federal governments such as the USA continue to lag behind on efforts to protect the environment and avert climate catastrophe, hundreds of cities and regions across the world are starting to take decisive action - making the transition to climate-friendly, organic, and equitable practices. The Organic Transitions section of the OCA website provides a wealth of resources on sustainable alternatives to Business as Usual.
Learn More

Buyer Beware: Corporate Front Groups Come Out in Force to Sink GMO Labeling Initiative

No sooner had the Secretary of State in California certified the signatures for the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, than the press releases started flying. With biotech industry profits at stake, corporate front groups are springing into action, spinning their storyline about how GMOs are perfectly safe, and labeling “costly and expensive.”
A group called the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) issued a release this week claiming that mandatory GMO labeling is “wholly unnecessary, from either an ‘environmental’ or a health perspective.” Not only have extensive assessments found GM crops to be safe, they point out, but such labeling would be costly to both farmers and food manufacturers, and would mostly likely stir up unjustified fear and confusion among the general public.”
Who’s footing the bill for the ACSH’s work? They don’t want you to know, so they no longer report the names of their funders. But in 1991, the last year they did report funders, the vast majority were corporations – including Monsanto, ICI Agricultural Products, Inc., ISK Biotech Corporation, and Kraft, Inc. And in 1996, Congressional Quarterly's Public Interest Profiles stated that ACSH received more than 75 percent of its funding from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Read More About ACSH Funding Here and Here
Read the ACSH Press Release Here

Little Bytes

Top Stories of the Week

Rio 20: A Defining Choice
40 Years of Environmental Diplomacy - What Do We Have to Show for It?
Rio: Let's Unleash the Power of People Back Home
Health Liberty: Vermonters Save Vaccine Exemption
Whole Foods Rejects Dialogue on GMO Safety

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hancock, NY Under Frack Attack -- Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Citizen Information & Training on Proposed Millennium Pipeline Compressor in Hancock, NY
To help residents learn about the proposal to construct a new 15,000 horsepower compressor in Hancock, NY along the existing Millennium Pipeline, including understanding potential air impacts and how citizens can get involved, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy and Clean Air Council are holding an information session this coming weekend.

Date:  Saturday, June 23rd
Time:  3 pm to 5 pm 
Place:  The Chestnut CafĂ© in Long Eddy  (street address: 11625 State Route 97, Long Eddy, NY). 

According to the pipeline owner, the compressor will allow for increased amounts of natural gas to pass through the pipeline and through the region.  According to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, and the Clean Air Council, the pipeline will support increased amounts of shale gas drilling and fracking and will become its own source of pollution for the Hancock community. 

Join us to learn more.

Hot Tune for a Hot Day!

Summertime is here, and the solstice promises to be a scorcher. "I Would do Anything For You" is the name of this tune. Funny. It seems like nobody want to do anything for anybody else in America these days. (excluding corrupt pols and their fascist corporate masters, of course).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cuomo Another Corrupt Pol

Delaware Riverkeeper Condemns New York Governor Cuomo’s
Cynical Plan to Allow Fracking to Start!
Reports say New York will target certain counties as soon as end of this summer
Bristol, PA – The Delaware Riverkeeper condemns a plan reported by the New York Times and other media that Governor Cuomo will allow shale gas drilling and fracking to commence in the State.
Last week, a story in the New York Times revealed that New York is getting ready to approve the Environmental Impact Statement that will allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in some counties in New York – mainly in the Southern Tier focusing on Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga Counties.  These counties are located above the Pennsylvania border and hold the headwaters of the Susquehanna and Delaware River Watersheds.  Although no official announcement has been made regarding the Environmental Impact Statement New York has been engaged in for the past three years, the Governor’s office indicated that these counties will be targeted first; the green light may be given as early as this summer. 
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, soundly criticized the plan stating, “How can Governor Cuomo consider allowing shale gas development when the State’s environmental study is so riddled with holes and unaddressed pollution and public health issues?  How can Governor Cuomo allow shale gas drilling in New York when he can see how many citizens and communities are getting sick, hurt and traumatized from the practice in other states?  And how can New York pretend it is safe to drill in some counties and not in others — especially when science shows the pollution problems are the result of drilling and fracking shale formations, not where or how deep these well bores go?  The political calculus that would allow drilling in some communities while sparing others is dead wrong; it is unethical, immoral, and lacks any basis in sound science,” said van Rossum.  “We call on Governor Cuomo to stop this cynical move and address the public health and environmental issues of hydraulic fracturing and drilling in shale formations head on.  There is simply no way to frack safely and New York should admit that,” added van Rossum.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the Delaware River Watershed is joining with organizations from throughout the region on June 20 at 11:00 am at the State House in Albany to protest Governor Cuomo’s plan. 
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been among the leaders that has secured a moratorium against shale gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed, including leading multiple lawsuits against the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for violations of law that if left unaddressed would subject communities to the health and environmental damage caused by fracking, drilling and associated development and wastewater disposal.  The 501(c)(3) organization works throughout the Delaware River watershed – including NY, NJ, PA and DE.  The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been supporting concerned citizens, gathering scientific data, and ensuring compliance with environmental protection laws in response to the harms brought on by shale gas drilling and development.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rally Against Fracking on Tuesday

Rally to Stop Pennsylvania’s Gas Drilling Pollution in Harrisburg 
Tuesday June 19, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join with Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Clean Water Action and others in Harrisburg to denounce the scourge of gas drilling pollution in Pennsylvania.  This is a corporate campaign organized by Clean Water Action to directly demand that the three of the biggest drilling companies, Chesapeake Energy, Range Resources, and Chief Oil and Gas, take five simple actions as a first step towards protecting our health and environment.

Join Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other organizations at a rally and march in Harrisburg to offices of the three companies (all within a few blocks). We will meet at the foot of the State Capitol steps and march from there. We are encouraging people to bring cleaning supplies (nothing toxic please) that we will deliver to the companies.

Chesapeake Energy, Range Resources and Chief Oil and Gas have fracked more than 1,200 shale gas wells in Pennsylvania and have been cited 900 times for violations of drilling regulations at these wells. It is clear that our woefully underfunded DEP cannot protect us from the dangers of drilling. It is clear that Governor Corbett and our state legislature are not going to provide the leadership we need to protect our communities. It’s time to take our demands directly to the drillers.

Clean Water Action will be organizing transportation to the event – contact
Hope to see you in Harrisburg on June 19!
For more information go to:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Gig 2nite -- Friday June 15

Uke Jackson & the Ginseng Roots Band
@ Porter's Pub This Friday Night

Friday, June 15

10 pm - 1 am

Porter's Pub
700 Northampton Street
Easton, PA

(610) 250-6561

You're going to need a reservation this Friday night @ Porter's Pub. It seems a number of my family members have decided to fill the place. Should be a crazy night.

We've got a great line up of musicians, as always:

Johnny Peppers on saxophones
Tuba Pete on tuba and trombone
Louis the Gypsy on guitar and featured vocals
Uke Jackson on reso ukulele, trombone, vocals, and the Grand Contraption

Hope to see you there!

Uke Jackson

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Organic Bytes June 14, 2012

Urgent Action Needed on Farm Bill Votes

As we reported last week, the Senate draft of the Farm Bill has moved to the floor for a series of votes on amendments. Voting could begin today!

There are a number of amendments that need your attention and support. Please take action today to protect organic programs, end discrimination against organic farmers, feed hungry kids, limit subsidies for rich farms, ensure a non-GMO seed supply, legalize raw milk and industrial hemp, stop the worst factory farm abuses, conserve farmland, and get diverse young people into farming.

Take Action

California GMO Labeling Initiative Gains Ballot Status

After a year of intense organizing and fundraising, OCA and our allies have managed to put an historic mandatory labeling law on the ballot for November 6 in California. Passage of the bill, favored by 90% of California voters, will restore consumers right to know whether their food has been genetically engineered and dramatically increase sales of organic and non-GMO products.

Learn More

Support OCA and OCF

One Step Closer to GMO Labeling – Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

On Monday night, the California Secretary of State's office announced that the Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods will be on the state's November ballot.

On Tuesday morning, the anti-labelers came out fighting. The Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP), an anti-labeling front group, issued its first press release loaded with lies intended to scare the public into thinking that all sorts of “bad things” will happen if food manufacturers are required to label GMO ingredients. Spokesperson for the CACFLP? None other than Kathy Fairbanks, who has a long history of working for huge corporations – and against consumers.

The anti-labelers have money. Lots of it.

There’s nothing more basic than the right to know what’s in our food. But this is going to be a long, hard fight until November 6. Please help keep us strong while we fight this important consumers-right issue in California, and continue our efforts on a national scale to safeguard organic standards and promote fair trade.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in California and other states)

Force Food Companies to Reveal GMOs: Join GMO Free USA

Diana Reeves was furious when her state legislators caved into threats by Monsanto to sue the state of Connecticut if it passed a GMO labeling law. Lawmakers effectively told Connecticut's voters, who had clearly expressed overwhelming support for GMO labeling, "oh well."

Unlike her gutless state legislators who rolled over, Reeves is determined to keep the fight for transparency in GMO ingredients alive – and she’s taking her fight to the national level. She’s started a group called GMO Free USA which plans to pressure food manufacturers into revealing which of their products contain GMOs, and ultimately organize boycotts of those companies that refuse to switch to non-GMO ingredients.

And she needs your help! The group wants to have a minimum of 5000 members before it starts bombarding food companies with emails demanding the right to know about GMOs and threatening to boycotts companies that don't respond.

Read Diana’s Story and Learn More About GMO Free USA Here

Join GMO Free USA on Facebook or Yahoo! .

Films of the Week

Evict Monsanto, Preserve Hawaii
For over 20 years, Hawai'i has been the global center for the open-field testing of GMO's, including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted that spray over 70 different chemicals.

Hawai'i has less than 3,000 acres of certified organic farmland, which is 0.27% of Hawaiian farmland. Kamehameha Schools is Hawaii's largest private landowner with 363,000 acres of land. Despite Kamehameha's public statements about sustainability and conservation, they lease substantial amounts of land for GMO open field tests and seed corn production. One of the participants in the film is Hawaiian musician and activist Makana, a longtime OCA member.

The Idiot Cycle
With the help of the public, JPS Films has decided to transfer the rights of the award-winning documentary The Idiot Cycle into the public domain. The film outlines the links between the chemical, GMO and cancer industries.

What does this mean? If the film is in the public domain, anyone, anywhere can distribute, copy, share and screen the film because it will belong to the public.

Because The Idiot Cycle was made with no commercial partnerships of any kind, no  state funding and no distributor or television broadcaster, JPS Films financed the film completely independently. This was done to avoid financial conflicts of interest from anyone with agricultural, medical or other direct interests from swaying the content of the film.

But because JPS Films bears the financial responsiblity of the film alone, they need to reimburse what they owe before the film can be transferred into the public domain (the director and producers were not and will not be paid for their work and the revenue the film has already generated has been deducted from the total owed).

If you make a $20 contribution or more, you will be emailed a private-use download of the film (emailed 1-2 days after your contribution). If you donate more, there are  perks. If 7,500 people donate $25 each, the film will make it into the public domain.

If the fundraising goal is NOT REACHED, everyone is refunded their contribution AND everyone gets to keep the perk that corresponds to their contribution (JPS Films retains the copyright). If the goal is reached, The Idiot Cycle will belong to everyone and the film will launch an important awareness campaign on the health impacts of chemicals, GMOs and the need for serious cancer prevention.

Make a Donation, Get the Film and Other Perks

Little Bytes

Top Stories of the Week

How California's GM Food Referendum May Change What America Eats
Move over Pink Slime - Meat Glue Is Now Being Served!
The People of the World Confront the Advance of Capitalism: Rio 20 and Beyond
David Bronner Pro-Hemp Protester Arrested Near White House
Time to Ditch Our Profit-Hungry Corporate Economy: Here's What the Future Could Look Like Instead

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

From the Delaware Riverkeeper - Media Advisory

Connect the Dots: Grassroots Groups To Unite for Lobby Day & Rally Against Fracking Waste & Clean Energy Raids
Groups Call for Passage of Fracking Waste Ban & End to Clean Energy Funding Raids
What: A broad collection of activists from across New Jersey from faith, environmental, labor, health and citizen advocates as well as legislative champions are converging on the State House to tell legislators to stop the head-long rush to double down on dirty natural gas and cut off New Jersey’s clean energy economy. From fracking wastewater to new proposed gas power plants to pipelines slated to go through the Highlands, the activists will call on legislators to ban fracking waste in New Jersey, support solar legislation and stand up to the Governor’s clean energy funding raid.
The day will culminate with both a 12 p.m. rally on the steps of the State House (speaker list below) and then with a packed hearing of the Assembly Environment Committee at 2 p.m. in the State House annex, which will hear legislation to ban the processing of fracking waste in New Jersey.
The legislative leaders will be introduced by environmental leaders from across the state, including leaders from Food and Water Watch, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Environment New Jersey, New Jersey Sierra Club and the NJ Environmental Federation.
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12 p.m.
Where: Trenton State House Steps
Who:   Asw. Grace Spencer (D-Newark), Chair of the Assembly Environment Committee
      Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway), Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
Asw. Connie Wagner, (D-Paramus), Wastewater Ban Bill Sponsor
Asm. John McKeon, (D-West Orange), Environmental Champion
Asm. Tim Eustace (D-Maywood),
Jersey City Mayor Jerremiah Healy (Invited): Jersey City Gas Pipeline.
Craig and Julie Sautner, Dimock, PA residents who are personally impacted by fracking
Jerome Wagner, North Jersey Chapter of the Franciscan Response to Fracking: TGP Pipeline
Pam Frank, Sun Farm Network: Clean Energy Funding
Jean Marie-Donohue, Water-Spirit: Proposed Off-Shore Liquefied Natural Gas Facility
Cynthia Mellon, Ironbound Community Co.: Proposed Hess Newark Gas Plant
Scott Needham, Efficiency First: Energy Efficiency Funding
Penelope Jagessar Cheffer, Childrens’ Environmental Health Advocate
Bill Holland, Working Families Alliance
Amanda Nesheiwat, NJ Sustainable Collegiate Partners: Student Organizer

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Demise of the Kazoomobile










Thanx for your patronage

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