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Guest post by Eric Moll

A few weeks ago I was arrested for locking myself to Keystone XL heavy machinery and helping stop construction for most of the day. I had never done direct action before, but at Tar Sands Blockade’s last Mass Action and training camp, I got the skills and legal knowledge to take action. I invite you to join our next Mass Action and Training Camp in Southeast Texas, January 3-8th.

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math 01At times, momentum can feel like a rare thing, kind of an endangered species. As an organizer and youth worker, I’ve learned that it’s typical for hours of emails, meetings, and phone calls to result in smaller-than-desired attendance and engagement. Sometimes our rallies, marches, lobby days, or conferences consist of a few dedicated young advocates, and not the revolutionary multitudes that we had initially hoped for.

But on Saturday December 1st at the University of Minnesota, this was not the case. Thanks to the momentum built by 350.org’s dynamic presentation on campus the night before and by the beautifully executed organizing efforts of MN350, MN Youth Environmental Network (MNYEN), and YEA! MN, a program of the Will Steger Foundation, the Climate Math that Works conference was full of energized high-school and college students from around the state, elders, and other community members.

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"You get a permit! And you get a permit! And you get a permit!"

No, attending a meeting of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission is not as exciting as being in the Oprah audience, that is, unless your water trucks are thirsty for servicing fracking operations in Pennsylvania. The representatives for governors O'Malley (D-MD), Cuomo (D-NY), Corbett (R-PA), and President Obama (D) don't *intentionally* rile up the crowd into a frenzy, although that's often how the meeting ends.

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Why am I doing this?

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December 11, 2012

I've had a very hard road to get to where I am now, but I can see that what is coming ahead is even harder.


I grew up in a household of social and environmental activists, and I have to admit that I found it very difficult as a child. I was quiet and shy and my mother expected me to be up with her hoisting signs and shouting. She didn't understand why it was difficult for me, and it was her fondest wish that I would grow up to be an activist like her.
 

She wasn't a very nice person. In fact, I've described her as a 'brass-bound bitch' in the past.

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Let's see what happens

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December 11, 2012

When people get together with a firm direction in mind... and a community to support them.

 

We can do this.

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