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This week actions and events will be happening all across Kentucky for the KY Student Environmental Coalition’s Shifting the Power Week of Action. This is a collaboration of young people across the Commonwealth to bring forward the message that failure to clean up pollution, end dangerous and dirty extraction practices and invest in truly renewable, clean energy technology and infrastructure is a direct threat to their generation’s future and the lives of those who live in frontline communities where polluted water and toxic air is the day to day reality.

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So, Call Me Maybe?

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November 7, 2013

Greetings Student Activist,

Democracy isn't about polite conversations in parliaments. It needs to be continually refreshed with raw passions, solutions and ideals.

 

The National Students United for Democracy conference call to discuss the upcoming events for February and April is today at  5:30pm Pacific Time / 8:30pm Eastern Time.

 

We need to create mobility, to raise our voices, and to educate everyone about the problems following the Citizen United ruling and most importantly, how to effectively address them.

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Reposted from RH Reality Check 

Written by Kirin Kanakkanatt of GetEQUAL

I attended Catholic school in Ohio for 13 years. For 13 years, I sat daily in religion classes and made weekly trips to church. I was taught to believe in a god that loved all of creation. I was taught to believe in a god that created a beautiful diversity of humanity. Sadly, the god being invoked today by conservative legislators bears no resemblance to the god I encountered in Catholic school. This god—a god of political ambition and radical ideology—has no pl154 ace in my education, in my uterus, or in my civil liberties.

There is a bill pending in the Senate right now that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), has been languishing in Congress for decades. Despite popular support for passing the bill, legislators are invoking the god of political ambition and radical ideology to include a broad religious exemption in the bill—and there’s a threat of that exemption becoming even broader as ENDA is debated on the Senate floor this week.

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142 Tomorrow is a big day for the residents of South Portland. A town of 25,000 people could stop the tar sands pipeline threatening the northeast.

This Tuesday, November 5th, South Portland will vote on the Water Protection Ordinance--an ordinance that would block the expansion of a refinery necessary to take in tar sands. The last few months have been a fierce battle between Protect South Portland, the citizens group working to keep South Portland tar sands free, and oil giants like Exxon Mobil who have been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to confuse voters and twist the facts.

And we're in the homestretch.

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Crossposted on NRDC's Switchboard

Two weekends ago we stood together at Power Shift chanting that we believe that we will solve the climate crisis by ending our dependence on fossil fuels and transitioning immediately to 100% clean energy. It is clear that, as a movement, we are becoming more coordinated, more committed and more resilient. But that does not mean that we are winning just yet. It is going to take a massive and unprecedented groundswell of public support for action on climate across this country, whether it’s in the South Side of Chicago, the shale and coalfields of Appalachia or the California coast.  A major feature of this future we are all fighting for is securing strong carbon pollution regulations.

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I first got involved with keeping tar sands out of New England just after my first year of college at Brandeis University, when I went home to Bethel, a small town in Maine on the route of the Enbridge Trailbreaker pipeline. I had previously been involved with anti-Keystone XL efforts, but for me, the reality of Big Oil’s chokehold on our country and its political system became terrifyingly real when Bethel residents voted against a resolution stating we did not support bringing Tar Sands through our town-- more so after personal visits and money from oil company representatives.

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Authored by Laura Mistretta, Duke University

136 On Monday, seven Duke students took a stand against Bank of America. We were quite the motley crew, half of whom had been recruited earlier that day. However, we all knew why we were there, ready to tell Bank of America to stop financing coal and climate change, and especially to stop investing in mountain top removal which destroys mountains and poisons people in Appalachia. It’s past time for Bank of America to invest in renewable energy that doesn’t jeopardize our collective future.

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SJSF Goes North

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October 31, 2013

    On the long drive back from Pittsburg to Boston the other week, hyped up on empowerment and ready to change the world, my friend Abbie and I decided we wanted Students for a Just and Stable Future, the group we work with in the Boston area, to take some action against the proposed Enbridge Trailbreaker pipeline project.

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133 My name is Priyanka Zylstra, I am a senior at South High School in Minneapolis.  I went into Power Shift with the expectation to be “refueled” and inspired, reminded why I am part of the environmental movement. I thought I could narrow down my focus to specific issues and get more involved with projects focusing on them. I found my Power Shift experience to be so much more than I had imagined. Many of the speakers filled me with so much passion, empowerment, and energy. It was more than inspiring, it was provoking.

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    TORONTO -  Five major environmental groups have joined together with Canadian musician Gaiaisi to release a music video aiming to raise awareness on the climate crisis with an overwhelming collage of imagery delving into the complex causes, as well as solutions to what the artist refers to as a “global meltdown.”  The song “Change The Earth,” which has already been viewed more than 40,000 times in the first three weeks since its release, is the result of an unprecedented level of cooperation between major environmental groups including 350.org, Al Gore’s “Climat

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