Ben Knowles

School: Ithaca College
Location: Ithaca, NY
Interest Area: Building Political Power

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Earlier this week, I joined elected officials, grandmothers, community organizers, middle schoolers, scientists, fellow students and more to ‘visualize resistance’ and kick off a week of actions across the state. This resistance, that over 6,500 people have committed to, will come in the form of acts of protest and other nonviolent direct action if Governor Cuomo decides to bring hydraulic fracturing to the state of New York. I spoke at the ‘visualize resistance’ rally on The Commons of beautiful Ithaca to tie the Divest IC campaign and the larger divestment movement to fracking. Turns out it wasn’t so hard. New York State is now my home, and for the past two and a half years, I’ve committed to doing everything I can to keep my home safe from fracking. We’ve seen what it’s done to my home state of Pennsylvania, and it clearly is not the way to go. Governor Corbett has given in to the natural gas industry and that relationship has split communities, poisoned families and dismantled local economies.

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