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Chester Community Garden Expands With Help from Amish Horse and Plow Team

Power Shift Reflection

I have been siting here trying to think of the right words to use. Yesterday I wrote a draft, but it barely began to encompass my experience. I have so many notes, and ideas scrawled in the margins of my Power Shift hand outs. But trying to put it all together has been kinda daunting.

Instead I thought I would share some pictures from Power Shift, and a little video with you all. If you have cool pictures, video, or recordings you would like me to include please email them to: ljubica@energyjustice.net

NOI Training Phase 1 & 2 : GREEN ORGANIZING TRAINING

So what the heck is NOI training you ask? Good question. LOL Nah all jokes aside. NOI (New Organization Institute) is the organization that trains organizers to be more organized. At least in theory :) So...four brave young men and myself took the training in preparation for one of the largest green conferences in our nation called POWER SHIFT! Here are some photos we took while attending the training in  DC from April 2-4. Hope ya diggs 'em.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection's Pilot Project for Environmental Destruction

On Thursday, March 23rd, executive deputy secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, John Hines, hit send on an unanticipated and regressive email memo ordering all Pennsylvania gas inspectors to stop issuing violations against drillers without prior approval from political appointee Michael Krancer.

The dramatic policy change will effectively suppress "Notice of Violations" (NOV) issuances and shift enforcement actions from professional inspectors to Governor Corbett's appointee DEP Secretary Michael Krancer. In the past two years, Pennsylvania DEP has issued more than 1600 violations to drillers in the Marcellus Shale, more than 1000 of which were identified "Most likely to harm the environment". Concentrating enforcement responsibilities and authority in senior level administrators cannot serve to protect the air and water; rather, it makes our environment less safe as these few administrators cannot keep pace with the gas boom.

For several years, gas drilling in PA has been ratcheting up and the DEP budget has been shrinking. Now operating with 60% of the funds the Ridge administration (yr 2000) spent, the agency should be providing inspectors the freedom to do their jobs as trained professionals without politically appointed administrators duplicating the work or, as many fear, giving industry a free pass.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CAUCUS APRIL 3rd 6-9pm

Let’s Replace We The Corporations With We The People; Restore The Middle Class, And Have Fun: Part III

This post was authored by Ljubica Sarafov and is part III of a series entitled: Let’s Replace we the corporations with We The People; Restore the Middle Class, and Have Fun!

Let’s Have Fun!

Recently I did a simple search, “fun in social movements,” Believe it or not, google, for all its searching power, could not provide me with a relevant link.

Chester's Coop Grand Opening March 12-13

Let’s Replace We The Corporations With We The People; Restore The Middle Class, And Have Fun: Part II

This post was authored by Ljubica Sarafov and is part II of a series entitled: Let’s Replace we the corporations with We The People; Restore the Middle Class, and Have Fun!


Let’s Restore the Middle Class

Let’s Replace we the corporations with We The People; Restore the Middle Class, and Have Fun: Part I

This post was authored by Ljubica Sarafov and is part 1 of a series entitled: Let’s Replace we the corporations with We The People; Restore the Middle Class, and Have Fun!

What Does American Apparel Have to do with Climate Change?

This post was authored by Ljubica Sarafov, KEY Coalition member.

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