System Change Not Climate Change has signed on to an Immigration Justice pledge being circulated by the Democratic Socialists of America Climate and Environmental Justice Working Group. The pledge calls for mobilization around the abolition of ICE and opposition to criminalization and imprisonment of immigrants and refugees.
Saturday, January 31 - Sunday, February 1, 2015 (The SCNCC Convention is the coalition's highest decision-making body and the forum where we assess the past year's work and plan for the coming year. All members are strongly encouraged to attend.)
Virginia-based Dominion Energy is planning a $3.8 billion project to build the East Coast’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export center at Cove Point in Southern Maryland. Cove Point sits on the Chesapeake Bay in a rural beach community surrounded by state park land just 30 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
Southeast Side Chicago residents and their supporters from around the city gathered in a park next to the Chicago Skyway at 106th and State Line Road last Saturday. They were there to protest the storage of mountains of petroleum coke or “petcoke”, a substance created by petroleum processing which is being dumped near the already badly polluted Calumet River, in their immigrant and working class neighborhood.
In her editorial in the last issue of Jacobin, Alyssa Battistoni makes an eloquent case for a more ecologically-minded left politics. “It’s ridiculous that we still bracket climate change and water supplies as specifically environmental issues,” she writes. “The questions at hand are ones of political economy and collective action . . . things the Left has plenty to say about.”
Stacy Lanyon (images), SCNCC Web Working Group (Text), April 23, 2014
Tuesday kicked off the Global Climate Convergence with rallies and direct actions aimed at reclaiming Earth Day from corporate greenwashers and reclaiming Earth from pollutors. Here's a glimpse of how the day played out in New York City where demonstrators marched on the Stock Exchange. Many carried plants instead of placards as a small reminder of what is at risk given Wall Street's investments in fossil fuels; our life sustaining planet.