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Building the Climate Movement in NYC

Hi all, I want to give folks an update on some of what System Change not Climate Change is up to in NYC in the hopes that what we have in the works will spark interest among individuals and orgs in the climate movement locally. Hopefully this will help put us all on the same page so we don't duplicate efforts but work together instead.

Everyone is invited to our next meeting Thursday, 7PM at the CUNY Grad Center in room 5409.

As I brought up at our last coalition meeting, though we have grown enormously looking back on where we were two years, or even one year ago, we still have a lot of growth to do in order to build a movement to achieve the the ecological transformation our planet and our city desperately needs. To that end, we must consolidate our forces to maximize the people power we have already built-up and make a concerted effort to bring in new people. Too often we mobilize in reaction to environmental degradation. System Change would like to reverse this trend and take a proactive approach. That entails, as much as possible, setting the pace of activity ourselves.

Long Term, we plan on building for a climate demonstration on the anniversary of Occupy Sandy (October 30). Sandy highlights the intersectionality of climate change with issues including labor, race, class, immigration, disability rights and the right to the city. There are many diverse groups we could use a mobilization on the anniversary of Sandy with whom to foster a deeper relationship as well as to raise awareness around climate change, push for a more sustainable city and to voice opposition to the extraction, distribution and burning of fossil fuels. On Thursday, we'll be discussing targets and what we want that mobilization to look like.

Short term, there are two key upcoming events we have our eyes on. One on September 21st, 350 has called for rallies across the country to oppose the Keystone XL. What will our contribution to this effort be here in New York? Join us Thursday and we'll discuss. System Change is in the process of discussing the logistics and feasibility of forming a 350 chapter. Ours will probably focus on the Brooklyn and lower-Manhattan, where many of us live and/or work, where as 350 NYC is mainly based uptown.

System Change has also been involved in the Credo/Other 98%/Rainforest Action drive to launch in civil disobedience actions in mid-October, following the release of the State Department's study on the KXL Pipeline, should that study come out in favor of its construction. If it doesn't, than we'll be having a victory party instead! We are slated to mobilize around a target in the Financial District, which I won't mention for security reasons, but I assure all of you it is juicy. The potential rally will begin at the ancestral home of Occupy Wall St -- Zuccotti Park -- and highlight the connections between the big banks and the KXL and other forms of planet death.

I hope these plans titillate your interest. Perhaps you or a group you below to are already thinking along similar lines. All the more reason to join us Thursday.

In solidarity,

Peter Rugh

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  • mark p.

    sorry, out of town

    August 20, 2013

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