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January and February 2013 including Inauguration

From: Philo C.
Sent on: Sunday, January 20, 2013 3:57 AM
January and February

Inaugural balls and events

Organizer's Ball  by New Organizing Institute
It's Inaugural Ball season, and we figured there was no better way to celebrate with our favorite people than having our very own Organizer's Ball!
Sunday, January 20, 2012
Recessions Bar
1823 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036  7:00 PM - Midnight
No cost to attend, but donations accepted at the door. 
Dress code: Organizer Chic! Dress casual, come as you are — put on your favorite campaign t-shirt or a ballgown.  Really, we don't care, we just want you to come have fun!

MLK Day of Service with Sierra Club 
Mon., Jan 21, 9 to Noon, Fairlawn and M Street SE (Anacostia), DC
nearest Metro Potomac Ave Blue/Orange shuttle car or walk about 1 mile or so
Tools, work gloves, hot coffee and donuts will be provided.
We will be co-hosting with the Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliance, the 7th Annual Clean-Up of Pope Branch Park.  We will gather beginning at 8:30 am at the junction of Fairlawn Avenue and M Place, SE.  
We will be picking up trash and debris from around the park, along Pope Branch Creek and some of the adjacent neighborhood streets.  In doing so, we not only clean up and beautify the park but also help to restore the Anacostia River by removing debris that might enter it through the creek.  Over the years we have seen a marked improvement in the cleanliness of the park and that can be attributed to our collective care and efforts of this type.  Remember that YOU can make a difference.

Community Meeting on Capitol Power Plant - Stop Coal Burning
Thu., Jan. 24 6:30-8pm, United Methodist Church, 421 Seward St and 5th Street SE 
- facing a grassy square that Pennsylvania Ave and North Carolina Ave SE go through
(Blue/Orange Metro Capitol South or  Eastern Market)
Note:  This was a big issue in 2009, when Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House promised to reduce coal use as much as possible, now there is a proposed contract for a large amount of coal to burn; site of the Capitol Power Plant at New Jersey and 1st St SE; short smoke stacks send pollutants down on DC residents. Recently, the Defense Logistics Agency solicited bids for 20,000 tons of coal for delivery to the Plant in 2013. This comes to more than 220,000 pounds of coal burned per day during heating season.

8th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Get-Together and Fund-Raiser of Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Sat. Jan 26, 10 am, 11am Polar Bear Plunge into the cold Potomac River water, followed by get together at nearby bar/restaurant
National Harbor -The Beach, 141 National Harbor Blvd, Oxon Hill, Maryland  near McLoone's Pier House
(in the water on the upriver part of the complex, closer to Wilson Bridge)  Weather forecast in 40F
featuring Mike Tidwell [CCAN founder], James Hansen [NASA climate guy], 
Congresswoman Donna Edwards
Plunging - register at
  and bring extra dry warm socks (feet stay coldest, longest)
Volunteering:  please contact Ted Glick at [address removed] or[masked]-2155. Arrive at 10am
Anybody who raises at least $100 will receive a free “I Took the Plunge” t-shirt! ($20 to buy at the event)
Public Transit: scroll to Saturday schedule - shuttle from Branch Avenue Metro Green Line
Carpooling: if you are interested in carpooling with others from your area, contact Ted at [address removed] or[masked], and he will work to connect people.
It’s a fun way to meet other climate activists and raise some money for a great cause 
After-party: We’ll be having a wonderful after-party at McLoone’s Pier House, right next to where we’ll be gathering. We’ll be getting a happy hour $2.00 price for drinks. 

first DC Support Group for Climate Activists with Jim Driscoll - see email below
Wed., Jan. 30, at 7 the Quaker Meetinghouse, 2011 Florida NW, near Dupont Circle North Metro and you are all invited, if only to check out this peer support process.

second DC Support Group for Climate Activists before big Climate Rally 
Wed.,  Feb. 6, at 7 the Quaker Meetinghouse, 2011 Florida NW, near Dupont Circle North Metro, we are holding a peer-based discussion and action meeting to engage more folks in the big Climate Rally

 Climate Rally
Sun., Feb. 17, Noon to 4pm  [day before President's Day]  on National Mall (exact location TBD) and
probably march to the White House
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Why: To tell Barack Obama it's time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
You can find or offer a carpool to D.C. by joining the Forward on Climate group at, and you can find or offer personal housing in the D.C. area at a similar group.* If you are bringing a large group, you may also find the Washington Peace Center's website helpful for finding housing.   [DC activists may wish to offer housing, if available]
Sponsored by the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus

email From Jim Driscoll of DC Sierra Club, forwarded by Jim Dougherty DC Sierra Club

Dear Members of the Capitol Power Plant Working Group,  [working to block threatened coal burning at the Capitol Power Plant in DC.]
Thanks for the work you are doing to get rid of coal at that plant.
I am the guy who stood up at the end of the Sunday meeting and offered to help recruit new members to your group. It seems to me that ultimately getting coal off of Capitol Hill will require a long-term effort with many more people involved than we currently have.
I will work pro-bono with any of your individually or as group in a one-on-one project to recruit new volunteers. If any of you are interested in working on this with me, please contact me.
For background, I’m an organizational psychologist (Harvard BA, MBA; Cornell PhD) who taught at MIT’s School of Management for seven years before leaving the academic world to work full-time for the last thirty years in various movements for peace and social justice (for those of you of a certain age, I was inspired by combat in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer.)
After all that education, research and experience, I concluded that building effective social movements requires more attention to the things I had learned in peer support communities (12-Step programs and peer “co-counseling”), i.e. attention to the emotional side of organizing in addition to the cognitive;  more listening than lecturing; more one-on-one relationship-building than flyers and email blasts. I set up a small non-profit in 2004 to encourage this approach. You can learn more about the National Institute for Peer Support at After our first, very successful, five-year project to help returning Iraq-Afghanistan veterans (we were honored at the Pentagon by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), in 2011, I turned to the ultimate issue, stopping global warming and launched a very promising, now 18-month old, climate pilot project in my then hometown of Tucson, AZ.
We moved to DC from Tucson last month so my wife can help raise her two, new, twin grand-daughters. I am setting up the same climate project here in DC which worked for us in Tucson, and hopefully will set it up in other cities nationally. Our first DC Support Group for Climate Activists (which you all are!) meets Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 the Quaker Meetinghouse, 2011 Florida NW, near Dupont Circle and you are all invited, if only to check out this peer support process. It will help you with this work! The next Wednesday,  same time, same place, we are holding a peer-based discussion and action meeting to engage more folks in the big Climate Rally on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 17, sponsored by the Sierra Club, and the Hip Hop Caucus. I hope you will all consider at least attending that Rally.
In addition to setting up these Support, Topic and Action Groups which are working so well in our Tucson pilot project, we want to figure out how to get more people involved in the climate movement generally. Therefore, we are working with climate-related groups like yours here in DC to apply more of the tools of peer support to do more effective recruitment—beginning with one-on-one meetings with potential new volunteers to share life stories and identify shared interests followed by Topic Groups (like the one on Feb. 6 for the Rally) to connect these new volunteers with ongoing projects within your group. We will form a working group within your overall group to focus on recruitment, supporting each other in doing that outreach and holding each other accountable.
My goal is not to form a new climate advocacy organization, but to spread the use of these tools to encourage more people to join the groups and organizations like yours who are already working to stop global warming, to support these volunteers doing that work and make them more effective. 
To repeat, if any of you want to take me up on this offer, please contact me and we can meet either one-on-one or in a group.
Best wishes,
Jim Driscoll, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Executive Director
National Institute for Peer Support
1301 M St., NW, Suite 315
Washington, DC 20005
Email: [address removed]

forwarded by:
James B. Dougherty, Conservation Chair
D.C. Chapter, Sierra Club
709 3rd St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
[masked] (office)
[masked] (mob)

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