Organizing

The inside scoop on the America Power Act (AUDIO)

13
May
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The climate movement is facing a challenging moment. From the appalling Gulf Oil Catastrophe to the West Virginia coal mining disaster to yesterday’s American Power Act bill draft, the movement has a lot on its plate right now. Today, 1Sky and experts from our allies Green For All, the Sierra Club, and Oxfam America put these issues up for discussion in an hour-long national call-in on climate, energy, green jobs, and international adaptation.

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Organizing Tip #5: Make your visuals memorable

13
May
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Nothing screams fun at an event more than having bright and memorable visuals. These can also help to distinguish your action and organization to potential new volunteers and the press. The great thing about visuals is you don’t have to be an artistic, barefoot college student with windswept hair pulling all-nighters to design them (although you get extra points if you meet those criteria). Nor do you need to have a professional photographer nearby to convey how great they are. Anyone can do these!

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Organizing tip #4: 3 tips for great climate action photos

28
Apr
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We're ramping up our spring/summer campaign and I thought it would be a good time to come back to the blog with an organizing tip.

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A benign "Storm" visits Rep. Cao in Louisiana

15
Apr
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By Jonathan Henderson and cross-posted from the Gulf Restoration Network's blog.

1Sky Louisiana came out in true New Orleans fashion last Thursday, April 8th at the office of U.S. Representative Anh “Joseph” Cao. Participants in “The Storm” campaign donned lavish Second-Line umbrellas decorated with the number 350 and depictions of polar bears.

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UPDATED - PLEASE READ: Rep. Schrader faces a friendly storm in OR-5

14
Apr
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UPDATE (4/16/10):

We have confirmed that Rep. Schrader has signed onto one of the Dirty Air Acts, the Skelton resolution. This is a grievous disappointment and a major reversal in the commitment to a clean energy future he showed last summer by voting for the ACES climate bill. Resolutions to cripple the Clean Air Act remove its potential to contribute to an estimated $1.8 billion in investment revenue and 21,000 jobs in Oregon alone (PDF).

Please check back as we will keep you updated as we get more information. Needless to say, The Storm clouds just got a lot less friendly.


By Climate Solutions organizer Jamie Hogue – Alex

In the middle of a stormy Oregon day, I was joined by volunteers from Environment Oregon and the Sierra Student Coalition, as we "stormed" Congressman Kurt Schrader's office outfitted in rain gear and umbrellas, to deliver a "special care package" as part of a national effort to bring attention to the negative effects of climate change. We went to thank Oregon's Congressman for his tough vote last spring and also urge him to oppose the "dirty air acts" blowing around Congress.

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"The Storm" joins climate march in Boston

7
Apr
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By Geneva Boyer, cross-posted from Paint Brown Green. -- Luis

Last Thursday, we had a glorious march to Senator Brown’s (and Senator Kerry’s) offices to call for protection of the Clean Air Act and to deliver letters and petitions from constituents. Paint Brown Green was a proud co-host of this march. Here’s a write up (with pictures below):

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Minnesota climate champ welcomes "The Storm"

6
Apr
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By Clean Water Minnesota organizer Darrell Gerber. -- Luis

Minnesota experienced an incredibly rare occurrence this year: for the first time in over 100 years, it has not snowed in the month of March. While other parts of the country are experiencing damaging snows and torrential rains, we have seen the other side of the coin. We can’t necessarily attribute this to climate change but it certainly has been on the minds of many across Minnesota.

It was against this backdrop that a group of dedicated activists showed up last Monday (3/29) on an unusually beautiful day at Rep. Tim Walz’s office in Mankato, Minnesota. They were there to thank him for his vote last year on the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act; the only comprehensive climate and energy bill to pass either body of Congress. (See pictures from the event below.)

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Senate climate champ's office welcomes "The Storm" in Colorado

2
Apr
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By 1Sky Colorado organizer Micah Parkin. -- Luis

On Wednesday, 1Sky, 10 allied organizations, and more than 50 activists politely “stormed” Senator Michael Bennet’s Denver office to urge him to fight back against congressional efforts to gut the Clean Air Act. Representatives of the groups stated their concerns and urged Senator Bennet to make a public commitment to fight to defend and uphold the Clean Air Act, delivering a poster-sized joint request letter signed by all of "The Storm" participants and group leaders.

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"The Storm" visits climate champ in Michigan

2
Apr
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By Clean Water Action organizer Jesse Worker. -- Luis

As we stood outside Rep. Mark Schauer's office (MI-7th) in the bright spring sunshine holding signs reading "A storm of support: Thank you for protecting the Clean Air Act" and "Mark Schauer brings clean energy power," I couldn't help but recall my first visit to his office just days before the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) act vote. Rep. Schauer was a first-term Congressman whom Clean Water Action (my organization in Michigan), had worked hard to get into office based on his strong environmental platform. After a productive discussion of why the ACES bill was so important for Michigan's economic and environmental future, we received a call on the day of the vote from his office assuring us that he would be supporting the bill.

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"The Storm" hits Maine senators' offices

1
Apr
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By 1Sky organizer Greg Brown. -- Luis

What a great week for clean energy and green jobs progress here in Maine! Senate office visits and letter drops, a press conference and conversations with Governor Baldacci, veterans for energy security panel discussions...the list goes on. (See pics at the end of this post.)

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