The Storm 2010

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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"The Storm" lands in Sen. Graham's office in South Carolina

31
Mar
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By 1Sky South Carolina Organizer Tim Liszewski. -- Luis

Yesterday morning started bright and beautiful in Columbia, South Carolina. Skies were blue, no clouds, and the temperature was a mild 72 degrees.

Around 11 a.m., the Storm descended. It was an uncharacteristically focused storm -- focused on Senator Lindsey Graham's office. The effects of climate change had shown up on his doorstep. (See video and pics from the Storm below.)

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"The Storm" hits Senate offices in Arkansas

30
Mar
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By Ryan Denham, 1Sky organizer in Arkansas. -- Luis

Last Friday, 1Sky Arkansas, allies, and supporters "stormed" Senator Blanche Lincoln and Senator Mark Pyror's Little Rock offices as part of a nationally coordinated series of events across the country. Arkansas groups like Sierra Club, the OMNI Center and The Village Commons helped promote this event and bring out volunteers. The storm symbolized the potential unchecked effects of climate change and why it is so important to protect the Clean Air Act. Dressed up in rainstorm attire, we stood in front of Senator Lincoln's Office holding signs, umbrellas and signs chanting "Clean Energy Now". (See video and pics from this event below.)

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"The Storm" begins in Missouri

19
Mar
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By 1Sky organizer Ed Smith.

Yesterday I coordinated a community meeting at Senator McCaskill’s office as part of "The Storm": a month-long series of unannounced visits to congressional offices to protect the Clean Air Act. The meeting at Senator McCaskill’s office was attended by her Regional Director in the St. Louis office. In attendance was a diverse cross-section of our community: Veterans For Peace, Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, two retired educators, a green business owner, a local college student studying ecology and other environmental activists, along with 1Sky, Apollo Alliance and Repower America. (Check out the slideshow at the end of the post.)

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