No Coal! in Lane County!

Published on October 5, 2012 by in Action, Events

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The Lane County Commissioners Board is voting on the Coal Terminal on October 17th. There will be no work session, but if you are interested in helping out, there will be a public comment period before the meeting in which concerned citizens can speak directly to the Commissioners for up to three minutes. Or send thoughts to the County Commissioners through their email —

Jay.Bozievich@co.lane.or.us
Rob.Handy@co.lane.or.us
Sid.Leiken@co.lane.or.us
Pete.Sorenson@co.lane.or.us

Come to the MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 PUBLIC FORUM in the Eugene Public Library to hear both sides of the issue. City Council is putting on the event so that the community has a chance to voice their opinions, as well as Coos Bay officials. Come at 5:30 if you wish to speak, and 7 if you wish to show solidarity (we will be passing out white surgical masks to NCE, Beyond Toxics, and other coalition members).

Before the event, at 4:00 pm, we will be meeting at the Beyond Toxics headquarters (12th and Lawrence) to rally and march together to the Public Library.

Contact City Council members to tell them how YOU feel about coal export!

 

Here is a good article by Greycoast Anarchist News on the event,

http://greycoast.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/eugene-coal-battle-heating-up/

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Coal Export Action Roadshow

Published on May 11, 2012 by in Events

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Thanks to all who attended our Coal Export Action Roadshow last night! The event was sponsored by the UO Climate Justice League and the Survival Center, and was facilitated by our friend and CEA organizer, Lobo.

Lobo began by telling his personal story of getting attacked and arrested by Portland police on Mayday, then shared photos of Chinese workers at Foxconn (a sweatshop for Apple products), as well as indigenous people in India who were killed for trying to defend their land from being mined for resources. He asked how violence related to coal exports, Foxconn and resource mining – and why people in the US weren’t outraged about all of these things happening.

Various responses included that because we’re so privileged in the US, we don’t have to deal with the same life-threatening decisions as others around the world; our media keeps us insulated and unaware of these issues; most of us have never known anything else besides our industrialized, capitalist culture; and in general, people in the US are quite apathetic to these issues, thinking we’ll never be able to solve them on our own. In ways, our lifestyle protects the evils that perpetrate these systems of violence, injustice and oppression. Some of us don’t know what to do or whom to blame; we may not know what action(s) to take because we’re afraid to fail or have no model of success to follow.

After watching videos of Monday’s anti-coal rally in Portland, as well as one on current coal exports in Montana, the group concluded the event by realizing that while there isn’t just one solution, tackling the root of the problem (for coal exports, this would be coal mining in Montana and Wyoming) seems like the most effective way to start.

Coal Export Action takes place August 10-20 in Helena, MT – we hope you will join us for this massive act of non-violent civil disobedience to stop coal pollution at the source!

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