The response to yesterday's email about an emergency meeting to save Cape Wind has been remarkable, with more than 200 people expressing interest over the last 24 hours.
We'll be hosting two meetings today, Saturday, January 17: first, from 11 am to 1 pm, we'll meet at the Central Square Branch of the Cambridge Public Library (45 Pearl St in Cambridge) to think through our strategy. This will be a smaller gathering, and we're especially hoping that those who wish to play a leadership role in this effort will be there. Bring a lunch if you can, although we'll also have a chance to grab food between 1-2 pm.
Then, from 2-4 pm, we'll convene a larger meeting at First Church Cambridge (11 Garden St in Cambridge). We'll share our plan for saving Cape Wind and figure out how to carry the work forward in teams that will form and begin working on the spot. If you can only make it to one meeting, come to the afternoon session!
On only a few days notice, incredible local organizers organized #NoKXL vigils all over the state on Tuesday, January 13. 100+ people in Cambridge, 75 people in Northampton, and dozens more in Worcester, on Martha's Vineyard, in Sharon, in Newton and in Williamstown stood strong to say no to Keystone XL and the tar sands. More than 100 rallies and vigils were organized nationwide!
We’re at a critical moment in the fight against Keystone XL and the tar sands. Only a few days ago, President Obama responded to threats from Congress by promising to veto any bill that required him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, following a ruling by the Nebraska Supreme Court, the decision about the pipeline is once again in Obama’s hands.
We’re calling on him to go beyond his veto threat and finally reject this pipeline once and for all. We’re hoping that this will be the home stretch of the fight against Keystone. But Big Oil is scheming to find other ways to bring tar sands oil into the US through new pipelines, on railcars, and more. So in addition to working to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, we’re campaigning to keep tar sands oil out of Massachusetts entirely, and we’re working to pass dozens of town resolutions in support of a statewide ban on tar sands oil. This is a great moment to get involved!
Along with national groups like Rainforest Action Network, 350.org, CREDO, Sierra Club, and more, we’re calling for vigils all over Massachusetts on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 to stop the KXL pipeline and ban tar sands oil. We've created a guide for organizing vigils -- check it out for tips and ideas! Vigils planned so far:
PIONEER VALLEY Tue, January 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm Courthouse Steps, Main and King Streets, Northampton
WORCESTER Tue, January 13, 6pm – 8pm City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester
WILLIAMSTOWN Tue, January 13, 3:30pm – 4:30pm First Congregational Church, 906 Main St (opposite Spring St), WilliamstownMETROWEST Tue, January 13, 6pm – 7pm Newton Center, Beacon and Center Streets, Newton
BOSTON Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm Coolidge Corner, Harvard Ave & Beacon St, Brookline
CAMBRIDGE Tue, January 13, 5:30pm – 6:30pm Harvard Square T Station, Harvard Square, Cambridge
SHARON Tue, January 13, 5:15pm – 6:15pm Post Office Square, Sharon
MARTHA'S VINEYARD Tue, January 13, 1pm – 2pm Gay Head Gallery, 32 State Road, Aquinnah