NEWS RELEASE- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 22, 2015
CONTACT: Abram Loeb email@example.com, 607-345-4865
WHAT: EARTH DAY RALLY
WHERE: West Capitol Park Swan Street steps Albany, NY
WHO: Organizations, elected officials, grassroots activists and performers
from Capital Region, Akwesasne, around NY State, and Planet Earth
WHEN 10:30 AM NEWS CONFERENCE
11 AM TO 9 PM FAMILY FRIENDLY RALLY
3:30 PM DIRECT ACTION OPPORTUNITY
WHY: ENERGIZE DEMOCRACY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE
Part of Earth Day Network’s Global Conversation on Sustainability
NEWS CONFERENCE – 10:30 AM
Abram Loeb Frack Free Nation Founder, Michael Conners Albany County Comptroller,
Joel Tyner Duchess Co. Legislator, Leah Golby Albany Common Council,
William Reinhardt Bethlehem Town Council, Dan Maloney President of UAW Local 1097, Mark Schaeffer Capital Region 350 Climate Action, and more…
Coordinated by Frack Free Nation, in partnership with the Earth Day Network
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE
American Indian Movement
Beyond Extreme Energy
Capital Region 350 Climate Action
Citizens Environmental Coalition
Green Education and Legal Fund (GELF)
Idle No More
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Move to Amend
Pennsylvania voices from the shale fields
People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE)
Protecting Our Water
Solarize Albany and Solarize Troy
Solidarity Committee of the Capital District
UAW Local 1097 (Rochester)
Women Against War
Marc Black – Song for The Silence
Michael Reality Childs R & B
Prof. B & The Army of Love – World Reggae
Bully Gang–– Hip Hop
Tate Lowery – Hip Hop
Just Wingin’ It – Jam Band
Curtis TallBucks – Hip Hop
Deygot Leeyos – Native Hip Hop
Upstate Tone – Hip Hop
Off The Dome – Jam Band
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Energize Democracy Climate Justice Rally & Action Earth Day 2015
On Earth Day 2015, Wednesday, April 22nd, Frack Free Nation, partnering with The Earth Day Network is coordinating an Energize Democracy Climate Justice Rally and Action at West Capitol Park, Albany, NY. This event is endorsed by over two dozen local, statewide, and national grassroots organizations from many environmental, peace, and social justice movements. Capital District participating organizations include Capital Region 350 Climate Action, Citizens Environmental Coalition, MoveOn.org New York Councils, Occupy Albany, People of Albany United for Safe Energy, Solarize Albany and Solarize Troy, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and Women Against War.
Frack Free Nation is inviting the public to celebrate Earth Day by standing up for Mother Earth. The day will be family friendly, and filled with science, innovation, education, as well as activists and “solutionist” voices, socially conscious music, guerrilla theater, and meaningful actions. The rally is part of Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green program and part of a Global Conversation on Sustainability.
NY State is still being endangered by Fossil Fuel infrastructure. Frack Free Nation is gathering support from people across the northeast and Midwest to stop pipelines, LNG export, storage of radioactive fracked methane gas, gas fired electrical power generation, and to stop Bakken oil bomb trains, to unite in calling for an end to the fossil fuel and nuclear energy paradigm. Earth Day 2015 will be a Day of Global Action to send a powerful message to people and leaders of the nation and world:
“It’s a Crime to Poison Us: End all Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Energy– Renewables Now!”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and all governors have a decision to make that will affect our air, water, farms, food and climate for generations. The EPA suggests Governors meet carbon limits by building 300 new Gas Fired Electrical Generation facilities which release methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. That could lock us into 30 years of fracking. Instead, we propose a massive green jobs program with just transition to build 100% renewable, clean emission free community owned power. . “We just need a political climate change,” said Abram Loeb, founder of Frack Free Nation..
The technology is available, per Dr. Mark Jacobson’s Solutions Project, http://thesolutionsproject.org Governor Cuomo could bring good paying green jobs back to our ailing Southern Tier, Central, and Western NY economies, and set an example to lead the nation in the renewable revolution. This could have a great impact on the Paris Climate talks in November, 2015.
“On Earth Day we will encompass many related issues affecting the sustainability of a healthy earth community. We will have speakers on many related issues, including-War & Peace, Environmental Racism, Native and Women’s rights, GMO’s, factory farming and pesticide use, and the very root – A Corporate take over of our government – money in politics, and secret so-called “Free” Trade deals like TPP, TiPP, and TiSA, that threaten to take away all our sovereignty and destroy ability to hold corporations accountable. These trade bills would even allow for privatization of our water,“ said Loeb.
The Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) and other Indigenous peoples will be an important part of the celebration and actions. Native women will speak on Environmental Racism and the need for healing between the races and our relationship to Mother Earth. An Idle No More Round Dance is planned as part of the actions of unity.
Margo ThunderBird of the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, NY; is a singer/songwriter, story-teller, lecturer and proud AIM activist for over 40 years. Her commitment to preserving the indigenous cultures, languages and wisdom has taken her to venues around Turtle Island and the world. She says, “As Native People, our responsibility is to protect the Earth and our Seventh Generations. Water is Life.”
“Peaceful Direct Action (civil disobedience) is planned,” said Loeb, “away from the permitted rally in West Capitol Park as part of a strategy to let our Governor know we are serious about blocking pipelines, bomb trains and other fossil fuel infrastructure.”
For more information, please visit www.FrackFreeNation.org. where you can take the “frack free pledge” and preview video Earth Day 2015 Call to Action – Energize Democracy Climate Justice.