Speak up for climate justice and utility justice on 9/7 and 9/8

Tonight (9/7), tell Governor Raimondo that Rhode Islanders need her to publicly oppose the LNG plant proposed for the Southside of Providence and the fossil fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville. 5:30-7:30pm at Troop (60 Valley St) in Providence.

Tomorrow (9/8), join the Rhode Island incarnation of Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, a series of public actions happening around the world. 6pm: meet at the Roger Williams Memorial (282 North Main St in Providence) and walk together to Waterfire, which on this night is sponsored by polluter and utility monopolizer National Grid. For this reason, this action is in tandem with the George Wiley Center’s action for utility justice, which runs 5:30-8pm and starts at Memorial Park (13 South Main St in Providence).

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Two opportunities to take a stand for climate justice in Rhode Island

TOMORROW, 8/30: Come tell the evening commuters on Allens Avenue about the toxic, explosive, climate-warming liquid natural gas plant that National Grid wants to build on the South Side of Providence, with the blessing of Governor Raimondo, and the other risks to public health and safety in the Port of Providence. This is an informational action; we’ll have signs and handouts. Thursday, August 30th, 4-7pm, corner of Allens Avenue and Terminal Road (the site of the proposed facility), Providence. 

SATURDAY, 9/8: Peacefully protest new fossil fuel installations in Rhode Island, including the LNG plant I just mentioned and the fracked-gas power plant proposed for Burrillville. Saturday, September 8th, 6pm, meeting at 282 Main St and walking to the Waterfire sponsored by National Grid.  

Climate Anxiety Counseling and/or Ocean State Against Hate, 8/4, 11-3

Hi everyone. I’ll be with the Sankofa World Market tomorrow for Sowing Place, out back of the Southside Cultural Center (391 Broad St, the parking lot is off Bridgham if you’re driving), 11am-3pm tomorrow (8/4).

I’m very pleased to tell you that 1-3pm, I will be working with a Spanish-English interpreter! If you know someone who might want to talk with me and would be more comfortable doing so in Spanish, please send them my way tomorrow. I intend to set this up more and more as time goes on.

AND/BUT/ALSO: Between 11 and 3 tomorrow, a far-right group with fascist ties is rallying at the Rhode Island State House, and Ocean State Against Hate is organizing a counter-rally. Please see that event page for parameters, and go if you can; I’d rather you go to that than come talk with me.

Climate Anxiety Counseling at the Sankofa World Market! Rally to End Family Separation!

I’m holding climate anxiety counseling sessions at the Sankofa World Market outside Knight Memorial Library (275 Elmwood Ave, Providence) starting tomorrow (Wednesday, 6/20), and Wednesdays thereafter with a couple of exceptions, 2-6pm.

Tomorrow is the market kickoff, and there will be extra music, activities for kids, and more, as well as vegetables and crafts from local vendors. Cash, SNAP/EBT, WIC, and credit/debit cards are all spendable at the market (it’s free to be there, this is just if you want to buy food or objects), and SNAP users receive a dollar-for-dollar bonus for fruits and vegetables–a fantastic deal!

Before you come and see me at the market, I encourage you to rally at the Rhode Island Statehouse to call for the end of ICE’s cruel, punitive, racist and traumatizing practice of family separation. If you’ve been reading this particular news with horror, this is a chance to speak up. Bring a child’s toy for visual impact. (Other states have issued state orders blocking the use of any state funds for this practice, and/or refused to send their National Guard troops to the border. Rhode Island should do this too.)

Then come to the market and celebrate Providence’s lively and strong community, and support the people of all origins who make it so.

 

 

 

Climate Anxiety Counseling: Last Day Downtown, Schedule Change, AMOR Grill-Off

Tomorrow (Friday, 6/15) will be my last day this season listening to climate anxieties in Kennedy Plaza/Burnside Park. I’ll be there 11am-2pm.

I’d planned to be there Saturday as well, but I’d rather go to the AMOR Grill-Off, a picnic benefit for Alianza para Movilizar Nuestra Resistencia/Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance, a support and rapid response network offering (among other things) legal support for immigration and police brutality cases, mental health support, community response, and transportation and interpretation services.

If you want to go too, here are tickets. If you want to help the event happen, here are some donations the organizers could use.

And if you can’t come see me tomorrow, June 20th will start my stint at the Sankofa Market outside the Knight Memorial Library, 2-6pm on Wednesdays.

Flood the Statehouse!

Tell Governor Raimondo #NoLNGinPVD!

TODAY, 4pm, Rhode Island Statehouse rotunda (the big room when you go inside)

No LNG in PVD is not only concerned with National Greed’s Liquefied Natural Gas Liquefaction export facility. It is unnecessary, unsafe and costly, but as seen by a malfunctioning port alarm, the recent natural gas explosion on Allens Ave and the state’s unwillingness to look at the cumulative dangers of the Port, whether or not this facility is built, the Southside and Washington Park are in danger and unprepared for an extreme weather event and subsequent flood. Both sides of Allens Ave. are overflowing with toxic, explosive facilities: National Grid, Shell, Univar, the scrapyards. All of these are on the wrong side of the hurricane barrier and adjacent to overburdened working-class communities of color.

As storms become more frequent and seas rise, the people living near the Port are in more danger with each passing day. Join us to tell Governor Raimondo and the other leaders of this state that they must stop the LNG plant, end fossil fuel infrastructure in Rhode Island and begin the process of making the Port a safe place to live.

TODAY: No LNG in PVD, 10am, 35 Terminal Rd, Providence

Join No LNG in PVD at 10am TODAY at 35 Terminal Road to tell elected officials that renewable energy infrastructure MUST go hand in hand with environmental justice and ending fossil fuels.

Governor Raimondo, Representative Cicilline and other elected officials are holding a press conference to announce plans for a new offshore wind farm. Which is great! But it’s pointless unless we also stop poisoning the people of the Southside of Providence and building new climate-warming infrastructure.

No LNG in PVD is a coalition of organizations & residents fighting a toxic fossil fuel project on the Southside of Providence. All you have to do today is show up, with or without a sign that says “No LNG in PVD.” There’s another action next week if you can’t make this one.

(This may make me a little late to today’s Climate Anxiety Counseling session, but that’s okay because this is more important. )

Climate Anxiety Counseling TOMORROW at the Sustain PVD Fair!

I’m offering Climate Anxiety Counseling at the Sustain PVD Fair tomorrow, 10-12 and 2-4. It’s at the Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St., in Providence.

Before or after you talk with me, you can sign up for a solar evaluation, learn how to make a building more energy efficient, hear from the Racial & Environmental Justice Committee about Providence’s plan to be carbon-neutral by 2050. All of that is free; talking to me costs 5 cents; the composting workshop and rain barrel workshop have fees in the $30-$35 range. (If you want to do these and can’t afford them, please get in touch with me at my gmail address, publiclycomplex, or in the comment section, or just come talk to me at the counseling booth tomorrow.)

Another good reason to come to this is that it’s a way to meet other humans who want to work toward a livable human presence in our ecosystem. One of the things that often frustrates me about Climate Anxiety Counseling is the one-on-one-ness of its interactions: people aren’t using the booth to meet each other or explore the possibilities of working together. Coming to Sustain PVD may help to set you on that road.