Today, we shut down a speech the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tried to give a room of power plant owners about “market-based solutions” to the climate crisis. Instead of regulating, FERC is a rubber stamp approval machine for the fossil fuel industry, with close to a 100% approval record for infrastructure projects.
In just two days we will walk through Albany’s historic South End neighborhood down to the Hudson River and the Port of Albany stop the bomb trains.I want to take a moment before we all head to Albany’s Lincoln Park (10AM Saturday) to pause and reflect why we’re doing this. Our motivation to take action for climate and environmental justice can spring from our anger, sadness, love and so many other emotions, even fear. But in our coming together, living into the crisis with our bodies in a way that confronts the urgency and magnitude of this situation, we find an opportunity for true hope.
With so many lives at stake – at Ezra Prentice homes and in the South End of Albany, all along the rail corridor blast zone, in the shale fields of North Dakota where this fracked oil is loaded into the trains, and across the globe as climate catastrophe unfolds – this is a serious endeavor. I’m convinced that this sort of action works because we lead by example. And when we lead boldly by example, people are moved to join us.
Part of our example on Saturday, as we prepare to stop the bomb trains in the Port of Albany, will be in how we conduct ourselves. I want to share again the agreements we will make before taking action together. We’ll read them together when we assembleSaturday morning, and commit to them before our march steps off.
Break Free Northeast Action Agreements
By participating in the Break Free Albany action you agree to the following action guidelines, to ensure everyone’s safety and to encourage broad participation:
- The Break Free action is a non-violent direct action. I agree not to harm people or property.
- I will be dignified in dress, demeanor, and speech – these are serious issues, and we want to be taken seriously.
- I will attend an action training or briefing before I join the action. If I did not attend the training, I do not intend to risk arrest.
- I knowingly and freely assume all risks, even if arising from the negligence of others, and I assume full responsibility for my participation in this action.
- I will act in accordance with our group’s agreed plan for action. I won’t speak/ act in ways that contradict the intention of our group.
- I will demonstrate true solidarity and will not condemn the acts of any other person involved in this action when speaking to the media or the public, nor will I share information about any participant with law enforcement.
- I will try to bring joy and the understanding that this issue is connected to all others; we intend to create a more just and sustainable world.
We can’t wait to do this with you.
Once More, Everything you Need To Know About Break Free Saturday May 14th: