Bus tickets to the People's Climate March in Washington DC and New York City on Saturday April 29 are available until April 8! There will be pickup in Glens Falls, Albany, Catskill and Kingston for the DC march and pick up in Albany, Catskill and Kingston for the NYC march.
Tickets are $75 to DC with 1/2 price scholarships available. $35 to NYC.
Click here to order.
So contrary to the comments made by individuals who know not of what they speak, The event did not happen as reported by the TU Staff writer. There were a good 25 enthusiastic supporters of the TD Bank protest, but only the those trained in Non Violent Civil Disobedience went inside the bank. Those who did not wish to be arrested left as requested by the police officers when they arrived. The incident with the officer allegedly being hurt was due to a slippery floor and handcuffs not being attached correctly. No one resisted arrest, no one was assaulted. I was there so I know what actually happened. It is unfortunate that this was reported in this fashion, but that is unfortuately because no one reads news unless there is drama. Protests are a fundamental right of the citizens of a democratic government. Without protests, the government ceases to be a democracy. Remember this a government OF the people, FOR the people and BY the people. We are very fortunate to have an excellent Acting Police Chief who understands the importance of our First Amendments rights. This was an act of deliberate civil disobebience. The two who gave of themselves to be arrested and spend a night in jail are caring, socially responsible individuals who are willing to stick their necks out to force Corporate America and our Government to do what is right. Thank you Craig and Betty. Job well done! These pipelines are a cancer to this planet and must be stopped. Water is Sacred.
In solidarity with groups in Maine, PAUSE protested TD Bank in Albany Thursday Jan 26, asking them to stop funding the DAPL. And if not, asked their customers to divest from TD Bank. Groups in Maine have been protesting TD Bank, one of the largest financers of the Dakota Access Pipeline (and also the Keystone XL, which looks to be back on the table because of P.Trump's personal investments in the project and lack of understanding about Climate Change) for 2 months. More towns and cities are joining in, and this is the second time PAUSE has protested at this location.
While making the most of the lunch time protest, the group then marched across the street to the Capitol to call on Governor Cuomo to deny the right of way permit for the Pilgrim Pipelines. These pipelines would allow 200,000 barrels of crude oil to be transferred from the Bomb trains bringing it in from the shale fields of North Dakota to the Port of Albany, where it now transloads onto barges to be shipped to NJ down the Hudson River. This amount of crude is more than twice the 60,000 barrels brought in at it's peak in 2014 and more than 50 times the amount brought in last year. Food and Water Watch has organized a Cuomo call in week from the 23rd to the 27th and PAUSE was happy to contribute by doing a group call in and chanting: "Hey Ho Pilgrim Pipelines have to go , Hey Ho, Governor Cuomo, just say no" into the receiver when the governor's office comment line answered our call.
This week, nearly two dozen Assemblymembers have signed onto a letter I initiated to the U.S. Department of Transportation, to support of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's petition to require increased safety standards in the operation of high-hazard flammable oil trains by establishing a federal vapor pressure standard for crude oil shipped by rail within the United States.
Given our region’s location as the convergence of rail lines from Canada and our country’s western states, we must continue to push crude oil transportation and storage safety and the protections, including the guidelines at the federal levels.
The growth of crude oil transport by rail has put many of our communities at risk. There have been numerous examples of incidents that have caused explosions resulting in significant property and environmental damage, and in some instances, loss of life. The petition submitted by the Attorney General is aimed at lowering the volatility of crude oil before it is transported. Evidence suggests that crude oil with higher Reid vapor pressures have a much greater tendency to ignite and explode.
The petition requests the establishment of a federal Reid vapor pressure limit at a level of less than 9.0 pounds for square inch. This practice is already in place in some areas of the country, but it is not universal. Shippers operating in the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, where the oil produced has similar vapor pressures to Bakken crude, commonly stabilize the crude before transport.
While nothing short of removing this dangerous product from the rail lines will fully protect our communities, this is a common sense safety measure that deserves support.
-Diana Wright, PAUSE facilitator