Petition: Penn State Main Campus: Go Fossil Free!
(From Jackie Bonomo)
Add your name to this PSU Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign. Every name that is added builds momentum around the divestment effort and makes it more likely for us to win. After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.
For more information on climate change here below is a video produced locally with speakers: Dr. Richard Alley, Ed Perry and Cricket Hunter. The Climate Change Forum was on Sunday, March 17, 2013, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Centre County.
April 24 – HB 61 Hearing in Harrisburg
(From Matt Dahlhausen)
The Pennsylvania state legislature committee on government is meeting on Wednesday about HB 61, an extension of the right to know law to cover Penn State University. PSU was exempted from the right to know law when it was originally passed. More info on HB61. It is sponsored by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, our local state representative.
If this becomes law, it will greatly improve PSU transparency. Consider how useful the right-to-know law at the Borough has been in uncovering communications between the Borough, Columbia Gas and Penn State. Holding Penn State to Right-t0-Know standards will also allow transparency in regards to the shale gas research institute, and other corporate partnerships the university has recently made.
Please send a thank you to Rep.Benninghoff for sponsoring the bill, and please submit comments to the government committee.
(From Evelyn Bateman)
This Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m., the Society of Energy Engineers is hosting a coal plant debate/forum in 157 Hosler. The purpose of this debate is to inform on the ins and outs of the proposed natural gas retrofit of the coal-fired West Campus Steam Plant, as well as discuss alternatives and opportunities for student advocacy or involvement.
If you’re interested in participating in the debate, presenting ideas and relevant information, contact JP Milton. More info on Facebook. This is arguably one of the most important decisions Penn State will make regarding our energy future. Don’t believe me? Read. Research. Reflect.
Now Organizing – Summer Democracy School
Organizers are scheduling a Democracy School for sometime in early summer. If you’re interested in learning more about the State College Community Bill of Rights and how it can be used to build a sustainable energy future for the Borough, contact Joe Cusumano to sign up. (Goal is at least 10 people; five already interested).
More info from the CELDF website:
- “Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and the earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic recent organizing in Pennsylvania by communities confronting agribusiness, sewage sludge, and quarry corporations.”
- “Democracy School was a mind-blowing experience. During the School, I was forced to come to grips with the understanding that I really knew very little about the true structure of law that controls our activism. Democracy School is a must for everyone who seeks to be liberated from our defensive, after-the-fact reactive organizing strategies.” -Krishnaveni Gundu, ’05, Calhoun County (TX) Resource Watch