No New Oil Wells in Santa Barbara County!

Sign our petition to Santa Barbara County here: Please Reject 750+ New Oil Wells!                      

The petition reads as follows…

Dear Santa Barbara County Supervisors and Planning Commissioners,

I respectfully urge you to be a voice for your constituents and reject the upcoming proposals for 750+ new oil wells from AERA, ERG and PetroRock. Many of these wells would use dirtier and riskier enhanced oil production methods that contribute to climate change and emit 4X as much carbon as traditional drilling. These projects would drill through the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin, which provides water for 12 cities and over 200,000 people – well castings often fail – potentially contaminating our largest water basin in the county. We should be transitioning to 100% renewable energy and investing in renewable energy infrastructure, not contributing to climate change and threatening our limited water supply in Santa Barbara County. Our new administration’s denial of climate change, determination to defund the EPA and weaken environmental protections, makes it all the more important that we stand strong against all extreme oil drilling methods in our county. Santa Barbara County residents overwhelmingly oppose extreme oil drilling, I urge you to deny all of these proposals and fight for an oil free Santa Barbara County.

Water Is Life Solidarity Rally #NoDAPL

Join Santa Barbara Standing Rock Coalition this Saturday, Sept 10th, for the “Water is Life” rally at De la Guerra Plaza in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Opening ceremony with Chumash Elders at NOON. Speakers include Chumash leaders, environmental leaders, music by Native American flutist, Emiliano Campobello, and more!

BRING FRIENDS and SIGNS!

Organizers will be accepting supplies which are greatly need by our brothers and sisters on the front lines, especially as weather is turning very cold. See list of items requested at bottom of this event description

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife
More Information (visit Facebook event page here)

The Camp of the Sacred Stones and Red Warrior Camp, currently defending against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, are calling on allies across the world to take action from September 3rd to 17th on the pipeline companies and financial institutions working to build the pipeline.

Listen and learn more about Emiliano’s music here:
http://www.sacredwindsmusic.com

Supplies Needed:

warm camping gear and clothes are much needed. flashlights and batteries. Cooking supplies, tents, shade tents, shelving for the kitchens(there are 4 kitchens), hay for the horses, toys and books for the youth, shoes/boots and warm socks. Also very warm jackets. Snow season is not far off.

Read more background here:
http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/8/23/tribal-gathering-faces-aggressive-state-repression-and-media-manipulationJ

Join Concerned Citizens and March Against Keystone this Saturday, September 21st!

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Let’s carry it downtown Saturday!

OFFICIAL MARCH SCHEDULE:

10:00 AM: Alameda Park, corner of Anacapa and Sola

Speakers: Hannah Beth-Jackson (US Senator), Katie Davis (Climate Reality Project)
-Photo-Op
-March & chant to Sunken Gardens 

10:45: Sunken Gardens

Speakers: Helene Schneider (Mayor), Linda Krop (Environmental Defense Center)
-March & chant to State Street 

11:15: Cota and State:
-Pick up more marchers (reinforcements!)
-March & chant to West Beach 

12:00 PM: West Beach
Speakers: Das Williams (US Congress), Elie Katzenson (SBCC Student President)

Photo-op: If you can’t make it to anything else make it to the photo-op at 12pm where State Street and the beach meet. We need as many people there as we can get!

Our message:
We want Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and keep his promises about climate action!

Obey traffic laws:
Stay on the sidewalk and stop at red lights! Police enforce jaywalking laws more seriously during protests.

VOLUNTEER:
If you can help with any of the following, or have questions, please email 350santabarbara@gmail.com

-Chant leaders
-Legal observers
-Security
-Clipboard carriers

See you Saturday!

350 Santa Barbara team

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March Planned Sept. 21st to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

March Planned Sept. 21st to Oppose Keystone Pipeline

Check out our calendar for details on our march against the Keystone XL Pipeline, to take place from 10:00am-12:00pm on Saturday, September 21st as part of 350.org’s Draw the Line Action! Speakers before, during and after the march will include State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, State Assemblyman Das Williams and SBCC student body president Elie Katzenson.

march_revised March Routeinformación en español

Socal Gas Expansion Project Hearing

Socal Gas Expansion Project Hearing

When:  June 5, 2013.  9am.
Where:  Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 East Anapamu Street, Room 17.
Why:  SoCal Gas is proposing to drill for natural gas in Goleta.

If you are opposed to the Socal Gas Expansion Project please come to the hearing this Wednesday morning if you can.  For information about why some people living near the proposed site are opposed, email naneki88@gmail.com.  For more information on the climate change related problems with the project email maxgolding1@gmail.com.  You can also read the EIR and make your own assessments.

(This was sent out to our mailing list via mailchimp on June 3, 2013.)

May 2013 Newsletter

Gasland 2, Democracy School, Do The Math Movie, Fracking Moratorium, and Goleta Against Drilling

For those of you who attended our Communities Rising event last month, thank you for attending!  And welcome to our mailing list.

We’re excited to announce that this is our first official newsletter and that we plan on sending more like this in the future.  Within the remaining days of this month there are a lot of inspiring events going on that show how we as ordinary people can make the changes we want to see in our communities.  FOR EXAMPLE:

Gasland 2 Screening + Discussion With Director Josh Fox

If you haven’t seen Gasland 1, we highly recommend it.  You can watch it on Youtube, here.  After watching the first Gasland, you should be convinced (if you weren’t already) that there is something very wrong with fracking.  Gasland 2 is brand new and being screened at UCSB, Buchanan Hall room 1910, 7pm, May 31.  The event is sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Environment California, Global Exchange, and Food & Water Watch.  Director Josh Fox (Becca’s hero!) will be there for a panel discussion and How You Can Get Involved.
For more info:
www.gaslandthemovie.com

Democracy School

The fossil fuel industry has identified Santa Barbara County’s Monterey Shale formation as a target for unconventional extraction techniques. Come learn from brilliant organizer, Shannon Biggs from Global Exchange, about how our democracy was intended to work, and about how we can use the community rights-based approach to reclaim our power in the face of the wealthiest industry in the history of money.

When:  Saturday, June 1, 12 – 4pm
Where: 21 W Anapamu Street

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Free admission.
For more info: http://celdf.org/what-is-democracy-school

Help spread the work on Facebook!

Do The Math Living Room Screening

Inspired by the Cesar Chavez organizing method of hosting rolling house parties centered on a political issue, we’ve decided to try out rolling living room screenings of 350.org‘s new film called Do The Math, which contextualizes the fossil fuel divestment movement sweeping across the world right now.  This is basically a real life “going viral” technique:  at the end of each screening everyone will be given a DVD of the film and encouraged to host a screening at their house with their friends, who may screen and show their friends, and so on.  Our friend Alex has volunteered to screen Do The Math this Saturday at 8pmTo RSVP reply to this email!

(You can also watch Do The Math on Youtube here, but watching it alone has a drawback: no face-to-face discussion about the film!)

California Moratorium On Fracking: Deadline This Week

The deadline for the California legislation calling for a moratorium on fracking is approaching this week.  Credo Action has put together a simple script and the contact information of the representatives we need to call to voice our support for this moratorium.  Click here to voice your support.

Goleta Against Drilling: 1000 Signatures by May 31

SoCal Gas is currently attempting to get permission from Santa Barbara County to start “four new wells for exploration and production of native gas at the existing La Goleta Storage Field.”  A newly formed group Goleta Against Drilling (GAD) circulated a petition that needs 1000 signatures by May 31 to submit to the county to show there is a strong opposition to more drilling.  GAD plans on having a large presence at a June 5 county hearing on this project.  For more information message them on Facebook.

Thanks for reading our long newsletter!
– Becca & Max
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