VA Power Shifters,
It has been about three weeks, and I don’t know about you all, but I am still reeling from VAPS. After months of planning, what was experienced at Virginia Power Shift was so much more than we as a steering committee had first dreamed and hoped. Thank you all for your enthusiasm, energy, and excitement. You made Power Shift all it could be.
But where are we now? The VACE core has been continuing to speak weekly about VACE and its projected path. We are starting campaign planning, and met this weekend to solidify our vision, mission statement, and start to put our campaign on paper. However we cannot run a solid, comprehensive campaign without people and support. DO YOU HAVE A CAMPUS REP YET?????? Send your campus reps ASAP to Emily Sherman so that we can all stay in constant contact. We want to keep this alliance strong and representative. Campus Reps are crucial to that process.
100 Actions for Clean Energy have continued throughout the state. Eastern Mennonite University, University of Richmond, Virginia Tech, and JMU all held stellar actions this month. Take a look at the awesome actions going on around the country http://www.wearepowershift.org/100actions.
Lastly, Midwest Power Shift occurred Oct. 21st -23rd. Hundreds of awesome Power Shifters not only rallied against the Keystone XL Pipeline, but stood in solidarity with Occupy Cleveland and demanded the MSU move off coal by sending in nume¬¬¬¬rous calls to President Simon’s office. Please show your support by calling President Simon at 517-355-6560 and tell her you stand in solidarity with the students at MSU and believe that MSU should move beyond coal. Then log your call here http://bit.ly/qvvssw so that the MSU organizers can keep track.
So Shifters, let’s keep rolling. Our state is one of the most dependent coal states in the nation. We have five campus coal plants, an electricity company based in coal, and the threat of fracking and Uranium mining on our borders. Let’s make our offshore wind potential a reality and start creating some green jobs.
Join us in representing VACE this weekend on Nov. 6th as we join hands with thousands across the country to surround the White House in solidarity against the Keystone XL Pipeline. This has never been attempted before and we do not know how many people it will take, therefore it is crucial we get as many people there as we can. It is going to be an amazing action to be a part of. For more information visit tarsandsaction.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keep it green.