Nonviolence Trainings, Buses to Trenton, Rally, Press Conference and Spirited Organizing Still ON! Nov. 20 – 21st Update
Celebrate Our Victory, Maintain Pressure and Prepare: The Scoop on Today and Tomorrow in Trenton
November 21 2011
Rally and Press Conference: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm outside War Memorial, Trenton
March from War Memorial to State House: 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Welcome to Trenton (NJ Legislators): 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Post-gathering (Trenton Quaker Meeting House): 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
**Philadelphia bus leaves at 9:30 AM sharp from JFK Blvd, just west of 30th Street Station
**Post-gathering meeting is at the Trenton Quaker Friends Meetinghouse, 142 E. Hanover Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08608
The sudden “stay of execution” we won for the Delaware River Basin is a victory, and we should pause to acknowledge it as such. We do recognize and celebrate the power we’ve built. But we must refocus our efforts on protecting those already being hurt by fracking in the rest of Pennsylvania, and be ready for the day, perhaps soon, that the DRBC decides it will try to green light drilling in our watershed yet again.
In that spirit, the nonviolence trainings planned for Sunday evening in Trenton and NYC are still on! And we are still going to Trenton on Monday to convene with our allies from throughout the region for a high-spirited rally program (featuring Josh Fox, Mark Ruffalo, and Debra Winger), press conference, march to the New Jersey State House, where we’ll demand that Governor Chris Christie start doing right on the issue of fracking. Afterwards we’ll meet at the Trenton Quaker Meeting House for networking with our allies from throughout the region. Look for more trainings and lectures there as well!
We invite you to join us in Trenton on Monday. But if it is a large personal sacrifice for you to attend, please save your sacrifice for a more urgent day! Protecting Our Waters’ bus from Philadelphia is will still be going to Trenton, leaving at 9:30 AM.
Sunday Night’s Nonviolence Training Still On!
This dispatch from Tracy Carluccio of Delaware Riverkeeper Network:
Thank you for signing up for the nonviolence training that will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 20. As I am sure you have heard (press release attached), the Delaware River Basin Commission has cancelled their Meeting for 11/21 where they were to consider rules to allow gas drilling and fracking to start in the Delaware River Watershed. But we are NOT cancelling the Nonviolence training. This training will provide us with important skills and learning that we can all use going forward. We hope you will still plan to join us for the training and, if you are coming for overnight, please also stay over as planned.
IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO COME, PLEASE EMAIL US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some basic information about the set-up for the nonviolence training:
Please note the address for the Quaker Friends Meeting House is 142 EAST Hanover St., Trenton, NJ (on the corner of E. Hanover and N. Warren Sts.). This is very important because W. Hanover is quite a distance away. For those attending the training who will be returning home that night, there is parking available catty-corner to the Friends Meeting House at 116 E. Hanover “Pat’s Parking”. That lot will be closed Sunday night; however travelers should be able to park their cars there at their own risk. There is also street parking available. We are encouraging all who park in this parking lot or on the streets near the Meeting House to keep all valuables and belongings out of site as to avoid potential theft or damage to your vehicle and to not walk alone but walk in groups of 2 or more to the Meeting House.
We will have pizza at 6:00 pm on Sunday. The training is 6:30 pm sharp to 9:15 pm. We will learn how to express our first amendment rights in a lawful, peaceful, powerful way.
If you are planning to stay overnight please register now as we need a head count of overnighters. Bring a sleeping bag (floor space only) and all you need to meet your personal needs, including snacks and water. There are no showers at this lodging. Food will be on your own for Monday morning, we will have information about local spots to eat. Housing registration is at: email@example.com
For travelers staying overnight at the Meeting House, parking is available catty-corner to the Meeting House at 116 E. Hanover “Pat’s Parking”. The lot will be closed Sunday night, however travelers should be able to park their cars there at their own risk. We are encouraging all who park in this parking lot or on the streets near the Meeting House to keep all valuables and belongings out of site as to avoid potential theft or damage to your vehicle. On Monday morning the lot will be reopening and it is likely that travelers may need to move their cars or pay for a parking space. And remember, for your safety, don’t walk alone, walk in groups of 2 or more to avoid any dangerous situations after dark.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday! We hope you will join with us to drive home our public message on Monday and to help redouble our efforts so we can make this temporary victory into a permanent one for our Watershed and communities.