Category Archives: Keystone Pledge of Resistance

Keystone XL is dead

In some ways it feels like more than eight years have passed since I signed the Keystone Pledge of Resistance and was trained as an Action Leader. I learned a great deal, and connected with a large number of people … Continue reading

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Colonial Pipeline Shutdown

One of the main threads through my life has been trying to protect Mother Earth and all of us from the consequences of extracting, transport and burning fossil fuels. Refusing to have a car. Organizing as an Action Lead in … Continue reading

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Courts and pipelines

The long fight against fossil fuel pipelines in this country continues. Last year Judge James Boasbert invalidated the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline because of legitimate environmental concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. He ruled the pipeline to … Continue reading

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How Defeating Keystone XL Built a Bolder, Savvier Climate Movement

Yesterday’s article, How Defeating Keystone XL Built a Bolder, Savvier Climate Movement by Nick Engelfried in Waging Nonviolence is a well written history of the struggles over the past decade to defeat the Keystone XL pipeline. A lot is being … Continue reading

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Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Canceled

There have been so many times we thought the Keystone XL pipeline was stopped, only to see it revived. Yesterday President Biden canceled it’s permit, and I hope that is finally the end of the pipeline. Brings to a close … Continue reading

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Climate activism and the fossil fuel industry’s financial crisis

For the past seven years climate activists have used every technique we could think of to stop fossil fuel mining and infrastructure construction. We got another one. On Monday evening, Bank of America said that it will no longer finance … Continue reading

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The web of organizing and organizers

As I’ve been researching the concept of rural mutual aid, I was glad to discover my friend Todd Zimmer is involved. Todd was one of the trainers from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) who came to Des Moines in the … Continue reading

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Out of the Meetinghouse

Yesterday I wrote about Peace in a Culture of Violence, which began ‘this country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to address. ‘ And ended with ‘in light of all this, what … Continue reading

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Peace in a culture of violence?

For years Quakers have had Peace and Social Concerns Committees. I’ve been praying and thinking about what that work should entail these days. This country’s culture of violence has taken dramatically new forms that we haven’t adapted our work to … Continue reading

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Ceremonies to Stop Pipelines

A couple of days ago I wrote about ceremonies to stop pipelines. In that case, the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX). Ceremonies became important to me, as well, as we worked to bring attention to the Keystone XL and Dakota Access … Continue reading

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