Archive: 01/2011

TransCanada Pipeline Action Guide

10 Things You Can Do to Ensure Local Control of Pipeline Decisions and Protect Our Resources

  1. Stay connected with Bold Nebraska 
    They are coordinating efforts to inform and act on our state’s behalf. Their website has maps, sample letters, fact sheets, talking points, and a great deal of excellent information from state and national partner groups. Bold Nebraska also posts upcoming events.
  2. Write “Thank You” Letters 
    Write “thank you” letters to State Senators Fulton, Haar and Dubas as well as US Senators Mike Johanns and Nelson to thank them for their efforts to protect the interests of our state. All of these elected officials have taken extra steps on behalf of landowners and some are working on bills that will put state laws in place to protect our resources.
  3. Write “Do More” Letters
    Write to Secretary Hillary Clinton at the State Department, President Obama and Governor Dave Heineman to tell them all they need to do more to protect Nebraska. Make sure they know that most Nebraskans do not support this pipeline and that we all want further study and more community input before any decisions are made by the US Department of State or our Nebraska government. 
  4. Start a Community Petition Drive 
    Over 800 Nebraskans have already signed the petition. You can circulate a petition to your friends or go to local events and get other Nebraskans to join the efforts to protect our resources. Our combined voices will slow down the approval process and allow for further study and community discussion. Visit Bold Nebraska to download the paper-version petition or circulate the online-petition via email, Facebook and Twitter at http://tinyurl.com/protectnebraska.
  5. Host a fundraising event. 
    The event could be a church potluck, a concert, an auction or a party. Contact info@boldnebraska.org to get a speaker to come to your event from one of the groups working on the pipeline. Send all monies to Bold Nebraska at 1141 H Street, 3rd Floor, Lincoln, NE 68508.
  6. Organize education and discussion events in your community. 
    Bold Nebraska and other groups in our state will help you with materials. These could be at the Rotary, VFW, Kiwanis or Elks Clubs, the Firehouse, schools, churches, and local libraries or in private homes. 
  7. Order t-shirts, bumper stickers, yard signs buttons and information sheets.
    Bold Nebraska has materials that you can distribute to your friends, family and neighbors. Email info@boldnebraska.org for prices. 
  8. Donate money.
    Groups want to continue our grassroots work as well as do more ads in the media. Your donations will help us promote the efforts to protect Nebraska’s resources and pay for media to tell the facts about the dangers of the pipeline. TransCanada is spending millions to promote their pipeline.
  9. Discuss the pipeline issues. 
    Talk with your fellow concerned citizens and develop your own action plans. Start a conversation online. We are not alone, we are not without power, and the situation is not hopeless. If we Nebraskans all work together we can influence the decisions that affect our lives. 
  10. Connect online and spread the word.
    New media is powerful and a great tool you can use to help spread the word about the opposition to the pipeline. Help your friends know how they can take action. Use Facebook to share events and news from Bold Nebraska’s page. Follow @littlebirdne and @boldnebraska on Twitter for facts about the pipeline and news.
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Take Action to End the Death Penalty in Illinois

Call Illinois Governor Quinn to sign the bill to end the death penalty

Illinois is just one signature away from becoming the 16th state without the death penalty! The IL General Assembly passed legislation to repeal the death penalty on January 11, 2011 and the bill is now awaiting Governor Pat Quinn's signature.

Governor Quinn is encouraging people to contact his office with their opinions on the issue, and our friends at Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty have asked for our help. In the past, Governor Quinn has indicated support for the death penalty, while also expressing concerns about the problems with the system. We need you to remind him that regardless of his position on the death penalty, Illinois’ history has made clear the system is broken beyond repair. Illinois can no longer afford to keep it's costly and error-ridden death penalty.

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UNITY RALLY- POSTPONED Stop Nebraska From Becoming Arizona

We have just received word from Nebraska Appleseed that the Unity Rally to show our opposition to the Arizona-style bill introduced by Senator Janssen, LB 48, has been postponed due to snow and ice creating hazardous travel conditions tomorrow. Thanks for your patience. The rally is now scheduled for THURSDAY, 1/27/11. Please join us on Thursday the 27th to show that Nebraska values do not support an Arizona-style law in Nebraska.

It is imperative that our state senators start hearing immediately from their constituents at home that this legislation promises nothing but trouble and heartbreak for Nebraska.  The last thing our state needs now is to replicate the errors and horrors coming daily out of Arizona.

But we need to move fast.  The longer this bill stays around, the harder it’s going to be to stop.

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Save the Indian and Latino-American Commissions!

Dear friends,   

Not content with trying to saddle Nebraska with an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law, Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont is extending his legislative crusade against people of color and seeking to abolish Nebraska’s Indian and Latino-American Commissions.

“I'm not ashamed to say I led the motion to get rid of what's formerly known as the Mexican-American Commission, and also the Native American Commission,” Janssen stated in a January 3, 2011 article in the Fremont Tribune.  The current state budget crisis, he said, presents an opportunity “to get rid of a lot of programs that government doesn't really need to be in… We have too many programs and they're not run efficiently.”  He said the Commission on Indian Affairs and the Commission on Latino-Americans weren’t “gone yet,” but touted the “$400,000 a year in taxpayer money” that the state looked to save from their abolition.

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StratCom: 'Warfighting Is Our Vocation'

Former Bulletin of Atomic Scientists editor Mike Moore delivered a keynote address at the 2010 Annual Peace Conference in Omaha this past October. Author of the award-winning book, Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, the Missouri native is one of the premier analysts on the dangerous militarization of space.

The Cold War was a nasty, frightful business. By the 1980s, the Soviet Union and the United States had some 85,000 nuclear weapons between them. Most of those bombs and missiles were far more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 men, women and children.

Further, these bombs and missiles were ready to go at any moment. If one side attacked the other, the other side would retaliate. The time to make that ‘go-no go’ decision on retaliation, to ‘launch on warning,’ was, at best, 10 or 15 minutes. If one side waited a few minutes too long, its retaliatory force might be destroyed. ‘Use ’em or lose ’em’ was the order of the day. 

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