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Happy New Year and upcoming meeting schedule

We're looking forward to seeing you in the new year! Below, please find  our upcoming meeting schedule and locations.

Occupy Arlington will not be meeting at the Arlington Senior Center during the months of Jan., Feb., & Mar. due to the institution of a new Town Building Fee Policy which goes into effect on Jan 1, 2014.
 Please note these temporary changes:
1. No General Assembly on Sunday the 5th of January
2. Temporary working meeting (to which all are invited) with Pam DiBona, Tuesday the 7th of Jan '14, location to be announced.

Summer Climate Actions

At our May 2 General Assembly, we discussed two mass actions coming up in our state to take on the fossil fuel industry:
Shut Down Brayton Point, July 27 and 28th – and the Historic March from Brayton Point to Barnstable, August 28 – September 2.
I’ve put information below – and I’ve added the Statewide People’s Action Assembly on June 30th.

100+ Descend on TransCanada Office in Westborough

3 from Arlington part of the March, 11, 2013: FUNERAL FOR OUR FUTURE (Massachusetts Tar Sands Blockade)

On Monday, March 11, over 100 people representing a coalition of students, members of the Massachusetts Methodist clergy, mothers fighting for their children, and concerned community members marched into the Westborough, MA office of TransCanada Corporation and held a funeral mourning the loss of our future at the hands of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline will transport the tar sands that climate scientists say will lock us into irreversible global warming.

Of those 100 protesters, 25 of us locked themselves together with handcuffs and were arrested in an act of civil disobedience. Carrying a coffin emblazoned with the words “Our Future,” we held flowers and sang an elegy as we marched in procession.

Our action comes a week after a week after the US State Department released a widely criticized Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Keystone XL.......

Continued at http://funeralforourfuture.wordpress.com/

Spare Change for 'Big Oil'

 Citizens across Massachusetts will hold tongue-in-cheek “donation drives” on August 4, for the Big Five oil companies —
to find out how Americans really feel about fossil fuel subsidies — and share these feelings with our Senators, John Kerry and Scott Brown.

Actions are happening in Arlington, Amherst, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Savoy, Somerville, Waltham, and other sites across Massachusetts.
These actions are being coordinated by 350ma.org.

Got over 50 ballot-initiative signatures at Belmont Town Day

In a little over an hour this morning at Belmont Town Day, Dick Terry and I got over 50 Citizens United / Campaign Spending Amendment ballot-initiative signatures (30+ Dick, 20+ me), mostly from Belmont but a couple from Arlington.

Events like this are very fertile ground for getting signatures.

It was my first experience wielding a clipboard, and I learned a few things, some from Dick and some on my own.

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