Antioch’s Progressive Caucus Fellow Reports on Her DC Experience This Summer

In 2007, AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration launched a first-of-its-kind fellowship in cooperation with the 80-plus member US Congressional Progressive Caucus. Antioch University New England’s Fellowship allows at least one Advocacy student or alum to work in Washington, DC, for the Caucus and its members every summer. As the Fellowship entered its fifth year, CPC co-chair and Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, said, “We are pleased to see this partnership continue. Antioch University New England’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program Fellow will help caucus members address a wide variety of urgent public policy challenges, from the local to the international levels.” AUNE is the only academic institution in the country to host this type of learning and professional development opportunity with the CPC.

The 2014 Fellowship Recipient

Lola Bobrowski – 2014 Lola BobrowskiLola Bobrowski’s passion for resource protection and advocacy brought her to AUNE’s Environmental Studies master’s program in 2012. Her capacity for organizing has blossomed, and her interests have grown to include food resiliency and environmental law. Recently, she participated in a service learning project with New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, focused on raising awareness of economic justice and equal pay issues in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Bobrowski grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010. There, she raised campus awareness about water and energy conservation issues as an active member and elected president of the AmeriCorps/NJPIRG campus organizations Water Watch and Energy Corps. She also distinguished herself and proved her outreach skills in a one-year term of service in the New Jersey AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador program, organizing community events, conducting stream assessments, and teaching more than fifty K-12 water conservation lessons in local schools.

Read the full news article about Lola.

Read Lola Bobrowski’s journal entries.

Lawrence Lessig on Restoring Democracy in the US

The final talk of the 2014 Amos Fortune Forum will take place at the Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse on August 22 and feature Lawrence Lessig on “Achieving Equal Citizenship: The Struggle to Restore Our Republic.” Lessig will explore how we, the citizens of the United States, have lost touch with our framers’ values, and how that has destroyed the promise of a “Republic.” He will outline a pathway of reform and citizen activism that can turn the tide and restore self-government of, by, and for the people. Admission to all the forums are free but donations are always welcome. For more information, visit http://www.amosfortune.com.

Achieving Equal Citizenship: The Struggle To Restore Our Republic

Most Americans feel disenfranchised from their democracy — and they’re right. In this talk, Professor Lessig outlines precisely how we have lost touch with our framers’ values, and how that has destroyed the promise of a “Republic.” Professor Lessig explains how recent efforts, including the “New Hampshire Rebellion” and MayOne, the “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs”, are mobilizing citizens to form a movement capable of restoring the Republic that the framers intended.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.

Lessig serves on the Boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation, the Better Future Project, and Democracy Café. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Popular Economics Education Training of Trainers

United for a Fair Economy is once again partnering with the Highlander Center in New Market, TN to present our Popular Economics Education Training of Trainers Institute. We will explore the causes and consequences of economic inequality, connect the dots among our struggles, and provide participants with popular education tools for informing their communities, inspiring political action, and building a powerful social movement for economic and social justice. Read More…

Democracy Matters’ Campus Leadership Program Opportunity

Paid Political internship – Organize Antioch Students for Campaign Finance Reform – Apply now! Starts with fall semester.

Democracy Matters is accepting applications for paid internships through our Campus Internship Program. We are a non-partisan organization of students and professors working on campuses across the country to educate people about the role of private money in politics, and its impact on democracy. We call for alternatives that can reform and revitalize our political process thereby deepening democracy in the United States. Specifically, we organize around issues of campaign finance reform, full and partial funding of elections, and election reform.

We differ from other political groups on campus in that we are not linked to a political party and we do not concern ourselves with specific election campaigns. Instead, we are concerned with the process of campaigns – especially fundraising – and issues specifically related to political accountability and democracy.

Campus Leaders are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week.

Responsibilities:

  • Build coalitions of student activists on your campus.
  • Create a Democracy Matters chapter that can work with students, faculty and community activists to get private money out of politics and people back in.
  • Organize at least four campaigns/events per semester.

    Opportunities:

  • Receive training and guidance from a Democracy Matter staff link who will work with you each week to develop your skills as an organizer.
  • Attend the annual Democracy Matters student summit where you will meet with hundreds of other students from across the country and attend workshops to build your skills and issue awareness.
  • Receive Democracy Matters materials – banner, flyers, DVD, t-shirt, stickers, and pins – to spread across your campus.

    Compensation:

  • $500 per semester if needed
  • Additional financial support for campaign/event expenses
  • Service learning course credit (depends on college/university)

    Applicants should have a commitment to social change and some organizing experience. No expertise in campaign finance reform is required.

    Apply today! Email your resume, at least three academic or professional references and cover letter to DemocracyPartnersRecruiting@gmail.com

    Please see our website, DemocracyMatters.org for additional information.

NH Permaculture Gathering

You’re invited to a NH Permaculture Gathering

D Acres of NH will be hosting a gathering for permaculture practitioners, supporters,
and the general public. This event is intended for all, families included.

Networking, skill-sharing, tours, and workshops for every level from curious beginner to experienced permaculturist will be offered.

Permaculture is a design methodology that utilizes a set of ethics and principles to create living systems for a more sustainable future. The basic tenets of “Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share” guide the philosophy into on-the-ground practice. Permaculture in NH is gaining momentum as planners, homesteaders, builders, and community organizers are learning the design principles and putting them into practice. This gathering will feature the many hands-on skills, knowledge, and expertise that are actively present in our state.

When
SATURDAY
AUGUST 23, 2014
The event will take place rain or shine from 9a.m. – 6p.m.

Where
D Acres of NH
Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead
218 Streeter Woods Road
Dorchester, NH 023266

Register Today!

Volunteer opportunities are available.
Please contact D Acres directly to inquire:
info@dacres.org, 603-786-2366

Campaign Fellows Applications Due Soon

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CAMPAIGN FELLOWS PROGRAM
This Summer, Help Elect Environmental Champions!
The ELM Action Fund is kicking off its new Campaign Fellows Program.  We will be matching Fellows with a select number of Massachusetts races.  Fellows will assist these campaigns with a variety of tasks from volunteer recruitment to direct voter contact.   
  • Do you want to make a difference while gaining political experience?
  • Are you available 40 hours per week through late August?
  • Are you passionate about helping elect environmental champions to the Massachusetts Legislature?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions, we encourage you to apply. 
Application deadline: Friday, June 6
 

Anti-Fracking Direct Action Training Opportunities From Rising Tide

Dear Friends,

 

Summer is coming!

In the United States, a natural gas boom is underway. Gas companies are using technologies associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” to extract this cheap fossil fuel.  East of the Mississippi, these fracking companies are scrambling to build an infrastructure to export gas overseas.

But, we’re fighting back! This summer, grassroots direct action groups are organizing campaigns to fight back against the build out of new natural gas infrastructure on the East Coast.

In early June, Rising Tide Vermont and Chesapeake Earth First! will be holding two separate camps on the east coast to say “Frack This.

  • In New England, Vermont Gas Systems is building an 80-mile fracked gas pipeline to run through rural Vermont. Rising Tide Vermont and local allies have campaigned to stop the construction of the pipeline. Now they are mobilizing for a bigger fight. From June 6th-June 9th, they will be having the No Pipelines! Action Camp for Climate Justice in Monkton, VT to help prepare for it.

     

  • On the iconic Chesapeake Bay, Dominion Resources is building an energy export terminal at Cove Point, Maryland to export gas fracked east of the Mississippi to overseas markets. This will be one of the largest of it’s kind on the East Coast. Chesapeake Earth First! has been working with local residents to stop this facility before it starts. From June 2nd-June 9th, you can join them at the Energy Exports Action Camp in Prince Georges County, Maryland.  

These camps will have workshops and trainings on important skills like community organizing, campaign strategy and non-violent civil disobedience.

If you are nearby, and  think you might be able to come either, please sign up and get into the fight.

In solidarity, Rising Tide North America

 

P.S. — Donations to both the Vermont and Maryland camps are appreciated.

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