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From: KFELTER <kfelter1@...>
Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Subject: FW: Identifying allies to help ban fracking in New York
To: KFELTER <kfelter1@...>
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This IS the last push for a FULL BAN on Fracking.
Groups need to get on board with this ONE GROUP to make a FULL IMPACT on Governor Cuomo.
WE NEED TO MAKE OUR PRESENCE KNOWN AS ONE FULL GROUP OR HE WONâ€™T SEE THIS AS THE MAJORITY,
BUT, ONLY SMALL LITTLE GROUPS.
From: cheryl@... [mailto:cheryl@...]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2012 9:21 PM
Subject: Identifying allies to help ban fracking in New York
Dear Members of New Yorkers Against Fracking,
Governor Cuomo and his Department of Environmental Conservation are poised to move forward with fracking in New York in the next few months.Â It is more urgent than ever that we align our efforts and work together to show the breadth of popular opposition to fracking and the strength and commitment of the movement to ban it.
That is why we came together as New Yorkers Against Fracking: to collaborate more effectively, coordinate our resources more efficiently, get our stories into the press and strategically mobilize to pressure our elected officials to take a stand against fracking.
Together, we will show Governor Cuomo the true force of the movement to ban fracking in New York.
In the next six weeks, we must turn the tide and make it clear to Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers stand firmly against fracking, now and forever.Â We need to show him the depth and diversity of New Yorkers Against Fracking.Â We will do this by networking in our communities, holding press events and organizing rallies, delivering petitions, pressing and asking tough questions of Governor Cuomo and key members of the legislature, and thinking outside the box to make our movement stronger.
TO DO THAT, WE NEED YOUR HELP ON TWO KEY PROJECTS IN THE NEXT SIX WEEKS
1. GET CONSTITUENCY GROUPS SIGNED ON IN SUPPORT OF A BAN ON FRACKING
We need to show Governor Cuomo and our state legislators that the movement to ban fracking embraces a wide range of constituencies, from farmers to faith leaders, wine and beer makers and other vested business interests. Use the endorsement form attached to this email or available on our web site, and ask businesses and organizations in your community to support a ban fracking.
We are looking for businesses, faith leaders, food groups, health organizations and students to collectively call on Governor Cuomo for a ban. We have hundreds of businesses signed up already but need an extra push to have an even greater impact. We need to have a powerful group of businesses; faith-based groups and local organizations signed on by the end of May, so please start speaking to your neighbors today!
A paper endorsement form is attached, but please encourage use of our online form, which can be found here.Â (Want to provide extra support to the coalition?Â If your church, local farmer or bagel shop signs the paper form, please enter it online for us.Â That way our staff will have more time to do additional outreach, plan events and create web sites!)Â
We are focusing primarily on businesses, particularly those in the food industry, and faith-based organizations, but any group, company, or institution is good to have!Â
2. SIGN UP TO BE ON THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM
As we all know, if we snooze, we loose.Â Thereâ€™s too much at stake to let that happen!Â Itâ€™s important that we have a group of people who are interested in responding quickly to new developments in this campaign.Â We are planning to do this by writing letters to the editor, organizing events, creating fast action press releases or asking tough questions of Governor Cuomo, Senator Grisanti, Senator Skelos or your state representative when they attend events in your area. And if you hear of an event in your area that Governor Cuomo is going to attend, you can let us know so we can connect people on the ground that are interested in â€œbird-dogging,â€ or showing up with signs, asking the right questions and getting our voices heard.Â
If you are interested in joining the rapid response team, email Cheryl@...
Also, donâ€™t forget our two exciting upcoming events:
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â On May 2nd, we will be delivering thousands of petitions calling on Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York.Â On May 3rd, join hundreds of other activists across the state in a statewide day of action. To find an event in your neighborhood, click here.
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â On May 15th, there will be an all star concert event in Albany featuring Medeski, Martin & Wood, Natalie Merchant, Citizen Cope, The Felice Brothers, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Toshi Reagon, Dan Zanes, Ida, The Horse Flies, and The Ahkwesasne Women Singers.Â This amazing event will be hosted by Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo.Â Tickers are selling out quickly.Â To make sure you can attend, call 518-473-1845 or click here. (Buses will likely be leaving from New York City, Buffalo and other locations throughout the state.Â For transportation details, click here.)
Thank you!Â As always, we look forward to continuing to work with you to protect New Yorkâ€™s food, air, water and communities.Â If we can help, please donâ€™t hesitate to call.
CherylÂ Wertz & David Braun
New York Against Fracking staff
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