G.R.O.W. (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 2017

14th Annual

GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops)

New England Weekend

September 29 – October 1, 2017

**Strategies for Lasting Social Change**


Learn about organizing, enjoy beautiful surroundings and healthy food, network with old friends and meet new ones with similar interests.

Workshops this year will focus on how to strategize to build lasting and impactful grassroots campaigns. Workshops this year include:

-Strategy Development/Crafting a Campaign Plan

-Centering Directly Affected Communities

-Influencing Public Policy

-Theater of the Oppressed

-Organizing Democratically

-Building Diverse Groups/Coalitions

-Grassroots Organizing 101

***Click here to register and reserve your spot!***

For more information contact Sass Linneken at 207-607-2571, or sass.rosc@gmail.com


Water is Life! — Penobscot River Rally & Flotilla

Water is Life! — Penobscot River Rally & Flotilla

Saturday, June 10 — Noon to 3pm

Join us to celebrate the Penobscot River and support the Penobscot Nation’s ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the water quality of the Penobscot River for the benefit of all. Bring your boat or hop in a voyageur canoe to be part of the Flotilla. Meet at the Bangor boat launch next to Sea Dog! Learn how you can be a Water Protector!

FMI:  Jim Freeman, veronabliss2@gmail.com

Flash News: Federal judge puts hold on pipeline lawsuit against South Portland

The South Portland saga, featured in “Down to Earth: Climate Justice Stories” film, continues. The Maine District Court judge has put a hold on the Portland Pipe Line lawsuit against South Portland in order to determine if the court has jurisdiction to hear the case. Details here.

Our friends at Protect South Portland continue to raise funds for the city’s lawsuit. Consider tossing something in the hat here.

SPRING 2017 — Things Mainers can do after seeing Down to Earth Climate Justice Stories

  • Come to the People’s Climate March/Mobilization on Saturday, April 29, from 10am-1pm at the State House in Augusta. Info available at special Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1900909990179657/ Buses to the simultaneous national march in DC are being organized by Sierra Club Maine Chapter.  Call 761-5616 for more info.



  • Workshops on nonviolent direct action are being conducted regularly throughout the state. If you have a group interested in learning about NVDA and hosting a workshop or would like to attend one of the free workshops, contact Larry Dansinger at 262-3706 or Resources for Organizing and Social Change website at  http://resourcesforsocialchange.org/.


  • Activities are on-going to support pipeline protests (Protect South Portland, Keystone XL, Dakota Access, and others), Indigenous rights, divestment from fossil fuels. To get information, updates and contacts, be in touch with Andy Burt at 380-5387 or downtoearth145@gmail.com. She can direct you to Maine contacts.

Protect South Portland

Protect South Portland’s (PSP) citizen-driven campaign to keep tar sands out of their city in order to protect the health of their community was one of the compelling stories featured in the Down to Earth Climate Justice film. Now volunteers have initiated a crowdfunding project to raise money needed to cover costs of a lawsuit the city is engaged in with the pipeline’s owner, a subsidiary of Exxon-Mobil. Please check out the PSP Facebook page and, if you can, toss something in the hat. Stopping the flow of tar sands to Maine’s waters and air is good for everyone!

Here is a recent email from Protect South Portland:




“An anonymous donor, who loves the City of South Portland and its efforts to protect its air with the Clear Skies Ordinance, has offered to be a matching donor for the next $500raised on our crowd funding site between now and 3/1/17. It’s a great  chance to double the power of your gift!

If you LOVE clean air and the right for people to protect their local community, please make a donation now. And if you’ve already given, we thank you!

(one of 3 ways)

1. Go to our crowd funding site to see our video and donate:https://fundrazr.com/notarsandsinsouthportland

2. Donate to the Clear Skies Legal Defense Fund
(direct link to city’s donation site)

3. Send check to:
City of South Portland
Clear Skies Legal Fund
25 Cottage Rd.
South Portland, ME 04106    
(check memo: Clear Skies Legal Fund)

Last week we learned that Big Oil and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are playing an even bigger role in helping Portland Pipeline Corporation sue the city of South Portland. They’ve filed briefs in support of Portland Pipeline’s lawsuit.

With pipeline battles under threat across the country, it’s now more important than ever to protect our ordinance. In South Portland we’ve set a powerful precedent which could allow more cities to protect their own people.

Please do everything you can to support this critical case.


Thanks for your continued support,
From all of us at Protect South Portland”


Maine youth are leading the way!

Youth voices are leading the way. For inspiration from the King Middle School in Portland, Maine, please watch a video of their Climate March and Rally at City Hall in December! These committed youth have a plan for Portland’s neighborhoods to become sustainable and they are determined to achieve their goals by 2025, when many of them would graduate from college.


One of their exuberant cheerleaders is Chloe Maxmin, a storyteller from the Down to Earth Climate Justice Stories film available through this website.  Chloe started her climate activism when she was 12 years old and continues to be a leader for youth involvement in climate justice work. Not only was she a co-founder of Harvard’s Divest from Fossil Fuels campaign, but now as a graduate she writes for The Nation Magazine and is writing a book about climate change and politics.

EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition delivered to Attorney Janet Mills

On Earth Day a small band of activists presented Attorney Janet Mills with the first 450 signatures on the petition asking her to join with other states’ Attorneys General to investigate Exxon. Let’s show her that Mainers want her to look into the biggest crime in living history – knowingly destroying all life on Earth for a few pieces of silver (actually billions of dollars!). Watch the video and then sign the petition below. Thanks!

EXXON KNEW: Maine Petition


Fort McMurray residents flee in the largest fire evacuation in Alberta’s history

Hilary Clark, one of the storytellers in the Down to Earth film, shares her 2014 summer experience doing the Healing Walk organized by First Nations Peoples in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, where dirty tar sands is being mined and poisoning the land and water. Video of that powerful walk appears with her commentary in the film. For the last two days a wildfire has raged in the Fort McMurray area, where temperatures in the drought-stricken area have reached more than 90 degrees F resulting in evacuation of more than 80,000 local residents. Here’s a link to the story: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/fort-mcmurray-wildfire-pushed-back-even-as-temperatures-climb

A wall of fire rages outside of Fort McMurray on Tuesday May 3, 2016. TERRY REITH / THE CANADIAN PRESS