A friend of mine from high school is riding his bike across the country with three of his friends to raise money for earthquake ravaged Haiti. Visit them at Ack 4 All. They’re just getting started, so wish them luck on their adventure!
We are ACK4ALL – a fundraising group created by 4 guys who have spent the better part of the last decade working and living seasonally on Nantucket Island Massachusetts. Working the summers on the Island has provided us with many memorable experiences and the opportunity to meet many great people, including each other. Each year, as the summer days wear off, we are forced to decide what we will do for the winter. In the past we have had many amazing travel, work and volunteer experiences in the “off season”.
However, this winter we decided that we wanted to do something together and for a greater cause. It started out as a challenge over a couple beers in one of our living rooms. Pretty soon all we could talk about was riding our bikes from Folly Beach SC, via Charleston, all the way to San Diego CA, traversing the southern portion of the United States of America. Starting on the Atlantic sand and ending on the Pacific sand. Previously we were not cyclists, but we have always enjoyed riding bikes. Most importantly we are committed to the challenge and the cause we have chosen.
We will be pedaling our bikes to benefit the relief effort in Haiti through the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The devastation caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti has left the country in serious need. The J/P HRO is on the ground and forefront providing tremendous efforts to the people of Haiti. On the left is a link to our fundraising page where you can find more information about our fundraising efforts. Also, you can use our fundraising page to make a donation to relief efforts in Haiti.
Is there a factory farm in your area? Check out this map put together by my friends over at Food & Water Watch.
This young man represents the beginning of a food revolution. What do you put in your mouth?
Great news! Fracking is now illegal in New York State. Here is the body of a letter written by Dan Cantor, WFP Executive Director of the Working Families Party who had a critical role in the passing of the bill. Now, if we could only make it illegal EVERYWHERE!
A little before 1:00 a.m. last night, by a vote of 94-44, the New York State Assembly passed the moratorium on hydraulic fracture drilling.Go ahead: get up from your chair. Do a little dance, pump your fist, or do whatever you do to celebrate a victory of grassroots action over corporate power.
You deserve it. At the time the bill passed last night, more than 52,000 New Yorkers had signed the petition urging the Assembly to act. We joined an incredible alliance of Frack Action, Environmental Advocates, MoveOn.org, Mark Ruffalo, Pete Seeger, Assemblymembers Robert Sweeney and Steve Englebright, Borough President Scott Stringer, and so many others to pass a bill that everyone thought was dead – first through the New York State Senate, then the Assembly.
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. We still have to make sure he signs it, and then see to it that even stronger legislation is put in place next year.
But let’s take a moment to celebrate, because this is a major step forward. As far as we know, this is the first time that anystate legislature has said “no” to these drillers.
And it didn’t come from the top-down. While we at the Working Families Party are proud to have played a small role in last night’s victory, the real credit is due to the thousands of New Yorkers who spoke out, organized, put the dangers of “fracking” on the public agenda, and pushed us again and again to join the fight.
So thank you for leading this charge. Thank you for taking even stronger action at every step of the way.
And thank you in advance for your continued efforts to make sure that New York’s water is clean and safe to drink, and that everyday New Yorkers have more of a say in how our lives are governed than corporations who think money can buy them whatever they want.
For news coverage of the petition and the fracking fight, check out these articles:
- New York Observer: WFP Teams Up With Mark Ruffalo For Last-Minute Fracking Ban Push
“The Working Families Party is out with a last-minute push to pressure the Assembly to ban hydro-fracking during the special session, slated to get underway shortly in Albany. …the WFP, Move-On and others have gathered 50,000 signatures calling on the lower house to follow suit.”
- Albany Times-Union: Hydrofracking Moratorium Supporters Hopeful on Assembly Prospects
“MoveOn and the Working Families Party are touting a 50,000-signature petition supporting the moratorium… If it comes to the floor, advocates are confident it will pass.”
- Ithaca Journal: Assembly Approves Gas Drilling Moratorium
“Actor Mark Ruffalo, a Sullivan County resident and an anti-drilling advocate, also released a statement through the Working Families Party, pushing for the Assembly to pass the bill and urging New Yorkers to sign a petition in favor of the moratorium.”
– Dan Cantor, WFP Executive Director