Public Protest: Philadelphia

photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown
photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown

Rally to Show Dirty Energy Corporations “Philadelphia Is Not For Sale!”
The people of Philadelphia, represented by neighborhood groups, local green energy businesses, and community leaders, will be at Drexel University to protest the dirty energy funders’ conference being held by industry and lobbyists on Dec. 5.  We call for a clean and green energy economy, not a dirty fossil fuel energy hub.

WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014, Rally at 9:00 a.m., Press Conference at 9:45 a.m.

WHO: 350 Philadelphia, Berks Gas Truth, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action , Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food & Water Watch, Keystone Catholics, Maypop Collective, North of Washington Avenue Coalition, Penn Environment, Pennsylvania Federation BMWED – Teamsters, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Philadelphia Area Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns, Philadelphia Be the Change, Philadelphia Interfaith Power & Light, Protecting our Waters, Rising Tide Philly, Sierra Club, Beyond Natural Gas

Speakers: Kevin Poole, Northeast Grays Ferry Resdient Association; Dr. Poune Saberi, Physicians for Social Responsibility; John Scorsone, SolareAmerica, Matthew Wang, Drexel University student activist, Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Philadelphia PA IPL.

WHAT: The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Council for Growth, comprised of executives from the region’s biggest corporations in the energy, chemical, and infrastructure sectors, is hosting a conference called “Greater Philadelphia: The Next Energy Hub”, inviting potential investors to learn about how their investments in shale gas and oil can fund the development of the Philadelphia region as a fossil fuel energy behemoth. Yet the people who live and work in Philadelphia are in the dark about these plans and how they and their communities would be impacted. The greater Philadelphia community will be there to say Philadelphia is not a sacrifice zone and we want a stable, clean, green energy future.

WHERE:  The Creese Student Center, Drexel University, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

PHOTO OP: Excellent visuals, signs and banners.   For PA IPL-ers, this calls particularly for signs with references to faith teachings and scriptures and signs that mention climate change as a massive, overarching impact of this kind of “investment.”  

Invest in a CLEAN ENERGY future.
Jobs: YES;
Climate change, statewide pollution, and fossil fuel infrastructure: NO

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