‘Frack Gag’ Bans Children From Talking About Fracking, Forever

The Hallowich family’s gag order is only the most extreme example of a tactic that critics say effectively silences anyone hurt by fracking. It’s a choice between receiving compensation for damage done to one’s health and property, or publicizing the abuses that caused the harm.

via ‘Frack Gag’ Bans Children From Talking About Fracking, Forever.

Imagine the horrible choice gas frackers force on families.

  1. Save your family and keep quiet, OR
  2. Save neighbor families and lose everything.

But you can’t save both. How would you choose?

Hopefully we’ll never face that choice, if we can stop fracking. The families that know it must be stopped can’t stop it. What can we do?

  • Speak up against fracking. Do everything to get bans on new drilling, locally and nationally. (France outlawed it.)
  • Reduce or eliminate your use of natural gas. Switch to an electric-renewable energy source for home heating. No more gas or oil at home!

Want to learn more? Watch “Gasland” or “Gasland Part 2”.

Solstice Parade “Procession For Our Future” Needs You to Stop A Coal Train!

Sign up for the parade or to make art here! for the “Procession for our Future” coal train vs. sustainable energy ensemble in the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade! Please join us for a workshop, the parade, or both!
Next Art Workshop is on  Saturday, June 1st 3:00-7:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N. 
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This ensemble will have a coal train driven by skull masked people that transforms into beautiful murals when we implore the audience to help us stop it (photos above, but no words or letters will be allowed in the parade). There will be windmill stilters, and windmill props to carry, solar panel costumes, a tide turbine with people dressed as water making it move, animal masked and otherwise dressed up kids of all ages, beautiful fluttering butterflies, boats, flags and banners, herring and salmon puppets, a band, and more! You and your families are welcome to join us to create more art and to be in the parade!  
 
Save these dates:
Saturday, June 1, 3:00-7:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N.
Monday, June 10th, 4:00-9:00 at the Powerhouse: 3940 Fremont Ave N.
Saturday, June 15th, Workshop and Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 at Sierra Club: 180 Nickerson St #202 (parking lot) 
Saturday, June 22nd Parade 3:00 in Fremont (be there by 1:30)
 
More information about the Art Workshop is below.
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Drop in to the art workshop any time, and stay as long as you’re having fun! Your contribution will be instrumental, so we invite you to be as much a part of it as you can! Even if you can’t join the parade, please come make art with us! Youth and adults welcome! (parents needed to help your younger kids.) 

What we’ll be doing: People of all ages will make paper mache puppet masks, cut out and folded-paper masks, paint windmills and solar panels, small flags with sun block prints in two colors on fabric, and more flags with drawings in fabric crayons. Teens, tweens, and adults will paint the last train car frames and perhaps rain barrels, and boat costumes on boxes. We’ll expand outside in clear weather.

Supplies we still need, please let us know if you have any:
primer latex paint
approximately 1″ diameter by 8′ to 10′ long bamboo poles for the windmills
top hats (for train conductors – will get stapled to skull masks)
large cardboard boxes roughly 2x2x3, 2x4x2, 2x2x4, 3x3x5, etc. (for buildings, boats, barrels for people to wear for costumes)
small bamboo or other stakes about 2′ lengths (for flags)
recycled or extra fabrics (for animal and bird costumes, sails, etc.)
yarn, raffia, trim, feathers, and ribbon (for the masks an costumes)
what else do you have that you think would make great costumes or props?
 
We’ll have a snack table, so please bring something to share!
 
 
This ensemble is supported in part by a grant from the Fremont Arts Council to create costumes and props. Additional images supplied by the Backbone Campaign and local artists.
 
Check out other great opportunities to get involved in the parade and learn skills here: http://fremontartscouncil.org/
 
Hope to see you soon!