Climate Action Chicago Joins NATO Summit Protests

Join Rising Tide Chicago, Chicago environmental groups and their allies for the NATO summit weekend to give corporate criminals, and the governmental lackeys and military who serve their interests a clear message: putting profits over our planet threatens our survival and will NOT be accepted any longer!

This weekend, we’ll call for real solutions to climate change and war by encouraging communities to come together to restore natural ecosystems, create clean power & transportation and establish local food systems.

Let’s create communities that are fair and provide access to basics needs for everyone rather than our current throwaway society that benefits the 1% and destroys our planet.

*Join us for Events during Summit Weekend!

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Thursday, May 17th @ 3 pm;
Occupy Chicago Day of Environment — Planet Over Profits & War
Protest Canadian Tar Sands at Consulate with Die-In
Canadian Consulate, 180 N Stetson Ave.
RSVP via Facebook;
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Friday, May 18th @ 1:00 p.m;
Crime Busting March on Chicago’s Climate Crooks
March around the loop with us as we issue warrants for arrest for corporations and government organizations responsible for destabilizing our climate.
Daley Plaza (Clark & Washington) @ 1:00 p.m. Directly after the Nurses Union March
RSVP via Facebook;
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Friday, May 18th@ 6:30 pm;
Dinner & Overview of Summit Events
@ Holy Innocents Church, 1447 W. Superior (near Chicago & Ashland)
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Saturday, May 19th @ 6:30 pm ;
Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands, Documentary, Dinner & Climate Justice Discussion
@ Holy Innocents Church, 1447 W. Superior (near Chicago & Ashland)
RSVP via Facebook;
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Sunday, May 20th @ 12p (noon);
Environmental Contingent in March & Rally to NATO Summit
March with thousands during the NATO summit to deliver our message: Jobs, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Our Pensions and the Environment: Not War!
@ Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park (Columbus & Jackson)
Meet us at NW side of the Petrillo Bandshell. Look for a big green flag!
RSVP via Facebook;
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Join Us, Fight Coal Exports

Dear Friends–

King Coal is losing North America. Successful fights against coal fired power plants have forced them to change their business strategies or die. Their new plan is to export coal mined from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to overseas markets in East Asia. In China and India, coal will devastate public health and climate with polluting greenhouse gas emissions the same way it does in the United States.

Coal companies like Arch Coal and Peabody Energy have pushed to build coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington.

Groups throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming have been fighting coal exports in regulatory hearings, court rooms, boardrooms and legislative halls, but more is needed!

Join the Coal Exports Action from August 10-20 in Helena Montana.

Rising Tide North America has joined a diverse coalition of students, environmentalists, ranchers, frontline communities and ordinary people to stand together in Helena to fight back against Big Coal.

While industry lobbyists will be pushing the Montana Land Board in August to open up more coal reserves, 1,000 people will be in the streets of Helena from August 10-20 putting their bodies on the line and making their voices heard.

It’s time to end coal once and for all and we need you to make it happen.

Please join us for the Coal Exports Action.

Thanks for all you do.

Solidarity, Rising Tide North America

Ordinary Heroes Standing Up to Big Oil!

Dear Friends-

Besides the story of the massive campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, do you know about the other battles going on around the U.S. to stop the tar sands?

Since last summer, the small town of Moscow, Idaho has seen numerous rowdy protests and civil disobedience, organized by Wild Idaho Rising Tide, in opposition to Exxon’s “megaloads” carrying pieces of tar sands equipment bound for Alberta.

This week, Moscow residents stood up again to Big Oil again and four of them put their bodies on the line blocking Exxon’s heavy hauls.

People in Idaho need our help. They don’t have big foundations or big green organizations giving them tons of money. They have us. An informal network of people standing with them.

It’s time for all of us to become ordinary heroes fighting back against Big Oil.

Support The Fight Against the Tar Sands, Support Wild Idaho Rising Tide!

Rising Tide North America Statement of Solidarity with Occupy Oakland

Rising Tide North America Statement of Solidarity with Occupy Oakland

San Francisco, CA– The climate justice group Rising Tide North America released this statement in response to the brutal attack against Occupy Oakland on Jan. 28th by the Oakland Police Department and subsequent lies and misinformation being spread by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and her administration:

“Rising Tide North America stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and the marchers in the Jan. 28 “Move In Day” march that was brutally attacked by the Oakland police department. The march was meant to turn an abandoned building into a social center that would provide services that the original Occupy Oakland encampment had provided to the local community before being evicted by the city of Oakland.

“The Oakland Police responded to the “Move-In Day” march with violence and brutality. They used batons and chemical weapons on peaceful protestors, and “kettling” techniques to detain and arrest over 250 marchers. Furthermore, stories are now emerging from the Alameda County jail that police and jailers brutalized detained Occupy Oakland marchers, refused to provide necessary medication and medical treatment and denied them access to legal counsel.

“Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has also begun a media campaign calling on Occupy Wall Street leaders to “disown” Occupy Oakland. But instead Quan’s actions show how truly out of touch she is with the city of Oakland and the country at large. While Oakland schools are being closed and families evicted, Quan’s police force responds to the non-violent opening of a community center with rubber bullets and tear gas. While corporations are handed the keys to the city by Mayor Quan, non-violent protestors are brutalized while in custody.

“The same corporate state that is profiting from foreclosures upon low income people’s homes, laying off workers and eliminating essential public services is also profiting from the climate crisis and rampant environmental destruction. As we have watched uprisings from the Middle East to the Midwest, the actions and words of ordinary people are beginning to be heard more and more. Singling out Occupy Oakland for prosecution and misinformation only further pierces the veil our elected and corporate leaders have over the general public.

“The power of all Occupys to stand up to police and state pressure in defiance of Corporate America gives us hope. Rising Tide North America supports the Occupy Movement and will continue to stand in solidarity with them. In the words of the International Workers of the World: “An injury to one is an injury to all.


Rising Tide North America is an all volunteer climate justice network with over 50 chapters and local contacts that works to confront the root causes of climate change.