Get Involved in Rising Tide!

If you’re interested in becoming part of the Rising Tide Network let me be the first to welcome you.

Before you go any further, however, we’d like you to take a look at our What is RT? section, especially the Rising Tide Principles. Groups interested in joining the RT Network should be in alignment with these basic principals that help shape and guide our work.

As well, please familiarize yourself with how our different RT Network support structures operate and what our various Working Groups do and how they function.

There are basically three different ways to get involved with Rising Tide.

1. Become a Rising Tide Contact

The RT network is made up of a lot of individuals who live in isolated places, already work with organizations and don’t have the capacity to start something new, or simply can’t creat a climate organization from scratch right now. If you decide to become an RT Contact you will have access to our RT-Local list, a post-able list that connects you to all the other contacts and chapters in the network. As well you will receive our general newsletter and be able to join the various RT Working Groups.

2. Start a new Rising Tide group

We encourage all our contacts to start thinking about what organizing in their local communities might look like. The biggest part of the reason for the RT collective’s existence is to support new groups starting from scratch in local areas. Check out our Resources for Network Groups section to find out all the ways Rising Tide can help your group get on its feet. All the RT Network group function autonomously, so you won’t have anybody breathing down your neck telling you what to do. The RT collective is here to help and guide, not demand that your group focus on only one thing in one particular way. As part of the Network you will be connected to other groups via our RT-local list, optional bi-monthly calls with other groups, access to all RT support resources, and ability to join RT working groups.

If you are interested in becoming an RT Chapter please email us at
local@risingtidenorthamerica.org
for more information.

3. Bring your existing group into the Network

If you are already a part of an existing group or organization, and you agree with the RT Principals, we invite your organization to join our network. Many other existing groups have found alignment in becoming a part of Rising Tide and forged new relationships with other grassroots radicals and frontline community organizations and individuals. Again, all network group function autonomously so in no way will joining the RT Network affect the work your organization or group is already doing. As a part of the Rt network you will have access to all the mechanism for organizing and communication available to any other Network Group.

If you are interested in making your organization a part of the RT Network please contact
local@risingtidenorthamerica.org

About Us

Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who organize locally, promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis and take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change.

Rising Tide was born out of the conviction that corporate-friendly “solutions” to climate change will not save us and that most government efforts are half-measures at best. We organize through decentralized local groups that support one another with shared resources, ideas, fundraising, training and collaborations. Our activities include grassroots community organizing, publishing educational materials, organizing creative direct actions and protests, and holding public education events in order to further the struggle for climate justice.

Rising Tide is committed to stopping the extraction of fossil fuels and preventing the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure. Equally important, we must make a just transition to sustainable livelihoods that foster local autonomy and self-sufficiency.

Rising Tide’s tactics are diverse and creative, taking a bottom-up approach to connecting the dots between colonialism, corporate power, climate disruption, social justice, and biocentrism. The systems that are destroying the planet are systems rooted in oppression; combating climate change is therefore not just a matter of carbon emissions, but of confronting the institutions that destroy communities, cultures and the Earth.

The international Rising Tide network now spans four continents. We know that whatever we achieve in our local struggles is amplified by the energy of the growing global movement for climate justice.

Vote for Rising Tide North America!

Want to raise money for radical climate justice organizing without spending a dime? Now you can!

Rising Tide is excited to announce that we’re on CREDO Action June Donation Ballot. Being on the ballot makes us eligible for funding to use in our work fighting the root causes of climate change and supporting frontline communities throughout North America. How much we receive depends on you.

CREDO is a progressive activist network and a provider of mobile and long distance phone services, as well as the CREDO credit card. They donate a portion of their revenue to a wide range of nonprofit groups. Last year they donated more than $2 million.

Rising Tide could receive more than $40,000 from CREDO. Here’s the catch. CREDO asks its members to vote for which groups they think should receive funding. So your vote could secure money we need to support direct action and frontline communities challenging the climate crisis.

Anyone can become a CREDO member and vote, so this could be huge for Rising Tide.

Be sure to act before the deadline of June 30:

vote1. If you are a CREDO customer or CREDO action member go to www.credodonations.com and vote for Rising Tide on CREDO Action’s June Ballot

2. If you are not a member, you can become a CREDO Action member by signing a petition at CREDOAction.com. After you sign, head over to www.credodonations.com and vote for Rising Tide!

Rising Tide North America is going big in 2015. These funds couldn’t be more crucial. In the last two weeks alone, Rising Tide chapters have blockaded fracking sites in Texas and Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle. For the fall, we’re undertaking our largest endeavor yet: organizing escalating actions to #FloodTheSystem across the continent.

Every vote we get, gives us a larger percentage of this month’s pot of money. So PLEASE share this with your friends, families, co-workers, folks you think might want to support us.

AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE BEFORE THE JUNE 30 DEADLINE!

Tree-Sit Launched in Burrillville, RI to Prevent Spectra’s Fracked-Gas Pipeline Construction

fangTree-Sit Launched in Burrillville, RI to Prevent Spectra’s Fracked-Gas Pipeline Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2015

Contact: Sherrie Anne Andre, 401-474-7666

Nick Katkevich, 401-572-8148, nick@fangtogether.org

Social Service Advocate Launches Tree-Sit to Prevent Pipeline Construction

BURRILLVILLE, RI – A local woman launched a tree sit at the edge of a gas compressor station in Burrillville this morning to prevent its proposed expansion. The station, owned and operated by Spectra Energy, pressurizes and moves gas along the “Algonquin” Pipeline. Spectra is planning to nearly double the capacity of the compressor station as part of the highly protested “AIM” pipeline expansion project.

Sherrie Anne Andre, a member of FANG (Fighting Against Naturals Gas), and a Rhode Island native is holding the tree-sit “indefinitely”. The sit is aimed at preventing the tree clearing necessary for constructing the addition to the compressor station.

Andre is occupying a platform that is suspended 60 feet high on a tree located just yards away from the existing gas compressor station. A banner hanging from the platform reads “Spectra’s Toxins are Trespassing on Our Bodies, #StopSpectra”, highlighting the health impacts that residents face during the extraction, transportation and burning of fracked-gas.

Citing her eight years of professional work as an advocate for survivors of sexual and domestic assault Andre relayed that, “Spectra’s proposed project would hurt families  along the pipeline route and in the areas where the gas is extracted. If I truly believe I am an advocate, then I am exactly where I need to be – participating in a nonviolent direct action to stop this harm.”

In her work with FANG, Andre researches the social impacts connected with the development of fossil fuel infrastructure. “From places of extraction like the Bakken oil fields that saw a 300% increase in sexual assault after industry moved in, to Pennsylvania’s shalefields where hard drug use rates have risen – the fossil fuel industry devastates communities.”

In March the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, charged with reviewing interstate gas pipeline projects, gave initial approval to the AIM pipeline project. Spectra has still has not received final approval from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council.

Last month, protestors delivered a “final notice” to Spectra, giving the company forty days to either cancel the AIM project or face increased community resistance. A national “week of action” targeting Spectra Energy is scheduled to start on June 6th, marking the end of the forty day window.

Sherrie called for people to participate saying “if you also believe that what Spectra is doing is wrong, I ask you to join me in taking action to stop them.”

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