Great Climate March in Omaha this week

The Great Climate March is coming to Omaha this week. The marchers are demonstrating great dedication, courage and determination by walking across the entire United States to help make people aware of climate change. They have been marching across the state of Nebraska during the month of July. The marchers have participated in several events to increase awareness of climate change and issues with fossil fuels, including events at the Build Our Energy barn on July 19, delivering a petition to the Governor asking for public disclosure of the contents of oil pipelines and oil trains on July 24, and a celebration at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln on July 25.

Come join the marchers and local supporters at events at McFoster’s, 38th and Farnam in Omaha, on Tuesday evening from 7 to 10 pm, and at the Bob Kerrey bridge on Wednesday at 5 pm Tuesday’s celebration includes Cajun tunes from the Prairie Gators and reggae from Cool Roots, featuring Jumpin Kate Logan, as well as messages from marchers and local leaders. David Corbin and Matt Cronin will also perform.

Tuesday’s event is also a celebration of OPPD’s recently announced clean energy plan, which will enable them to obtain one-third of their energy from renewable sources, and reduce their demand by 300 megawatts in the next nine years.

Wednesday’s event will include short speeches and then a march across the bridge into Iowa.

Come join the fun. You are also likely to be inspired.

–Ken Winston, Nebraska Sierra Club

State Council Meeting Aug. 16

Get involved and help set the future direction of the Nebraska Green Party at the statewide council meeting in Lincoln Saturday, August 16.  The meeting will start at 2 p.m. at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso, 1624 South Street.  There will be a report from the recent Five State Strategy Conference in Kansas City, Transforming Politics on the Prairie: Building the Green Party in the Midwest, and discussion of how Nebraska Greens will go forward from this point.

Great March for Climate Action July 19

From BOLD Nebraska:

This Saturday, July 19, a determined group of concerned citizens in the midst of a 3,000-mile cross-country march to raise awareness about climate change will set off from an historic church in Marquette, Nebraska. They will walk 10 miles through picturesque farmland to the renewable energy-powered barn near the town of Bradshaw, which BOLD Nebraska built last summer on land in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. You can join the marchers for a 10-mile or 1-mile walk.

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Iowa ruling is victory for solar energy

From The Des Moines Register:

A nationally watched Iowa Supreme Court ruling in favor of a solar energy company could spur growth of the solar industry throughout the state, advocates said Friday.

A split Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that Eagle Point Solar would not violate Iowa law by selling electricity to the city of Dubuque that the company generates through a solar panel installation on the roof of a city building. Industry leaders praise such arrangements, called power purchase agreements, as a key to developing more solar energy.

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CITIZEN KOCH coming to the Ross July 11

From the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center:

CITIZEN KOCH, OPENING FRIDAY, July 11 through July 17, 2014

In this searing exposé on the state of democracy in America and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water; co-producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 & Bowling for Columbine) follow the money behind the rise of the Tea Party. CITIZEN KOCH investigates the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process, featuring stories of life-long Republicans whose loyalty is tested when their families become collateral damage in the GOP fight to take organized labor out at the knees. Alternately terrifying and funny, CITIZEN KOCH is an essential and powerful portrait of our political times.

Check show times at the Ross.

COINTELPRO expert to speak at Malcolm X Center July 21

From Progressive Omaha:

Please try to attend this important presentation on behalf of 43-years-incarcerated Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice.)  We are continuing to educate the community to the travesty of justice involved with this case. In particular, the role played by the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) that manipulated evidence and enabled numerous law enforcement agencies to frame and prosecute black activists in the 1960s and 1970s for crimes they didn’t commit.

Michael Richardson is a nationally-recognized research expert on the COINTELPRO and he is coming to Omaha:

The Malcolm X Center
3448 Evans Street, Omaha
July 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

We will open with a spoken-word performance by the great With Love, Felicia (Felicia Webster).  We will pass the hat at the end of the program, and any donations will be given to the Nebraskans for Justice organization, the primary group that has been fighting for the release of Poindexter and we Langa.

Don’t forget these brothers. After 43 years in prison, they are still on the clock. Hope you can attend.  Bring somebody with you.

Thank you,

Walter Brooks

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NSA spying: A handy review

From Vox:

Over the last year, through the revelations of Ed Snowden and independent reporting by others, we’ve learned more and more about the National Security Agency’s spying programs. Indeed, there have now been so many revelations that it can be hard to keep them straight. So here’s a handy guide to the most significant ways the NSA spies on people in the United States and around the world.

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OPPD plans to retire coal-fired units

From the Omaha World-Herald:

Coal-fired power plants in Nebraska and Iowa are adapting to tightened clean-air rules. Some are shutting down. Others are installing pollution controls or refueling with natural gas. Still others are holding off on major decisions until a new rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions is made final.

The Omaha Public Power District, for its part, isn’t waiting. Thursday, the OPPD board approved a 20-year generation plan that will retire three coal-burning units at the North Omaha Station in 2016, offsetting the loss of power generation with new and expanded efficiency programs.

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