Green Notes Week of November 11, 2012

GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL UPDATE . . . “Jill Stein and the Green Party After Election Day 2012,” by Ellie Maclin, was published in Examiner.com, November 8, 2012: “It’s a wake-up moment for America,” said Jill Stein in an online election night “Hangout” with Cheri Honkala and their campaign manager. “On the climate, on the export of our jobs… on bailouts for Wall Street… we have answers to all of [these concerns] in the Green New Deal,” she said. The race was “a real nailbiter,” Stein told viewers, and “it’s a real achievement” that vote counts increased by such a margin despite a close, historic race. Said Stein:
“The Green Party is the way forward, and I so look forward to continuing this fight… We are here for the long haul, and I’m so gratified to hear that’s the case from our volunteers and our supporters … what they care about is that we have recovered our political voice and our political coverage and that we are not going away. Together we are unstoppable, and thank you all so much for making it so!”
Campaign Manager Ben Manski reported “We began the 2012 campaign with 16 states in which we could run candidates on the ballot, and ended it with 38 states. We qualified for public financing. Our candidates appeared on national television and in all the national press. Our message of the need for a new economy and a new democracy was heard and seen everywhere. Roughly one million Americans voted with us, and millions considered voting Green for the first time. …Winning nearly a million votes doesn’t happen often for independent parties. We’ve done five times better than in the previous election cycle. We are moving in a good direction.”
“I’m honored to have been the Green Party’s presidential candidate and deeply moved by the support we’ve received from people like you all across the country. Thank you for your support.” –Jill Stein On Election Night
           Another U.S. is Possible — Another Party is Necessary.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY . . . America Recycles Day is Thursday, November 15, 2012. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Lincoln area: Congressional District 1

VIGIL AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY . . . Every Monday, noon to 1:00pm, Nebraskans for abolition of the death penalty meet in front of the governor’s mansion when weather is good, 1425 H Street, Lincoln. When weather is bad, the vigil is inside the capitol, near the Information Desk. The lunch-hour presence reminds the governor of a constituency that does not want state killings. Weekly vigils have taken place year-round since July, 1991. All abolitionists are welcome to participate for a few minutes, or the hour. “It’s barbaric. It’s outlawed in all but a few extremely repressive countries like Iran, China, and not many others. It’s shameful that it continues to be performed. It’s well established that mistakes are made–yet half of our states practice pre-meditated state-sponsored murder. It’s also known that it’s not effective. So why is it done? Revenge & retribution? That’s not what our justice system is supposed to be about. It’s not an effective deterrent.” –Jill Stein, GP Presidential Nominee.

WATER POLICY CONFERENCES . . . Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14, 2012, there will be two University of Nebraska Water Policy Conferences at the Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13 Street, in Lincoln. Water: Science, Practice and Policy, with the latest research, programming and policy on water in Nebraska will be Tuesday, and the Water Law Conference is Wednesday. Register and find more information here.

NEBRASKA SUSTAINABILITY ROUNDTABLE . . . The UN-L ASUN Environmental Sustainability Committee is hosting the second annual Nebraska Sustainability Roundtable, Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00pm, in the Ballroom of the City Union, between 14th & 15th on R Street. This will be a unique public discussion to expand and strengthen Nebraska’s existing sustainability initiatives. Faculty, students, and industry experts will be in attendance, providing the opportunity to discuss and network on Energy, Water, Lifestyle, and Food/Agriculture. More information can be found at the facebook event page.

LINCOLN PEACE VIGILS . . . Lincoln peace vigils continue at the Federal Building, 15th and O streets, every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Contact Mark at 402.499.6672 or e-mail mark [at] weddleton [dot] com for more information.

LEADING ON THE WORLD FOOD ISSUE . . . 2003 World Food Prize Laureate Catherine Bertini will speak about “Where America Must Lead: Ensuring the World Can Feed Its People” on Thursday, November 15, 2012, 3:30pm, at Hardin Hall on UN-L East Campus, 33rd & Holdrege, Lincoln. A 3:00 reception in the Hardin Hall lobby will precede the lecture.

FORSBERG AT THE ROSS . . . Thursday, November 15, 2012, renowned Nebraska wildlife photographer and author Michael Forsberg will present “Pulse of the Plains” at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 North 13th Street, Lincoln, at 7:00pm. The event is open is open to EveryOne. Sponsored by Friends of Wilderness Park, there is an admission charge. For more information, phone 402.421.8464.

FREE SATURDAY . . . There will be another Free Saturday at Neighbor’s Park, 2901 D Street, Lincoln, on Saturday, November 17, 2012, 2:00pm. The Cold weather/bad weather alternate location is Common Root Mutual Aid Center, 1315 South 24th Street. For more information, e-mail Barb Van den Berg, barbvandenberg [at] hotmail [dot] com.

SUNDAY WITH JOHANSGARD ON BIRDS . . . Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1:30 to 4:30pm, UN-L Professor Emeritus Paul Johnsgard will be featured at Sunday With A Scientist on City campus at Morrill Hall, located just south of 14th and Vine Streets, Lincoln.

OCCUPY EDUCATION LINCOLN . . . Occupy Education Lincoln and the Calvary United Methodist Church, 1610 South 11th Street, Lincoln, (corner of South 11th and Garfield Streets) will hold weekly Workshop/Skills Teaching Sessions, The Repair Cafe, every Thursday, starting at 5:30pm. (The time coincides with the start of FoodNet.) Toss It? No Way! Fix it, find another use, use some of its parts, recycle it, and say no to the throw away culture. Everything and everyone has value. We must discover the value. For more information, contact Barbara van den Berg, 402.488.6926, barbvandenberg [at] hotmail [dot] com.

OCCUPY LINCOLN . . . There is a calendar of Occupy Lincoln events here.  The Facebook page is here.  The Twitter feed is @OccupyLincoln. For more information, e-mail occupylincoln [at] gmail [dot] com or phone 402.585.5865. Corporate Greed is Revolution’s Seed!

Omaha area: Congressional District 2

OMAHA PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL . . . There is a People’s Film Festival every Wednesday, 7:00pm, at McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe, 38th and Harney in Omaha. Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the film will be “Soldiers of Conscience,” a documentary examining the dilemma of being ordered to kill, and the morality of killing in war. A discussion will follow the film. EveryOne is welcome. For more information, click here.  The People’s Film Festival – Expanding Political Consciousness Since 2004.

PUBLIC MEETING ON FORT CALHOUN . . . Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00pm, at the Dana College Gardner-Hawks Center, Blair, Nebraska, there will be a public meeting with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission updating the troubled Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant, 20 miles north of Omaha. There will be a Q&A after NRC officials discuss their efforts to restart the plant.

DEEP TRANSITION . . . Transition Omaha is hosting a Deep Transition Experience, “Call to Evolutionary Catalysts,” at Knowles Mercy Center, 2304 Campanile Road, Waterloo, NE, Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18, 2012. Focus will be on the the inner work we need to do as we respond to our many challenges. Driving directions and a map are here. [pdf]

OMAHA PEACE VIGILS . . . Every Saturday, 1:00-2:00pm, there is a Peace Vigil at the northwest corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha. Park next to 72nd Street, in the pet store lot. Contact Steve Horn, 402.426.9068, for more information about Saturday vigils.

ATM LEAFLETTING IN OMAHA . . . An Alternatives To the Military supporter who lives in Omaha would like to put together and participate in a local leafletting group there. She wants to start small–maybe leafletting at just one or two schools. If you have an interest in joining a Omaha ATM group, please contact Kevin Haake, atmlincoln [at] gmail [dot] com. The FB link is http://www.facebook.com/atmlincoln. Twitter is http://www.twitter.com/ATMLincolnNE.
Leafletting in Omaha.

ENGAGE OMAHA . . . One of the nation’s first city-wide, virtual town hall websites, EngageOmaha, is now online. Omaha residents may weigh in on issues for the city to consider. Pick a topic, and join the mix at http://www.engageomaha.com/.

Greater Nebraska: Congressional District 3

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE UPDATE . . .Dear President Obama, Protect Our Homes.
SAVE THE DATE: The “Do the Math” 350.org tour with Bill McKibben will be in Omaha on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00pm, at the Joslyn Museum Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha. McKibben will be on a nationwide tour talking about climate, oil subsidies, and the pipeline, bringing together tens of thousands of people over one month to start an historic push to win real solutions to the climate crisis. Purchase tickets online here.
Sign a Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert telling Congress to reject all attempts to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by attaching it to any unrelated legislation. The Keystone XL will deliver billions in profits to Big Oil while the people get stuck with poisoned water, contaminated land and an overheated planet.
           “The Keystone pipeline will spew a massive amount of carbon pollution into our fragile atmosphere. It should be stopped. ” –Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party Presidential Nominee.

STOP FRACKING NOW . . . From “Five Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About” by Alyssa Figueroa, AlterNet, October 23rd: “What comes to mind when you think of fracking? Perhaps it’s images of tap water being lit on fire or stories of families suffering health problems after nearby wells are fracked. Indeed, the health and environmental impacts of fracking are being documented, but it’s important to know that fracking is a catalyst for widespread negative consequences.” Petition Congress: “We, the undersigned, call on Congress to pass the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act this year. It’s time to hold the oil and gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry to ensure the safe protection of America’s drinking water.”

BUY FRESH. BUY LOCAL . . . . Farmers, gardeners, and craftspeople meet through The Nebraska Food Cooperative, an on-line, year-round farmers’ market and local food distribution service offering the best in local freshness. For ordering and pickup schedules, refer to the calendar here.  Click here for products and prices from North Star Neighbors, a Cooperative member that doesn’t therapeutically medicate or unduly confine animals. Click here for Tomato Tomäto, Omaha’s year-round indoor Farmer’s Market at 156th & West Center. Shop for fresh foods grown in or very near your own community at Open Harvest, Lincoln’s member-owned natural foods retail cooperative at 1618 South Street. Buying local grows family farming, grows the local economy, and is thousands of miles fresher.

HELP NEBRASKA GREENS WITH GOODSEARCH . . . Each time you search the Internet (or shop online at a participating store), a donation can be made to Nebraska Green Party at no cost to you! To help NGP in this way, enter Nebraska Green Party where it asks you to name your cause here.  Bookmark the GoodSearch Homepage, or make it your own Home Page. Enter the url you want in the GoodSearch search box. Each time you do, one penny will be donated to Nebraska Greens. THANK YOU for your support!

Remember, every man-made by-product of the petroleum industry could be replaced by hemp. “Help Save the Earth, Time to Substitute Hemp for oil.”