A Cold Wednesday in March Demonstrated the reach CHEJ has and how much is really accomplished.
A Cold, Windy and Snowy Day Did Not Stop Us.
Wednesday March 6th a storm was brewing across the Midwest and Northeast. Despite the snow and travel warnings CHEJ’s leaders moved forward. Here is what happened on that cold, windy and snowy Wednesday in March.
A day in the life of CHEJ
As I juggle calls from activists across the state of Ohio working on fracking, deep well injection, air pollution, cancer clusters and more I’m freezing outside at and anti injection well rally at the state capital. Cold and tired watching e-mails cross my phone from CHEJ’s home office I realize how much CHEJ does in a day to move the country toward a safe, healthy and justice place for American families.
While I’m in Columbus, Ohio participating with my neighbors and friends to speak out about fracking waste disposal. Even with the nasty weather, over 125 people gather at the state house to ask legislators to stop accepting out-of-state fracking wastes. Ohio now has over 200 injection wells and last year accepted 581,559,594 gallons (that’s right over 581 million gallons) of fracking wastes.
My co-worker is working on greening the market place organized a shareholder action in Arizona around Disney’s use of poison plastic in toys and other children’s products. This morning a shareholder action was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Leaders handed out informational packets to Disney shareholders to ask them to stop using PVC the poison plastic in their toys. Many shareholders had no idea that toys were being made in a way that could harm young children.
Commemorating 35th Anniversary of Love Canal
In New York City
That same evening a celebration and fundraiser was held in New York City with our Executive Director Lois Gibbs. This was our first event of several, commemorations of Love Canal events 35 years ago were underway. Chevy and Jayni Chase joined us as our special guest along with 67 others who braved the weather to celebrate with us that evening. CHEJ surpassed our fundraising goal at the event and launched the Leadership Training Academy. Great time was had by all with great food, drinks, conversations with colleagues and a preview of the new documentary A Fierce Green Fire, The Battle for A Living Planet.