Now you can vote early in NC, your three-step plan

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This is a critical election and every vote will make a difference!

If you agree it’s a critical time for leaders to take action on climate change and promote clean energy jobs and development here in North Carolina make a plan to vote early!

North Carolina’s early voting program lets you vote when it’s convenient for you (even on Saturday and Sunday), rather than finding time on Election Day.

Here’s your three step guide to voting in this year’s important election:

1. Vote early: We recommend you vote early—voting early means you can vote when it’s convenient for you, including on the weekend! Early voting begins on Oct. 23rd. Find out more about early voting in NC dates, times, and locations by visiting your county’s Board of Elections website.
2. Know your ballot: View a sample ballot and other information before you vote.
3. Know your rights and the rules of voting in NC: Visit NC Election Connection’s Protect My Vote page.

Due to the changes in election and voting law there has been some confusion about early voting and photo ID. North Carolinians can still vote early. And—until 2016— you generally do not have to show identification to vote. However, if you are a newly registered voter or if you have never voted at your current address, then you may be required to show ID. (You do not need a photo ID. Examples of ID that you could bring include: driver’s license, utility bill, pay-stub, bank statement).

We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family in North Carolina to make sure that they are prepared for the election as well.

For more information about Charlotte early voting sites, election rules, etc. check out http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Seize the Day – Try to Find Your Own Voice

Carpe Diem; Seize the day! Strive to find your own voice.

Find your own voice and ways to become active on issues related to climate change. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Seize the day…..

Robin Williams – “Seize the Day”

Films:

Dead Poet’s Society
Hook
Jack
Mrs. Doubtfire
What Dreams May Come
Good Morning Vietnam
Patch Adams

Lyrics:

Carpe Diem; Seize the day!
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Strive to find your own voice
Seize the day – look at it in another way

We are members of the human race
And the human race
Is filled with passion
Words and ideas can change the world

The powerful play goes on
And you may contribute a verse
The powerful play goes on
Goes on

I’m a hip old granny who can hip hop be bop
Dance dance dance till you drop drop drop
I’m a hip old granny who can hip hop be bop
Yo yo make a wicked cup of coco

I’m a raptor doing what i can
Gonna eat everything till the appearance of man
Yo yo see me I’m living below the soil
I’ll be back but I’m coming as oil

This is rock and roll
Dance dance dance till you drop drop drop
Cast your eyes to the summer sky
And today – make a wish

(refrain)

Only in their dreams can men be truly free
Twas always thus, and always thus will be

Why Lisa Cried When Eric Dumped ALEC

Great piece by Michael Brune about why we need to stand up to ALEC!

Coming Clean: The blog of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune

Michael Brune

October 7, 2014

Exactly 54 days after Lisa B. Nelson, the new CEO of the American Legislative Council (ALEC), started her job, Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google, dropped the bomb: Google wanted out of its relationship with ALEC. “That was some sort of mistake,” Schmidt said on The Diane Rehm Show when a caller asked why Google was supporting the organization. “We’re trying to not do that in the future.”

It’s like breaking up via text with your girlfriend when you’re 16,” said Nelson, presumably before throwing out the mixtapes and Google hoodie Eric gave her and unfriending him on Facebook. Wait a minute, she couldn’t do that, because Facebook is also leaving ALEC. Well, then maybe she could post a picture of her trashed hoodie and mixtapes to Yahoo’s Flickr site? Nope, Yahoo’s ditching ALEC, too.

How about leaving mean reviews of Google, Flickr, and Yahoo on Yelp? Sorry, Yelp already gave ALEC the thumbs down. And before she opens Outlook to send some “actually-I’m the-one-who-broke-up-with-YOU” emails, she might recall that even Microsoft has Ctrl-Z’d its relationship with ALEC.

Any way you look at it, Lisa B. Nelson’s first 60 days on the job were, as they say, character building. But, really, she shouldn’t take it personally. It’s not her — it’s ALEC.

What is it about ALEC that has given so many Big Tech firms cold feet? For that matter, what is ALEC, exactly? It calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. Not quite. The New York Times, reporting on Google’s defection, described ALEC as “a conservative-leaning group that has urged repeal of state renewable power standards and other pro-renewable policies.” And the Times was being kind.

ALEC is actually one of the most brazen attempts to steal our democracy that corporate interests have yet conceived. The “council” is composed of representatives from corporations, along with state legislators. Corporations like Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries pay fees along with other generous financial contributions. The legislators pay nominal dues but are forced to bring their families on all-expenses-paid vacations, where they mingle with their corporate benefactors and receive “model” bills (written by the corporations for the corporations). The rested-and-relaxed lawmakers can then take these Stepford bills home and introduce them in their state houses. The only way to make this easier would be to cut out the middleman and just let the corporations pass the laws themselves.

Because this all happens at the state level, it tends to fly under the national radar. It’s also aimed dead at the heart of our absolutely critical local campaigns to develop clean energy and combat climate change.

ALEC exists solely to do the will of the corporations that bankroll it, which is how technology firms got seduced into supporting it in the first place. They hoped ALEC could help them with issues aligned with their own values, such as an open Internet.

What changed? The Climate Movement, which reared its head and roared on September 21 around the world, has made it a lot harder for some companies to keep turning a blind eye to the harm that ALEC does by undermining clean energy and funding climate denial.

Eric Schmidt was blunt: ALEC is “literally lying” about the reality of climate change, he said. “[They] are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people.” I can see how that would be a problem for a company whose official corporate motto is still “Don’t be evil.”

“Our citizens keep marching,” said President Obama at the UN Climate Summit last month, one day after hundreds of thousands around the world mobilized to demand climate action. “We cannot pretend we do not hear them.”

That is the strength of a movement like this one. It blazes a light that makes it impossible to miss the difference between what is good and what is evil. And here’s how strong we have grown: Last week, Occidental Petroleum — an oil company! — announced it was leaving ALEC rather than be associated with its positions on climate change and EPA regulations. Other tech (and non-tech) companies that have severed ties with ALEC include Amazon, General Electric, Apple, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble. Many of these companies left a few years ago after Color of Change and other grassroots organizations called out ALEC for its support of voter-suppression and “stand your ground” laws around the country.

Unfortunately, ALEC still has plenty of corporate funders who are willing to ignore the difference between what’s good and what’s evil. Perhaps Lisa Nelson shouldn’t have been so quick to toss that Google hoodie — she could have sold it on eBay!

That’s right: eBay is still supporting an organization that Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Yelp, Yahoo, and Facebook have all unfriended.

Send a message to CEO John Donahoe today and tell him that it’s about time eBay, too, opened its eyes and saw the light.

Last week to register to vote!

Protect Enviro Democracy

This is the last week to register to vote or to update your registration (the deadline is Friday Oct. 10th!). We want to make sure you have everything you need for the election this fall. Here are some helpful links for you:

  • Check your registration status. Visit the NC State Board of Elections website to ensure that your registration is up to date and accurate, especially if you’ve moved or changed your name since last voting.
  • Need to register or update your registration? Be sure to complete this by Oct. 10th. Visit NC Election Connection for directions on how you can do this. You can no longer register to vote during Early Voting.

We hope you’re as excited to vote as we are this fall. Please mark your calendars for Election Day), or hit the polls sooner during Early Voting (starting October 23rd and ending November 1st).

So Much Happening! 4QT Mecklenburg Environmental/Social Justice Events

Here are some of our Sierra Club and community events that are related to environmental and social justice issues. I hope to see you at many of these!

Be the Change

People’s Climate March

See, listen and learn about the March and what you can do to grow the movement!

Memories and Images of the Peoples Climate March

VOICES OF THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH Volume 1

The New Climate Movement Has Begun – Be a Part of the Change!

“The alarm bells keep ringing, our citizens keep marching. We must answer the call”

 Oct 6 – MSNBC “All In: Coal Country” with NC Coal Ash and Duke Energy

Monday, October 6th at 8:00 PM, Chris Hayes on MSNBC will be doing an hour-long investigative special on the coal industry

Oct 6 – MSNBC “All In: Coal Country” with NC Coal Ash and Duke Energy

 Oct 7 – 2nd of 3 NC Senate Debates with Kay Hagan vs. Thom Tillis, ‘Round 2′

Host a house party to watch and discuss. Or, Drinking Liberally Charlotte is hosting a viewing party at Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill – 366 N. Caswell (http://www.kennedyscharlotte.com). Folks will be upstairs starting at 6:30pm and stick around afterwards as long as you’d like to discuss how the candidates performed. The Debate starts at 7pm and lasts just 1 hour. This one is hosted by George Stephanopoulos!

 Oct 9 – Charlotte Bike Talk!

Charlotte Bike Talk! – Oct 9

 Oct 10 – Voter Registration Deadline

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Oct 10 – Carolina Thread “Fall Into the Thread”

One Week To Fall Into The Thread on October 10th!

 Oct 14 Webinar: Advocating with Compassion & NC General Assembly 101

Oct 14 Webinar: Advocating with Compassion & NC General Assembly 101

 Oct 16 – Charlotte Moral Movies – Disruption

Oct 16 More Moral Movies – Watch and Discuss “Disruption”

 Oct 18 – Rocky Face Mountain Outing

Oct 18 Outing: Exploring Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area

Oct 20 – Citizens’ United and Corporate Personhood

Oct 20 Program: Citizens’ United and Corporate Personhood

Oct 22 – Sierra Club monthly meeting

Oct 22 Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – Members Trip Highlights

Oct 22 – “Coal Ash In Our Water: An Unfinished Business” Town Hall Meeting

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-Environmental-Action-CEA/169329816552913

Oct 23 – Early Voting Begins

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Oct 26 – Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Sierra Club: Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail

Oct 26 – Relive the Legacy of the Appalachian Trail

Oct 27 – Charlotte City Council vote on the future of area water quality (PCCO)

For more information on this issue see:

Public Hearing Comments on the Proposed Weakened Stormwater Ordinance

Come Tell Charlotte City Council to Protect Our Streams, Lakes, and Rivers

81% of Total Mecklenburg Watershed Considered Unfit – Support Strong Stormwater Regulations!

Charlotte Stormwater Pollution – Harming Our Lakes, Streams and Rivers

Sept 22: Charlotte Public Hearing – The Future of Area Water Quality

Will Developers Take Control of Our Water Quality?

Will Charlotte Continue to Weaken Storm Water Controls?

Nov 1 – Early Voting Ends

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Nov 1 – Catawba Wildflower Glen Service Outing

More information at: http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Sierra-Club/events/210703312/

Nov 4 – General Election Day

More information at http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/elections-2014/

Nov 21 – NC Climate Justice Summit

More information at NC Climate Justice Summit, Nov 21-23

Sierra Club To Launch Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in North Carolina

We all need to do our part to Get Out the Vote!

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Sierra Club To Launch Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in North Carolina

Nearly One Million Micro-targeted Voters to be Reached

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 26, 2014

Contact: Trey Pollard (202) 495-3058 or trey.pollard@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Next month, the Sierra Club, through its Voter Education Fund – the grassroots organization’s 527 operation – will target almost one million voters in a massive get-out-the-vote campaign in North Carolina.

“It’s critically important that North Carolina voters know how to participate during the state’s early voting period and on Election Day. This effort will make sure they are aware of the process and know how and when they can have their voices heard,” said Melissa Williams, the Sierra Club’s Political Director.

The campaign will use academically-proven behavioral science practices in get-out-the-vote messaging to mobilize voters. Sierra Club Voter Education Fund will conduct an experiment testing the current best practice against a message focused on vote history and changes to voting laws. One micro-targeted mailer will arrive at the homes of voters during the early voting period, between October 23 and November 1. A second micro-targeted mailer will hit mailboxes the weekend before the election. The targeted voters have high support scores but moderate to low turnout scores.

This is the second statewide get-out-the-vote campaign the Sierra Club Voter Education Fund will launch next month. For more details on the other campaign – targeting Colorado voters – click here.

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