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

Want to learn more about how to become a better advocate on environmental and social justice issues? Want to learn more about the North Carolina General Assembly and the legislative process? Then this webinar is for you! Register today for this NC IPL program.

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October 14, 2014, at 12:00 noon.


NCIPL is kicking off its exciting new Webinar program with a talk on Advocating with Compassion, and a simple, easy to understand ’101′ on the North Carolina General Assembly and governmental process. The webinar will be hosted by NCIPL’s Executive Director, Susannah Tuttle, and Veronica Shingleton, Communications and Advocacy Development Project Consultant.

This webinar will help you answer questions like:

  • How does the NCGA work?
  • Who holds the power?
  • What does it mean to advocate with compassion?
  • How can put my faith into action?

Susannah has been Executive Director of NCIPL for three years and will talk about her experience reaching out to congregations and officials with an open and engaging approach and the successes she’s experienced.

Veronica has extensive knowledge on these topics, with over 14 years of public policy and advocacy experience on the state and federal level.  In this webinar, she will help us better understand the legislative process and how that can guide advocacy efforts.

Mark your calendars! The webinar will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14.


Contact reuben@ncipl.org with any questions. We hope you can make it!

Oct 20 Program: Citizens’s United and Corporate Personhood

Make plans to attend and learn how you can protect our environment by protecting our democracy!

Sierra Club Endorses Move to Amend
January 27, 2012
“While our board passed a resolution about Citizens United last year, Move to Amend offers a framework for our volunteers to take action.”
~ Sarah Hodgdon, Sierra Club Conservation Director

Move to Amend Program

David Cobb is a founder and member of the national leadership team of Move to Amend and a former Green Party presidential candidate.

David is also an attorney and speaks all over the country on the issues of Corporate Personhood and money in politics.


Citizens’s United and Corporate Personhood

Monday, October 20

Charlotte School of Law
Room 1001
201 S College St
Charlotte, North Carolina 28244

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Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society- Charlotte School of Law Chapter and the Charlotte Area Green Party.

Take 2 Actions: Money Out of Politics / Protect the Arctic From an Oil Spill

Why not take 2 actions to get Money Out of Politics and Protect the Arctic from an oil spill? Click below to speak out!

Take Action: Get Big Money Out of Politics

Take Action: Get Big Money Out of Politics

Our government should respond to the voice of the people, not a few super-rich donors. When big polluters and their unlimited SuperPAC money speaks, they drown out the voices of the people who suffer because of dirty air, contaminated water, and a warming, unstable climate. Right now a critical debate is happening in Washington to help restore our democracy and get big money out of politics. Environmental champion Senator Tom Udall introduced a bill that would give Congress and state legislatures the ability to regulate money in politics. Because of our grassroots pressure over past two months, the bill now has 50 cosponsors, but we need them all to vote yes this week.

Take Action
Tell your senators to vote for the Democracy for All Amendment.

Take Action: Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge From an Oil Spill


Take Action: Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge From an Oil Spill

The Obama administration has proposed opening oil and gas drilling in the Beaufort Sea — threatening half of America’s polar bear habitat and the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — home to millions of wild birds and animals. An oil spill in the Beaufort Sea could devastate the coastline of the refuge blanketing it with a thick layer of toxic sludge for decades!

Send the administration a message opposing gas and oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea before the September 12 comment deadline and protect the Arctic!

Take Action
Send the administration a message opposing gas and oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea before the September 12 comment deadline and protect the Arctic!

City of Charlotte Throwing $1000s Away

The City of Charlotte is wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars by the lack of policies and programs to conserve energy across our community.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has issued a report for Charlotte’s Energy Efficiency programs and it’s bad. Really bad!!

Charlotte scored 23.75 points out of a possible 100 points.

Charlotte ranked 31st out of 34 major metropolitan cites.

We hope that Charlotte elected officials and staff will review this report and decided to get serious about energy efficiency. Click below to see how we did in each of 5 areas. Let your elected City officials and staff know that we want to save energy, save money, and save the environment.

Energy Efficiency is ‘Cheapest Fuel’


City of Charlotte Total Score – 23.75 out of 100

Charlotte City Scorecard Rank – 31 out of 34 major metropolitan areas

Charlotte EE Ranking






Read the full report at: http://database.aceee.org/city/charlotte-nc#sthash.2vwIyHiv.dpuf

CPG Sierra Club Urges County to Ban Smoking in Parks and Greenways

On behalf of our over 2,000 members, the Central Piedmont Group Executive Committee has voted to support the proposed ban on smoking on the property of all government buildings and to ban all tobacco use at county parks, greenways and golf courses. We urge our members and supporters to contact their elected County Commissioners (http://charlottesierraclub.org/political-2/mecklenburg-board-of-county-commissioners/) regarding the ban.

Below is the letter sent to our Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

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Fracking’s Heating Up – Won’t you make a difference?

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club


We are one step closer to fracking in North Carolina. If you are like me, you aren’t ready to put our streams and groundwater at risk to search for an unknown amount of fracked gas.

Hundreds of people at a fracking public hearing in Raleigh raise their hands when Sierran Marvin Woll ask who in the crowd thinks the proposed rules are inadequate. 

Do you agree with Marvin, too?

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Of all the headlines from this year’s legislative session, one of the most disturbing was the broken promises on fracking. With strong support from House Speaker Thom Tillis, the legislature chose to break a promise it made in 2012 – not to issue fracking permits until the legislature took a vote to lift the moratorium.  Instead, the legislature passed a bill that allows fracking permits to be issued as soon as March 2015.

The legislature also promised that North Carolina would have the best regulatory program for fracking in the country, Instead, they passed measures this session that ensure that will not be the case. For example, the legislature limited the public’s right to know what chemicals are being used in fracking by allowing some chemicals to be kept secret. And the legislature limited the ability of local governments to enact ordinances to protect citizens against the bad effects of fracking.

Will you stand up to the fracking industry and others who threaten North Carolina’s environment? We’re raising $10,000 in the next few days to fight against the legislature’s terrible energy choices. Will you help?

The legislature’s broken promises are bad for North Carolina’s streams and groundwater. With 2.4 million North Carolinians relying on water from the Cape Fear River basin, there’s a lot at stake.  When it comes to the risk of contaminating our water supplies with cancer causing chemicals, we owe it to ourselves to make sure we have proper protections in place before the state considers giving out fracking permits.

All of our work — lobbying the legislature, organizing our broad grassroots membership across the state, and communicating with the public through the media — can’t happen without you. Will you contribute $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can afford to help us hold legislators accountable?

Thanks for all that you do,

Molly Diggins
State Director of the NC Sierra Club

P.S. – It’s not too late to help us hold legislators accountable. Click here to chip in $50 or whatever you can, to help us let legislators know that we expect them to keep their fracking promises!