We Stand with the People of El Salvador

November 13, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Yesterday I helped deliver a letter to the Canadian Embassy here in Washington, DC, about the lawsuit against the Central American country of El Salvador, by Pacific Rim Mining Corporation. The letter was coordinated by the Institute for Policy Studies and signed by Friends of the Earth, Center for International Environmental Law, Public Citizen, Sierra Club Greenpeace, Earth Island Institute and Foundation Earth (along with Earthworks).

Pacific Rim is a Canadian mining company exploring for gold in the mineral rich mountains of El Salvador. It is no surprise to geologists that Pacific Rim believes they can strike it rich there. Billions of dollars rich.

OMG iPhone 5!

October 17, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Wow. The iPhone 5 is the greatest phone in the history of the world - 50 million people agree!

As it turns out, there were many phones before the iPhone 5, and let’s face it, they’re all old news now.

But what to do with my old phone!?

DC Stands with Texas Tar Sands Blockade

October 15, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Today a few dozen DC activists added their voices to the ongoing fight agains the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In support of the Tar Sands Blockade Tree Sitters, we brought a big ugly pipeline to the American Petroleum Institute headquarters in DC and called for clean energy and an end to the pipeline project.

Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Tar Sands Blockade is the continuation of Tar Sands Action, one of the biggest environmental actions in US history that took place last year at the White House.

Don’t Frack New York

August 23, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Just a month after our huge success at Stop the Frack Attack we, fractivists, have been called into action again.

On July 28 we started a national movement in Washington, DC to tell the Administration we've had enough, it is time to put communities and the environment before companies that pump money into our political system. Now we are going to New York.

Since Stop the Frack Attack a number of states have called on us to take action. In Colorado, Colorado Frack Attack crashed the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's "Energy Revolution" party. In September we will return to Philadelphia for another Shale Gas Outrage.

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Sunshine for the Dodd-Frank Act?

August 16, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

On August 22, 2012, over a year after the deadline given by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) will have a meeting to discuss the implementation of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The Sunshine Act Meeting is open to public and will, amongst other things, finalize controversial rules regulating the responsibility companies have to consumers to disclose whether or not their products contain conflict minerals.

Conflict minerals, in terms of the Dodd-Frank Act, are gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten, elements that are commonly used in the production of electronics, jewelry, and automobiles. They are called conflict minerals because revenues and trade in these minerals have also financed wars, armed conflict, and human rights violations in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

I Stopped the Frack Attack

July 30, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

On July 28, 2012 I joined thousands of other fractivists from across the country at the steps of the Capitol to tell oil and gas companies, the Administration, and anyone else who would listen, no fracking way.

Of course we haven’t stopped fracking, but we started a movement, we built a coalition.

On the first day of the National Days of Action starting July 25 I attended a Marshal and Lobby Day training at the Sierra Club Headquarters in DC. I had never marshaled an event or lobbied my Congress people before, but the issue of fracking is important to me, my friends, my coworkers and my neighbors. It felt good to be in the company of so many other passionate citizens who care about critical issues like safe drinking water and public health.

Greeting cards, temporary tattoos and fracking, oh my!

May 17, 2012 • Hilary Lewis

Thanks to our friends at Smock Paper we are now the sole beneficiaries of a new Change the World greeting card. Not only is it a beautiful card for any occasion, but 100% of the funds from your purchase go towards our campaign against fracking.

Think this is great news?

It gets better. When you purchase this set of six hand pressed cards you will also receive a "Gas and Water Don't Mix" temporary tattoo!

The Story of Broke: Revenge of the Dinosaurs

November 8, 2011 • Hilary Lewis

I just watched Annie Leonard’s latest short film, “The Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future,” and I loved it!

This time around Annie explains how the government could possibly be broke after taking in a trillion dollars a year from taxpayers. Let’s just say the problem isn’t a gold shortage.