Today's teach-in action was full and fast-paced. Here are a few highlights from the day...
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) a multi-faith network of 60 congregations has come to the POWER LOCAL GREEN JOBS campaign, joining with a commitment to the long-term vision of local solar jobs. Our voices are multiplied many times by this large community deeply active for economic justice.
On March 2, more than 30 members of EQAT inspected the PECO headquarters on Market Street in Philadelphia. In this building- and nowhere else- executives will decide to create solar jobs in North Philadelphia, or not.
On Wednesday, seven Earth Quakers met at 30th street ready to deliver a direct statement to PECO and launch our spring strategy arc. Our task was to deliver EQAT’s ultimatum:
Here we go again. Another storm smashes into Philadelphia. Thousands lost power. PECO workers moved fast to repair downed lines. We hope and pray that everyone is safe.
What would it look like if PECO didn’t just go all-in to fix up the city after major storms? What if PECO instead invested year-round in our city, helping to create well-paying green jobs and build wealth in Philly neighborhoods, like North Philly, that have seen blight and unemployment?
For the second time in as many weeks, I joined EQAT in visiting PECO's headquarters. With the year coming to a close, we couldn't help but fit in one more action to wish PECO a happy holidays!
As government representatives negotiate with each other in Paris today, 28 Earth Quakers were back at PECO's headquarters today (the 5th time in three months) to tell them they need to scale up their efforts in a big way.
Leading up to Thanksgiving this year, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time thinking about pie. Not just seasonal pies, or my own pie flavor preferences, but zeroing in on PECO's energy pie -- what kinds of energy are they buying and who benefits? It's no surprise that PECO's energy pie is filled with fossil fuels and nuclear power. These fillings are poisoning us. They're expensive, toxic and un-renewable. If that was the only energy dessert option, I'd say no to a second helping, and even a first if I had the chance.
As the our early-evening action drew near, many questions remained. Would the gray, wet weather prevent us from taking action in the plaza of the PECO building? Would enough people still come in the weather to fill all our roles? Would the generator we rented and sound system we had borrowed fill the noisy space with dance music? Would PECO try to stop us? (Carolyn, our security liaison, was prepared if they did.) Would PECO pick today to get moving? (We weren't so sure.)
Early in a campaign it is critical to build connection with one’s message—to build the emotional, spiritual, and strategy muscles necessary to create excitement and momentum to move a target. This task can be made somewhat difficult when a target appears receptive to your demands, but has not yet taken action.