[2019.3.25] Community News: 350BK Families, the BYOBag Act, and more

350Brooklyners have been busy! On March 15, the Stop the Williams Coalition held a press conference and rally at City Hall to announce the opposition of the pipeline by 60 elected officials, who’ve signed a letter asking Governor Cuomo to reject the project. Afterwards, members joined in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who skipped school that day to demand climate action—a beautiful sight. Last week, members of the Green New Deal campaign visited Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to ask him to co-sponsor the resolution in Congress. And participants in the CCPA campaign visited the offices of Brooklyn state senators to push them to bring that key bill to a vote in Albany. Let’s keep it up in the weeks ahead!

Ask Your Assembly Member to Pass the BYOBag Act!

Tuesday, March 26

On Tuesday, March 26, the Plastics Campaign is asking all of 350Brooklyn to call their Assembly members and ask them to pass the BYOBag Act. This legislation, which would apply statewide, is currently being held up in the Assembly. Call your representative and tell him or her to get a move on! If you don’t know who your Assembly member is, call 518-455-4011 and the Assembly operator will connect you.

Here’s what to say: “Hi, I’m [name] from [part of Brooklyn]. I urge the Assembly Member to support the Senate budget proposal to end the pollution caused by the 23 billion single-use bags New Yorkers use every year by passing the Senate’s BYOBag act. Please take action in the final state budget agreement by April 1. Thank you!”

Inaugural Meeting of 350BK Families

Saturday, April 6 at 3:30pm
Park Slope Public Library
431 6th Avenue

350BK Families got off to an unofficial yet auspicious start on March 15, when Aaron Thomases, son of 350Brooklyn member Tresa Elguera, spoke eloquently at our press conference celebrating elected opposition to the Williams NESE Pipeline. Now it’s time for the official kick-off. Come to this inaugural meeting of our new group, open to parents and kids alike, oriented towards developing family-friendly ways of fighting for climate justice. Spread the word!

Climate and Community Protection Act Lobby Day in Albany

Tuesday, April 9, 11am–3pm
New York State Capitol
Albany, NY

We’re off to Albany again. NY Renews coalition members, including 350Brooklyn members, will be visiting all our Albany representatives to urge them to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act this session. The CCPA has passed in the Assembly the last three years in a row but was blocked from coming to a vote by the Senate. This year is different: the new political configuration in the Senate means there is the very real potential for this significant climate legislation to pass. Sign up to get on the bus!

Sign up for Lobby Day in Albany!

Canvas for Climate Justice!

Sunday, April 7 at 12noon

Come canvas with Indivisible to help spread the word about the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), which would ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050! Days begin with a training session. Then, after a short coffee and snack break, we’ll buddy up and go door-to-door to talk to our neighbors about their hopes and fears related to climate change, with the goal of empowering everyone to take political action to protect our communities and our planet.

Sign up for a canvassing date here!

Monthly Meeting: Building and Escalating A Successful Campaign  

Thursday, April 11
Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue (Boerum Hill)

At 350Brooklyn’s next meeting, Brett Thomason, an organizer with ALIGN, will discuss how to maximize the impact of a campaign. Thomason will discuss the basics of effective organizing, how to scale up a campaign’s intensity and use tools like power mapping to identify and build alliances, and new ways to reach and influence relevant decision makers. We’ll also have updates on our current campaigns, including the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), the Green New Deal,  the “Dirty Buildings Bill,” and the Williams Pipeline. Come early to hang out with your fellow climate activists, meet with your campaign group, or have a beer or a bite to eat.

Stop the Williams Pipeline: Rally and March Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday April 18 at 5:30pm
City Hall Park

With federal and state decisions looming on the Williams NESE Pipeline and the public comment period closed, we’re in the final stretches of this vital fight against this project proposed for New York Harbor. Our job from here on out: keeping up the pressure on Governor Cuomo to stop this destructive pipeline. Join us for a rally at City Hall Park before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge with a loud and clear message to the Governor asking him to stop this pipeline on Earth Day. Stay tuned for details!

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Photo: Erik McGregor; Projection: Kim Fraczek/Sane Energy Project

350Brooklyn takes local action to solve the climate crisis. We are an all-volunteer organization and welcome people of all backgrounds, skills, and availability. Interested in volunteering? Contact . While we are an affiliate of 350.org, we are programmatically independent and our financial support comes solely from our members. Can you offer financial support? Donate here.