Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice opposes any new fossil fuel infrastructure or fossil fuel expansion. We especially oppose new oil pipelines or the expansion of the volume of oil transported through existing oil pipelines. In particular, we oppose Enbridge’s Line 3 in Minnesota, which already brings tar sands oil down from Canada, through Wisconsin and Illinois to refineries in Patoka, Illinois, and ultimately to the Gulf Coast.
Enbridge wants to replace it’s existing Line 3 in Minnesota. If they succeed in getting the permits to do that, they will certainly expand the operation of their Line 66 in Wisconsin. And then they will almost certainly want to expand their existing Line 61 in Illinois, by building a “twin” to Line 61 or by simply increasing the volume of oil they transport through Line 61. Every step along the way, these changes would increase the risk of leaks and spills of tar sands oil, the dirtiest, most polluting form of petroleum on the planet. And every step along the way, they would make the climate crisis more catastrophic than it already is. read more
Notes from the FVC4PNJ meeting of Saurday, July 4th 2020
Those present were: Kathy Hamill. Bill Koehl, Paul Scott, Mary Roberti, Vince Hardt, Sherry Liske, Barbara Evans, Bettina Perillo, Steve Bruesewitz, Earl Silbar, Karen Beyer, Ro Maziarz, Don Bak, Mary Shesgreen.
Once again, most of our meeting focused on conversation about the first discussion question on our agenda: Are the protests for police accountability and racial justice working? What else needs to happen? Paul talked about his work in DuPage County with the NAACP and Unity Partnership and their hopes to move toward better racial justice especially in the area of policing. He talked about moving to change the wording of police procedures and policies as California has done: Use of lethal force is only permitted when it is “necessary.” Earl stated that the wording of Elgin’s police standards was excellent, but good wording did nothing to protect DeCynthia Clements, and did nothing to bring Lieutenant Jensen to account. Paul also talked about citizen oversight boards for police departments. Earl said those only made a difference when they had the power to subpoena police officers, interrogate them under oath, and then have disciplinary power to fire or even change officers.read more
Federal agents invade US cities. Implications and what we can do about it.
On-line activism versus street activism. Can those of us staying at home to avoid the virus do anything effective at this dangerous, dreadful and hopeful time?
Can we continue to engage in the national fight for Racial Justice which has continued and is making some progress, and also address Climate, Medicare for All, Immigrants’ Rights, and other urgent causes?
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Occupy Elgin is doing substantial work on homelessness and doing weekly demonstrations each Saturday from 1 PM till 2 Pm at Kimball and Grove in Elgin calling for racial justice.read more
Occupy Elgin celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, June 20th. We registered our event on the SixNineteen website. Twenty People participated, wearing masks and standing, carefully apart to observe social distancing. Here are a few photos from that day.
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