Announcing the BXE Frontline Community Support Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of our Frontline Community Support Fund – through which we’re able to make small grants (up to $1000) that support frontline community action to stop fossil fuel infrastructure.

Click here to fill out an application for your group today.
OR click here to download a  1-page application guide.

In general, we hope to fund actions that strengthen you or your group’s engagement with the entities you are opposing, like FERC, Spectra, Dominion, etc. That means we’re more likely to support a rally, protest, event, or a civil disobedience training; as opposed to a conference, a legal review, or general operating expenses like staff and rent. We do not reject any application out of hand – tell us what you need and how we can help.

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We had a few ideas

What’s really exciting about the frontline fund is is how it can connect us more closely with frontline groups around the U.S. At our retreat last weekend, members of the BXE community had lots of ideas and drew inspiration from a wide array of fights being waged –from the Gulf Coast of Louisianna, to the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota, to the East Coast fights to stop Spectra and Dominion and other companies.

We hope that you’ll join us in inspiration and action by filling out an application and telling us how we can support your next action,

Final decisions on what to fund or not fund, and how, are made by the BXE Fundraising and Budget Committee. That decision is based on the advice of a council of Frontline Advisors  — we’re honored to welcome Michael Bagdes Canning, Cherri Foytlin, Johanna deGraffenreid and our own Jimmy Betts as our first four FLCF Advisors. And of course every proposal is considered by the BXE General Meeting – which is open to all – to make sure we honor our commitment to horizontal leadership and the motto “To leave no one behind, we must all lead.”

For more details on how to apply, and tips on what to expect, download the 1-page support guide above, or just click on the application to get started. We look forward to working with you!

Summer heat: On the Streets in DC and Philly

In case you missed it, during a record breaking heat wave on the east coast, Beyond Extreme Energy was heating up the streets of our nation’s capitol and the City of Brotherly love with a series of actions challenging polluters and politicians over fracked gas, eminent domain and more. Below is a re-cap of the last few weeks’ worth of work – including video, press clips and more.

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But first, a message from our sponsors – you! BXE is at a critical juncture this summer. We’ve raised money in the past to support specific actions and events – the vast majority of it donated in small, individual contributions by people like you. We’ve also been able to secure some limited funding from foundations to underwrite our 2 traveling staff Lee and Jimmy and directly fund some of the front line communities we work in partnership with.

But our existing funds will be exhausted by the end of the summer or early fall. To keep fighting, and putting on even more events like the ones below – we need your help. Please, can you chip in $15, $25, or $100 to keep BXE fighting through the fall and far into the future?

Now, back to our previously scheduled re-cap:

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On July 21, dozens of BXE-ers met up with friends from Greenpeace and Environmental Action to pressure the DNC to stand on the side of people and the planet instead of the fracked-gas industry. Activists visited the Congressional office of then-DNC-Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and then blockaded the doors at the Democratic National Committee office for nearly three hours. Read more about it here, and see and hear coverage from local media below.

Next it was off to Philadelphia for big conferences, rallies and the Epic, 10,000 Person March for a Clean Energy Revolution — all during a sweltering, 100+ degree heat wave.

You can see a recap of the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution and PowerShift Philadelphia in Environmental Action’s blog, and a short Recap of the massive Sunday march below. Check out the amazing in-frack-structure banners painted and designed by our friends Kim and Seth (with lots of help from Ellen and other BXE friends)!

But it didn’t stop when the DNC started either! BXE staffer Jimmy Betts was in Philly all week, working with the Democracy Spring team and others to organize creative, non-violent direct action protests to the DNC’s position on fracking, fossil fuels and money in politics. One of the most dramatic events came when environmental activists, Indigenous youth, and other concerned citizens disrupted a Politico event sponsored the American Petroleum Institute, the leading American trade group of the fossil fuel industry. The event, “Energy and the Election at the DNC”, featured prominent Democratic lawmakers and energy advisors including, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Ed Rendell, former PA Gov., Trevor Houser, Hillary For America Energy Policy Advisor, and Heather Zichal, former Obama climate official.

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And even after the convention, Beyond Extreme Energy can’t stop and won’t stop fighting for climate justice. Volunteers and staff are on their way to Florida to support a pipeline-stopping conference there. We’re making our first organizational donations through the Frontline Community Support Fund we established to raise funds for frontline communities from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian Border (and beyond)  that are carrying out creative actions to keep fossil fuels and extreme energy in the ground.

But we’re seriously in danger of having to stop our plans mid-motion if we can’t raise an additional $5,000 this summer. And that’s why we’re asking for your help. If you click the link now, we’ll ask you to pledge to support BXE’s organizing work this fall. You will not be charged right away – only if enough people pledge will the campaign “tip” and our collective funds donated to BXE.

Note: Donations made through the Tilt platform are not tax deductible, but if you prefer, you can send a donation to our new fiscal sponsor by mail:

Make Check out to “Earthworks” and write “Beyond Extreme Energy” in the memo line.

Send to
Earthworks
1612 K St., NW
Suite 808
Washington, D.C.
20006

Earthworks is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. EIN/Tax ID #52-1557765.

Help Us Take BXE To The Next Level In 2015

BXE action at FERC, Nov. 2014

BXE Friends,

It is truly amazing what Beyond Extreme Energy has been able to accomplish in just five months with your generous support and help. We are building upon a movement that has been developing for years.

Here is what Cheryl LaFleur, Chairwoman of FERC, said publicly on January 27th at the National Press Club: “Increased demand for natural gas-fired plants will lead to new pipelines, . . .And I believe meeting the goals of the (EPA) Clean Power Plan will also lead to construction of a lot of new natural gas generation.” She added that implementing these polices could become more difficult due to the increasingly hostile views environmental activists have taken toward hydraulic fracturing and pipeline projects in recent years.

“These groups are active in every FERC docket… as well as in my email inbox seven days a week, in my Twitter feed, at our open meetings demanding to be heard, and literally at our door closing down First Street so FERC won’t be able to work. We’ve got a situation here.”

In other words, she knows who we are, and she knows we are a problem for FERC and industry.

At last, by going to FERC’s open meetings and to their front door, BXE has gotten FERC’s attention. And we have plans to keep doing so. In late spring, from May 21-29, with your help, we will be organizing nonviolent actions at FERC with many hundreds of people taking part.

We hope that you will want to join with us in this action and reach out to bring others with you. But we need more than that.

BXE has initiated a $10,000 pledge campaign. We are asking those who can to pledge $500, $1,000 or whatever you can, more or less, toward a goal of $10,000. We’re not asking for the money until we reach that goal. Once we reach it, and the money comes in, we will be able to hire young people to visit campuses starting in early March to strengthen student participation in the late spring actions, as well as move the overall organizing for those actions forward.

As of this writing, a little over $3,300 has been pledged. We also have other substantial money committed, further along, from one of our member organizations which worked with us in the fall.

BXE is a very frugal organization. It literally runs on the volunteer energy and commitment of dozens of individuals and many groups, with no paid staff up until now. Our major action last November, “closing down First Street so FERC won’t be able to work,” was pulled off very successfully for less than $16,000 in total.

We figure we’ll need close to three times that to organize this spring action, because our plan is to triple, or more, the number of people taking part in it.

That is why this $10,000 pledge campaign is so important. It will fund our work this spring in the build-up to those actions, especially the campus organizing, and it will generate energy to keep the organizing and fundraising momentum going.

So how about it? FERC is central to the fossil fuel industry’s plans to expand the natural gas empires in the US and to other countries. BXE, on the other hand, has the experience and has developed the organization to challenge FERC. We are uniquely situated to challenge, slow and maybe even halt the extremely dangerous policies and practices of the gas industry and FERC right now.

Isn’t what Beyond Extreme Energy has brought to the movement against fracking and the climate justice movement worth your financial support? What if it didn’t exist and wasn’t active? Without question, this movement would be missing a very important component.

BXE is a loose, flexible, resilient and adapting organization, with our hearts and minds focused not only on FERC but also on gritty and difficult community-based struggles like the ones going on in Cove Point, Seneca Lake, the Pennsylvania fracking fields and elsewhere. Because of these strengths, BXE is bringing grassroots energy into the conversations going on at the highest levels in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to your responses. Please let Ted know at ted@chesapeakeclimate.org what you are willing and able to pledge.

Many thanks,

Steve Norris
Ted Glick