United States of #FrackingBanner – Connected Struggles, Collective Liberation

20,000-mile 2015-2016 Tour of the United States of #FrackingBanner

– 55-Feet of Traveling Community Action Art –

“United States of Fracking” 55-foot Banner photo and time-lapse video by Erik McGregor from Stop the #FERCus in DC

Banner currently on display in NYC — upcoming appearances TBD by requests received 🙂

—-Original Invitation and Proposed Action Tour—-

Dear Friends & Family of the Many Movements & Marches,

I will be on the road through this fall throughout the country and will be planning stops based on community interest and special event schedules.

This tour will begin on the 27th of September following the 18-day water-only fast at FERC in DC.

During these travels, I hope to share the 55-foot community-sourced United States of Fracking banner that has been used in many actions, teach-ins, and discussions throughout the country since it was completed at our DC Stop the #FERCus actions in late May 2015.  I want to thank Kim Fraczek for the superb vision and Seth Tobocman for original illustrations that tie our many struggles together in this work of direct action art!

It is time to spread the art and stories and also encourage networking for Rising Tide North America’s #FloodtheSystem organizing platform and the BXE No New Permits Fast at FERC (#BXEFast) — both are offered as events that you can specifically tailor to your causes and there can be multiple levels of participation layers to help build movement capacity and community.  Please connect me with other efforts so we can join in the ways that are wanted!

Here is the facebook group that might also help you to see the Banner being used for both teach-ins, actions, and intersectionally-motivated movement-building: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedstatesoffrackingbanner/

Since my travel schedule is coming together in a very organic way, I would love to know if there is interest in me stopping through your community to visit and possibly for me to volunteer in some capacity based on your request and consent.  I travel to organize and find face-to-face connections to be invaluable.  I will also be offering anti-racism guidance and discussion as a Person of Color for those who understand the necessity of this type of everyday direct action dismantling work in our personal spaces and activist circles — especially in environmental-climate issue spaces.

If you know of other friends throughout the country who may be interested in connecting this time around, please let me know and I will do my best.  E-mail is best:  jimmy.betts@gmail.com

With Love, at your service (in action and in social media),
~Jimmy Betts, Qualmless Life Artist
I do not need to believe we will win.
I know it!  But we must do it together.  

– ‪#‎Intersectionality‬ is ‪#‎Reality‬ –

#FrackingBanner  #BXEFast

May-June 2015:
Born May 23!
May 23-29 Stop the #FERCus in DC
May 30 We Are Cove Point #StopDominion Rally & March
June 6 Swampscott, MA Governor Baker House Visit
June 14-17 Boston LDC Gas Forum Northeast Disruptions (FANG photo)
June 18 ISO-NE Consumer meeting unfurling
June 20-21 Croton-On-Hudson, NY Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (photos)
28 Philadelphia PA (United States Social Forum Philly, EDGE Anti-Oppression & Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Assembly)

July 2015:
1-5 Goshen VT (Green Mountain hosted Earth First! Rendezvous)
6-7 Glover VT (Visit to Bread & Puppet Theatre)
Mon 14 Peekskill NY Spectra AIM resistance at absentee Senator Chuck Schumer’s office (photos)
Wed 16 Mars PA (Protect Our Children rush-hour rally action)
Wed 22 Washington DC (Apache Stronghold in DC resisting multinational corporation extractive copper mining, #SaveOakFlat, photos)
Thu 23 Pittsburgh PA
Fri 24 Cleveland OH, Toledo OH, Ann Arbor MI – Small Group Visits (photos, photos from Taylor Fletcher)
Kalamazoo, MI for volunteer meeting for RTK (photo by Maria Langholz)
Sat 25 Battle Creek MI (“Remember the Kalamazoo” – Enbridge tar sands oil spill disaster 5-year anniversary, #RemembertheKalamazoo, 10am at Burnham Brook Center, Battle Creek, MI, many photos — see comments for more albums, Valerie Jean’s Album)
Sun 26-27 Union Pier MI & Indiana Dunes (photos)
Tue 28-29 Des Moines IA Ames IA (photos, photos by Sarah Spain)
Thu 30 Merriam KS
Fri 31 Kansas City MO art studio of Nicole Buffett (photos)

August 2015:
Sat 1 Lawrence KS, Kansas City MO Private Groups
Sun 2-Wed 4 Omaha NE Lincoln NE – Church, School Programs
Tue 3 Omaha NE — Dragon Arts Life Arts (photos, video)
Wed 5 Iowa City IA w/ March Matriarch Miriam Kashia (photos, video)
Thu 6-Mon 10 Chicagoland Area for GROW (Grounded and Resilient Organizer’s Workshop)(photos)
Sat 8 Chicago IL — Revolution & Beer radio show (photos)
Tue 11 AM Grand Forks, ND — Botsford Trial Against Enbridge and Eminent Domain (fb post photos), Huffington Post, Grand Forks Herald (article) (photos).
Tue 11 PM Williston, ND — The Bakken Oil Fields (photos at dusk & photos by Lee Stewart)
Wed 12 ND (photos from Bakken to Seattle), MT (Great Falls Montana Refinery Company and scenery photos), ID, WA
Thu 13-Mon 17 Seattle WA (Localize This! Camp) — Banner Rehab photos
Tue 18-Thu 20 Near BC Unist’ot’en Camp​ (call to action — DONATE) — Passport availability pending
Tue 18-Thu 20 Lopez WA Small Group Gathering (photos)
Wed 19 Lopez WA Fiddle on Watmough (photos)
Thu 20 Portland OR Third Thursday Farmer’s Market Buckman, 7-8pm (event)(photos)
Fri 21 Portland OR Local Group Gathering (photos), Pioneer Square (kicked out!)

Sat 22 Eugene OR Fracking Banner at Saturday Market 10am-noon, Festival of Eugene (event) 1pm
Sun 23 Eugene OR Walnut Street Co-Op Yard Sale 9am-4pm (event) 1680 Walnut St, Eugene, OR
Mon 24 Eugene OR Community Gathering at Growers Market, 454 Willamette 3-4:30pm, Chaos Theory Radio Show with Getch, 8-10pm, @DelaneyBikes’ write up for 350 Eugene
Tue 25 Grants Pass OR to Reno NV (Extreme Fire Danger, Climate Sign)
Wed 26 Ely NV, Cedar City UT, Henderson NV
Thu 27 Mesa AZ Activist Dinner with Anna Rose & Dr Kathy

Fri 28 Oak Flat AZ Listening & Volunteering Saving at OAK FLAT Campground (facebook page), Apache Stronghold (facebook page)
Sat 29 Oak Flat AZ Listening & Volunteering at Saving OAK FLAT Campground(facebook page), Apache Stronghold (facebook page)(photos)
Sun 30 Tucson AZ Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St., Ste 1 Tucson, AZ 85713, 5-7pm (event, organizer Kelsey Erickson’s fiddle memorial video)(photos)
Mon 31 Silver City NM School Presentation at Aldo Leopold Charter School 11am (photos)
Overnight in Ramah at Ancient Way Cafe (photos)

September 2015:
Tue 1 Ramah – Santa Fe (Ahni & Lowell)- Taos NM – Taos Program (event page, photos) at Unity of Taos, 69 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571
Wed 2 Alamosa CO — Denver & Boulder, Please look for us October 3-5 — below!
Thu 3 Grand Island NE Central Nebraska Peace Workers Action (event page, photos) & Evening Lion’s Mouth Concert (event page)
Fri 4 Omaha NE
Sat 5 Ames/Des Moines IA TBD
Sun 6 Pittsburgh, PA
Mon 7 DC Fast Training, Labor Day

September 2015:
Tue 8-Fri 25 Washington DC – #BXEfast BEGINS in DC for #NoNewPermits — FAST BEGINS in DC for No New Permits 18-Day Water-Only Hunger Strike
Please follow us on facebook, twitter, and contribute story-squares to our quilt art-build #BXEFast #FloodtheSystem

Wed 16 Philadelphia PA – SHALE INSIGHT 2015 Conference – Amazing Photos from EDGE’s #PopesAgainstFracking Church of No Fracking action (hereherehere, and here) and news coverage!

Thu 24 Washington DC – Moral Action on Climate Rally
Fri 25 Washington DC – End of the #BXEfast for #NoNewPermits
Fast-Breaking Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/397353760461766/
Storify Chronology of the #BXEfast: https://storify.com/jimseng/hunger-strike-for-no-new-permits-for-fossil-fuel-i
Elvert Barnes:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/albums/721576586857
Anne Meador:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/coolrevolution/sets/72157656438333594

Begin Fall Schedule

Sat 26 Philly PA
Sun 27 West Roxbury MA Resist the West Roxbury Pipeline 2pm (photos from Peter Bowden)
Mon 28 NY
Tue 29 PGH
Wed 30 Ames IA

October 2015:
Thu 1 Des Moines/Omaha NE
Fri 2 Omaha-Lincoln NE
Sat 3 – Mon 5 Denver CO for Stop the Frack Attack Summit (intro to Colorado fracking Weld County, Tom Jefferson photo stream, John Duffy photo, BXE photos, art-build photos) — more action coverage to come, we did not get arrested. #FrackingBanner (Ranjana from TX
Tues 6-Wed 7 Southern Colorado
Thu 8 Pawnee Rock KS 6:30 pm at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Great Bend (photos of Kansas Oil & Gas, and photos of a presentation with Ariel Aarsonson-Eves, photos on Heartland Farm page by Sr. Elaine Osborne)
Fri 9 Manhattan KS Lawrence KS to Omaha NE
A good day to be from at least parts of Kansas: Lawrence mayor declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day
Sat 10-Sun 11 Des Moines IA-Ames IA Small Group

On the increasingly obvious societal-healing need to abolish Columbus Day: These 8 Cities Just Abolished Columbus Day

Mon 12 Goshen IN: Indigenous People’s Day Bonus Convocation: Honoring the Native American Experience: Stories from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation with Sarah Hofkamp and Anya Kreider, Administration Rm 28, 10am, Contact: Beverly Lapp, phone (574) 596-4025, email beverlykl@goshen.edu

Tue 13 Goshen IN Art Presentation with Quilt & Banner

Wed 14 Goshen College, IN – Intercultural Servant Leader Luncheon Series in CIIE Noon — Noemi Salvador, Ecuador (World Wide Organic Farms/Kallari “New Beginning” Contact: Chris Kennel, phone (574) 535-7346, email chrisak@goshen.edu

Eco Pax presents :
1-4pm Java Junction – No New Permits Art Build
6:30pm Chapel – Fracking Banner and artivist travels for intersectional movement development (photos)

Thu 15 Des Moines IA: Stop the Bakken Pipeline: Rally & Speak Out, 9am CST at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, 2001 Forest Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311 (photos on fb)

Thu 15 New York: An Educational Forum: “Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of Our Children’s Health”, 3:45pm ET

Fri 16 Omaha NE

Sat 17 Grand Island NE (2.5h, 150mi, 6am) – 2015 Annual Peace Conference- JUSTICE FOR ALL, Trinity United Methodist church in Grand Island on Oct. 17th from 9:30-4:30PM (local news article) #NoNewPermitsQuilt and #FrackingBanner to be there.
…drive to Omaha (2.5h, 150mi, 5pm)

Fri 16-Sun 18 RAMPS Fall Summit Kayford Mountain, Eskdale, WV (fundraiser, please donate!)

Sun 18 Omaha to Norfolk & Neligh NE for Help With Sacred Ponca Corn-Husking

Mon 19 O’Neill NE (3.5 h, 200mi) Trial to hear a lawsuit filed by Nebraska landowners against the foreign pipeline corporation TransCanada, challenging the law (LB 1161) that gave the company the power to invoke eminent domain for private gain for its proposed Keystone XL pipeline as well as the route in the state Holt County Courthouse (204 N 4th St, O’Neill, NE 68763) CANCELLED BECAUSE OF AWESOMENESS:  boldnebraska.org/tc-lawsuit/
UN-CANCELLED: Oct. 19: Stand With Landowners Fighting Keystone XL in Court — I will be joining Tom & Cathie Genung for this event at 1 PM at the Holt County Courthouse, Road 260c, O’Neill, Nebraska 68763 (BXE Posting) — Following meetup from Bold Nebraska: We will then open the meeting to all landowners and supporters at Westside Restaurant, 3-5 PM. Drinks and pie will be served. (US-20, O’Neill, NE 68763)
drive to Omaha (3.5 h, 200mi)

Tue 20 Omaha NE to Minneapolis MN (6 hr, 370 mi; 8am) for “This Changes Everything” Film showing 4:30pm CST at St. Anthony Main Theatre 115 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414 (stay in MPLS or Rochester)

Wed 21 Drive to Indiana (10 h, 550 mi)
Thu 22 Pittsburgh PA (6h, 400 mi)
Fri 23 DC (4.5 h, 275 mi; 7am) BXE Afternoon Meeting, 1pm

—Beginning of Weekend with BXE—
Sat 24 Lancaster PA (3h, 120mi, 2pm) Chili Time on a Heated Planet: Stories, Songs and Solutions, 6:30-8:30pm at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster 328 W Orange St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603.  Bring your own table service and a dish to pass.  Chili and beverage provided.

Sun 25 Bloomsburg PA (2h, 100mi, 7am)Run Down the Pipeline 5K” organized by the Shalefield Organizing Committee, 10am EST at Bloomsburg Town Park: Fundraiser 5K RUN / WALK to support the Shalefield Organizing Committee and the Columbia County Against the Pipeline Campaign. Support (y)our friends and neighbors against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline!  (more info), Drive to MPLS, 17 hr
—Conclusion to Weekend with BXE—

Mon 26 Arrive Boulder CO Action Art Build
Tue 27 Boulder CO Action Art Build
Wed 28 Boulder CO Action EVENT support
Thu 29 Depart Boulder, Return to MPLS

Fri 30 Minneapolis MN (from OMA 6.5 h, 390 mi; )(from DSM (4 h, 250 mi; ) Midwest Youth Climate Convergence 9am, Minneapolis American Indian Center 1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404, To learn more and register, visit www.midwestyouthconvergence.org
Sat 31 Minneapolis MN Midwest Youth Climate Convergence

November 2015:
Sun 1 Minneapolis MN Midwest Youth Climate Convergence
to Faribault MN (1 h, 55 mi; 2:30pm)

Mon 2 Duluth MN – Stop the Enbridge Pipeline Invasion: Feast, March and Rally. Honor the Earth, MPIRG, MN350, Native Lives Matter/NLMC, Flood the System/RTNA (photos and Unicorn Riot video link)

Tue 3 Chicago IL – March for #Jobs, Dignity and #EnvironmentalJustice 4pm at 100th Street and Torrence Ave., confronting #KochBrothers & Agri-Fine Corporation​ Toxic #PetCoke pollution.  A primer video from “Chicago South East Side Coalition To Ban Petcoke”: Since we started working to stop the toxic avalanche of pet coke, we’ve succeeded to close down two sites. The larger site is being turned into a transfer-point for the waste product. Piles will have to be removed by next summer – unfortunately – the problem will now be on uncovered trains coming through Hegwisch. Waste product will be rumbling through hegwisch and land locking the neighborhood. How are emergency personnel going to cross into the neighborhood when the trains block the entrance into the neighborhood just west of Ave. O. What is the contingency plan if the trains are blocking the streets and there is a fire at one of the schools or the senior housing? Will the fire stations outside of the Hegwisch be able to respond to a crisis in time?

(Photos from Thomas Frank & Jimmy)

Wed 4 Chicago IL to Dallas TX Bar Politics event!  “Get Polluted” at the Rustic in Dallas.


Thu 5 Dallas TX Root & Branch Activist Events & Workshops (register & scheduleAll Star Panel Discussion: “The Future of Fighting Fracking in Texas” Sponsored by the Texas Grassroots Network, 7 to 9 pm Texas Theater in Oak Cliff

Lois Gibbs
Tom “Smitty” Smith, Public Citizen/Texas
Calvin Tillman, Aubrey City Council member
Sharon Wilson, Earthworks
Adam Briggle, Denton Drilling Awareness Group
Ranjana Bhandari, Liveable Arlington
Moderated by Tamera Bounds, Mansfield Gaswell Awareness & Zac Trahan of Texas Campaign for the Environment

Fri 6 Dallas TX Root & Branch Activist Events & Workshops (register & schedule) Rally and Action: “Tell EPA To Fight For Us” 12 to 1 pm EPA Regional Headquarters, 1445 Ross Downtown Dallas, TX

Sat 7 Fond du Lac WI (from CHI 3 h, 150 mi; 5am)
Earth Justice Now! Workshop: Responding to Climate Change, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, Earth Justice Now! is a group founded by UU’s, with a focus on solar energy. They are just starting to define their strategic plans for the coming years, so it’s a great opportunity to help a budding organization (and very unique in Fond du Lac) to grow.  They will be hosting an awareness workshop at Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with a #FrackingBanner & #NoNewPermitsQuilt discussion/photo in the afternoon. With Chance Whitby – no charge, but reservations are required. Contact klindberg-schuppe@charter.net to reserve a spot.

Sun 8 Day of Rest!!!

1.5 hour drive to SP, WI for 2pm and 5pm sessions

Fall-Winter 2015


Mon 9 Stevens Point WI Special Event: Climate Justice Activist Jimmy Betts Comes to Stevens Point! hosted by 350 Stevens Point 8pm Central

Tue 10 Chicago IL
Wed 11 Chicago IL

8 hr drive to PGH

Thu 12 Pitttsburgh PA

Fri 13-Sun 15 – Oil By Rail Conference, PGH, PA (will be there the 13-14th)

5 hour drive to DC

Sat 14-Wed 18 – Call to Action Against Global Corporate Domination #FallRising to Stop TPP, TTIP, & TiSA Training Camp in DC — banner available for actions

Thu 19 drive to Detroit (11 h, 560 mi, 2 day travel)

Fri 20-Sun 22 Detroit MI Banners & Cranks Fest (Kim Fraczek presenting on the 20th?)

Sat 21 TBD
Sun 22 Florida — Suwannee River from CR 6 to Cone Bridge, WWALS Outing  or Possible School Visit: The Harriet Tubman and Comandanta Ramona School for Liberation, A Resistance School focused on Frontline Communities, Community Self Defense, and Survival Programs. 4-8pm School Program?

Friendsgiving Potluck with Fight Back Pittsburgh

Mon 23 TBD
The People’s Potluck November

Tue 24 TBD
Wed 25 TBD

Thu 26 TBD Thanksgiving

27 November-15 December 2015 – COP 21 Paris

December 2015:
Tue Dec 15 – TBD

Last week of DEC, Lancaster PA?

January 2016:

February 2016:
Denton TX?
(17) 18-21 (22) Austin TX for UUYACJ TBA
Houston TX?

March 2016:
2nd or 3rd week — Oak Flat, AZ

April 2016:
April 8-10: North American Social Solidarity Economy Forum – Detroit, Samaritan Center – 5555 Conner St 5555 Conner St, Detroit, Michigan 48213

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