Marcellus Spring Break

Divestment to Resistance- text


Marcellus Spring Break aims to align New York’s student fossil fuel divestment movement with the broad base of grassroots and frontline anti-fracking resistance movement in New York. We believe that divestment is a tactic in a broad strategic tool-kit aimed at resisting the oppression and exploitation of the fossil fuel industry. Marcellus Spring Break is a project of the Green Umbrella: NY Youth for a Just and Sustainable Future, a youth and student led climate justice network in NY, in conjunction with and Shaleshock.  Marcellus Spring Break will also serve as a moment for joint student/youth strategy sessions with frontline and grassroots communities in NY and will sow the seeds of a broad movement to resistance fossil fuels in the spring, summer and fall of 2013.

New Yorkers have successfully held the state’s de facto moratorium against horizontal hydraulic fracturing for over four years. At the same time, New York has all but rolled out the red carpet to fracking infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations, water withdrawal, storage facilities, gas field service facilities and vertical gas wells. Fracking infrastructure has immediate health, economic and social impacts on the communities in which it is located. At once, this infrastructure enables the expansion of the inherently contaminating and exploitive practice of fracking in the broader Marcellus Shale region and directly impacts frontline communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.While most infrastructure companies are not included in the 200 fossil fuel companies targeted in most divestment campaigns, opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure (alongside municipal bans and moratoria) is a foundational strategy pursued by grassroots anti-fracking organizations and frontline communities in New York.
The climate justice praxis of finding our frontline and aligning it with others brings New York students and young people into solidarity with communities struggling against NY fracking infrastructure. While campuses wage campaign to divest university endowments from fossil fuels, we have the responsibility to stand shoulder to shoulder with those fighting the expansion of fossil fuel extraction in communities across New York and to work to align this struggle with those resisting extraction across our region.
Our Climate Justice Framework:
Climate justice is a vision for genuine systematic transformation led by frontline communities that puts freedom from discrimination and equal access to decision making at the center of all solutions to the climate crisis. Frontline communities are directly impacted groups that collectively name a source of injustice they face and take action to overcome it. As young people, millennials represent a frontline because we recognize that we will be disproportionately affected by climate change over our lifetimes and that we hold the moral authority to demand a seat at the decision making table.The Green Umbrella aims align our youth and student led organizing with broader struggles for climate and environmental justice. The Green Umbrella believes that climate justice is not an all-encompassing framework, but describes the specific justice struggles related to overcoming climate injustice. As such the Green Umbrella engages in an ongoing (and always evolving) praxis of alignment with other struggles for collective liberation.
Schedule Outline:
Day 1: Fri. 3/15 from 6-9PM:

  • Intros
  • Climate Justice Workshop

Day 2: Sat. 3/16 from 9AM-8PM: Divestment Campaign Strategy

  •     Strategy & Tactics
  •     Relationship-Based Organizing
  •     Negotiating with Power
  •     Banner Graphics Workshop

Day 3: Sun. 3/17 from 9AM-9PM: Frontline Collaboration, Actions Training

  • Community Panel on Resisting Fracking
  • Grassroots Strategy Session
  • Actions Training

Day 4: Mon. 3/18 from 9AM-8PM: Fracking Resistance Action
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