“There are no gifts in this world, there’s only organizing and movements”

by Mike Gaworecki

April 14, 2009

On March 2nd, over 3,000 people took to the streets of Washington, DC for the Capitol Climate Action. We surrounded the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant, which supplies Congress with dirty energy, shutting it down for four hours. Our message was simple: We need to end the stranglehold dirty energy has on Congress and start building the clean energy economy of the future.

The protest was a huge success – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol (cool title, huh?) ordering him to switch the Capitol Power Plant off of coal by the end of the year. It was a major victory, but it was only the beginning.

The thousands who marched in the streets of DC that day have gone home and started grassroots campaigns to kick coal out of their communities, as well.

On April 20th, a coalition of activists will be protesting Duke Energy’s proposed Cliffside Coal Plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can check out the coalition, get the scoop on Cliffside, and RSVP for the event at

Greenpeace will be there on the ground with the Stop Cliffside coalition. Just try and watch this video and not want to join us:

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