Wed. June 26 is a busy day for OSFR members and advocates for the environment.
Most important is the hearing in Lake Butler about the bully lawsuit by HPS II demanding nearly 300 million dollars from Union Co. At the 10 am hearing Union will request dismissal of the lawsuit. This is not a public participation hearing so we can not speak. However, we encourage you to attend as a show of support for the brave commissioners who are facing pressure while defending the way of life for rural Union County. Come to the meeting and bring a friend.
At 5:30 at OSFR headquarters, Rum 138, we will have a RiverFest2020 pre-planning session. If you are at all interested in helping with this important event, please attend. We need our volunteers to make this work.
At 6:30 is our regular monthly board meeting with a special treat: Florida Springs Council Executive Director Ryan Smart will speak to our group. Ryan just last Sunday published an excellent op-ed in the Gainesville Sun, (see yesterday’s post “Ryan Smart: To fix Florida’s natural environment, fix our political environment.”) Everyone is always welcome to attend our monthly meetings so please feel free to come and meet Ryan.
Finally, at 8 o’clock, the Change The Debate Watch Party, organized by Suwannee St. John’s Group Sierra Club and hosted by Rum 138, will begin.
Last November, the Sunrise Movement challenged Democratic leadership with a simple question: What is your plan? That question shook the world.
Since then, presidential candidates have been racing to back the Green New Deal, the first plan to treat climate change like the emergency it is.
But others have doubled down on the same corporate-driven policies that have failed for decades. This approach is a death sentence for our generation.
On June 26, presidential candidates will face off for the first time in Miami, Florida. While local Sunrise activists mobilize at the debate, we’ll organize hundreds of watch parties across the country to amplify their actions.
During these watch parties, we’ll be flooding social media with demands for a Green New Deal, and making plans with our friends, peers and coworkers to put the pressure on these candidates and demand they give a damn about our lives.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-