Egypt. SB5. I see you. I feel restless. When I got the call about a chance to get a message straight to Sherrod Brown, I couldn’t dial phone numbers fast enough.
Mr. Brown is getting ready to go to Washington to vote on proposals that would slash the EPA’s budget for the Clean Air Act. He is considered a swing vote – who has previously voted for health care, who impeccably votes for jobs- but needs to hear our voice and vote to protect the Clean Air Act Continue reading
ELECTION DAY! So, why do I care? Well, this election is a big deal. We have some really close races in Ohio, and its so important that we, as young people, make our voices heard. The politicians we elect today will spend the next two, four, six or more years making decisions for our future and the future of our planet, and we should let them know what’s up and what we care about. There are obviously many ways to let politicians and other powerful people in the world know what we think, and we owe it to them to fight hard with a full court press. No one approach will be enough if we are to create the world we want to see, and this is our future we’re talking about here! It’s kind of a big deal. Continue reading
The future is here! In the past few weeks, there have been a number of exciting changes within OSEC. Three weeks ago, the OSEC Steering Committee unanimously decided to separate from Energy Justice Network and then to become a part of Global Exchange. And in the coming year, we will be working with our new parent-organization to establish OSEC as it’s own 501(c)3 non-profit organization!
Last week, the board of Energy Action Coalition approved OSEC’s proposal for funding, pledging to support OSEC for the next nine months as we run our Power Vote campaign, bring young Ohioans to Power Shift 2011 and grow our state network. And within the next few days, OSEC will be hiring our new state coordinator! Continue reading
Hey whazzzzz uppppppp, (1999 style, if you’re curious feel free to check this out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKWH2s6CuFg)
We just got back yesterday morning from NYC, more specifically; the University of Columbia was holding the Millennium Campus Conference 2010. The MCC hosted about 1000 students from across the nation and focused on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, for more info visit (http://www.mcc2010.com/index.php?page=homepage). The conference featured speakers such as Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Amadei (the founder of engineers without borders), Bill McKibben (creator of 350.org), and many more. The breakout sessions of the conference were eclectic and invaluable, allowed for us to intimately interact with some fascinating people on the topics of social network, non-profit strategy, environmental ethics, as well as many others. We are both very exited about the opportunity to have been involved in the conference and look forward to applying the knowledge we gained to our year in any and all ways possible (if anyone would like to know more about the speakers, or even just some links to the websites, some will be included, but for more, just e-mail Gabe or me for details).
We have also begun our push for Power Vote on Bowling Green Campus. Our current target is 1,000 pledges, and we have already received a great response from our peers at BG. We look forward to keeping our momentum going and we also look forward to hearing from all of you about your campuses. Well talk to you again when we reach 1000. We love y’all.
P and g
If you’d like to know more about the speakers we listed, here’s some links. I’m sorry formatting is not my thing, I haven’t played too much with this stuff so bear with me for a couple blogs.
Jeff Sachs link: http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/1804
Dr. Amadei link: (http://ceae.colorado.edu/mc-edc/?ii=People%20:%20Bernard%20Amadei)
Bill McKibben link: http://www.350.org/
Want to learn more about OSEC history? Maybe check out a couple photos or a video of past highlights? Like Power Shift, OASES, a steering committee retreat or the recent Power Vote electoral training?
Well now you can: Continue reading
The summer project (aka The Urban Defense Project) was totally rockin’, if I do say so myself!
Planting our first garden of the summer!
As some of you may remember, during spring semester Tim Krueger (the OSEC coordinator at the time) and some members of the steering committee decided we wanted to have a summer internship program. What started as the “OSEC Summer Internship” quickly turned into The Urban Defense Project, an initiative in Cleveland that is going to continue focusing on neighborhood revitalization projects for months and years to come.
At any rate, this summer was totally awesome. Along with Hannah Simonetti from OU, Pat Kennedy from BGSU, Eliana from Oberlin and sixteen others, I spent my summer up by the lake in Cleveland in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. What can 20 young people do in one summer? A lot! Continue reading