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Alert -Burrillville Power Plant Protester Court Appearance Thursday, May 6

05/05/2016




>> ALSO NOTE: Burrillville Rally Rescheduled to May 21 <<

More info about civil disobedience and fracking to come from Lisa via ECRI on Thursday. We want you to know about her court appearance on May 6 before the morning or first thing when you get on email....


From: Lisa Petrie <teonlisa@juno.com>
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:27 PM
Subject: Court date tomorrow; rally May 21st

Hi Everyone,
 
As it turns out, my court case will be resolved tomorrow, and we’ll be holding a very short press conference outside the courthouse afterwards at 11:00 am, so if folks can come for that, that would be greatly appreciated.  (No need to show up at 9:00 unless you particularly want to; I’ll have my lawyer and at least one friend, which is more than enough support.  Also, the court proceeding will likely finish well before 11:00; we’re just setting the press conference for 11:00 to be safe in case there’s some delay).  Bring a sign against the power plant if you have one; we’ll also bring extras for anyone who needs.  The whole thing should take no more than half an hour, perhaps much less, so please be on time—or better yet, a little early.
 
As you may have heard, it will be at the Garrahy Judicial Complex, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence, RI.  (NOTE:  One Dorrance Plaza is NOT the same as One Dorrance St.; the courthouse is on Dorrance St. between Friendship St. and Clifford St., whereas One Dorrance St. is at the other end near Fountain St. and Kennedy Plaza.   It is, however, an easy walk from Kennedy Plaza, in case you’re thinking of taking the bus:  it’s about 5-1/2 blocks, or a 5 min. walk according to Google Maps.)  If you’re driving, I’m told the most affordable parking is at the meters on Clifford and Dyer Streets.  The entrance to the building is on Dorrance St.
 
Sorry for the short notice!!  Unfortunately, I didn’t have all the info till now.  And of course, if you can’t make it, I totally understand.  But even if you can’t be there, you can show your support through FB or e-mail:  watch for postings on the FANG or FFRI FB page, and help spread the word about the action and the power plant.  The whole point of these actions is to draw attention to the issue, and the corporate-owned media rarely gives them the kind of coverage they deserve, so it falls to us to help get the word out.  If you have any questions, feel free to call or e-mail me (364-3002).
 
Thanks so much!!
 
Best,
Lisa

P.S.  In case you missed it, this is the follow-up to an action on Tuesday, April 19th, organized by FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas), where about a dozen people sat in at the State Room outside Governor Raimondo’s office with banners protesting the proposed fracked-gas power plant in Burrillville.  Our demands for the governor were simple:  either drop her support for the power plant, or at least schedule a public meeting in Burrillville to hear and respond to residents’ concerns.  The governor didn’t respond, and at 4:30 the police came and asked everyone to leave.  According to plan, the rest of the group left and I remained, and was eventually arrested and held briefly at the State Police Headquarters in Scituate before being released around 8:45 pm.

Here’s some coverage of the action in RI Future (thanks so much, Steve!!):   
  • http://www.rifuture.org/power-plant-protesters-take-over-state-house-state-room.html            
  • http://www.rifuture.org/lisa-petrie-arrested-at-state-house-protesting-power-plant.html
  • And on Channel 12 News:  http://wpri.com/2016/04/20/protester-speaks-out-after-arrest-at-statehouse/ 
By the way, the rally in Burrillville that’s mentioned at the end of the segment has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 21st—please mark your calendars!!  Paul, if you have the times for the rally and/or a flyer, please reply to all with that.

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