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Community Members' Fight Against Gas Pipelines Gets Creative

Residents take action as thirteen natural gas pipelines are planned for the Delaware River watershed.

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The fracking movement is popular, and it is growing in strength and in organization. Just this past weekend there was a highly successful national conference in Dallas, Texas organized by the  Stop the Frack Attack network, attended by 300 or more people from around the USA. There was no question at this conference but that this movement is about nothing less than a revolutionary change in where we get our energy and who controls it. We need to move away from centralized, dirty, climate-wrecking fossils fuels to clean, renewable energy sources like the sun and the wind, all happening as part of a process of a truly democratic transformation of society.

One of our chants yesterday as we stood, sang and chanted close to the commission was this one: “Tell me what democracy looks like; This is what democracy looks like.” People speaking up, speaking from the heart, refusing to stand by and allow injustice and destruction to take place without a fight, putting what is right for us and future generations before anything else. This is truly what democracy looks like, and we need more of it.

Ted Glick is the National Policy Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and has been a progressive activist and organizer since 1968. Past writings and other information can be found at and he can be followed on Twitter at

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