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Sep 17, 2007
Focus: Corporate Responsibility
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
Rep. Charlie Rangel:
Don't Trade Away Animal Rights
 and the Environment
w/ the Peru Free Trade Agreement!

Rep. Charlie Rangel, Chair of the US House of Representative's Ways and Means Committee, is Congress' strongest and most influential supporter of the Peru Free Trade Agreement (PUFTA), which will destroy Amazon rainforests and expand factory farming!  Tell Charlie that we will not let him sell out animals and the environment for corporate profits!
Planning Meeting:
  Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 PM, The Brecht Forum, West Street between Bank and Bethune Streets, Manhattan, NYC. A, C, E or L to 14th Street & 8th Ave, walk down 8th Ave. to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left.
OR, 1, 2, or 3 to 14th Street & 7th Ave, get off at south end of station, walk west on 12th Street to 8th Ave. left to Bethune, turn right, walk west to the River, turn left.

Sign, Banner, & Costume Making & Street Theater Rehearsal:
 Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, 15 Thames Street, Brooklyn (L train to Morgan Avenue) Noon to 6 PM (or later).
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Posted: Sep 17, 2007 6:59am
Jul 25, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
Trashy Movie Night
Presented by and hosted by Times Up!

8 PM, Time's Up!, 49 E. Houston St, between Mott and Mulberry (R or W to Prince, B, D, F, V to Broadway-Lafayette, 6 to Bleecker)

Our global culture of mass production, overconsumption, wasteful packaging and planned obsolescence has created a massiven environmental crisis: GARBAGE.  Landfills and incinerators leach and spew toxic chemicals into our land, air, and water, and landfill offgassing is a significant contributor to global warming.  Join for a series of short films exploring the politics and perils of our global garbage crisis. And learn how wastepickers in Argentina and in New York City have turned collecting recyclables for deposit and resale into a means of economic survival.

Donald Blank, creator of Tossed and Found, will introduce his film and take audience questions.

Films will include:

Tossed and Found (44 minutes)
A flim by  Donald Blank
Jorge, Tom, Joe are among many street people engaged in "street entrepreneurship" -- living off the goods discarded by others or the odds and ends available -- the modern urban scavenger. They retrieve everything from toys to scrap metal in this itinerant trade. A fascinating study of modern urban survival and individual ingenuity. Notes: Among those interviewed also include Philip [a street book vendor and 'Hubcap' Joe [who runs a thriving business built on auto hubcaps picked up on the streets and freeways around Brooklyn].

Los Cartoneros (22 minutes)
A film by Mike McLean
In Argentina there are people who live entirely off collecting cardboard from the streets to recycle it for money. This is a documentary about these people.

10 Things We Love to Hate...Garbage (30 minutes)
Produced by Beyond Productions
A look at the garbage crisis-- featuring!
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Posted: Jul 25, 2007 7:09am
Jun 5, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Think About
Location: United States
Boreal Forest Film Night

Join us for films and a slide presentation on struggles by indigenous communities and grassroots environmental groups to defend the boreal, using corporate pressure campaigns and direct action
WHEN: Thursday, June 7, 2007, 8PM
WHERE: Times Up! Space, 49 East Houston St between Mott and Mulberry Streets
WHO: Sponsored by Wetlands Activism Collective and Times Up!
MORE INFO:  Call (347) 293-2217 or email
DIRECTIONS: B, D, F, or V to Broadway-Lafayette Streets, 6 to Bleecker Street, or N or R to Prince Street.

ABOUT THE BOREAL FOREST: If you care about clean air and water, you care about the Boreal Forest. Stretching from Alaska clear across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, the Boreal is an astonishing wilderness, one of the largest intact ecosystems in the world. It holds more freshwater than anywhere else on the planet, and plays an essential role in cleaning the air that we breathe and in fighting climate change. It is also habitat to rare species of wolves, bears, and woodland caribou, as well as half of North America's songbirds.  Currently, less than 8% of the Boreal is protected. It is being logged at a rate of two acres a minute, 24 hours a day, much of it to make things like catalogs, junk mail, magazines, newspapers and toilet paper.

The Story of the Grassy Narrows Blockade
2,500 square miles of forests, lakes and rivers north of Kenora, Ontario have sustained the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation for thousands of years. Now Weyerhaeuser, the largest lumber company in the world, is driving a wave of destructive logging that threatens to uproot their traditional way of life. In December 2002, a small group of people from the reserve of Grassy Narrows First Nation took up the fight to protect their traditional lands from Weyerhaeuser. They began a blockade that would eventually become the longest-standing in Canadian history.
Directed by local filmmaker Dave Clement; Produced in Association with Thunder Bay Independent Media.

The Grassy Narrows campaign video
A short overview on Rainforest Action Network's campaign to support Grassy Narrows. .

Sasketchewan, the Province of Weyerhaeuser
20 minute video documentary of the human and ecological costs of logging in Saskatchewan by Weyerhaeuser. Recent documents from Canada provide clear-cut evidence that Weyerhaeuser has grossly violated the legal, social and ecological commitments that allow them to log on public lands in the province of Saskatchewan.

Victoria's Dirty Secret Campaign Video
Learn about the successful campaign to end Victoria's Secret's use of paper from endangered boreal forests for their catalogs.

Footage from Wetlands Activism Collective's protests at Victoria's Secret and J. Crew
Watch independent video and TV coverage of Street theater, in-store disruptions, and blockades demanding that these retailers  stop destroying endangered forests for catalog paper.

And more!
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Posted: Jun 5, 2007 9:14pm
May 10, 2007
Focus: Health
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
Let Target Know It’s Time to Phase Out PVC, the Poison Plastic!
Join us in sending a message to Target and let them know PVC plastic is out of style and encourage them to develop a plan and timeline to phase out PVC.
We'll wear Hazmat suits, hold signs and banners and leaflet Target customers and passersby.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24th, (Noon – 2:00pm)
WHERE: Target, Atlantic Terminal, 139 Flatbush Ave at Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn,  Take the N to Pacific St, M, R, B, D to Atlantic Ave-Pacific St,  Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 Atlantic Ave, C to Lafayette Ave, G to Fulton St, or LIRR to Atlantic Terminal.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Wetlands Activism Collective   Vmail: (347) 293-2217
Email:        Web:

Target and PVC:  Target's aisles are filled with products made from chemicals linked to cancer. They sell many common products such as shower curtains, children's toys and baby products made out of or packaged in polyvinyl chloride, the poison plastic. PVC products are dangerous to our health and environment from start to finish -- in the factory, at home, and in the trash -- releasing poisonous chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.

The production of PVC products requires toxic chemicals, including cancer-causing vinyl chloride monomer and ethylene dichloride. Target’s chic PVC products are useless without the addition of toxic additives. Children chewing on vinyl toys can be exposed to chemicals linked to reproductive harm. These chemicals are so bad they’ve been banned from use in toys in Europe. The familiar new shower curtain smell is poisonous chemicals being released from the curtain in your home. PVC products sold by Target cannot be effectively recycled due to the many different toxic additives in the product, which can contaminate the recycling batch. Just one PVC bottle can contaminate a recycling load of 100,000 recyclable bottles!

The good news is safe and cost effective alternatives exist. Unfortunately, Target lags behind other retailers in taking action on PVC. Last year, Wal-Mart committed to phase out private label PVC packaging in two years. Other companies phasing out PVC include Nike, Microsoft, Ikea, H&M, and Johnson and Johnson.
Learn more by visiting:

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Posted: May 10, 2007 7:32am


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