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On Wednesday, April 19, more than 50 young people met with Governor Mark Dayton as part of Water Action Day, to express their unique hopes and concerns about protecting our water resources here in Minnesota for our generation, and all those who follow.

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Note: This piece is a reflection of my own experience and position in the world—as a white, able-bodied, gender//queer, college-educated person that has been doing this work for only 5 years. I wrote this in the spirit of an invitation to collaborate, to ask questions, to imagine new possibilities—not to merely criticize the work of those that have been working in a certain type of structure for years and years.

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On Saturday, March 4, more than 200 people—mostly youth under the age of 30—took to the streets of small-town Whitewater, Wisconsin, in a March Against Pipeline Expansion.

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Members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society—who had traveled all the way from St. Paul, Minnesota, to participate—led the march. Starting from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus, marchers made their way through town, down Main Street, and eventually to the scenic Cravath Lakefront Park.

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“It’s time for Pennsylvania to make the transition to clean energy and develop a resilient rural economy that doesn’t rely on dirty energy."


884 Students on the steps of the PA State Capitol after delivering their letter to Governor Tom Wolf

On Monday, students from 19 Pennsylvania colleges and universities delivered a statement to Governor Tom Wolf's Capitol office demanding no new natural gas pipelines and immediate investment in green jobs.

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Watching the footage of armored military vehicles rolling through the remains of the Oceti Sakowin camp last week was a powerful reminder of the lawless brutality still wielded by the oil companies and their purchased politicians.

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875 Power Shift 2016 Southeast in Orlando, Florida (photo: Jahfre Colbert, Post Creative Group)

What a year. Between the primaries, the election, and the post-election absurdity we’ve been witnessing for the past six weeks, I know many of us are ready to say goodbye to this year. But believe it or not: despite all of this, I’m still calling 2016 a success for the Power Shift Network.

Here’s why I think 2016 was such a success. In just 12 months, our network:

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On Sunday, December 4, the water protectors at Standing Rock and their allies achieved a historic victory: the Army Corps of Engineers just denied the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.

It shouldn’t have taken months. It shouldn’t have taken the sacrifices it did. It shouldn’t be something we have to fight for at all. But fight we did—and against odds that cynics said we could never overcome, we’re claiming this victory.

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On November 15, tens of thousands of you took to the streets at hundreds of actions from California to Ireland to say #NoDAPL.

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