Atmospheric CO2

mauna-loa-observatory-0315Did you know that pollutants from oil and gas production include Methane (which is 87 times more powerful as a contributor to global warming than carbon in the atmosphere and also include major health risk toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, acetaldehyde, and ethyl benzene?

The threat is in our backyard: ¼ of all Americans living within the ½ mile threat radius of oil and gas production pollutants live in Ohio and Ohio ranks 10th nationally in total population living within threat zones.

Follow this link to an interactive map by Earthworks , the Oil and Gas Threat Map, to learn more.

Here are other very informative links on oil and gas threats.

Meet Up 4 Justice Workshop

Russ Vie Brooks and Libby Earle represented Hopedale at the Meet Up 4 Justice workshop at St. John’s UU in Cincinnati April 9, 2016. Three local activists shared their current work. Troy Jackson of the AMOS Project frames his activism from a faith perspective:” being prophets of the resistance by confronting the Principalities of Power—those people in positions of power who refuse to see and acknowledge the people who are suffering.  Currently the AMOS projects include (1) proposing Universal Preschool (any property tax should fund families at 200% o f poverty and provide living wages to workers), (2) addressing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system where a disproportionate number of AA youth are held to trial, (3) registering new voters, and (4) retroactively reducing non violent felony drug convictions to misdemeanors.

Pastor Ennis Tait from the Church of the Living God discussed the importance of outreach at the street level to address violence.  Project Ceasefire has been successful in teaching conflict resolution in three schools, but Cincinnati is reluctant to provide funding long term to interventions.

Stephen Johnson-Grove presented OJPC ‘s efforts to impact policy by framing reform in terms of promoting the health of the community and police officers.

The workshop focused on Cincinnati, but could provide some direction for Butler County.

New Reviews and Resources

New book reviews from the Social Justice Action Committee:

I began by reading Klein’s book, This Changes Everything, but immediately found I needed to read Active Hope at the same time, because the mess we are in is indeed crazy-making.  Perhaps that is why it has been so difficult for people to acknowledge that our way of life is unsustainable. – Libby E.


New Forces to Consider in Ending Poverty


New Forces to Consider in Ending Poverty: A Review of Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester R. Brown, contributed by guest reviewer, Libby Earle. 

This summer the Hopedale Community engaged in a discussion of the book The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. This book approached the need to end extreme poverty through market forces such as debt forgiveness to nations that carried an unserviceable debt burden. Mr. Sachs saw manufacturing investments in impoverished countries by foreign companies that benefited by low labor costs as a positive mode of raising the income level of the very poor workers. [“See how much better off they are.”] This improvement in income would encourage smaller families therefore result in a gain in personal and national gross profits with more money for investment and individual sustainability. Additionally he emphasized the need for donor nations to live up to their donor commitments to poor countries in order for them to develop needed infrastructure to support economic growth and the need for recipient countries to provide transparency in how donor money was used…(to read more, press here)