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Thank You, Climate Hero

By Faith Meckley, Assistant News Editor April 26, 2015

On April 20th, Heather Doyle plead guilty to her actions at Dominion's Cove Point LNG export terminal in Lusby, Maryland on Feb. 3, in which she trespassed onto a construction site and scaled the arm of...

The Paragard device

An Uncertain Future

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer April 18, 2015
My participation in the Great March for Climate Action over the course of five months changed my thoughts and perceptions on a lot of things. One thing I didn’t expect it to change was my firmly held plans about motherhood.
From left to right: Climate Marchers John Abbe, Kelsey Erickson, Michael Clark, Jane Kendall, myself and Jimmy Betts

Postponed … Again

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer February 21, 2015
While the powers of Reading and Schuyler County have realized that sending the We Are Seneca Lake protesters to jail is costly and only fuels our movement, many in my activist cohort believe that Judge Berry's hesitance to sentence me runs deeper than that. They joke that he sees me as an incarnation of his own young granddaughter, who, according to Berry, refuses to speak to him when he sends people to jail.
A photo of me climbing at the Ithaca College climbing wall.

Find the Time

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer February 14, 2015
College is extremely stressful. It leads us to binge eat junk food, drink spastic amounts of coffee, pull all-nighters and spend countless hours in front of computer screens without exercise. And many of us, myself included, feel our future careers hinge on the quality of our performance in these four years. Talk about pressure.
The March prepares to enter the BP oil refinery in Whiting, IN.

Oil workers on strike

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer February 9, 2015
Just yesterday, about 1,400 workers from two more oil refineries — BP's Whiting and Toledo, Ohio operations — joined the strike, now 11 refineries strong. The Climate March walked through both of these refineries. I imagine some of the very same workers we spoke to in Whiting are now risking their livelihood to demand better working conditions.
Learning the Jails

Learning the Jails

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer December 8, 2014
Before myself and my comrades began lining up in front of Crestwood Midstream's gates on Route 14 just north of Watkins Glen, I never put much thought into the area jails. I had no clue that there was a jail in Watkins Glen right across the street from the picturesque state park, and I admit to not even knowing that there was a jail in each county. Now I find these various jails to be at an almost constant forefront of my mind.
After 3,000, the Climate Marchers arrive at their destination in the nations capitol

Obama, did you hear us knocking?

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer November 7, 2014
I looked around the crowd and saw mostly familiar faces. Our words were not falling on any new ears, let alone any ears belonging to a person who had the authority to create immediate action and change.
Members of the We Are Seneca Lake resistance movement blockade a truck from entering Crestwood Midstreams facilities.

When All Else Fails

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer October 31, 2014
I clarified to him that our blockade was not going to let anything in or out. "Well, I'm going to open the gates, then!" He declared in a tone that said, 'alright, you asked for it.' The negotiation phase was over; now, they were using intimidation. When he opened the gates, the driver climbed into his truck and lurched forward, blaring his horn.
The sit-in on Broadway around the Bull

First Amendment Rights Don’t Come First

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer October 3, 2014
...as the excitement from Flood Wall Street died down, I saw that day much differently. I now see how tightly the police controlled us, and, subsequently, how watered-down our first amendment right to peaceably assemble was.
Our Car-Centered Society

Our Car-Centered Society

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer September 29, 2014
While walking along Route 65 out of Maumee and toward Toledo, a pick-up truck operated by a sleeping driver struck me head on. Unlike the unfortunate Peace Marcher in 1986, I can live to tell the tale.
The Fruits of Our Labor

The Fruits of Our Labor

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer August 29, 2014
...corporations have no right to be exploiting people, whether they live in Nebraska or Texas or the Ecuadorian Rainforest, and I know that this current system cannot last. Although the Tar Sands Blockade failed to stop TransCanada in the south, the northern section of KXL has not been built because of activists.
Double the Trouble

Double the Trouble

By Faith Meckley, Staff Writer August 23, 2014
I sat down beside a bubbling stream near our campsite, dipped my feet into the cool water and wrote Rob a letter. I described to him the beauty of Colorado, the physical challenge of walking 15 to 20 miles each day and the incredible new family I had acquired in the Marchers. I ended the letter by begging him to come out and see it for himself.
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