100Grannies Meeting June 23, 2015 – MB Versgrove, recorder
WELCOME Grannies introduced themselves and shared one positive thing that is happening. Many were delighted with Pope Francis’ recently released encyclical “On the Care of our Common Home” released 6/18/15. Linda Quinn provided a link to a 2-minute fun take of the Pope on climate https://youtu.be/76BtP1GInlc
UPCOMING EVENTS AND/OR NEW BUSINESS
1. Coralville 4thFest Parade (Mary Beth Versgrove) All Grannies were invited to join the fun in the 4thFest parade on July 4. Nine grannies (& 1 grampy) joined as part of the Peace Coalition entry. Wristbands and 100G info pamphlets were distributed to the thousands lining the parade route on a beautiful, sunny Independence Day. The “Bag Cape” and Super G cape were big hits with the crowd along with the ever popular Yahoo Drummers and Steve Fugate’s fossil-free fuel powered pick-up which hauled an enthusiastic contingent of the Peace Coalition.
2. Johnson County Fair (Mary Beth Versgrove) Volunteers are still need to help staff the People’s Coalition booth at the Fair July 27-30. A sign-up sheet was circulated. Interested Grannies may contact Mary Beth (319 621-7795). Donations are also still needed for the daily raffle (a handmade cloth bag from 100G filled with sustainable items). Books, cloth napkins, solar powered “any things” are needed. 100G will be promoting: Bakken resistance, plant-based diets & factoids, Ban the Bag pledge cards, and distribute “Questions for the Candidates” re: climate issues to share. Donna Rupp has built a sustainable “counter” to use for the straw poll activity on tax dollar allocation that was so popular last year. A conflict resolution workshop will be offered for fair volunteers on July 22nd at the Coralville Library. Come join the fun and help us share what 100Grannies are about with Johnson County residents at the Fair.
3. Iowa 350.org Kick-off (Paula Sanchini) Rob Hogg will be present for the party at the Cedar Rapids Library on July 28th to initiate the Iowa chapter of 350.org and help take climate revolution in the state to a new level. This group will help coordinate on-going efforts by multiple environmental groups throughout the state. A website will act as a focal point for environmental activities across the state. On August 15th there will be another meeting to help with organizing events from individual communities. The event will be held at the Toddville Recreation Center. Check the Iowa 350.org website for more details.
4. Storytime at the IC Public Library – August 13 (Linda Quinn) The last 100G Storytime was held at the Coralville Library on Earth Day. On Thursday, August 13 from 10:30-11:00 100G will be at the ICPL. Volunteers (3-4) are needed for this activity. Contact Donna Rupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer and help choose the books to be shared.
5. Grandparents Climate Action Day – Washington DC September 9/10 (Barbara Schlachter) 100G will be one of the sponsoring groups for this event. A group of 100G is considering going by train, leaving Mt. Pleasant Monday morning, Sept 7 arriving DC Sept 8 early afternoon. Cost would be $114.75 for value ticket (includes upper level reserved seat). Options for longer stay may evolve; Claudia Barber is looking into reasonable accommodations in DC. You may want to check out http://www.eldersclimateaction.org for more details and a great resource.
6. Bakken Pipeline (Linda Quinn) The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has now distributed a proposed timeline for the Bakken Pipeline proposal. The last date to file a petition or letter is July 27, 2015. The IUB has indicated that the hearing on the pipeline will be sometime between November 12 and December 2. Resistance to the pipeline continues despite the fact that Energy Transport Partners has begun moving pipeline supplies into the state on some properties where landowners have signed easement agreements. On June 5, the Iowa House and Senate adjourned for the year without passing an eminent domain bill in either 1MB Versgrove, recorder 100Grannies Meeting June 23, 2015 chamber. Against it were the Association of Business and Industry (an influential group with statehouse Republicans) and lobbyists representing various labor unions (who often have the ear of Democratic lawmakers). Branstad’s 2010 campaign manager and longtime chief of staff Jeff Boeyink is now lobbying on behalf of the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, Lawmakers have not over-ridden a Branstad veto during the last four years, and there’s no reason to think they would start with this bill. (Bleeding Heartland Community Blog) If you have not registered an objection to this project, now is the time do so by writing to the IUB.
7. NextGen Climate (Marcia Shaffer) The group met 6/17/15; grannies Marcia S. and Jan Stephan attended with 30-40 other people. The group focused on the upcoming presidential election and question for candidates re: climate change. Small groups (4) formed and talked about various topics: Marcia’s group about writing good letters to the editor and Jan’s group about connecting with other groups. Young people there seemed energetic and welcomed 100G for their cooperation. If you are interested in becoming involved with this effort, contact Marcia or Jan please.
8. People’s Climate Movement – October 14, Local Day of Action (Barbara Schlachter) Barbara will be working on this activity and anyone interested in helping may contact her or watch for further development on how 100G will participate. Tom Carsner (sp?) Sierra Club member has already been in touch with Barbara at the Pride Parade on this topic.
9. December Climate Talks in Paris (Barbara Schlachter) Keep this very important forum in mind. While a road trip is unlikely, we will all be attentive to the discussion and outcome of these talks. More as time goes on…
10. Inventory of members’ gifts and interests; Addition of new 100G Committees (Barbara Schlachter) Watch your in-box for an e-mail that will soon be coming your way from the Steering Committee (SC). Donna Rupp, a new SC member has volunteered to help update and coordinate our Member Gifts inventory once we have received updated input from the members. We need to engage everyone based upon your talents and interests. The SC also decided at their last meeting to expand the number of 100G committees to include 3 new committees: Communications/Graphics, Activism/Rallies/Legislation, and Speaker’s Bureau. This will be an opportunity for each and every granny to hop on the bandwagon and become more involved if the current committees do not ‘trip your trigger’. We are doing so much and need the help of each and every granny to avoid burnout.
GUEST SPEAKER Granny Chris Vinsonhaler Chris addressed the group as a climate activist to inform us of a movement called REPRESENT US. She and her companion Kevin Brown provide a hand-out comparing the average citizen’s preferences and economic elites preferences re: climate policy change and the disenfranchisement which has occurred. Please refer to the references she provided and consider supporting this movement to help further their efforts. Learn more at
and go to
to see our plan and join the Anti-Corruption Movement. Click on “show more” to view our sources. 1. Gilens… 00:05:51 It’s all about REPRESENT.US
Here’s an overview of the problem from an environmental advocate:
And here’s more about the information about the two graphs I (Chris) presented:
And here’s the inspiring story of the bipartisan coalition that passed the anti-corruption referendum in Tallahassee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhEFehRWApM
ONGOING PROJECTS/OLD BUSINESS
1. Bag Committee (Becky Ross) The committee presented a 100G Environmental Award to Fin and Feather, Iowa City for their plastic bag policy which is to not automatically use a bag for purchase. They instead give a nickel to IC Hospice for each person who does NOT use a plastic bag. Becky also has distributed a form letter to members who have agreed to send it to local Hy-Vee stores, asking them to start charging for plastic bags (hopefully encouraging people to bring their own bags for groceries). The Bag Committee meets in the courtyard outside Panera at the IC MarketPlace (Sycamore Street, formerly the Sycamore Mall). Consult the 100G website for minutes and next meeting time.
2. Education Committee – Global Village (Becky Hall) This event was held on Sunday, June 7 as part of the Arts Festival and grannies who participated were overwhelmingly proud of the activities that were organized and executed related to the Maldives. Jan Stephan created a marvelous water activity where kids could ‘flood the Maldives’ seeing what the effect of rising ocean levels would be for this remote chain of islands. Participants also could create a ‘wish’ necklace from beads and a shell, construct a Maldives flag, and inspect various pieces of coral using hand magnifying glasses. Other resources including a DVD “The Island President” and books were available. Parents were as engaged as kids in this project. Kudos! Film Series (Molly Stroh) The 100G Environmental Film Series & Discussions has been scheduled for October 2015 at The Center. Molly reviewed the documentaries that would be presented on Monday evenings in October and asked for volunteer grannies to introduce and lead the discussion for each date. Please consider whether you would be willing to do this; there are two opportunities still available: October 5 Disruption and October 19 Standing on Sacred Ground. The October 12 film When the Water Tap Runs Dry will be introduced and moderated by Molly and October 26 Years of Living Dangerously will be Becky Ross. Thanks to all who provided input and assistance on getting this schedule put together. This series has become a perennial fall favorite in our community and stimulates much needed discussion on environmental issues.
3. Veggie 6 Committee (Katharine Nicholson for Pat Bowen) Katharine shared the following with members: (factoid – Want to save the world? Start by ditching meat. Bloomberg) From recent Bloomberg Businessweek article: “More than two-thirds of all agricultural land is used for animal pasture, with an additional 10 percent used to grow feed grains consumed by meat- and dairy-producing animals. Agriculture overall consumes about 70 percent of the world’s fresh water; a third of it goes to grow feed grain.” www.chooseveg.com Vegetarian Community event – Saturday, July 18th 4:30 p.m. Bring a plant-based (vegan) dish to share and a bottle of wine. Call Carol Throckmorton (319) 337-3030 to reserve a spot and get directions to the home of Carolyn, Bob, Lisa, & Gina Howe on their acreage near the Reservoir. 3MB Versgrove, recorder 100Grannies Meeting June 23, 2015
4. Democracy School (and Beyond) (Dawn Jones) The Democracy School (DS) committee has been meeting regularly to plan the next step in this educational process. All Grannies should have received an e-mail with links to sample audio and/or video recordings by Thomas Linzey, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) founder and featured in DS programs, as well as Paul Cienfuegos who does similar environmental work with community basis. Two times were scheduled for any Granny who did not do DS either in part or whole, or is interested in participating in a discussion about our next step in bringing one of these speakers to Iowa City in the fall 2015. The objective in previewing these speakers is to make a determination of which might be a better match for a 3-hour workshop on community rights with like-minded groups such as the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and other local environmental or climate activist groups. Listening sessions are scheduled for Saturday, June 27 and July 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Trinity Library (or narthex). Audio presentations will be followed by discussion; bring a sack lunch (or a break to go to Bread Garden may be provided). Thomas Linzey Some of us have watched the 8 video program from CELF as Miriam suggested. That URL is http://celdf.org/how-we-work/education/democracy-school/democracy-school-online/ . Thomas Linzey is featured in those videos. There is an audio interview with him and Derrick Jensen here – http://resistanceradioprn.podbean.com/e/thomas-linzey- 052415/ . This is a YouTube video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daGuS03l9p8 ) of Thomas who starts speaking at 5:30. Paul Cienfuegos On Youtube there is a good series starting with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Prylnj4NQ8 . The audio we will be listening to is available at http://paulcienfuegos.com/pauls-online-introductory-workshop-audio-0 . If you can, please come to one of the two “listenings” of the Paul Cienfuegos pre- recorded 3 hour workshop. (from Dawn Jones 6.23.15) Please contact Dawn (email@example.com) if you have questions regarding the session on July 11th.
5. S’nit In – June 26 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Linda Quinn) This activity was planned for the Ped Mall outside Congressman Loebsack’s office. All are invited to attend.
1. Tar Sands Rally in Minneapolis, MN (Mary Beth Versgrove) Grannies Becky Ross, Jan Stephan, and Mary Beth Versgrove and Grampies John Christenson and Perry Ross marched along with about 5000 others against pipeline and fossil fuel infrastructure projects that would accelerate development of the tar sands oil fields in Canada. Great speakers addressed the marchers assembled at the State Capitol including Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben. A strong contingent of indigenous women was among those leading the march seeking justice for their native lands and water. They defiantly pledged that they would resist further insults to Mother Earth and their homeland. “We must own the fact that the Midwest is ground zero for the climate fight as the prime entry point for tar sands into the US” according to Bill McKibben.
2. TTP Vote (Barbara Schlachter) Barbara asked us to please take time to thank Congressman Loebsack for not once, but twice voting AGAINST TTP. 4MB Versgrove, recorder 100Grannies Meeting June 23, 2015
3. Paul Doffing Concert (Barbara Schlachter) The concert was moved indoors due to the weather. It was enjoyable for those who went.
4. PrideFest Parade (Linda Quinn) The debut of the 100G Kazoo Band was made against a strong wind, but complemented by chants from Grannies who marched. Cheers were heard for Donna Rupp’s “bag cape” which was worn by Linda and captured on film by Press Citizen reporters. Marchers carried “Climate Justice” signs made by Linda as we made our presence known to the community yet again.
5. Citizen Climate Lobby Call-in Days (Paula Sanchini) Grannies were reminded to call their Iowa Senators and Congressmen in DC any day this week through June 25 in support of Citizens’ Climate Lobby carbon fee and dividend proposal and other actions to address climate change. Phone numbers had been e-mailed to 100G for the entire Iowa delegation from Senator Rob Hogg on June 22nd.
6. Treasurer’s Report (Becky Ross) We have approximately $1400 in our treasury. Anyone having bills should get them to Becky for payment.
NEXT 100G MEETING: TUESDAY, JULY 28 at 5:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church (narthex). Next STEERING COMMITTEE Meeting is July 21, 10:00 a.m.- noon at Mary Beth Versgrove’s – Let us know if you are interested in attending. Call Mary Beth (319) 621-7795 for directions.