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The Most Powerful Organizing Training in History

When was the first time you realized you were part of something bigger and had the power to create change?

I realized it 8 years ago in March 2003 when our government invaded Iraq. Sickened by the lies and violence I knew I had to do something. So I started organizing my fellow students at the University of Kansas, holding demonstrations, debates, and teach-ins. But dispute my best efforts I alone couldn't end the war so I vowed to prevent the next one and keep us from sending our nation's youth into harms way to defend our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels.

Since then I’ve seen the burgeoning of a youth climate movement, inspiring campaigns, and two national Power Shifts. Together we’ve learned a lot. Now it’s time to harness that collective experience into the culmination of one massive “movement moment” - that point when we all come together, share our stories and strategies, and realize our collective power.  Imagine what it feels like to stand in a room with 10,000 young leaders from across the country. What will emerge? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out!

We’re excited to announce that at this Power Shift, we’re introducing something entirely new: Movement Building Sessions to share tools and charge our communities for action. Help make Power Shift a historic movement moment by becoming a Facilitator today!

At Power Shift youth leaders will convene a series of forums to learn critical skills to share their own stories, create powerful strategies to motivate others in collective action, and then lay the ground work to launch grassroots campaigns across the country.

But we can’t make it happen without you. The beauty of this movement building training is that it’s led by our own grassroots leaders who know first-hand what our communities and campuses face and hold the solutions. Through these sessions we’ll share our current campaigns, collaborate, and emerge with a movement wide plan to create a clean and just energy economy. With 10,000 people participating, it will be the biggest movement building training and strategy session ever.

When you apply, you’re taking a real leadership role in the next phase of our movement and we’ll support you all the way.  You’ll attend one of seven Regional Trainings to meet others on the training team, experience the Movement Building Forums, and then prepare to lead them yourself at Power Shift 2011. Along the way, you’ll work with Lead Trainers and organizers from the New Organizing Institute Education Fund, who have developed trainings and campaigns in the immigration, labor and equal rights movements.

Come join the team. Apply to be a Power Shift Facilitators now!

Still have questions? That’s OK! Apply now and one of our team members will call you in the next 48 hours to speak with you and get your teamed up with other organizers in your area!

This is my third Power Shift and these Movement Building Sessions are probably the most important and impactful thing we have done to date.  Nothing can compare to that collective “movement moment” when 10,000 of us realize our power together at Power Shift 2011. Let's make history and ignite our movement with a new wave of grassroots activism.

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Students interested in

Students interested in everything from agriculture to economics can find a place in the Peace Corps or VISTA according to representatives of these groups now on campus.
Persons interested in working with the Peace Corps, which operates in 58 countries throughout South America, Central America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, or VISTA, which has volunteers in rural and urban communities throughout the United States, can obtain further information at a table in front of the Student Union today and tomorrow.
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Ethan, President Obama is now

Ethan, President Obama is now sending in Drones, any comment on that? Really all I want is an honest answer to what you, or any liberal American, thinks about President Obama, on his own, deciding to attack Lybia. And now sending in Drones, what are your thoughts on that? Thanks Ethan.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 15:30.
"Being completely sincere with this question for you, noting that you stated, speaking about the Iraq invasion: "I realized it 8 years ago in March 2003 when our government invaded Iraq. Sickened by the lies and violence I knew I had to do something", how do you feel about President Obama, of his own accord, ordering the attack on Lybia? I am sincerely interested in your reply on this. Thank you."

I am really hoping for a reply of some sort from you on the above post I made on April 16th. I just want to understand why you were "sickened" by the Iraq invasion, and if you are also "sickened" by President Obama's attack on Lybia. I am having trouble getting any of my Liberal friends to explain their reasons for not being upset about it. I am just hoping for an honest answer. Thanks Ethan.

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Being completely sincere with

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2 goals: Youth Corps and

2 goals: Youth Corps and solar power
SJS student is selling an ideal
By George Lajeunesse Staff writer San Jose News - Wednesday, July 9, 1980 PG. B1 Led Article
He has spent more than $3,000 in stamps, envelops and reproduction costs and the tires on his car are nearly bald from constant travel between San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento.
He’s familiar to almost every political editor and reporter who has been dogging the campaign footsteps of presidential hopefuls who visited this area during the recent primaries – patiently passing out printed literature and buttonholing any candidate, or candidates’ minions, who would pause, even momentarily, to lend an ear.
He spends every moment he can spare away from his college classroom work and part-time job as a hospital laboratory technician in “selling” his idea.
It is based on the creation of a “Youth Service Corps” to replace a military draft and to hasten the day the United States can declare its independence from foreign oil by solving its energy crisis with solar power.
Peter a clinical philosophy student at San Jose State University and a young man of 28 years, is an idealist who has a serious regard for the right of citizens “to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” He believes, in short, in the right to be heard and he is determined to be heard. He holds a profound belief that if things don’t change drastically – and soon – the country is going to go down the tubes, energywise.
But, not many people out there are listening, Peter reluctantly admits, especially on the floor of Congress where he has sent his message to each representative in that august body. He’s had about a 5 percent reply, a response he feels is quite disappointing.
Peter’s plan for a peacetime youth corps to install solar technology in new or existing homes to make them self-sufficient in energy, was first formed when, as a student in an SJS political science course, he served an internship in the office of Rep. Pete McCloskey, R-Menlo Park.
A few years later, after reading McCloskey’s proposed National Service Act which would give 18- to 26-year-olds a choice of military service or two years of volunteer civilian service. Peter saw t as the ideal vehicle for implementing his solar energy plan.
Peter sent McCloskey copies of some 30 replies he had received of his proposal that had also gone out to 300 industries, 50 newspapers, 80 lobbying agencies and 45 federal departments in Washington, D.C.
“There has been ‘dead silence’ from him and I’m not sure what his feelings are about my idea,” Peter admitted, indicating McCloskey’s expertise and interests lie more in the military field then the civilian aspects of his proposed act and Peter’s plan.
Peter’s files contain a number of polite, but non-committal replies to his letters, include one from Edward Teller of Stanford’s Hoover Institution who encouraged him to discuss his proposal with his aide.
Another reply came from Rep. Norman Mineta, D-San Jose, who told Peter he favored an energy self-sufficiency plan but rejected singling out young people for mandatory community service. Mineta, according to Peter, felt would be unfair and exploitive to require young people to provide inexpensive labor.
Peter first became aware of the nation’s energy ailments in 1973 when serving in a “sort of conscientious objector” role as a medical technician in the Air Force.
He was stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, at the height of the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt and witnessed mass movements of military supplies to the Middle East.
Too, the air base was a Strategic Air Command field and B-52 bombers, with engines revving up at all hours of the day and night., consumed massive amounts of aviation fuel while on red alert standbys. Fears of a Soviet move into Egypt kept the air base on a constant state of readiness.
“America needs its own Marshall Plan and the youth of America have a chance to make their future, or watch it become a pile of radioactive waste,” Peter insists.
“Energy is one of the prime reasons we will get involved in a war,” a war the young SJS student believes can be avoided by a Youth Service Corps devoted to conservation of energy through full utilization of solar power.

Wednesday, July 9, 1980; By George Lajeunesse Staff writer San Jose News

Spartan Daily
Volume 74, Number 63 - Serving San Jose State University since 1934
Wednesday, May 7, 1980 PG A1 Led Article

Student’s alternative to war: Energy corps proposed
By Ron Regalia

An SJSU clinical philosophy senior who believes energy conservation is an alternative to world war is proposing a government-funded “Youth Service Corps” to “quicken United States conversion to solar power.”
“The Persian Gulf conflict and dependence on foreign oil will lead to a “crisis period in energy in this country by 1983-85,” according to Peter …..
Unless the United States commits itself to achieving energy sufficiency, it may “have to go to war to defend oil interests in the gulf,” he said.
The nationwide youth corps would install the solar technology already being developed in this country, he said. This should “reduce oil imports and alleviate some of the pressure in the Persian Gulf area,” he added.
The corps would build or convert existing homes into “self-sufficient units.” These homes, run by solar power, would be completely self-contained with respect to energy.
About 10 million low-income homes need insulation or other energy conservation work, Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin said, according to a November article in the San Jose Mercury News.
At the rate the Department of Energy is proceeding, “it would take to (the year) 2010 or 2020 before it got done,” he added.
Current federal programs only aid 50,000 of these homes, Peter said. The Youth Corps could make the self-sufficient home a reality for people who cannot afford to do the work themselves, he added.
Peter said the Youth Service could accomplish this task in two to three years.
Peter hopes to implement his plan through the plan proposed by Congressman Paul (Pete) McCloskey, R-Menlo Park, whose National Service Act is now being debated in Congress.
McCloskey’s bill would require military, registration of 18 to 26 year olds.
Registries could choose between two years of service with four years of college benefits, six months active service with five years of volunteer civilian service and the draft.
Peter’s Youth Service Corps would be included in the civilian service option.
According to a poll McCloskey is conducting in high schools in his district, 40 percent would opt for the college benefit program and 37 percent for civilian service if the bill passed.
“Most people who look at McCloskey’s bill see the draft” Peter said. “I want to downplay the military aspect and push for youth involvement in the community.”
Peter estimated the cost of this program at $2.5 to $3 billion. In the first one to two years of implementation the government would probably lose money, he added.
The service, though, would prove efficient in the long run, he said. If McCloskey’s bill in implemented defense money now spent on recruitment and advertising would be redirected into the National Youth Service, he added.
“These projections are purely speculation on my part now,” Peter said. “I don’t have the financial resources to prove them.”
In the past year, Peter has correspondent largely through the mail, with numerous government and business officials across the country.
He has sent copies of his proposal to 50 newspapers, 80 lobbying agencies and 45 federal departments in Washington, D.C., and more than 300 industries. Peter has also contacted every United States congressman.
Response has been “hesitant in the sense that a lot of people agree with my ideas but are not willing to commit themselves to publicly push them,” Peter said.
James Kane of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Congressman Norman Mineta, D-San Jose, in response to Peter, both favored an energy self-sufficiency plan but rejected the singling out of young people for mandatory community service.
“Requiring young people to provide inexpensive labor is unfair and exploitive,” Mineta said.
Letters from the assistant to President Carter and other White House sources praised Peter’s concerns with energy conservation and solar power, but neglected to discuss the specific Youth Corps proposal.
James Walter, of Shell Oil Co., said the proposal was worth discussion. Phillips Petroleum declined to publicly support the “innovative” plan.
Congressman Lionel Van Deerlin, D-San Diego, said he appreciated Peter’s support of McCloskey’s National Service Act. “The Youth Corps could do more in the energy conservation area than in any other sector,” he added.
Peter’s current aim is to generate a “public awareness” of his Youth Service Corps idea. He admitted that no simple solutions to the energy problem exist, and he may be “mistaken” in some aspects.
“This energy problem could be talked about until the trash man collected it,” Peter said. McCloskey’s bill is a way to put some of these ideas into action, he added.
A nuclear power plant is only good for 25 years, he said. The problems of plant accidents and disposal of radioactive wastes are a definite threat to human life, he added.
One factor in favor of the Youth Corps is the Carter Administration’s “commitment to solar power” Peter said.
Peter was drafted in July 1972 and elected to enter the Air Force. At the time, Peter had “no inclination to go into the military at all.”

Below is an additional article next to my on same general subject.

Vista and Peace Corps
Campus recruits sought
Spartan daily, Vol. 74, Number 63, Wednesday, May 7, 1980
Serving San Jose State University since 1934
By Ellen Goodwin

Students interested in everything from agriculture to economics can find a place in the Peace Corps or VISTA according to representatives of these groups now on campus.
Persons interested in working with the Peace Corps, which operates in 58 countries throughout South America, Central America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, or VISTA, which has volunteers in rural and urban communities throughout the United States, can obtain further information at a table in front of the Student Union today and tomorrow.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and in good health for both programs. During their period of work, which is one year for VISTA and two years for the Peace Corps, volunteers are paid a subsistence allowance.
“Having lived without a lot of things, I think I could do without a lot of things now,” said SJSU senior and campus Peace Corps representative Wendy Ressum. Ressum spent three years working as a teacher on the South Pacific island of Tonga with the Peace Corps.
“I got a better view of the outside world,” Ressum said.
Both the Peace Corps and VISTA “try to help people supply basic human needs and make them self-sufficient,” Ressum said. “Both work to improve a community.”
In the United States, VISTA volunteers try to organize communities according to Maggie Dowd, who works with VISTA in San Francisco. Dowd worked with migrant farmers in Oregon for one year and battered women in Alaska during a second year.
According to Ressum, a college degree is not absolutely required for volunteers.
Experience, skills, or a willingness to be trained in a needed field, can also be useful to volunteers, Ressum said. Students from both technical and non-technical fields can volunteer, Ressum said.
VISTA and Peace Corps, both funded by the U.S. government, only send volunteers to countries where they have been requested, Ressum said.

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where I can get more details

where I can get more details about this training?

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We do need to end our ties

We do need to end our ties with the middle east and their oil. We cannot however do it overnight. Everyone knows this and it seems as if there are of demonstrations telling everyone things that we already know. It will take time but it cannot happen overnight without losing the lives of many people. The sooner we start doing it the quicker it will happen.

 

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