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A sit-in at the Illinois state capitol – demanding to talk with Governor Quinn on the issue of fracking – has entered its third day, resulting in five arrests. On Thursday, BloNo fractivist Ankur Singh was one of those arrested for sitting-in against the green-lighting of fracking in Illinois.
Illinois residents want to speak with Governor Quinn because ordinary citizens of Illinois have been left out of the dialogue. The gas industry and political insiders are granted a seat at the table, while residents from downstate Illinois – the people who will be most affected by fracking – have no seat and therefore no voice.
Illinois People’s Action has organized a carpool to Springfield on Friday, May 24th, to attend a noon rally at the capitol that supports a moratorium on fracking in the state. As numerous individuals and organizations coalesce to defend our health and planet from the toxic consequences of fracking, now is the time to stand up and when possible put our bodies on the line.
Below is an ongoing and updated collection of resources to fight fracking in the upcoming week. Together we can beat back the frack attack.
“People First, Don’t Frack Illinois” Rally – Organized by Illinois People’s Action. Friday, May 24, 12 Noon, 2nd Floor of the State Capitol Building in front of Governor Quinn’s office. For information on carpooling from BloNo, Peoria and Decatur, contact IPA at (309) 827-9627.
Ongoing Sit-in at the State Capitol. Sit-in occurs during regular hours.
Contact, by phone, power decision-makers in Illinois. Visit the Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) website for names and numbers.
Articles on the Sit-in
After One Arrest, Sit-in Demands Moratorium on Fracking (EcoWatch)
Interview with Second Citizen Arrested for Demanding Fracking Meeting with Illinois Governor (Daily Kos)
Environmental Activists Demand a Fracking Moratorium, Stage a Sit-in at Quinn’s Office (Progress Illinois)