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Rail Company Freaks Out as Nonviolent Protests Scale Up

Post by Nick Engelfried: Last Saturday, for the second time this year, peaceful protesters in Missoula delayed a coal train by trespassing into the railroad right-of-way.  This act of nonviolent protest followed in the tradition of dozens of other nonviolent movements throughout history, from the modern peace movement, to the Civil Rights Movement, to the Women’s…

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Montana Writer and Missoula Community Members Delay Coal Train

On August 16th, peaceful protesters from Missoula and elsewhere in Western Montana temporarily halted the shipment of coal through town, by staging an act of nonviolent civil disobedience that delayed a coal train passing through Missoula. Writer Rick Bass and three Missoula community members concerned about the future were arrested during the peaceful act of protest, for trespassing…

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Saturday, August 16th: Take Action With Us

Blue Skies’ biggest action of the summer is just around the corner.  On Saturday, August 16th, we’ll be joining with other grassroots organizations across the Inner Northwest (including 350-Missoula, Indian People’s Action, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide) for a day of nonviolent action to protect our communities from coal exports.  Here in Missoula, we’ll hold…

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Three Opportunities to Stop Coal Exports this Summer

    Post by Nick Engelfried Last night more than thirty people gathered in Missoula’s downtown Union Hall, to gear up for a summer of action against coal exports.  It was an inspiring evening: we heard from acclaimed local writers Sheryl Noethe and J.P. Kemmick, as well as local activists like retired UM professor and…

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July 1st: Help Build Our Nonviolent Movement!

On April 13th, seven people were arrested peacefully blocking a coal train in Missoula, at an action sponsored by Blue Skies Campaign and 350-Missoula.  On July 1st, we’ll be holding a special event featuring a reading from award-winning poet Sheryl Noethe, which will help raise funds to cover legal costs for the Missoula 7. Throughout the…

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A Semester of Blue Skies

Post by Rebecca Singleton, Blue Skies Campaign’s Spring 2014 intern: This semester I had the opportunity to intern with the Blue Skies Campaign. I worked with the Blue Skies team to try to make Montana a cleaner state. Throughout the semester I had a variety of jobs, mostly involving spreading awareness on the problems of coal exports…

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Hundreds of Montanans Rally for Action on Climate Change

Post by Nick Engelfried: On Saturday, April 26th, hundreds of people affiliated with more than seventy organizations gathered at rallies in thirteen Montana communities to support taking immediate steps to curb climate change.  From Missoula to Billings and from Lame Deer to Kalispell, ordinary Montanans came together to show our elected officials that we want solutions…

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Citizens Block Coal Train with Civil Disobedience

MISSOULA – Members of the organizations Blue Skies Campaign and 350-Missoula participated in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience next to Montana Rail Link (MRL) tracks on Sunday, to prevent the passage of a coal train through Missoula.  Seven people held a peaceful sit-in on MRL property and stretched a banner across the tracks, while…