Susan Van Dolsen
Organization: Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
Healing & Protecting Our Land Together: A Call to Prayer hosted a vigil on September 25, 2016 outside the home of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in Mt. Kisco, NY. The event was led by Paola Dalle Carbonare and Sister Bette Ann Jaster, OP. Other female climate leaders who participated included: Carol DeAngelo, Sisters of Charity; Unitarian Universalist Minister Peggy Clarke; Rabbi Sara Zacariah; Angela Monti Fox of the The Mothers Project; Tracy Basile, Committee Chair of Friends of Turtle Island, and Rachel Marco-Havens of Earth Guardians who had just returned from Standing Rock. Vitalah Simon led the group in a round calling for Gov. Cuomo to call on President Obama to "stop the pipeline now." This was a solidarity action to call for an immediate halt to construction of the Spectra AIM pipeline adjacent to aging and troubled Indian Point nuclear power plant and the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. We are all connected to one another. Two pipelines, two rives, one revolution! #NoDAPL #StopSpectra The AIM (Algonquin Incremental Market) pipeline would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania through New York and eventually on to Canada for export. But the project has drawn serious criticism. State officials have appealed to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt the project, and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have called on federal authorities to suspend construction. “We gather today outside the home of Governor Cuomo during the Season of Creation with leaders of many faiths and in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota as 'protectors, not protestors,'" said Susan Van Dolsen of Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE). "Governor Cuomo, the people of New York insist that you reach out to President Obama to convey the urgent need to halt construction of the Spectra AIM pipeline immediately.” "We give thanks to all First Nations peoples, their cultures and traditions, for showing us a more spiritual path to take in our fight for Mother Earth, " said Tracy Basile, Committee Chair of Friends of Turtle Island, in support of Indigenous issues, WESPAC Foundation. Angela Monti Fox, founder of The Mothers Project and the mother of documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, said: “This week, with the birth of my third grandchild, I am reminded of the importance of preserving our earth and its capacity to provide for us and this next generation. This innocent new life should be an inspiration to all of us to protect our earth and its treasures – clean water, fresh air, and healthy food.” “In the face of global climate related disasters, vigils like this one are what love looks like," said Rev. Peggy Clarke, Minister at First Unitarian Society in Hastings-on-Hudson and co-founder of InterGenerate. "When I see the organized efforts of the Sioux as they lay down their bodies to stop the continued destruction of Earth, I know what hope looks like. When my 6 year old is safe, when we have as a people committed ourselves to life over profit for the sake of the next generation, we will all know what joy looks like.” A simultaneous action took place at the Governor's Mansion in Albany.