There is a common theme behind the destruction of 80% of the world's old growth forests, global warming, our addiction to oil, and the devastation of Indigenous communities around the globe: powerful multi-national corporations seeking to maximize short-term profits while disregarding long-term consequences.
Meet others who seek to save our planet through creative protest, public awareness, and non-violent direct action. Everyone is welcome -- from seasoned activists to people who just want to learn more about the issues.
We meet at 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the
Dollop Coffee & Tea: 4181 N. Clarendon.
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RAN Chicago is a member of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition
. As part of this coalition we are dedicated to improving air quality in Chicago and reducing climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions. Currently the top priority in this area are Chicago two aging coal fired power plants, Fisk and Crawford.
RAN Chicago has helped or led the organization a number of important actions throughout the city, such as Chicago's main 350.org rallies
. You can hear about new events by joining our Meetup
We're opposed to the BP Whiting Oil Refinery, and the plans there to pipe in tar sands oil. Tar sands are the most ecologically destructive method for obtaining oil. Beyond the destruction of the Canadian forests, they devastate water supplies, and consume so much energy in the process of refinement that greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy are equivalent to coal. More locally, the refinement of this heavier tar sands goop will produce local pollution and comes through pipelines which has the propensity to leak.
The plans to construct the Leucadia Coal Gasification plant is another local topic RAN is strongly opposed to. The developers of this plant hope to get guarantees from Illinois that no matter how expensive their natural gas made from coal is consumers will pay. The concept of paying more for dirtier natural gas seems outlandish to us, but apparently not to the Illinois House and Senate.
RAN Chicago hosts movie nights throughout the summer. Our next movie is Dirty Business: Clean Coal and the Battle for our Energy Future, 6:30PM Thursday, July 12th, at MultiKulti. MultiKulti is at 1000 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL. RSVP at our Meetup Page.
These are some of the events RAN Chicago has organized or participated in.
- September 24th, 2011 - Roll Beyond Coal - Third International Day of Climate Action
- August 28th, 2011 - Support Keystone Pipeline Protest
- August 1st, 2011 - Screening of H2Oil
- July 28th, 2011 - Reintroduction of Chicago Clean Power Ordinance
- May 15th, 2011 - Slinging Mud to Get the Word Out
- April 21st, 2011 - Clean Power Ordinance Joint Committee Hearing and Rally
- April 20th, 2011 - Activists Occupy Fisk Coal Plant
- April 17th, 2011 - Artful Activism Workshop
- April 10th, 2011 - Puppet Making with the Backbone Campaign
- April 6th, 2011 - Rally to End Nuclear Power
- March 9th, 2011 - Rally to Oppose Southeast Chicago Coal Gasification
- February 14th, 2011 - People's Hearing for Chicago Clean Power Ordinance
- January 13th, 2011 - City Hall Demonstration for Chicago Clean Power Ordinance
- December 8th, 2010 - All I Want for Christmas is Clean Air
- November 20th, 2010 - Screening of Deep Down
- November 1st, 2010 - Day of the Dead Pilsen Pollution Protest
- October 10th, 2010 - Second International Day of Climate Action
- September 2nd, 2010 - Screening of Black Diamonds
- August 14th, 2010 - Air and Water Show Demonstration
- August 5th, 2010 - Little Village Rally to win Alderman Munoz's support for Chicago Clean Power Ordinance
- August 5th, 2010 - Keystone Tars Sands Pipeline Protest
- July 15th, 2010 - Public Forum: BP and US Energy Policy
- June 26th, 2010 - Energy Election at Tour de Fat
- June 10th, 2010 - BP & Tar Sands Oil: Neo-Colonialism Meets Oil Addiction
- May 26th, 2010 - Screening of H2Oil
- May 22nd, 2010 - Greenfest Petitioning and Rally
- May 6th, 2010 - National Day of Action to End Mountain Top Removal
- April 17th, 2010 - JP Morgan Chase MTR Campaign Party/Fundraiser
- April 13th, 2010 - Clean Power Ordinance Rally
- March 27th, 2010 - Activism 101 & Non-Violent Direct Action Training
- January 30th, 2010 - Reckoning at Eagle Creak: Jeff Biggers Book Kick-Off
- December 12th, 2009 - Vigil for Climate Justice
- November 30th, 2009 - March on Chicago's Climate Criminals
- November 29th, 2009 - Activism Training Workshops
- October 30th, 2009 - National Day of Action Against Mountain Top Removal
- October 24th, 2009 - Rally at Fisk Power Plant - First International Day of Climate Action
- October 18th, 2009 - Non-Violent Direct Action Training
- September 28th, 2009 - The Real Cost of Coal
- September 25th, 2009 - Critical Mass Flyering and Creative Action
- September 15th, 2009 - Tabling at Carbon Day
- August 14th, 2009 - Pilsen Energy Election
- August 1st, 2009 - Tabling at Lincoln Square Garden Walk and Green Fair
- July 11th, 2009 - Palmer Square Energy Election
- July 8th, 2009 - Candlelight Vigil at Fisk Power Plant
- July 4th, 2009 - Evanston Fourth of July Parade Action
- July 1st, 2009 - Little Village Energy Election
- June 8th, 2009 - Rally to Shut Down Chicago's Coal Plants
- May 6th, 2009 - Film Night: Greenheart
- April 28th, 2009 - Tar Sands and Lake Michicago Talk
- April 7th, 2009 - Environmental Justice Vigil
- April 3rd, 2009 - Anti-Coal Rally & March
- March 25th, 2009 - Tar Sands Forum
- February 1st, 2009 - Non Violent Direct Action Training
- January 29th, 2009 - Film Night: The Corporation
- January 7th, 2009 - Film Night: Everything's Cool