What is PAUSE?
PAUSE first formed in January of 2014 as a response to the planned tar sands oil heating facility destined to be built at the Port of Albany. In conjunction with many other groups, we defeated this proposal and to date there have been no tar sands oil that have been processed in New York. Soon thereafter PAUSE began opposing the hundreds of explosive Bakken oil that were coming into Albany on a daily basis. Fortunately, the oil trains have been down close to zero for several years.
These days PAUSE is working on two fronts: 1) The climate crisis and 2) Zero Waste. We recently were the lead organizers for the Sep. 20th climate march in which 500 turned out. This has spawned two actions: Feisty Fridays in which we chalk outside the governor’s mansion and do other ‘guerilla’ type actions. We’ve also begun ‘A Minute a Day’ in which we ask people to call the Governor every day to request a climate emergency for the state of NY. The Zero Waste campaign has been at many events such as the Jazz Festival helping people to compost and recycle their food waste. Finally, we support other environmental groups by attending their events.
PAUSE meets on the 4th Thursdays of the month at Citizen Action, 94 Central, Albany from 5:30 – 7PM. An average of 10 people come to the planning meetings. There are 300 in the google group. We welcome new members.