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Pure Michigan? Flash Mob at the Michigan Capitol Building, May 2014

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Activists and concerned residents with Backbone Campaign and Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands staged a flash mob singing "Pure Michigan?" at the Michigan Capitol Building on Monday, May 19th, 2014. It was a creative, defiant response to Rep. Nesbitt's proposed "Toxic Burn Bill." Nesbitt, a proud member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) put forward this trojan horse legislation that could undermine the very definition of renewable energy. This bill, an amendment to the "clean, renewable and efficient energy act" would radically alter the legal definitions of "cleaner" and "renewable" energy to include incinerated hazardous and municipal waste, as well as energy derived from petroleum coke, a hazardous by-product of tar sands refining. More info at http://burnbill5205.org

Also, check out this awesome EcoWatch article about this demonstration and the training camp that preceded it!

Artful Activism, as taught and practiced by the Backbone Campaign at its http://LocalizeThis.org training camps is a set of powerful movement building tools for challenging corporate power and protecting the sacred rights of humans, communities and nature.

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Read more about the ALEC legislation in Michigan at http://BurnBill5205.org

Forward together!

Team Backbone

Song lyrics:

Pure Michigan?
(a.k.a. Nesbitt's a Gargoyle)

I've always heard water gives us life,
And the Great Lakes quench my thirst, without question,
But I'm not proud of industry,
Pure Michigan, what a tragic irony!

Cuz everyday it's like oil spill, pet coke, animal extinction
Benzene, toluene, poisoning our bloodstreams,
It's not fair, we live in harmony in our dreams
But all the people want:
Clean air, fresh water, healthy soil hell yeah
Justice, no tricks, money out of politics,
It's not fair, we ain't caught up in your dark affair.

No more dirty oil
That don't make our hearts pump
It makes our state a toxic dump
We need to take a forward jump
Let's protect the Great Lakes,
Pet coke ain't renewable,
And baby it's time, it's time, it's time
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