Zephyr Teachout in Ithaca August 8, 2014





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Published on Aug 11, 2014

After a rally at the Ithaca Farmers' Market, Zephyr Teachout met with fractivists in the atrium of the DeWitt Malll, accompanied by Helen Slottje, Walter Hang, and Matt Ryan.

For full description and partial transcript, , please go to the video on the Shaleshockmedia.org website.

She addresses that with which many of us in this fight are most concerned with a new administration in Albany.

Andrew Cuomo might say in typical fashion “We are going to maintain the moratorium and do a ‘demonstration project’. So to use language in an Orwellian way where what’s white is black and what’s black is white, and what is up is down and down is up, trying to appease everybody while in fact giving in to the industry that has given over a million dollar in campaign contributions, and then two years later say ‘it’s all done’, we have no choice, it’s already come here’ and then industrialize our land, poison our farms, make it impossible to build an agriculture —the kind of (sustainable) agriculture this state was built for… or, we can be the beacon and the leader, as we have been so far with the extraordinary leadership of the wave going the other direction… where we first ban fracking, get rid of toxic waste, move away from dependence on fossil fuels, build toward renewable energy, invest in solar farms, invest in offshore winds, and show there is another, more beautiful future that fits with this extraordinary beautiful state. “She concludes:

“So I will tell you how I am going to become the Democratic nominee… maybe it will be 500,000 or maybe it will be 700,000 people who come out to vote who come out to vote one month from today, on September 9th…. (that’s) a fraction of all New Yorkers… highly educated, tend to be politically aware, and so we can win… My running mate Tim Wo is the first Chinese-American running state wide. We’re doing very well in the Chinese-American community, and the immigrant rights community, because Andre Cuomo’s choice of Kathy Hochul was choosing someone who’s been a conservative and who’s run on anti-immigrant fear mongering. We have an enormous support among teachers, and parents, who have seen how Andre Cuomo has looted from schools to pay for big tax breaks for banks. Public employees.”

“I will tell you, the way we win is if every single person in this state who wants to ban fracking votes, and is a registered Democrat, we will win in the Democratic primary. And I am running to win…”

“And I will tell you, every percentage point I start gaining, Andre Cuomo starts thinking about the science a little more. Evetry new person who hears about that campaign, he’s suddenly calling Walter back for one more consultation. Because he can feel that power. And Andrew Cuomo responds to one thing, and that is power. And the more people that you reach out to, and that you tell ‘this is the bell weather of which direction we’re going —this is the crucible moment— the more he is going to be listening and maybe that plan that we think he has about the demonstration project somewhere in the Southern Tier, starts backing off in his mind. Maybe he decides maybe we don’t have to sacrifice any inch of land in New York. There should be no sacrifice towns. There should be no sacrifice regions. We need to ban tracking and move forward. And you can make that happen. Thank you very much.”


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