Vol. I, No. 9

                                MovetoAmend.org Far-Western NC-Sylva Newsletter, Vol. I, No. 9

EVENTS and ACTIONS for PARTICIPATION

News from Western NC Coalition Against Fracking:

Nov 6-7 Mining & Energy Comm. Meeting: First Look at Public Comments
These meetings will discuss the 217,000 public comments submitted on the draft rules. The public can also comment at these meetings, with up to 10 speakers per meeting, having 3 minutes each. Can’t attend in person? Listen online
Nov. 14, 9:00 AM, Mining and Energy Commission Meeting, Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building located at 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC.

Nov. 17, 9:00 AM, Mining and Energy Commission Meeting, Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building located at 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

                                                                                                                                                                            NOTICE of LARGELY UNREPORTED ACTION BEING TAKEN

N.C. clears Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas to apply for fed permit for $5B pipeline “The unanimous vote by the N.C. Utilities Commission on Monday clears the way for Duke, Piedmont, Dominion Resources, and AGL Resources to make a preliminary filing next month for federal approval of the pipeline.” Call or write letter of protest to the MEC Public Staff.

                                                                                                                                                         Far-Western NC Holds Press Conference to Announce Pledge to Amend Results

A survey sent in September, via certified, return-receipt, SAS mail, to all those running for political office in Jackson, Swain and Macon County—including County Commission seats, State Legislative seats and the 11th Congressional District—yielded four signed pledges and questionnaires: from Tom Hill, Jane Hipps, Joe Sam Queen, and Brian McMahan. Two additional Jackson Commissioner candidates stated after the event that they would send [tardy] positive responses. The candidates who responded stated how they would support the passage of a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Move to Amend resolution ends corporate personhood and outlaws the (thCitizens United redefined notion that  First Amendment  that money is ‘speech’.

One candidate, Brian McMahan, attended and spoke at the press conference. McMahan (the candidate who if elected, would Chair the Jackson County Commission) was interviewed by a reporter from WRGC radio. McMahan’s support is particularly significant since the Jackson County Commission failed by one vote to pass an MTA resolution last year. If he wins the election, McMahan pledges to bring the MTA Resolution before the Jackson Commission where it will almost certainly be passed. MTA is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse political candidates. But, MTA does inform voters about candidate positions. Watch 12-minute report on the press conference.


Moral March to the Polls took place in dozens of North Carolina cities and towns on Oct. 23rd the first day of “early voting.” The March in Sylva, the county seat of Jackson Countywas organized by the Jackson County branch of the NAACP, the furthest-west NC branch. MTA-Far Western NC, one of the co-sponsors, had its local banner carried prominently in the 2 mile march to the Elections Board, where each participant voted. Local police provided along the route.

Watch North Carolina State Senator Jim Davis  avoid answering simple direct questions about corporate spending on political campaigns. The MTA Far-West NC “Crew” bird-dogged the incumbent NC Senate candidate after the Oct. 30th Davis v. Hipps SCC Debate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our Labor Allies Rally

“…It is a beautiful thing to see. , Together we are a majority!” Mark V. Case, President WNC-CLC, AFL-CIO

Reading Suggestions this issue:

EPA’s Clean Power Plan  encourages expansion of fracking.
“The Clean Power Plan rule looks more like a victory for the shale gas industry than for environmental groups like the NRDC.” Oct 31, The Hill 

Secret Tape  Exposes Fracking Industry Playing Dirty “At the secretly taped presentation, Richard Berman and Jack Hubbard laid out their strategy of playing dirty, saying “You can win ugly or lose pretty.” Oct 31, EcoWatch

REGULAR MEETINGS of MTA FAR-WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA—Sylva

Move to Amend’s affiliate in Far Western North Carolina-Sylva is a coalition partnership of Occupy WNC and The Canary Coalition. Guests and new members always welcome!                                                                                                                                       Each second and fourth Tuesday the Western NC MTA affiliate meets at the OccupyWNC General Assembly. Our intent is to be a grassroots movement that is multi-racial, multi-generational, cross-gender orientation and identity, cross-party, cross-class and multi-cultural. Our goal is a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution—nothing less than an end to the US Constitution rights of corporate “Personhood” and to elections where money is NOT “Speech.” Only then, will democracy have a chance to be legalized in the United States.

Next meetings in 2014: 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday, Nov.11 in Conference Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva, North Carolina 28779 Google Maps and on Tuesday, Dec. 9th—7:00 to 8:30pm. Location: Jackson County’s Justice Center-Room 246, 401 Grindstaff Road, Sylva, NC 28779Google Maps

Please sign the petition to end Corporate Personhood