Posts by Laura Benson

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In Burnaby North-Seymour, a giant on the hillside

10.03.19 | Climate, Election - Canada 2019, No Tankers |  Laura Benson

Trans Mountain looms large over this election. Where do our local candidates stand? “I’m really into politics,” my eight year old has declared. I guess it’s not surprising, given that his mom works for Dogwood. But Leo’s newfound interest and his older brother Henry’s growing interest in joining other youth fighting for climate action is […]

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Don’t let the doorknob hit you, coal!

06.03.19 | Beyond Coal |  Laura Benson

After years of struggle, the door has finally closed on a controversial U.S. thermal coal port on the Fraser River (Photo courtesy of Eoghan Moriarty) Six years ago, Dogwood hired me to start a new campaign. Will Horter, Dogwood’s founding Executive Director, handed me a copy of B.C.’s Dirty Secret: Big Coal & the Export […]

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One step closer to stopping Kinder Morgan

05.11.18 | Commentary, No Tankers, Organizing |  Laura Benson

Dogwood organizing director Laura Benson reflects on the past two wild months Over the last two months Dogwood supporters have sent 20,800 personal messages to our governments asking B.C.’s premier to stand strong, supporting better provincial protections against oil spills, and warning federal MPs not to use Canadians’ tax dollars to bail out a Texas […]

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Six reasons Kinder Morgan’s pipeline won’t be built

04.25.18 | General, No Tankers, Organizing |  Laura Benson

Six reasons Dogwood’s director of community organizing is feeling hopeful about beating Kinder Morgan My sons and I pass the Kinder Morgan tank farm on our way to school in the morning and on our way home in the evening. Every day we get a glimpse of the work the company is continuing to do […]

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Organized people can beat big money

06.05.17 | Citizens' Initiative, Election - BC 2017, Organizing |  Laura Benson

We can win big — but only if we don’t let up now I’ve never felt more excited about the possibilities for a province where you lead and our politicians follow. If we canvass in our communities, meet with our new MLAs and ramp up pressure online, the new NDP-Green government will have the support […]

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2016 – Our Field of Stars

12.20.16 | Actions, Organizing |  Laura Benson

For this final Dogwood Organizing Newsletter in 2016, all you really need to know is in the stories and videos below. But here are a few highlights of what you did this year to make Dogwood stronger and better: Contributed to dozens of listening circles and came up with campaign ideas for Dogwood’s next 5-year […]

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Organizing is Always the Answer

11.22.16 | Organizing, Strategy |  Laura Benson

I was born and raised in Oregon. Aside from my kids and partner, all my family and most of my dearest friends are Americans who, unlike me, still live in the communities that have been riven by political and social divisions this year’s presidential election has wrought. On election night I feared for the safety […]

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Flexing grassroots muscle

09.29.16 | Organizing |  Laura Benson

Over the summer, our movement grew bigger, got stronger and flexed its grassroots muscle. Thanks to volunteer teams and Dogwood’s three summer students, more than 7,000 people signed petitions in their communities. Whether signing on to Let BC Vote on pipeline and tanker projects, Ban Big Money in politics or Defend our Farmland from fossil […]

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