Posts by Laura Benson

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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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The long arm of a Chinese trade deal

08.31.16 | Commentary, Stand Up To China |  Laura Benson

Taking democracy for granted has consequences for all of us. China has been on my mind lately. The headlines about the Prime Minister’s first official visit to China ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou certainly has me concerned about how Chinese government officials could wield their negotiating power in ways that have complex, long-lasting […]

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Surprise! B.C.’s deadbeat mining companies are huge political donors

05.26.16 | Ban Big Money, Beyond Coal, Commentary |  Laura Benson

Taxpayers liable for $1.2 billion in cleanup costs as corporations cry poor I really should not have read the newspaper before breakfast this morning. Nothing curdles the milk in your Grapenuts like toxic corporate influence. Turns out B.C.’s Ministry of Energy and Mines has been allowing mining companies to skip out on paying for site […]

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