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Summer Update: Michele

Since our last pretrial hearing at Itasca County Courthouse on May 8, 2019, I have been trying to settle in to the long wait for a decision on whether we will be granted the Climate Necessity Defense and an actual trial date. We were told it will be months of waiting. Meanwhile, we are watching the clock tick realizing that we are still no closer to reducing the amount of CO2 necessary to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees F. We recognize this is a global effort and have been seeing some really great clean technology coming out of other countries. However, here in the US we remain stuck with deadly government policies in favor of the fossil fuel industries and against environmental protections.

In our neck of the woods in northern MN, we continue to at least hold back the Enbridge Energy tar sands Line 3 expansion project, We are lucky to have a good governor and attorney general in MN as well as solid groups like MN350, Friends of the Headwaters, Water Protectors, and Honor the Earth.

On August 7, I headed to the Arizona Mexico border to help migrants who are seeking asylum. I am working with Christian Peacemaker Teams who is partnering with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF) as well as a human rights organization on the Mexico side. I'm looking forward to being there with Allyson Polman who will be joining us through the PPF.

Aside from that, I continue to work at our Damiano Community Kitchen and ride my electric moped around town and pray and work with the Sisters at the St. Scholastica Monastery. Greg and I are even planning a camping trip. Peace, Michele

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