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In 1988, four friends co-founded Global Exchange to fight a worldview based on greed, domination, and unvarnished worship of power. We envisioned building a robust U.S. movement capable of creating change from the grassroots, powered by people-to-people ties. This year we celebrated our 25th anniversary, and we are proud to honor the dedication of people like you who have sweated and sacrificed to forge a working alternative from the ground up.

This year, in addition to celebrating our resolve to keep the ‘oil in the soil’ and reflect on the evolution of our Freedom from Oil campaign since 1990, we joined with you to stop the expansion of fracking in California and the Tar Sands in northern Alberta, Canada.

Our California Communities Rising Against Fracking Campaign is engaging community members across the state to oppose and stop this dangerous practice.

This spring, we toured the state, educating thousands from San Francisco to San Diego about the reality and risks of fracking. We’re working with many of those communities to pass local ordinances that ban fracking at the local level, assert community rights, and subordinate drilling companies to local, democratic rule.

Join with us as we salute the amazing work of Steven Cleghorn in Pennsylvania, who became the first private property owner in the United States to use a deed easement recognizing the Rights of Nature to ban all activities (including fracking) that would do systemic harm to the ecosystem both above and deep below the surface of his farm.

This year, we also joined the tens of thousands of activists to stop the madness of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which would exacerbate the already destructive Tar Sands extraction in Canada.

We were on the chilly streets in Washington, DC at the Forward on Climate rally and joined countless local protests to insist President Obama reject the pipeline. Many of you joined us to honor activist Crystal Lameman at the 11th Annual Human Rights Awards and hear her inspiring story and call to action. I then had the honor of joining Crystal on the Fourth Annual Healing Walk in Alberta.

We shared the global sorrow witnessing the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan and reminded ourselves that actions such as the Bay Area’s Summer Heat non-violent civil disobedience protest at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA are so vital to taking action on climate change, for all our sakes.

We’re proud of what we’ve done together. But to achieve the visions we set out all those years ago, we’re going to need your continued support.

Thanks for joining us in 2013,

Carleen Pickard
Executive Director
Global Exchange

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