Report From ‘Occupy Koch Town!

Written by Monta Welch.

In general, attendees of ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ believe ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ event activities and occupation was just a start in getting our issues and message to the public and to Charles and David Koch by beginning our ‘conversation’ with our urgent and overriding concerns for future generations, public health, climate change and many other environmental concerns! For this first Occupation, the ‘front burner’ focus and concern was environmental. While the Kochs point to environmental cooperation and awards, we point to their ‘small government’ issue funded efforts and backing that would lead to less environmental and other public health and financial regulation that would, ultimately, be detrimental, not beneficial, to the public good, the very reason any government that operates ‘of, by and for the people’ has the involvement and support of ‘the people’. If government does not exist for this and when any corporation or government is no longer sufficiently concerned and delivering end products that actually ‘lift all boats’ and when that government or corporation will not correct this and keep it corrected, it will fail! Read Full Report Here

Download Keystone XL Important Fact Sheet
Download 4-to-a-page "Say NO K-XL!" postcard to the President Here 

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Keystone XL Pipeline prop with corporate America flag
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Monta Welch, ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ lead coordinator and originator from Columbia Climate Change Coalition and Columbia, Missouri, Occupy, Occupy CoMo, discussing with Mike Elk, journalist from In These Times, and OKT event speaker the points he would be making in his address on Koch ‘employee mind control’, unions, the balance of power, ALEC and the ‘business of’ and privatization of prisons. 

Click Here to read more about the ‘Occupy Koch Town!’ event and its concerns and message along with event photos and U-Tube links of excellent explanation and addresses on climate change and related concerns.

Obama Heard You--No Keystone XL Pipeline!!

Dear Friends and Co-workers,

Great news today! Your hard work paid off!! The President has finally been listening to our wishes and today said No to Keystone XL! Now we can expect the Big Energy Industry to ‘keep their promise’ to make it politically impossible for Obama and we must take the opportunity to shine the light on this dirty money fight we are sure to see! Now is the time to keep pushing ONWARD! Until we get the 1% dirty money out of our government and stand vigilant over it for a very long time, we have more to do.

Enjoy and savor your sweet victory, then help us keep moving the line forward—As many of you will remember in a recent letter to you I explained why we had to shift our focus to getting the 1% and their ‘deep pockets’ out of our government and democracy. I explained that we wouldn’t have had the victories we’ve had without the birth and help of Occupy Wall Street and Occupations across the nation! We are moving forward with them as co-workers just as we’ve joined forces with others working on important and likeminded issues.

Today we are announcing our alliance building work with Occupy groups, multi-ethnic and other environmental groups, faith communities, food, farm, union and labor and take Big Corporate 1% to task as we stand together to: “OCCUPY KOCH TOWN!” in Wichita, KS, headquarters and hometown of the infamous Koch brothers, on President’s Day Weekend, February, 17/18/19! We’ll tell the President ‘thank you’ and continue to put the rest of the 1% ‘on notice’!!


Many thanks!!! Don’t miss ‘OCCUPY KOCH TOWN!’ Join Us! It will be awesome!!! 

M. Welch 

Join us in Wichita, KS

hometown & headquarters of


& Koch funded think tank, the Kansas Policy Institute

Occupy Koch Town
Wichita, Kansas
Move beyond fossil fuels and corporate corruption!

Tell the Koch Brothers 
Save the Ogalala Aquifer, our farm and ranchlands in the Heartland—

Let’s take a regional and national stand ‘TOGETHER’ for our environment!


President’s Day Weekend

February 17-18-19, 2012


Direct Action!! Speakers! Music!

More details, schedule of direct actions and speakers, to be announced.

Some camping, inexpensive, free overnight accommodations available.

Occupation/further action welcome.

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A watershed moment for Obama on climate change

by Bill McKibben from the Washington Post

Ain’t eBay grand? For $10 you can buy a sack of 50 assorted Obama ’08 buttons, and that’s what I’ve been doing. If you look closely, you might see them this weekend on the lapels of some of the global warming protesters holding a sit-in outside the White House. 

Already, more than a thousand people have signed up to be arrested over two weeks beginning Aug. 20 — the biggest display of civil disobedience in the environmental movement in decades and one of the largest nonviolent direct actions since the World Trade Organization demonstrations in Seattle back before Sept. 11. (Among the first 500 to sign up, the biggest cohort was born in the Truman administration, followed closely by FDR babies and Eisenhower kids. These seniors contradict the stereotype of greedy geezers who care only about their own future.) 

The issue is simple: We want the president to block construction of Keystone XL, a pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. We have, not surprisingly, concerns about potential spills and environmental degradation from construction of the pipeline. But those tar sands are also the second-largest pool of carbon in the atmosphere, behind only the oil fields of Saudi Arabia.(CCCC Edit: The previous is incorrect, but tar sands are still a potentially very large source of atmospheric carbon) If we tap into them in a big way, NASA climatologist James Hansen explained in a paper issued this summer, the emissions would mean it’s “essentially game over” for the climate. That’s why the executive directors of many environmental groups and 20 of the country’s leading climate scientists wrote letters asking people to head to Washington for the demonstrations. In scientific terms, it’s as close to a no-brainer as you can get. 

But in political terms it may turn out to be a defining moment of the Obama years.

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