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December 10, 2013

Beyond Coal Activists Speak Up at Bridgeport City Council Meeting

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Last week the Bridgeport, Connecticut, city council met for the first time since new council members were elected and sworn in. That meant Connecticut Beyond Coal activists were on-hand to say "Welcome" and make sure the new members know that Bridgeport should be coal-free.

"There were nine new members elected to the 20-person council,"' said Onte Johnson, a Beyond Coal organizer in Bridgeport. "Every council meeting there is a 30-minute public speaking forum to present to the city council matters pertaining the community. We took that opportunity and came strong!"

Johnson said activists and students from Yale, Quinnipiac, and the University of Bridgeport spoke for 10 minutes to the Mayor and City Council about the local Beyond Coal campaign's goals.

"We discussed a transition for Bridgeport's coal plant, the health impacts of coal and carbon pollution, and how it all contributes to climate disruption and the health of our children and community," said Johnson.

Bridgetport's coal plant ranks as the tenth most harmful coal plant in the U.S. The Beyond Coal activists in Bridgeport have made the news before for their activism demanding that the city retires the dirty coal plant. Keep up the great work!

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