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‘Dear Governor Cuomo’ protest film about hydraulic fracturing to be shown

February 13, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

FREDONIA - The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua and SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement Center will be co-sponsoring a showing of "Dear Governor Cuomo" on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m., at 58 W. Main St., Route 20, Fredonia. Free refreshments will be served.

"Dear Governor Cuomo" is a concert protest film explaining in clear terms the environmental, economic and health risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The film, which combines music and message, was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney. It features Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, along with environmental biologist Sandra Steingraber. The musicians include former Chautauqua County resident Natalie Merchant along with Joan Osbourne, Dan Zanes, the Felice Brothers, the Horse Flies, Citizen Cope, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more. More information on this film is available at

Environmental justice is the focus of one of four social action ministries of the UUCNC. The quality of water in the local region is the focus of this year's environmental social action ministry. Fracking is a particular concern because of its potential to impact the purity of the local water sources. The other social action ministries include peace and LBGTQ.

The environmental justice group will also be hosting shale expert Cornell Professor Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering at Cornell, on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The location is to be determined.

The SUNY Fredonia Academic Community Engagement center promotes campus and community collaboration in the areas of civic engagement, sustainability, service learning and community-based research. More information about SUNY FACE can be found at

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development. It works toward peace, liberty and justice in our immediate and global communities and provides companionship on life's sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Call 679-7944, visit or visit Facebook page for more information.



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