Thursday, December 6, 2012

Our partners Clean Ocean Action
have organized a massive volunteer day
for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy for this
Saturday, December 8.  
Go to the below website for more information on the numerous projects
they are organizing throughout New Jersey and New York. 

Go Clean Ocean Action!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Come, enter the mystery of the Winter Solstice. 
Together, let us await Earth's turning toward the Sun. 
As the days begin to grow longer, take some quiet time to reflect. 
 Through song, readings,
and the grace of liturgical dancers,
explore the meaning of darkness and light in your life
and the life of Earth.

"Winter Solstice" 
Sunday, December 16, 2012 
7:30 - 9:00 PM
WATERSPIRIT at Stella Maris Retreat Center

Please call us or email us
to let us know you are coming:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Speaking out for water! 
 Joan visited NJ Legislators offices yesterday with other water advocates and the Bus for Progress. Advocating for NJ Legislators to vote
to override the Governor's veto of the
Ban Fracking Waste Bill.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Where do we go from here?  A strong emerging conviction among many NGO's at Rio+20 and certainly the People's Summit was the importance of local efforts to address environmental and poverty issues.  Many of these problems must eventually be resolved on the international level since they are global issues.  However, key in moving the international community toward the hard decision is the growing awareness, organizing and action of "grassroots" people and groups who understand their local problems, know the key players and act to change an unsustainable situation."  
Sr. Suzanne Golas, csjp "UN Update"

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Urgent Advocacy Alert - Override Veto Ban Fracking Waste Bill

As you may have heard, Governor Christie has vetoed the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  We are working with our water advocate partners to call for an override vote of the veto by our NJ State Legislators. 

Currently, NJ Assembly Speaker Oliver has committed to posting the Ban Fracking Waste Bill for an override vote.  So, we are contacting you to ask you to contact both Assembly Speaker Oliver and Senate President Sweeney in support of them posting the Ban Fracking Waste Bill for an override vote.

For your information,  pasted at the end of this email is a copy of today's Food & Water Watch Press Release calling for an override of the veto. Also pasted below is a copy of the letter dated today to Senate President Sweeney from over eighty (80) NJ organizations asking him to post the bill for an override vote.

RIGHT NOW, it is important that they hear from as many people as possible in support of the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  Phone calls and emails do make a difference! You can call them at these numbers:

Senate President Sweeney: 856-251-9801
Assembly Speaker Oliver:  973-395-1166

The Ban Fracking Waste Bill is a bi-partisan bill that passed with an overwhelming majority.  New Jersey organizations and water advocates are also contacting the following Republican legislators who voted for the Ban Fracking Waste Bill, and asking them to hold their votes as "yes" when the override vote is called.

Below are the legislators that we are asking people to contact if they are in their district and to ask for their continued support of the Ban Fracking Waste Bill:

Senator Jennifer Beck  732-933-1591

Senator Bateman 908.526.3600

Senator Singer 732.987.5669

Senator Kevin O'Toole 973 237-1360

Senator Thomas H. Kean  908 232-3673

Senator James W. Holzapfel 732-840-9028

Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. 732-671-3206 (Senator Kyrillos was absent when the vote was taken, but said he would vote for it and running for US Senate)

Senator Diane B. Allen 609-239-2800

Assemblyman Brian  E. Rumpf 609-693-6700 609-693-2469

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove 609-693-6700

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin 732-787-1170

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer 609.758.0205

Assemblywoman  Caroline Casagrande 732.866.1695

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi 201-666-0881

Assemblywoman Declan J. O'Scanlon 732.933.1591

Assemblyman  Robert Clifton 732.446.3408

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo 609-677-8266

Here are the rules for an override:

We need 54 Assemblymembers and 27 Senators to vote to override the Governor's veto to make this bill law.

When the bill passed, 56 Assemblymembers voted for the bill, as did 30 Senators.

We can do this for clean safe water!  Please make your phone calls or emails today!


For Immediate Release: Oct. 3, 2012
Contact: Seth Gladstone-, 718.943.8063
80+ Statewide Organizations Call on Legislature to Override Governor's Veto of Fracking Waste Ban Bill

Urge Commitment from Senate President Sweeney as Speaker Oliver Commits to Holding and Override Vote

Trenton, NJ - Activists and community leaders representing more than eighty statewide organizations signed and delivered to Senate President Sweeney a letter calling for a veto override of New Jersey's fracking waste ban bill. The bill, which would make the state the first in the nation to prohibit the discharge, disposal, treatment or storage of fracking waste, passed both houses of the state legislature months ago with strong bipartisan support, but was recently vetoed by Governor Christie.

The letter can be accessed here.

Assembly Speaker Oliver announced that she will schedule an override vote in her chamber, and activists called on Senate President Sweeney to match her action.

Analysis from the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services confirms the constitutionality of the legislation, directly refuting the governor's claims to the contrary. And the governor's statement that the bill is unnecessary because New Jersey doesn't carry the potential for fracking itself is inaccurate according to a recent study by the US Geological Survey which identified a large natural gas basin that stretches widely through the northern half of the state. Despite being only partially assessed, it has already shown to hold billions of cubic feet of gas.

Activists also pointed to a recent study from Stony Brook University that found the greatest risk of contamination of drinking water and environmental pollution from fracking occurs during the wastewater disposal process.

"The sad truth is that Governor Christie has been bought off by the oil and gas industry, and the excuses he offers for his veto of the Fracking Waste Ban Bill are silly," said Jim Walsh, regional director of Food & Water Watch, a consumer rights group. "Although the governor won't stand up and protect residents from this danger, we are thankful that Speaker Oliver has committed to pushing the override forward and we're hopeful that Senate President Sweeney will match her commitment."
"We need the Senate President and Speaker not only to post this bill but make sure we have enough votes for an over ride,"  said Jeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra Club.  "We need to ban fracking waste in New Jersey if we want to protect our rivers and our land from these harmful and toxic chemicals.  We already have enough toxic sites and pollution in our waterways, we do not need to add anymore. New Jersey cannot allow its water supplies to be held captive by multi-national oil and gas companies."

Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director of Delaware Riverkeeper Network stated, "Every day millions of gallons of frack waste is being produced without safe means of disposing of it. Drillers are desperate to dispose of it so will get rid of it any place they can. Without New Jersey standing up to protect our drinking water and communities we will end up a dumping ground for this toxic waste because there's nothing to prevent that from happening. This law is essential because it prevents pollution from frack waste and doesn't allow our waterways and already stressed infrastructure to fall prey to contamination."


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Check out the action last week at the Delaware River Basin Commission meeting and our own Joan Carey speaking out for water!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

When I among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, "Stay awhile."
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, "It's simple," they say,
"and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine."

From "Thirst" by Mary Oliver

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Call Governor Christie AGAIN Today! 

NJ Water Advocates are in full gear this week calling on people to call Gov. Christie to tell him to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill S253/A575 - 866-846-4075. As far as we know from our fellow water advocates, he still has given no indication on what action he is going to take. 

 Call him today and tell him to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Annual "Joys of the Sea" Gala

Come Celebrate the Joys of the Sea
and the

2012 Honoree:  Miriam MacGillis, OP & Genesis Farm

Delight in Stella Maris Retreat Center
on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean

Savor Hors d'oeuvres, Desserts, Wine
Enjoy Select Silent Auction and Wine Trellis
Piano Music by Laura DuBois

Speaker:  Miriam MacGillis, OP
"One Communion, One Community:
the Sacred Role of Food"

Sunday, September 23, 2012
3:00 - 6:00 PM

$80 per person  Call us for reservations - 732-923-9788

Friday, August 17, 2012

We Drummed up Support for the Clean Ocean Zone!

Margo Pellegrino greeting the drummers!

Tommy Anton on the left leading the drummers - 
Thank you Tommy!

Pot-Luck Lunch - Thank you everyone for the food!

Sean Dixon, cyclist and the attorney for 
Clean Ocean Action,
 speaking out for the Clean Ocean Zone.

Cindy Zipf, Executive Director, Clean Ocean Action, looking for Margo coming up the coast...

Go to to sign the petition for the Clean Ocean Zone!!!

 Loving the drumming and
signing the Clean Ocean Zone map.

Margo in the ocean as we pick up the drumming beat ... A big thank you to all of the Drummers!!!!!!
Go Tour for the Shore & the Clean Ocean Zone!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Suzanne speaking at 

the Tour for the Shore Press Conference 

in support of the Clean Ocean Zone in Belmar.  

Go to to sign the petition 

for the Clean Ocean Zone legislation.

Friday, August 3, 2012

We are drumming up support for the Clean Ocean Zone!

Bring a drum, shaker or clapping hands to the ocean

Tuesday August 14

Stella Maris Retreat Center

1:00 Pot-Luck Lunch - share a dish and eat with us!

2:00 Drumming! - drumming will be facilitated by Folk Pop Artist Tommy Anton 
We will have some extra drums available!

At approximately 2:30ish the cyclists and paddlers should be passing by or stopping into Stella Maris for refreshments and positive drumming energy!

Come be part of the fun and celebration for the 
Tour for the Shore!

For more info call 732-923-9788 or email us at

Friday, July 27, 2012

Come Drum With Us on Tuesday, August 14

At approximately 2:30ish the cyclists and paddlers should be passing by or stopping into Stella Maris for refreshments and positive drumming energy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Call on Governor Christie to
Ban Frack Waste!

Join us outside of  Drumthwacket in Princeton, 
the official residence of the Governor,
 for an evening action to
 Ban  Frack Waste in NJ!

What: Grassroots-Led Action to Ban Frack Waste in NJ
When: Tues. July 24th @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Why: Pressure our Governor to sign NJ’s Frack Waste Ban
into law

Parking is available on Independence Drive, 1 block from the Governor’s Mansion.

Questions??? Contact the action organizers:
Jean-Marie Donohue-
Craig Hirshberg
Matt Smith

Friday, July 6, 2012

Contact Governor Christie today!

If you haven't had a chance to call, email, and/or write Governor Christie yet to advocate for you him to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill - you can do it at the Delaware Riverkeepers link below:

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Advocating for Governor Christie to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill

As you may have heard, in a bi-partisan vote, the NJ Senate and NJ Assembly have voted to pass the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  It is now on Governor Christie’s desk for him to sign.

With our coalition of partners, we are now organizing and urging all water advocates to contact the Governors office in as many ways as you can to urge him to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill S253/A575.

Contact him by phone:  866-846-4075

Contact him by email:

Write him a letter: 
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625     

We will also be tabling events with our partners and volunteers to help educate and urge NJ residents to contact Gov. Christie to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  If you are interested in volunteering or know of any events to table, please call us at 732-923-9788.

We are also encouraging everyone to please contact or meet with your State legislators in your District to voice your support of keeping water safe and clean for all life and your support of the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  Also, to ask them to strongly advocate for the Governor to sign the Ban Fracking Waste Bill. 

Happy 4th of July and thank you for your continued advocacy for water and Creation! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Join us for Meditation & Prayer

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday June 20 at 2:00PM 
on the back lawn at Stella Maris for one hour of meditation and prayer 
for the first official day of Rio+20.  

We hope to send some positive thoughts, prayers and energy to Suzanne and all who are advocating for Creation and water.

Bring a mat, towel, blanket or beach chair.  We can pull you up a chair as
well if you would like one!  

Hope you can join us as we enter the Summer Solstice and pray for Rio+20!

If not, hopefully you can join us wherever you are in prayer at 2:00PM.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day of Action

Join us this Thursday, June 14 for a Day of Action in Trenton, NJ advocating for clean safe energy sources and clean safe water. To register, please follow the below link or call us at 732-923-9788.

Friday, June 8, 2012

"STOP feeding the sea monster.

Educate yourself and others.

Do what is right and just.  RIO + 20"

WATERSPIRIT Volunteer and Artist Kyle Galante created a sculpture 
from some of the garbage collected on Rio+20 Day.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

“Over a billion of the world’s people live on less than $2 a day.  The health of the very life systems of the planet are seriously threatened.   It is these crucial issues that are being addressed in the process leading to the United Nations World Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, June 20 to 22. Thousands of participants from government, NGO and other groups, and the private sector are presently involved in Rio+20 negotiations and will attend this major world event. Over 120 heads of state, not yet including President Obama, have registered for Rio+20.  It is imperative that the US provide genuine leadership that contributes to an honest assessment of and genuine solutions to the life threatening problems shared by us all.”,   Suzanne Golas, csjp

Friday, June 1, 2012

Join us on Tuesday, June 5  Stella Maris Retreat Center 9:45am - 2:15pm
or stop by for the Rio+20 statements at noon and/or the pot-luck lunch at 12:45
Water is Life
 Uniting and calling attention to the Rio+20 Conference and advocating for an economy that upholds our common resources like water as a public trust, not a commodity, and recognizes the human right to water.
Join WATERSPIRIT, Food & Water Watch, Clean Ocean Action,, 
Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, volunteers and others for a local clean up, upcycled art messaging activity on the beach, press conference, and potluck lunch!
Call us if you are going to come at 732-923-9788 or

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Water is Life
 Uniting and calling attention to the Rio+20 Conference and advocating for an economy that upholds our common resources like water as a public trust, not a commodity, and recognizes the human right to water.

Join WATERSPIRIT, Food & Water Watch, Clean Ocean Action,, 
Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association, volunteers and others for a local clean up, upcycled art messaging activity on the beach, press conference, and potluck lunch!

Join us on Tuesday, June 5  Stella Maris Retreat Center 9:45am - 2:15pm

Friday, March 23, 2012

Our First Blog Post!

Welcome to our Blog!  We hope you come back to visit us periodically and check in with WATERSPIRIT!