Your Own Blackout:
How we observed it
CLG was the third story on KFMB in San Diego this evening. I
held a RYOB party at my apartment (we had a number of people through
the evening but the film crew scared some of them off.) The reporter
and cameraman hung out with us for about 90 minutes. I had about
thirty seconds of air time but they cut out all of my anti-Bush
commentary, although the piece overall was very favorable. I think
the coolest thing was hearing the anchors say "a group calling
themselves Citizens For Legimitate Government are holding a nationwide
blackout to protest the Bush administration's energy policies".
That was sooooo cool. My phone's already been ringing off the
hook in support, since several of my friends were participating
in their own homes.
I would be interested in how many people took part.. I know I am..
As I sit here trying to type in the dark, it is a rather interesting
experience, but no lights on in my house.. I just took my dog for
a walk and I would (estimate) at least 75% of my neighborhood here
in San Diego is participating, the city has even turned out the
street lights.. WAY TO GO!!!!
I just listened to CD's (with battery-operated CD player), lighted
some candles and read books. My cats were having a blast romping
and frolicking in the dark. I turned off my fans and my air conditioning
and opened the windows, letting the fresh air in: a quiet evening
in the dark.
We had a good time in our house with the blackout. It was actually
pretty dark the whole time as it was rainy. We went out on the front
porch and played rummy. When the mosquitos came out and threatened
the baby, we moved to the kitchen table and played by candle light.
It was just a nice relaxing evening without interference from electronic
media...tv, or computer.
Jackie in Ohio
We invited friends over for a candle light party during the blackout.
We had about 8 old time friends come over, ate chicken wings, and
sang Jimmy Buffet songs. We did talk about the blackout and the
need for more conservation. One friend couldn't make it so she said,
"I'll come next year!" Let's hope not. sb
I heard about the rolling blackout from my local NPR station. Bless
them and you. Before the blackout, I emailed my associates, law
makers, local newspaper, KOA, riverkeepers, etc. During our house
blackout my husband and I dined by candlelight and washed dishers
by hurricane lamp. Then he tried to teach me French and I tried
to learn. We took a lovely "power" walk. Our senses came
alive. We had to think.
Here in Toronto, Canada, my family participated in solidarity with
your concerns about President Bush's energy policies.
We played dominoes, the girls had a bath in a candlelit bathroom,
and bedtime stories were read by candlelight.
In terms of bringing awareness to the next generation about energy
conservation, a monthly observance of this kind might be an idea.
Naples, Florida here. At 7:00 P.M. I went to the fuse box and
flipped the main switch. Then we began to go through our home
and proceed with candle and lamp lighting. Next we took out the
dominoes and enjoyed the moments sharing stories and wonderful
atmosphere that spawned seldom seen shadows. After loosing interest
my son took a candle, went out to the pool and swam. We all joined
him a few games later, and when we finally came back inside it
was about 10:40. My children said they learned the difference
from experience of not having the instant gratification of our
electronic world. I hope the sensation stays with them creating
a clearer reference point inside their data banks. A heartfelt
thank you to all who participated. One Love,
We unplugged and turned off everything in the house except for the
refrigerator. We sat on the front porch and read, we ate salad,
we played a romantic game of candlelight scrabble, and ended up
enjoying ourselves so much that we didn't end the blackout until
We're anxious to hear others' stories, as well as some news about
the nationwide impact of the blackout.
A coupla newliweds in Alabama
Hi! We decided to have a Blackout Party here in Austin on the strength
of the one "Roll Your Own" e-mail I got. We had no idea
anyone else was having parties, and were surprised to hear from
our neighbor that there had been a Morning Edition story about it.
And I was even more surprised when, during the party, I got a call
from my credit card company. The (unexpectedly) nice woman on the
phone had trouble hearing me; I apologized. "We're having a
party," I told her. "Oh, a candle party?" she asked.
I made my own flyer, not having any idea pdf's were available on
the Web. I've attached a copy - it's in Word 98 for the Mac, using
the Hoefler Text font, so I don't know if it'll be readable for
you, but I thought I'd try. The pdf is sort of the same thing, although
the font got screwed up somehow - random italic letters all over
the place. If you look at either one, you'll see that I thought
only one organization "sponsored" the protest. Oh well.
About sixteen or eighteen people came to the party, all told. We
had a great time.
Here in Memphis a local coffee shop hosted a blackout/ solstice
candelight drumming circle from 7 to 10. Many people showed up-it
was a wonderful way to come together in community and make a statement.
We even had a local news station show up.
Ekophem < Memphis, TN USA -
At 7 pm, Peet and I ran around unplugging the computers, chest
freezer, fridge, clocks, you name it. We even unplugged the phone,
on a suggestion from my sister, who was doing the same. She and
her roommate then came over, and as it was still light out, we just
sat in the kitchen and talked for a bit.
Then we took our joint candle reserves and went down to our sunroom
and played party games for the next three hours. A fairly quiet
evening, spiced up a bit with Lisa's singing and Peet playing the
acoustic guitar. Good times were had by all, and our hydro meter
Two days prior I had emailed everyone I knew, including our local
members of parliament. Hopefully some also participated!
Great to hear of others' stories!
Guelph, ON Canada -
Sittin’ in the Dark
Actually, it wasn’t dark. The sky didn’t get dark until
about 9:30. And even if the sky had been dark the whole 3 hours
(which we extended to 5 hours), it wouldn’t have been dark
at all for the looming lamppost in the lot behind my apartment,
the clusters of candles aglow in every room, and laughter and conversation
lighting the evening.
I hosted a cookout which was originally intended to be a “Roll
Your Own Blackout Party,” but gradually was downgraded to
a bunch of people having a cookout without using electricity, and
from that into “Just us Gals Sittin’ in the Dark and
Rollin’ Our Own.” And having a cookout. Here in Beautiful
Buffalo, New York, is a tradition where every week in the summer
is “Thursday at the Square:” a free concert drawing
tens of thousands of rockers and rollers downtown to mingle outdoors,
listen to music, and drink til dusk. This week’s entertainment
was the group moe. The invitations I sent out for the blackout party
slowly returned, declined, until it was just us four gals rolling
I prepared the night before with candles, batteries and flashlights,
and plenty of ice and coolers on hand so we wouldn’t need
the refrigerator. I played chef, preparing red pepper mayonnaise
to go with the baby spinach and Portobello mushrooms I planned to
grill, caramelized onions, and doing the prep work for the rest
of the goodies I would put together Thursday – including A.K.
guacamole, southwestern potatoes grilled in a packet, and barbecue
burgers (which I formed on Thursday morning before heading off to
Just before 7:00, my guests arrived with taco salad, antipasto,
and 3 bottles of wine in hand. We were in for a feast! The music
was rockin’ (by battery!), the grill was going, the wine was
poured, and the rain came. We were sprinkled with a very light and
warm shower for hours, refusing to leave our perches on the fire
escape except when we needed seconds. Or refills.
We tossed the salad and dressed our burgers and mushrooms by candlelight
inside, and reached for ice and drinks in the coolers blocking the
refrigerator. As added insurance, I removed light bulbs from the
lights in the bathroom – by golly, we WILL pee by candlelight!
Our small gathering attracted a few curious cats and our party grew
by two, lasting until midnight. We said goodnight and as hugs were
exchanged, it was decided: same time, same place – next year.
Beautiful Buffalo, NY USA -
After promoting the event all day, I warned my kids, Molly (12)
and Dylan (10) that the electric would be shut off. They were really
really good about it, and in fact, happy to be participating.
They got all the candles ready and we began lighting a few, just
in case we couldn't find them later. We grilled some stuff on the
grill, and sat on the front porch for a while.
Then Molly and I walked around the neighborhood to see how many
people were participating. We had a number of people doing this.
I was to meet some people having a get-together in the park. I went
running with my dog, Katie, and we were caught in thunderstorm for
the final three miles. We came home soaked.
I saw several familes with candles on their porches and their houses
blackened. All of my neighbors on our block participated, and one
kept the blackout through to the morning.
After meeting the party in the park, I came back home to share in
the ghost stories being told by my children and one of the neighbor
kids whose family was also participating. I scared the kids to near
death with my story about "Brother Joe," a Cappuchin Friar
who lived at the Seminary where I went and lived as a highschooler;
Brother Joe had killed a man when younger, served time, repented
and joined the monastery after his sentence. I told them about the
time I thought I saw Brother Joe at the foot of my bed, with his
knotted rope in hand (the ones they wore around the habits) as if
to choke me to death...(this never happened, btw)...
It was a fun night. My kids loved it, and my wife did too. It was
rewarding to be hugged by my son who said, at the end of the night,
"you are really paying attention to me, Dad."
Cheers from the Darkened Front,
Pittsburgh, PA USA -
Normally at Ocean Beach in San Francisco there are maybe 2 or
3 bonfires on a Thursday. Last night there were no less than 20.
I checked 'em all out, then joined a drum circle and thumped away
til 3AM. It was a deeply satisfying experience, and it's been an
honor working with all of you on this.
San Francisco, CA USA -
Wow, I was thrilled to see how this idea spread. During the blackout
I walked my dog, read by the window until it got dark, and then
meditated. I figured out a spot to put one candle and have it light
half of the house. It looked like my me neighbor across the street
was unplugged too.
** I was thinking of choosing one evening each month to do this.**
I really would like to see a summary of participation rates, but
I am not sure if it can be figured out very well.
Walpole, NH USA -
At 7pm, I unplugged the cable boxes, clocks, phone, etc. and
went for a run. It was a gorgeous night here. Unfortunately, it
was a night that I had a lot of house cleaning to do but vowed to
do it by natural light or candlelight. I was able to clean (no vacuuming
until after 10 pm) by natural light until about 9:15 at which time
I lit candles in my kitchen and washed dishes by hand until 10:00.
It was an enlightening experience and made me realize how dependent
we are upon electricity. I was a little disappointed to look around
my complex and not see more of my neighbors participating until
I turned on Jay Leno here at 11:00 and saw that he did his whole
show by flashlight! He said that the energy they saved in that one
hour show alone was enough to power a four-bedroom house for a family
of four for a whole month! Nice to know that all working together
we did make a statement and have an impact.
chicago, il USA -
A beautiful day in Minnesota at ground zero for the "Back
to the Fifties" weekend car rally at the state fairgrounds.
My son and his wife showed up just as I had shut everything off
and was making a sign for the front steps. We sat and talked without
being distracted by the always on TV and as the sun was setting
a friend of my other son pulled up in a shiney black 1930-somthing
Ford street-rod and off they
went to see and be seen.
Just before I shut my computer down for the evening I got a message
that the Nightline Lyme show was postponed, again. One of the Lyme-literate
doctors in NY who lost his license in 2000 for the crime of actually
treating Lyme patients has had it reinstated by a court and a farily
good test done by an out of the ALDF camp company passed muster
in CA after being held up for a year.And the MN reporter who
called last week still wants to do a piece on prevention and he
actually had read our website. So it was hard to shut it down with
so much good news to talk about but I did and I know it was the
right thing to do.
St Paul, MN USA -
We were all so excited - we flipped the main switch off and went
out into the garden to enjoy the quiet evening. While my husband
rocked our daughter to sleep, my stepson and I walked the neighborhood,
searching for like minds. My brother and I puttered in the garden
and slowly soaked the plants. At 10:01 we watched as several of
our neighbors' lights came back on!
It felt SOOOO good to have a tangible way to say NO! to Bush and
feel a connection to other folks across the country and across the
street. My sister-in-law in germany said today that she wished we
had told her b/c she could have organized her town to participate
We should organize more things like this.
Corvallis, OR USA -
I participated in the voluntary rolling blackout at home with
my family. My young son, Liam, thought it was wild that we were
without lights on in the house. When I told him we were going to
turn off the electricity, he thought it meant I was going to make
it nighttime outside! He was happy to help me light a few candles,
but blowing them out was really his favorite thing of all, that
and the park, where we walked after playing out in the yard. Came
back to read stories in the dark by flashlight. What a great evening.
Helped me realize priorities are important, children being top on
the list. I thought a lot about where we all go from here, and came
away stronger in my convictions to stop Bush and Big Energy from
further theft and damage to our country. Many states now are facing
deregulation measures supported by Big Energy, so keep yourself
aware and eyes wide open! Feels good to be affiliated with a group
that encourages me to take action, and reaffirms my inner drive
to not just complain about what's wrong, but to stand up and do
something about it! I think what was most significant about this
simple protest was that it brought a lot of us together in communities
across the country even though we were hundreds, if not thousands
of miles apart. Let's all stay connected and keep protesting until
we make change happen! Eventually, our elected leaders will have
to take notice. Thanks for participating!
Eugene, OR USA -
I attended a gathering on the beach with a bonfire for light
and we discussed how our community can get free of the corporate
Santa Cruz, ca USA -
At first my husband didn't want to do this. He has always voted
Republican except for this time, he voted for Nader.
When I got home he had the candles ready and we fixed a light dinner
without using any electricity. It was fun, we really had a chance
to talk and get closer. We went to bed early and had a much needed
It was hard to remember not to turn on the lights automatically
as I can't see well in the dark and always keep lights on.
This experience made me feel so good we talked about selling our
Jeep and getting something with better gas mileage. Also to think
before we use this earth's resources as if they are endless.
Wrentham, MA USA -
I hosted a RYOB party at my apartment in La Jolla and had people
in and out through the evening. KFMB, the CBS affiliate in San Diego,
over a news crew (reporter and cameraman) and they hung out with
us for a
couple of hours. We played Scrabble by candlelight and had some
stimulating sociopolitical dicussions amongst ourselves. At 11:05
station went live to my apartment, where they showed it dark. They
mentioned my name and that this was part of an action by "Citizens
Legitimate Government", who were "protesting the energy
policies of the
Bush administration." I was interviewed on camera for about
30 seconds and
they interspersed that with shots of us talking, laughing, Scrabbling
the dark. It was really fun. The reporter asked me what appliance
missing the most and, although tempted to say the computer, I said
fan, since the candles were making the place so hot. I was mildly
disappointed that all of my anti-Bush comments were not aired but
the piece was very positive. At 11:15 everyone went home, but more
one of us suggested doing this on a regular basis, just because
it was so
damn fun. It's weird, I've been stopped three times already today
if I was the guy on TV last night! I didn't know people actually
the local news anymore!
La Jolla, CA
La Jolla, CA USA -
My roommate totally forgot about the blackout, but I managed
to get the place totally lit by candles, anyway. Everything was
shut down, including both computers, for a change, LOL. I had heard
of one gathering for the blackout, but it was 30 miles away, and
I felt it was defeating the purpose to burn gas instead of electricity,
so I had to compromise with my roommate who came home with movies
for the night. The movie we watched, however, was Cast Away, which
I felt was appropriate. I did feel a brief moment of annoyance when
I tried to read something by candlelight and wanted a drink refill.
(It gets Very dark out here in the country) I'm pretty conservative
with energy, but I still had to modify my activities quite a bit
last night and plan ahead for some things like using the blender
for frozen drinks and getting the meal prepared before seven. I
felt it was a great reminder of how we take electricity for granted.
I go camping pretty often, but it was still weird to remember to
keep the electricity off in my home. My roommate forgot at three
of ten and turned the bathroom light on. Next time I'll plan a little
better and unscrew the bathroom lightbulb, LOL. We kept everything
off for the rest of the night except one light and just watched
another movie. It was also nice not to hear commercials the whole
I couldn't manage total blackout for the sake of peace in my home,
but 90% black wasn't bad for a beginning; it all adds up. So if
anyone else didn't totally blackout, don't feel bad. Actually, if
anyone else had difficulties with total blackout, I'd be interested
to hear those stories as well.
Standish, Me USA -
My husband, friends and myself had a BBQ and played board games
candlelight. We had som much fun we hope to make this a monthly
Logan, UT USA -
Here in Kansas, where we believe in evolution again, my family
and I unplugged and it was great! We may have been the only house
intentionally participating, but we comforted ourselves with all
the people we saw on our walk and pretended they cared too.
Later, although I never watch Leno, we tuned in tonight to see if
his show was unplugged. It was! And it didn't suck! He had Gray
Davis on, and the crowd cheered him on. Another California-governor-turned-president
in the making? He was a little nervous, you could tell. But he could
STILL get out a sentence without a mispronunciation, a malapropism,
or an outright lie. My friends, it was refreshing.
Overland Park, KS USA -
My husband decided to shutdown all the power to the house. It
was great to see that the electricity dial didn't move at all for
a full three hours. We ate a picnic type dinner in the backyard
and enjoyed the unusually warm weather. We are thinking about doing
a total three hour shutdown once a week.
Debbie in South San Jose
San Jose, CA USA -
At a few minutes before 7:00 I went downstairs and turned off
the electric main, immediately noticing the sudden silence. It didn't
get dark until about 8:30, so we sat out on the porch for a while,
just reading and talking. When it got dark we came back I, lit the
candles and set out an array of cheese, crackers, fruit, etc. We
played board games and talked till 11:00 - not even noticing that
the blackout time was over. This was a wonderful evening! Thursday
was also the last day of school so my daughters were celebrating
the beginning of summer. It was a wonderful way to switch gears
and reconnect with each other. We spent some time talking about
what issues were really important to each of us and making a family
plan for activism. We also all agreed that we would like to do this
again, maybe monthly.
Hillsborough, NJ USA -
My family, me, my husband and 3 dogs, participated in the Rolling
by going to an outdoor concert of Beatles music at Furman University
SC. We took a picnic and sat by the lake listening to the soothing
sounds and watching the
ducks and Canada geese swimming on the lake. The weather couldn't
have been better and
it was a most enjoyable evening.
Simpsonville, SC USA -
We're over one hour into the rolling blackout here on the east
coast. My wife and kids are tv junkies but I must say I am enjoying
the quiet. They grumbled a bit but finally agreed to participate.
They are reading books, while I type this on my (battery-powered--that
doesn't count as using electricity, does it?) laptop. The temperature
with the ac off. My youngest and I are going outside to catch lightening
bugs, something I haven't done in years. It is really quite peaceful.
Crofton, MD USA -
Wow!! Reading through these stories, from many places across
the US, leaves me feeling so connected. Myself and my three daughers
participated in the voluntary rolling blackout last night and, at
the time, it felt as if we were the only ones participating. I felt
like some radical outsider in my own reality. Then I read your stories
and am so happy I act on my gut feelings and beliefs. Thanks.
Prior to the event, we put together a "Rolling Blackout Survivor"
box which included candles, flashlights, batteries, instant soup,
a battery powered radio and a non-electric phone (which was hard
to find now that we have all wireless phones). We spent the evening
in the yard then came inside to bathe in the twilight. When it was
dark, we read by flashlight. My two year old thought that was a
blast, having her own flashlight. My eight month old crawled around
in the dark and my eight year old shined the flashlight on her.
At 9:30pm, we walked down to the treat store (7-11) for gummi bears
peeking in neighbors homes to see if anyone else was participating.
While sucking little chewy bears on the porch,I thought this would
be a good monthly ritual (the voluntary blackout, not the bears);-)
Cupertino, CA USA -
This evening I lit the four candles on the mantel of my fire
place, and turned off all the lights. Outside, a cool breeze
- promise of a rain that never came. I opened all my windows,
sat in my rocking chair and for a long time I stayed there.
The burning candles gave a delicious color to the room,
picking up the subtle salmon tint of the walls. The only
sound was the breeze caressing the leaves of the trees.
I thanked the universe, I felt blessed and at the same time,
I took the time to reflect on why, how, I was determined to
do all I can do to make this world a better world .
That is all. I wanted to share my moments with you.
Ardmore, PA USA -
Tim and I rolled our own blackout last nite, that meant no internet,
no cable tv, no lites. We ate by candlelite and talked about how
our day had been. It was fun, however I dont think it would be so
great under a forced situation where we had no choise in the matter,
like the people in California who have no control over it. I mentioned
the blackout to one of my co-workers who told me that she rolled
her own blackout last nite too. I was surprised to hear that she
had done it since she is not really that much of an activist but
a hardcore democrat for sure.
Hpuston, Tx USA -
The best blackout ever! Here in Oakland, CA, we had friends over
for a BBQ, and went to shut off our grid-intertied solar power at
precisely 7:00pm. When we looked at the meter, it was still spinning
backwards, and since this was even *better* than a blackout, we
left it on for another hour or so.
When we shut down the grid connection at about 8:00pm, we left the
fridge running on batteries and used a little more (solar generated
& stored) to run our landscape lights to put a spotlight on
our USA Flag (we believe it stands for what WE believe it stands
for), the flag of our beleaguered yet undaunted
California Republic, and to top it all off in the spirit of the
evening, the Ecology flag (from the 70's, remember?). We played
(acoustic, of course!) guitar & sang (although sadly no one
could remember that "Night the Lights Went out in Georgia"
song, so it was all Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen.
We could hear lots of neighbors, kids and other beautiful sounds
from the neighborhood when we were quiet enough to hear them. Do
you think we'll get stats from the Independent System Operator quantifying
how much energy usage dropped last night? The Phantom Load has left
the building! Sign us up for another one next year.
Oakland, CA USA -
We pitched a tent in the backyard and Miles (6) and I (mom) did
Vancouver, WA USA -
Out here in California the electric power comes mostly from Texas
gas. The money runs the other way - back to the bushista junta center
in Houston. Oil comes from all over the place. Therefore we just
throw the main breaker open and run our backup diesel generator
whenever load gets high. It costs more to do this, but not much
more, and it screws richTexas fasists just a tiny bit. Power generators
hate counter cyclical load changes. The rest of the time we just
conserve - a lot! We use 1/3 of what we used on the farm last year.
Here's my report from June 21: finally got some arugula, cilantro,
and shiso seeds planted in the remaining spot in my planter box;
then spent more than an hour in the hammock, looking up into an
overhanging tree and the sky; eventually saw a "star"--but
today I hear it probably was Mars! When it got too chilly, went
inside, lit a lot of candles, and just continued the lovely, quiet
Berkeley, CA USA -
My family and I shut off everything except TV (the twins are
sick and we couldn't do too much) and I went outside and did something
I haven't done for almost a year - Clean out the van and Armor All
it.. It got me outside for once instead of on the computer, and
we all enjoyed the candle light view of the storm clouds (and lightning)
here in So. Florida..
I also disabled my website 7-10.com for the time period (7-10 PM
ET) and linked to the RYOB page during that time.
It was fun to do, and I hope we do it again!
Pompano Beach, FL USA -
The issue of how I spent the blackout ended up taking a back
seat to something I discovered during the process. I got in touch
with a part of myself I'd almost forgotten-- the person who watches
thunderstorms, who can think without a TV blasting, etc. In the
silent glow of candlelight, I rediscovered the inner strength I
need to join with others, to take a stand. It was a great time to
reflect on the things I can do without and the people I can't be
Cleveland, OH USA -
I flipped off almost all the breakers in my home on June 21,
2001! Every electrical appliance except the refrigerator and the
air pump on my aquarium were turned off. I felt proud reading by
Charlotte, NC USA -
During the RYOB, I went to a Democratic Committee meeting. Upon
arriving home, my wife & I took our coffee (which we made before
hand and kept warm in a caraf) and sat outside talking. Shortly
before 11 PM, we decided to go to bed early - without turning on
the 11 o'clock news. We took care of the clocks the next morning.
This kind of reminded us of being at the lake (without all the mosquitoes)
I did slip out of bed for a hour and listened to Radio For Peace
International on my short-wave radio (used battery power) - quite
a relaxing evening actually.
James F. Pasquini
Coeymans, NY USA -
I turned everything off at the crack of 7 and went outside
to water the garden. I also planted a couple of plants and
spread compost around my roses and hydrangeas. After awhile
I sat on the patio and gazed at the flowers and then lay on
my bed in the remaining daylight and wrote in my journal
about the day and the rolling blackout. I contemplated taking
a bath by candlelight, but decided to go for a walk instead.
About half the houses in the neighborhood were dark. I wondered
how many were participating or just not home. I enjoyed my
conscious respite from the computer and TV and realized I
could do this fairly often. It was painless and it was
satisfying knowing we were all in it together making a
statement, quiet but powerful.
Capitola, CA USA -
In this very republican State of OK there were at least three
homes with anything electrical turned off. I spent the evening with
3 of my son's,2 daughter-in-laws and everyone of my 5 grandchildren.
We enjoyed being outside and playing and swimming with the little
ones. My 12 year old actually decided living like pioneer's wasn't
so bad. We ended the our RYOB party by sharing my "Summer Solstice
Baby's" birthday cake. My son Patrick turned 30 on June 21.
I think I had forgotten how much enjoyment can be had with out all
of the electrical devices we have come to depend on. I know it was
a brand new experience for my children and grandchildren. Maybe
we should make this a monthly event.
Thanks CLG,especially Mike and Kat who worked so hard on this special
Shawnee, OK USA -
It was a wonderful idea. I think it should be done on a regular
Newtown, PA USA -
Reading through all the stories, it is gratifying to be confirmed
in the thought that RYOB accomplished something rare for our times:
an inner peace,
We three--husband, stepson, and I-- sat in our sunporch and talked
quietly as the raindrops sparkled in the dusk, sliding down the
sloping roof. We didn't need the candles until it became truly dark,
but I lit them anyway. I took three big (gift) candles down from
acupboard and in so doing discovered a candle holder with the figure
of a reclining Bongo on its tray, a ceramic sculpture created by
my daughter. In candlelight, the beauty and vitality of the animal
figure emerged more clearly than I had ever noticed before.
These men of mine very nearly backed out of the event. "This
is silly," my husband grumbled, if we really want to conserve
energy we should string a line and dry clothes in the basement."
"Yeh, I was thinking the same thing, but then I thought, it
might be an interesting experience, no lights, no TV" his son
added, tactfully. "Well, since I've been telling everyone about
this, I figure I should walk the walk, " says I, and with that,
And so we sat and talked, quietly, and as the evening lengthened,
we relaxed--something happened to each of us. For myself, I recalled
long ago summer nights, capturing fireflies in a jar with my brothers
as my father stood watch and doubtless enjoyed the moments as much
as we did. My stepson said: "this really is educational--I
just caught myself automatically reaching to flick on the lights--and
then reazlized that for most of human history there weren't any
except the stars."
Curmudgeon spouse didn't comment except non-verbally--he went peacefully
Ann Arbor, Mi USA -
I spent the evening with my seven-year-old grandson, Douglas.
I explained to him that we were going to turn off all the power
that we safely could (we are rural--water & toilet require electric
pump)--even the fans, although in Northern California we celebrated
the Solstice at 100 degrees! He helped turn off the appliances &
lights at 7:00 and we lit a kerosene lamp and made a sandwich and
salad dinner, which we ate on the deck where it had begun to cool
down. After dinner by candlelight, we went out on the lawn and looked
at constellations & found the Big Dipper, but could not find
Mars as it was not yet high enough in the sky--we did find it later.
We listened to the creek and the crickets and told stories. Douglas
loved the idea of doing a small action to help conserve energy--actually
he has enough of his own to power a house for a week!
A great experience--we won't forget it!
Maggi Sullivan godman
We took turns reading a book out loud by candlelight and went
outside to watch the night sky. Fireflies provided an impressive
lightshow. It was a fun evening for us all as a family and was a
painless way to protest the corrupt Bush administration.
Windsor, CT USA -
I was there, turned off electronics at 7:00 (or before). A storm
came that night so we enjoyed an actual pre-storm breeze.
It felt good to be connected with everyone. I'd like us to do this
one night a month and each month to gather more and more participants.
Jay Leno did his show in the dark. He brought on some extraordinary
nocturnal animals that could not comfortably be on a show with lights.
He had Hawaiian fire dancers and Arsenio taking a stand about waste.
I bet that show will be remembered as one of the best.
He announced at the end that they had saved enough energy to supply
electricity to a family of four for a month. See how powerful we
VA USA -
We enjoyed three hours or Vincent Bugliosi's book - Betrayal
of America by flashlight......
Eric Gore,M.D. & Vickie Wilson,LCSW
Colton, , CA USA -
The Roll Your Own Blackout was a great introduction to others
to Pull the Plug each and every Earth Day for the same reasons:
to send the message to the policy-makers that the people want clean
renewable energy at the heart of energy policy and to create benefits
to nature through less wasteful energy use. Whether it's rolling
a blackout or an Energy Fast, one considers carefully the energy
they use when they go without and hopefully apply wise choices on
its use thereafter. Earth Day is April 22 (for now) and remember
each Earth Day to Pull the Plug.
LA, CA USA -
Wow, I was on the phone to reporters right up until I pulled
the plugs at 7, so I particularly appreciated the three hours of
peace and quiet and just participating in the blackout with my family.
I'd been planning to attend my church's blackout picnic, but
decided not to risk scaring my co-parishioners off with a camera
crew (as Rod in San Diego mentioned). My daughter and I played at
a nearby park until it began to get dark (no fireflies in this part
of the country, but a lovely warm evening), then our whole family
had a candlelight indoor "picnic" and told stories. My
daughter asked "is lights-out something people have to do tonight?",
giving me a chance to explain "No, no one has to. It's like
voting --you do it on your own, but the reason you do it is that
you're part of a community."
Now as to the press, I am of course glad of the coverage and feel
I was treated decently by the reporters -- but I also can corroborate
Rod's experience that any political aspects of what I said in interviews
tended to get cut. For instance, if they ask "why do you think
this has spread so fast and has such broad appeal" and I say
"because the administration's energy plan offends values that
are deeply and widely held", a lot of them would rather not
use the question than have to air that answer. The exceptions were
live interviews (including KFI in Los Angeles, which isn't shy.)
And to be fair to them, most of the reporters
*did* ask clearly political questions, e.g. "What do you think
of Cheney's statement that conservation is simply a personal virtue?"
and they seemed receptive to the answer (that in a democracy, we
expect the virtues of its citizens to lead to a virtuous public
policy). But then those parts wouldn't make the edited version.
Regardless, CLG has helped to organize what may be the largest political
protest since Vietnam. And peaceful and reflective though it may
be, I think there's a lot of determination behind it. And now when
someone sees what the press calls a "handful of people who
can't get over it" protesting a Bush/Cheney event, or sees
one of CLG's famous aerial banners, they're much more likely to
say "regardless of what I read, I can tell I'm not alone --
there's a lot more of us where these folks came from."
So to that extent, even with all those articles, the press
may have missed the story. What so many people were doing
last evening was realizing that they don't have to apologize
for (or edit out) their values simply because there may be
powerful people who oppose them. In fact that is precisely
the right time to reflect upon and assert them, and that's
how we build a legitimate government.
Berkeley, CA USA -
I must admit that this was not a terribly big sacrifice for me
because I go to bed so early anyway! But it gave me a sense of power
to participate in this.
The protest was very visible in the SF Bay Area. All the local
news 11:00 news programs carried coverage because there was a candlelight
protest in SF which was a natural lead to the story. I know that
3 of my neighbors houses which were visible to me were dark. My
across-the-street neighbor was carrying a candle around the house.
I think everything we do is important and can build on itself.
Irene T. Heinstein
El Cerrito, CA United States -
Our local activist group (CAG -see mssg. end) had a great electricity
free potluck last night! We shared various house shutdown stories.
Some had flipped the "big" switch on their house. While
some had left on the fridge' and the digital clocks (that would
be me). However, my Solar hot water system had shut off Thursday
afternoon after reaching 180 degrees (and that's 82 gallons worth).
So I knew damn sure that the water heater elements would not be
tuning on! Surley this alleviates some of the shame of breach of
The highlight of the potluck for me was the arrival of the heavenly
jar of Dilly Beans (Dill pickled beans). For your own good, find
some and eat them soon!
Corvallis Action on Globalization (CAG) has been formed
to carry forward the energy generated in Seattle at the
end of 1999 to generate a grassroots movement.
It is our purpose to educate the local and regional community about
trade globalization, and, in so doing,
to provide a reasoned response to it's governmental
and business supporters.
Corvallis, OR United States -
At 7 I turned off the TV, radios, and all the lights. I had gotten
out candles and our two hurricane (kerosene-burning) lamps. I had
made a big salad, using largely our own home-grown greens, and my
husband and I had a wonderful candle-light dinner. When it got dark
we lit the hurricane lamps. I found the whole experience very serene
and pleasant. It reminded me of childhood vacations at a cabin in
the Vermont woods, where there was no electricity, and how peaceful
it was. I'd like to repeat this on a regular basis. Thank you.
Boulder, CO USA -
Observing the rolling blackout presented a challenge for us. I have
dilated congestive cardiomyopathy. For days we watched the weather
reports, hoping for cool, unpolluted air on June 21st. That way
it would be safe for me to get through the three-hour blackout without
air conditioning. We weren't so lucky. It was a hot, muggy "code-red"
day, growing thicker as evening approached. Any prolonged time in
that air could, literally, kill me.
It bothered me that we wouldn't be able to participate "fully."
I know it was just a symbolic act, but we wanted to do as much as
we could. So here was the dilemma: to stay at home in air-conditioned
darkness, or turn off everything at home and go somewhere that was
going to be air-conditioned anyway. It would have been fun to do
the "dinner by candlelight and reading by flashlight"
routine, but we decided that the important point was conservation.
Remember the world before *everyone* had air conditioning? People
flocked to the nearest cinema on stifling days, just to keep cool.
So, in keeping with the "retro" mood, (and making good
use of our "senior" discount), we opted to spend the time
at the movies. Yes, we would be using a little gasoline, but we
reasoned that the theatre certainly wasn't going to join the blackout,
and we could get there before 7:00 P. M. (thus not using fuel during
the "actual" blackout). The only sacrifice necessary --
or, from a more zealous point of view, possible -- would be the
ten minute drive to the mall. Ironically, we saw "Moulin Rouge,"
a movie set in a time when the world was delirious with the magic
of an amazing new phenomenon: electricity.
We met some other people who had decided to do the same thing we
had, not because they were also ill, but because they had decided
that it was a reasonable compromise to use "shared" electricity.
I will leave you with a conundrum. I couldn't survive long without
air conditioning. But, then, if the air weren't increasingly polluted
and getting warmer all the time, maybe I wouldn't need it. And,
of course, as electricity becomes increasingly expensive, it is
more likely that seniors on fixed incomes (like us) will be unable
to afford the means of survival. As a wise fellow once declared,
"We have met the enemy and he is...us!"
With continuing concern,
Jeanne M. Godley-Davis
Jeanne M. Godley-Davis
Baltimore, MD United States -
My wife and I turned everything off, and then went out to dinner
and a movie. We saw a great film called "Songcatcher"
about a musicologist's attempt to document the folk music if the
southern Appalachians around 1910. It's a wonderful movie and the
music is terrific.
Los Angeles, CA USA -
I live on land with three other people. On the evening of the
longest day, we met outside with food and drink. We listened to
the silence around us and wondered how many others were joining
in the same way. After dinner, we took a long walk down to the creek
and found we we all were ready for an early bedtime. Usually I read
before sleep but this evening, filled with the sense of having done
something unusually good, I fell asleep like a child.
Sebastopol, CA USA -
I am one member of a group of approximately 80 individuals
who were mad as hell about the election coup of 2000.
We gathered together from surrounding communities in the
general area of Cincinnati, Ohio, including members from
various cities in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio.
We banded together to protest the inauguration of that
resident thief back on January 20, 2001. For most of us
that was our first taste of activism.
Then we stuck together, decided we were a group,
named ourselves Stand Up 4 Demcracy and paid for a
banner to fly over the opening day crowd at Cinergy
"Bush Stole Your Vote! www.votermarch.org
We were trying to get people to DC for the next event
we had all agreed to support - the May 19 votermarch in DC. We had
a respectable group
It energized the group to continue fighting to educate the
public about the stolen election, the total media blackout
about anything to do with that theft, and the fight we
have begun for the return of our democracy TO THE PEOPLE!
Then in April the Cincinnati police shot and
killed another unarmed black man. Suddenly
we were faced with a full blown week of
"civil unrest" that the local police escalated
in to "rioting" by their violent treatment
of the angry crowds demanding justice for
Members of our group were outraged and joined other
local groups in organizing a legal, peaceful, mass
protest that called for an end to the police killings,
racist practices such as racial profiling and other
unfair and racist practices of the Cincinati police and
city leaders. The coalition of groups called this
protest the March for Justice. We were very lucky
that the event unfolded as a very powerful and peaceful
protest. I will never forget being in that crowd of
3-4000 silent people with fists thrust in the air in
memory of Timothy Thomas as his mother lay a wreath
at the spot of his killing. The only sound was that
of the circling police helicopter overhead.
Most recently we joined with the local GLBT community
in a show of support and participated in the Cincinnati
Gay Pride Parade. It has since been reported to be the
largest showing of support for this event in Cincinnati
history with approximately 5000 people participating in
the parade and attending the fesitval. Our group
sponsored a booth at the festival that followed at
Hofner Park in the warm and welcoming community of
Northside. We enjoyed a busy day educating and
registering voters as well as providing cold beverages,
snacks and political buttons and bumper stickers to the
We are working to educate the public and register
as many people to vote in this fine nation as we
We encourage participation. We envision a democracy
We wish to ensure that in our great nation never again shall
any of us be disenfranchised.
Our battle cry is simply "COUNT EVERY VOTE!"
My favorite chant:
"Ain't no power like the power of the people,
cause the power of the people don't stop!"
And so the "Roll your own blackout" protest
appealed to me since it was to be we the people
making a choice for conservation. Us making
a point to those oil gluttons and greedy
energy barons that we of a conservation minded
ilk are in large numbers and we can make a
difference. I encouraged all my co-workers
to join me. Others in our SU4D group also
encouraged us to participate. I posted
flyers around town. I left work early to get
my workout in before 7pm. I unplugged everything
in the house except the fridge and I turned it
down to 1. My daughter and I enjoyed an evening of
chatting, first in the twilight of the fading day
and then by flashlight. Sometime after 9 we both
dozed off to sleep. I remember her last remark
being that it was funny how a quiet, dark house
made it easy to fall asleep...and an old Joni
Mitchell tune was playing in my head as I
drifted off..."don't it always seem to go, that
you don't know what you got till its gone..."
I've turned my air conditioner permanently up to
80 and left lots of the stuff unplugged around the
Erlanger, KY USA -
It was such a wonderful nightI spent it playing with all my dogs
in the pool. they had a really good time. (usually i spent most
of my evening on my computer)
it kind gets you back to your roots again
we need to do this again!
Cyndi Lenz RNC
Boca Raton, FL USA -
Published Sunday, June 24, 2001
People partying for more power
KAREN HERSHENSON: COLUMNIST
STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN when you turn off the juice. People get into
long discussions about candles. There are spontaneous "Sound
of Music" sing-alongs. Women lose their thigh-camouflaging
That's what happened Thursday night in Walnut Creek, anyway. It
was a "Roll Your Own Blackout" party, one of many events
held coast to coast to protest energy bills climbing faster than
a thermometer in Antioch.
Rather than have our lives yanked around by PG&E's whimsical rolling
blackout schedule, this was a way to take back the night, flex our
power, show Mr. Big Bad Utility that we can pull the plug whenever
we choose. No sweat. (OK, maybe just a little.)
The e-mail hit cyberspace in April, calling for concerned citizens
to turn off lights and switch off appliances from 7 to 10 p.m. on
June 21, the summer solstice. The hours were the same from Manhattan
to Modesto, so that it would roll across time zones.
"Light a candle to the sun goddess, kiss and tell (or not),
take a stroll in the dark, invent ghost stories," the message
read. Clear, simple and nonconfrontational, the idea took off faster
than a utility exec from a board meeting.
The Walnut Creek bash was a potluck of mostly cold dishes in a back
yard aglow with so many candles it looked like a scene from "The
Omen." Among us was Sonja Christopher, the very first person
thrown off the original "Survivor." Those of you who watched
the show know that a ukulele was her luxury item. Need I say more?
She began with chestnuts from "The Sound of Music," then
segued into "This Land Is Your Land." We learned that
our host, Peter Magnani, once petitioned the Legislature to make
this the national anthem. You just don't learn that kind of stuff
when the lights are glaring and the stereo's blaring.
I cornered a couple of teen-agers playing with flashlights in the
kitchen to get their thoughts on rolling blackouts.
"It's bad, but it's good too," said Natalie Pojman, 18.
"Nobody does anything unless it affects them. We consume so
much -- me too, I don't conserve."
Her family has taken a giant techno-step backward, abandoning their
dryer for a simple clothesline.
Others I know are refusing to use their air conditioners, even with
these triple-digit temperatures. Besides bringing bills down, it's
empowering not to use power. Or as one journalist put it: "No
power to the people."
Stepanie Hammon, 16, said her parents gave both her and her sister
a roll of dimes. Every time they leave the lights on, they have
to give one back. It's created a new form of sibling rivalry.
"We blame each other," she said.
KAREN HERSHENSON: COLUMNIST
Walnut Creek, CA USA -
According to a story in the LA Times I read while sitting outside
during the RYOB, conservation alone has accounted for a drop in
demand statewide of something like 4000 megawatts.. enough to have
staved off several potential blackouts recently.
This must be an awful disappointment for president Cheney.
The RYOB was like getting paid to protest.
A great idea- let's do it again this summer.
Mark De Martini
Los Angeles, CA USA -
We turned off all the lights and other power sources and watched
thousands of fireflies frolick in our backyard and the planet Mars
which was the closest to earth its has been for over a decade. It
OH USA -
We had a wonderful gathering of family, children and friends.
We sat outside by candlelight talking and laughing. We played a
board game. Everyone noticed the peacefulness and lack of electric
and appliance buzz. My six-year-old grandson was allowed up late
to participate. At the end, he asked if we could keep everything
off until the next day. We agreed. We also proposed amongst ourselves
that this should become a regular family observance.
Los Angeles, CA USA -
Sixty-four of us participated up here at Camp Thoreau in the
Green Mountains of Vermont. All of the lights went out at precisely
seven o'clock, and we spent the next three hours together. Some
of us went jogging, some talked, and others sat and sang with the
guitars. The evening was a lovely way for our staff to get to know
one another before the start of the camp season.
Stratton, VT USA -
We watched the twilight fade to dark, but were disappointed that
so many lights were on in our neighborhood. We saw lots of lights
twinkling from communities across the bay. It would be great if
we could have a community RYOBO and have another community do it
another evening. We might actually help the power crisis instead
of just making a demonstration.
Morro Bay, CA USA -
I was home alone with our 4 year old daughter (my wife was out
teaching a class) and explained to her what we were doing. She really
got into it and we turned off all the lights and went outside to
look at our electric meter. It was still turning slowly so we came
back in and unplugged the fridge and stove and then went back out
to see the meter completely stopped. The house was so quiet without
the constant electric hum of the fridge and answering machine. It
was so peaceful.
We went upstairs to our neighbors to remind them about the blackout
and they turned off their lights too.
My daughter and I had a great evening and I read her a bedtime story
by candlelight - which she thought was great fun - and spent the
rest of the evening reading by candlelight myself.
I read in another shared story of someone wanting to do this every
month and I've been thinking the same thing.
Concord, NH USA -
My partner and our 3 dogs were on vacation at a cabin in Northern
Wisconsin. Before we left home, we turned off everything we could.
At the cabin we participated too. I fished until after dark and
then we read and talked by candle light. I would be willing to participate
regularly. Is it coincidince that the gas prices in Wisconsin dropped
about 30 cents a gallon this past few weeks??!! I think not...
Madison, WI USA -
Fourteen people gathered at my home in Monrovia, a city in nestled
in the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. As we gathered
on my patio, we were treated to a beautiful warm summer night. My
house and patio were softly lit with a sprinkling of candles (this
was a BYOCandle event)! Two guests brought a guitar and banjo and
played and sang most of the evening, making a truly magical background
as friends shared stories and commradry (OK, and some food and drink
as well). It was such a fun night, that I believe will become the
start of annual event!
Yes Mr. Cheney, this was just a symbolic event. Do not let the symbolism
be lost on you and your irresponsible administration that seems
to believe that the American people can be duped into handing over
our country's natural resources and environmental safeguards to
your powerful corporate friends. The true power is in the people.
Monrovia, CA USA -
Couldn't have had a better night for a blackout in our part of
Georgia. Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, put on a spectacular
electrical storm, natch. We all marvelled at how fitting the whole
scene was. Too bad all that power couldn't be harnessed. Where is
Ben Franklin now that we really need him? ;-)
Cheryl & Bob
Ideal, GA USA -
Our family of 4, in Athens, Ohio, had been looking forward to
this for weeks. Shades of Y2K, we got our kerosene lanterns ready,
and a canasta deck. I have to confess we did pop the corn in the
last moments of electricity. But it was great to have this reason
for our togetherness. We think we'll be "rolling our own"
Richard & Dana, Jeroch & Ilona
Athens, OH USA -
We turned off the lights, computers, radios - everything we could
think of at 7pm. Then took a walk & later played RumiCub by
candlelight. It was nice. I'd like to think that others participated
here - It was hard to tell,,,,
Longmont, CO USA -
My wife and I had been telling people about the blackout for
weeks, with most people getting freaked out and not understanding
it was voluntary. Unfortunatly we seemed to be the only ones participating
so I was glad to see your stories here. We decided not to use our
car that day either and walked every where. The weather in Chicago
was perfect with a nice cool breeze comming off the lake. We unplugged
everything in the house (did you know some electrical appliances
use energy even when they are not on?! I'm not just talking the
things like VCRs and things with clocks in them but your toaster,
blender, mixer, and many more.) We lit candles and lanterns so our
house was aglow in candlelight, which was very romantic. We sat
in our living room and talked for a while and listened to the sounds
of the neighborhood. The next thing we remember is waking up 2 hours
later, we were so tired from all the walking we fell asleep and
slept through the whole blackout! It was still very fun to participate,
we are a lot more aware of our energy usage and will make more efforts
Evanston, IL USA -
It was a real laid back evening here in Waterloo. Just about
my entire neighborhood took part in the blackout. My two teenage
sons (19 & 17) felt it was the least we could do for a protest.
We had a campfire outside in the fire pit they built when I was
on vacation in California and enjoyed the transistor radio and candles.
Waterloo, IA USA -
My 'voluntary blackout' was a quiet evening at home with my family.
We raced through cooking dinner, finishing at 6:59 pm. We had a
candlelight dinner, then just relaxed and talked, enjoyed the peaceful
silence. No radio, no TV, not even the hum of the refrigerator.
My wife enjoyed it so much, she wants to make it a monthly event.
Westerville, OH USA -
We had friends over and sat and talked while the candle flickered
against the walls. It was a quiet and very nice evening. Our friends
did not not knoiw why we were doing this and we told them, This
is our way of letting the corporations know what we think, the rest
of the evening was just enjoyed for what it was friends being together
Nickerson, Ne USA -
My daughter had a softball game so we turned everything off at
5:30...we came home around 8:30...lit candles and had a solstice
prayer....with gratitude and wishes for the summer ahead..it was
intimate and sweet...Then Ella read jokes to us by candle light...
lets have another one!
Ithaca, ny USA -
I live in a country setting, so turned off everything (except
the refrigerator and one tiny nightlight) and went outside to sit
silently watching the various wildlife that comes into my yard.
I listened to birds till all but the mockingbird tucked their heads
beneath their wings for the night. Then I listened to crickets and
bullfrogs, while contemplating the number of stars in the that vast
blue-black sky. It was so relaxing that I plan to repeat the blackout
once a month for the rest of my life.
B.G., KY USA -
I enjoyed the evening with reading by candlelight Vincent Bugliosi's
book "The Betrayal of America".
PA USA -
Well, it was a first for me to do a gig unwired for sound! As
a local singer/songwriter in Ottawa, Canada who landed my first
gig at THE place to play in town. It was quite disappointing when
I learned it co-oincided with the voluntary blackout which I was
planning to participate in. I thought it was a huge stretch to ask
if I could do the unplugged. The room at Zaphod Beeblebrox on the
Byward Market is pretty big and so is the sound system. I wasn't
sure if it was going to work. Immediately, however, the band that
I was opening for, the owner of the club and CBC radio here in town
took a genuine interest in supporting the effort and all those that
I told personally were also very supportive. It became quickly obvious
that unplugged was the way to go! I was interviewed on CBC radio
just before the 6 o'clock news and the event was discussed and described
for the whole town to hear! I was so pleased to have the opportunity
to explain what I knew about George Bush's latest ideas of digging
up the planet for profit. As a musician and environmental biologist,
I couldn't think of a better statement to participate in!
So, my set began, as I strolled across the dance floor, barefoot,
with my guitar strapped over my shoulder. I sang over the din of
the crowd as I walked towards the stool surrounded by candles at
the foot of the stage. The entire audience went silent! Between
songs, I was able to fill the newcomers in on the reason for the
'blackout' performance. Each time, there were cheers and support
from the crowd.
Thanks again for making me aware of such an important issue! I am
so pleased to have had the opportunity to get the word out. Canada
most certainly stands to benefit from more intelligent ways of using
the earth's resources. Bye for now!
Ottawa, ON Canada -
My eight year old son and I turned out the lights,
turned off the computer etc. and ate dinner by candlelight.
We spent time talking and playing. He had so much fun that
he wants to do it again. We should do this on a regular
Brooklyn, NY USA -
We celebrated "Roll Your Own Blackout" by taking
our dog for a walk, reading by lantern & doing home crafts
by candlelight. It felt really good to be a part of this &
we are planning on making it a monthly event in our house.
Portland, OR USA -
Our socially responsible investment club met on Thursday night
Vancouver, WA USA -
We enjoyed a cool evening on the deck drinking wine, reading
and watching the sun go down, then inside for candle lighting and
music making (well, maybe the neighbors wouldn't call it music)
with my husband and 7-year-old daughter. Our daughter read us a
few chapters of a book she had started. It was so peaceful we decided
to keep the electricity off for the rest of the night. We are thinking
of doing this once a month, not only for the point it makes about
conservation, but to destress as well. My teenage daughter didn't
enjoy the evening too much, as her whole life revolves around the
Internet, but I'm hopeful that she'll come around eventually.
Lee's Summit, MO USA -
We didn't get home until about 8:00PM, and the first thing my
boys wanted to do was, put on the TV. Well, I had the candles ready,
and told them what were doing and why. Actually, I reminded them
as we had talked about this previously. It was fun really, as we
played cards. Go Fish. Had played that game in a very long time.
I also used this time to talk to them about Bush and what has been
happening. As they are only 10, I had to be sure and not overload
them with information. We also talked about school and thier going
into the fifth grade. Another words, it gave us time to share. For
that I was happy.
CA USA -
Because it gets dark so late in Seattle at this season, I hosted
a candlelight dessert party for twelve. We lingered long after the
blackout ended and after the candles burned down, enjoying being
part of the elective rolling blackout, talking of what we could
do and how we could become involved with others.
Seattle, WA USA -
Well, wouldn't you know, it was one of the hottest nights so
far this year - over 104 here in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada - but
our house prepared and @ 7 everything went off - 'cept for the refrigerators.
Hadn't completed refurbishing the jacuzzi - so NO RELIEF - this
was gooing to be a real test - we all took a cold shower, put on
the oil lamps - read the paper - and eventually dozed off. Around
9:33 the temp inside the house was still 99 degrees - but stioll
cooler by 5-8 degrees than outside. Coundln't keep it up any longer
- had to turn on the AC (got a little warm with 3 golden retrievers
plus the whole family on the bed!) - but we felt "good"
spiritually at least (never saw the cats all night - guess they
love the warmth). Didn't manage to cool off the house for 5 more
PLEASE - how about an early spring, fall, or even winter protest
next time - the dessert is a crappy place without AC!!
John, Larry, Christy, Tank, Sherman, Polo, Tipsy & Lucky
Las Vegas, NV USA -
My husband was reluctant at first to do the blackout, saying
it wouldn't make any difference unless a huge number did it. I convinced
him a small start was at least a start. I took of photo of him pulling
the lever at our power pole. It was light until 8:45 here, so we
read by natural light. But first we noticed how quiet it was. All
we could hear was the birds through our patio door. No refrigerators,
radios, tvs. it was wonderful. At 9 p.m. we lit a scented candle
and sat in the living room and TALKED to each other. that was wonderful
too. Let's do the blackout thing more often and get all our family
and friends to join in. Power to the People off the power grid!
Anamosa, IA USA -
My husband and I had a quiet and very peaceful evening - (the
kids were both at work so I'm not sure how they would have felt
about it!) I would agree with making this a more frequent event
- and hopefully with time more and more people would participate.
The lasting impact has been in heightened awareness. We can NOT
continue carelessly wasting the riches of our earth.
Kansas City, KS USA -
I shut off my power, including the A/C, and went outside to pull
weeds and cut flowers from my garden. When I noticed a group of
neighbors in their yards down the block I walked down and asked
if they were in the rolling blackout. I was surprised to find that
they were, along with half a dozen other households on my conservative
Texas street. I shared my "Impeach Bush" bumper stickers
with them. We had a great time getting to know each other and felt
more comfortable knowing that there are still people in Texas who
weren't blind-sighted by Bush's "bushwah".
Plano, TX USA -
I enjoyed the evening. My husband was in the hospital for minor
reason, so I just took a map and and sat out in the yard - something
I usually don't take time to do. It passed far too quickly
MN USA -
I participated in the blackout June 21st. Since I had to work
I unplugged everything- freezer, clocks, TV everything. I was wondering
if anyone noticed- (Power Companies that is) when just a couple
of hours ago I observed an Energy One employee wandering my neighborhood
checking power boxes and lines. Are they so out of touch they didn'tknow
about "Roll Your Own Blackout" night? Probably.
Dawn Storm June 26, 2001
Glenwood, IA USA -
I feel bad because I didn't stay home and do groovy things in
the dark like everyone else. We cut the power at the circuit box
(tho we left the fridge on) and headed out for dinner and a movie.
Is there some way we can find out from power companies if RYOB was
noticeable in usage rates?
Nashville, TN USA -
I unplugged everything, including the refrigerator for 2 hours,
and just rested in the silence. It is wonderful to see all these
stories. I'm for doing this again, too!
Marion, IA USA -
With the lights out, I joined 5 other people on their deck where
we talked and sipped beverages from 7 to 10. Way to go!
San Francisco, CA USA -
we turned our power off at 7 and enjoyed a nice, candle lit evening
together, talking and enjoying absolute silence at times.
Jonathon C. Granger, Sr.
Houston, Tx USA -
Wow... I was just forwarded this link today (6/25) so I had no
idea that this many people had taken part in the voluntary rolling
black out. We flipped our main breaker just a few short minutes
We had a nice salad for dinner, took our 3yo daughter for a long
swim in the pool and spent the rest of the evening laying on the
deck under our magnolia tree. Did anyone else see how close and
bright Mars was?
It was a lovely evening filled with candles, oil lamps and twinlking
stars... AND ... so quiet without the tv noise in the background!
San Jose, CA USA -
My mother was here visiting from North Carolina. At 7pm we turned
off the power and when it got dark got out the candles. My sister
in Florida called to say she had turned off her power for the black
out too. We had fun just talking and enjoying the peace and quiet!
I think we should do this at least once a month if not a week!
Mt. Ephraim, NJ USA -
We unplugged the TVs and computers and shut off the lights.
We got candles ready so that as it got darker we would be prepared.
My sons and I had books to read, and we played board games and talked.
If it hadn't been storming, we would have gone swimming, too.
Not only did it save energy and send a message, but it was a great
opportunity to spend quality time with my kids!
Lake Mary, FL USA -
My kids (ages 15 and 11) were the ones who rushed to turn off
all the lights and unplug our computers. They were excited at the
prospect of joining with people all over the country who were protesting
Bush and his myopic policies at the same time. Our neighbors also
joined in making this one very unlit neighborhood!
We sat around using candles, built a fire and talked about what
was going on with them and their friends. We also spoke abour what
this blackout was supposed to accomplish. [We had these same types
of discussions nightly while the pResidential election results were
My kids are a lot more aware of their rights and how easy it was
to have them violated. I see this as the 'only positive' result
of what happened. They will be very active and unlike our generation,
will get involved so that this will never happen again.
We turned on the tv at 10:30 pm to see the Jay Leno show. [which
was shot in the dark.]
Mpls, MN USA -
I shut everything off, computer, clock radios, nightlights, etc.
except the fridge about 6:30 p.m. and headed downtown, I was torn
between staying home and felt like I was cheating but couldn't pass
up a free concert by a great band, Econoline Crush, at the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame. Spent the evening walking around the city
admiring some of the old beautiful architecture and our beautiful
Peace Memorial. Even though it was drizzling it was a beautiful
night to be out walking around. I was thrilled to read about all
the people contributing to RYOB! Some days I feel like I am the
only one that is so obsessed over the madness of the right-wing
coup that has taken over our country. I am glad to know we are not
alone! I thought about something Cheney said on a PBS interview.
He said that the only way to lower energy prices was to either reduce
demand or supply more power. So THEN WHY DON'T WE REDUCE DEMAND?
We could spend the money that we pay in taxes on incentives to reduce
our dependency on the GRID investing in solar energy companies instead
of forcing us to subsidize his billionaire group of thieves.
Cleveland, OH USA -
Hi, I actually started at noon by throwing all the circuit swithces,
except the one for the refrigerator and the freezer [they got thrown
at 7pm]. I took my wind up radio and a book I was reading and sat
at the door of my garage, until the thunderstorm came, at which
time I moved to the back of the garage and watched the "light
and sound" show.
After the rain I went in the house and lit 3 candles and continued
reading, finishing the book I had been reading.
Everything turned back on at 11pm. It was neat to see the meters
during the "down" time. I have 2 meters, and both never
moved even to the next number during the 10 hours.
Often, when I go away for several days or more, I flip the swithces
for everything except the line that has my answering machine on
it. This also means that each time I get home, I must reprogram
my tv, range, and microwave. But having done that several times
already, it is an easy task.
When we doing it again?
Lebanon, oh USA -
I teach English as a Second Language and I work in the evening.
When 7 o'clock came I turned off all the lights in the rooms that
weren't being used. All my lights at home were off at that time.
It wasn't much, but I wish to do my part. If everyone does a litle,
a lot will get done. Resist early and often.
james r kenworthy
Longmont, CO USA -
We turned off the a/c, lights, fans, computer, everything except
the refrigerator and spent the evening outside with our dogs. We
weeded and fought off mosquitos and the dogs helped by digging up
the garden. Before we knew it, it was 10:30 and we went inside to
catch up on the news.
Luckily, while everything was turned off, cleanwatch accidentally
sent out an e-mail with a virus. By the time we restarted the computer,
we had received forty messages about the virus and were able to
delete it cleanly.
We would be happy to participate again anytime!
Teaneck, NJ USA -
It was pretty effortless for us to participate since we were
traveling hundreds of miles doing some furniture moving , so we
had our lights off at home for a couple of days anyway, and when
we did use them, we were so beat we threw our suitcases down and
passed out pretty quickly. So our lights were out (in more ways
than one) for at least 48 hrs. Can't say it was all that much fun,
but I was glad to get the job done and make a statement at the same
Niles, Mi USA -
My husband and 13 month old son spent most of the evening outside,
while I took the opportunity to clean out the fish tank, since I
had turned off the filters anyway. When it got too dark in the house,
I joined them outside and we watched the little guy play in the
yard. After he went to bed, we used the time away from the TV and
computer to discuss an important issue we had been avoiding.
I'm thrilled to see that so many people participated. Unfortunately,
I saw no media coverage here in Albuquerque, other than in the Weekly
Let's do this once a month!!!!
We actually had a wonderful evening. My husband,Ed made a refreshing
cold salad and we ate in peace. We talked without any interruption.
We then took a walk through the neighborhood. We live in Orange
(Republican) County so we seemed to be the only ones that had turned
the power off for the evening.
Then we settled down and had a rousing game of Scrabble by candlelight.
Our two cats curled up beside us and it was really quite a fullfilling
evening. No T.V.,music,phone calls, etc. We put our world on hold
and really enjoyed each other's company. We have decided to do the
same every Thrusday night.
Laguna Niguel, Ca USA -
Dear president "shrub" thank you for being so greedy
and stupid, enabling my wife and I to not only protest you and everything
you stand for, by turning one of many protests to come....into a
very beautiful evening at home......as hard as it might be, I think
everyone should revert back to old fashioned times....(in how we
live our daily lives)....in reference to showing our "weed"
in chief...that the rest of the country will not tolerate him, his
family of "cronies"...political or otherwise.....and their
policies.Just likee 1776...revolt and be free.......
Laguna Hills, Ca. USA -
Rode bike for an hour, listened to jazz on wind-up radio, ate
salad in the dark. Who needs candles on the longest day of the year?
VA USA -
Dear president "shrub" thank you for being so greedy
and stupid, enabling my wife and I to not only protest you and everything
you stand for, by turning one of many protests to come....into a
very beautiful evening at home......as hard as it might be, I think
everyone should revert back to old fashioned times....(in how we
live our daily lives)....in reference to showing our "weed"
in chief...that the rest of the country will not tolerate him, his
family of "cronies"...political or otherwise.....and their
policies.Just likee 1776...revolt and be free.......
Laguna Hills, Ca. USA -
I sat outside and listened to a transistor radio. It was
refreshing to watch the sunset on the solstice! This was
a great idea because I would have just been working at the
computer otherwise. I think I will make this a weekly
ritual to hold the gouging practices of the power companies
at bay! This was a great project, and I hope there are
more to come to show the unity and solidarity of our
James G. Wilson
Edwardsville, IL USA -
I held a Rolling black out here in Mpls but have heard nothing
form the local/national press/news as to how many people participated.
Does any one know?
Mpls, MN USA -
we live on an unlit road next to the woods and our porch lights
remained undone. the children ran with lightning bugs as twilight
tiptoed in, and we grown-ups gabbled on as we are wont to do. the
longest day of the year, the smallest light on in the dining room
corner. candles and batteries played their roles brilliantly for
our deep banana blackout drama with piano background music. yeah.
b. goldee greene
garrison, ny USA -
I really liked the idea of the "blackout" when I first
heard about it, but figured I would have trouble convincing my husband
to participate. (He thinks I'm "radical", I think NOT
radical enough, and can't fathom his indifference to the whole situation.)
While I generally try to conserve and recycle as a habit, I was
really looking forward to this day. I told a few people about it,
but didn't get a chance to pass out the flyers I had printed. As
luck would have it, my husband was out of town for a few days, so
I did as much as I could. I started out early in the afternoon,
unplugging what I knew I didn't need, setting out candles (left
over from protests in Dec. & Jan.), checking the batteries in
my radio, etc. Shortly before 7:00, I shut down the computer and
unplugged it, turned off the radio (electric) & turned on the
portable (battery - rechargeable, of course!), unplugged everything
I could reach (not the fridge, waterbed or microwave), and shut
off the few lights that were on. About 7:30, I took a shower, then
headed for a friend's house, remembering to take a flashlight, because
the porch light was going to be off. We sat out on her porch, watching
the sun set, and traffic go by. Later, I stopped to pick up something
to eat, and took it home. I lit the candles, turned on the radio,
and sat in the darkness, eating my dinner. Before I knew it, it
was about 10:20, so I slowly started to turn things back on - I
had heard there was some concern with everybody turning things back
on all at the same time. Although it was a minor inconvenience not
having the TV (I'm an admitted "newsaholic"), the whole
evening was rather enjoyable. Lucky for me, my favorite radio station
(KLOS) was having an "A-Z" countdown running since the
Friday before, so I really debated turning the TV back on, and waited
for the 11:00 local news to start before shutting off the radio.
I personally don't know of anyone else in the neighborhood who participated,
but I live close to the University, so I'm hoping some of their
like-minded people joined. Also, I drove by downtown, where we have
our regular "Market Night", and there were lots of people
there. I think everyone should be encouraged to do this on a regular
basis, not just for the political or ecological aspects of it, but
to remind ourselves just how much society in general takes for granted.
Abusing the Earth is not a "right", and living life in
the "fast lane" is not a necessity. Blessings to all!
Redlands, CA USA -
The blackout was wonderful we had friends over and roasted the
shrub while rejoicing in his super bad poll numbers!
Talk about a truly grass roots action!
I just saw a short story about the protest on KRON TV news, it painted
it as a gesture of consumers showing we can do something. They shot
the story at a restaurant that made an event of it. They said it
was a general backlash against the Bush energy policy.
Hopefully more press in the papers tomorrow, especially since Enron
CEO got pied in SF today.
Oakland, CA USA -
Shrub's energy plan is so sort sighted and irresponsible it makes
me ill just thinking about it. When I got an email sent to me by
a friend suggesting I "roll my own blackout" I knew I
wanted to be a part of it. I don't use much power anyway but I made
sure everything was off during the appointed time. I doubt Shrub
boy will grt the message but it made me feel better. Now to write
my congress folks again!
Picabo, ID USA -
Most of my family and housemates were away, but I turned off
as much as I could and spent the evening playing acoustic music
on the front porch, waving to neighbors. It stays light here until
nearly 10 so little effect was visible, but I felt like part of
something large and powerful--the Power of the People! Thanks for
publishing all the stories; I feel so inspired to be in such wonderful
Seattle, WA USA -
My husband and I turned everything off and went out to dinner.
We then did some grocery shopping for a barbecue we were planning
for Saturday. When we got home, my husband sat in the dark in our
den and played the guitar, while I sat on our small porch with my
cat Agnes on my lap, listening to the guitar music and watching
the sun fade from the sky. It was one of the most peaceful moments
I've had in a long time. We then went outside into our yard and
just talked and gazed out over our quiet neighborhood. It was great.
I'm very glad to have participated.
Yonkers, NY USA -
My wife and I had a romantic candlelit dinner. Our daughter was
asleep upstairs. We spent the entire three hours just talking and
relaxing. It reminded us how important it was to stay connected
to each other. We plan to do this again on our own. We don't need
the so-called president and his buddies at Enron and Dynergy to
tell us how we have to live.
Lake Forest, CA USA -
My daughter and I read by camp lanterns for about half of the
time, and then decided to walk in our neighborhood and see
how many lights were out. By our estimate, about half of the
homes were dark ('though not all may have been due to the
voluntary blackout)....Also, judging by our pre-blackout contacts,
the number of people going lightless was under-representative of
those in sympathy with the protest -- eg., we have several elderly
friends who, while in agreement with the issue, could not go lightless
for health and safety issues....and, my husband, a fireman, could
turn out his lights in his dormitory room, but the fire station
still needed its operating lights.
Santa Barbara, CA USA -
I enjoyed the voluntary blackout, but of course I wouldn't if
it happened often and unexpectedly. However, as an exercise in conservation,
I would be happy to participate again soon. The hardest part was
not opening the refrigerator. Of course, I didn't actually unplug
it, but I tried to act as if it were a total blackout. Thus,I would
not have wanted to lose the cold air for fear of food spoilage.
Thank you for figuring out a way to record and tally this event.
Waynesboro, PA USA -
Several days before the "event" and again on the day
"event" I emailed everyone I know about the RYOB.
My partner and I were very excited to participate in the
it. Anything to stick it to the illegitimate Shrub. Just
before 7pm we started turning everything off in the house
and watched the meter turn slower and slower until it barely
moved. Our house sits on a hill and we can view most of the
houses in our neighborhood from our back deck. Since Takoma
Park is a very "green," progressive little town, it was
surprising to see most if not all the houses in the dark.
But it was still GREAT to see all the participation.
And it was SO quite. He cooked a nice dinner on gas by
flashlight and we ate by candlelight in the dining room,
which was really strange since we only eat there when we
have a dinner party or during the holidays. We wanted to eat
outside, but the mosquitos are really bad this year. We
had a great dinner and just talked without the constant
noise of the TV in the foreground. What a great night it
was. I hope we don't have to do it again, but if we do,
count us in. But knowing Shrub the way we are all starting
to know him (as if there was any doubt,) I'm sure this will
probably become a regular thing over the next 3 1/2 years.
Vote the bum and his "boys" out!!
Takoma Park, MD USA -
We turned off everything and went out for an evening stroll along
the river. Watched the sun go down from the bridge over the Platte.
When we came back, we lit candles and maintained the cozy atmosphere.
Kearney, NE USA -
It had been a long time since we'd just kicked back and enjoyed
being outdoors. We turned off absolutely everyhing, and went out
to feel the fresh air and walk through our garden, checking new
growth and snacking on mullberries. It is a fact that we didn't
want to go in. But when we did go back in the house, it, too, seemed
different---without glaring lights and TV ads, it was soft and inviting
with the candles we lit and the finger snacks we'd made ready. It
was a beautiful evening with much intimate thought-sharing and creative
ideas which came bubbling up without the demands and distractions
that usually happen.
Let do it again at the equinox, solstice,equinox etc.
Roll on, roll it out, roll your own!
I roll my own in the morning, I roll my own at night
I roll my own in the afternoon
Cause the people I say are right
Stop big business from screwing us
From killing the earth for greed
Everybody can do their part
Decentralize the need!
Alot of people didn't get the message.
Kill your TV
Sacramento, ca USA -
We passed out flyers in the neighborhood about the event and
invited everyone to my street for the evening. The night of the
Blackout, we had about 35 families in the street for hotdogs, hamburgers,
and "night sports". We even had the electric company guy
(from the next street over) come by and turn off the street lights.
Down near the end of the one-block dead-end street we set up all
the food and BBQ grills.
The street was lined with tiki touches and lanterns and a "Blackout"
banner at the front of the street. Many families brought side dishes
and we had a banquet of food.
The night began with food, and music from a neighborhood band of
5 guitar players.
After the eating we made a quick thank you announcement for everyone
We then began some of the games like blind man races (everyone blindfolded
have to race 200 feet in silence, which was a riot), candle relay
races (mom, dad, son, daughter, or other - and don't let your candle
go out, and several others.
The night took longer than the 3 hours of the Blackout event and
ended a little after midnight. Everyone had such a great time, we're
actually planning another bigger event for next year.
Michael P. Fagan
Slidell, LA USA -
Excerpted from "Repo Man"
Otto and Miller in vacant lot under bridge
Otto holds up book he's about to throw in burning garbage can. Book
says "Dioretix: The Science of Matter over Mind. By A. Rum
Miller: A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They
view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They
don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that
lays on top of everything. I'll Give you an example, show you what
I mean. Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly
somebody will say like plate or shrimp or plate of shrimp out of
the blue no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's
all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.
Otto: You eat a lot of acid Miller, back in the hippie days?
Miller: I'll give you another instance. You know the way everybody's
into weirdness right now. Books in all the supermarkets about Bermuda
triangles, UFO's, how the Mayans invented television. That kind
Otto: I don't read them books.
Miller: Well the way I see it it's exactly the same. There ain't
no difference between a flying saucer and a time machine. People
get so hung up on specifics. They miss out on seeing the whole thing.
Take South America for example. In South America thousands of people
go missing every year. Nobody knows where they go. They just like
disappear. But if you think about it for a minute, you realize something.
There had to be a time when there was no people. Right?
Otto: Yeah. I guess.
Miller: Well where did all these people come from? hmmm? I'll tell
you where. The future. Where did all these people disappear to?
Otto: The past?
Miller: That's right and how did they get there?
Otto: How the fuck (hell) do I know?
Miller: Flying saucers. Which are really? Yeah you got it. Time
machines. I think a lot about this kind of stuff. I do my best thinking
on the bus. That how come I don't drive, see?
Otto: You don't even know how to drive.
Miller: I don't want to know how. I don't want to learn. See? The
more you drive, the less intelligent you are.
Irving, TX USA -
since i live in a conservative republican little suburb of dallas
texas i could only mobilize the children. several of my kids friends
came over and lit candles and recited the democrats.com pledge.
we had fun!
karen e mcrae
rowlett, tx USA -
It stays light here in the NW to almost 10 PM, so it was fun
to garden as late as possible, and then go in for a late candlelight
dinner, and some reading by candlelight. What a great idea, let's
do it more often!
I was home alone as I turned off the circuit breakers to start
the blackout in my house. I saw only one neighbor's house dark,
but I had distributed the flyer at work and many were receptive.
I called my sister and Mom in New Jersey only to find out they still
had the air conditioner and the refrigerator still runnning. After
I complained to them that mine were off and it was still 90 degrees
down here in Florida, they turned them off. We had a great time
talking on the phone to pass the time. I spent the rest of the time
playing with my cat. I was really happy that Jay Leno topped off
the evening with his flashlight show. He made himself a new fan.
My friends in Italy were participating too! You are not alone California-
Florida is behind you. Remember we had our votes stolen by the Supreme
Court. We have to get rid of Shrub and Jeb!
Boynton Beach, FL USA -
The monthly meeting of the Akron Area Chapter of the National
Organization for Women was that night of RYOB. Members were asked
to bring candles and we ran the entire meeting by candlelight.
Some latecomers thought the electricity had gone out because of
the storms and when they found out why we were in the dark they
were surprised and impressed by our dedication to the cause.
Diane M. Dodge
Akron, OH USA -
What is going on for 2002? We did a Black out Block Party last
year and I have heard nothing about things for this 6/21. Anyone
else doing this this year?
Everett, WA USA -
For first page of RYOB reports, click here.
for Legitimate Government http://www.legitgov.org
Roll Your Own Black Out.Com:
Clean North: http://www.cleannorth.org
Stop Global Warming!
USDN National Coordinator
Pray for Peace Foundation http://surrealist.org/prayforpeace/2001.html
Bush Brothers Banana Republic
Dean & Justin's Political
Earth Day Energy Fast http://www.earthdayenergyfast.org
Center for a New American Dream
Release for 'Roll Your Own Blackout'
Received for 'Roll Your Own Blackout:'
News (scroll down)
Leno Unplugs for RYOB! (E!
Press (USA Today, with link back to CLG)
New York Times (AP, online)
Washington Post (AP, online)
- KBOO AM Radio, Portland,
- KMOX-AM, St. Louis
(aired, Monday, 8:30 Central)
- KFMB, CBS affiliate
in San Diego, CA (aired news stories, covering Rod
San Francisco Chronicle (AP)
(print and online, June 25)
- Reuters (NYC Artists To Roll...) If you find the link, please forward to us
Ottawa Folk Singer Julie Perrault Unplugs for First Set
to Roll Her Own Blackout
- WHA-Madison, WI, 6:00
AM Central, 7:00 AM EST
- KPAM NewTalk860 Portland,
OR with Pete Schulberg (Wed., June 20, 6:36 AM PST (9:36
- KPAM NewsTalk860 ,
Portland, OR, June 21, 10:00 AM EST (1:00 PM EST)
AM 630, Washington, D.C. Taped interview to run between
5 AM and 9 AM, June 21
820 AM, 11:20 AM, June 21 (webcasting from www.wnyc.org)
Freeman, Kingston, NY
Montreal (largest English listening audience in Montreal)
J-21, 6:40 PM, EST) Listen
to Webcast (last interview before the blackout
for Michael Rectenwald, CLG Founder and Chair)
said it was sheer coincidence that 'Tonight' staged its
power-free show on the same night a grass-roots protest,
dubbed 'Roll Your Own Blackout," called on consumers
to boycott electrical use." Yeah Right! Read AP
accounts and reviews to follow.