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Eileen Flanagan
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A graduate of both Duke and Yale, Eileen Flanagan writes for a wide range of national publications. Her new book, Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope tells the story of her midlife journey to climate change activism. She is also the author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change—And When to Let Go, which was endorsed by the Dalai Lama and won the Silver Nautilus Book Award.

Eileen Flanagan speaks on television and radio, at national conferences, to religious congregations, and on college campuses. A leader of Earth Quaker Action Team, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. Visit her site:

Entries by Eileen Flanagan

Small Quaker Group Takes Aim at Big Bank and Wins

(9) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:18 PM


Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) is not the kind of group you'd expect to break the resolve of the seventh largest U.S. bank, but that's what happened today when, after five years of our pressure, PNC released a policy phasing out...

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Acting Locally and Globally at the People's Climate March

(7) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:55 AM

2014-09-21-IMG_3133.JPGOn Saturday, September 20, one day before the People's Climate March, over 90 members of Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, conducted theatrical "climate disruption investigations" at two Manhattan branches of PNC Bank. With oversized cardboard magnifying glasses, we searched for evidence of the...

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Earth Quakers Model Rapid-fire Escalation at PowerShift

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:53 PM


Spirits were high on Monday, October 21 as seven representatives of Earth Quaker Action Team were lead away by Pittsburgh police for refusing to stop speaking out about PNC Bank's financing of mountaintop removal coal mining, a destructive practice...

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The Few and the Many: Linking a Campaign to a Movement

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 3:07 PM

When I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence on February 13 along with author Bill McKibben, the Sierra Club's Michael Brune, civil rights icon Julian Bond and 44 others, it was a big moment for my organization, Earth Quaker...

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Where Are the Victims?

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:30 PM

Tammy Manning and her grandaughter Madison. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

"They are not victims!" shouted Gasland director Josh Fox as he stood on stage before a group of about 10 people who had allegedly been hurt by hydraulic fracturing. They...

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Fighting Fracking in South Africa

(9) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 6:38 PM

Photo by Jonathan Deal

South Africa announced Friday that it would lift its moratorium on hydrolic fracturing, the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as "fracking." In response, Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) is launching a legal battle to protect the...

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For African Environmentalists, Time to Get Beyond Polar Bears

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 12:43 PM

More than one black South African has told me that they saw the environment as a "white people's issue" when they were cutting their activist teeth in the struggle against apartheid. So, in 2012, how does Greenpeace -- which has historically been associated with not only white people, but often...

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Moving the Green Movement Forward (Literally)

(25) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 6:53 PM


Although environmental awareness sometimes seems to drop off the day after Earth Day, this spring there are a number of eco-justice groups taking their message on the road, making connections, and building broader coalitions in the process.

On April 30 the Earth...

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Revolutionary Love

(10) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 3:52 PM

Recently I went to a panel discussion that's part of a series on Revolutionary Nonviolence organized by a coalition of groups, including Quakers and representatives of Occupy Philadelphia. There were supposed to be four panelists on this particular night, but the one representing "Faith Community-Based Nonviolent Action" could...

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Green Your Money: Earth-Conscious Quakers Against Mountaintop Removal

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Before the end of chattel slavery in the United States, some people of faith refused to buy sugar produced by slaves. During apartheid many divested from companies working in South Africa. In that tradition of non-cooperation with injustice, the Earth Quaker Action Team is launching a new program called

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Shaken to the Core: Oprah's Surprise Sister -- and Mine

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 11:11 AM

When Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she had just learned of the existence of a half-sister, she described it as news that "shook [her] to [her] core." I understood what she meant. Two years after my father's death, as I was going through family documents, I discovered that...

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Quakers Advocate Living in 'Right Relationship' with Creation

(105) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 7:32 AM

When most people hear of Quakers and social action, they think of nineteenth-century abolitionists, the early advocates of women's suffrage, or maybe the anti-war movement. Now, after decades of not being in the news much, American Quakers are applying their tradition of non-violent action to environmental issues, focusing on the...

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Changing Faith: Why It's Not a Bad Thing

(283) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 9:31 PM

People who believe that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim often cite as evidence the fact that his father was a Muslim and that he briefly attended a Muslim school. The assumption seems to be that the President couldn't be sincere in his claim to have embraced a different faith,...

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How Religion Changes Lives

(712) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 8:56 PM

I have a friend who describes herself as "a controlling type of person," a single mom who tends to worry about money and germs. A practicing Muslim, she says that fasting during Ramadan helps her to feel more peaceful, despite the physical difficulty. Self-denial, daily prayer, and heightened compassion for...

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