2000+ Commitments for Civil Disobedience at the White House

News — the tar sands action team August 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Friends - This weekend, the Tar Sands Action received its 2000th commitment to participate in civil disobedience at the White House. We’re now sure this will be the largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement. I know this is an arbitrary number, but I think it says something about the kind of energy that we’re building. It shows that there is a deep solemn dedication to change in our movement, and that when we commit ourselves to doing something hard, we can achieve big things. Together, we’ve raised the bar. No matter what happens in the coming weeks and months, your commitment to this action will leave its mark. Thank you. Along with that exciting milestone, I wanted to let you know about two events that will be happening during our time in DC. First, a big rally has been organized for September 3rd so that we can end our action by showing our full strength. This is an all-comers event for everyone who wants to support the action, including folks who can’t risk arrest. The rally is called for Noon on the 3rd – please spread the word. Also, a group of local artists and musicians are putting together an event on August 27th called ‘How to Defuse a Carbon Bomb: Artists Against the Keystone XL Pipeline.‘ The event will be happening in St. Stephen’s church, right next to our training – for those of you who will be in DC on the 27th, I highly recommend you clear your schedule for this. Visit their Facebook Event for more details. Let’s keep building something beautiful together. -Bill P.S. Check out this great advance coverage from The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/14/canada-tar-sands-keystonexl
  1. Mdow says:

    Love to see this.

    This is a bit of a shot in the dark but I’m writing a thesis on Non Violent Direct action against the Tar Sands and am completely blown away by the mobilization of this movement in even the last year. If any one would like to speak to me about this movement please email me at mdow@ualberta.ca

  2. Random2345 says:

    Amazing, thank you all.

  3. Erica F says:

    I’ll be taking public transit, thanks.

  4. Jordan Perry says:

    John, clever point. I believe the cliche in play here is: Fight fire with fire. I could as sarcastically say something like: Since movement of any kind will require use of the fossil fuels you so ardently oppose, unfortunately the protest action will be converted into a Facebook sit in. I’m starting on the “ironic” no tar sands caravan in Californa. We’ve all spoken at length about the potential double standard. I know I care about the dilemna, and so do the other folks. Nothing, not even the Tar Sands question, is all one thing or another. In this case, I, and those joining, must stop the Keystone XL from manifesting. We will use precious fuel to make this point clear, hoping that the expending of the 100 gallons it will take to shut down the 900,000 barrel a day pipeline will be a reasonable tradeoff.

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