Fifty More Americans Arrested At White House on Day 2 of Sit-in Over Oil Pipeline

News — Jonathan Warnow August 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm
For immediate release August 21, 2011 Fifty More Americans Arrested At White House on Day 2 of Sit-in Over Oil Pipeline WASHINGTON  - Fifty more Americans were arrested this morning at the White House as fifty of their fellow protestors were held in jail in an attempt to “deter future participants” (1) from participating in an ongoing sit-in at the White House to push President Obama to deny the permit for a massive new tar sands oil pipeline. Writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests, sent a message from jail last night, “The only thing we need is more company. We don’t need your sympathy, we need more company.” This morning’s sit-in featured participants from as far away as Montana and North Dakota to risk arrest defending their air, water and climate. A group of doctors from Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility wore their white lab coats as they stood at the White House fence waiting to be arrested. The ongoing protests have helped turn fight over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline into President Obama’s most important environmental decision before the 2012 election. Many of the participants in the sit-in this morning wore “Obama 2008” buttons as a statement that they want back the candidate who promise to take on climate change and help end our dependence on fossil fuels. McKibben was amongst those arrested yesterday, along with the co-founder of NRDC and former White House official Gus Speth, gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi, author and activist Mike Tidwell, Firedoglake founder Jane Hamsher, and many others. “Saturday’s arrests and overnight jailings are already lighting a fire,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, who was also arrested Saturday. “More people are now inspired, determined, and committed to join. On Monday alone over 20 DC-area doctors, lawyers and students will be going to jail to chant, sing, and stop the pipeline. They’ll be joining Nebraska ranchers and others nationwide. Word is spreading.” Harriet Korim Arnoldi, a folk musician from Cape Cod, was arrested today and she celebrated her 65th birthday in handcuffs. ### Notes 1. US Park Police told event organizers that they want to “deter future participants.” A full description of the situation is at tarsandsaction.org/not-deterred
  1. Seamstressguild says:

    What’s with the snipers in the cherry pickers around the White House? Do they really think you guys are that dangerous?!?!?

    • I think those are just construction workers, gettin’ stuff done while Barack and family are out of town. Not that I don’t think there would be snipers around the White House. I just doubt they’d be so easy to spot.

  2. Seamstressguild says:

    What’s with the snipers in the cherry pickers around the White House? Do they really think you guys are that dangerous?!?!?

  3. Donna Brusoski says:

    WHY are these people being arrested? I mean that as a serious, not rhetorical, question. What reason do the police give for these arrests?

    • Peace4june says:

      It is against the law to stay in front of the White House like they’re doing. You have to keep moving. or leave when they tell you. They are being arrested for disobeying that law. Those of us in the anti-war movement who have done the same thing for years get arrested every time.

  4. Donna Brusoski says:

    WHY are these people being arrested? I mean that as a serious, not rhetorical, question. What reason do the police give for these arrests?

  5. Dona Knapp says:

    So proud of all you standing strong, we hall overcome!

  6. Dona Knapp says:

    So proud of all you standing strong, we hall overcome!

  7. I’m with Donna – “deter futer partticipants” does not sound like it has much if any legal standing, under our constitutional right to peacefully assemble, unless, of course, WE ALREADY LIVE IN A POLICE STATE. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    They are protesting the upcoming harvesting of toxic oil sands in Canada then transporting the sludge, via US TransCanada, over severely malfunctioning existing pipelines that have already cause major illnesses in local communities and horrific environmental impact .. to .. Texas oil refineries. Toxic soup transported over 1,700 miles (including the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers) to Texas.

  9. I had almost lost hope for America…fantastic, brilliant, heroic people…this Irish woman salutes you!

  10. Liz says:

    And there was at least one courageous Canadian also arrested at today’s sit-in – Patricia Warwick of Toronto. Thank you Patricia, and all who are standing up – and sitting down – to say NO to Keystone XL.
    Cheers,
    Liz Armstrong

  11. Erich Vogt says:

    As commendable as the decision by the American participants is to be arrested and go to jail, please do not forget – and let it go unnoticed – that a number of Canadians have also made the conscious decision to be arrested and go to jail. Among them Patricia, the 69-year old grandmother from Eren/Ontario.

  12. Erich Vogt says:

    As commendable as the decision by the American participants is to be arrested and go to jail, please do not forget – and let it go unnoticed – that a number of Canadians have also made the conscious decision to be arrested and go to jail. Among them Patricia, the 69-year old grandmother from Eren/Ontario.

  13. Showoff says:

    Did the Government forget they “We the people of the United States own the White House” who is the police to arrest someone standing in front of the White People….Plus why haven’t King George II and Prince Cheney arrested for violating the “Clean Water Act” and has slaughter the Mountains Top in West Virginia, which has destroyed the environment. People we need to take our Country Back…..

  14. Showoff says:

    Did the Government forget they “We the people of the United States own the White House” who is the police to arrest someone standing in front of the White People….Plus why haven’t King George II and Prince Cheney arrested for violating the “Clean Water Act” and has slaughter the Mountains Top in West Virginia, which has destroyed the environment. People we need to take our Country Back…..

  15. Showoff says:

    Did the Government forget they “We the people of the United States own the White House” who is the police to arrest someone standing in front of the White House?….Plus why haven’t King George II and Prince Cheney arrested for violating the “Clean Water Act” and has slaughter the Mountains Top in West Virginia, which has destroyed the environment. People we need to take our Country Back…..

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  16. J-M Toriel says:

    More than solidarity for the brave demonstrators practicing their rights in front of the White House for this game-changing presidential decision, this shows solidarity for the future of the planet.
    As a Canadian, I congratulate the Americans that realize the irresponsible devastation we are creating for the planet and all its inhabitants.
    I apologize for our short-term profit mentality — we have become the enemy on the world stage under the current Harper government.
    Thank you for showing us the true leadership on the global stage and pressuring Obama to make right the most essential decision of his presidency.

  17. Janearthlover says:

    I commend each and every one of you. You make me proud to be an environmentalist and an American.

  18. Indigo11 says:

    This is just the beginning of people refusing to be pushed around by energy corporation reptiles. Why should we allow what TransCanada can’t even get its own country to allow? TransCanada gets the $, Asia gets the product (not that we want it), and the US gets ALL the liability when the lines spill.
    Protestors, thanks for your action! I salute you.

  19. Indigo11 says:

    This is just the beginning of people refusing to be pushed around by energy corporation reptiles. Why should we allow what TransCanada can’t even get its own country to allow? TransCanada gets the $, Asia gets the product (not that we want it), and the US gets ALL the liability when the lines spill.
    Protestors, thanks for your action! I salute you.

  20. D Philips says:

    I support all those who are making this statement against the pipeline and making people aware of the issues. The people are protesting for enviromental safety and sanity over big corporate profits. The people and their lands would assume all the risk of leaks while the oil companies grow richer.

  21. D Philips says:

    I support all those who are making this statement against the pipeline and making people aware of the issues. The people are protesting for enviromental safety and sanity over big corporate profits. The people and their lands would assume all the risk of leaks while the oil companies grow richer.

  22. They want… no, wait… President Obama WANTS(?) to deter future participants in a lawful and time-honored form of civil dissent ala Dr. Martin Luther King???????????????????

    What?

    This ain’t about tar or sand. This is about grit.

    This is about my America, the land my grandfather and father told me about.

  23. Happytonics says:

    I watched a DVD on the impact of tar sand mining. The result is the demise of the environment, birds, animals and people of all nations. People are threatened with lossing their traditional culture of gathering wild foods, hunting and growing native crops on healty soil. How about all the loss of habitat; even the soil builders such as earth worms are destroyed. How can anyone think that the benefit of dirty fuel justifies the ruination of the Earth for all of Creation and future generations of all species. If we leave the decision to the money makers there will be no Earth for any future generation. I stand in solidarity with the modern world warriers who fight for Mother Earth.

  24. Sumweir_oyt_thair says:

    March on folks! xoxo, Canada.

  25. phylbeley says:

    God Bless the Anti Frackers…

  26. phylbeley says:

    God Bless the Anti Frackers…

  27. Leigh Peret says:

    Thanks to those who know the devastating impact the oil and gas industry are having and are standing up to stop this madness.

  28. Alice Mechler says:

    I musta missed something……………I thought that “The White House”, was OWNED BY WE THE PEOPLE, and we only rent it out every four years.
    Should we go quietly into the night and allow the destruction our environment, pollution of our air, land and water? What happened to the FIRST AMENDMENT?

    The TAR SANDS PIPELINE is another of Big Oil’s DISASTERS WAITING TO HAPPEN! It’s bad enough that they will steal the land from rightful landowners and expose those same people to the pollution for which it is famous!!! It will go over or under many Interstate Hiways, US Hiways, State Hiways and near cities and towns…you want this in YOUR backyard? I surely don’t! (But I didn’t want a coal-burning electric plant near my home…and neither did the EPA…but Guv Goodhair said it was okay!)

    The Tar Sands project is just another of Exxon-mobile and others BAD IDEAS!

  29. Alice Mechler says:

    And I would have been standing beside you in Washington if only I had a way to get there! And I am almost 70 years old!

  30. It is great that these heros are standing up to the continued corporate desires to pull more and more fossil fuels in search of every drop out of our earth despite the risks–which has the effect of delaying any significant switch to RENEWable energy like WIND, SOLAR, and GEO-THERMAL. It’s time to get OFF yesterday’s Fossil Fuels America!

  31. Brian says:

    Wish I could get arrested too. Sooner or later they’ll run out of room to store protesters.

  32. Keep it up guys, you’re doing great work. Don’t back down, don’t give in, keep fighting for what’s right.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Why are these people wearing Obama 2008 buttons? Had people voted for someone who believed in and was committed to something in 2008 (Nader, Kucinich, McKinney, etc), we would have had the credibility to have continued fighting without pause when Obama was elected. Instead people went to sleep, gave the ruling class owned Obama “time” and as a result any “movement” to the extent it existed went to sleep, which was exactly the intent of Operation Obama. Another eloquent, pretty boy, hope-filled ruling class Democrat. These capitalist imperialists like Obama will never cross the line unless forced by militant, persistent, increasing pressure in the streets on a mass scale. Nader/Kucinich/Or Anyone but a ruling class shill in 2012.

  34. Ronkpaws says:

    And these people think the tea party movement people are nuts? What is their viable solution to heating our homes? I don’t think they should go to jail for protesting but they voted for the man that is letting the police do this to them. It is my HOPE that this madness will CHANGE in 2012!

    • Anonymous says:

      Ronkpaws, the man your refer to is a woman,

      Ms. Lanier, DC police chief swore out loud to defend the constitution. every time she was appointed to office. And she has been appointed quite a few times.

      She could not have become police chief if she did not swear out loud that she would protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States, which clearly states she can’t interfere with the “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”

      Swampwoman tried to explain that every single police officer in this land who messes with folks gathered peacefully on the public right-of-way to petition their government, swore out loud to defend the constitution when they were sworn in as police officers. .

      Everyone one of them lied our loud.

      Yes Ronkpaws heating homes is a also matter of importance.

  35. Erda says:

    Good to see courageous humans standing up for Erda,

    Bad to see government police violating law made by government “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ….abridging…. freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”

    This is because publicly opposing the “god given” right to waste energy offends those who control police forces.

    Humans have a “god given” right to reproduce and to consume all of the planets resources and to reproduce until there are none left.

    There are no jobs for the expanding human population so we have to make more police to control them.

    Sorry

    Malthus was correct: human: expansion (geometric like flies) must, mathematically speaking, must consume all of the planets natural resources.

    As human chaos increases in proportion to their numbers, be sure to enroll your offspring in police academy at birth if you want to assure they have full employment.

    .
    Erda

  36. Lanxner says:

    It is against the “law” to stand rather than move? Is someone waiting in line to demonstrate against something else? Thomas Jefferson, Franklin, and the rest of the Founding Fathers would have an issue about that. Have people forgotten so soon about the BP debacle? You would think that Obama would be bending over backwards to rectify that in any way possible. Methinks the man has been lobotomized or brainwashed.

  37. Irijah2001 says:

    i do not understand how ones can get arrested for a peaceful protest…what in the hell is going on…oh, i forgot…americans do not matter anymore, at least not the average american…now we are not even allowed to protest? PEACEFILLY? and here i was going to try organizing a national peaceful sit in on the national mall in DC until the government starts producing those jobs that were PROMISED…HA HA HA at the thought of an invigorating economy where people make enough to buy food…i must have been dreaming…

  38. Anonymous says:

    Good to see courageous humans standing up for Erda,

    Bad to see government police violating law “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ….abridging…. freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” US Constitution Amdt 1

    This is because publicly opposing the “god given” right to waste energy offends those who control police forces.

    As human chaos increases in proportion to their numbers, be sure to enroll your offspring in police academy at birth if you want to assure they have full employment.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Ms. Lanier controls all actions of the DC Police
    She is the official directly in charge

    Cathy L. Lanier
    Chief of Police

    Cathy Lanier
    Download a high-resolution photo of Cathy Lanier
    Cathy L. Lanier officially assumed the leadership position as Chief of Metropolitan Police Department on January 2, 2007. On April 3, 2007, members of DC Council approved confirmation.

    Chief Lanier has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Most of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department’s Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units.

    More recently, Chief Lanier served as Commander of the Special Operations Division (SOD) for four years, where she managed the Emergency Response Team, Aviation and Harbor Units, Horse Mounted and Canine Units, Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch, and Civil Disturbance Units. During her tenure as SOD Commander, she established the agency’s first Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch and created an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit known as the Special Threat Action Team.

    In 2006, the MPDC’s Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism (OHSCT) was created, and Chief Lanier was tapped to be its first Commanding Officer. A highly respected professional in the areas of homeland security and community policing, she took the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counter-terrorism strategies for all units within the MPDC and launched Operation TIPP (Terrorist Incident Prevention Program).

    Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.

  40. Anonymous says:

    At least people are still daring to rally in Washington.

    No one has jobs but they want to get more involved in ‘climate change’, a phony idea to hand more money to our government? What an idiotic thing to go to jail for. Makes me wonder if the government is paying them to do this.

    Evidently they believe man has more power than our Creator. Climate change has been happening every since the earth began. In my state they complained about the heat recently, saying we hadn’t been this hot since the 50′s. So, in the 1950′s we were having climate change about the same way. What’s new?

    If you’re going to put yourself in jail, do it for a cause that matters to everyone….maybe the mandatory healthcare issue……….or JOBS!

    • Dzhonw says:

      A heat wave is not climate change. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere is rising to a level higher than it has ever been in the history of life on this planet, and all the evidence points to the burning of fossil fuels as the cause. If it continues to rise without check, life on earth as we know it (including us) will end, and jobs won’t matter. This is just as important as fighting for jobs, and the fact that people don’t recognise that it matters to them doesn’t change that.

  41. Ann-Elizabeth Barnes says:

    I came, I was trained, I sat and protested, I was arrested with my fellow protesters, we were released. Everything went exactly as we were told it would. It was an exhilerating experience. I would do it again. The support and training were wonderful. I felt a part of something bigger than myself. I will do it again. I feel priveleged to have been able to take part. I especially learned about the First Nation people in Canada and how we have come to be the voices of those unable to attend. Thank you all of you organizers! You rock! You are doing good work. Thank you!

  42. Peter says:

    What is the charge, to arrest these people?

  43. Peter says:

    What is the charge, to arrest these people?

  44. Charlesss says:

    Well. Everybody should be going against the law when it comes to defend the future of humanity.

  45. Dzhonw says:

    A heat wave is not climate change. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere is rising to a level higher than it has ever been in the history of life on this planet, and all the evidence points to the burning of fossil fuels as the cause. If it continues to rise without check, life on earth as we know it (including us) will end, and jobs won’t matter. This is just as important as fighting for jobs, and the fact that people don’t recognise that it matters to them doesn’t change that.

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