Yes We Can, Stop the Pipeline

News — the tar sands action team September 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

Here is the media advisory that we’re sending out to media today. 

Former Obama for America youth organizers to risk arrest at White House; Joining more than 700 already arrested to stop Keystone XL pipeline 

Washington — A group of former Obama for America youth staffers and volunteers will lead more than 100 people in civil disobedience at the White House this morning to demand that President Obama deny the permit for a major new tar sands oil pipeline.

Vice President Al Gore issued a statement last night calling the protestors “brave.” Also joining the protest is Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland).

VISUALS: Former Obama staffers and volunteers in Obama t-shirts, along with 100 people risking arrest at the White House holding Obama/Stop the Pipeline themed banners; The former Obama staffers will address the crowd and then the White House using a megaphone.

WHY: The President must live up to his campaign promises to fight climate change and get the country off of oil. The Keystone XL pipeline is a key test of his commitment before the 2012 election. If he chooses to permit the pipeline, he risks alienating a key voting block—youth and environmentalists.

WHERE: Lafeyette Park, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

WHEN: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

CONTACT: Daniel Kessler, 510-501-1779,; Jamie Henn, 415-601-9337,


  1. Cheryl says:

    If you are still wondering if this action is for you, please know that even people who had multiple fears about participating such as myself, have left the excellent training feeling empowered and confident, experienced the police to be considerate and helpful, and now walk a little taller having acted in spite of their fears.

    If you decide to take part, you will surely feel refreshed by the inspiring words and presence of Bill McKibben and the other talented organizers, and be touched by the loving and courageous spirits that you encounter in your action group.

    And, yes, it matters. It matters enormously.

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