This post was written by Michael G. – to join him and thousands of others at the Nov. 6th Tar Sands Action, click here: http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up Until the 2008 election, I had been a completely apolitical person. I occasionally took note of the various presidential decisions being made by George W. Bush, but did little else. However, a cool and charismatic junior senator from Illinois changed all of that. He single-handedly made me believe that if people are willing to work to elect a president, they can get a president who will work for them. Unfortunately, while he has acted in the public’s best interest on some issues, he has taken the side of corporate polluters on others. However, the hope remains that if people get educated and become active, they can have a government that works for their society. I volunteered for Barack Obama in 2008, because I believed that he would do what’s best for the country and the world. But I will not agree to volunteer for someone who acts against the public’s best interest, and I know that, if Obama approves Keystone XL, he would be doing just that. I still believe, or at least hope, that part of what makes Barack Obama wake up in the mornings is a desire to improve the world. Perhaps, though, that desire sometimes gets suppressed by people and corporations that have negative influences on him. My work now is making sure that the genuine Obama shines through, and opposes the Keystone XL pipeline. This project, if approved, would have many serious adverse effects on the planet and its people. As such, I feel that I have a responsibility to present Obama with the strongest opposition I can bring forth, so that he can come to the right conclusion. I hope that you can join me at either, or both, of the following events:On October 26th, at 6:00 p.m., I am organizing a protest at Blair High School, in Silver Spring, MD, where the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is giving a get-out-the-vote speech. Our message will be clear: unless the party wants to both destroy the environment and lose the support of its base, Keystone XL will have to be rejected. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming. And then on November 6th at 2:00 p.m., I will be joining thousands of other patriotic Americans and forming a human circle around the White House. The point of this protest will be to display our deep opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline directly to the president. Despite all that has happened so far in Obama’s tenure, I am still hopeful that the justice-seeking community organizer can return. I ask him to join me in once again standing for what’s right for the world.
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