Ready? Key things to know about Nov. 6th Tar Sands Action

News — the tar sands action team November 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

This Sunday November 6th, thousands of people will be gathering in Washington DC to do something remarkable: We will join hands to surround the White House to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We’re doing this so that he knows he has the support needed to reject the pipeline – and that there will be real consequences if he doesn’t.

Here are the key details about the action:

We will meet at the center fountain of Lafayette Square Park. The rally begins at 2 PM, with a little bit of live music starting at 1:30.

The rally will be MC’d by Bill McKibben, featuring speakers from across the movement to stop the pipeline. After the rally, we’ll receive direction on how to get in to position around the White House. We have a team of over 100 monitors and marshals ready to make sure everything goes smoothly.

After we surround the White House, we’ll head back to the park, and hopefully wrap up just as the sun sets at 5:30.

Key things you need to know:

To make everything run smoothly, we’re setting up a text message system that we will use to communicate with everyone in the action. To join the list, text “NOKXL” to 68398. (We won’t send you more than a handful of messages, and your normal text messages rates will apply… but trust me, it’s worth it.)

Clocks fall back Nov. 6th, losing one hour to return to standard time. Please reset your clocks so that you make it to the action on time.

There are no unattended items or structures of any kind allowed in the park. Please bring only what you can carry. The Parks Police and Secret Service have warned us that unattended items are grounds for the park to be evacuated and the item blown up by a bomb team.

This also means no tripods for cameras, or chairs are allowed. If you need to sit, please get there early and find space on a bench. Wheelchairs are the only exception to this rule.

Portable bathrooms for the event will be located on Vermont Avenue, at the Northeast corner of the park.

There is track work on several parts of the DC Metro this weekend. Buses replace the Red Line from Ft. Totten to Glenmont, which means that if you’re using any of these stops, you should add an extra hour to your travel time. Also, the Blue and Yellow line trains are single tracking between Braddock Rd & National Airport due to scheduled track maintenance, which means you should expect delays in both directions. More information is here: http://www.wmata.com/

Buses are only allowed to drop off people along H St. in the Metro bus drop off areas, but cannot idle or park in this area.


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