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What’s the plan exactly?

On Sunday, November 6th at 2 p.m. we are expecting thousands of people will join us in rallying at Lafayette Park in front of the White House. At the rally we’ll get into teams that will form a human circle about a mile in circumference around the White House—we’ll be sending a message to Obama that we will hold him accountable to his own promises and that we are still committed to seeing the Keystone XL Pipeline stopped for good. We expect people to remain civil and peaceful, acting in a dignified manner that is as serious as these issues are. We will hold the circle for as close to an hour as we can, and then re-gather for a farewell. We’re expecting this action to be a powerful visual reminder to Obama and administration officials that we are expecting him to reflect the values he was elected on in 2008, and stand up to Big Oil by denying the KeystoneXL pipeline.

November 5th at 5 pm, we’ll be hosting a meetup and strategy session at All Souls Church. For details and to RSVP, click here.

What are the legal issues involved with this action, and what support is provided?

We have a permit for the rally, and are working with Park Police on the encircling o the White House. As of right now we are expecting that there will be no need for civil disobedience, and don’t intend for arrests to be any part of this demonstration. While we support civil disobedience as a tactic, this is not the goal or tone of this demonstration.  Please be sure to sign up on our page so that you can receive the most up-to-date information. We will have event marshals to facilitate the action and de-escalate any issues with police or passerby’s.

Can you help me find a ride and housing in DC?

This is a grassroots action, and we are not able to centrally provide housing or travel or everyone that is coming.  We are however, trying to do what we can to facilitate this process. If you are looking for, or can offer a ride or housing, please post on our Ride Board to connect with other attendees:

If you can provide group housing, or can help coordinate– let us know!

We have some funding to support charter buses. If you can organize a group of people from you school, church, or community – let us know by emailing and we’ll try to help facilitate. Typically, a bus holds 30-50 people, though some smaller options like vans may be possible as well.

And see this list from The Washington Peace Center for a list of local Hostels and potential housing.

Can you help pay for my travel, housing, and any potential legal costs?

As a grassroots action with limited budget, we are not able to cover travel costs for individuals. However, see the above question about charter buses.

We are actively seeking donations to help with this effort. From $5 to $5,000 – please support our efforts!

What should I bring?

Here are the things you should absolutely bring:

People – We are part of a movement, and relying on our entire movement to spread the word, organizing their friends, and help ensure that this demonstration is a big and powerful as it can be. Please bring friends, family, co-workers, and your neighbors.

Identification– Just in case of emergency or complications, you will want valid (current, government issued) identification for any interaction with the police, or for any medical issues.

Appropriate clothes -We want our appearance to reflect the seriousness of the problems we’re facing – for the demonstration, dress as you would for a serious meeting or other businesslike event.

Cameras – Please take as many pictures and videos of the event as you can—and share them with your friends, family, and social networks. The more that people know about the stories and experiences of the people taking part in this action, the more powerful our message will be. There will be easy ways to submit photos and videos online set up so that you can easily share with the world.

Bring Metro fare – There is extremely limited parking in the District, and at the event spaces. Plan on taking public transit, which is accessible via the Metro system, including buses and trains.  Fares are between $1.50 and $3.00 depending on the time and length of the trip. Washington metro has a useful trip planner at

Be ready for the cold – A reusable water bottle is a must, along with weather appropriate clothing, we’re expecting it to be chilly in November in DC-hats and gloves are a must for cold fingers and heads.  Watch the weather – we’ll be out there rain or shine, and November in DC can be unpredictable.

Snacks – Never underestimate the importance of some trail mix and a granola bar. Be sure to eat before the 2 p.m. rally, since it’s likely you will be standing in formation for a while.

What if I can’t come to DC?

While we want to keep the spotlight and pressure on the decision makers in DC, we recognize that these issues, and the need to build a powerful movement have to happen everywhere – ESPECIALLY outside traditional politics in DC.

Across the country, people are organizing meetups in their homes or at schools; are holding rallies anywhere Obama is speaking; visiting his local campaign offices; and making sure that our voices are heard, and that our efforts can overcome the millions of dollars in lobbyists and advertising from Big Oil.

If you want to help organize an event elsewhere, let us know and we will try to steer people your direction.

And if you can’t come to DC (or can’t risk arrest in an act of civil disobedience), you can help donate to support the travel and legal support for people who can, and you can help educate people about these issues and this action. Share the Invitation to Action with your friends, family, colleagues, church, or neighbors, and ask them to support the action in whatever way they can.

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