From August 20th – September 3rd we’re planning a peaceful protest in Washington DC to defuse the largest carbon bomb in North America. With people power and time-tested tactics of civil disobedience – join thousands of people from across the continent in a wave of sustained sit-ins. Together we’ll amplify our voices and escalate the movement and stop the Keystone XL pipeline to the Canadian tar sands. // //
  1. eddy says:

    I have been an activist for more than 20 years. I was excited about your action until I read all of the rules which seem designed to denigrate and marginalize some of our more dedicated activists. Those folks who choose to live and dress outside of mainstream culture are as ‘serious’, arguably more serious, than anyone likely to attend in a business suit. The suits of this world have been cheerfully wreaking our environment in the name of profit for years. Some of us have chosen to live outside of this dominant destructive paradigm.

    I’m glad you are willing to risk arrest and take action to stop this pipeline, but I’m afraid I don’t own ‘business’ wear and might appear far too queer for your ‘dignified’ event. It is discouraging that even in the face of potentially devastating climate disasters some folks are still more concerned about appearances than building effective coalitions with real people who’ve spent their lives committed to culture change and planetary healing.

    Good luck with your action. As you stand together at the fence wishing you had more people there to stop this pipeline, look around you and remember all the folks you pushed off the sidewalk and marginalized. I’ll be sure when we read about the action to explain to my children that our family is simply too ‘queer’, too weird, to stand in solidarity with such ‘distinguished’ folks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Eddy-

      None of our suggestions are hard-and-fast roles – you are certainly welcome to participate in whatever dress you see fit.

      We’d be happy to have you join us.

      -Duncan

      • Gloriashrader says:

        Eddy
        Please go to important protest & don’t break it down , lift it up to include ALL. I cannot afford to go & really hope that you will peace & love jean

    • Ladylauren85 says:

      Hey Eddy, just wanted to point out that the guideline simply said “dignified” in dress and demeanor. Are you implying that dressing and acting “queer” is undignified?

    • shawn says:

      I agree. The definition of “dignified” is relative. “dignified in dress” as defined here is vague. “dignified in dress” is perfectly acceptable for PETA to buy ad space in magazines & on tv of NUDES protesting. So, “dignified” clearly means different amounts of clothing and differing layers of cloth to very many people.

      The USA has lost touch with the hippie movements in the late 60′s and early 70′s in such a sad way. Hippies & queers lost the war on counter culture. Good luck wearing just a thong any day other than at the Pride March. Nudity is still a taboo and most people are ashamed of their god given bodies. Sad.

  2. Gloriashraderj says:

    Would love to participate but cannot afford travel & hotel costs as I live (survive) on ssa. I am sure there are others in the same position.

  3. Cyndy says:

    Are you doing this in conjunction with 350.org?

  4. Cyndy says:

    Are you doing this in conjunction with 350.org?

  5. Hannah says:

    Another consideration is all the CO2 that will be released by people traveling to Washington for this. I am in Victoria, B.C. and like the idea of protesting at the U.S. Consulate. I encourage people to protest closer to where they live if D.C. is too far for them to go.

    • Kathleen says:

      My thinking is to CAR POOL….and by the way, I have no clue where I will sleep; In my car will have to do….hmmm….where to park? I’ll find a (legal) place! I have the will, and have confidence I’ll find a way.

  6. Kathleen says:

    The time is NOW….! Get off your BUTTS fellow Democrats…and let’s roll………….. !

  7. Joanna says:

    I think it is self-defeating to ask people to come for such a long time and to attend a training session on a given day. You would get more mileage out of a one-day protest with training the same day. Much more possibility of seizing attention than a diluted attendance spread out over so many days. I wish those who object to being asked to dress conservatively would reflect on the self-defeating results of their self-centered need to express themselves and their life-styles when they are trying to effect political change. Their personal flamboyance and/or sexual orientation then becomes the focus rather than the issue at hand. If your best clothes are a clean pair of blue jeans and a plain white Tshirt then wear that. My parents were union organizers when being beaten up and/or arrested was part of the deal, and they always made a point of wearing their best clothes for the occasion. Change happens when the mainstream is convinced of the goal and respects the people pushing for it. For all that the 60′s accomplished culturally, politically it was a bust. Just reflect on what Martin Luther King and the civil rights protesters looked like in terms of dignity – and that dignified the cause and led to a great measure of success.

    • shawn says:

      Your response tells us a short story about your own “self-centered need to express” your family history as “union organizers”. The Keystone XL pipeline to the Canadian tar sands is not about you, your family or any one “life style” you mention, but all of us Americans. I’ll restate my specific example that nude PETA models & actors protest more effectively than any person “wearing their best clothes for the occasion.”

      Fact remains: protesting has been banned in front of The White House for at least a decade. Our 1st Amendment rights to speak out against injustice has been diminished. While I agree that jeans and a t-shirt are dignified to an average continental American, however the average Samoan or Virgin Islander wearing a grass skirt with nothing on top, barefoot, may look perfectly dignified.

      I encourage all dignified Americans to be comfortable in their own skin and to wear as little clothing as possible in the Summer heat of DC. Good luck and drink plenty of water.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Joanna- Generally, folks will be there for just a few days, so we assigned particular days to make sure everyone knew when folks would be participating.

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