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The Tar Sands Action is entering the next phase of our organizing, taking the fight to our communities and keeping the pressure on the President to reject Keystone XL. To be a part of this growing, evolving project, sign up below.

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  1. Marie Parham says:

    Yom Kippur begins the evening of October 7th!!!!!!

    • Jared says:

      What better way to celebrate God’s creation than protecting it from harm?

      • Frank says:

        Nice thought, bad facts. Yom Kippur is a very somber and important holiday, not one you’d spend in this way, even with such an important issue.

        That said, YK starts the evening of the 7th, so those who do celebrate it could certainly do something during the day (but it doesn’t end until sunset on the 8th).

    • jerusha says:

      You could have a fast for sustainable energy starting on Yom Kippur — we could all acknowledge our responsibility to our earth, atmosphere and future generations: and focus on tikkun olan (the healing of the world)– I once joined an anti-war fast on the day after Yom Kippur, and since it was a liquid fast it was very easy to transition from total fast to juice and broth.

      A car-free day would be a cool thing to do on Saturday (or Yom Kippur) since for many it already is a car-free day (Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist sangha also observes what they call “car-free days” and list reversing global warming as one of their priorities.

      In any case, if the call is for something we can do where we already are, it will make it so much easier for more people to participate.

      • jerusha says:

        I plan to be at a Thich Nhat Hanh retreat in upstate New York on Yom Kippur this year….It was a conflict for me in some ways, but I decided to do it. If there’s something announced for the 7th that retreatants could participate in, I would be happy to pass the word.

        • Anonymous says:

          We’re definitely going to take the holiday into consideration – thanks for letting us know what’s up, and definitely reach out to us at tarsandsaction@gmail.com if you have thoughts about how to work around/with the holiday!

          • Dawn says:

            Please let us know how we can help with the planning and/or coordination of “next steps”. I’m guessing I’m not the only person inspired to not only participate in activities, but to lend a hand. Thanks so much.

    • Jctillotson says:

      Send an emissary if you cannot be in WDC on the 7th of Oct. JCT

  2. Unfortunately in Ontario, Canada we have a critical election on October 6 which will preoccupy a lot of us since our Green Energy Act is under attack by the “Progressive” Conservative Party (our equivalent of the Tea Party).

  3. Gdelanty says:

    Thank you all for providing me a conduit in which to act to bring about change for all of us, including the flora and fauna. It helps me feel healthier about being alive. At a time when being a human has hit an all time low, it helps me to be glad I am a human, to find my rightful place on this planet that is not ‘our’ planet—we are just a species that find ourselves on it. It has helped me to not feel useless, powerless; it has aided me in outwitting apathy, acedia—especially at a time when all normal political channels seem clogged or broken. I am a someone helping other somones for the sake of all someones past, present and future. I do this for myself, my beloved child, those close to me, and so I can enjoy my beer at the end of the day a little more. To do this, even if we fail, is what is most important. To feel useless and powerless is a kind of hell. Thank you for helping me be a help, for humbly helping me feel useful, worthwhile on this crooked planet. Thank you and excuse this grand dramatic paragraph, which is none the less true and right at this time—or, all the more true. “Behold, the garden’.

  4. Sally G says:

    We (that is, the TSA organizers) did not choose the October 7th date; it is the day of the final State Department hearing, the only one of the series to be held in Washington, so that is where we must be. For those who are unable (actually, I find it hard to write that; it is a choice as to what to do, but I am not sure I would give up something special to me, so I cannot nor do I intend to judge; it is not my place to do so—I would not want to be judged, were the tables turned). Just wanted to let those who might not be aware that the date was not arbitrarily chosen, there was no intended disrespect to a holiday or those who observe it; simply, there must be a presence at the hearing; that is the venue to make a bold statement.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the arrests would have been more effective if the plan had been to refuse to pay any fine as a condition for release. How long could they hold 1252 protestors in jail? Just a thought…

    • Sally G says:

      It was decided not to go that route to keep the focus on the Tar Sands, not the arrest/court/other processes. The sooner we got out of jail, the sooner we could go back to spreading the word about how dirty this process really is, how destructive. The organizers did not want people to divert into a side issue of free speech, release policies, etc. That is for another group at another time. Good question, though.

  6. Shajari76 says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how amazing it is to know this group is out there….doing all it can to stop the continued conduit of visual and audio filth being perpetuated by the rich and selfish. I know firsthand the hardships and disgust it gives those in the trenches…I have been told, the workers have been attempting to find ways to sabotage those links of fuel, with no success in their present position. The engineers from Texas, Mexico and Canada have buried the routes with great expertise. The main workforce has given up on locating the stealth equipment for the channel locations. The remaining recruits in the field are growing weak and are beyond emotion. But, revealed a backup plan to me. The officer in charge has figured out a way to redirect the fuel away from any inhabitance…..You might say, they have gone back in time and are using an old auger drilling crane to drill a ditch deeper and wider to put dirty fuel in a covered structure out in the middle of a secure meadow. Where society can no longer hear, smell or see the fuel reserves. This detour should be up and running within the next day or two….I hope with the help of the little enlisted drafts….the officer is able to direct the trainee’s properly in their dirty job. The enlisted ones are not happy about what they are doing but, they know the importance of their work. 

  7. Mollygibbs3 says:

    Bill, thank you all for an incredible experience. Hearing the stories of individuals living in areas impacted by the Pipeline, the Indigenous people again facing genocide…I decided that what I can and will do is interview people for a radio program here in Olympia. Then, I will post the interviews and make them available for distribution from our website. Please let participants know this is available, and have them contact me to schedule an interview.
    My email is mollygibbs3@gmail.com Thanks again,

  8. Anonymous says:

    Did the Gov. of VT. send that letter to Pres. Obama? Pres. Obama needs to hear from legislators, both national and state, about their objection to this pipeline.

  9. I think it is serendipitous to discover the October 7 TS action will occur while (hopefully) thousands of activists will be in DC to participate in the occupation of Freedom Plaza. That event is being organized by several grassroots groups with various missions/purposes (jobs, environment, housing, economy, women’s rights, LGBT rights, union & labor rights, etc.) to come together to occupy Freedom Plaza indefinitely in a manner inspired by the actions all over Northern Africa last Spring & Summer. I am participating in that event but in order to help promote it, I am walking 200 miles from my home in WV to Washington DC. I leave on September 27 from Clarksburg WV. I am a 56 year old grandmother and I have had all the talking and listening to others talk that I can stand. I am ready to walk the walk. http://bit.ly/omPFsM

  10. wake up says:

    I want to go big. does anybody want to walk on appalachian trail or bike the new east coast greenway to DC?

    I want to go. I don’t want to get ticketed or towed while I am in DC.

  11. David Wilson says:

    on the Ontario election issue – there are advance polls (see here: http://danforthgreens.ca/ontario-election-advanced-polls/ ) and if Canadians who participated in Washington came again in October it might put paid to the (I think incorrect) notion that these actions prejudice crossing the border

    as for ‘what next?’ – I hope that the TSA organizers will make the effort to facilitate communication between the Washington participants, for myself, the most valuable experience was meeting and talking with and knowing something about the other people who were there and letting them know me, there are issues of privacy and so forth of course – they can be thought about and dealt with, for the future it is possible (for example) to provide TSA mailboxes and even slips of paper with your name and coordinates (with a donation maybe to cover expenses) because in the hurly-burly you can meet people and lose the thread – and to be clear, I am quite ready to put money where my mouth is on this facilitation, you just have to ask DavidLeeWilson@Gmail.com (and if I get a load of spam from this I will deal with it 🙂

    I am pleased to see from the Flickr archive that the injunction against showing one’s fist was lifted in the final two days

    be well, David Wilson.

  12. Mccarville Matthew says:

    Phase Two of Tar Sands Action?

    Pipelines are proposed to pipe Alberta Canada’s oil sands to both Texas U.S. refiners and Asian markets. I suggest when protesting these projects, recommend an alternative plan to land-lock Alberta’s oil sands; keep it in the ground.

    Canada and the U.S. could provide half of all their energy with wind. Such a large-scale transformation would likely require at least 20 years and more than a half million large, five-megawatt wind turbines, geographically dispersed in windy locations on or near land. About 4 million 5-MW wind turbines would provide half of all global energy, and by bundling wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, wave and hydroelectric as one commodity, and producing hydrogen with excess, all global energy can be provided — reliably, economically, more efficiently, and near indefinitely (with recycling).

    To make the transition in North America would require 100 turbine, blade, and tower factories, each employing 500 people directly with an indirect multiplier effect. There are enough materials to convert the entire world’s energy system, and it would require only 0.4 percent more of the entire planet’s physical land to power everyone, everywhere, with the wind, water and sunlight technologies.

    The plan: http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/susenergy2030.html

  13. Surlyaaron says:

    Did I hear about an upcoming action on Ottawa around the Tar Sands?

  14. Anonymous says:

    LOL@morons.

  15. Lollipop says:

    Could you guys set up a cafe press type shop so I can buy stickers and t-shirts. I’d like to hand them out at gatherings and so on. Both square and bumper stickers would be awesome.

  16. Justin Lee says:

    Is there a way that you could list the various Obama campaign centers around the country and let people sign up to schedule a group visit like the video in Seattle? That way we can better coordinate. Not that it’s a bad idea for them to get multiple visits, but local coordination would be more effective.

    And the organizer who told us September 3rd that this is going be addicting was right.

  17. Nobama says:

    I am mounting a windmill on top of my Corolla and hooking my house up to a bicycle powered generator! We all need to stop using fossil fuels!

    • Magentaxero says:

      Just got a 135-watt solar system set up w/ inverter in WA near the Canadian border–can power everything I need! Yay for the sun! It’s all we need. Boo fossil fuels and let’s fight to stop them!

      • Sally G says:

        For inspiration on solar power, do an Internet search for Maine solar house. Awsome 2900-ft house built in 1994, solar electric and hot water (radiant heat), gas cooking/heating. Generates almost everything from the sun, net metering over the year means virtually no energy bills.

  18. Steve McKindley-Ward says:

    After learning about the Tar Sands pipeline controversy, a 20-year DC lobbyist for the Quakers on nuclear weapons issues, had this strategy to offer:

    “My strategy would be to talk to some U.S. Senators. Convince them to approach Obama about this pipeline.”

    “Senators have pull. The President himself will read their letters.”

    “I would approach a few of the top environmental Senators—like Boxer of California, Lautenberg of New Jersey….Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinios is very close with the President.”

    “One possible outcome of a lobbying campaign is to get a decision delayed. A lot of Washington is simply about delaying a decision. This might buy you time for more lobbying.”

  19. Henri Gomez says:

    I took part in the Washington DC protests in August and want to continue fighting the Tar Sands Pipeline. My grandparents homesteaded in Nebraska and part of my childhood was on a farm nearby. It is a sacrilege to run a pipeline through this breadbasket of the U.S. as there is no assurance there will never be pipeline leakage.

  20. MTNsci says:

    In response to all the comments supporting renewable energy alternatives, I urge you to please contact your senators and congressmen/women to urge them to support these energies. As someone working on renewable energies in the government sector: we need more funding. And private companies need more support as well (solar company recently went out of business). Perhaps subsidies for renewables instead of subsidies for oil?

  21. MTNsci says:

    Also, I urge everyone opposed to Tar Sands to please check your 401k’s and 403b’s to make sure you are not invested in tar sands companies. You might be surprised to find that your funds contain some nasty companies! I checked last year and had to change all my investments.

  22. Eva Wojcik says:

    Here’s a Next Step to consider: Public Hearings on the pipeplline posted at the Indigenous Environmental Network–thank you:
    http://www.ienearth.org/keystone-xl-pipeline.html

    The hearings begin Sept. 26 in Texas and Kansas.

  23. Tim Weaver says:

    Since I’m not completely knowledgeable of all the issues I make the following observations with a certain humility. I do think Tar Sands needs to be re-contextualized in a broader framework. That is calling for a national discussion and debate about American energy. The clandestine Bush-Cheney approach and its surreptitious “report” appeared green but in fact was nothing more than a Trojan horse for big oil and continued oil dependence on fractious and turbulent Middle Eastern countries.

    The discussion if held would lead to national policy on all sectors of the economy. Some of this has been done and implemented in piece-meal fashion – higher mpg for domestic cars, etc. But a comprehensive package is necessary otherwise we will continue stumbling badly and blindly into increasingly conflictual situations which makes the claim “support the troops” truly dishonest.

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