Massive White House Sit-in Will Pressure Obama on Key Environmental Decision

August 19, 2011

Massive White House Sit-in Will Pressure Obama on Key Environmental Decision; Two Week Protest Begins This Saturday

Over 2,000 people, including environmental leaders, scientists, and celebrities, are expected to join the two week sit-in from August 20 – September 3rd

WASHINGTON, DC — Bill McKibben, Mark Ruffalo, Dr. James Hansen and over 2,000 people from all 50 states are expected to take part in a two week sit-in at the White House beginning this Saturday, August 20, to pressure President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial 1,700 mile project would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the US and has become the most important environmental decision facing President Obama before the 2012 election.

At 10:30 AM on Saturday morning, hundreds of people will gather in Lafeyette Square Park to launch the weeks of protest and then march across Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House to sit-in and risk arrest. The Saturday event will feature notable figures such as McKibben and Gus Speth, a top environmental advisor to multiple presidents and founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Sit-ins with approximately 100 people will continue every morning for the following two weeks until September 3. A calendar of featured spokespeople and delegations from across the country is listed at

“President Obama can stop this climate killing disaster with the stroke of a pen,” said environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests. “We will be outside the White House hoping we can inspire the president to live up to the promises that so inspired us in his 2008 campaign. And without Congress in the way, this is the clearest test he’ll ever have.”

Who: Bill McKibben, Gus Speth, Jane Kleeb and hundreds of others.

What: A sit-in at the White House to kick off two-weeks of daily protest until September 3.

Where: Lafeyette Square Park, facing the White House, before marching over to the White House fence.

When: 10:30 AM, Saturday, August 20



Daniel Kessler,, 510-501-1779
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Photo and video of the sit-in will be available at: immediately following the protest on Saturday and throughout the two-weeks.

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