Tar Sands: Native Americans join 10,000 to surround White House today
10,000 to surround White House to protest Keystone XL pipeline today
By Brenda Norrell
Photo Clayton Thomas Muller, Native American and First Nation delegation at
the White House, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011
Clayton Thomas Muller, Cree, Debra White Plume, Lakota and other Native Americans join Naomi Klein, Mark Ruffalo, Bill McKibben, Nobel Prize and Medal of Freedom recipients, and top environmental leaders to lead demonstration
WASHINGTON – The battle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will reach a decisive moment today, Sunday, Nov. 6, when nearly 10,000 people are expected to join hands around the White House and show President Obama he has the support he needs to stand up to Big Oil and stop the pipeline.
"On Tuesday, President Obama took full ownership over what has become the most important environmental question facing him before the 2012 election: whether or not to grant the necessary permit for a 1,700 mile pipeline which would carry toxic tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico," Tar Sands Action said.
"Oglala Lakota say, 'Stay away from our water!'" White Plume said, pointing out the resolution of the Oglala Sioux Executive Committee. It demands that the US "immediately cease and desist any negotiations and plans to construct the Keystone XL Pipiline Across the Mni Wiconi Water Pipeline easement."
White Plume encouraged events throughout North America, including the gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area in Oakland on Sunday to oppose the Tar Sands. "I will be standing in solidarity with all of you in Washington DC with thousands of others as we surround the White House to let Obama know we don't want him to approve this disaster! Stand with us."
The Sierra Club plans live web coverage at 2 pm Eastern time today, Sunday, Nov. 6:
At the White House today
Who: Nearly 10,000 people and top environmental leaders and celebrities, including actor Mark Ruffalo, activist Bill McKibben, Sierra Club executive director Mike Brune, Medal of Freedom recipient and NRDC founder John Adams, Nobel Prize recipient Jody Williams, and more.
Where: Lafayette Square Park across from the White House
When: Spokespeople will be available for interviews between 1:00 – 2:00 pm, opening rally begins at 2:00 pm, crowd will encircle the White House from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, closing rally begins at 5:00 pm.
Why: President Obama is currently considering whether or not to grant a “presidential permit” for the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The project requires the special permit because it crosses an international border with Canada. The Keystone XL would carry tar sands oil, the dirtiest fuel on the planet, over 1,700 miles across America’s heartland, risking a BP-style oil spill over one of our largest sources of fresh drinking water. America’s top climate scientist says that fully exploiting the tar sands could mean “essentially game over for the climate.” This August, 1,253 people were arrested during a sit-in at the White House protesting the pipeline.
Jamie Henn, 415-601-9337, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Kessler, 510-501-1779, email@example.com
San Francisco Bay Protest
Wish you could be in DC this Sunday to encircle the White House?
You can still be part of the movement here in the Bay Area!