Common Dreams, By Jamie Henn, November 18
The next chapter in the fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline begins today with a major protest in Washington, DC.
More than 3,000 people are expected to join a rally at the White House this afternoon. Together, we’ll march around the entire property with a 500 ft inflatable pipeline and host a rally in Freedom Plaza with speakers like 350.org’s Bill McKibben, BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb, and other key pipeline fighters from across the country.
There’s a new sense of momentum in the campaign against Keystone XL. We pressed the button on an email announcing today’s protest a few minutes after the networks called the election for President Obama. In just 10 days, thousands of people have signed up to come to the capitol. Volunteers have helped organize buses from New York City, Philadelphia, Michigan, and Ohio.
What accounts for the new sense of energy? Large amounts of credit are due to the brave and ongoing actions of the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas, where landowners and activists have come together to block the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Their ongoing direct action has made the front page of the New York Times, emboldened farmers and ranchers up and down the pipeline route, and inspired people across the entire nation.