Saturday, August 20, 2011

Climate activists arrested in Tar Sands Action sit-in

From Peaceful Uprising:

Josh Fox, creator of the award-winning film Gasland, has created a moving and informative new video about the Tar Sands Action in Washington, DC. He joins a growing list of concerned scientists, authors, and celebrities who have voiced their support of the 2000+ people who have signed up to take action.*

As of today, August 20, the Tar Sands Action is underway in Washington DC. Two weeks of peaceful daily sit-ins began today with more than 70 arrests at the White House fence.

Arrestees included Bill McKibben, Dan Choi, Gus Speth, and dozens of committed climate activists from across the country.

Protesters are calling on President Obama to reject a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which will send 900,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil to US refineries, allowing further development of the Alberta tar sands -- development which could mean "game over" for the climate in the word’s of NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen.

Tar Sands Action participants intend to continue the sit-ins day after day until Sept. 3, gathering in front of the White House in the time-honored tactic of peaceful civil disobedience.**

*Click here to see the Josh Fox video about the tar sands.

** Click here to read about the action in Washington and sign a petition.

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