Thursday, September 26, 2013

Video, photos: Concerned citizens in Marquette demonstrate against Keystone Pipeline, call for peace in Syria

Video and photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now

Undaunted by rainy weather, a group of citizens concerned about climate change demonstrate in front of the building housing U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek's Marquette office on Sept. 21, 2013, a National Day of Action to "Draw the Line" against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Benishek, who questions scientific data about climate change, supports the pipeline. (Photos by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

MARQUETTE -- In solidarity with 350.org's "Draw the Line" National Day of Action to demand that President Obama deny the permit for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a group of concerned citizens demonstrated in front of First District U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek's office in Marquette on Sept. 21, 2013.

In this video clip Heidi Gould of Marquette explains to local resident Matti Graves the reason for the demonstration:

Heidi Gould of Marquette, Mich., explains to Matti Graves why she is protesting against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Sept. 21, 2013, a National Day of Action, sponsored by the movement 350.org. Her group is protesting in front of the Marquette office of Michigan Republican Congressman Dan Benishek, who favors the pipeline and has expressed doubts about climate change. (Video by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)

At the Sept. 21 "Draw the Line" protest against the Keystone pipeline in Marquette, a demonstrator holds a sign expressing concerns about the dangers of oil leaks.

The "Draw the Line" demonstrators display their signs near the Marquette waterfront.*

Another protest in Marquette:

Also on Sept. 21, 2013, another protest was happening in front of the Marquette Post Office -- a peace group expressing their views against potential military strikes in Syria.

Citizens gather at the Post Office in Marquette on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, to protest potential military strikes against Syria.

Peace activists display their signs at the Post Office in Marquette Sept. 21.

* Editor's Note: To learn more about 350.org and to see more photos of groups all over the country who participated in the Sept. 21 "Draw the Line on Keystone" event, click here.

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