The groundswell of opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is something I hope you’ve been following closely since this month’s sit-in at the White House, which saw the arrests of 1,252 brave people in protest.
But the work is not over.
You are invited to stand with fellow supporters in Washington, DC on November 6. Exactly one year before the election, you are being asked to join us to encircle the whole White House in an act of solemn protest. We need to remind President Obama of the power of the movement that he rode to the White House in 2008.
We’ve already shown we have the courage and the fortitude for civil disobedience. Now we need to mix it up and show a different side of the campaign. Many of us were sincerely moved by Barak Obama’s campaign for president. We’re not yet ready to concede that his promises were simply the talk of politicians. We’re not going to be cynics until we absolutely have no choice.
It will be a beautiful and brave sight, the White House enclosed by the kind of people that put President Obama there. Since he’s said he’ll make up his mind by the end of the year, now’s the time. I know it may be hard to get to Washington, but if you can – this is the moment.
No arrests are expected at this action, but with your involvement we can send an unmistakable, unavoidable message.
It’s clear that it’s now or never for President Obama to make good on his promises to end “the tyranny of oil.” He can start by saying “no” to the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile fuse to a carbon bomb that is slated to run through America’s heartland.
Join me at the White House on November 6.