CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% have announced their first planned act of civil disobedience as part of the Pledge of Resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline. On Monday, June 17th, citizens will participate in a sit in and risk arrest at the State Department office in downtown Chicago, IL. This sit in will kick off a summer of hundreds of volunteer-led, grassroots actions ready to be deployed at strategic targets around the country to demand that President Obama reject the pipeline.
So far, over 62,000 people have signed the coalition’s Pledge of Resistance to risk arrest in peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if President Obama’s administration issues a draft National Interest Determination in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline. A decision is expected in the Fall of 2013.
The groups also launched NoKXL.org as the online hub where they will provide resources to activists who have signed the pledge, along with other ways activists can get involved to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.
Participants in the first action will protest Monday outside of the State Department, the agency currently engaged in finalizing the environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL, a process that has been wrought with conflict of interest and insufficient science.
Locating the action in Chicago is notable because it is President Obama’s hometown. In the words of Becky Bond, CREDO’s Political Director:
Many of President Obama’s best supporters have pledged to risk arrest to stop Keystone XL and next week’s action in Chicago is a preview of what’s to come if his State Department recommends approval of the pipeline. The people who knocked on doors, donated to his campaign and helped put him in the White House are watching to see if President Obama will side with a foreign oil company or keep his promise and take real action to fight climate change, starting with rejecting Keystone XL. The president said in his State of the Union speech ‘If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.’ We’re taking action to hold him to that promise.
The coalition will train 1,000 activists to lead civil disobedience actions in their communities, at State Department Offices, federal buildings and other strategic targets. In order to train these local action leaders, the groups announced that they will run regional weekend trainings in 25 cities nationwide throughout July. These trained activists will go on to organize and prepare the thousands of pledgers to take part in hundreds of local actions across the country in the months leading up to President Obama’s decision.
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