Climate Justice Protestors Arrested at the White House

Washington D.C. — August 22, 2011

A Vermont Law School professor and a well known Vermont environmentalist are behind bars for creating a big scene outside the White House.

Bill McKibben and professor Gus Speth were among 65 protestors arrested Saturday for demonstrating against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Alberta to Texas.

Environmentalists say the pipeline would transport 700,000 gallons of oil a day across waterways that are vulnerable to spills.

They’re hoping President Obama will deny permits for the project.

Another 45 people were arrested Sunday as part of the two-week-long protest.

link to article – WCAX News

Bill McKibben passed along this statement from jail through the Tar Sands Action legal support team:

“Hello everyone! We don’t need sympathy, we need company. It’s clear to us that police were hoping to deter this action, and it’s equally clear to us the opposite will be the result.

I’m looking forward to seeing everybody over the next 2 weeks. It has been a little hot here in central cell block, but not as hot as it will be if we don’t stop this project. People here have been in good spirits, and there has been a great deal of learning. We are thinking ahead to this weekend to share stories about Dr King and freedom movement.

Even though uncomfortable, this experience has given us a greater sense of that part of history. Come on in, the water is fine.”

If you’re looking to jump in to the water, sign up here:

We expect that the 45 protestors who remain in jail from Saturday’s demonstration will be released early Monday afternoon.

From August 20th-September 3rd, hundreds of people are sitting-in at the White House to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Gus Speth passed along this statement from jail through the his wife:

“We the prisoners being held in the Central Cell Block of the D.C. Jail need company and encourage the continuation of the protests against the tar sands pipeline. Help us stop this disastrous proposal! I’ve held numerous positions and public office in Washington but my current position feels like one of the most important.”

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Another Video from 2009  – Indigenous activists from Canada lead climate campers through central London protesting BP and Shell’s oil extraction from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, which is leading to the destruction of indigenous lands in addition to contributing to climate change


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