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National Day of Action on Keystone XL May 17

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Coordinated events to say “No” to Keystone XL and other dirty fuels, “Yes” to clean energy
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Mark Westlund, 415-977-5719

For Immediate Release



National Day of Action on Keystone XL May 17

Coordinated events to say “No” to Keystone XL and other dirty fuels,

“Yes” to clean energy


WHAT: Thousands will gather at coordinated events across the US.


Three weeks after the powerful “Reject and Protect” encampment in Washington, DC, and two weeks after release of the National Climate Assessment, Americans will take to bridges, beaches, refineries, and government offices to ask the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and other dirty fuel projects that threaten our communities and destabilize our climate. Urban, suburban and rural, from singing grannies to college students, ordinary citizens will urge our leaders to accelerate the transition to clean energy.

In Florida, many of the events will tell Senator Marco Rubio and other leaders to stop denying the science and acknowledge that humans are the cause of climate change.

Nearly 100 events are planned, here are some of the highlights:

  • Ideal, South Dakota: "Hands Around the Spirit Camp" will see the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, which led Reject and Protect in Washington, and allies join hands in a traditional round dance at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp erected in March to protest the Keystone XL's threat to sacred lands and water.
  • South Beach, Miami: Particularly vulnerable to flooding and other climate impacts, is anticipated to be one of the largest events on May 17.
  • East Chicago: Rally at site of the recent BP tar sands refinery oil spill near Lake Michigan.  Will feature a speaker from Kalamazoo, site of the massive 2010 tar sands spill.
  • Los Angeles: Hands Across the Harbor will gather at a refinery to say no to fracking and the export of tar sands through the Port of Los Angeles.
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul: Participants will join hands across the Lake Street-Marshall Ave bridge that links the Twin Cities across the Mississippi River, symbolically blocking the proposed expansion of three northern Minnesota pipelines that would cross the Mississippi.
  • Portland, ME: Speakers including the mayor will speak out against a proposed pipeline that would transport Canadian tar sands past Sebago Lake and Casco Bay.
  • San Francisco Bay: A Healing Walk organized by the Native American group Idle No More and supported by the Sunflower Coalition will begin at Tesoro and Shell refineries in Martinez and walk in prayer and conversation to a Valero refinery in Benicia. The walkers will be greeted at a bridge by a flotilla of kayaks and canoes.
  • Seattle: A gathering at a local waterfront park to highlight concerns about offshore drilling and the proposed shipping of tar sands oil out of Pacific NW ports.
  • Tampa Bay: At the #1 beach tourist destination in the U.S., participants will join hands against the Keystone XL pipeline and offshore drilling.
  • Denver: participants will gather at the state capitol to join hands against Keystone XL, fracking and other dirty fuels.


WHO: The Sierra Club and a long list of local and national partner organizations.

WHEN:   Saturday, May 17, 2014

WHERE: Visit the National Day of Action website for a full list and description of events.





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