SAVE THE DATE AND PLAN TO MARCH WITH US –
Tell all your friends and family! This march is called Reject and Protect: reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and protect our land, our water, and our climate.
Within the next few months, the State Department may recommend that President Obama approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. On April 22nd, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance — a coalition of ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — will ride into Washington DC to begin a five-day encampment intended to ensure that the President does not approve this disastrous, dirty, tar sands pipeline.
The Alliance will set up camp near the White House, and for five days will bear witness to the threat that KXL poses to tribal rights and to the climate, land, and water that we all share. Events will range from an opening ceremony on horseback in front of the White House, to prayers outside Secretary Kerry’s home.
The members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance are apt leaders for this final phase of the fight. Farmers and ranchers know first-hand the risks posed by KXL – the land they work and the water they rely on are in jeopardy, both from the spills that will inevitably accompany this pipeline and from the climate effects that will certainly come from the further development of the tar sands. The tribes know the risk first-hand as well – they protect the water and land, and defend sacred sites of their ancestors, every day. Because they all see themselves as stewards of these precious resources, opposition to KXL and tar sands development has united these communities like few causes ever before.
NATIONAL MOBILIZATION AND MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC
On Saturday, April 26th, people from all across the country will travel to DC to join the Alliance as they break camp and march once more to the White House to send a final, unmistakable message to President Obama. 350NYC is organizing buses from Manhattan, at a nominal cost. More info on buses coming soon. Check 350NYC.org for updates.
Now that President Obama’s decision is close at hand, we want to make sure that he truly understands all that is at stake, and that he clearly sees the strength of our opposition to KXL. Bryan Brewer, President of the Oglala Sioux, says, “We are ready to fight the pipeline, and our horses are ready.” We stand together with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance to tell President Obama: reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and protect our land, our water, and our climate.
March with us on April 26th, to demand environmental justice and investment in a green energy future.