Tar Sands Blockade pressures banks to divest from Keystone XL project, 37 arrested in week of protests
This week, Tar Sands Blockade is engaged in a series of protests directed at bringing attention to the Keystone XL pipeline and banks that profit from these dirty tar sands development. So far, thirty-seven protesters have been arrested.
A press release lists some of the actions taken so far:
- 100 people occupied a TransCanada's office in Westborough, MA, holding a "Funeral for Our Future" and disrupting work for several hours. Twenty-five were arrested for locking themselves inside the office.
- TD Bank branches have seen protests at multiple locations including three people who were arrested for locking themselves inside a branch office in Washington, DC.
- Twelve people arrested for blockading a fracking pipeline in upstate New York.
- Portland, Oregon held a bike tour of the city’s worst polluters including a rally at a TransCanada office.
- Dozens of activists in grim-reaper garb surround Michels Corporate office in Kirkland, WA, demanding that Michels stop building KXL.
On Thursday, the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance Direct Action Camp in Ponca City, Oklahoma will participate in a protest in Oklahoma City. The video above features individuals from that group discussing the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on their area.
Tar Sands Action says that they have 18 more actions planned between now and Saturday, March 23rd, including "six more protests against TD Banks in New York City, Washington D.C., Montpellier, VT, Newark, DE, New Haven, CT, and Asheville, NC."
Visit Tar Sands Blockade to learn more and find out how you can find an event in your area.