The Huffington Post is looking for citizen journalists to attend the fake grassroots events taking place across the country that are designed to fool the American public into thinking that there are organic rallies going on against clean energy and climate solutions. Organizers are selling these astroturf events as "company picnics," but in reality they are pressuring their own employees to attend fake rallies for the status quo.The Huffington Post invites its readers to either attend the "rallies" or report from outside. Photos, video or first person accounts should be sent to huffpostgreen [at] huffingtonpost [dot] com.
The events come at a critical time when Congress is coming back from recess to tackle the twin problems of health insurance reform and converting our economy from one that runs on dirty fuels that cause climate change to an economy that will create new green jobs that runs on alternative fuels like wind and solar. The American Petroleum Institute, whose members include Shell, Exxon, and ConocoPhillips, are behind the fake rallies.
Here are the upcoming "company picnics":
8/22 (11:30 AM). Atlanta, GA. Marriott Century Center.
8/25 (11.30 AM) Nashville, TN. Wild Horse Saloon.
8/25 (11:00 AM). Elkhart, IN. RV Hall of Fame.
8/25 (TBD) Greeley, CO. Island Grove Regional Park, Exhibit Hall
8/27 (11:30 AM). St. Louis, MO Hilton at the Ballpark.
8/27 (5.:00 PM) Tampa FL, Tampa Convention Center
8/27 (TBD). Bismarck, ND National Center of Energy Excellence at Bismarck State College, 4th Floor
8/31 (TBD). Anchorage, AK Anchorage Convention Center
8/31 (5:00 PM). Greenville, SC. Carolina First Center.
9/1 Springfield IL Time TBD Venue TBD
9/3 (Time TBD) Detroit MI Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center.
9/3 (4:30 PM). Philadelphia, PA. Venue TBD.
9/3 Richmond, VA. TBD.
9/5 (2:30 PM). Lincoln, NE. Embassy Suites Lincoln.
9/7 (1:15 3 2:15 PM). Huron, SD. Freedom Stage, South Dakota State Fair
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