In late August, two weeks of spirited daily protests unfolded outside the White House gates. Students, authors, indigenous people, celebrities, scientists, and activists called loudly on Obama to halt the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline currently proposed to slice through middle America. 1,253 people were arrested, including the nation's top climate scientist, the actress Daryl Hannah, and droves of students, workers, and concerned citizens.
Then came word that there were truly shady dealings between lobbyists for TransCanada, the company proposing the pipeline, and the State Department, which had signaled tacit approval for the project. Then came the passionate displays of opposition at the public hearings, the celebrity pleas for Obama to halt the project, and video proof that the president's conscious was indeed conflicted over the matter.
Now, the Tar Sands Action organizers -- the group largely responsible for leading the campaign against the Keystone XL -- are hoping to make one more very public push against the pipeline. This weekend, they expect an estimated 10,000 people to take to the White House in Washington D.C. If all goes according to plan, those thousands of people will then join hands, form a massive circle, and encompass the entire White House grounds. It should make for a pretty stunning piece of aerial art, and will surely draw the ire of hippie-haters everywhere.
The rally will be lead by environmental author and campaigner Bill McKibben, and is set to begin at 2 pm in Lafayette Square, just across from the White House. Tar Sands Action explains:
This Sunday November 6th, thousands of people will be gathering in Washington DC to do something remarkable: We will join hands to surround the White House to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. We’re doing this so that he knows he has the support needed to reject the pipeline – and that there will be real consequences if he doesn’t.For more details, head to the Tar Sands Action website. No arrests are expected, so anyone can join in the human chain.
Needless to say, this will prove to be a head-turning event: Thousands have already pledged that they'll attend, and a slew of celebrity supporters will ensure that news cameras of every stripe are pointed at the protest. And Obama will no doubt be paying attention.