Nationwide Protests in Nine Cities Target Climate Crisis

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Kim Marks, Mobilization for Climate Justice, Rising Tide North America (503) 539-7471
Ananda Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Mobilization for Climate Justice (415) 374-0615

Nationwide Protests in Nine Cities Target Climate Crisis

Nationwide - A broad and diverse coalition of organizations working for
social, environmental, economic and racial justice has come together to call
for urgent action on the global climate crisis based on equitable, democratic
and science-based solutions.

WHO: Mobilization for Climate Justice (www.actforclimatejustice.org)

WHEN:
  November 30, 2009 (see below)    

WHAT: Nationwide
protests in cities across the U.S. will take place a
week before the beginning of the international UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen, and on the 10th Anniversary of
the World Trade Organization protest in Seattle. The
world’s major corporations have been dominating international and domestic
climate policy - as they did with the international trade policy arena.
Activists in major cities around the U.S. are preparing for non-violent direct
action against these major climate polluters and their financiers, stating:
“Our Climate is Not Their Business!”

Specific Times and Locations:

11 a.m. CST Chicago:
Rally at Federal Plaza, marches to the Chicago Climate Exchange, the first and
largest carbon trading institution in North America     

 8:00 a.m. Washington
DC: March from US Chamber of Commerce (H
St. NW & Connecticut St. NW), to other corporate polluters and their
lobbyists.

Nov. 29-Nov. 30 EST Boston “Sleepout” on Boston Commons in front of the State House, followed by
morning lobbying and rally at the State House, followed by march to offices of
Sen. John Kerry

12 noon EST New York:
Rally at Bank of America
(16th and 5th Ave. nr Union Sq.); colorful procession with marching band to
offices of US CAP member Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for Speak Out
with NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen and others. Street theatric to follow.

Maine: Rally in
downtown Portland; rally and march in Bangor

12 noon PST Seattle, Washington: Climate! Justice! Assembly, Westlake Park, 401
Pine

3 pm EST Burlington, VT:
Davis Student Center at UVM rally, followed by a
march to the federal building.

11:30 am PST San Francisco, CA: Justin Herman Plaza rally, followed by a march to Bank of America,
345 Montgomery St. where non-violent civil disobedience will take place

WHY:

With world leaders converging in Copenhagen in early
December for global UN climate negotiations, the people hit hardest by this
crisis and least responsible for its cause—working class, Indigenous and people
of color communities around the world—have been systematically excluded and are
demanding a voice at this table. The world’s major climate polluters continue
to exert their influence over these negotiations through armies of paid
lobbyists, in order to protect their profits and prevent any meaningful climate
solutions. These corporations are pushing false solutions, including “clean
coal”, nuclear energy, bio-fuels and carbon markets, which delay urgent emissions
reductions, threaten ecosystems and subsidize the construction of more toxic
industries in the backyards of the poor. The
Mobilization for Climate Justice calls carbon marketing a “commodification of
the commons, patently fraudulent, unjust and ineffective.”

The protests are directed at those corporations and
financial institutions driving the climate crisis and obstructing meaningful
reform in Washington as in Copenhagen.

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The Mobilization for Climate Justice is a North America-based network of organizations and activists who have joined together to build a North American climate justice movement that emphasizes non-violent direct action and public education to mobilize for effective and just solutions to the climate crisis. The Mobilization for Climate Justice invites communities, organizations and activists across North America to join us in organizing mass action on climate change on November 30, 2009 (N30). N30 is significant because it both immediately precedes the upcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP-15) and is the ten-year anniversary of the successful shut down of the WTO in Seattle, when activists worldwide came together to demonstrate the power of collective action. The Copenhagen climate meetings will be a major focus for international mass actions this November and December, and the MCJ is linked to these efforts as well.

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