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August 16, 2011
3:03 PM

Caravan Crosses U.S. To Bring Citizens to Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Protests In Washington D.C.

NATIONWIDE - August 16 - Dozens of climate activists are traveling aboard the No Tar Sands Caravan from Davis, California to Washington, DC August 21st - 26th to join Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jim Hansen, Danny Glover and thousands more to risk arrest in protest to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The aim of the caravan is to mobilize hundreds of people across the country and bring as many as possible to the gates of the White House to encourage President Obama to take a stand against the construction of the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline from Alberta Canada to Texas oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.  

According to environmentalist and author Bill McKibben the three weeks of sustained presence from over 2,000 citizens on the White House gates, “will be the largest collective act of civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement.”

Dozens of people will be jumping on the caravan as it travels across the United States to form a diverse coalition of landowners, farmers, educators, students and concerned citizens. In solidarity with the caravan, organizations across the country are holding events in Salt Lake City, Denver and in Lincoln, NE to recruit caravaners and raise awareness about the Keystone XL Pipeline.

If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline would transport crude oil 1,661 miles from the Tar Sands of Alberta to Texas refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. The Tar Sands mining operation in Alberta has already destroyed large swaths of Boreal forest and poisoned waterways; in addition, the full exploitation of this difficult to extract source of oil would be “essentially game over for the climate” according to renowned Climatologist Jim Hansen.  

Caravan participant, Karen Enger of Rocklin, California states her reasons for traveling to Washington, DC: “Our planet's resources belong to all of us - they are not to be exploited for profit for the benefit of a few and the marginalization of the many. And...I am a mother. Fighting to protect the earth and climate for our young is primal.”  

Visit http://notarsandscaravan.org for more information and live updates from the caravan on the road.



Caravan Route and Schedule
Everyone is invited to jump on board at any point.  The stops in bold are the best places to meet up with the caravan, but people can jump at any point.  People interested in participating should visit http://notarsandscaravan.org
   
August 21st SF/SAC - Salt Lake City
• 8AM Depart from Davis Amtrak,
• PM Arrive in Salt Lake City spend night

August 22 Salt Lake City - Boulder, CO
• AM meet with South - West Caravan from Tuscon, AZ
• AM Hold press event in Salt Lake City with Free Speech Zone
• 12noon Depart Salt lake City
• PM Arrive Boulder, CO, spend night at Masala Community House

August 23 Boulder, CO - Lincoln, NE
• 6am depart Boulder, CO
• 6:45 Arrive Denver, CO
• 7am hold event on steps of the State Capital building
• 8am depart Denver, CO
• PM Arrive Lincoln, NE, spend night

August 24 Lincoln, NE - St Louis, MO
• AM Press event with Landowners Caravan from Rainforest Action Network
• early afternoon Depart Lincoln, NE
• Pick up rider(s) in Columbia, MO
• Possibly pick up rider in Des Moine, IA
• PM Arrive St Louis, spend night

August 25 St Louis, MO - Columbus, OH
• AM Depart St Louis, MO
• Pick up driver in Bloomington, IN
• Arrive Columbus, OH, spend night

*Optional Mountain Top Removal tour August 25th & 26th*
Missouri to Kayford Mountain, WV to Washington, DC
• AM Depart Missouri for Hurricane, WV
• Spend night in Hurricane

August 25th: Hurricane, WV to Kayford Mountain, WV to DC
• AM Depart Hurricane, WV (about 1hr 40 min to Kayford Mtn)
• Arrive Kayford Mountain
• 12 noon Depart Kayford Mountain

August 26 Columbus, OH - Washington, DC
• 7AM Depart Columbus, OH
• 10AM Join student caravan in Pittsburgh, PN
• 4PM Arrive DC in time for 5pm training

 

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