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For Immediate Release

Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141

CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, Other 98% to Hold Civil Disobedience Trainings in 25 Cities on Keystone XL


More than 69,000 people have pledged to risk arrest in acts of peaceful, dignified civil disobedience if the State Department issues a draft National Interest Determination (NID) that recommends approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

To prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience on a historic scale, CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% are currently training local activists to plan, organize and lead civil disobedience actions in their own communities. The trainings include preparing local action leaders to build an action team, make legal preparations, and to train their fellow activists to participate in peaceful, dignified acts of civil disobedience. More than 750 people have signed up to lead local actions in their communities and attend the organizer trainings. The trainings are taking place in 25 cities throughout the country through August 4th, with trainings happening this weekend in New York City, Phoenix, Denver and Albuquerque.

If the State Department releases its draft NID recommending approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as in our national interest, the president will have two weeks to make his decision whether or not to approve KXL. It is within this two week window when we will deploy large-scale actions in major cities, and hundreds of activist-led, local distributed actions, with peaceful dignified sit-ins taking place in front of strategic locations. Those locations include Organizing for Action offices, State Department offices, Canadian embassies, TransCanada offices, ERM offices (the oil industry contractor writing the State Department evaluation of KXL), and TD Bank retail branches (a major investor in Keystone XL and tar sands development.)

Read CREDO's Pledge of Resistance here: