Over a thousand of us turned out on Tuesday – adding San Francisco to the growing list of cities President Obama has been greeted in protest since civil disobedience actions in Washington DC and Ottawa this September. At Organizing for America 2012 campaign offices, fundraisers, speeches and rallies – thousands of people have taken the fight to communities and are keeping the pressure on the President to reject Keystone XL.
In San Francisco on Tuesday, CREDO Action organized with ex-Obama supporters including 31-year-old Elijah Zarlin who wrote fundraiser e-mails in 2008 for Obama. He said,
“In the last election I was at the campaign headquarters in Chicago writing fundraising e-mails to help generate the small-dollar donations that helped elect Barack Obama president. But this week I’m working with CREDO Action and helping to organize over 1,000 people to stand with me outside one of President Obama’s high-dollar fundraisers, asking him to deliver on the change he promised us–by stopping the Keystone XL pipeline.”
On Monday, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announced a special session next week (November 1) to address growing concerns over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and consider legislation ordering a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline. If this passes, it would force a new environmental review process that could delay Keystone XL for another two or three years, while our actions to completely stop it continue to build.
Executive Director of BOLD Nebraska, Jane Kleeb stated, “Now that Governor Heineman has called a special session, we look forward to seeing his bill to protect our land and water that specifically gets the pipeline out of the Sandhills and out of the heart of the Ogallala Aquifer."
BOLD Nebraska has some great actions posted and the Council of Canadians are urging people to send an email to members of the legislature and you can do this here.
As the clock ticks towards President Obama’s decision on Keystone, thousands of us prepare to participate in a huge action on November 6 in Washington DC – exactly one year before the election, we want to encircle the whole White House to ask President Obama to live up to his promise to free us from the tyranny of oil and say no to Keystone XL. Find out more about the action here.
For pictures from the rally, see Global Exchange’s Facebook page and 350.org’s album. Also, be sure to read our blog post about the rally and share it with your friends.
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P.S. This just in! President Obama responds to #NoKXL in Denver.