Additional phase to Keystone XL pipeline protests announced
Tar Sands Action, the group that organized the massive protests at the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline that resulted in more than 1,000 arrests, has announced the third phase of their protest plans against the project.
The second phase, protests at events at which President Obama is speaking, is still ongoing. Phase three is slated for Nov. 6, one year before the 2012 election, and it will involve protesters surrounding the White House. In a message to supporters, the group says they may not be able to pull off the event:
We’re not certain this is the right plan. We don’t know if there are the thousands of people that it will take to encircle the White House—we’ve never tried something this ambitious before. And we worry that it’s too earnest and idealistic—that maybe we should be going back to jail. But unlike last time, this time we’re working from a position of strength, and we can firmly but peacefully remind the president that we were the real power behind his campaign. We’re not expecting any arrests at this action, but we are expecting to send an unmistakable, unavoidable message.