On Sunday, November 6th, over 50 UUs will be joining an interfaith contingent and tarsandsaction.org and 350.org, one year from the next election, to encircle the White House to ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline.

We need YOU to show up on Sunday, November 6th to participate in this action (along with your friends, neighbors, fellow congregants, and perhaps even enemies)*.

Thousands of people are expected to peacefully and solemnly encircle the White House to urge President Obama to fulfill his campaign pledge of shifting us to a clean energy future and reject a permit for the proposed transnational Keystone XL Pipeline.  This is a legal gathering and no civil disobedience will occur (so we aren’t expecting arrests). Indigenous leaders in Canada and the U.S. oppose the project, saying it abrogates treaty rights and devastates their lands. Midwestern farmers, environmentalists and others are concerned about possible land and water contamination from spills. NASA climate scientist James Hansen states that the pollution caused from using this amount of oil would “make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts.”

  •  A group from All Souls will join UUA Environmental Stewardship Manager, Robin Nelson, to go to the rally. Meet at 1 p.m. in the CHURCH COURTYARD.
  • We’ll join other UUs in front of Starbucks at 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW at 1:45pm and then proceed together to the northwest corner of Lafayette Park.
  • If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” T-Shirt, please bring it to wear.
  • If you know in advance you are coming, RSVP to Robin Nelson at: Rnelson@uua.org.
  • To be in touch with us on Sunday, contact Robin on her cell.  Texts are easiest as it will be loud and crowded.
  • Interested in volunteering to be a crowd marshal? Training will occur at ASC around 5 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Please check in with Robin Nelson whenever you arrive to join us.

Some additional FYIs:

You should only bring things that you can carry, you won’t be allowed to put anything on the ground.

The organizers said that banners and signs would be problematic once the rally ended around 2:50 and people then would be processing around the White House. They want us to hold hands – so there would be no way to keep hold of a sign or banner. They are suggesting people put signs on hats or around their necks if they want that.

Think about wearing gloves or mittens, you won’t be able to put your cold hands in your pockets if you’re holding the hand of persons next to you.

In case of emergency or complications, you will want valid (current, government issued) identification for any interaction with the police, or for any medical issues.

Dress as you would for a serious meeting or other businesslike event.  Additionally, UUs are wearing Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts to identify ourselves to each other.

A reusable water bottle is a must and think about bringing a small snack such as a granola bar or trail mix we’ll be out there from 2pm-5pm.


*Can’t make it to Washington, DC?  Join a solidarity action and submit information and photos to Robin Nelson at Rnelson@uua.org afterwards.  Tar Sands Action Seattle is planning a solidarity event.

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  1. Christina Diebold

    Will announce this Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor (Maine) and ask people to call the White House.

  2. Charlotte Brewer

    I’ll be coming with 15-20 from Cedar Lane. This includes 10-15 UUs from Nashville who CL
    UUC is hosting overnight and for lunch before the rally.
    We’ll metro to Farragut Northand wask to Lafayette Park’s NW corner.

  3. Robin Nelson

    FYI – canes and wheelchairs are allowed. However fold-up seats are not.

  4. Joy

    I will be there with others from MN350.org. I will be watching for those ‘standing on the side of love.’

    Question: Which organizers are saying ‘no’ to signs and banners? I am not seeing that on other sites and we are bringing some large banners to DC. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  5. Robin Nelson

    Joy, Pam Sparr (All Souls member and consultant to UUMFE) told me that they were discouraging signs and banners from a conference call she was on this week. However, tonight I attended the pre-action at All Souls and they seemed fine with banners and have many of their own to share.
    We’d love to have you join us, I’ll be wearing my SSL shirt outside of my jacket so that people can easily find us.
    Thanks for being here in solidarity.

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