“Saturday’s arrests and overnight jailings are already lighting a fire,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, who was arrested Saturday. “More people are now inspired, determined, and committed to join. On Monday alone over 20 DC-area doctors, lawyers and students will be going to jail to chant, sing, and stop the pipeline. They’ll be joining Nebraska ranchers and others nationwide. Word is spreading.”
McKibben sent a message from jail saying, “The only thing we need is more company. We don’t need your sympathy, we need your company.”
He got his wish this morning as another 45 people were taken away by DC Park Police. Another 50-100 people will be taking part in a civil disobedience training this evening at a DC church in preparation for Monday’s sit-ins. Amongst those preparing for arrest are a group of Nebraska farmers and a ranchers who have been working to resist the proposed pipeline back in their home state.
“Nebraskans are counting on President Obama to do the right thing,” said Jane Kleeb, Director of Bold Nebraska, who will be risking arrest on Monday. “Back home we are fighting to protect our land and water. We decided to bring that fight to the President’s doorstep because our families’ legacies, those that homesteaded the very land now threatened by a foreign oil company, are too important for us sit on the sidelines. We are acting on our values and expect our President to act as well.”
Both joy and resolve are in good supply here in Washington, DC, along with an unbending determination to continue the Tar Sands sit-in over the days to come.