As I sit on the ferry from Oaks Bluff, Martha’s Vineyard back to the mainland it is hard not to think of the people who are currently sacrificing their body and individual rights outside the White House at this very moment. We traveled out to the Vineyard to follow our President Barack Obama and hand-deliver press packets for the Tar Sands Action to the White House Press Corps that surround him in order to remind them the key role that the President can play in future of the Keystone XL pipeline. Stopping the construction of this pipeline will halt a cascade of environmental impacts (“sure”? sounds a bit awkward) and begin to fulfill the campaign promises that engaged so many in 2008. Our mission to the Vineyard today was a simple but impacting way to support this growing movement to inspire the President to do the right thing. I encourage you to find your way to contribute.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is Obama’s chance to turn tides and start to regain support from the many that voted him into office. The same people that slept on the floors of churches taking workshops on grassroots political campaigning are now using the same trainings to prepare to be arrested outside his front door in D.C.
There have been many articles written on the destruction this pipeline will bring to our environment, economy and communities health through out its almost 2,000 mile journey. What we would like to address is the need for involvement of everyone. Yes! You! Everyone! The capacity in which we all can contribute is different for everyone but we must mobilize to avert even the lesser of worst case scenarios.
If you do not have the time, resources or ability to go down and risk arrest with the many other courageous people in our nations capitol, that is ok. There are plenty of things that you can do in your own local community. It is imperative that we continue to push awareness of the issue as well as the actions happening in D.C. We should be blasting social media sites, doing class raps, writing letters to the editor and planning local solidarity actions. We are up against an industry that makes more money then any other in the history of money. Our advantage lies in the numbers we have. The more publicity and the more people we get involved will only lead to the more our president sees how he has the support to make the right decision.