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Is the pipeline victory a turning point for the climate movement?

Two days ago, I was convinced that the amazing Keystone XL pipeline victory won by the North American climate movement on Nov. 10 was going to be, without question, a pivotal turning point. Today, having thought more about it, I'd say it's more like somewhere between "maybe" and "probably." I'm reminded of another "victory" that many in the climate and broader progressive movement were feeling just about three years ago: Obama's election. That one didn't exactly turn out the way many of us thought it would. Obama does deserve credit and thanks for the decision he made to put off …

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Encircling the White House — a new beginning is here

About noon, as the organizers of yesterday's encirclement of the White House to stop the tar-sands pipeline were setting up, someone said, "the flag is flying over the White House, that means President Obama is home." Said a U.S. Park Police person standing next to me, "it's not true, sorry to disappoint, but he's not home." But lo and behold, at 5:15 p.m., as the light was rapidly fading and a beautiful three-quarters moon appeared in the sky over Lafayette Park, as Bill McKibben was wrapping up, speaking about the wonder and power of the day's event and this movement, …

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The power of the people, organized

On Monday, Oct. 31, speaking about a possible permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, President Obama's press secretary Jay Carney told the press that "this is a decision that will be made by the State Department." On Tuesday, Nov. 1, speaking during an interview at the White House with a reporter from Omaha, Nebraska-based TV station KETV, President Obama himself said that he will be making the decision. More than that, Obama gave the rhetorical back of his hand to the false argument of pipeline supporters that it is a big jobs creator: "I think folks in Nebraska, …

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November 6: More Than Just the Climate Movement?

November 6 at the White House is a big day and an important place. That afternoon, one year before the 2012 elections, thousands of people from around the country will be doing something that has never been done before. We will be surrounding the White House, a mile or more in circumference, in a Circle of Hope.   We will call upon President Obama to reject the dirty-oil, Keystone XL pipeline Big Oil wants built across the middle of the USA, from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta province to the Texas Gulf Coast refineries (http://tarsandaction.org).   We will be doing …

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Revolution in the air

"Those Who Take the Meat from the TableTeach contentment.Those for whom the taxes are destinedDemand sacrifice.Those who eat their fill speak to the hungryOf wonderful times to come.Those who lead the country into the abyssCall ruling too difficultFor ordinary men and women."-Bertolt Brecht I first heard about the "people's microphone" technique during the November, 1999 demonstrations against the World Trade Organization in Seattle. I remember reading about how, when 400 people were demonstrating outside the jail where global justice activists were being held, the method of communication was by people repeating the words of the person speaking, without sound amplification, …

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The Occupy Movement, winning victories and November 6

I haven't felt like this since Seattle and the birth of the global justice movement in the USA 12 years ago.  Because of the Occupy Wall Street action and the astounding growth of similar local occupy actions all over the country, the political winds have changed in the USA, all within less than a month. Hope is in the air, and hope is a powerful thing. Revolutions don't happen unless masses of people believe that it is possible for change to really happen. And revolutions usually don't follow a neat script. I'm reminded of something that the late Arthur Kinoy …

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First Ozone Standards, Now This?

I woke up this morning wondering if my ears had deceived me. I didn't remember hearing anything in Obama's speech last night about clean energy investments or clean energy jobs. So I looked up the transcript and went through it.   It turns out Obama did say something along these lines. One thing, one part of a sentence. Here it is:   If we provide the right incentives, the right support -- and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules -- we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to …

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The Tar Sands Action (smile)

  My mind has been a jumble the last couple of days as I’ve tried to think about what I would be saying in this column. I knew I would be writing about the historic and amazing Tar Sands Action in Washington, D.C.   I am literally smiling as I embark on this writing journey. There was so much positive energy, so many wonderful experiences, so much hope for the future in and around the two weeks of sitting-in and standing-in in front of the White House, August 20-September 3.   One of the things I will never forget is …

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Finish Strong at the White House September 3!

The actions against the Keystone XL pipeline down at the White House are a wonderful thing. Over the last five days 275 people have gotten arrested. When the police/whomever else tried to intimidate our movement by holding Bill McKibben and 52 others for two days and nights in pretty abysmal jail conditions over the weekend, we didn't back down an inch, just kept coming. This is not just historic, it's a real measure of something very significant, something about our toughness, our dedication, our unity, our morale, happening with the climate movement. September 3 is another important test. Saturday, September …

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Tar-sands protesters in jail longer than expected

The 15-day campaign at the White House to stop the Keystone XL pipeline has begun, and thanks to the U.S. Park Police, it’s taken a totally unexpected turn. In negotiations with the police prior to the action that began on Saturday, the police were very clear that what would happen after people were arrested was the vast majority would get what’s called “post and forfeit,” where you put up $100, get released from jail after several hours, and you don’t have to come back again. It’s basically like a traffic ticket. But this is not what they did. Instead, after …