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Activist Communique: Tar Sands Action and solidarity actions

The deets:

Starts Saturday August 20, 1011
Ends Friday September 03, 2011
Location: Everywhere
Host: International Stop the Tar Sands Day

The Call-out:

This could be it.

From August 20 to September 3, 2011, people will be gathering in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from being approved. If constructed, Keystone XL will significantly increase the amount of tar sands oil sent to the U.S. and significantly increase the amount of destruction by the tar sands industry in Alberta, Canada. If stopped, we are one big step closer to shutting down the tar sands!

Your personal invitation (just in case you needed one): http://www.tarsandsaction.org/invitation/

It is called the "Tar Sands Action" and in terms of numbers involved this one is going to be even bigger than International Stop the Tar Sands Day. Many communities, groups and organisations in the U.S. and Canada are throwing their support behind the action and there are some big names backing it up like Naomi Klein, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, and David Suzuki. If you want to get involved, simply sign up here.

What can you do if you cannot make it to D.C.?

To start, you can sign this petition demanding President Obama rejects the Keystone XL Pipeline.

And if there is one thing we have learnt from ISTS Day, international support goes a long way. Get your friends, your family, your community together (the same way you did on June 18) and hold a solidarity action to let our friends demonstrating in front of the White House know they are not alone at the end of August. The world is standing with them. A solidarity action does not have to be big, it does not have to be fancy. It just has to happen.

Plans for solidarity actions are already underway in Canada, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands and we expect more in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes on the ISTS Day website for updates on solidarity actions.

And if you need any help putting together a solidarity action or not sure what to do for a solidarity action feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help out.

Lets see what we can do!

ISTS Day Team

"Be Creative, Stay Positive, Have Fun"


Tar Sands Action -- tarsandsaction@gmail.com

Canada -- ottawaaction@gmail.com

Europe -- derek.ourdecade@gmail.com

Australia and New Zealand -- tarsands.australia@gmail.com


Awesome Canadian Indigenous about the tar sands and other environmental justice causes from an Indigenous perspective: The Indigenous Environmental Network

Toronto Contact group for enviromental justice activists interested in anti-tar solidarity work, please contact Environmental Justice Toronto at ej.action@gmail.com or check out their website here.

For more Canadian news, please check out Environmental Defence.


More international info:

Burnaby (near Vancouver), British Columbia, CANADA
No Pipelines, No Tankers, No Tar Sands

Berlin, GERMANY - Tar Sands Bike Tour

Lisbon, PORTUGAL - Tar Sands Circus


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