Thousands at Climate Rally in Washington Call on Obama to Reject Keystone Pipeline

From Truth Out:  http://truth-out.org/news/item/14626-thousands-at-climate-rally-in-washington-call-on-obama-to-reject-keystone-pipeline

By Zach Roberts
Monday, 18 February 2013

A reported 50,000 people attended the 350/Sierra Club rally yesterday in Washington DC – making it the largest environmental march in decades.

There were also dozens of smaller rallies across the country, including in Los Angeles, San Diego and St. Louis.

The action in DC drew in people from around the country – Jim and Bonnie, full time climate activists both took the train from Portland, Oregon. They held a sign that called on the President to be true to his own words “We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake.”

At the speakers podium Native leaders from Canada and the US spoke out against the Tar Sands and the pipeline – calling both nations leaders to task for not hearing their concerns. Chief Jackie Thomas of the frog clan at Saik’uz (in British Columbia) warned that “Oil will spill, is always does.” She went on to thank Enbridge, the company is contracted to create much of the Keystone XL pipeline “Never have I seen white and Native work together… thank you Enbridge.”

She ended her speech to the crowd amassed in the shadow of the Washington Monument “I’m here to ask you, we need your help, I need someone to stand with me when the bulldozers come.” At that the crowd cheered.

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