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Naomi Klein - Invitation to Washington- Protest March on the White House

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The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will quite possibly get you arrested.

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Angelika R (143)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:08 am
How great is this action she rocks! Please read her letter in full.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:24 am
Great post, Angelika -- great idea, too. I love Naomi Klein & I wish I could be there!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday June 27, 2011, 3:44 am
I've just been to the site and see that Naomi is far from being alone in this! The list of participants is very VERY impressive:

Maude Barlow – Chair, Council of Canadian -- WOW! ANOTHER wonderful activist! The WATER RIGHTS WOMAN !
Wendell Berry – Author and Farmer
Tom Goldtooth – Director, Indigenous Environmental Network --- He - & what he's fighting for- are great, too!
Danny Glover – Actor --- Yeah!
James Hansen – NASA Climate Scientist
Wes Jackson – Agronomist, President of the Land Insitute
Naomi Klein – Author and Journalist
Bill McKibben – Writer and Environmentalist
George Poitras – Mikisew Cree Indigenous First Nation
Gus Speth – Environmental Lawyer and Activist
David Suzuki – Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Everyone should read the LONG VERSION: This is about "our democracy (being) increasingly controlled by special interests interested only in their short-term profit" & global warming ...
("2010 was the warmest year on record, and we've seen the resulting chaos in almost every corner of the earth.") & the junction of these two trends in the Keystone Pipeline project -- "a fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent" !

"These two trends collide this summer in Washington, where the State Department and the White House have to decide whether to grant a certificate of 'national interest' to some of the biggest fossil fuel players on earth. These corporations want to build the so-called 'Keystone XL Pipeline' from Canada’s tar sands to Texas refineries."

"The tar sands have wrecked huge parts of Alberta, disrupting ways of life in indigenous communities—First Nations communities in Canada, and tribes along the pipeline route in the U.S. have demanded the destruction cease. The pipeline crosses crucial areas like the Oglalla Aquifer where a spill would be disastrous—and though the pipeline companies insist they are using ‘state of the art’ technologies that should leak only once every 7 years, the precursor pipeline and its pumping stations have leaked a dozen times in the past year. These local impacts alone would be cause enough to block such a plan. But the Keystone Pipeline would also be a fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent, a way to make it easier and faster to trigger the final overheating of our planet, the one place to which we are all indigenous."

"Secretary of State Clinton has already said she’s 'inclined' to recommend the pipeline go forward. Partly it's because of the political commotion over high gas prices, though more tar sands oil would do nothing to change that picture. But it's also because of intense pressure from industry. The US Chamber of Commerce—a bigger funder of political campaigns than the RNC and DNC combined—has demanded that the administration "move quickly to approve the Keystone XL pipeline," which is not so surprising—they’ve also told the U.S. EPA that if the planet warms that will be okay because humans can ‘adapt their physiology’ to cope. The Koch Brothers, needless to say, are also backing the plan, and may reap huge profits from it.

So we're pretty sure that without serious pressure the Keystone Pipeline will get its permit from Washington. A wonderful coalition of environmental groups has built a strong campaign across the continent—from Cree and Dene indigenous leaders to Nebraska farmers, they've spoken out strongly against the destruction of their land. We need to join them, and to say even if our own homes won't be crossed by this pipeline, our joint home—the earth—will be wrecked by the carbon that pours down it.

And we need to say something else, too: it's time to stop letting corporate power make the most important decisions our planet faces. We don't have the money to compete with those corporations, but we do have our bodies, and beginning in mid August many of us will use them. We will, each day, march on the White House, risking arrest with our trespass. We will do it in dignified fashion, demonstrating that in this case we are the conservatives, and that our foes—who would change the composition of the atmosphere are dangerous radicals. Come dressed as if for a business meeting—this is, in fact, serious business."

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday June 27, 2011, 4:41 am

Now, THIS is exciting! It will be hard for MSM to ignore this one.

"And we need to say something else, too: it's time to stop letting corporate power make the most important decisions our planet faces. We don't have the money to compete with those corporations, but we do have our bodies, and beginning in mid August many of us will use them. We will, each day, march on the White House, risking arrest with our trespass. We will do it in dignified fashion, demonstrating that in this case we are the conservatives, and that our foes—who would change the composition of the atmosphere are dangerous radicals. Come dressed as if for a business meeting—this is, in fact, serious business.

And another sartorial tip—if you wore an Obama button during the 2008 campaign, why not wear it again? We very much still want to believe in the promise of that young Senator who told us that with his election the 'rise of the oceans would begin to slow and the planet start to heal.' We don't understand what combination of bureaucratic obstinacy and insider dealing has derailed those efforts, but we remember his request that his supporters continue on after the election to pressure his government for change. We'll do what we can.

And one more thing: we don't just want college kids to be the participants in this fight. They’ve led the way so far on climate change—10,000 came to DC for the Powershift gathering earlier this spring. They've marched this month in West Virginia to protest mountaintop removal; a young man named Tim DeChristopher faces sentencing this summer in Utah for his creative protest.

Now it's time for people who've spent their lives pouring carbon into the atmosphere to step up too, just as many of us did in earlier battles for civil rights or for peace. Most of us signing this letter are veterans of this work, and we think it's past time for elders to behave like elders. One thing we don't want is a smash up: if you can’t control your passions, this action is not for you.

This won't be a one-shot day of action. We plan for it to continue for several weeks, till the administration understands we won't go away. Not all of us can actually get arrested—half the signatories to this letter live in Canada, and might well find our entry into the U.S. barred. But we will be making plans for sympathy demonstrations outside Canadian consulates in the U.S., and U.S. consulates in Canada—the decision-makers need to know they're being watched."

Thanks for posting, Angie. Will help circulate.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday June 27, 2011, 5:16 am
As you will read from the "invitation," dates, etc. have not yet been firmed up.  It looks more like they're trying to get a feel for approximately how many would have an interest in participating.
"If you think you might want to be a part of this action, we need you to sign up here.
As plans solidify in the next few weeks we'll be in touch with you to arrange nonviolence training; our colleagues at a variety of environmental and democracy campaigns will be coordinating the actual arrangements."

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday June 27, 2011, 7:46 am

Re: "Now, THIS is exciting! It will be hard for MSM to ignore this one."

MSM = mainstream media

Sorry if that confused anyone.


Eileen Novak (444)
Monday June 27, 2011, 8:26 am
Everyone plan to go. The best route to take is via Omaha, NE. While you're here, mind if I hitch a ride? I can drive for you, read a map, and have moments of extreme pleasantness. The only thing I can't do I sing "Happy Trails" song. Well, I could, but I don't want you to boot me out on the side of some highway, which, trust me, you would.
I'm packed and ready to go.

Angelika R (143)
Monday June 27, 2011, 8:47 am
LOL- it shouldn't have as even I understood it.. ;) Thanks for your comments and Carole for picking it up to C2NN.
I hate to use up comment space so thanks for pasting major parts of her letter here as well. Yes indeed, it IS exciting and comes right in time, too. Although probably purely coincidental in timing, it appears like a response to Van Jones' address and call.
But of course her action has been planned for some time and Carole is right, she / they first need to know how many will join. Let's hope there will be many, guess that's why Carole added a "TAKE ACTION" to my post headline ;-))

Angelika R (143)
Monday June 27, 2011, 9:00 am
LOOLL Eileen- great, that sounds cool! But I suggest you save your singing for the arrival at Penn Ave. to make sure you're heard.

Amena Andersson (187)
Monday June 27, 2011, 9:17 am
looks a wonderful action with some great people as participants. Wish I could go. Thanks, Angelika, Peasant Diva, and Carole. Noted and will share.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:09 am
Naomi Wolf rocks! I bought her book The End of America--Letter of Warning to A Young Patriot--A Citizen's Call to Action. I recommend highly to read this book. I've book cases all around me, but two books sit on my computer desk, her book and one written by an American Indian.

I have been sending out in my submissions to my American friends her write up of Fascist America, in 10 easy steps. One step listed with each submission in hopes some will take the time to read if I narrow it down a step at a time. I give a live link to her writings from there.

So thank you so much Angelika for this information and I WILL most certainly be forwarding this along and I do thank Carole for getting it to me. Why are we not linked in friendship Angelika we must rectify that. I do am so excited with the various people that are stepping up to the plate for the people to get behind. I believe there is plenty of room for all the Van Jones and Naomi Wolf's we can get. In fact if they support each others efforts by encouraging those forces to merge on these rallies and marches then the Thunder will be heard.

I did just place a little video on my USA friends profile pages that explains the Generation (one word) or the Millennials which are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1978 and 2000, they are 95 million strong, compared to 78 million Baby Boomers. They have a campaign going that is very progressive and I am delighted to see this youth block moving up into both voting and activism.

There was an actual news story I put on Care2 that told of another youth group that is pulling in numbers too, called America Will Be. Two of their statements on their page were as follows:

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” S. L. Clemens also known as Mark Twain

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962 the 35th president of US 1961-1963 (1917 - 1963)

For those who are signing on to this also google Rebuild The Dream to learn more. For those who can't attend this also check out Rebuild The Dream. There is need and a place for you in one of these areas, or join the youth groups I mentioned in this thread.


Steven Walle (38)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:33 pm
Thank you Angelika. Be Blessed.

Joan for Peace (413)
Monday June 27, 2011, 12:35 pm
oh i wish i could go, great post and thanks to carole for sending this to me

Patrick Donovan (344)
Monday June 27, 2011, 1:41 pm
It is good to hear about people taking action. It takes the edge off the worry about how to fight inertia in America.

Toni C (508)
Monday June 27, 2011, 2:34 pm
Noted and thanks for the article. There is no way I would be able to attend, and even if I could I doubt very much I could spend the money to dress "as for a business meeting"... way out of my league there. I am glad to see people standing up and speaking out, marching, protesting, rallying or doing whatever they can to bring the people together to fight this oppression that's taking over the country. I wish them well...

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday June 27, 2011, 4:28 pm
I can't go but I did post it to myspace, fb & twitters
I'm one of these people who love protests, & civil disobedience:)
Thank you Carole for the forward

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday June 27, 2011, 4:29 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.
Thank you Angelika

Monday June 27, 2011, 4:47 pm
Thank you Angelika for posting and Carole for the forward. Wonderful!

Pat B (356)
Monday June 27, 2011, 4:53 pm
I cannot attend, but am forwarding this on to friends here in TX...and elsewhere. Thank you, Angelika, for this, and Carole for FW...ROCK ON!!!! xox

Eternal G (745)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:08 pm
Naomi Klein is one hell of an awesome cookie!!!

Agata S (0)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:10 pm
Noami Klein - get loud - she is awesome.

This isn't the responisibility of indigenous communities. I hope other solutions are found.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday June 27, 2011, 6:27 pm
Thanks for posting Angelika! I will forward to all my friends!

T. A. H (39)
Monday June 27, 2011, 7:08 pm
Excellent news. Can't attend (live in Calif.), but will follow with interest.

Michael O (176)
Monday June 27, 2011, 8:20 pm
I just finished reading Naomi Klein's "No logo" (I know, about 10 years too late, but better late than never) and it was quite an eye-opener. I highly recommend reading her works!

Elias Ayad (49)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:26 pm
Naomi Klein is great.. Thank you Angelika for posting this great article.
Thank you Carole for fowarding.


Linda G (187)
Monday June 27, 2011, 10:55 pm
I've got my tennies on and posted on FB. Let's go.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 1:34 am
Thanks for the post Angelica and to "C" for the fw.

Susan L (150)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 1:42 am
Wish I could go, but not happening for me. Great post though and I hope the DC event is an overwhelming success.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 2:30 am
Dandelion's comment rang a bell with me because I spent some time at the 'the Nation' site yesterday & remembered seeing coverage on Van Jones:

23/06- Van Jones Returns, Launches Liberal Alternative to The Tea Party

24/06- Van Jones Previews the American Dream Movement:

Economic justice was a major theme at last week’s Netroots Nation conference and Van Jones’s keynote speech (link) previewing a new “American dream movement” was widely considered the highlight of the progressive summit.

Jones and will officially launch the new “Rebuild the Dream” campaign in New York City tonight. This morning I interviewed Jones and MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben about what the campaign will look like and what they hope to accomplish in the coming year.

The Nation's Ari Berman joined Darcy Burner of Progressive Congress and David Waldman of Daily Kos yesterday at Netroots Nation 2011: money in politics and ways to break down the structural barriers to progressive success./ Free Speech TV

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:19 am
Thanks so much to all of you for comments and stars, the stars in return are on the way, one by one...

Sandra T (126)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:57 am
Angelica, thanks for posting this very encouraging article by heroine Naomi Klein. YES!!!

The American people have had enough of their oppressors,the larger the number of people who show up, the more successful. AMERICANS, show them what you are made off! You are coming together as one and oppose the plutocracy and fascists so bravely.

My prayers and love are with each and every one of you! This is real people power. Please don't waste this fantastic opportunity!

Will gladly and happily forward!

Calle J (19)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 4:39 am

Naomi Klein- Ahoo, feels so good!
Nation columnist Naomi Klein explores a key argument from her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism: After 9/11 the Bush Administration launched a new economy, driven by the notion of an endless war against an undefined notion of evil. Read more in her 2005 Nation column "The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."

Wish I could be there.
Thanks Ralph YY AND Sandra for sharing with friends

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 8:40 am
I wish I could be there even if I would be arrested .Great post Angelica. Thanks Sandra for the forward.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:13 am
Great woman! She is a friend of the people.

It looks like corporatism (fascism) has immobilized the country as planned. I can't go either but would love to.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:45 am
I'm on her mailing list and have read the letter. It's great!

Sadly, because of money constraints, I had to RSVP in the negative. I will be there in spirit!

Nancy Billings (125)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 10:59 am
Because of lack of money I cannot go but would love to ~ I pray for them to get through the importance of what needs to be done to help our planet ~ God Bless those that can be there ~ TY Angelica !

Beth M (138)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 12:34 pm
Go for it!

as s (201)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 2:35 pm
Sounds fun - being arrested on a hot sticky day! Hell - I'll go if a hundred care2 members meet me there!?!
Leave a message on my blog if you want to go. Linda are you in?

as s (201)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 2:40 pm
OOPS - sorry - my wife just pointed out she is not able to care for her self yet. So she doesn't want me to go to jail for six or seven more months. Damn it. I was looking forward to getting away for awhile.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:56 pm
Thanks Angelika for posting and Heriette for this forward! Good luck!

Liz NO FWDS G (72)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 5:48 pm
Noted with interest.Unable to go as i live in England but will be thinking of you all.Thank you dear Henriette for the forward and Angelika for this interesting post.Liz.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 7:14 pm
Wish I could go as well...It's time for so many reasons.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 10:21 pm
The tar sands should be left alone. No oil extraction there -- the ecological cost is too high.

Ameer T (24)
Wednesday June 29, 2011, 11:31 pm
i hope more and more Americans come to realize how their govenment took them for a ride this past decade. while they were busy taking pride in destroying three countries simultaneously and really thinking that the American empire would grow, the Givernment (under cover of war) was striking deals with Oil comapanies and Minerals extraction mining companies for a few large corporations.

And before Americans even caught on to the idea (and some of them still haven't), the governemt yanked the rug right out from under them. Adding insult to injury,not only were the Americans given the bill for the war which came to 7 trillion dollars that had to be paid with thier taxes, raising the debt ceiling further increasing interest and creating more debt; the government intituted budget cuts such as on education and cut short social security, medicare and so on. And as if that wasn't enough it compunded the problem with unemployment and lower pay.

I say it is still generous of some of these Americans to just consider protesting against the govenment. If they had launched a Lynch mob agaisnt these crooks even that would have been understandable.

SANDRA R (144)
Thursday June 30, 2011, 8:11 am
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday June 30, 2011, 11:27 am
thank you Ameer, what an accurate summary and assessment coming here from India.

Stelizan L (258)
Thursday June 30, 2011, 12:56 pm
Amen to success!! We'll be with you in spirit!

Suruna WTF (38)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 2:54 pm
Wouldn't it be nice if the "Capitol" was located somewhere in the middle of this huge country?

Winefred M (88)
Sunday August 14, 2011, 12:14 pm
Noted. Thanks Angelika.
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