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Dear Friend,

The groundswell of opposition to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is something I’ve been following closely since this month’s sit-in at the White House, which saw the arrests of 1,252 brave people in protest. I'm so proud that RAN and our supporters have played a key role in elevating this issue to one of international significance.

But our work is not over.

I have joined with several of our most valued friends, including Tim DeChristopher and Bill McKibben, to invite you to stand with us in Washington, DC on November 6. Exactly one year before the election, we are asking you to join us to encircle the whole White House in an act of solemn protest. We need to remind President Obama of the power of the movement that he rode to the White House in 2008.

As our invitation states:

“We’ve already shown we have the courage and the fortitude for civil disobedience. Now we need to mix it up and show a different side of the campaign. Many of us were sincerely moved by Barack Obama’s campaign for president. We’re not yet ready to concede that his promises were simply the empty talk of politicians. We’re not going to be cynics until we absolutely have no choice.

It will be a beautiful and brave sight, the White House enclosed by the kind of people that put President Obama there. Since he’s said he’ll make up his mind by the end of the year, now’s the time. We know it’s hard to get to Washington, but if you can: this is the moment.”

We're not expecting any arrests at this action, but with your involvement we can send an unmistakable, unavoidable message. You can go here to read the full text of the letter, which has been signed by:

  • Tim DeChristopher, Herlong California
  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Courtney Hight and Maura Cowley, Energy Action Coalition

  • Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska

  • Bill McKibben,
  • Gus Speth, former chair, president's Council on Environmental Quality

  • Becky Tarbotton, Rainforest Action Network
  • Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

It's clear that it's now or never for President Obama to make good on his promises to end "the tyranny of oil." He can start by saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile fuse to a carbon bomb that is slated to run through America’s heartland.

Our organizing to stop the Keystone pipeline will only work if you’re with us.

Rebecca Tarbotton
For a healthy climate,

Rebecca Tarbotton
Executive Director
Twitter: @beckytarbotton

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