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February 14, 2013 2:13 pm
Daryl Hannah is handcuffed and arrested during the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at Lafayette Park in Washington on Wednesday. 
THE BIGGEST THREAT TO MEANINGFUL CLIMATE REFORM IS OUR SILENT MEDIA!
If no network allows their anchors to cover Climate Change, how can the public know how outraged they should be?
(I’m telling you, if you want the REAL NEWS, tune in to Democracy Now with Amy Goodman on LinkTV — either online or on your TV.)
MSNBC calls itself “forward” thinking?  Yet, did you hear A WORD about the 48 arrests at the White House yesterday, anywhere on their network?  Among those arrested were Daryl Hannah, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and The Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune.
This non-coverage is BULLSHIT…and, like it or not, nature won’t WAIT for our politicians to be courageous enough to stand up against Big Oil!  The Arctic is melting whether we are made aware of it or not.
Here’s what you didn’t see covered by our national media, not even on Cable News:
“Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone Protest:
“Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune says it’s so important that his group decided for the first time in its 120 year history to participate in civil disobedience.
“‘What we need right now is the president to really seize this moment on Climate change,’ he said.”
PLEASE PARTICIPATE THIS SUNDAY, FEB 17, IN THE #ForwardOnClimate the LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY EVER AGAINST THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE at the White House.  If you can’t make it to DC, there are Solidarity Rallies in SF; LA; Monterey; San Diego; Denver; Chicago; Ames, IA; Fenton, MI; St. Paul, MN; Bozeman and Missoula, MT; Medford, OR; Austin, TX; Seattle and Olympia, WA and around the country.


Sign up for a Solidarity Rally in your area.

Daryl Hannah is handcuffed and arrested during the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at Lafayette Park in Washington on Wednesday. 

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO MEANINGFUL CLIMATE REFORM IS OUR SILENT MEDIA!

If no network allows their anchors to cover Climate Change, how can the public know how outraged they should be?

(I’m telling you, if you want the REAL NEWS, tune in to Democracy Now with Amy Goodman on LinkTV — either online or on your TV.)

MSNBC calls itself “forward” thinking?  Yet, did you hear A WORD about the 48 arrests at the White House yesterday, anywhere on their network?  Among those arrested were Daryl Hannah, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and The Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune.

This non-coverage is BULLSHIT…and, like it or not, nature won’t WAIT for our politicians to be courageous enough to stand up against Big Oil!  The Arctic is melting whether we are made aware of it or not.

Here’s what you didn’t see covered by our national media, not even on Cable News:

Dozens, Including Sierra Club Director, Arrested At White House Keystone Protest:

Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune says it’s so important that his group decided for the first time in its 120 year history to participate in civil disobedience.

“‘What we need right now is the president to really seize this moment on Climate change,’ he said.”

PLEASE PARTICIPATE THIS SUNDAY, FEB 17, IN THE #ForwardOnClimate the LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY EVER AGAINST THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE at the White House.  If you can’t make it to DC, there are Solidarity Rallies in SF; LA; Monterey; San Diego; Denver; Chicago; Ames, IA; Fenton, MI; St. Paul, MN; Bozeman and Missoula, MT; Medford, OR; Austin, TX; Seattle and Olympia, WA and around the country.
April 17, 2012 10:51 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21275026253/i-think-it-expresses-the-frustrations-that-the">“I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel.

That we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country, all across Main Street, and yet you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on abusive practices that got us into this problem in the first place.”

~ President Obama

February 15, 2012 1:22 pm 2:03 am
We thought we could tuck this sign away for good, but the Keystone XL Pipeline keeps resurfacing - several petitions are now going around urging Senators to reject the Pipeline …Click here to sign petition to stop THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE!  

We thought we could tuck this sign away for good, but the Keystone XL Pipeline keeps resurfacing - several petitions are now going around urging Senators to reject the Pipeline …Click here to sign petition to stop THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE!  

January 24, 2012 3:28 pm January 21, 2012 3:01 pm
This is insanity, and what’s really frustrating is that the lawmakers that can change the laws can be bought for a song…sometimes as little as a donation of $1000 can buy a lawmaker’s vote…that’s madness - ANOTHER THING WE MUST CHANGE…

This is insanity, and what’s really frustrating is that the lawmakers that can change the laws can be bought for a song…sometimes as little as a donation of $1000 can buy a lawmaker’s vote…that’s madness - ANOTHER THING WE MUST CHANGE…

January 3, 2012 12:48 pm
leftish:

AMEN, SISTA!

[NOTE* from Leftish: In case you missed this photo the first time around - this was my MOST re-blogged post of all of 2011.  It was originally posted on August 27, 2011 - several weeks before the Occupy Movement even began. Awesome!]

leftish:

AMEN, SISTA!

[NOTE* from Leftish: In case you missed this photo the first time around - this was my MOST re-blogged post of all of 2011.  It was originally posted on August 27, 2011 - several weeks before the Occupy Movement even began. Awesome!]

September 4, 2011 7:51 pm
Oh, crap, I’ve really gone and done it now!  I’ve been BLOCKED by Keith Olbermann!
Okay, I admit it.  In an effort to push Keith to cover the Tar Sands Protest White House Rally story my Tumblr post about my original Tweet, was rude and  confrontational - kinda just like Keith Olbermann is!  I realize now that I might have gotten better results with a more sugar-coated approach, and I’m working on that hotheaded Aries tendency I have, but in my defense, it came from a sincere desire to “keep them honest” as Anderson Cooper is wont to say, and to GET KEITH TO COVER THIS STORY.
In response Keith chose to absolutely lash back in kind, and shut me down. Does this mean he can dish it but he can’t take it?  Or that I hit a nerve, BECAUSE he,in fact, was not at liberty to divulge the fact that he is NOT allowed to cover this story?  Should I feel embarrassed, self righteous, offended, complimented, confused or pissed off?
I thought we were of like mind, but perhaps, even Al Gore can’t report ALL of the News, ALL of the Time…even when it’s about his own personal pet cause.
I mean, am I the only one who thinks it is odd that Current TV, Al Gore’s TV network, is not covering the Keystone XL White House Protest, which is the largest Climate Change Civil Disobedience Action ever staged in the United States?

Oh, crap, I’ve really gone and done it now!  I’ve been BLOCKED by Keith Olbermann!

Okay, I admit it.  In an effort to push Keith to cover the Tar Sands Protest White House Rally story my Tumblr post about my original Tweet, was rude and  confrontational - kinda just like Keith Olbermann is!  I realize now that I might have gotten better results with a more sugar-coated approach, and I’m working on that hotheaded Aries tendency I have, but in my defense, it came from a sincere desire to “keep them honest” as Anderson Cooper is wont to say, and to GET KEITH TO COVER THIS STORY.

In response Keith chose to absolutely lash back in kind, and shut me down. Does this mean he can dish it but he can’t take it?  Or that I hit a nerve, BECAUSE he,in fact, was not at liberty to divulge the fact that he is NOT allowed to cover this story?  Should I feel embarrassed, self righteous, offended, complimented, confused or pissed off?

I thought we were of like mind, but perhaps, even Al Gore can’t report ALL of the News, ALL of the Time…even when it’s about his own personal pet cause.

I mean, am I the only one who thinks it is odd that Current TV, Al Gore’s TV network, is not covering the Keystone XL White House Protest, which is the largest Climate Change Civil Disobedience Action ever staged in the United States?


September 2, 2011 8:36 pm
This appeared outside my local Post Office the other day.

This appeared outside my local Post Office the other day.

September 1, 2011 6:27 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/9688937547/preparing-for-whats-next-for-the-tar-sands-action">Preparing for what’s next for the Tar Sands Action

A NOTE from Bill McKibben, Founder of TarSandsAction.org & 350.org

Friends -

We’re getting close to the end of our action here in DC, and in the few free moments I’ve had between all the trainings, sit-ins and time spent talking to media, I can’t help but have my mind turn to the future of this incredible thing we’ve started together.

There are a few things we know for sure, but lots is up in the air. We know the danger this pipeline poses.  We know that the President will be making a decision about it sometime in November or December. We know that before then there will be a series of hearings run by the State Department in each of the states the pipeline runs through.

Most importantly, we know that we have to keep this energy going if we want to stop the pipeline and start putting us on track to the future that our children and grandchildren deserve.

Talking to folks here at the action, I also know that we have what it takes. I’m starting up conversations with the organizers here in DC about what’s next, and it’s obvious that this movement has incredible potential.

I hate to get us started with asking for money, but we’ve run up a few debts (mainly for logistics, and for keeping our organizing staff fed and housed) that need to be taken care of. Getting finances squared away will be a good first step towards our big plans to come, and if we raise enough, we’ll be able to put some of our key organizers to work keeping our momentum going.

Can you pitch in a few bucks to keep this show on the road? If we can get some cash on hand we’ll be able to get started on the next steps right away, and really keep the pressure on.

Click here to donate: www.tarsandsaction.org/donate

This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a long collaboration. I hope each of you is as proud of what we’ve accomplished as I am. Let’s keep going.

-Bill

PS - Many of you have asked about actions taking place in Canada. Now we know something about that too - a group of Canadians are planning their own action on the 26th. Visit OttawaAction.ca for more.

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August 27, 2011 6:56 pm
WHO IS REALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HURRICANE IRENE?

WHO IS REALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HURRICANE IRENE?

2:30 pm
Fifty-Four Protesters Arrested as Environmental Report on Tar Sands Pipeline Is Released

As environmental activists were handcuffed in front of the White House on Friday, the State Department released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the massive Keystone XL pipeline that would pump crude oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada across six western states to stations in Oklahoma and Texas.

Climate change and environmental groups have staged protests against the proposed pipeline across the country in recent months, including a two-week sit-in currently underway in front of the White House.

Police arrested 54 of the protesters outside of the White House on Friday, and organizers say 2,000 people from across the country are expected to participate in the nonviolent demonstration calling on President Obama to step in and cancel the project. A total of 381 protesters have been arrested in the demonstration so far.

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August 26, 2011 5:35 pm August 25, 2011 10:15 pm
Close to 300 White House Protesters Treated Cruelly, Jailed under Unreasonably Harsh Conditions, Detained for Inexcusable Amounts of Time for Trying to Protect The Planet from Big Oil's Greedy Hands

After being arrested protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, activist Bill McKibben shares what he learned.

"As I headed to jail as part of the first wave of what is turning into the biggest civil disobedience action in the environmental movement for many years, I had the vague idea that I would write something. Not an epic like King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” but at least, you know, a blog post. Or a tweet.

But frankly, I wasn’t up to it. The police, surprised by how many people turned out on the first day of two weeks of protests at the White House, decided to teach us a lesson. As they told our legal team, they wanted to deter anyone else from coming — and so with our first crew they were… kind of harsh.

We spent three days in D.C.’s Central Cell Block, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds like it might be. You lie on a metal rack with no mattress or bedding and sweat in the high heat; the din is incessant; there’s one baloney sandwich with a cup of water every 12 hours.

I didn’t have a pencil — they wouldn’t even let me keep my wedding ring — but more important, I didn’t have the peace of mind to write something. It’s only now, out 12 hours and with a good night’s sleep under my belt, that I’m able to think straight. And so, as I said, I’ll go to this weekend’s big celebrations for the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Washington Mall with even more respect for his calm power.

Will we do the same to the boreal forests of Canada. As NASA climatologist James Hansen has made all too clear, if we do so it’s “essentially game over for the climate.” That message is getting through.  Witness the incredibly strong New York Times editorial opposing the building of the pipeline that I was handed on our release from jail.

…Second, being arrested in front of the White House helped make it clearer that President Obama should be the focus of anti-pipeline activism. For once Congress isn’t in the picture.  The situation couldn’t be simpler: the president, and the president alone, has the power either to sign the permit that would take the pipeline through the Midwest and down to Texas (with the usual set of disastrous oil spills to come) or block it.

Barack Obama has the power to stop it and no one in Congress or elsewhere can prevent him from doing so.  That means — and again, it couldn’t be simpler — that the Keystone XL decision is the biggest environmental test for him between now and the next election. If he decides to stand up to the power of big oil, it will send a jolt through his political base, reminding the presently discouraged exactly why they were so enthused in 2008.”

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