Over the past few months SanDiego350.org has held 3 Keystone (KXL) Pledge of Resistance trainings to prepare participants for peaceful, dignified civil disobedience. Our goal is to pressure President Obama to live up to his inaugural statement "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations" by rejecting the Keystone Pipeline and moving forward with a bold climate plan. Over 60 people have been trained so far in San Diego. Our goal is 100. This is part of a national pledge of resistance organized by Credo, Rainforest Action Network, and The Other 98%, which over 75,000 people across the country have signed.
It has been incredibly inspiring to join with a group of people who are deeply committed to climate action. Participants have spoken movingly about their concern for their children, grandchildren, and people around the country and the world who are already seeing significant climate impacts. Time is short for us to avert the worst impacts of climate and we believe it is time for climate activists to get out of their comfort zones and follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Alice Paul, Nelson Mandela and the millions of people who have successfully used nonviolent civil disobedience to advance just causes like civil rights and women's suffrage.
San Diego has been asked to be one of 3 groups that will hold its KXL civil disobedience action shortly after the State Department publishes the final Environmental Impact Report (assuming it echoes the draft EIS in recommending the project move forward). This early action is intended to show the seriousness of the national campaign and its participants around the country. No one knows when the EIS will be released, but it could be at any time now. We have a great leadership team that is working to get our logistics set up to be ready to go when our group is called.
Please take one or more of these three steps TODAY to help make this a successful campaign:
1) RSVP NOW: For our next training, this coming Saturday: January 11, 2014, 9:00am-1:30pm in La Jolla (location sent w/ confirmation)
2) DONATE / PLEDGE NOW: Make a donation to help cover fines (or a pledge to help with bail) for some of our courageous participants who need help with funds
3) SPREAD THE WORD: To others who may be able to participate or donate via email, social media, etc.
We can't do this without you! Please act today, and feel free to contact us with questions.
On behalf of the many awesome activists working on this project,