From:   gail zawacki <witsendnj@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Wednesday, October 05, 2011 4:29:58 PM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] overnight #occupystatedepartment in DC - yay!
 

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Advisory for:                                                             Contact: Rachel Tardiff
Advisory for:                                                             Contact: Rachel Tardiff
October 6, 2011                                                                       202-746-1507
 
 Youth Activists Plan #OccupyStateDept to Protest Big Oil & Demand Obama Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
 
Energy Action Coalition to Lead “Sleep-In” Before Final State Dept. Public Hearing on Controversial Oil Pipeline
 
**Interviews Available in Advance Upon Request**
 
WHO: Maura Cowley, Co-Director, Energy Action Coalition; Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
WHAT:  #OccupyStateDept “Sleep-in” opposing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, U.S. Department of State, 14th Street Entrance
Washington, DC – A group of youth and environmental activists, led by the Energy Action Coalition, will hold #OccupyStateDept, a “sleep-in” and protest of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, and the role that TransCanada and Big Oil have played in the State Department’s review process. Protesters will gather at 8p.m., including Energy Action Coalition Co-Director Maura Cowley and Indigenous Environmental Network’s Kandi Mossett. 
Over the past few months, youth, indigenous and environmental activists, including Energy Action Coalition, have urged President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. And Tuesday at an Obama Campaign fundraiser in St. Louis over 100 youth activists rallied outside, and two entered the fundraiser to take the demand to reject Keystone XL to President Obama. They interrupted his speech, and despite not getting a direct response, he acknowledged their presence and demands. 
Friday’s Keystone XL public hearing is the final hearing in a process riddled with controversy. The State Department’s process has recently been called into question after internal emails were discovered connecting a major lobbyist for the project to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and management of the hearings have seemingly favored Big Oil and their supporters.
“At previous hearings along the pipeline route, big corporations and their front groups have bussed in people, paid for line sitters, and skirted the rules,” said Cowley.  “We’ll camp outside of the Reagan building to make sure that our leaders get the chance to speak out against this potentially catastrophic project. TransCanada and Big Oil are occupying our political system, it's time for us to occupy the State Department.”
 
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Energy Action Coalition is a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climatemovement. Working with hundreds of campus and youth groups, dozens of youth networks, and hundreds of thousands of young people, Energy Action Coalition and its partners have united a burgeoning movement behind winning local victories and coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada.
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October 6, 2011                                                                       202-746-1507
 
 Youth Activists Plan #OccupyStateDept to Protest Big Oil & Demand Obama Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
 
Energy Action Coalition to Lead “Sleep-In” Before Final State Dept. Public Hearing on Controversial Oil Pipeline
 
**Interviews Available in Advance Upon Request**
 
WHO: Maura Cowley, Co-Director, Energy Action Coalition; Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
WHAT:  #OccupyStateDept “Sleep-in” opposing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, U.S. Department of State, 14th Street Entrance
Washington, DC – A group of youth and environmental activists, led by the Energy Action Coalition, will hold #OccupyStateDept, a “sleep-in” and protest of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project, and the role that TransCanada and Big Oil have played in the State Department’s review process. Protesters will gather at 8p.m., including Energy Action Coalition Co-Director Maura Cowley and Indigenous Environmental Network’s Kandi Mossett. 
Over the past few months, youth, indigenous and environmental activists, including Energy Action Coalition, have urged President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. And Tuesday at an Obama Campaign fundraiser in St. Louis over 100 youth activists rallied outside, and two entered the fundraiser to take the demand to reject Keystone XL to President Obama. They interrupted his speech, and despite not getting a direct response, he acknowledged their presence and demands. 
Friday’s Keystone XL public hearing is the final hearing in a process riddled with controversy. The State Department’s process has recently been called into question after internal emails were discovered connecting a major lobbyist for the project to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and management of the hearings have seemingly favored Big Oil and their supporters.
“At previous hearings along the pipeline route, big corporations and their front groups have bussed in people, paid for line sitters, and skirted the rules,” said Cowley.  “We’ll camp outside of the Reagan building to make sure that our leaders get the chance to speak out against this potentially catastrophic project. TransCanada and Big Oil are occupying our political system, it's time for us to occupy the State Department.”
 
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Energy Action Coalition is a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climatemovement. Working with hundreds of campus and youth groups, dozens of youth networks, and hundreds of thousands of young people, Energy Action Coalition and its partners have united a burgeoning movement behind winning local victories and coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada.
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