Skip to main content

I thought I'd let all my friends at DailyKos know that I will be joining this action tomorrow morning:

#NoKXL Pledge of Resistance Actions

Boston #NoKXL State Department sit-in

Join the rally and sit-in at the State Department office in Secretary of State John Kerry's home town of Boston, to build pressure on the Obama Administration as we await the State Department's final environmental review and a decision on Keystone XL -- and to show the serious commitment of the more than 75,000 activists who have pledged to risk arrest if necessary to protest approval of Keystone XL. Despite the partial government shut-down, the State Department office we will be sitting-in in front of, remains open.

This will be a peaceful and dignified action where some participants will be risking arrest. There will also be a support rally for those not risking arrest.

As a parent, I am compelled to do whatever I can, regardless of how ineffective others may think it will be, to fight the devastation that is already happening and will only get worse if we don't stop tar sands extraction and the movement of bitumen across landscapes.

I've been relatively politically quiet since Occupy. That experience was an extended and intense one. I was seriously injured during the Occupy Boston eviction arrest and I really needed to tend to my health and some home issues. I also need to regroup, psychically.

Social justice issues are of utmost importance to me. It's in my bones. I can't take a step without that framework being a part of my perspective. At the same time, I've been involved with things related to urban greening for quite a bit of the last 25 years. Clearly, eco-sustainability is also important to me.

I'm only one person. One person with a disability. One person who is a mother. I only have so much energy. Where to put it?

When I start reading what climate scientists are saying about climate change - and it's more than just 'warming' folks. it's about toxic inputs into the eco-system in so many different ways that we're causing all the underlying systems to break down - I realize that there can be no social justice if there is no ecosystem in which a human society can survive.

And, when James Hansen, former climate scientist for NASA, tells us that fracking and the Keystone pipeline project are "game over", I take that seriously:

James Hansen: President George W. Bush said that the U.S. was addicted to oil. So what will the U.S. response to this situation be? Will it entail phasing out fossil fuels and moving to clean energy or borrowing the dirtiest needle from a fellow addict? That is the question facing President Obama.

If he chooses the dirty needle it is game over because it will confirm that Obama was just greenwashing, like the other well-oiled coal-fired politicians with no real intention of solving the addiction. Canada is going to sell its dope, if it can find a buyer. So if the United States is buying the dirtiest stuff, it also surely will be going after oil in the deepest ocean, the Arctic, and shale deposits; and harvesting coal via mountaintop removal and long-wall mining. Obama will have decided he is a hopeless addict.

I've seen the photos of the landscape in Alberta, Canada. Read the reports on the leaks they can't stop. Heard about the devastating health and sustainability issues besieging the Indigenous communities whose lands are being destroyed by the tar sands extraction.

We. Need. To. Stop. We don't have any excuses for continuing when we can see, in real time, how it is hurting people and destroying the ecosystem.

I would like for my daughter and the many generations after her to have a habitable planet. I can't look her in the eye, if I don't stand up and speak out about how our generations are destroying it for them. Even if it seems futile to some. So, I will be there tomorrow morning, going through the frightening process of putting myself in the hands of the police. I don't relish the thought and I worry about my back and my chronicl illness. Still, I'll be there.

Originally posted to UnaSpenser on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 07:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, DK GreenRoots, Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Climate Hawks, Holy $h*tters, Native American Netroots, and Hellraisers Journal.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site