If you have time try to go there, please. I doubt you would regret having invested your time. It's beautiful weather, the Mall is at its best this time in the year and the program is just spectacular. It includes documentary film screenings.
Follow me for the detailed program below the squiggle.
From Rachel Mandelbaum at 350.org:
Tomorrow, Reject and Protect begins on the National Mall. The biggest event of action is still on Saturday the 26th (RSVP here) when we gift a tipi to President Obama, but there's a whole week of events planned -- and you are invited to join all of them.And I hope to find more Kossacks who will join us on Saturday 26th at the camp for the NoKXL march of the C.I.A to the National Museum of the American Indian and for Peregrine's Welcome Meet-Up at the end in the Mitsitam Cafe inside the Museum. For details refer to my previous diaries.
The full schedule is below, but we're also looking for volunteers to help out at different points during the event as well. If you can do more to support the event -- anything from pitching in with driving, to giving directions, to food prep -- click here to let me know and I'll follow up ASAP.
Here are some of the events happening during the week that you might be interested in. You can also come visit the camp anytime -- it will be located on the National Mall between 9th and 12th Streets, right outside the Smithsonian Castle.
- Opening Ceremony, Tuesday April 22nd, 11 AM at the Capitol Reflecting Pool: Led by 24 riders on horseback, the Cowboy Indian Alliance will open the encampment with a water ceremony and raising of the final tipi. The ceremony will also include a performance by the Indigo Girls!
- Nightly Documentary Screenings, 8 PM. There will be different documentaries about the tar sands and Keystone XL showing nightly at the camp, presented by different members of the Cowboy Indian Alliance.
- SOS EPA Projection Action, Thursday April 24th, 7:45 PM, meeting at camp: The Other 98% is leading a nighttime projection action to tell the EPA to step up and do everything they can to stop Keystone XL. This will be a fun, beautiful event -- click here to RSVP on Facebook
- Prayer event at Sec. Kerry's house, Friday April 25th, 11 AM, meet at Wisconsin Ave. and O st. in Georgetown: On Friday an interfaith group will meet at Sec. Kerry's home to offer prayers asking him to do what he knows is right and stop Keystone XL.
- Presentation by award winning photographer of the tar sands Garth Lenz and Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, Friday April 25th, 8 PM at encampment: Garth Lenz is a world renowned photographer of the tar sands, and he will be joined by Crystal Lameman, one of Canada's leading organizers working to shut down the tar sands. Together they will share stories of what the tar sands are like first hand, and show some of Garth's stunning photos.
- Interfaith closing ceremony, Sunday April 27th, 11 AM at the White House: We'll close the camp with an interfaith ceremony that brings together faith leaders of every denomination and practice at the White House. We'll leave the President with simple prayers for protection from Keystone XL and the tar sands.
All in all, this will be an amazing week of action -- I hope you can be there!