“Criminals” for a Stable Climate

Behind the scenes: to stop a tar sands pipeline, the climate justice movement begins civil disobedience on a grand scale.
Pipeline protester, photo by Josh Lopez

In the American tradition of civil disobedience, the pipeline protesters call their arrests an act of good citizenship.

Photo by Josh Lopez


"Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime."

  ~Martin Luther King, Jr., March 22, 1956

More than 150 people have been arrested outside of the White House for protesting a pipeline that would pump oil from Canada's tar sands to U.S. refineries—and that's just since Saturday. Over the next two weeks, some 2,000 people have pledged to join them, in what is expected to be the largest act of civil disobedience in the climate justice movement's history.





Video by tarsandsaction.org
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