Obama Punts Keystone Pipeline Decision Until After 2012 Election

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 pm

The Obama administration will likely soon announce that the State Department will consider an alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If that happens, it will likely delay any decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election.  From USA Today: The State Department is preparing to announce its decision that it will explore a [...]

Van Jones AWOL at Tarsands Action Once Again, But Calls for Mass Civil Unrest if Obama Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 10:10 am

I was as at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying us to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, hauled off in paddy wagons and sent to jail with zero media attention that first day had now swelled to a crowd of over 12,000 that the media could not ignore.

Livestream: Tar Sands Activists Gather at the White House With Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 11:29 am

I’ll be at the 3pm demonstration at the White House today with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and others, and I hope to be livestreaming the event. Cross your fingers they’re not vindictively arrested by the Park Police on behalf of a thin-skinned government.

Choi in Chains: When Does Someone Become a Political Prisoner?

By: Wednesday August 24, 2011 3:49 pm

The same thing that happened to Alice Paul and the suffragettes is happening to Dan Choi, his fellow DADT protesters, and now Bill McKibben and the Tar Sands protesters. I do not know how anyone could argue with a straight face that laws written to control traffic are not being selectively enforced to punish free speech when it embarrasses the President, just as they were in Woodrow Wilson’s time. And the minute that the law is selectively enforced by those in power in order to persecute their political critics, those people that the government incarcerate become political prisoners.

Did Obama Order Tar Sands Protesters Jailed?

By: Monday August 22, 2011 8:38 am

Dan Choi, Bill McKibben and Scarecrow have now spent two nights in jail courtesy of the DC police for an offense that routinely equates to a parking ticket. According to Ted Glick over at Grist, the orders to hold them came from “higher up.”

sequence. Let him know that people who care about the environment, from conservative Nebraska ranchers to urban climate change activists, oppose this rapacious act of oil company greed.

Join the Tar Sands 14 Day White House Sit-In.

Tar Sands Action: Are You Discouraged, or a Flaming Firebagger?

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 1:32 pm

John Chandley, Dan Choi and Bill McKibben are spending tonight in jail again so that the government can send a message to you on behalf of the oil companies. They don’t want you to come to Washington for the next two weeks and overburden the DC jail system by throwing your body upon the gears, to quote Mario Savio. They hope you will look at what is happening to John and Dan and Bill and be intimidated and discouraged.

There were 45 more people today who refused to be discouraged. They watched what happened to Dan and John and Bill and were willing to get arrested anyway, in the hope of “lighting a fire” under the world.

Are you discouraged?

Jane and Others Jailed Till Monday, Take Action, Support the Tar Sands Sit-In

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 2:36 pm

Jane posts the following, Dateline Jail: Central Booking, Washington DC -  The President promised in 2008 that when he was elected the earth would begin to heal.  Instead, he allowed 65 environmentalists to be arrested and held for two days on a charge that’s equivalent to a traffic ticket, in order to deter others from [...]

Livestream: Flaming Firebaggers Tar Sands White House Sit-In

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 6:09 am

Dan, Bill and I are continuing our Powershift panel, “What Do You Do When the President is Just Not Into You.” (Felipe Matos, who took Bill’s place when we recreated the panel at Netroots Nation, scored quite the victory in the same vein with Roberto Lovato and everyone else at Presente this week.)

Dan Choi says we’re “flaming firebaggers.”

I’ll livestream as I can, and live tweet at @JaneHamsher