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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of American Indians and others will protest outside the White House on Saturday, January 3, 2015 to oppose the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.
The protested, dubbed the “NO TO KXL” rally will be held between Lafayette Park and the White House from 12 noon to 4pm.
With the 114th Congress convening after the holidays and the U.S. Senate setting the Keystone XL pipeline bill high on its agenda, a diverse coalition of American Indians and environmental organizations feel this rally is important to urge President Obama to veto the KXL legislation.
The rally is being organized by this diverse coalition who agree that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the national interest, has the potential to contaminate the nation’s largest freshwater aquifer, and puts the lives of all people who live along its path in serious danger.
The event will be both educational and action-oriented, and aimed at building on the momentum created by the recent Climate Change March in New York City.
Speakers at the rally include: Emelie Jeffries, Tara Houska, Simon Moya-Smith and Billy Tayac and several others.
“This is our chance to join together and in unity, to raise our collective voices to say STOP KXL. Let’s show Congress and President Obama that the KXL Pipeline is not in the best interest of our country, but will be a death warrant to our environment and to the people,” said Emelie Jeffries, one of the organizers and host of “Voices of Our People” hosted by Two Worlds Radio.
“We know this battle is being fought in frontline communities across the United States and in the First Nations of Canada, but we ask you to join us on January 3rd to bring the voices of the frontline to the steps of power.”