The march wound its way through the streets and alleys Portland’s Old Port district:
The northeast region is coming together to Stop the Pipeline with a massive march and demonstration in Portland, Maine on Saturday, January 26th.
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Stand for a Tar Sands Free Northeast and join the biggest tar sands protest the northeast has ever seen.
ExxonMobil is gearing up to move dirty tar sands oil east through Ontario and Quebec into New England to reach a shipping port in Portland, Maine. But the people of eastern Canada and New England have their own plan and are are forming a wall of opposition to keep the east tar sands free.
Here are the key details:
- First off, Dress for the weather. Our spirits will keep us warm, but layers will be key.
- Beginning Rally starts at 11:30 am in Monument Square in Portland.
- Parking map here.
- March to the Maine State Pier for a second Rally and speakers at 1:00 pm. (Map)
- Chants and songs for the march can be found here.
- Bring your message: Signs, Banners, noisemakers, etc.
- The 350 Maine solidarity “costume” is a Hawaiian shirt on the outside of your other layers.
- Key online info to share are this page and our facebook page.
- Live streaming of the day’s events will be viewable here.
A message from 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben to our fellow New Englanders:
The message here is simple:
- Canada’s National Energy Board must hear the will of the people and deny approval of this pipeline plan
- In the United States and as Maine residents, we demand a full Environmental Impact Assessment for a flow reversal that would bring tar sands oil through New England to Portland Harbor and Casco Bay.
- We also demand that President Obama deny this project a new presidential permit.
This will be the largest cross-border pipeline action the northeast has seen yet.
- Sign up to be a part of these historic actions
- Sign the Pledge to Resist the Tar Sands in the northeast
- Resources/Action Tool Kit for Tar Sands and New England Events
- A video message to New Englanders from 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben