Tars Sands Action – January 26th
TODAY’S THE DAY: ‘No Tar Sands Pipeline in New England. No Tar Sands Development Anywhere!’
Saturday’s Key Information:
- 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.
Additional and more details info follows…
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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.
350 Maine, in solidarity with our allies in the state and across the Northeast, is holding a demonstration and march against any plan to bring Canadian tar sands oil — the “dirtiest fuel on the planet” — through New England to Portland Harbor.
The march and demonstration in Portland, Maine
When: January 26th 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: The march begins in downtown Portland at Monument Square and will then wind through downtown to the Maine State Pier for the demonstration.
To Bring: Flags, banners, signs: when we say we’re building a wall of opposition, we’re serious. People should come carrying symbolic “bricks” – make signs and banners; bring flags and emblems that carry your message of solidarity and protest. The bigger, more colorful and more meaningful the better!
Chants/Songs: 350 Maine will march with spirited songs and chants. Learn them here.
Noisemakers and Instruments: “Les casseroles” works in Montreal, so for this cross border action let’s honor this tradition and make some noise in Portland. Or bring musical instruments, including drums if you can.
Dress the message: (Please dress warmly) Wear the clothing and the colors of your group, region, indigenous culture, or the clothing you wear when working or playing on the land or water we’re defending. Clammers, Fisherman, Farmers, Sugarers, Skiers, Kayakers — wear and bring all your special gear to help deliver our message.
After Party: Following the rally and march, 4 pm After-Party @ the Empire Dine & Dance at 575 Congress Street.
Local solidarity events
Because this action is aimed at stopping both the Enbridge Line 9 in Canada and the Exxon pipeline in New England, our goal is to raise awareness across the border. Dozens of local solidarity actions are being planned in Ontario, Quebec and New England and you can find all the details here.
On Saturday, January 26, 2013, activists from across New England will be descending on the Greater Portland area to voice their opposition to Tar Sands oil. The extraction-production, transport and use of Tar Sands oil is unacceptable. The “game over for the planet” nature of this toxic substance – coupled with the risk of environmental damage to air, water and land – requires that we all speak out to ensure that this hazardous material is stopped.
Working together – including in a powerful unified protest – we will insist that all of our neighbors, elected officials and other decision makers support sustainable energy sources…and block Tar Sands oil.
With the Greater Portland area a critically strategic location (South Portland is the terminal end of the pipeline – and Casco Bay the location for tanker’s transporting the oil), we look forward to rallying and marching with you to ensure that our voices are heard.
For further information, contact 350 Maine: