by Monica Christoffels, Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
Our Climate Summer of Solidarity (ClimateSOS) is off to a great start!
Yesterday the Coal Export Action team watched as our friends from Frack Action, Stop the Frack Attack and RAMPS (Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival) took action against fracking and mountaintop removal, respectively. We were inspired to see that about 50 people were able to shut down one of the largest mining sites on the East Coast (as covered here in the Huffington Post!); and that as many as 5,000 stormed the streets of NYC and DC, the latter rally stopping at the offices of America’s Natural Gas Alliance and the American Petroleum Institute, to send a strong message of opposition to the industry.
We were also overjoyed to see our allies at the Tar Sands Blockade in Texas begin training for their massive nonviolent direct action against the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will take place later this summer. The Blockade live-tweeted its training, and even sent out a message of support to West Virginia, DC and NYC.
(Photo credit: Tar Sands Blockade on Facebook)
The movement literally grew before our eyes; we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. Now it’s our turn to take action.
This Tuesday, July 31, Coal Export Action will kick off a social media blast day to amp up the volume on our actions to stop coal mining in Otter Creek next month.
We hope a surge in tweets and Facebook posts will alert people to the action, increase support (both in donations and new participants) and, most importantly, send a strong message to Arch Coal and the Montana State Lands Board that we’re ready to act on behalf of Otter Creek, the state of Montana and our global community.
Make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook – we’ll be blasting our tweets and posts from those accounts on Tuesday. We’ll hope you join us online as we continue on the road to Coal Export Action this August!
Blog entry cross-posted from CoalExportAction.org.