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The following post was authored by Cassandra Van Dam, a second-year student at the University of Michigan . The first time I ever took direct action against large corporations was also the first time I organized a disruption. Once I got started, things moved quickly; in less than 3 months, students at University of Michigan disrupted 8 separate bank recruitment session in objection to financing for the coal industry. Organizing the Bank of America and Citi bank disruptions was an incredibly empowering and thrilling experience.

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This post originally appeared on Rainforest Action Network's blog, The Understory.

This Sunday, over one thousand young people will descend on the White House. By the end of the day, hundreds of them, most of them students at more than 200 colleges and universities, will be arrested. There’s something happening here.362

Just days after a U.S. State Department review determined that ERM, an oil industry contractor and dues-paying member of the American Petroleum Institute, was capable of an unbiased review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, hundreds of youth activists will be risking arrest outside the White House as part of XL Dissent. Their objective is to secure a rejection of the climate-killing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and to hold President Obama accountable for his campaign promise to safeguard climate stability by “end(ing) the tyranny of oil.”

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Power Shift was a life changing experience for me I was exposed to an entirely new world, new people, and new problems. I was empowered to get more involved in environmental activism from all of the action that I saw and heard about happening across the nation. I got connected to groups on my campus and started working with the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, but this is not about me its about the people I connected with.

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This blog was authored by Caroline Burney, a fourth-year student at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Recently I participated on a panel with Clive Hamilton, author of “Earthmasters,” at American University hosted by Washington Geoengineering Consortium www.dcgeoconsortium.org, we discussed geoengineering and environmental justice. Before the panel discussion Mr. Hamilton lectured on his book and ended his comments with a question, “Why are the Environmental Justice NGOs not a part of the conversation on geoengineering?”

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Crossposted from Greenpeace's blog, The EnvironmentaLIST.

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344 Take Back St. Louis Turns in Signatures in July!ST. LOUIS -- Yesterday, Judge Robert Dierker sided with Peabody Coal’s lawyers to grant a temporary restraining order to keep a citizen-driven ballot initiative to end tax breaks to fossil fuel companies off the April 8, 2014 ballot. He set a hearing date on the permanent injunction for March 31, 2014.

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343 Twenty years ago today, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898. This landmark victory for the Environmental Justice movement was the first serious action to address environmental justice at the federal level -- requiring federal agencies to stop minority and low-income populations from being dumped on, polluted on, and incinerated on “disproportionately”.

But does the Order do enough?

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331 I know that I am preaching to the choir, environmental gladiators fighting for our communities and the planet, to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. But if our message to reject this pipeline is to be effective we need the folks on the sidelines to join us. There is a 90-day National Interest Determination period where President Obama will decide if the pipeline is in the national interest, and Energy Action Coalition is leading the push to raise the people’s voice with The People’s Review.

The President has said time and time again that it is his job to govern and our job to push him. Well gladiators, at this moment in time, we need to push him hard. This decision on Keystone XL will set the tone and direction of the United States energy policies and politics moving forward. Don’t be fooled that this fight is solely about Keystone — it is not. This decision will impact every fight that we are engaged in within the environmental movement along with our allies in other movements.

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