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Thousands March on US Dept of State Bldg for Climate Change
by Della Luna
Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM
Thousands of protesters marched around the US Department of State building at the bottom of Market Street in San Francisco on Sunday. Musical groups stationed at each corner of the block long building made entertainment just one part of a nationwide demonstration created to pressure President Obama into rejecting a pipeline that would bring oil into the United States.
If approved, the pipeline would carry oil derived from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas.

Thousands of protesters marched around the US Department of State building at the bottom of Market Street in San Francisco on Sunday. Musical groups stationed at each corner of the block long building and oversized puppets made entertainment just one part of the nationwide demonstration--San Francisco style

The national day of action was created to pressure President Obama into rejecting a pipeline that would bring oil into the United States. If approved, the pipeline would carry oil derived from tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas. Media reports varied from between 35,000 to 50,000 in attendance in Washington DC. Organizers in San Francisco reported 5,000 in this city.

65 San Francisco Bay area groups including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and 350.org took part in the march and rally.

Corporate media is reporting that there were no arrests but there were plenty officers on hand; several appeared to be keeping an unnecessarily close eye on the group World Can't Wait. On a happier note, Occupella, street performers who promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, drew a large crowd of marchers into a performance of "zipper songs" that everyone could recognize and sing along to. Once they enticed the Raging Grannies into their circle of song, the crowd swelled at one point along the marching route.
§police in lower right corner
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

keeping an eye on the World Can't Wait participants
§signs
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§Mennonites
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§Raging Granny
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§Comin' 'round the corner
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§Code of Non-Violence
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§It's Time to Cut Carbon
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§Say NO to Tar Sands
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

§chicken costume at left
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM

People: don't chicken out! Tell Obama: No Tar Sands!
§Giant puppet
by Della Luna Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 8:21 PM


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by Jonez
Sunday Feb 17th, 2013 9:33 PM
what does a non-violent code have to do with a climate change march?

by Real world
Monday Feb 18th, 2013 12:49 PM
I agree that any sort of physical militancy wouldn't have made sense yesterday . After all what would the target had been , a almost empty State dept bldg that mainly processes Passports ?
But i really disagree with the downright cringing tone of the ''non violence pledge''.
No ''verbal violence '' ? That is no expressions of highly justified anger at this another example of environmental rape would be allowed ? (What would they do with violators? Put them (non violently of course ) under citizens arrest ?
Another big problem with such pledges is that it strongly implies that the source of street violence is from some of us . Not the cops and the Oil companies (among others of the ruling class ) that they loyally serve
by ...jj......
Monday Feb 18th, 2013 3:29 PM
...enough said.