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Mark Zuckerberg Goes Pro XL Pipeline, Demonstrators Protest at Facebook HQ
by Reynita R.
Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg's new lobbying group spent money on ads to advocate for the Keystone XL pipeline. In response, environmental activists rallied outside Facebook headquarters today.
Demonstrators built a pipeline on the lawn in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park today. Protesters in hazmat suits, bright colored safety work vests, and hard hats posed as a toxic disaster clean-up crew. One of the Raging Grannies carried a mop for a grandmotherly style clean-up. Activists asked, "how'd you like a toxic oil mess in YOUR front yard, Facebook?"

One creative sign read "Hey there, Zuck. Tar sands suck, so keep your bucks, or we're all f***ed." (see photo)

Environmentalists said that were appalled that a lobbying group, co-founded by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and others in the tech industry, called FWD.US bills itself as a bipartisan entity dedicated to passing immigration reform, but has spent considerable resources on ads advocating anti-environmental causes including promoting construction of the the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Police presence was surprisingly heavy.

§Thumbs down in front of Facebook's Famous Thumbs Up Sign
by Reynita R. Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
by Reynita R. Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
§Stand Up Against Corporate Power
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§Raging GRannies
by Reynita R. Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
§Close to FB Sign
by Reynita R. Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
Police and Security said "off the grass in front of the big sign" and used "private Property" as the reason, but demonstrators posed for photos with the famous symbol nevertheless
§Grannies led singing
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§Police presence
by Reynita R. Wednesday May 1st, 2013 4:13 PM
No arrests.

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by Jack London
Wednesday May 1st, 2013 7:27 PM
When are Political Activists going to leave Facebook in droves?????? It is really stupid to let everyone including Homeland Security know what your plans and strategy are.

When are we going to organize off the Internet???????

The Noose of the Techno-Police State is getting ever tighter around our necks.
Secrecy is not the issue here. We want our events to be known to a wide swath of people and thus want the media there. This is not a failure of intelligence.

True, it is a concern that privacy has all but disappeared, but at this point for this issue the idea is to get the word out: Exploiting tar sands oil and moving it through this kind of pipeline is an environmental disaster. It also won't make fuel any more available or affordable and will create far fewer jobs than investing in alternative energy.

It is evil for Zuck to use his billions to push for it.
Tuesday May 7th, 2013 10:48 AM
This is IT. Now, we must take out "social" lives elsewhere. We are working on it people, the more time you spend on Fecebook the more we dig our own hole. Start with use twitter and support new open source projects! Send money to Indybay and other IMCs - it will be well used!
Tuesday May 7th, 2013 10:51 AM
Yes, Jack London, sound the alarm. WAKE UP PEOPLE! WAKE UP NOW!