Reject Keystone XL - NOW!

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SEE YOU AT THE RALLY! See information via this quick linkand below!

Another day...and another need to step up by the powers who are (us) to the powers who wanna’ be…

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote — AGAIN — on the Keystone XL pipeline (the House of Representatives, voting for the TENTH time, voted to approve the pipeline on January 9), there are many opportunities for your action:

Sign up for "Reject Keystone XL - Now!" events that are developing across the state —and the country. With the recent decision in Nebraska and recurrent efforts to approve the pipeline via congressional legislation, we need to insist that President Obama not approve this pipeline.

On Tuesday, January 13, 350 Maine is co-sponsoring events with Sierra Club, Environment Maine, CREDO, NRCM, the Maine Students for Climate Justice, the Maine Green Independent Party, Green Initiatives and others.

It’s not too late to develop and participate in vigils in your area; see this link to see the impressive number of events going on across the country and to sign up locally. Here are direct links to some of the current vigils associated with 350 Maine and our coalition partners:

Keep us posted on your experiences at the rallies - and feel free to forward your photos via our email and Facebook accounts. Consider using the following hashtag via your social media: #NoKXL (and consider adding @350 and @BarackObama).

  • Engage your legislator:

Contact Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (Facebook; other contact options) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Facebook; other contact options) and insist that they oppose legislation approving the pipeline.

Contact Representative Chellie Pingree (Facebook; other contact sources) for her continued opposition to the pipeline and voice your disappointment with Rep. Bruce Poliquin (Facebook; other contact options) for voting in support of the KXL.

  • Additional tar sands related activities that you can support:

- On Saturday 1/10, 350 Central Maine sponsored a CREDO Pledge of Resistance training in Waterville. If the State Department determines the Keystone XL Pipeline is in the national interest, the group is prepared to respond with an act of non-violent civil disobedience in the Waterville area. Other “Rapid Response” teams are developing across the state — and the country.

- TOMORROW: the Protect South Portland Community Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Griffin Club, 60 Ocean St., South Portland. FMI: protectsouthportland@gmail.com

- FRIDAY: our 350 Maine Tar Sands Team Meeting is scheduled for Friday, 1/16, 6-9 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Lachance.

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The “Rally of Unity” —  an effort of the Alliance for the Common Good —  was a hugely successful event in the Hall of Flags of the Statehouse in Augusta on January 8. 350 Maine again co-sponsored the event for its third anniversary, with a particular focus on water rights and supporting the Penobscot Nation’s sovereignty (please see an important petition here). See pictures and video on our Facebook Page and via this headline-poor news story.

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: See this Calendar link for information related to upcoming events across the state. Here’s some key ones coming right up:

Developing (early February): a retreat related to a spring Maine Students for Climate Justice event (see 2015 'Campus Lead Interest Form for the  2015 'Maine Students for Climate Justice' Action). For more information, contact Miles Goodrich

If you are interested in hosting a Tar Sands Healing Walk presentation in your area, please contact Lee Chisholm, Sarah Lachance or Hilary Clark. See a video of a 11/23/14 presentation in Damariscotta here.

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