We're a little more than 24 hours into the #RubberStampRebellion - our week-long series of non-violent actions throughout the D.C. area targeting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the fossil fuel projects that rogue agency approves - and what a day it has been!
On the first afternoon, seven climate activists were arrested while forming a human blockade at FERC while singing, “Fighting for our health, we shall not be moved. Fighting for our children, we shall not be moved.”
“My grandchildren and all future grandchildren thank you,” Said Steve Norris, an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), called out as Homeland Security agents handcuffed the seven and led them away. “Thank you for standing up to this corrupt rubber stamp machine that is destroying communities and whose policies are destroying the planet.”
Click here to get the whole report on the first day of the Rubber Stamp Rebellion, and then click here to chip in $10 or more to support it. We're still a few thousand dollars short of our goal to fund all the action, travel, props and more that are needed to make this week a success!
The Rubber Stamp Rebellion is our latest action calling for an end to fracking and fracked-gas infrastructure, starting with an immediate halt to all new FERC permits. One new tactic this time, which has already drawn interest from national media outlets,1 is our plan to visit the FERC commissioners at home. Last night the #RubberStampRebellion visited the home of FERC commissioner Tony Clark.
Although the activists didn’t bring the toxic pollutants that FERC permits, they taped wanted-style posters in a park across from Clark's townhouse and also posted a fake "notice of eminent domain," similar to the orders used to seize land for pipelines for transporting fracked gas, on his front door. This continues a theme from our protest last month over maple trees razed under an eminent domain seizure for the proposed Constitution pipeline. With Josh Fox and Tim DeChristopher acting as pancake chefs, landowner Megan Holleran served up the last drops of syrup from her trees at the event. A week after the Holleran family’s maple trees we cut down, New York said it would not issue permits needed for the pipeline.2
Earlier today, we visited a number of Senators, and the D.C. offices of Spectra, a major pipeline construction and logistics company. Later this week, we'll be joined by Jane Kleeb of the Bold network, Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus and other special guests at the Commissioners meeting. And there are lots more surprises planned! You can follow all the fun on Facebook here or on Twitter at the hashtag #RubberStampRebellion. Or click here for more information and chip in $10 or more to support us!
Drew and the #RubberStampRebellion crew at Environmental Action
1 - Eric Wolff et all, Approps ahoy, Politico Morning Energy, May 16, 2016
2 - BXE, Filmmaker Josh Fox and six others arrested at pancake-cooking action at FERC, BXE Blog, March 24, 2016