Friday, November 4, 2011

SUNDAY: Del. Heather Mizeur & Actor Mark Ruffalo to Speak at White House Rally Opposing Keystone Oil Pipeline


SUNDAY: More than 10,000 Activists to Encircle White House to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Featured speakers at unprecedented event: 
Maryland State Del. Heather Mizeur, actor Mark Ruffalo, Dr. James Hansen of NASA

WASHINGTON, DC –  In a first-of-its-kind event, more than 10,000 activists will encircle the White House this Sunday afternoon (Nov. 6th) to dramatize opposition to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Activists will form a continuous “Circle of Hope” around the executive mansion to encourage President Barack Obama to reject the controversial $7 billion pipeline. Scheduled exactly one year before the 2012 presidential election, the event is meant to unequivocally demonstrate that President Obama’s supporters demand that he keep his campaign promise to help end the “tyranny of oil” during his administration.

Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur, who represents part of the DC suburbs in the Maryland General Assembly, will be a featured speaker at the 2:00 pm rally. Mizeur, a member of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Executive Committee, recently circulated a resolution to DNC members throughout the nation, asking them to voice their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. The resolution explains that the pipeline “would increase carbon emissions, place one of America’s largest aquifers in the line of danger, and do little to improve America’s energy security.”

No group or movement has ever successfully encircled the entire White House compound. This once-in-a-lifetime event will provide excellent sights, sounds, and expert sources for the media. Interviews are available in advance upon request. Attendees will gather at Lafayette Park at 2:00 pm before circling the White House at 3:00pm.


: White House Circle of Hope, including 10,000-15,000 activists from the United States and Canada. Great sights and sounds.

WHERE:  1600 Pennsylvania Ave at Lafayette Park, then full circle around the White House

WHEN: Media avail hour to interview speakers will be 1:00-2:00pm in front of the main stage in Lafayette Park. The rally will be held from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on Sunday, November 6th. Participants will begin encircling the White House at 3:00pm.

Rally speakers include:
  • Bill McKibben, <>
  • Michael Brune , Executive Director, Sierra Club
  • Mark Ruffalo, actor
  • Dr. James Hansen, Top NASA climate scientist and advocate
  • Dr. Peter Wilk,            Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Naomi Klein, Author/activist
  • Courtney Hight, Energy Action Coalition
  • Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners (Evangelical voice)
  • Jody Williams, Nobel Prize winner
  • Bruce Becher, Rancher from Nebraska
  • Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
  • Heather Mizeur, Md. State Delegate and member of Democratic National Committee
  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • John Adams, Medal of Freedom winner
  • Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

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