The first of thousands

Dear 5849376,

It's never been more urgent to hold President Obama to his words: "If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will."

That's why we were arrested yesterday, along with 20 committed everyday activists, sitting-in at the State Department in the President's home city.1

Our action in Chicago on its own won't build enough pressure to convince the President to reject KXL -- but it's the opening salvo of the Pledge of Resistance, which could be a game-changer for our fight against climate change. More than 62,000 people have committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop the "game over for the climate" Keystone XL pipeline.

Building the pledge from 22 brave souls in Chicago, to tens of thousands of people across the country, is a massive organizing effort. We need your help to make it happen.

If the President won't act, we will. Are you with us? Chip in $25 and help urge President Obama to reject Keystone XL now.

CREDO action
Help build a new wave of resistance to Keystone XL
#NoKXL — 22 arrested in Chicago

Astonishingly, even as our atmosphere just reached a C02 concentration of 400 ppm for the first time in human history, the President is reportedly more concerned with public opinion "dial tests" than showing the leadership needed to protect us.2

It's clear: It's up to the president to lead. And he may not act, unless we make him.

To scale up the Pledge of Resistance, CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% are going big: We're holding weekend-long organizer trainings in 25 cities in late June and July, to train committed, every-day activists, to plan and organize peaceful, dignified civil disobedience actions where they live, just like the action yesterday in Chicago.

If we have the resources, we can train activists to organize hundreds of actions across the country, and be ready to stage one of the biggest bursts of civil disobedience in modern American history when the State Department releases its Determination of National Interest on Keystone XL as expected this fall.

The threat of massive civil disobedience can be a game-changer and convince President Obama that it's not worth caving to the oil industry and approving Keystone XL. But only if we can make it big enough to send a message that he and his advisers cannot ignore science.

This campaign is unprecedented in the history of the climate movement. But this moment calls for nothing less. Please chip-in to make sure we can pull it off.

Thanks for helping escalate the fight to oppose Keystone XL.

Becky Bond and Elijah Zarlin
CREDO Action

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1. "22 Arrested in New Wave of Resistance to Keystone XL Pipeline," In These Times, 6/17/13
2. "As Obama moves forward on climate, he faces a tough political task," Washington Post, 6/14/13


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