After a day off Sunday because of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, the Tar Sands Action in front of the White House will resume with more arrests expected Monday. On Saturday, protest supporters assembled in front of the White House, but as planned, did not force arrests. However, the sit-ins and arrests should resume Monday.
|By: Scarecrow Monday August 29, 2011 8:00 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 29, 2011 6:00 am|
It’s going to be a big day on FDL. Pam’s House Blend officially joins us starting today, I’ll be in court with Lt. Dan Choi who is being put on trial by the Justice Department for protesting in front of the White House last November, and Bill McKibben will be coming to court to support Dan after day 10 of the Tar Sands sit-ins conclude. I can’t have electronic devices in the court room but I’ll be posting updates on Twitter and here at FDL as I can throughout the day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 24, 2011 4:19 pm|
In May of this year, thousands of people gathered at the White House to spontaneously celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. The Park Police did not ask them for a permit, did not ask them to disperse, and there were no paddy wagons called to haul them away. Of course killing Osama bin Laden was something the President repeatedly spoke of with pride, earning himself not only a bump in his poll numbers but also a Saturday Night Live send-up.
As I sat in DC traffic court waiting for Dan Choi to be released from jail on Monday, it became clear that the objective of the government was to prevent him from doing what the Osama bin Laden celebrants had been freely permitted to do: express their first amendment rights in front of a powerful American symbol owned by the American people.
|By: Teddy Partridge Monday August 22, 2011 7:15 pm|
Bill McKibben, Citizen of Eaarth, was released from jail in DC today and greeted by our own Jane Hamsher and Lt Dan Choi. Bill had this statement upon his release…
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 22, 2011 11:30 am|
Dan Choi, Bill McKibben and Scarecrow have now spent two nights in jail courtesy of the DC police for an offense that routinely equates to a parking ticket. According to Ted Glick over at Grist, the orders to hold them came from “higher up.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 21, 2011 8:04 am|
This list of recent protests at the White House and the way law enforcement and courts have handled them shows the US Park Police are interested in preventing the Tar Sands Action from building momentum. They are willing to teach those a lesson in a society where people who are responsible for oil spills rarely, if ever, face punishment for their negligent acts.
|By: Elliott Saturday August 20, 2011 4:00 pm|
The President promised in 2008 that when he was elected the earth would begin to heal. Instead, he allowed 65 environmentalists to be arrested and held for two days on a charge that’s equivalent to a traffic ticket, in order to deter others from following our example.
I hope that people across the country will see through their ploy and be inspired by how many of us have backed up our beliefs with our bodies. People from all over the United States and Canada are on their way here right now to join us. Take a stand for what you believe in! Come join the Tar Sands Action!
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 20, 2011 7:44 am|
Dan Choi, Bill McKibben and I are continuing our Powershift panel, “What Do You Do When the President is Just Not Into You.” (Felipe Matos, who took Bill’s place when we recreated the panel at Netroots Nation, scored quite the victory in the same vein with Roberto Lovato and everyone else at Presente this week.) Scarecrow is here with us in DC and we’re all going to take part in the first day of the 10 day tar sands sit-in. You can read Bill’s OpEd in the Washington Post today: Watershed Moment for Obama on Climate Change.
|By: Ryan Cook Tuesday August 16, 2011 8:30 am|
One of the most exciting and well received benefits of our membership program is our incredible webinars. Twice a month or more we are lucky enough to have guest speakers come and speak with exclusively with our members. Our guests range from Congressman Alan Grayson, to Dan Ellsberg, and Nancy Atlman, covering a wide array of topics. Last week, Michael Moore, writer and director of the highest grossing documentaries in history; Farenheit 9/11, and Bowling for Columbine, joined us unexpectedly with Dan Ellsberg and Josh Koster to talk about 2012 election strategies.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 15, 2011 12:58 pm|
In March, U.S. Magistrate John M. Facciola raised concerns about the “rarely invoked” federal charges that the government is pursuing against Dan Choi for protesting in front of the White House. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela George said it was because Choi has been arrested for protesting in front of the White House multiple times.
But Dan has only been arrested three times for protesting there; numerous people have been arrested many more times than he has.