Climate Activists Rally to Support Break Free Arrestees and Reject Trump’s Cabinet Climate Change-Denying Nominees
CONTACT: John Halstead, 350 Indiana-Calumet, firstname.lastname@example.org, 219/743-3195
WHAT: Two hundred or more people will gather at the Lake Superior Court in Hammond, IN on Friday, January 13, 2017 to support the 41 peaceful protesters (now dubbed the “Whiting 41”) who were arrested at the BP tar sands refinery in Whiting, IN in May 2016. After the hearing, the activists will march to the office of Senator Joe Donnelly at the Federal Plaza to deliver a written demand that he reject Donald Trump’s climate change-denying cabinet nominees.
WHERE: Lake Superior Court, 232 Russell St., Hammond, IN
WHEN: Friday, January 13, 2017 at 8:45 a.m.
GREAT VISUALS! At least 200 people, with signs and banners, plus street theater with large puppets, a band and a choir.
BACKGROUND: On May 15, 2016, 41 climate activists were arrested at the BP refinery in Whiting, IN as part of a coordinated action with tens of thousands of activists on 6 continents in the largest act of civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement. While this was a peaceful action, Break Free was a deliberate escalation of the climate movement, born out of the urgent need to dramatically accelerate the just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This urgency has been magnified by the election of two climate change-deniers to the White House. The final hearing in the prosecution of the “Whiting 41” is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2017. Those who gather on the 13th will be demanding a just transition to renewable energy economy, expressing solidarity with water protectors in Standing Rock, and opposition to the Trump/Pence climate policy. This event is in coordination with 350.org’s #DayAgainstDenial campaign. People in all 50 states will send a message to every U.S. Senator to reject Trump’s nominations for the EPA (Scott Pruitt), and Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson), Energy (Rick Perry), and Interior (Ryan Zinke).