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People vs. Fossil Fuels:
White House Mobilization, October 11-15
This October 11-15, thousands of people are expected to take part in mass civil disobedience at the White House to pressure President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects.
Who: The mobilization is being organized by Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of Indigenous, Black, environmental, climate justice, youth, and social justice organizations.
Participants in the action will include leading members of the fossil fuel resistance, representing different fights that are taking place across the country, from the struggle against the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota to the campaign against oil and gas export facilities in the Gulf Coast.
What: The mobilization will involve five days of protests and civil disobedience at the White House, with the potential for additional actions throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Each day has the following themes:
- Monday, October 11: Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Tuesday, October 12: Fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
- Wednesday, October 13: Climate chaos is happening now.
- Thursday, October 14: We need real solutions, not false promises.
- Friday, October 15: We did not vote for fossil fuels. Youth-led action.
On Friday, October 15th, the protest will involve a march to Congress, where participants will risk arrest on the steps of the Capitol.
Where: In Freedom Plaza and at the White House and Congress.
Organizers are establishing an outdoor action center at Freedom Plaza, which will be open 8am to 6pm every day, including for press. The area will be filled with signs, banners, props, and other art that will be used in conjunction with the actions.
Mobilization spokespeople will be available for interviews throughout the day at Freedom Plaza. There will be an outdoor tent (with electrical outlets) that can be used for interviews.
The action each day is planned to take place in Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House. This will be an unpermitted protest and participants will be risking arrest by refusing to leave the area on Pennsylvania Avenue directly in front of the White House.
When: The mobilization will take place throughout the week of October 11-15.
Many of the lead organizers will arrive in Washington, D.C. the weekend before (Oct 9-10) and be available for interviews in the lead-up to the protest.
Each day, the protest will begin with a gathering at Freedom Plaza at 8:00am. Participants will then march to the White House around 8:30am. The action will continue over the following hours, depending on the actions of the police.
On Friday, instead of going to the White House, demonstrators will march at 8:30am from Freedom Plaza to Congress where they intend to sit-in on the steps of the Capitol.
Why: Build Back Fossil Free is calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects.
By refusing to stop major fossil fuel projects, President Biden has broken his promises to protect Indigneous rights, prioritize environmental justice, and fully address the climate crisis.
Despite the President’s rhetoric, his administration has failed to stop major projects like the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, defended oil drilling in the Arctic, promoted fossil fuel exports, and allowed drilling, mining and fracking to continue on Native and public lands.
Meanwhile, the impacts of the climate and pollution crisis have only grown worse. Hurricanes have devastated communities from New Orleans to New York City. Wildfires have burned millions of acres across the West. Historic droughts and heatwaves have gripped most of the country. And every day, millions of Americans, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous People, breathe air and drink water poisoned by fossil fuel pollution.
As the Build Back Fossil Free coalition has shown, the President has the executive authority he needs to declare a climate emergency, stop all new fossil fuel projects, and fight for climate justice. The People vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization is calling on the President to:
- Stop approving fossil fuel projects and speed the end of the fossil fuel era.
- Declare a climate emergency and launch a just and renewable energy revolution.
A more detailed list of demands can be found at: https://peoplevsfossilfuels.org/demands/
Groups involved in Build Back Fossil Free and the mobilization include 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, Arm in Arm, Bold Alliance, Center for Biological Diversity, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Climate Justice Alliance, Food and Water Watch, Fridays for Future USA, Friends of the Earth USA, Future Coalition, Global Exchange, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, GreenFaith, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Honor the Earth NDN Collective, Oil Change International, Our Revolution, Power Shift Network, Presente, Pueblo Action Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, Seventh Generation, Sunrise Movement, Unitarian Universalist Mass Action, WildEarth Guardians, Zero Hour, and more.