FAN Joins in Tar Sands Action at the White House

FAN Tar Sands Action ImageA group from Franciscan Action Network joined thousands of others from across the country on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at the Tar Sands Action rally to offer our hands in encircling the White House. Ours and 12,000 others’ action is a plea to President Obama to say “no” to a permit that would allow pipelines to be laid across the heartland of the United States. The oil reserves in Alberta, Canada are the dirtiest in the world, holding potentially disastrous environmental outcomes for millions.

The action on Sunday began with a rally, with many experts speaking out against the Keystone Pipeline XL project, such as’s Bill McKibben, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams and Fr. Jim Wallis from Sojourners. Soon after the rally, groups were led on a march around the White House, chanting, “yes we can … stop the pipeline.”

Many people connected with the Franciscan Action Network group, including Siena College’s Shannon O’Neill and Father Russell, who accompanied students down from New York State to participate. We all felt God’s presence that day; with many more supporters than expected, we shared our strength to encircle the White House three times, making our prayers heard.

Allyson Legnini
FAN Intern

View Photos from the Tar Sands Action on FAN’s Flickr page

Published in: on November 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Brilliant. Let’s continue to drive up the costs of energy before alternative sources are in place, thereby placing an enormous burden on the backs of the poor and struggling middle class to pay for heat, electricity, travel, food, and more.

  2. To suggest that this is what God wants is a mockery!

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