Protests and Panama hats…

All dressed up, one place to go...

Another shot of me being lead away this weekend in a civil disobedience action against the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. If completed, this would be, according to one of the nation’s leading climate scientists, game over for mitigating climate change.

Because I cared and was able, I was arrested Saturday in protest like others who joined the sit-ins in front of the White House for the last two weeks. Billed as the largest civil disobedience movement in a decade, the daily protests/arrests offered a unique chance to focus on a single issue — the decision on the pipeline requires only Obama’s signature — that has such international import.

I went to bear witness and be counted. I went because I could afford to. I went to observe a social movement from the inside. I went because MLK’s voice moved me to not be silent.

On the final day, I was the final person arrested. No. 244. And, as is obvious, I wore a suit, tie and hat, because when the matter is serious, perhaps it’s best not to dress like a hippie.

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5 Responses to “Protests and Panama hats…”

  1. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » People against pipelines… for the win! Says:
    November 11th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    [...] why 1,253 people were arrested, myself included, outside the White House gates this summer in protest. That’s why thousands of people across [...]

  2. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » Dear Mr. President… Says:
    December 16th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    [...] announced it would review the pipeline again for additional social and environmental concerns. Those of us opposed were thrilled; the delay of more than a year would likely kill the pipe. If approved, the pipeline [...]

  3. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » Dear State Department: #NOKXL Says:
    April 14th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    [...] and this video are some places to start. Bonus: If you pause the video at 2:29, you can see me in my white linen protest suit and Panama hat getting arrested in front of the White [...]

  4. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » Mr. Obama, reject this pipeline! #nokxl Says:
    February 21st, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    [...] to Nebraska to Alberta to countries across the globe, large and small. This is the pipeline that I was protesting when arrested in 2011. My views on this are no [...]

  5. ADAM JADHAV » Blog Archive » Dear Mr. President: What does it say when historical foes march together, hand-in-hand against your indecision on #nokxl? Says:
    April 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    [...] you have managed to repeatedly draw large crowds of protest very near to your doorstep. More than 1,200 got themselves arrested in 2011 in a massive display of civil disobedience, and tens of thousands have again and again [...]

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