Today, one hundred people from across the country are expected to be arrested at the White House for taking part in a sit-in to pressure President Obama to deny the permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Those planning to be arrested include leading environmentalist Bill McKibben, former White House official and Yale dean Gus Speth, and gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi. Over 2,000 more people are expected to take part in similar sit-ins at the White House every day for the next two weeks. “Better to spend a few days in jail than silently watch our planet become a permanent gas chamber,” tweeted Lt. Choi.
From the Tar Sands Action Flickr stream, the activists sit in front of the White House, challenging President Obama to stand up to oil interests (photo by Shadia Fayne Wood):
The arrest of Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and friend to ThinkProgress Green:
The people arrested this morning were taken to District 5 Station of the U.S. Park Police in Anacostia for booking. The determination was made that participants would be held until Monday, with the exception of 9-15 DC area residents who will be released this evening.