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"Draw the Line" March and Rally

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WHEN: Noon to 3 pm, Saturday, September 21 

WHERE: 12 noon, Rally in Battery Park - From State Street: Enter park at Bridge St, head to the river in front of the World War II Memorial

1 pm, March to South Street Seaport Wear Blue! Be part of a symbolic human water surge—dress in blue; wear your ponchos and rainboots; help carry a giant symbolic pipeline, posters, banners and signs 

SPEAKERS: Josh Fox, Director of “Gasland” and “Gasland 2;” author Bill Hewitt, City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal; Sean Sweeney of the Cornell Global Labor Institute; as well as representatives from 350NYC, New York State Nurses Association, NYU Divest, System Change Not Climate Change, and Occupy the Pipeline. 

VISUALS: A chalk line across lower Manhattan marking the projected sea level rise by 2100, a 36-foot papier-mâché pipeline, thousands of climate activists dressed in blue.  

WHO: 350NYC, 350NJ, Occupy the Pipeline, United for Action, Food & Water Watch, Greater NYC for Change, Global Kids, Credo, NYSNA, Sane Energy, and System Change Not Climate Change and a large coalition of New York environmental groups on this national day of speaking out sponsored by 

Calling on all New Yorkers to take to the streets to demand that President Obama deny the permit for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in the most widespread day of action to date in the campaign to stop the disastrous project. A broad coalition of groups will march through Manhattan’s financial district to oppose Keystone XL and other local fossil fuel infrastructure, such as the Spectra and Rockaway Pipelines and the proposed Port Ambrose liquefied natural gas terminal. . Rally and March as we “Draw the Line” on destructive extraction and pipeline projects that contribute to climate change, rising sea levels, and ongoing financial and social costs in our region. 

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  • Katie B.

    Excellent on both start and ending ends; focus on fighting Pipeline and Fracking as well as divestment. Draw the line means NO backing down, and forward movement at ALL times. Lobbying, protesting, and civil disobedience.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Rosemary Dreger C.

    Great rally & march. The unfolding art circle at the seaport was beautiful and very moving. Thanks 350nyc for another impactful day.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Deirdre A.

    I agree - would have been nice to see a real line painted on the road not a symbolic one. But I enjoyed the event and I spoke to a lot of by-standers about why we were there. I drifted away at South Street and would have liked something to do there. I think it was successful as a rally.

    September 21, 2013

  • Anita D.

    nice start at battery park but the second rally didnt seem to have a point, the
    signs were not very visible from the street--not many people passed by at least
    that I could see--the pipeline was hidden most of the time and there wasnt
    much empasis on what Draw the Line meant...

    September 21, 2013

  • Deirdre A.

    Yes - getting ready to head downtown in a few hours: glad to be part of what promises to be a well organized action,

    September 21, 2013

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