Sunday, thousands of people from over 200 universities joined forces outside of the White House. The activists handcuffed themselves to the White House gates in an effort to bring attention to the Keystone XL pipeline, and to pressure President Obama to reject the Keystone XL.
More than 1,000 protestors from across the country marched to the White House from Georgetown University. This was symbolic, as Georgetown is where President Obama laid out his “climate test”.
Once at the White House, hundreds were arrested while participating in the non-violent civil disobedience sit-in.
“As the fight to stop KXL enters its final stages, it’s truly inspiring to see young people at the forefront,” Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org said. “This pipeline is scheduled to last 40 years—right through the prime of their lives. President Obama needs to look them in the face.”
This was easily the largest act of civil disobedience at the White House in a generation. Still, the mainstream media has virtually ignored the civil disobedience and mass arrest.