Media Advisory: Youth Activists Bring #MidwestUnrest to Secretary Kerry’s DC Home in Protest of Illegal Alberta Clipper Expansion Scandal

Youth and allies from across the Midwest will bring their message to Secretary Kerry’s front door: Protect communities and climate. Stop Alberta Clipper.

On Tuesday, August 25, over 100 young people and allies from across the Midwest will come together in Washington, DC to take action outside of Secretary John Kerry’s home, risking arrest, to urge him to stop the illegal Alberta Clipper expansion.

Through a backroom deal with the State Department, the Canadian oil company Enbridge is proceeding with a massive expansion of its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline without going through the legally required environmental review process.

Environmental and Indigenous groups are fighting the scheme in federal court, but Secretary Kerry has the power to put a stop to this scandal at any time.

“For two years we have sent petitions, called the White House, and brought thousands of people to rally against this scandal, but Secretary Kerry has still not responded or done anything to stop it,” said Kendall Mackey, national tar sands campaign manager with Energy Action Coalition and one of the main organizers of the event. “With our communities and our future on the line, we have no choice but to bring our message right to Secretary Kerry’s front door to expose this dangerous and illegal scheme and urge him to put a stop to the Alberta Clipper pipeline.”

WHO: Students, young people, and other allies from across the Midwest

WHAT: A rally, including a civil disobedience action in which some participants will risk arrest, to expose the scheme that’s flooding the Midwest with dirty, climate-polluting tar sands

WHERE & WHEN: Tuesday, August 25th, starting at 10am
Rally starts at 10am — Volta Park, 1555 34th St NW Washington, DC 20007
Demonstration outside of Secretary Kerry’s DC home at 10:30am — 3320 O Street NW, Washington, DC

VISUALS: Large crowd of young people with signs, banners, and images of John Kerry; dozens of young people risking arrest