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Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island! I’m here today with Friends of the Earth communications manager Kelly Trout for Netroots Nation, an annual national conference of progressive bloggers, media, grassroots organizations and individual activists from across the spectrum of political issues and social justice work.
The panelists, including Bill McKibben of 350.org, Jane Fleming Kleeb of BOLD Nebraska, Becky Bond of CREDO Mobile and Ben Powless of the Indigenous Environmental Network, will discuss key elements — from sustained sit-ins at the White House to creative state organizing to bird-dogging to coordinated donor pressure — that came together to form a grassroots force with which President Obama had to reckon. We’ll also look at where the Keystone XL fight, one inextricably linked to struggles for a safe climate and environmental justice, stands now, as well as debate how its lessons can be applied to achieve lasting wins — not only in stopping destructive dirty energy projects like the tar sands but also in securing clean and just climate solutions.
Watch: Recorded video of the Netroots Nation panel