Chapters Join on Rally in Oklahoma City. Get Ready for May 17 Demonstrations

Rally in Oklahoma City. Click to see larger image.

Rally in Oklahoma City. Click to see larger image.

Jody Harlan, Oklahoma Chapter Conservation Chair, was host and MC and Yvonne Cather, Kansas Sierra Club Chair was the opening speaker at the Oklahoma Sierra Club and Friends Reject and Protect Rally on April 26.  We had three of the Sierra Club Chapter Chairs in solidarity present, Barbara Van Hanken, Oklahoma Sierra Club, Yvonne Cather, Kansas Sierra Club and Jim Turner, Missouri Sierra Club.

The Reject and Protect Rally was a precursor for the national call to action on May 17 Hands Across the Sands Hands Across the Lands action.  As you know, the Kansas City area is holding a rally and the Wichita area is holding a rally.   Our event was mentioned with the Washington DC Reject & Protect: Communities Unite to Stop KXL “The Sierra Club’s Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska chapters and partners including Idle No More held solidarity events that same day in Oklahoma City and Lincoln, Nebraska, featuring landowner and tribal representatives who are playing leadership roles in the fight against Keystone XL.” and can be found here with beautiful pics of the DC rally:  Reject and Protect: Communities Unite to Stop Keystone XL – The Planet

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Kansas/Oklahoma #No KXL & Flanagan South Hands Across the Land Rally
Date:  May 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Keeper of the Plains Plaza  – Wichita Kansas (650 North Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67203)

http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/Arts/Pages/Keeper-of-the-Plains.aspx

The Keeper of the Plains is located at the edge of the grounds of Wichita’s Mid-America All-Indian Center.  The area is free and open to the public year-round.

To check out the Keeper of the Plains Plaza click here:
http://www.360wichita.com/Attractions/KeeperofthePlains.html

Go to the right-hand of the screen and check out the Keeper of the Plains Walking 360 Tour of the Plaza.

Say NO to dirty fuels and YES to clean energy!

On Saturday, May 17, join us for a joint Hands Across the Land for Kansas and Oklahoma communities and share in with the rest of the country to ask the president and local officials to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, offshore drilling, and other dirty fuel projects like the Flanagan South pipeline that threatens our communities and destabilize our climate.

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The Oklahoma Sierra Club and Friends will be meeting us at The Keeper of the Plains Plaza (650 North Seneca St., Wichita, KS) on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 2 to 4 PM.  Join our community of peaceful tar sands fighters and meet inspirational speakers, scientific experts and other advocates like you.  Join with us and our Native American community at the confluence of the big and little Arkansas River.

This National Day of Action is being jointly organized by the Tar Sands Coalition and Hands Across the Sand / Hands Across the Land. Hands, founded in 2010, grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and the impact of other forms of extreme energy.

We invite activists across the state of Kansas and Oklahoma to join us as the nation organizes rallies, marches, and vigils that call on the president to reject KXL and other tar sands pipelines, while at the same time asking our state and local leaders to say no to the dirty fossil fuel projects that endanger our local communities. Whether it’s Arctic drilling, mountaintop removal, dangerous tar sands pipelines, fracking, exporting liquid natural gas, or shipping crude by rail through our hometowns, we all have reason to be concerned — for the health of our families, and the health of the planet.

Join hands! Join us!

RSVP Contacts:

Yvonne Cather, Kansas Sierra Club Contact: yvonne.cather@kansas.sierraclub.org or call (316)204-8920

Jody Harlan, Oklahoma Sierra Club Contact: hwinc@cox.net or call (405)326-3600

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