Mass civil disobedience at the White House & Line 3 petition delivery action will keep pressure on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects during sustained ‘People Vs. Fossil Fuels’ week of action. 
WASHINGTON — Activists are planning to return to the White House on Tuesday, shortly after an estimated 135 activists were arrested on Monday at the White House –, including prominent movement leaders Joye Braun, a frontline community organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network and Casey Camp Horinek, the Councilwoman and Hereditary Drumkeeper of the Womens’ Scalp Dance Society, of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. 
While Monday’s actions highlighted on Indigenous-led resistance to fossil fuels to mark Indigenous Peoples Day, Tuesday’s action will focus on how fossil fuels are driving the climate crisis.
Demonstrators will gather again tomorrow, October 12th, at Freedom Plaza at 8:00am, march to the White House at 8:30am, and take part in a rally and civil disobedience on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
A second action will occur at the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters where Water Protectors from the Line 3 fight will deliver a petition addressed to Army Corps Acting Assistant Secretary Jaime Pinkham and President Biden demanding they halt the flow of oil in the Line 3 pipeline. 
See pictures from Monday  and social media highlights from Day 1: March to the White House – The Full Length of the March – Water Protectors Prepare for Arrest – Joye Braun Speaks at the White House – Veteran Speaks at the White House – Live Stream

When, Where, Who: 

The “People vs. Fossil Fuels” mobilization is being organized by Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of hundreds of Indigenous, Black, environmental, climate justice, youth, and social justice organizations. 

Main Rally 
  • 8:00am — Demonstrators will gather at Freedom Plaza 
  • 8:30am — Rally begins at Freedom Plaza, March to White House 
  • 9:00am — Demonstrations begin in front of White House on Pennsylvania Avenue 
  • 9:00-9:30am — Civil disobedience begins on sidewalk at White House fence
  • 9:30am-12:00pm — Civil disobedience, demonstration, and potential arrests continue 
  • Afternoon — additional protests and demonstrations may take place in the afternoon 

Line 3 Army Corps Petition Delivery
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters (front of building) 441 G St. NW  Washington, DC 20314

  • 1:30 Rally begins with music and ceremony, press availability   
  • 2:00 Speeches and delivery of petitions

The event will feature speakers from the Indigenous-led struggle to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, known as water protectors. 

  • Taysha Martineau (Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Anishinaabe) – Founder of Camp Migizi
  • Ron Turney (White Earth Nation), Traditional Artist, Photographer, IEN Media
  • Sasha Beaulieu (Red Lake), founder Red Lake Treaty Camp and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa to Line 3 Construction Monitor 
  • Silas Neeland (White Earth Nation), youth leader


Guests who will attend the rally in support of the Water Protectors will include: 
  • Alison Whritenour, CEO, Seventh Generation 
  • Bill McKibben, author, co-founder of 
  • John Miller, former Navy diver who returned medals in protest of Line 3 

Build Back Fossil Free is calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency and stop all new fossil fuel projects. 
By refusing to stop major fossil fuel projects, President Biden has broken his promises to protect Indigneous rights, prioritize environmental justice, and fully address the climate crisis. 
Despite the President’s rhetoric, his administration has failed to stop major projects like the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, defended oil drilling in the Arctic, promoted fossil fuel exports, and allowed drilling, mining and fracking to continue on Native and public lands. 
Meanwhile, the impacts of the climate and pollution crisis have only grown worse. Hurricanes have devastated communities from New Orleans to New York City. Wildfires have burned millions of acres across the West. Historic droughts and heatwaves have gripped most of the country. And every day, millions of Americans, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous People, breathe air and drink water poisoned by fossil fuel pollution. 
As the Build Back Fossil Free coalition has shown, the President has the executive authority he needs to declare a climate emergency, stop all new fossil fuel projects, and fight for climate justice. The People vs. Fossil Fuels mobilization is calling on the President to: 

  • Stop approving fossil fuel projects and speed the end of the fossil fuel era.

  • Declare a climate emergency and launch a just and renewable energy revolution.

A more detailed list of demands can be found at:


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