A personal invitation to join the Tar Sands Blockade

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Subject: [rt-local] A personal invitation to join the Tar Sands Blockade
From: "Ben Kessler" <bdkes...@riseup.net>
Date: Mon, September 10, 2012 4:42 pm
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Hey agitators,

I've been a part of the Rising Tide network for over two years now. I've
also had the pleasure of working with many of you in person, and I've
increasingly grown to feel like this is my home. Now, I need to ask for
your help.

I am sending this personal invitation as an organizer with Tar Sands
Blockade. While most of you have probably heard of our campaign, I
wanted to share a couple things you might not know in an effort to
convince you to join us.

Tar Sands Blockade is something I truly believe to be historic and
special. While our first few actions have been highly effective, we
haven't yet been able to demonstrate the true magnitude of resistance
that we'll be bringing to bear in the near future because of the need
for some level of discretion.

So I'm writing to tell you that what we have planned is going to be big,
bold, and effective - bigger and bolder than anything we have seen in
the US climate movement outside of the Pacific Northwest. *Recently, a
long-time forest defender from Cascadia told us that "if we showed them
what was going on here, every last Cascadian would drop what they were
doing to come down here and fight". *Already people have been coming
from far and wide to join us, based on word of mouth alone.

I can't give any more details about our plans, but I can promise that
this is something you don't want to miss out on. The most amazing thing
is that we are doing this while centering the stories of our landowner
allies - those who are most directly affected by the KXL pipeline in Texas.

We need two things from you:
- *We need you to come for a short time to participate in one of our
escalating actions.* If you are interested, *we really need folks as
early as next week**, starting on Sept. 17th,* and I encourage you to
get in touch with me directly for more information.

- *We need dedicated organizers for the long haul.* We have built an
amazing team of nearly 20 folks working 24/7 on the Blockade, but our
goals will require expanding even beyond this number. If you are in a
place in your life that makes this kind of dedication and flexibility
possible, we'd love to add you to our team. Again, if you are
interested, please contact me directly.

As always, anything y'all can do to spread the word, especially to your
local groups, would be invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Love and solidarity,

Ben

512-961-2716

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Ben Kessler
Rising Tide North Texas/North America
(512) 961-2716

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