Sunday, March 1, 2009

civil disobedience

Washington, DC is known for its street art. From BORF to Kelly Towles and DECOY - these artists have brought art to our daily lives, transforming our streets into the canvasas of living social conversations that interact with the very environment in which they're installed.

In the heart of Washington, DC's Adams Morgan, a particularly political piece has been installed calling for "Climate Justice NOW." The piece serves as social statement meets announcement poster for the March 2nd Capital Climate Action protest at the Capitol Power Plant, "a plant that powers Congress with dirty energy and symbolizes a past that cannot be our future."

The upcoming protest has captured the attention of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who just four days before the protest have called for the switching of the Capitol Power Plant off coal and on to 100 percent natural gas for its operations:

"Taking this major step toward cleaning up the Capitol Power Plant’s emissions would be an important demonstration of Congress’ willingness to deal with the enormous challenges of global warming, energy independence and our inefficient use of finite fossil fuels. We strongly encourage you to move forward aggressively with us on a comprehensive set of policies for the entire Capitol complex and the entire Legislative Branch to quickly reduce emissions and petroleum consumption through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean alternative fuels."

The demonstration takes place tomorrow at 1pm at The Spirit of Justice Park. The protest organizers are committed to "a peaceful demonstration, carried out in a spirit of hope and not rancor," emphasized by their request that all attendees wear dress clothes in order to bring the cause and the demonstration "from margin to center." So bust out your best seersuckers and pearls and join the rallying cry of thousands of demonstrators tomorrow calling for a clean energy economy!

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