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Taking a Stand for the Tar Sands

6 September 2011 2 Comments

Here I am outside the White House during the protest. Credit: Josh Lopez

- By Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief

I’m not an against-er. I put my energy into being the change I want to see in the world. But I am a peace activist, and I’ve been arrested twice at public nonviolent peace actions. On September 1, I did my first civil disobedience for the environment. I joined 1,251 other citizens who gathered in front of the White House during the last two weeks, disobeyed orders to disperse, rode the paddy wagon, and paid a $100 forfeit so we could deliver a message to President Obama, history, and the rest of the world.

Climate scientists like Bill McKibben and NASA’s James Hanson, First Nations activists, people and organizations worldwide are asking President Obama not to sign off on the Tar Sands pipeline because it replaces boreal forests with lakes of garbage and produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil.  The Athabascan Cree and Métis people are already experiencing the damage it does to human health. Like fracking and mountaintop removal, this plan to pipe toxic, tortuously extracted oil from Alberta, Canada, all the way down to Texas expresses the desperation of the fossil fuel industry and its political backers. To me, their behavior is of a piece with the desperate violence of the Taliban and our own crumbling empire. Collectively, it’s the death throes of the patriarchy.

My stand for peace, feminism, and the environment grows from my conviction that every creature of God is holy. Yet through humanity’s long, tragic history, the ruling powers have treated the earth like a woman, and treated women like dirt.  By and large, those whose safety is not directly affected in the short term choose not to notice. I’m noticing. I’m saying Stop the rape. And I’m interested in hearing what you think. Please comment now!

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Mary Liepold is the Editor-in-Chief at Peace X Peace. To reach Dr. Liepold, email
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2 Comments to “Taking a Stand for the Tar Sands”
  1. Alaha Ahrar says:

    Mary Liepold is a very hard working, motivated and open-minded woman. She has been a blessing to Peacexpeace and all its members all over the world.
    We (Peacexpeace members) love her.

  2. Stephanie Sommers says:

    Thanks for taking a stand, dear Auntie, and for reminding all of us that we should try to do no more nor less than be the change we hope to see in the world! We are proud of you! Steph

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