What is the Tar Sands Resistance March?

Join us on June 6, when thousands will gather in the Twin Cities for the Tar Sands Resistance March — the largest anti-tar sands event ever in the region. We are coming together to send a clear message: keep toxic tar sands out of America’s Heartland, fight for clean water, clean energy, and a safe climate!
What: Tar Sands Resistance March
Where: March Starts at Lambert Landing – Shepard Road and N. Sibley Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 [Map]
March ends at the
State Capitol Lawn – 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155 [Map]
When: Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 12 PM

Event Agenda on Saturday, June 6th

10am: Water Ceremony performed by indigenous women (Lambert Landing).  Press and Public are invited to quietly and respectfully observe.

11:30am: Press Conference with community voices from the front lines of the fight

12:00pm: Tar Sands Resistance March (1.3 miles from Lambert Landing to the State Capitol)

2:00-4:00pm: Rally and Musical Performances (State Capitol)

Lambert Landing is at 514 Shepard Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55102, on the Mississippi River right by Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. Take the Green Line to Union Depot, exit at the rear of the platform, turn left on Sibley St, and walk two blocks to the river (less than five minutes on foot). If you’re driving, park at Ramp F at the State Capitol and take the Green Line from the Capitol / Rice St station to Union Depot.


Who is involved?

This event is sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, Indigenous Environmental Network, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, 350 and Energy Action Coalition with the support of more  than 50 other national, regional and local organizations!  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see who else is involved to make June 6th a success.



Who is coming to the March?

June 6 March Bloc Map

On June 6th, thousands of people from across the country will gather for the largest anti-tar sands event ever in the region, to stand together to protect our water, climate, and communities from the impacts of dirty energy.  Everyone is invited to join with us in the streets to call on President Obama and Secretary Kerry to stop dirty tar sands from invading the region!  We are coming together to send a clear message to him and to all of our national and local leaders that they must keep toxic tar sands out of America’s heartland, and fight for clean water, clean energy, and a safe climate. We expect to see thousands of people from the Midwest at the march on June 6th and look forward to seeing you there! 

Find your place in the March:  We will be led by our indigenous participants, followed by students, youth and families with young children, frontline communities, faith groups and all other activists, organizations and folks fighting tar sands and building a better future with clean energy.

We have a great group of speakers and performers joining us on June 6th, including: 

  • Frank Waln (Indigenous Rapper and Activist)
  • Rev. Yearwood (Hip Hop Caucus)
  • Kandi Mossett (Indigenous Environmental Network)
  • Aaron Mair (Sierra Club)
  • Bill McKibben (350.org)
  • Akilah Sanders-Reed (Macalester College student, youth activist)
  • Chris Wahmhoff (MICATS)
  • Melissa Daniels (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, ACFN)
  • Rev. Emily Goldthwaite Fries (Mayflower UCC)
  • Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth)
  • Emma Lockridge (MI Tar Sands Refinery Community Resident)
  • Representative Keith Ellison (MN-05)
  • Jamez Staples (Renewable Energy Partners)
  • Greg Grey Cloud (Crow Creek Souix)
  • Sarah Headbird (Anishinaabe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe)
  • Raging Grannies of Northern Minnesota (activist singers)
  • Jayanthi Kyle (local activist singer)
  • Zea Leguizamon (Embody Deep Democracy)


Where is Lambert Landing?

We will begin the rally at 12 PM on Saturday, June 6th from Lambert Landing at 514 Shepard Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55102.  Lambert Landing is on the Mississippi River right by Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. Take the Green Line to Union Depot, exit at the rear of the platform, turn left on Sibley St, and walk two blocks to the river (less than five minutes on foot). If you’re driving, park at Ramp F at the State Capitol and take the Green Line from the Capitol / Rice St station to Union Depot.


Can I volunteer?

Yes! If you are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, we would love to have your help before the event and on the day of.  Please RSVP for the March and check the volunteer interest box.  We will get in touch with you.  If you are not in Minneapolis/St. Paul, we need your help to coordinate a bus from your area and outreach to local groups to fill the seats on the bus.  Click on the transportation tab for more information about bus coordination and to connect with those planning a bus from your area. 


Events before the March

Landowner & Nebraskan Meetup (9-11am, Heartland Restaurant, 289 East 5th Street, St. Paul, MN): Join Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska and Ed Fallon of Iowa and landowners from Nebraska and across the region for coffee, muffins and conversation focused on issues landowners along tar sands and Bakken pipelines face and what can be done to protect the water and land! RSVP here today.


What are Tar Sands?

The tar sands are the dirtiest fuel on the planet.  To learn more, follow the links below and join us on June 6th!
Click here for more information on Tar Sands
Click here for more information on Pet Coke