For Immediate Release: May 22, 2015

Contact: Andy Pearson, andy@mn350.org, 612-600-5951

Press Availability: Tar Sands Resistance March Art Build

Activists will gather to build large-scale art for June 6 march and rally

St. Paul, MN – On June 6th, thousands of people will be in St. Paul to attend the Tar Sands Resistance March, the largest anti-tar sands event ever to take place in the Midwest, to call on decision makers at the local, state, and national levels to oppose tar sands expansion and take action on climate.

Over the next five days, activists and artists from the area will be working to produce large-scale art for use at the event that will tell a visual story of protecting their communities, water and climate through tar sands resistance, including banners, large parachutes, and dozens of large cardboard constructions.

This event will be opened to press this Sunday afternoon. In addition to visuals of the art being built, there will be opportunities for interviews with activists and event organizers.

What: June 6 Tar Sands Resistance March Art Build
When: Sunday, May 24, 1-3pm
Where: 550 Vandalia St, St. Paul, MN

Visuals: A crowd of activists building large-scale art including large banners, parachutes, and cardboard constructions of nature and other imagery.

For more information, or to coordinate an alternative time to visit the art build or interview an event spokesperson, contact Andy Pearson at 612-600-5951. More information about the Tar Sands Resistance March is available at http://tarsandsresistance.org/


For Immediate Release: May 8, 2015

Contact: Gabby Brown, gabby@newpartners.com, 202-261-2382

Thousands to Gather for Tar Sands Resistance March on June 6

Activists will march in the Twin Cities to urge the Obama Administration to keep toxic tar sands out of our communities

St. Paul, MN — Organized by many of the same people who staged last year’s People’s Climate March that drew over 400,000 people to the streets of Manhattan, the Tar Sands Resistance March is coming to the Twin Cities on June 6.

Hundreds of local, regional, and national organizations are coming together to send a clear message to the Obama Administration: keep toxic tar sands out of our communities, fight for clean water, clean energy, and a stable climate.

With thousands of people expected to attend, the event will be the largest anti-tar sands event ever to take place in the region. The event will call attention to the critical fight not just against Keystone XL but against all dirty tar sands infrastructure, which currently poses a serious threat to the Great Lakes, our rivers, our communities, and our climate.

“The movement promoting clean energy prosperity in place of polluting fossil fuels is growing and being heard in every corner of the country,” said Terry Houle, Co-Chair of the Sierra Club’s Northstar Chapter Tar Sands Team. “The Tar Sands Resistance March in the Twin Cities picks up where last year’s Peoples’ Climate March in New York left off —  people from all walks of life are calling on the Administration to keep dirty fuels in the ground for the sake of clean air, clean water, and a stable climate.”

“One quarter of existing tar sands imports are refined in Minnesota by the Koch Brothers,” said Victor Menotti, Executive Director of the International Forum on Globalization, “and their proposed expansion of other fossil fuels infrastructure across the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, such as their Clearbrook Terminal that connects to Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper, are all essential to exploiting Koch’s record carbon reserves in Canada.”

 “The Obama administration shouldn’t be allowing more dirty tar sands oil into Minnesota and the Great Lakes region,” added Marc Fink, attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.  “It’s long past time for the president to put the need for clean water and a livable planet above the demands of multinational oil companies.”

WHAT: The Tar Sands Resistance March
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Starting at Lambert Landing, Corner of Shepard Road and N. Sibley Street, St. Paul, MN 55102 [Map], Ending at the State Capitol Lawn, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155 [Map]