Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins among leaders arrested in White House protest against Keystone XL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2013
Contact: Alyssa Cocchi
WASHINGTON D.C. — Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins was arrested this morning at a White House protest calling on President Obama to reject plans to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would carry the world’s dirtiest oil–tar sands crude–from Canada to Texas. The pipeline would help accelerate global warming, and put communities of color that are already overburdened with pollution at further risk from toxic water and air. Prior to her arrest she issued the following statement:
“I’d rather risk going to jail than risk the health and safety of people who would be in harm’s way if the Keystone XL pipeline was built. There are certain points in history, like the Civil Rights Movement, when the consequences of inaction are so great that we must make bold choices. Green For All is standing up to this pipeline because of its devastating consequences to human health, especially for communities of color, who are on the front lines of climate change, and who would be left with toxic air and water as a result of this project.”
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