Fifty days have passed since the Deepwater Horizon Rig first exploded, and oil continues to seep into the Gulf of Mexico, with no viable plan to cap it in sight. Efforts on behalf of BP to restrict access to images of the spill have not borne fruit, and terrifying images of oil-soaked pelicans are making their way around the web. Five different people have sent me the photo, and many more friends have posted them to Facebook or on Twitter.
People are outraged. Millions of Americans feel powerless to stop the problem, and so are dedicating this Tuesday to take action where they live--some are planning house parties, where they will gather with friends and neighbors to help fundraise for Gulf residents. Moveon.org has put out a call for candlelight vigils. With primary elections in 14 states, vigils are planned to take place after polls close.
Others will dedicate Tuesday to plan additional local actions, including Hands Across the Sand on June 26, when hundreds of beaches across the country will be host to local residents joining hands in their commitment to a transition to clean energy.
This marks the most widespread day of action since the rig first exploded.
There have already been a series of protests nationwide in response to the oil spill. New Orleans has been host to many. Gulf musicians have toured the county to help raise funds. Youth across the country hosted Crude Awakening rallies, including one in front of the White House, with a banner signed by Gulf residents. On Friday, environmental groups organized a Citizens Arrest at BP's Washington DC headquarters. Tuesday will see the most widespread response, from all corners of the country.
And the message is getting out--President Obama has responded with lots of speechmaking, as well as moratoria on additional offshore drilling, and calls upon the Senate to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation this year. But the public needs to make sure these promises are followed up on.
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