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Let's Spend a Day in Jail with Al Gore

10/14/2007 06:31 pm 18:31:44 | Updated May 25, 2011

Al Gore should be arrested.

And I want to go with him.

Like many, I am so glad to see the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Gore and the International Panel on Climate Change. Gore has become a global warming hero, and I applaud his work to inform the public about the global climate catastrophe.

As the executive director of Rainforest Action Network I was particularly impressed when I read that Al Gore told the New York Times, "I can't understand why there aren't rings of young people blocking bulldozers and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."

Gore is right. Let's take him at his word. I would like you to help me invite Al Gore to join thousands of supporters November 16-17 for 24 hours of nonviolent direct action targeting the banks, Citi and Bank of America, that want to finance more than 150 new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. But I don't just want you to ask him to show up. I want you to ask him to get arrested with me!

I want to spend a day in jail with Al Gore.

You can help. Sign this petition telling Al Gore that you want him to get arrested, Nobel Prize in hand, for blocking the construction of coal-fired power plants.

But tell him to do it strategically.

By the time the bulldozers are on the ground, it is already too late. We need to stop these projects before they start and the best way to do that is by preventing them from being financed in the first place. The coal industry depends on Wall Street. That's why a coalition of organizations is targeting the biggest funders of coal and climate change: Citi and Bank of America.

What could make a bigger statement than Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore following the grand tradition of Martin Luther King and Gandhi by using civil disobedience to help create a clean energy future?

Winning the Nobel Peace Prize is an amazing accomplishment. I am impressed and inspired. Now I hope that Al Gore will take his own advice and join us as we take a stand for the future.