Training for the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Throughout the summer, Rainforest Action Network, CREDO, and the Other 98% will be leading nationwide trainings in dignified, nonviolent civil disobedience. These trainings will support the more than 60,000 people eager to take action to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Our trainers will be traveling across the country and stopping in 25 cities throughout July, including Chicago, Houston, Tampa, and Boston. It will take hundreds of activist leaders to plan, lead and train others – so they can participate in local civil disobedience actions, in their hometowns.

As a result of these trainings, all participants will be ready to organize unified demonstrations to push President Obama to reject the Keystone Pipeline, once and for all.

We are training people from all walks of life, who are bound by one common thread — they recognize that climate change is not a distant concept, but a pressing threat to our health and our country.

To give you a picture of the kinds of people who have signed up for trainings this summer, we are talking about everyday people. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, people of faith, people who worked for the President, all willing to put their bodies on the line to push their President to stand on the right side of history — and reject the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.

This pledge has shown us that people are ready for their government to take bold and ambitious action to address climate change, and they are willing to take bold action to get it.

Will you join all of us this summer? To take the Pledge of Resistance, please click here.

4 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Mark Gill says:

    How do I sign up to schedule and communicate a civil disobediance training in Milwaukee, WI?

    We have experienced members to lead the training and would like to connect with those in SE WI that have signed on to the pledge. Is there a way to contact those people to share about our effort? And it would be great to know who those activists are to determine if they’d like to collaborate with our local chapter.

  2. Amanda says:

    Hi Mark – great to hear from you and it would be wonderful to have you and your friends in Milwaukee leading the pledge. Todd from our team is going to email you directly about this and invite you to Chicago on April 5&6 where we’ll be running a regional ‘training for trainers’. Sending all my best to Brew City (I used to live/work at Little 5 points a few years ago)

  3. norman kravitz says:

    It is April 1 today–please let me know when and where in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area the next civil disobedience training is occurring regarding Keystone XL? Thank you.

  4. Chris Eaton says:

    Hi Norman,

    There is training for those wishing to lead civil disobedience actions this weekend in Chicago! You can sign up here:

    The training will include basics of planning, preparing for, and training others for civil disobedience action. We are looking for people willing to lead civil disobedience actions against Keystone XL and who are excited to learn lifelong skills. You need to come to both days of the training, be firmly committed to principles of non-violence, and be ready to take a lead role in organizing a civil disobedience action where you live (with the ongoing support of a training coach.)


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