Trumka, McKibben, and Gulf Coast Leaders Join 5000 Young Obama Voters for Rally at White House – March to Protest BP and Chamber of Commerce – Massive Lobby Day on Capitol Hill
April 18, 2011
Richard Trumka, Bill McKibben, Rev. Yearwood, Courtney Hight, Cherri Foytlin from the Gulf Coast, Among Speakers
Take Action on Tax Day to Make Big Polluters Pay
Washington, DC – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Cherri Foytlin of Gulf Change, and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben will speak to more than 5,000 young voters, at a rally in front of the White House this Monday to demand that the President and Congress stand up to Big Polluters, protect the Clean Air Act, and make corporate polluters like BP pay for their pollution. They’re calling on President Obama and Congress to end handouts to corporate polluters, make them pay their fair share, invest in a clean energy economy, and create good jobs. Rally participants will then move on to protest at the US Chamber of Commerce, which serves as a front group for Big Polluters, the DC headquarters of BP, and the headquarters of the electric utility Gen-On, which continues to burn coal in Virginia. Young people will then have hundreds ofvisits to Congressional offices to demand that Congress protect the Clean Air Act and stop taking money from corporate polluters.
The rally wraps up the 4-day Power Shift 2011 Conference where over 10,000 young people engaged in the largest grassroots organizing training in history.
Van Jones, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Bill McKibben were among the speakers at the conference that took place at the Washington, DC ConventionCenter.
Power Shift is hosted by the Energy Action Coalition, a coalition of 50 youth-ledenvironmental and social justice organizations.WHO: 5,000 Young, Forgotten Voters Protest at White House, then March to Chamber and BP WHAT: Power Shift 2011 Rally WHERE: White House Rally at Lafayette Square starts at 10am followed by a Chamber of Commerce rally at 11:45am. Then the group will march to BP offices at 12pm WHEN: April 18, 2011 at 10am
Program for Power Shift Action, Lafayette Square
10:10-10:17 Rev Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus, welcomes everybody, intros Power Shift & Action
10:17-10:24 Bill McKibben, 350.org
10:24-10:31 Cherri Foytlin-Co-founder, Gulf Change
10:31-10:38 Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
10:38-10:45 Courtney Hight, Co-Director of Energy Action Coalition and former Obama campaign staff
10:45-10:52 Rev. Yearwood closes
10:59-11:06 DJ plays, marches begin
11:30 Chamber of Commerce street theater kicks off Big Polluters march (map)
Second March heads to the Capitol for Lobby Day
Contact: Trevor Fitzgibbon (202) 406-0646
Blair Fitzgibbon (202) 503-6141