Dear MoveOn member,
There's a huge event happening this weekend at a beach near you.
In the wake of the giant BP oil spill in the Gulf, tens of thousands of people are getting together on beaches around the world for a massive event called "Hands Across The Sand." And you can take part at an event right in Long Beach.
We'll join hands on Long Beach in Long Beach, making a literal line in the sand to say "no" to new offshore drilling and "yes" to clean energy. If enough of us join in, we can create a powerful visual display and send a strong message to Washington, DC.
Can you join us at Long Beach in Long Beach on Saturday at 11 am? Here's the link to RSVP:
This event is happening at a crucial time. With oil still gushing into the Gulf, wildlife devastated, and people's livelihoods torn apart, we need to stand up for clean energy NOW. And after President Obama's speech last week calling for an end to our addiction to oil, Congress is getting ready to push forward on a new energy bill.
But Big Oil lobbyists are trying to hijack this legislation to include—of all things—new offshore drilling and taxpayer handouts to Big Oil.1 We can't let that happen. And given how angry people are at BP right now, we can really push Congress to stand up to the Big Oil lobbyists—if enough of us get involved.
Hands Across the Sand was started by Dave Rauschkolb, a Florida small business owner, in October of 2009 and has grown into a huge, literally global movement. With the help of dozens of great organizations, there will be events in over 400 cities and 12 countries, including the U.S., Japan, India, and New Zealand.
As Dave says, "The image is powerful, the message simple. No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy. We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America's beaches and in solidarity events across America and around the world."
Hands Across The Sand could be the largest protest against offshore drilling in U.S. history. But to achieve that goal, we need you there. Can you join us at Long Beach in Long Beach at 11 a.m. this Saturday? Here's the link to RSVP:
Hope you can join us, and thanks again for all you do.
–Steven, Adam, Kat, Marika, and the rest of the team
1. "Enviros cringe as Senate committee approves energy bill," Grist, June 17, 2009
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