Power Shift 2011
April 15 - 18
The word is out: it's time to Make BP Pay!
At Power Shift 2011 we flashmobbed a BP station to call attention to the Gulf and the mess that BP has left behind. Since then, flashmobs have been storming the country getting the word out, and building a national wave of demands to hold Big Oil accountable!
- Cornell Daily Sun: Students protest fracking on anniversary of BP oil spill
- University of Georgia's Red & Black: Students protest oil spill; Groups remember year-old BP incident
- University of Alabama's Crimson White: BP oil effects still being seen
- Pensacola: Flash mob to mark oil spill
- WOUB Athens, OH: Anniversary of BP oil spill
"The protesters called on President Obama and Congress, quote 'to make BP pay for their recklessness and shift dirty energy handouts to clean energy investments.'"
But it hasn't just been grassroots leaders demanding we hold Big Polluters accountable and shift Big Oil handouts to clean energy investments. Since the Power Shift 2011 Make Big Polluters Pay Rally & March we've seen President Obama step up the calls for shifting billions in subsidies to clean energy investments! We need to turn his words into action, and that's where the grassroots comes in. At Power Shift we saw that the grassroots can and is leading the way towards these clean energy solutions. With gas prices at record highs and discussion on shifting Big Oil handouts to clean energy investments, what can we do to turn this into a reality?
Check out President Obama's address from last week, and photos from flashmobs and rallies across the country to get some inspiration -- what do you see as next? Now is the time to lead.
Late Friday night Congress and President Obama ended their standoff; after hours of tense negotiations they agreed to a budget.
Clean Air and the EPA were on the negotiating table but we stood up to the Big Polluter agenda -- and it worked! Thousands of us called on President Obama to not cave to Big Polluters, and with 10,000 of us coming to Washington, DC for Power Shift, President Obama and Congress knew they had to stand strong in this fight.
That’s huge, but we can’t stop here. The budget isn't much to celebrate -- we saved the EPA for now, but Big Polluters are still on the loose, receiving massive handouts, dodging taxes, and polluting our air, all at the expense of our economy and public health.
When was the first time you realized you were part of something bigger and had the power to create change?
I realized it 8 years ago in March 2003 when our government invaded Iraq. Sickened by the lies and violence I knew I had to do something. So I started organizing my fellow students at the University of Kansas, holding demonstrations, debates, and teach-ins. But despite my best efforts I alone couldn't end the war so I vowed to prevent the next one and keep us from sending our nation's youth into harms way to defend our dangerous addiction to fossil fuels.