Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Montana women, including Margot Kidder, arrested in Keystone XL protest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 4:45 PM


A group holding a sign that read, "Montana Women for an Oil Free Future," were among those arrested outside the White House this morning in the ongoing protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. The group included Margot Kidder who is active in the Montana Democratic party and best known for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman movies. Fellow actor Tantoo Cardinal (Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, Smoke Signals) was also arrested. Kidder is wearing black and holding the sign in the above picture; Cardinal is on Kidder's right.

TransCanada’s permit for the Keystone XL pipeline calls for it to run from Canada, through Montana, and all the way to Texas.

Tar Sands Action, which is leading the ongoing protests, has more:

Cardinal and Kidder gathered with a crowd of over 150 people in Lafayette Square park this morning to hear from environmental author, Bill McKibben, who is spearheading the protests. In an effort to “deter future participants,” the DC Park Police had held McKibben and 55 other participants from last Saturday’s demonstration in jail for two nights before dropping all charges and releasing them on Monday afternoon. Sunday and Monday’s protestors were released after being arrested, taken to a Park Police station, and paying $100 fine for “disobeying a police order.”

“When we were in jail, the only thing we wanted was more company,” said McKibben to a cheering crowd this morning. “Your work has helped make this the most important environmental question President Obama has to make before the 2012 election. And we’ll be here every day this week and next to make sure he makes the right call.”

(Thanks again to Clean, Green, Sustainable, this time for forwarding the photo.)

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