Action Overview

    This Beyond Extreme Energy initiative will be a week--7 days--of action. We invite you to participate for as many days as possible; please sign up here. Complete participant info pack is here.
November 1st
The week begins Saturday, November 1st when BXE participants join with the Great March for Climate Action as it completes the final leg of an eight month walk across the country which began in Los Angeles in March. Hundreds of us will walk from Elm Street Park just a few blocks from the Bethesda Metro stop, gathering at 9 and beginning the walk at 9:30 am. The 7 mile walk will end at the White House where there will be a rally at 1pm. Then that evening, at 7:00 pm at St. Stephen And The Incarnation Episcopal Church, there will be a longer program where marchers reflect upon their heroic experience.
November 2nd
     We will use this day for art, meeting, planning, and training for the actions November 3-7.
November 3rd-7th
    Each morning, Monday to Friday, we will nonviolently sit-in and block the two entrances to FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On July 14th 25 people did this and were successful in disrupting business-as-usual at FERC for two hours until they were arrested. We learned from that experience and will use those lessons as we organize a bigger and stronger action the week of November 3rd-7th. The action at FERC needs people prepared to risk arrest and also those prepared to stand in support.

Additional Actions November 3rd-7th
Here are some other opportunities to help move us beyond extreme energy. [Note:  none of the action plans below involve risking arrest except for possibly Tuesday at Cove Point.]

    Monday afternoon will see a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee calling upon them to get real about the seriousness of the climate crisis. This will be followed by a “flash mob” action at FERC and at Union Station spearheaded by fracktivists coming down from New York City. For the DNC action gather at the Columbus Statue outside of Union Station at 1:30/1:45 for a march to DNC. Look for the "flash mob" group around 4:15/4:30 at the same location.

    Tuesday afternoon a bus has been reserved to take people to Cove Point for a demonstration in support of local people who continue to fight the plans by Dominion to build their dangerous export terminal. We plan to be in Solomon's Island on Solomon's Island Rd. near the long bridge by 2 pm.

    On Wednesday afternoon there will be an action at the Justice Department calling for them to intervene to see that justice is done in Ferguson, Mo. and that the national scourge of police brutality, especially against black and brown youth, is seriously addressed. We say: stop disrespecting and abusing the earth and its climate, stop disrespecting and abusing the people. We plan to be at the Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 9th and 10th Sts., by 2 PM.

    On Thursday afternoon we will demonstrate outside the headquarters of National Public Radio, which keeps running pro-fracking ads of the oil and gas industry--and just cut back its team of environmental reporters to one! NPR is at 1111 N. Capitol St. NW, near L St. We'll gather there at 4:30.

And on Friday, led by Pennsylvania extractivists (because our main focus here is not only fracking), we will go the Dept. of Transportation to demonstrate against its policies and practices that are allowing a dramatic expansion of coal, oil and gas exports which put communities at risk. PA does not need more extraction that further degrades the commonwealth. We need to stop transport in its tracks.  We should be there around 1:30 pm, and DOT is at 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, at M St.

       In the evenings of November 3rd-7th, we'll also evaluate how the day's actions went, train any new people and refine plans for the next day's actions.
    We have reserved a location for our November 2 training meeting. We have also reserved a church where people can stay for the entire week, sleeping on pews or on the floor (bring mats and sleeping bags!), for $5 a night.
    We will use mass transit or walking to get around the city.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is located at 888 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. approximately three blocks from the Union Station Metro station.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission