In just a few days you’ll be on the way to DC to take part in XL Dissent! We’re so excited for the largest day of action at the White House in a generation!
We want to make sure you have all the information you need to have a safe, and awesome weekend. Please read and shoot us an email if you have any questions about anything!
Funding and Financial Help
Many people have generously donated to help defray the cost of our fine and transportation. Please email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in financial support for this expense. If you choose to send a request, please offer to pay as much of the fine as feasible for you, so that we may offer others support and make this action as accessible as possible.
Saturday March 1:
Fossil Free Divestment Meet-up: sign up here
1-4pm Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009)
You’ll have the opportunity to connect and share stories with other young people who are fighting for a livable future and are standing with frontline communities. We’ll swap skills and hear from youth leaders who are running fossil fuel divestment campaigns – and taking the fight against dirty energy off-campus. Together, we’ll lay the foundation for a wave of bold, youth-powered action. Check out the sign-up form to get more involved in facilitation: http://gofossilfree.org/xl-dissent/
Lunch will be provided at 12:00pm.
Action Art Making
Any folks interested in helping out with any art and banners are also welcome to come to the Thurgood Marshall Center, at 12pm where we will leave to work on visuals at an artists house in Takoma Park (rides provided). Click here to sign up!
Direct Action Training
5-9pm Thurgood Marshall Center-Dinner at 6:30
This training will go over Sunday’s action at the White House as well as the role of direct action in a campaign and how it can build power. We will go over the action minute by minute, and be assigning roles for people, as well as doing a role play of the event along with all the materials and banners we will be using. We will also go over the risks involved, the cost of a post and forfeit, gathering jail support information, and have a lawyer present to answer questions. If you cannot make it, please email us back and we’ll get you the relevant information to risk arrest.
Housing (Saturday night only)
St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St NW Washington, DC)
$5 donation requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds
We recommend bringing a sleeping bag and pillows, this is a floor space.
*If you need housing for Friday night or Sunday night, please get in touch with Virginia, email@example.com, to reserve space in a different church.
Sunday March 2:
10am Meet at Georgetown University, Red Square. Enter University at gates located at 3700 and O St NW, and walk right across the quad.
11am Arrive at Lafayette Park for XL Dissent Rally-We have some awesome student and youth speakers from around the country, who will be sharing their stories about climate and tar sands activism.
12pm White House Arrests begin
2pm release process begins from Anacostia Station, closest Metro-Anacostia (green line), we will have someone there to make sure you get out of custody safely, are pointed towards the metro, and reunited with your group and personal items.
**We will have a truck for folks to drop off their things before the march, we recommend those risking arrest have only the essentials on them, an ID, cash, and metro ticket. There will be a place to meet up with after you are released to get your things.
Check out the ride board here: http://xldissent.org/ride-board/
Buses are coming in from North Carolina, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and more! You can find links to all of the buses here:http://xldissent.org/buses/
Please email us to get in touch with folks traveling from your region.
Street parking is available on the weekends for cars, bus parking can be found in Union Station, and check out this doc for more info.
DC Public Transportation information can be found here: http://www.wmata.com/, we also recommend using Google Maps.
Please plan your travel ahead of time, since there can be delays on the weekends.
Closest metro stations to key places:
Thurgood Marshall Center-U St (Green/Yellow Line)
St. Stephen’s Church-Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow Line)
Georgetown-Dupont Circle (Red Line, 30 minute walk, we recommend taking the bus to Georgetown these lines take you there: G2, 31, 32, 36, 38B, Dupont-Rosslyn Circulator)
Anacostia Operations Facility-Anacostia (Green Line)
Please don’t hesitate to ask for directions, a lot of the organizers are based in DC and would be happy to help you!
Right now the weather in DC for March 1-2 is looking cold and sunny, at about 24/32° degrees. Be sure to keep an eye on this and dress appropriately!
XL Dissent West Coast
Our friends in the Bay are hosting a solidarity action-check it out here:http://xldissent.org/xl-dissent-west-coast/
XL Dissent Dos and Don’ts
Do bring: a sleeping bag and pad, $50 cash, your ID, paper and pen to write notes and keep track of new things and new friends, small bills/change for DC Public Transportation, phones or other way to spread news of the day on social media. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, it’s going to be cold!
Don’t bring: drugs or alcohol; an agenda, we’re all here to stop KXL and build youth climate power, remember the focus is on the young people. If you are risking arrest on Sunday, please have as little on you as possible.
Again, we want to make sure that everyone who is interested in coming signs up online (note: if you’re receiving this e-mail, it means that you already have). It’s super important that we have all of our numbers right for so we can have enough space and food for all of you, so if you have friends and family who are planning on attending but haven’t signed up, please encourage them to do so!
We can’t wait to see you,