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Columbia Democrats statement on XL Dissent

We, the Columbia University Democrats, officially endorse only the legal components of XL Dissent. XL Dissent is a youth­run march, rally, and civil disobedience action to be held on March 2nd, 2014 in Washington D.C. in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. We endorse only its march and rally.* Stopping climate change is one of the greatest moral issues facing our generation. More...

David Smith: When I Grow Old, I Want to Know That I Did Everything I Could

I am part of the 500+ students from around the country because I see an injustice happening on a local, national, and international level. The Keystone XL pipeline is a symbolic and literal line that we as humanitarians, global citizens, stewards of the land, farmers, consumers, activists, environmentalists, men, women, children, Christians, Muslims, atheists, Buddhists, Jews, and all spiritual sects believe that we should not cross that line. More...

Christine Edgeworth: Raising My Voice with Hundreds of Others

As a sophomore in college who just turned twenty years old, I’m trying to figure out what exactly I want to do with the rest of my life. Obviously there’s no way of knowing anytime soon where I’ll be in 10 years, because that would be much too easy. But what I do know is that I will be in Washington D.C. More...

Abby Krumbein: why I will be attending XL Dissent this weekend, and why I hope you will join me

I recall just a few weeks ago how I felt a small twinge of hope as Obama spoke of climate change during the State of the Union, presenting his views with a new sense of conviction: “But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.” More...

What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Risk Arrest

In 2011 I signed up to be part of Tar Sands Action. It was a choice I made because I was at the point in my life where I thought this was a risk I could and should take and the consequences would be something I was willing to face.  You can read more about the thoughts in my 19-year-old head in this blog that I wrote the summer before the action. More...