IREJN and CT Interfaith Power & Light joined numerous state and regional environmental and social justice groups in a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Hartford. The informational session on the pipeline was held on Monday, January 28 and was sponsored by the U. S. Commerce Department.
Braving the snow and the cold, demonstrators greeted Connecticut business executives with signs, slogans, and street theatre designed to discourage them from doing business with Canadian business involved in oil sands extraction and refinement. IREJN was represented by members John Humphries, Mary Lee Morrison, and Board Member Bill Upholt.
Demonstrators brought creativity, music, and even staged a die-in to protest the unjust destruction of the planet. Thirty to fifty small and medium-sized businesses were in attendance at the meeting, which was one of four that are scheduled around the state.
IREJN & CT IPL will also be represented at the national climate rally against the Keystone XL pipeline on Sunday, February 17 in Washington D. C.