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Tar Sands Blockade is an all-volunteer horizontal, consensus-based organizing collective dedicated to working in solidarity with frontline communities most impacted by tar sands mining, transportation, and refining.

In the summer of 2012 Tar Sands Blockade launched as a campaign of peaceful, sustained direct action to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL South tar sands pipeline.


The Tar Sands Blockade is an open invitation for people across North America to join a peaceful direct action campaign to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. We stand with people of all backgrounds who are fighting to save their homes, land and our planet from destruction by tar sands pumped by TransCanada. Tar Sands Blockade is coordinating grassroots actions across Texas.

Tar Sands Blockade has joined with people from a wide variety of backgrounds who believe that the extraction of tar sands in Canada is “game over” for the climate. Tar Sands Blockade is ready to build a movement to stop tar sands extraction, transport, and refining. And we are personally asking for your help.


Rising Tide North Texas has a short but exciting history fighting for environmental and social justice in North Texas.  We have been engaged in a campaign against fracking in Denton that has seen many small victories including the current moratorium.  Rising Tide has also been active in moving Denton and the University of North Texas off of coal power.  We started speaking out against the tar sands over a year ago and now, we’ve joined affected communities fighting the Keystone XL to form Tar Sands Blockade.


We are asking you join our campaign to stop toxic tar sands in Texas or hold a solidarity action in your own community. It’s not just about protecting our future climate, it’s also about solidarity with communities that are currently being affected by the industries that are bringing about climate change. We are not only defending the planet, we are defending families.

Together we will stop the tar sands and create a just and livable world that works for people of all backgrounds.

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