In early March of 2014, more than 1,200 young people from across the country march to the White House from Georgetown University—the site of President Obama’s climate speech, where the president vowed to reject the pipeline if it failed the ‘climate test.’ Four hundred young people are arrested in the largest single civil disobedience action at the White House in a generation.
One week later, hundreds of signers of the Pledge of Resistance rally in Philadelphia and 29 are arrested at the Philadelphia Federal Building. Demonstrators carry brooms to “sweep out corruption.”
In April, the State Department announces a critical pause in the Keystone XL review process; the environmental review is suspended pending the resolution of a lawsuit brought by Nebraska ranchers over the pipeline route. Shortly after the State Department announcement, hundreds of Nebraska ranchers rally in Washington, D.C., along with Indigenous activists fighting the pipeline in tribal communities. Thousands join a ceremonial procession against Keystone XL at “Reject and Protect.”