On Monday March 10th, hundreds of protesters assembled in front of the Philadelphia Federal Building demanding that President Obama not issue a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed 1,700 mile pipeline that would transport oil from the tar sands of Northern Canada to oil refineries in Texas. Dozens of people blocked the doors of the federal building, including 2012 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate and Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign national coordinator Cheri Honkala, protesting the State Department’s conflict of interest in regard to the pipeline.

The purpose of the Convergence is to address the interconnected crises of the economy, ecology, peace and democracy, which all have their roots in a system driven by profit.… Supporters of the initiative hope to build a unified movement that can link climate justice to the many other issues of social justice, including economic inequality, the racism of mass incarceration and mass deportations, the sexism of the ongoing attacks on women’s reproductive rights, systemic oppression of LGBTQ people, continual attacks on working people’s living conditions through austerity measures and union-busting, and more.