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A Capitol idea!

If you're really, really bored, and want to do something useful, you can go to Bloomington, where you will get on a bus and be transported to Washington, D.C., for the express purpose of committing civil disobedience and getting arrested to save the environment!

The target of the Capitol Climate Action is the Capitol Power Plant, a government-owned coal-fired plant that produces the electricity for the Capitol, which is the home of Congress, and surrounding buildings.

The goal is not to shut down the plant for the day but to raise consciousness about the disastrous climate consequences of daily worldwide reliance on coal for power. Organizers expect thousands of people to engage in nonviolent resistance and to make the action "the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history."

You don't want to waste an arrest record on a piddly little thing like chaining yourself to a tree or a bulldozer when you can be part of the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history, do you? The demonstration, it is noted, includes, but isn't limited to, civil disobedience. That's intriguing, what? Oh, and don't worry if you've planned a D.C. vacation about the same time; these folks have thought of everything: "Organizers are working closely with the D.C. police to ensure that those who don't want to participate in civil disobedience won't be arrested."

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