TTar Sands Action 2011 (photo: Milan Ilnyckyj)

President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina will be at Harvard University on Tuesday, hoping to urge Harvard students to help “pass the bill” or reelect the President or something. However, students and others opposed to the Tar Sands oil development and the Keystone XL pipeline are also planning to be there to greet him.

Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts supporters of TarSandsAction are hoping to remind Messina that support for Mr. Obama may well depend on the President showing a lot more concern for the environmental/climate risks of tar sands development than either he or his State Department have so far shown.

From the Tar Sands protest organizers:

Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina will be making an appearance tomorrow at Harvard, and some of your fellow Tar Sands Action arrestees Serena Zhao and Same Novey are organizing a demonstration to let him know that the President needs to reject the keystone XL pipeline if he expects our full support in the coming months.

This is an amazing opportunity to reach someone who has a great deal of influence on the President’s decisions. It’s not often that you have an opportunity to interact directly with such a high-ranking member of the President’s inner circle, and we should do everything we can to take advantage of it.

Here are details:

What: Tar Sands Action rally for Jim Messina, Obama 2012 campaign manager
When: [Tuesday], 9/13 at 3:00-4:30
Where: Kirkland courtyard on Harvard’s campus in Cambridge
Facebook Event link

[Update: Organizers asking folks to show up at 2:30 to get ready.]

So if you’re in the Boston area, just hop on the Red Line, get off at Harvard Square and walk down to the Kirkland House, right across from the Kennedy School. Messina is scheduled to be at the Kirkland House Junior Common Room about 3:30 p.m. Here’s a map.

Hope to see you there.

John Chandley
Tarsands 65