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Light Protests, Weighty Issue

The “Autonomous Light Brigade” had its debut on Monday, April 1, 2013 on North St. in Nacogdoches, Texas.  The brigade, a coalition of concerned community members, spelled out “TAR SANDS NO,  HEALTHY COMMUNITIES YES” in a message that traveled from the Recreation Center to Stephen F. Austin State University.  The Brigade was well received and met with support and requests for more information.
Below is a photo caption from the Daily Sentinel.  (Please note that the Brigade is Autonomous, and is not NacSTOP, although some members overlap.  The Brigade is free to choose it’s messaging on any issue, not only tar sands.)

AUTONOMOUS LIGHT BRIGADE USES LIGHT TO DISPLAY MESSAGE

Gabrielle Rambo/ The Daily Sentinel
The Autonomous Light Brigade, which consisted of NacSTOP members, displays a message with lighted letters spelling out, “Tar Sands No Safe Communities Yes” on Monday night at Stephen F. Austin State University entrance on North Street. The “yes” and “no” is displayed with blinking letters, causing the “e” to be missing in the picture. Organizer Steve DaSilva said the newly formed group uses “the medium of lights to draw attention to important issues.” After what happened in Arkansas when the tar sands pipeline burst, NacSTOP was protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver Tar Sands oil from Canada to Texas.

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