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Henry David Thoreau was a well known activist who stood up for the rights of his neighbors, and never backed down in a fight for freedom. He believed strongly in a government that is free of dictatorship, heavily involved with it's people, and strongly based in helping every citizen and not the greedy officials. Thoreau's feelings about the government seemed to be directed towards the tax-gatherers specifically, the face of money and greed. By asking the tax- gatherers to resign from office it would start an upheaval of defiance against the government. Today in the world there are similar situations. In August and September of 2011, over one thousand people organized a demonstration. This demonstration particularly dealt with environmental rights and not taxes, but the way they handled themselves was a sight that would make Thoreau proud. The one thousand demonstrators were organized by Bill McKibben and the
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Unformatted text preview: group Tar Sands Action. In this group there were celebrities, environmentalists, school students and religious leaders that strongly opposed the Keystone Pipeline Extension that would allow Oil Sands, a petroleum deposit that aids in the production of unconventional oil, from Canada into the United States. This demonstration was held on the sidewalk in front of the White House for two weeks. They faced the threat of imprisonment, but still remained firmly in their stature. They knew that the Keystone Pipeline Extension would only lead to a strong dependence on Canada for the production of oil and even worse pollution in the United States. These activists lead a demonstration that would make Thoreau proud; they stuck it to the man and did not back down from their beliefs. Their aim was similar to his; help thy neighbor ....
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