People joined hands, some shouted catch phrases, but primarily just stood on the beach in a peaceful protest against offshore drilling in Hands Across The Sands, an event and organization begun in 2009 in Florida. Similar events took place in 31 nations.
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Hands Across The Sand at Alki protests offshore drilling
International event sees local participation
Hands Across The Sand saw 167 people line up on Alki Beach and join hands in a peaceful protest of offshore drilling. The event, international in scope took place at Alki and in 41 other nations, 71 cities outside the United States, and 24 events in the Seattle Area. It was sponsored by Moveon.org and the national Hands Across The Sand organization formed in Florida in 2009. See our previous coverage for more details.
Local organizers Rick Harlan and Stacia Jenkins gathered the participants near the statue of liberty on Alki, gave them all instructions and a loose schedule and then led them to the beach. Parents, and kids, all took part in holding hands, some shouting "Clean Energy" and "No More Drilling." Almost symbolically a large ship passed by in Puget Sound during the event.
Harlan said, "We're simply saying no to any further dangerous oil drilling and other environmental effects on the world and all breathing beings and yes to clean energy, really efficient and long lasting clean energy." Jenkins said, "The thought of losing the resource that we have here, this beautiful beach, the views, our wildlife the that was enough to motivate me to put my name on the list."
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