FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2001
700 "HANDS ACROSS THE SAND" EVENTS OPPOSING OFFSHORE DRILLING, SUPPORTING CLEAN ENERGY
LARGEST GATHERING AGAINST OFFSHORE DRILLING IN HISTORY
SATURDAY, JUNE 26
WHO: Thousands of citizens from every state in the U.S., Puerto Rico and D.C., and 20 countries
WHAT: Citizens will gather on beaches and inland communities and join hands to recognize the tragedy in the Gulf and call for clean energy, no more offshore drilling
WHEN: Saturday, June 26
WHERE: 700 events nationwide and worldwide. NOTE: A complete list of events, all of which begin at 11 a.m. local time this Saturday, can be found here:http://www.handsacrossthesand.org.
A list of key events the media may wish to cover follows at the end of this advisory.
VISUALS: Citizens will gather with signs and props and will join hands along scenic stretches of beach and inland cities and communities
Background: Hands Across the Sand was founded by Florida restaurant owner and surfer Dave Rauschkolb. The Sierra Club has organized hundreds of Hands Across the Sand events as part of its Beyond Oil campaign, aimed at ending America's oil dependence over the next 20 years. http://action.sierraclub.org/Hands
SUGGESTED EVENTS FOR MEDIA:
Rocky Mountain Lake Park -- 3151 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 Interstate 25 to west bound Interstate 70. Exit I70 at Lowell Blvd. South on Lowell Blvd.
Contact: Loraine Perkins, email@example.com, 303-325-6475
St James Park, Westminster Tube end, by the Lake -- A walk will take place afterwards in the local area between the Houses of Parliament and BP headquarters.
Contact: Charlotte Pulver at firstname.lastname@example.org
South Beach, 5th Street and Ocean Drive
Contact: Jonathan Ullman, email@example.com, 305-283-6070
or Mike Gibaldi, Miami@surfrider.org, 305-389-4615
Asbury Park Boardwalk at Langosta Lounge
1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Seaside Heights Boardwalk at Grant Avenue Entrance
Next to Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ
Atlantic City Beach in front of Boardwalk Hall, just off Kennedy Plaza
Mississippi Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
Contact: Grace Sica, Sierra Club, 732-841-6103
New York City
Brooklyn, Coney Island -- Take the subway to Coney Island Stillwell Avenue Station and cross the street when you come out of the station
The Beach at Crissy Field -- located on the San Francisco Bay north of Mason Street and the Exploratorium with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Contact: Jeramiah Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, (510) 848-0800
Santa Monica, California
To the north of the Santa Monica Pier, on the beach (to the right of the pier facing the ocean)
Contact: Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, Ssekich@surfrider.org, 619-807-0551
Seaside, Florida -- where Hands Across the Sand got started
On the beach behind Bud & Alley's Restaurant
Contact: Dave Rauschkolb, email@example.com, 850-865-1061
Tampa and St. Petersburg
St. Pete Beach -- Tradewinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd.
Contact: Cathy Harrelson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-415-8805
Oceanfront between 19th & 31st Streets
Contact: Eileen Levandoski, Eileen.Levandoski@sierraclub.org, 757.277.8537
On Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of the White House
Contact: Whit Jones, email@example.com, 914-671-1880