Veterans, union leaders, and environmentalists gathered on the National Mall on June 30 to urge President Obama to end America's dependence on oil.
What started as an online campaign to plant 50,000 "virtual flags" in front of the Washington Monument turned into a real-life flag-planting, as volunteers planted 10,000 American flags on the Mall spelling out FREEDOM FROM OIL.
"These flags represent tens of thousands of Americans who have watched the BP disaster in the Gulf and want to make sure it never happens again," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, below, at a press conference.
"We haven't even stopped the massive flow of oil from BP's gushing well yet, let alone respond to the damage it has wrought," Brune said, "yet the oil industry and many others want to keep drilling off our coasts. They claim it's the only way to boost the local economy and keep people employed. It's unconscionable that Big Oil and its allies would like to declare the region a dead zone in which the only jobs to be had are from more oil drilling."