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Hands Across the Sand rally set for Saturday at Santa Monica Beach

Environmental groups host public demonstration to protest offshore oil drilling

Posted: June 25, 2010 3:15 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2010 4:13 p.m.

 Representatives from Santa Monica Baykeeper, the Surfrider Foundation, KPFK 90.7 FM, the Sierra Club, and
Environment California will host a "Hands Across the Sand" demonstration on Saturday, June 26 at Santa Monica Beach Pier.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a press conference. At 12 p.m. participants will join hands. Keynote speakers are scheduled to attend.

Hands Across the Sand is a nonpartisan movement that opposes oil drilling. More than 650 sites worldwide will host the event. 

Saturday's demonstration was designed to raise awareness about the "devastating effects" of oil drilling on the environment and coastal economies.

Hands Across the Sand hopes to steer America's energy policy away from its dependence on fossil fuels. Legislative proposals include the creation of tax incentives to encourage clean energy industries and home solar technology.

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