1st Act of Civil Disobedience in Sierra Club's 120 Years

Daryl Hannah, Robert Kennedy Jr. among those arrested in Keystone XL protest

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:44 AM CST

(Newser) – More than 40 protesters, including the likes of Robert Kennedy Jr. and Daryl Hannah, were arrested yesterday after protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline, reports NPR. The event, which saw demonstrators tying themselves to the gates of the White House, was the first act of civil disobedience for the 120-year-old Sierra Club, says its director, who was also arrested. Activists Julian Bond and Bill McKibben were also arrested, the AP reports; everyone was released on $100 bond. And Perez Hilton has a special note for Taylor Swift: Kennedy's son, Conor, was also among the busted environmentalists.

Civil rights protester Julian Bond, left, and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, second from left, gather with activists in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Civil rights protester Julian Bond, left, and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, second from left, gather with activists in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is arrested in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is arrested in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, as prominent environmental leaders tied themselves to the White House gate to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Daryl Hannah is helped up before she is arrested outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Daryl Hannah is helped up before she is arrested outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Civil rights leader Julian Bond, right, talks with activists as they are chained to a fence at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Civil rights leader Julian Bond, right, talks with activists as they are chained to a fence at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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