Artist: Isaac Murdoch
ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! FRIDAY – MAY 7TH @ CHASE BANK IN WENATCHEE – 6:00 TO 9:00 PM – Chalk the Walk, Carry a Sign, Sing and Dance with the Music – Light Brigade begins when it become dark enough. (Masks and Social Distancing expected)
Stopping Line 3 is a matter of justice.
It is about justice for the land. It’s about justice for the water. Justice for Anishinaabe people whose culture and way of life it threatens. Justice for people all over the world who are being impacted by the climate crisis.
Last month, I prayed in a waaginogaan, a traditional structure of Anishinaabe peoples, with my Indigenous relatives. We prayed for the land, for the water, and for the people, as allies surrounded us. As we prayed, Line 3 construction was halted.
After arresting us, armed police and Enbridge workers took pictures of our lodge as police cut it apart. In jail, we were strip-searched, shackled and kenneled. This is an extension of the same violence that has been forced on the Indigenous Peoples of this land since 1492.
For more than three years, myself and other Water Protectors have been building a Line 3 resistance camp and community, right off the proposed Line 3 route. We’ve been here for three years because we knew the day that Enbridge would start bulldozing its tar sands pipeline through our treaty territory was coming. That day has arrived.
If we are going to stop this pipeline, we need people to do everything they can to fight this pipeline ― and that includes holding its funders accountable.
Just 20 major banks have loaned more than $11 billion to Enbridge ― money that it is using to violate Anishinaabe treaty rights and steal from future generations. Without the support of major banks like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, Enbridge could never afford to build its toxic tar sands pipeline.
When we stop the flow of money from Wall Street to the fossil fuel industry, we stop the flow of oil.
The only thing that can stop Line 3 now is people power. It is only because of people-power that myself and other Anishinaabe people have recently met with White House agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers and other administrative offices. These are the people who can kill this pipeline with the strike of a pen. It’s *only* because of people-power from the ground up that they are listening at all.
Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples.
She is a TED speaker, the 2017 Harvard “Public Interested” keynote, received an “Awesome Women Award” from Melinda Gates and a 2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, is featured in “Women: A Century of Change” by National Geographic, and was named an “Icon” on the cover of Outside Magazine’s 40th Anniversary edition. Tara has contributed to the women-led climate anthology “All We Can Save”, the New York Times, the Guardian, Vogue, Indian Country Today and been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Democracy Now, and BBC. She lives in a pipeline resistance camp in Northern Minnesota.
7 Days of Action #219:
SAVE THE DATE! WENATCHEE INTERFAITH CLIMATE GROUP – May 12 @ 1:00 We look at the Climate Crisis through a Spiritual point of view and take actions in faith. If you are interested in joining us, email email@example.com
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Sue Kane – newsletter editor