WE DID IT!
We Saved the Anti-Tar Sands Summit! And we did it with a network of small donors who mostly gave $50 or less.
Much gratitude to everyone who pitched in and helped us raise $6000 in less than 36 hours!
Northern Rockies Rising Tide, Peaceful Uprising and others within the Rising Tide network have been involved in organizing an anti-Tar Sands Action Camp in Montana.
A new wave of grassroots resistance and direct action campaigning is emerging in Idaho, Montana and Utah to extractive industry like tar sands and coal. This camp is part that emerging wave.
The space is reserved. Activists are registered.
But an unforeseen funding complication could stop the whole thing as money for the camp has become no longer available!
To make the camp happen, we need to raise $6000 by Monday evening.
Can you donate $5,$10 or $50 and support grassroots resistance to tar sands infrastructure in the west?
Here’s an open letter for support from the organizers at Northern Rockies Rising Tide:
We at Northern Rockies Rising Tide have been involved in organizing an International Tar Sands Resistance Summit to take place just outside of Missoula, Montana from November 19 – 22. To promote this event we were working in collaboration with the Indigenous Environmental Network, local community groups, and national environmental organizations. The notion of the camp is to bring together communities directly impacted by Tar Sands development and related infrastructure projects to learn from each other, strategize, and take action against what some have characterized as the most devastating industrial project on the planet. To this end, we have invited organizers and engaged citizens from communities impacted by the XL Energy Pipeline, the Alberta Tar Sands, the Utah Tar Sands (which would be the first Tar Sands surface mining operation in the United States), and the mega-load shipments to attend the Summit. The response we have received in support of this summit has been amazing.
When we began organizing this event, we were promised a budget of $20,000. The intended use of the funds was to provide free food, lodging, trainings, and some transportation for attendees. Plane tickets for trainers were purchased with the intention of reimbursement, the site for the summit was visited and reserved. Friday evening we received word from our sole sponsoring organization that the funds specifically promised to us for the camp were no longer available. The reason for this was not political, the sponsor is still in great support of the camp. Rather, they had expected funds that they did not receive, and helped plan a summit they found out that they could not pay for.
The International Tar Sands Resistance Summit is being organized by Montana-based grassroots organizations. Our working fund is minimal and we simply do not have the money in hand to put on this event.
So, we are turning to you, the community of supporters who have given so much to the movement, to ask you to give a little more.
The minimum amount we must raise by Monday night is $6,000.
The camp is in one week.
Please help us further the fight against the Tar Sands.
Sincerely, Northern Rockies Rising Tide (via Peaceful Uprising)