MN: Water Protectors blockade truck drilling equipment, police arrest 30 on public road

cross-posted from the Giniw Collective

(Hubbard County, MN north of Shell River) Water Protectors blockade sem

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i loaded with drilling equipment for Minnesota rivers, 2 lockdowns in progress Enbridge’s drills are here for our dangerously low rivers to bore toxic tar sands through delicate ecosystems and Anishinaabe treaty territory.

The state of Minnesota turned its back on Indigenous sovereignty and climate science, the state judiciary followed suit. The people stand strong! Ericka, a Water Protector, said, “We have to protect the water for our children. For our children’s children.”
Sabine, a Water Protector, said, “President Biden, you can stop this.”
Hubbard County sheriffs also illegally arrested nearly 30 demonstrators on the side of a public road. They’re being held at Hubbard and Becker County jails.

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In response to the arrests:

“Calling all Water Protectors: we need your help! This morning, Hubbard County sheriffs illegally arrested nearly 30 demonstrators on the side of a public road. They’re being held at Hubbard and Becker County jails.

We call on the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Attorney General to intervene.
Sample script: Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling on Gov Walz/Lt Gov Flanagan/AG Ellison to rein in Hubbard County’s escalated and unlawful attacks on constitutional demonstration and private citizens. A foreign company is incentivizing and militarizing Minnesota law enforcement; end it now!”
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Keystone XL is dead. Now it’s time to stop Line 3.

UPDATE: Camp Firelight was peacefully evicted by the Clearwater County Sheriff Dept. on the demands of Enbridge on June 14th.

Now is the time to join the fight to stop Line 3.

Yesterday, TC Energy announced that they were terminating the Keystone XL Pipeline project after over a decade of organizing and resistance from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf Coast.

We know that organizing, direct action and resistance to pipelines works. We just proved it again.

Courageous water protectors took action by the thousands on Monday supporting Treaty Rights and opposing the construction of Line 3 in Minnesota. Over 150 water protectors were arrested while shutting down Enbridge’s Two Inlets pumping station. They locked to equipment, blocked roads and stopped work for 30 hours!

At the same time, more than a thousand people marched, occupied and held a prayer ceremony on Enbridge’s drilling site on the Mississippi River. This has led to an indefinite encampment on the site. This has foiled Enbridge’s plans to drill under the river.

But, to continue to protect this precious place, the RISE Coalition has issued a call for all allies and accomplices to join them as soon as possible at Camp Firelight, a new Anishinaabe-led encampment at the Mississippi headwaters in the direct path of Line 3.  

We’re asking you for two things:

  1. GO! We need as many people to travel to support the fight against Line 3 as soon as possible. If you are able to join the camp at the headwaters of the Mississippi please contact the RISE Coalition at RiseCoalition@protonmail.com.
  2. DONATE! Over 150 people have been arrested in Giniw Collective-led direct actions against Line 3 this week. We need support for our water protectors. Please donate here.

If you are unable to attend or just getting back from Line 3, you can help put pressure on Joe Biden by organizing a solidarity action at a federal building. Contact us at info@risingtidenorthamerica.org for more information if you can organize an event.

The Treaty People Gathering has increased the pressure, and with Keystone XL dead now we need to stop all tar sands pipelines.

Can you help us get the word out? If so, AMPLIFY the call to action to join Camp Firelight on Twitter and Facebook.

More than 2,000 water protectors stage nonviolent actions to halt construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 toxic tar sands pipeline

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From the Treaty People Gathering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 7th

CONTACT: media@treatypeoplegathering.com or 320-496-6304

 

BREAKING: More than 2,000 water protectors stage nonviolent actions to halt construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 toxic tar sands pipeline

Indigenous leaders and allies call on Biden to stop construction of the pipeline and protect water and land while honoring Anishinaabe treaties.

Northern Minnesota— In Minnesota’s largest ever anti-pipeline mobilization, water protectors Monday morning halted construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 toxic tar sands pipeline. Over 1000 people marched with Indigenous leaders to the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a treaty ceremony at the site where the pipeline is proposed to cross. Further south, over 500 Indigenous people, allies, and celebrities shut down an active Line 3 pump station in a massive direct action in solidarity with the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous women, two-spirit-led frontline land defense group.

These actions are a part of the Treaty People Gathering, a mass mobilization of more than 2,000 people planned by Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations, and the beginning of a summer of resistance. Participants are calling on President Biden to stop Line 3, which opponents say threatens Northern Minnesota’s waters, the global climate, and Anishinaabe treaty rights. “Our ancestors made agreements to take care of this water and land forever together, and now is our time to do that.” said Winona LaDuke of Honor The Earth.

At day break, hundreds of land defenders reached the Two Inlets Line 3 pump station . Some climbed ladders or locked themselves to equipment, while others blockaded the entrance, and held space. Jane Fonda, Winona LaDuke, Tara Houska, Catherine Keener, Rosanna Arquette,Taylor Shilling, Siihasin Senior, and Big Wind gave remarks from inside the active pump station. Water Protectors are currently occupying the station and pitching tents.

“Our Mother is calling out, it’s time for us to listen or do the work to remember how. It’s also time for us to all stand with our words. The situation is urgent, it requires urgent response. Find your bravery, find your community, find your truth. Stand with us and Stop Line 3,” said Tara Houska for Giniw Collective.

One locked down Water Protector said, “Think about the water you drink every day. Think about the fact

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that a human can’t live more than three days without water. Think of what you would do if a corporation just took that from you. So many Indigenous bodies have gone towards protecting the resources that we all benefit from and everyone should think about how they can be someone who actually defends the water and isn’t just somebody who is using it.”

The treaty ceremony at the headwaters, led by the RISE Coalition, was followed by remarks from the visiting celebrities alongside Bill McKibben, Dawn Goodwin, and Nancy Beaulieau. Participants are now holding space on the easement along the banks of the Mississippi and are prepared to stay.

“For years we have tried to assert our sovereignty and speak out against Line 3. We still have time to save our sacred waters and land— our life sources.” said Dawn Goodwin, co-founder of the RISE Coalition.

As Enbridge prepares to drill under 22 Minnesota rivers and over 200 water bodies, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the movement of water protectors opposing the controversial Line 3 pipeline is growing quickly with 2,000 people participating in direct action and prayer vigils in multiple locations along the pipeline route today.

“We called this mobilization the Treaty People Gathering because we are all treaty people. Our non-native allies have a responsibility to stand with us against projects like the Line 3 pipeline that put our Anishinaabe lifeways at risk. Today, we’re taking a stand for our right to hunt, fish, and gather, and for the future of the climate,” said Nancy Beaulieau, Northern Minnesota Organizer with MN350 and co-founder of the RISE coalition.

Anishinaabe tribes and allied groups have been resisting the construction of Line 3 across Minnesota since it was proposed in 2014. Since construction began in December of last year, more than 250 people had already been arrested protesting construction. On May 26th, more than 300 organizations submitted a letter today to the Biden Administration calling for President Biden to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately re-evaluate and suspend or revoke Enbridge’s Line 3 Clean Water Act Section 404 permit.

Although Enbridge calls this project a “replacement,” it includes 337 miles of new larger pipe, half of which is in a new corridor crossing more than 200 bodies of water, far from Enbridge’s other pipes. The new pipeline would initially be able to transport almost twice as much crude oil as existing Line 3.

Tribal governments, climate groups, and the Minnesota State Department of Commerce have sued in state court to revoke the pipeline’s “Certificate of Need” arguing that the additional oil supply is not needed and the especially carbon intensive tar sands oil will contribute to catastrophic climate change. Analysis has shown that building Line 3 would unlock the emissions equivalent to building 50 coal plants.

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Get Trained. Take the fight to Line 3.

While Enbridge’s effort to build the Line 3 pipeline is beginning to resume, our resistance to this horrible project grows in size and militancy. Last week, water protectors in Minnesota took action to stop oil giant Enbridge’s assault on the regions waterways by disrupting another work site with direct action.

Enbridge is just weeks away from resuming large scale construction on 22 waterways, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River. And we need to meet it with mass direct action.

From June 5th-8th, we’ll be gathering in Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering to rise for the treaties, the water and for one another.This means we need to organize, train and follow the Indigenous-led leadership on the ground in Minnesota.

This is an Indigenous-led movement and Rising Tide North America is following those leaders on the ground in Minnesota. 

Here’s a couple of places to plug in:

Line 3 is a proposed pipeline to bring nearly a million barrels of toxic tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin– through sacred wild rice beds, and the headwaters of the Mississippi. Grassroots resistance to the Line 3 pipeline has resulted in hundreds of actions across the country, and around the world.

Our goal is to stop it. To do that, we need you.