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NOLA “Detournement” in Solidarity Against Big Oil

26 Mar

OIL LA Mcbillboard

Message from an anonymous communique sent off the streets of New Orleans to the EF! Newswire:

“With dawn approaching on the morning of March 24th, after a night of revelry involving freakshows and failed attempts at ordering broccoli sandwiches, we biked to the Franklin Avenue railroad overpass in the 8th Ward of New Orleans to make our voices heard and have our solidarity recognized.

Yeeehaw!

Yeeehaw!

There were four of us.

With two lookouts, our two ninjas fastened the banner to the overpass, not yet flipping it over to face the highway on ramp, making our scandalous activities and whereabouts known. The banner read:

BIG OIL: GET THE FRACK OUT OF L(A)
TARSANDBLOCKADE.ORG
OILLA.TUMBLR.COM

We regrouped and prepared for stage two.  Continue reading

Anarchy in New Orleans, Justice in the Gulf, Direct Action in Texas…

4 Jan
naasn12-poster1As EF! Journal editors arrive in  New Orleans to speak at the 2013 North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference, a story of justice for the Gulf BP spill, albeit too-little-too-late, covers headlines in newspapers across town. [Re-posted below]
     Meanwhile  along the Texas Gulf Coast, the need for yet another Tar Sands Blockade action camp proves that our struggle against a global energy empire is far from over. As of this morning, at least six people have been arrested in a tree sit blockade erected yesterday.
Treesit in Diboll, TX

Treesit in Diboll, TX

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According to NBC News: The Transocean settlement in the 2010 Gulf spill unveiled by the Department of Justice includes $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties. The company had set aside a total of $1.95 billion in potential losses related to the spill, including $1.5 billion for its anticipated settlement with the DoJ.

Shares of Transocean were up 7 percent at $49.50 on midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

BP's Gulf disaster, 2012

BP’s Gulf disaster, 2012

“The bottom line to me is they now can put away the big black cloud that has been hanging over them,” said Phil Weiss, an oil analyst at Argus. “I take this as a positive, even if the number is a little higher than I expected.”

Switzerland-based Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling a mile-deep well when a surge of methane gas sparked an explosion on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 men and led to one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.

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New Orleans!! Fight corporate greed! March to the Marriott! August 5

4 Aug

Stand up, and fight back in New Orleans! ALEC is hosting their annual summit at the Marriott in New Orleans from August 1-6th. We will meet them there to let them know they can’t pull the strings from the behind the curtain any more!

What Is ALEC?

They meet in secret. They write our laws. And they want us silent.

ALEC is a conservative think-tank run by right-wing politicians and corporate members from within the banking, pharmaceutical, prison, deportation, big oil and gas industries, amongst others.

The text for anti-immigrant laws such as SB 1070 came from ALEC model legislation. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA, originally titled the Animal and Environmental Terrorism Act), which is currently being used to target and criminalize  activism, came from ALEC. In the Midwest, the attack on public servants had the same source. In Wisconsin and Ohio, ALEC is promoting voter ID laws that will disproportionately disenfranchise students. In Indiana, ALEC provided the text for a state resolution calling for an end to much federal environmental regulation. Laws which favor profits for the prison industrial complex such as mandatory minimum laws and 3-strikes-yer-out were all drafted by ALEC and its members. In 2009 alone, ALEC was behind over 800 laws written for state governments. Laws which are designed to create profit for private corporations and politicians from the criminalization, incarceration and deportation of people, the separation of families and the systematic destruction of the environment.

For more information visit:

protestalec.org

Army Corp. Deliberatly Floods Rural Louisiana to save New Orleans, Oil Refineries & Chemical Plants

14 May

A steel, 10-ton floodgate was slowly raised Saturday for the first time in nearly four decades, unleashing a torrent of water from the Mississippi River, away from heavily populated areas downstream.

The water spit out slowly at first, then began gushing like a waterfall as it headed to swamp as much as 3,000 square miles of Cajun countryside known for small farms and fish camps. Some places could wind up under as much as 25 feet of water.

“We’re using every flood control tool we have in the system,” Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said Saturday from the dry side of the spillway, before the bay was opened. The podium Walsh was standing at was expected to be under several feet of water Sunday.

The Morganza spillway is part of a system of locks and levees built following the great flood of 1927 that killed hundreds. When it opened, it was the first time three flood-control systems have been unlocked at the same time along the Mississippi River.

As many as 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm’s way. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen warned people in a door-to-door sweep through the area throughout the end of the week, and area shelters said they were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

Some people living in the threatened stretch of countryside – an area known for small farms, fish camps and a drawling French dialect – have already started fleeing for higher ground.

“Now’s the time to evacuate,” Jindal said. “Now’s the time for our people to execute their plans. That water’s coming.”

By opening the floodgates on this spillway, the hope is to lessen pressure on the floodwalls down to the Gulf of Mexico and prevent a catastrophe. Officials say the move will ease pressure on levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and oil refineries and chemical plants downstream.

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