Folks from the Occupy The Machine (OTM) coalition have sent out a letter announcing a decision to postpone their announced action later this month. The following letter explains their reasoning. While it is disappointing that the OTM call to action, and the Deep Green Resistance network that spurred it, continues to be words on a screen, it is also encouraging that their simple threat of action against a major refinery resulted in concessions to a local impacted community. Perhaps OTM’s call for action this Fall in Appalachian coal regions, or “District 12″ as many are coming to know it, will manifest into something more fruitful…
Dear friends and supporters,
Occupy the Machine organizers have made a very difficult decision. We have decided to postpone our refinery blockade action until further notice. We did not make the decision lightly. We are extremely disappointed that we have to postpone this action, but very comfortable that we made the right choice. Of the many factors that contributed to this decision, there are two in particular that weighed heavily on our collective conscience.
OTM’s mission includes a central focus on solidarity with all impacted communities. The public announcement of our campaign has inspired Valero to offer concessions to the residents of Manchester that live in the refinery’s shadow. Continue reading