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BREAKING: TWAC Blocking Portland Transcanada Office with Tripod

29 Jul

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Update: The action has been declared a success as businesses were forced to lock their doors and close their blinds – apparently the dance party was just too much for them! In addition, all TWAC activists have avoided arrest and gear was not confiscated.

by Niko / Earth First! Newswire

A tripod has been erected at the entrance of a building that houses a TransCanada office, blocking the entrance and causing businesses inside to lock the doors. Protesters outside have responded with a very glittery and colorful dance party in front of the building and a banner that reads “No Tar Sands On Native Lands. Stop Genocide.”

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This action was organized by the Trans and Womyns Action Camp (TWAC), a direct action group for women and trans* and gender-variant folks. A correspondent from TWAC said that they took action today “to stand in solidarity with communities that are affected disproportionately by tar sands, including everyone in Alberta who is forced to live in areas of tar sands oil extraction, folks near the Gulf Coast affected by tar sand refinement plants, and communities who are living on the pipeline route.” With conditions on the Gulf Coast already toxic, high rates of asthma and cancer are becoming the norm, and the arrival of tar sands will only worsen these conditions. In the Athabaska watershed in Alberta, communities have seen the rise of a large number of rare cancers, and First Nations communities have been affected most heavily.

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Protest at Smoke Ranch Well

29 Jul

 from Wild Idaho Rising Tide

 

Photo by Alma Hasse

Photo by Alma Hasse

WE NEED YOU to participate in emerging, overdue protests and direct actions in July and August at various on-site and public locations in southwestern Idaho!  At 3 pm on Friday, August 2, Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE) and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) are staging a public demonstration of outrage near the Smoke Ranch well site on Highway 52.  Boise carpools to the current New Plymouth drilling area will depart at 2 pm from the Discovery Center of Idaho parking lot at 131 Myrtle Street, and return by 5 pm.  WIRT is also arranging late Thursday or early Friday carpools from northern Idaho with your input.  Contact wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039 for further logistical descriptions, including a possible bus from Boise.  Participants arriving from all parts of the state can meet and follow organizers to the protest from the parking lot of the A & W Restaurant/Chevron gas station just north of Interstate 84 Exit 3, at the corner of Highway 95 and U.S. Highway 30.  Please bring your friends, family, and neighbors, fracking/drilling protest signs and banners, and cameras and binoculars.  As we converge, we will also discuss the ongoing, innovative initiatives and volunteer opportunities of several organizations working to stop drilling and fracking in Idaho.  Your active involvement in this endeavor is more crucial than ever: Join us!  Everyone is welcome at this great educational and expressive event!

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2013 Fracktivist Conference in Tennessee

25 Jul

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Fracktivist Conference Website

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BREAKING: Hundreds of Protesters Shut Down Oil & Gas Chemical Supplier to Protest Fracking

8 Jul

UPDATE: Many have been arrested at today’s action for blockading chemical shipments and in attempted lockdowns. One activist is still up in a tripod and being denied support. Please support them by sending donations to the Croatan Earth First! legal fund here 

More photos of the action here

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First tripod sitter and other activists block Momentive facility gate as protesters occupy tanker

By halting delivery of fracking proppants protesters hope to stall fracking efforts in North Carolina. See bottom of article for list of Momentive facilities worldwide, and take action! 

Morganton, NC – On the edge of the western mountain range, protesters with Croatan Earth First! are currently occupying an industrial manufacturing facility owned by Momentive and located at 114 Industrial Drive.  North Carolinians, who have been fighting to prevent hydraulic fracturing from coming to central North Carolina are joined in this action by people from around the country who also oppose shale gas extraction nationwide.  Momentive is one of the largest worldwide distributors of “resin coated proppants,”  a necessary component for fracking.  Each fracturing stage requires approximately 136 tonnes of proppants.   

 “We are here to send a message to the oil and gas industries: we will not stand idly by as you destroy this land, or any other, for your personal profit. Respect existence, or expect resistance,” said an Earth First! activist.

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Emergency Funding Request for Youth Healing Walk/ Unist’ot’en Camp Delegation

2 Jul

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The grassroots indigenous environmental group Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines, along with allies from Rising Tide Toronto and Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, have been organizing to send a youth delegation to the Tar Sands Healing Walk and the Unist’ot’en Action Camp events taking place over the next two weeks.

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Swamp Line 9 Locks Down and Rallies After Receiving Injunction

25 Jun
At the front gate. #SwampLine9 #SovSummer #tarsands #pipelines #NoLine9 #IdleNoMore (at Enbridge Westover Station)

At the front gate. #SwampLine9 #SovSummer #tarsands #pipelines #NoLine9 #IdleNoMore (at Enbridge Westover Station)

After 5 days of stopping work on Line 9 at Enbridge’s Westover pump station, the Swamp Line 9 camp has been served an injunction. In response to this legal maneuvre by Enbridge, protestors on the site have locked themselves to the gates of the pump station. Other protestors are rallying across the street, in front of Enbridge’s Westover Terminal, to continue demanding that tar sands oil not be shipped through our communities. They invite their allies and the public to join them there this morning in solidarity. Continue reading

Riot Police Raid Gezi Gardens and Evict Treesits

14 Jun
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Police removing tree-sitter.

from Bay Waters

As police in Turkey continue to try and remove people from Gezi Park in Istanbul, last night over 100 riot police raided the encampment at Fell and Laguna, arresting 7 people, removed tree sitters, and destroyed crops and structures. A seen in one video, one tree-sitter fell from their tree while being removed, although it is unclear if they have any serious injuries.

According to Liberate the Land, “Folks are gathering at Patricia’s Green on Octavia Street between Hayes Street and Fell Street now after a night time lightning raid by SFPD on #GeziGardens, the former site of Hayes Valley Farm on Oak and Laguna Streets, with guns drawn. Folks who just went through the raid and supporters need food, a kitchen, sleeping bags, banner making materials, paint, etc. Come gather with us today, meet up for a discussion at 6pm, and definitely plan to come here Friday at 6pm for a reconvergence. Let it build.”

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Test Drilling Disrupted at Penokee Hills Proposed Mining Site

14 Jun

The following is an anonymous communique from the June 11 action. Read below the communique to find out how you can get involved.

by some wild coyotes / Wisconsin Anarchy

Hurley Police and Iron County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the site after receiving a call from Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk.  Credit Danielle Kaeding, WRNC

Hurley Police and Iron County Sheriff’s Officers responded to the site after receiving a call from Iron County Sheriff Tony Furyk. Credit Danielle Kaeding, WRNC

On Tuesday, June 11th, some wild ones awoke to the sound of a drill rig and flatbed trucks driving up the ridge of the Penokee Hills in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Idea Drilling LLC were attempting to drill the first of eight core samples that would be used to determine the quality and quantity of iron ore in a 22-mile long stretch of the Penokee Hills, slated for open-pit mining destruction by Gogebic Taconite. Forty percent of Lake Superior’s wetlands lie downstream from the Penokee Hills, as does the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation, whose members depend on healthy waterways for their wild rice and fish. Surely, the amount of waste rock present in this type of mining would result in sulfides and heavy metal pollutants being exposed to these precious waterways downstream and would change the land that human and non-human lives depend on for survival forever. Making the preliminary stages of this mine as expensive as possible to send a clear message to financiers that this is an extremely risky investment is one strategy that was being pursued in the following action.

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4th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk

13 Jun

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A Different Way to Protect our Land, Air, Water and Climate from Tar Sands Expansion

The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the climate for all Canadians and poisoning the water of everyone living downstream.

On July 5th and 6th, people will come together from coast to coast to join First Nations and Metis in the Healing Walk, a gathering focused on healing the environment and the people who are suffering from tar sands expansion.

Let’s call on the Alberta and Canadian governments to stop the reckless mismanagement of these resources. We need our governments to work with First Nations and bring people together to make wise choices about stewarding the land in ways that are sustainable and fair.

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Political Prisoner Oso Blanco Needs Medical Support: Call-In June 12-13

12 Jun

Help a Captive Indigenous Warrior Survive! Fight Medical Neglect in U.S. Prisons!

from Denver ABC

osoblancoByron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck is an Indigenous rights activist serving 80 years for bank robbery, aggravated assault on the FBI, escape and firearms charges. A confidential informant reported that Oso was robbing banks in order to acquire funds to support the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico throughout 1998-99.

Since his transfer in January 2013, Oso has been struggling with medical neglect at USP Florence-High. He is suffering from an undetermined potentially cancerous mass in his liver, and needs an ultrasound to determine the problem. He has been requesting this care since he first arrived at Florence, and his condition continues to get worse. Oso Blanco urgently needs our help.

Support Oso Blanco by calling USP Florence-High, June 12-13th (9am- 5pm, Mountain Time), and demand that he gets the medical attention he needs. (Email and letters are also highly encouraged)

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