From DAPL to Line 3 RSVP to #BuildBackFossilFree

It’s no joke: On April first, frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline fights will travel to Washington D.C. to demand that President Biden Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects.

We are calling all water protectors, land defenders, climate activists and friends to join us at 11am at the Army Corps of Engineers office 441 G Street NW Washington, DC 20314. RSVP here to join us.

Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). On the anniversary of this important moment of international solidarity, we are bringing the spirit of frontline, indigenous pipeline resistance to Washington DC to demand Joe Biden Build Back Fossil Free by revoking the Army Corps permits for Line 3 and shut down DAPL.

Last month, Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux youth ran 93 miles to the site of that resistance to pressure President Biden to shut down the Bakken oil pipeline.

For too long Indigenous communities have carried the weight of our addiction to oil & gas despite their objections. Consultation is not consent. Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) must be the standard for tribal nations impacted by dangerous oil and gas infrastructure.

Indigenous communities are asking Biden to follow their mandate given with their vote; show up for Black, Indigenous and communities of color fighting for to protect water, land, sky and their bodies from toxic pollution and climate change.

Join us in the streets, and there will be roles and messages for everyone. We will meet at 11am to gather and make our voices heard at the Army Corps of Engineers national headquarters, and then we will walk a short distance (about 1 mile) to the White House to make sure President Biden gets the message as well.

Join us April 1 at 11 am outside the Army Corps of Engineers office to tell President Biden and his team: From DAPL to Line 3, you must build back fossil free!

Show up now to Defund Line 3

As most of you know, the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota is a disaster for our climate and a gross violation Indigenous and treaty rights.

For weeks, courageous activists on the front line have taken daily direct action to stop the construction of Line 3, including locking themselves inside sections of pipe, blockading entrances to construction sites, and using pianos to stop construction.

More than 130 people have been arrested and are facing charges – and they need backup. We’re asking you to show up – safely, in accordance with pandemic rules – in person to help stop this pipeline and the big banks funding it. Here are two ways you can help:

  1. If you’re able to travel to Minnesota ― especially if you’ve already been vaccinated and/or have skills and experience as a water protector or climate activist ― find your courage, warrior up, and come to Northern Minnesota and join the actions on the ground. This link will let you sign up for an orientation call to get grounded in the demands, health protocols, and our respect for indigenous leadership required to participate.
  2. Wherever you are, whoever you are, you can plan or join a #DefundLine3 Action in your community at a bank branch near you.

Big banks ― including as JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiBank and TD Bank ― have loaned billions of dollars to Enbridge so that it can build Line 3. Over the last few weeks oure friends at the Stop the Money Pipeline coalition have sent the CEOs of those banks more than 600,000 emails, calls, and calendar invites demanding that they stop funding Line 3.

We were telling them to cancel a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge that was due for renewal on March 31st. Last week, we learned that the March 31st loan has been canceled, BUT, in its place, the same banks have given Enbridge an $800 million “sustainability” loan and pledged to continue funding Line 3.

This is greenwashing at its worst. One of the leaders of the #DefundLine3 fight, Tara Houska, says:

“giving Enbridge a sustainability loan is like giving a weapons manufacturer a “peace” loan; it’s like giving a cigarette company a “health” loan. Even if Enbridge does plan on building a few solar panels with that money, you can’t put a fire out and pour millions of barrels of tar sands on it at the same time.”

https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/enbridges-greenwashing-will-not-stand/

Whatever they call it – a loan, a sustainability loan, or a line of credit – these banks are enabling and profiting from the Line 3 pipeline. They are complicit in the pollution, violence and climate chaos. It is up to us to hold them accountable. And we are running out of time – Enbridge says they plan to complete Line 3 by June, which could be possible now that the Mississippi river is thawing, clearing the way for crews to begin drilling operations to cross.

Frontline leaders are calling on us all to show up and #DefundLine3 in Minnesota and at branches of the banks funding this toxic pipeline.

Click here to see the #DefundLine3 Action map and find or plan an action in your community. If you need help, tools and ideas on how to get started check out this action toolkit. Frontline water protectors in Minnesota need legal support too. If you can’t make it to an event, please consider donating what you can to support their legal defense fund.

Digital rally to tell Joe Biden: Stop Line 3 & DAPL! People power, not Pipelines!

When Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, we were elated. After years of fighting this tar sands pipeline, we finally had a President who understood the need to act – and took decisive action on his first day in office.

But KXL wasn’t the only tar sands pipeline we need to stop. KXL’s twin (in size and design) is the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. And the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has been operating illegally since the Trump Administration forced it through.

Tomorrow, February 25, we’re joining a virtual rally, bringing together community leaders from fossil fuel impacted communities on the frontlines of stopping Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipelines, and demanding a climate test. Won’t you join us?

More than 200,000 of us have spoken out in support of Minnesota water protectors rising up to protect land, water, and treaty rights from the Line 3 pipeline. Meanwhile communities in the path of the Dakota Access pipeline who have been organizing for years, have stepped up their pressure on Biden in recent weeks to end the project once and for all.

One day after our rally, President Biden will travel to Texas to tour the site of the first climate-fueled disaster of his presidency. But we know the recent cold snap wont be the last climate-disaster Biden has to deal with. Building new fossil fuel infrastructure — especially for the dirtiest oil on earth: Tar sands — only makes those disasters more frequent and more deadly, especially for black, indigenous, and other communities of color on the frontlines.

If we’re going to build back better, as the President Biden has promised, we’ll need to end these dangerous pipelines, stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and #BuildBackFossilFree. Tomorrow, join us for a digital rally to deliver that message, backed by hundreds of thousands of petition signatures. See you there!

Convict, Expel, stop Trump and his enablers

Trump’s second impeachment trial in the Senate continues today, with House Impeachment managers expected to wrap up their presentation. In a crucial, early, vote six Republicans joined all 50 Democrats in voting that the trial is constitutional and should proceed. We’ve got just a few more days to convince 17 Republicans to join all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Trump.

That’s the whole agenda: We have a few days to convince 11 more Republicans to join six of their fellow partisans that this process is appropriate, and furthermore that Trump is guilty – That he incited a mob to attack the capitol and disrupt the counting of Electoral College votes in an attempted coup that killed multiple people, including one Capitol Police officer, injured many more, and terrorized the entire country.

Call your Senators now at (866) 455-3498 and tell them to vote to convict Trump, and prevent him from running for office ever again and deter future coup attempts. (Can’t call right now? Please chip in if you can to keep this toll-free line open and fund our fight against fossil fueled fascists in the future.)

A lot of pundits and politicians are saying that the evidence in this case doesn’t matter. That there’s nothing that will convince Republicans to convict Trump. That it’s time to move on and focus on President Biden’s plans to build back better and build back fossil free.

I still think that’s wrong for two important reasons:

  1. The coup attempt didn’t end on January 6. Trump is still out there. The FBI confirms that his supporters planned the Jan 6 insurrection in advance, and are planning future violence to this day. And at the same time, Republican leaders in Congress like Kevin McCarthy are plotting with him to re-take political power in 22 months. And it’s worth remembering that the members of the “Sedition Caucus” who are still defending trump are funded by the fossil fuel industryto the tune of $8.8 million dollars last year.
  2. Truth still matters. Lots of ‘very serious people’ spent 4 years telling us Trump was not a fascist, until the coup attempt on Jan 6,2021. And while many of us are eager, if not desperate, to look forward rather than backward we can’t do that until there is a reckoning with what happened on Jan 6. And that reckoning can’t happen without accountability for Trump and his enablers. If you haven’t already, check out the videos of the chaos and violence on Jan6 that house Impeachment managers are using to make their case – it’s a sobering reminder of what happened, and why the country needs this moment of reckoning.

Under our current laws and Constitution that reckoning and accountability starts (doesn’t end) with impeaching and convicting former President Trump. That vote is supposed to be shaped by what we the people tell our Senators about this moment.

That’s how Democracy wins – not just by citizens voting in a new president and “moving on,” but by citizens staying engaged and demanding that our elected officials hold the people who tried to incite a bloody coup against our government are held accountable.

Sign now to stop Line 3

In his first week on the job, President Biden Canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, and paused (not stopped) oil and gas leases on public lands and waters of the US. But there’s another big, dangerous, climate-killing tar-sands pipeline under construction right now that needs to be stopped: Line 3.

Line 3 is a disastrous, unnecessary, tar sands pipeline that would create more pollution than 50 coal plants, threaten hundreds of waterways with oil spills and leaks, and violate the treaty rights of several tribes. The pipeline has been fiercely challenged by a coalition of Indigenous leaders, grassroots organizations, youth, and environmental groups. Last week, a team chained themselves to barrels and (in an amusing musical twist) a piano, in the path of an access road to shut down construction.

But despite their courage, leal actions, and non-violent direct action, Enbridge is pushing ahead with construction of Line 3. Bulldozers and drilling equipment are on site – and they’re close to breaching a critical river crossing under the Mississippi river. Can you raise your voice online in support of Minnesota water protectors by signing on to this petition now?

President Biden can revoke the water permits granted by Trump, but he’ll only act if we generate enough public pressure. That’s why we’ve joined with MN350, Honor the Earth, and dozens of other groups to deliver thousands of petitions calling on Biden to stop Line 3.

Indigenous leaders and our allies in Minnesota have been fighting this project for years. We’ve been emailing you about Line 3 for years, but especially in the last few weeks – as state and local regulators tossed the hot potato of approvals around, ultimately clearing the way for construction to start at the end of 2020.*

Now is the last possible moment for the President, and you, to take action. Trees are being cleared, bulldozers and drilling equipment are parked on the banks of the Mississippi, ready to mow through wild rice beds, more than 800 wetlands, as well as lands sacred to the Ojibwe and other indigenous people.

When we took action to demand Biden stop the Keystone Pipeline, he did it on his first day as President. After years of campaigning for an end to fossil fuel leases on public lands, President Biden paused those very same leases as part of a sweeping series of climate executive orders. When we take action, President Biden hears us. And his administration is willing to go farther than any other in history to address our concerns.

But we’re running our of time to stop Line 3. Sign our petition now, so we can deliver all the names right away and make sure Biden stops this disastrous Tar sands pipeline for good!

*PS if you want a great illustration and explanation of how we got here, check out this funny and fast explainer of the regulatory process for Line 3.

How to stop a coup

I’ve been struggling to pull myself away from the news and twitter to talk about the coup attempt this week. As someone who’s planned and participated in dozens of events and actions at the Capitol – many where we peacefully and non-violently risked arrest and were met with a substantially larger, armed, and violent response – I share the shock, outrage and emotion of all of you.

It’s important to be very clear about two things in the immediate aftermath:

  1. This was a Coup attempt, and it’s not over yet.
  2. This week’s coup is nothing like the non-violent, civil disobedience and protest we’re a part of every day, and we must be mindful that our reaction is orderly, legal and based in love and justice – not hate and violent retribution.

If you agree that Trump must be impeached and removed from office, click here to sign on.

Donald Trump directed the mob to go to the capital, and incited them to violence – not just on January 6 but for weeks before that. For years Trump and his enablers have built a culture of white supremacy, and demonstrated a conviction to rule through force and fear. We’ve been calling Trump a fascist and warning of exactly these kind of outcomes for more than four years. For years Very Serious People called us “deranged” or warned us not to exaggerate the threat. Now, finally, they seem to agree.

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate soon-to-be Leader Chuck Schumer – who are usually slow to act in a crisis like climate change, or Trump’s previous abuses of power – are calling for swift action to remove the coup-leader, the deposed ex-President Donald Trump from power.

There’s a lot of talk about the 25th amendment, which Trump’s cabinet could invoke. But it’s not an instant solution – requiring complicated votes by the cabinet that are not easy to convene, and confirmation by Congress. And anyway, most of Trump’s cabinet seems to feel that resigning is a safer path to restoring their reputations (another thing we cannot allow to happen), rather than removing Trump from power and risking the wrath of the same people who smashed up the capital days ago.

Which is why invoking impeachment, again, is the only sure step to remove Trump from office. And it’s a step Congress must take right away, before Trumps last 12 days in office expire, because the coup isn’t over yet. Students of history and political insurrection around the world know that often, fascists and authoritarians often have to try more than once, and more than one method, to hold on to power.

What we saw Wednesday was only a link in a long chain of events where fossil fueled, white-supremacist fascists try and seize control of our government, and bend it to their will.

They won’t go away when Trump leaves office on January 20. And Trump himself has already talked about running for President again, and clearly intends to retain ‘control’ of the GOP. But if Congress impeaches, and convicts Trump before Jan 20, he will be barred from running from office ever again.

Click here to sign on to our joint petition with many national partners. Only by working together can we build the pressure necessary for Congress to act. And only through Congressional Action can we stop this coup and prevent Trump from trying to seize power again.

We’ll have lots more to say, and lots more to talk about, why our non violent, civil disobedience actions — including ones where we risk arrest in the US Capitol — are nothing like the fascist coup attempt we saw this week. A short, simple, explanation might be that intent matters, and how we conduct ourselves while speaking truth as a minority political power, to a majority political power.

When we take action, we come in peace and we speak and act – at times disruptively – to cry out for justice and a safe and healthy planet for all. Often we bring or bear in our hearts the stories of those impacted adversely by the policies in question – bearing witness to their pain and bearing it into the sight and hearing of those in power who would rather ignore it.

That’s more or less the opposite of what happened this week: A violent, hateful, mob broke down the doors to stop the functioning of Democracy and demand that their already-powerful leader be given more power, or else. They brought with them the failed emblems of other white supremacist insurrections. And they clearly felt entitled to seize power, no matter who they had to hurt, step over, or disenfranchise to get there. When police pushed back and arrested a paltry few of the thousands or rioters, they responded with shock and alarm – literally saying “they’re supposed to shoot BLM not [us].”

Like I said, lots more to say on this in the future. But for today I’ll leave you with this simple image: Of Rev Warnock, now a United States Senator, being arrested peacefully at a non-violent, civil disobedient prayer vigil for universal health care in 2017. It’s a lot like a lot of actions we’ve helped organize during the Trump regime’s rise to power. And we wont stop until all of them are gone and barred from our government for good.

Join the digital rally to Stop Line 3

Last week we told you that fossil fuel and pipeline giant Enbridge is already working to construct Line 3 — another toxic tar sands pipeline across Indigenous lands and the fresh water lakes of northern Minnesota.

The pipeline is being challenged fiercely by Indigenous nations and  leaders, grassroots organizations, youth, and environmental groups. But Trump and Enbridge have made clear that their plan is to finish construction before January 20, 2021, and local elected leaders like Gov Walz and Attorney General Ellison have so far failed to block them. 

Please join local and national leaders fighting this pipeline this Wednesday, December 9, at 5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET for a digital rally to stop Line 3.
(You may also RSVP and share on Facebook here)

Line 3 is a new tar sands pipeline that would cross more than 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. If completed, it will transport 760,000-844,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil from Alberta each day, and release as much global warming pollution as fifty coal fired power plants.

Along the way, it would violate Ojibwe treaty rights and put the state’s water, ecosystems and communities at risk. We cannot allow this new pipeline to be built.

Minnesota based leaders have delayed the project for seven years. They need support now to #StopLine3. Join us and join the fight this Wednesday evening.

Call now to stop the Line 3 pipeline

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Walz and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency just pushed through the final permit for Line 3 pipeline. This means construction could start TODAY, unless the MN Department of Commerce (DOC) supports an emergency stay on construction.

Local tribes and water protectors, including the Red Lake and White Earth Nations have already filed a motion for a stay on construction that almost all parties support — except the DOC. With the Public Utilities Commission reviewing the motion this Friday, the deadline for the DOC to support these motions is TODAY, DEC 2!

Can you call Governor Walz (651-201-3400) and DOC Commissioner Grace Arnold (651-539-1755) today to tell them how much we need a stay on construction?

Your message can be quick and simple:

Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling to tell you how critical it is that the MN Department of Commerce support a stay on construction for Line 3 TODAY. Enbridge must not be allowed to build the pipeline while there are pending legal challenges and a raging pandemic. Rushing construction of this pipeline will spread COVID-19, and irreparably damage our water, land and climate. Please take action now and protect the legal process by supporting a stay on construction.

Voice mail full? Click here to send a quick email in addition/instead:

To: grace.arnold@state.mn.us
Cc: commissioner.commerce@state.mn.us

Dear Commissioner Arnold,

Please support a stay on construction for Line 3.

Enbridge must not be allowed to build the pipeline while there are pending legal challenges and a raging pandemic. Rushing construction of this pipeline will spread COVID-19, and irreparably damage our water, land and climate. Please take action now and protect the legal process by supporting a stay on construction.

I’m urging you to take action today: protect the legal process and the public health by supporting a stay on construction. We know why Enbridge is rushing and it’s not in our best interest.

Thank you for your consideration,

As a reminder, Line 3 is a disastrous, unnecessary tar sands pipeline that would create more pollution than 50 coal plants, threaten hundreds of waterways with oil spills and leaks, and violate the treaty rights of several tribes. That’s why we were so disappointed just weeks ago when the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency under Governor Tim Walz approved a final water crossing permits for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota.

All indications are that Gov. Walz and Enbridge will attempt to start construction before the end of the year, despite the risk out-of-state workers pose during the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple pending lawsuits against the project. Gov. Walz’s Department of Commerce has this one last chance to stand with his agency experts, scientists, and elected officials including his own Lieutenant Governor and listen to the facts.

Activists and water protectors in MN are doing everything they can to stop the pipeline. They’re holding a press conference with health professionals today to discuss the pipeline’s COVID-19 risk. And they’ll be at the MN Public Utilities Commission hearing on Friday, December 4, to push the PUC to rule in favor of the motion for a stay. And, of course, they’re taking non violent, direct action to slow the construction:

The DOC has supported our movement in the past, including refiling their appeal against Line 3 back in August. Supporting a stay would be the logical next step in making sure their appeal is protected and the legal process is upheld. Please contact them — we need this stay to keep the land, waters, and people of Minnesota healthy and safe.

Call Governor Walz and the MNDOC today and tell them to honor the treaties, support the stay, and stop the Line 3 Pipeline – NOW!

PS – Want to do more? You can also Donate to support:

Laura, Katrina & a chemical fire: Katrina 15 anniversary

Tomorrow marks Katrina 15, a decade and a half of ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf South. And just as organizers were gathering to mourn, remember, rally and act together – Hurricane Laura slammed into the petrochemical hub West of New Orleans.

Today, thousands are without access to power, or clean water and at least one chemical plant was still burning Thursday evening. That means, as one New Orleans ally just explained to me, that people who lost their roof in the storm are being told to stay ‘indoors’ because the air outside is toxic.

The profound level of environmental and climate in-justice that permeates this moment is hard to take. But community leaders from across the Gulf South have been planning for months to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Katrina.

In the wake of Hurricane Laura, and the unfolding tragedies in its wake, we invite you to join them for a day and honor the sacrifice of the region in the global fight for climate justice.

Here’s an update in their words:

In solidarity with our family recovering from Hurricane Laura which made landfall on the Louisiana central coast this week, we are shifting our #Katrina15 programming to center the frontlines impacted by Hurricane Laura, offer lessons learned from 15 years of ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and share disaster recovery resources and ways to stand in solidarity with communities in Louisiana and Texas. Register here to join us for an abbreviated virtual program, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 at 10amCDT.

If you’re able, we encourage you to also make a donation to support frontline groups in Louisiana and on the Gulf coast who are rendering direct, mutual aid to impacted people and communities. Our friends have begun compiling a list and there should be more information on the call tomorrow at 10amCDT.

Make DC the 51st state – and win climate justice

This is one of my ideas that sounds crazy, but it’s actually really not: Make DC the 51st and deliver climate justice for all.

Like how a Green New Deal that ends fossil fuels would create jobs, rebalance the economy on behalf of millions of working Americans and stop climate catastrophe. Or how chocolate + peanut butter are two great tastes that taste better together. DC statehood is actually a simple, just, good idea – that actually might be a key to solving the climate crisis.

I’ll explain more, but if you’re already on board – Sign here to tell Congress: Make DC the 51st state, and deliver climate justice for all.

Here’s the simple facts: More than 700,000 people, most of them black and brown, live in the District of Columbia. They vote, pay taxes, serve in the armed forces, and are responsible for maintaining the roads, safe drinking water, breathable air, and police that serve and protect every member of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House — but they get no vote in Congress, have no say in federal policy, and cannot even stop armed federal troops from attacking their citizens. They are the very definition of “taxation without representation” which the founders of America fought a revolution over.

But this Friday, June 26, Congress will vote on whether to make DC the 51st state for the first time since 1993. And if they vote to approve DC statehood, we could gain more than a 51st neighbor and ally – we could get 2 more votes in the US Senate to affirm a Green New Deal, and end to fossil fuels, and a real, just, response to the climate crisis.

The fight for DC statehood became all the more urgent this month. On June 1, Donald Trump sent federal troops into DC neighborhoods to round up nearly 200 people protesting police violence in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and hundreds of other Black people across the country

While Trump has been clear he hates DC statehood, his actions may have galvanized the new the civil rights movement, and lent new urgency to our cause.

Sign and send the petition to your member of Congress: Demand they pass the Washington, DC Admission Act to enact DC statehood.

D.C. residents serve on juries, in the U.S. military, pay taxes, and work hard to build safe, strong communities where they live. But they have no vote on any decisions our Congress makes every day.

And that’s too bad for the climate, as well as civil rights. In the last few years DC has banned plastic bags, considered an aggressive carbon tax, and shut down coal plants and gas pipelines. These people are our allies in the fight for climate justice – and we’ll never have a better chance to add 3/4 of a million votes in favor of our values than right now.

There’s more energy now than ever in Congress to ensure DC residents have direct representation federally. A few weeks ago, the House Oversight Committee voted in favor of legislation supporting DC statehood, and H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, has over 223 cosponsors. 

This Friday, the full house will vote on H.R. 51 to recognize DC as the 51st state, and we must ensure that lawmakers pass this overdue civil and climate rights bill for DC residents.

Sign and send the petition: Urge Congress to pass the Washington, DC Admission Act to enact DC statehood.