Call for Solidarity Actions with the Texas Tar Sands Blockade

Posted: November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Call for Solidarity Actions: against the flow of Tar Sands oil everywhere

The Southern Ontario community is rising with the tide of resistance against the Tar Sands across the continent!

Like the land defenders in the West who have successfully stopped the flow of natural gas to the Alberta Tar Sands through un-ceded territory of the grassroots Wet’suwet’en people by blocking the the Pacific Trails Pipeline, to the eco-warriors who continue to blockade in the path of loggers clearing the way for the Keystone XL pipeline to be built—we in the East are also faced with the threat of Enbridge’s Line 9 carrying Tar Sands oil through the land where we live.

The Tar Sands Blockade (TSB) in Texas is calling for solidarity actions to take place Monday, November 19th. This is a great opportunity for the potential Eastern-path of Tar Sands oil to continue to join with the West and South in stopping the flows of Tar Sand oil.

Here’s en excerpt from the TSB call out:

We’ll be throwing down in a big way next Monday, November 19th, somewhere near Nacogdoches, Texas, the heart of outlaw territory in this region for hundreds of years, and we want you to do the same. If you’re close enough or able to travel, of course we’d love to have you here with us, but we also want to see communities rising up and defending their homes from the wanton destruction of extractive industry everywhere.

Texas-based Tar Sands Blockade is dedicated to fighting this tar sands pipeline running through our collective backyard (or front yard, as the case may be), but we recognize the heart of the issue. We know that resource extraction is the lifeblood of the machine, the foundation of the crisis known as capitalism, and that only by building communities of resistance can people opt out of the system and watch it return to dust. So we call on the radical environmental community to show solidarity with the struggle against the tar sands, recognizing that our struggle is just a piece of the larger struggle against extraction and that you need to do what makes sense for your community.

Our message is simple: climate catastrophe is social injustice manifest and nothing less than a slow but sure genocide of the have-nots perpetrated by those with extraordinary privilege. The only way to survive climate chaos is by building community resiliency across all boundaries based on mutual aid and respect. The community that resists together persists together, so join with your neighbors and defend your homes from the onslaught of resource extraction.

For the full call out, click here: http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20121113012101972
For the TSB website and action ideas click here: http://tarsandsblockade.org/solidarityactions/

Further Resources:

What’s new with Line 9? A Watershed Sentinel Feature by Joyce Nelson, which includes a lot of well-researched details about L9.

A Strategy to Resist industrial Infrastructure and Pipelines from Kitimat to Texas: Community Corridor Part 1 (a profoundly grounded article by Julien Delacroix)

It is from this brazen devastation of nature that the need arises for something just as audacious to counter it. We must put life and creativity in the place of aggression and destruction.” -Julien Delacroix, Community Allies Supporting Grassroots Wet’suwet’en

For the health and healing of the land,
-Hamilton L9
Visit us at: Hamilton Line 9: Confronting the Tar Sands in Hamilton or drop us a line: hamiltonline9@ecologyfund.net

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