Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Coushatta Round Dance Texas 'Idle No More' Tarsands Blockade

Tarsands Blockade

VIDEO: Our Action Camp this weekend joined members of the Coushatta and Biloxi-Chitimacha tribes for an Idle No More solidarity round dance and rally within feet of the KXL pipeline easement.

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Over a 120 blockaders danced and rallied in the front yard of an indigenous family's home immediately adjacent to the Keystone XL pipeline easement. The toxic pipeline is being laid about 100 ft from their front door. Blockaders from Michigan reached out to the family to offer first-hand experiences of dealing with tar sands spills afterwards.
  Over 100 Tar Sands Blockaders participate in a round dance lead by Coushatta organizer Ben Yahola in solidarity with Idle No More on land immediately adjacent to a KXL Pipeline construction site. We arrived on the land, resided on by a family of Alamaba-Coushatta tribal members, at 5pm on January 4 to begin setting up for the dance. Workers were milling about at the end of their work day and immediately noticed our banners. Police showed up shortly thereafter, but we were not disturbed in our peaceful demonstration of solidarity with Idle No More, Hunger Striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, and all affected by toxic tar sands exploitation.

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