Youth call for DC civil disobedience to stop Enbridge Alberta Clipper
On August 25th, young people and allies from across the Midwest will join together in Washington, DC for Midwest Unrest, an action to demand an immediate stop to the Enbridge corporation's illegal Alberta Clipper tar sands scandal in Minnesota. Secretary of State John Kerry has the power to stop Enbridge from continuing to sneak tar sands oil through our backyard -- we are coming to his front door to make sure he knows where we stand.
Midwest Unrest is a youth-led call to escalate the fight to save our climate. Some participants will risk arrest. Group transportation will be provided from MN. We encourage people of all ages to answer the young generation's call to action with legal protest or by joining in non-violent civil disobedience.
Enbridge's illegal pipeline scheme swaps tar sands oil from the Alberta Clipper pipeline to an alternate pipeline just at the Canada - US border. This bypasses the required environmental review on the Alberta Clipper flow increase so the tar sands can start flowing at capacities similar to Keystone XL. This is wrong and it's up to us to do something about it.
Over the last two years we've collected petitions, visited senators' offices, made thousands of calls to the President, and this past June 5,000 people marched against climate-killing tar sands oil in St. Paul. We've mobilized and engaged within the process and it's built a beautiful and powerful movement. But Secretary Kerry, who has the power to stop the ongoing, illegal flow of dangerous tar sands oil through northern Minnesota with the stroke of a pen, hasn't noticed. That's why we need to escalate.
In early September, our ongoing lawsuit against the Alberta Clipper pipeline will reach federal court in Minneapolis. It's up to us to ensure that Secretary Kerry stands on our side, reverses the State Department's tacit approval of Enbridge's illegal scheme, and stops the Alberta Clipper. While we await a decision from the administration on Keystone XL, it is unacceptable for the State Department to turn a blind eye and allow this tar sands expansion across the border via this scheme.
We call on Secretary Kerry to prioritize the voices of young people, indigenous communities, and communities most impacted across the Midwest to join us on the right side of history.
Sincerely, Dallas Goldtooth US Tar Sands Campaign Organizer Indigenous Environmental Network
P.S. If you can't make it to D.C., you can take action in Minnesota on August 25th. Legal public actions will take place in McGregor and in the Twin Cities, led by indigenous people, youth and our allies at Honor the Earth fighting the Enbridge pipeline invasion.
The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that workswith tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities.
The United States has poisoned the Four Corners river water, and immediately began a dirty tricks campaign, attempting to have Navajos sign 'waivers of liability.'
When the power plants first poisoned the air, water and land of the Four Corners region, the United States declared the Four Corners region -- including this area of the Navajo Nation -- is a "sacrifice zone."
This is because the electricity produced here is for distant US cities. Power plants, and the dirty coal mining it depends on, use lots of water.
Now, with the poisoning of the Animas River by the US EPA, with water from the Gold King mine -- whether it was intentional or accidental by the US -- the US has once again carried out a scorched earth campaign.
The US EPA has poisoned the water of those with the least financial resources to recover and survive: Navajos and farmers in the Four Corners region who depend on this river for water, livestock and crops. The US EPA admits it is responsible for this spill.
At the same time, the US and Arizona Congressmen have been using every trick possible to get Navajo area river water for power plant use, including trying to secretly steal it, as was revealed in attempts to steal the nearby Colorado River water by the US Interior and Arizona Congressmen for the Navajo Generating Station at nearby Page, Arizona.
Now the US has poisoned the river water in the Four Corners region.
Not only has the US poisoned the Animas River water in this area of New Mexico and Colorado, but the US EPA immediately began a dirty tricks campaign, attempting to get Navajos to sign waivers of liability to release the US from financial liability, to prevent Navajos and others from recovering.
Already, the US has presented these forms to Navajos in Shiprock, N.M., and Aneth and Oljato in Utah, along the San Juan River, which is being poisoned from the heavy metals in the Animas River spill. These are remote areas where many Navajo elders still speak Dine' (Navajo.)
Navajo President Russell Begaye has warned the people not to sign these waivers of liability in this latest attempt by the US to continue genocide against Native Americans and America's poor.
Navajo President Russell Begaye said, "The U.S. EPA has been seeking signatures from the Navajo People on Standard Form No. 95 which, if signed, will waive future claims against the U.S. EPA.
"The Federal Government is asking our People to waive their future rights because they know without the waiver they will be paying millions to our People. This is simple; the Feds are protecting themselves at the expense of the Navajo people and it is outrageous," President Begaye said.
Wikipedia: A scorched earth policy is a military strategy that involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area. It is a military strategy where all of the assets that are used or can be used by the enemy are targeted, such as food sources, transportation, communications, industrial resources, and even the people in the area. The practice can be carried out by the military in enemy territory, or in its own home territory. It may overlap with, but is not the same as, punitive destruction of the enemy's resources, which is done for purely strategic/political reasons rather than strategic/operational reasons.
FARMINGTON, NM--Diné Citizens Against Ruining our Environment (Diné C.A.R.E.) applauds the Colorado and New Mexico Delegations for urging the federal government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release plans for the cleanup and mitigation of the Gold King Mine incident, and long-term remediation of historic mining sites. On August 11th and 12th, the Delegations sent letters to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and President Obama expressing concern that the Gold King Mine is still leaking contaminated water and sediment into the Animas River.
“We are concerned by the ongoing pollution and threat posed by historic mining sites in the upper Animas watershed that have never been adequately remediated,” says Carol Davis, Diné C.A.R.E. Coordinator. “We echo the Colorado and New Mexico Delegations in asking for federal support for the reclamation of these ongoing sources of pollution.”
The Gold King Mine’s toxic release has flowed into the Animas and San Juan Rivers, impacting many communities in Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico, and Southeastern Utah, including the Navajo Nation. Farmers, livestock, and many residents who live along the San Juan River have been heavily impacted by this toxic mine spill. Residents have been warned not to utilize the river for any domestic or livestock purposes. Pumping and irrigation pumps have been shut off, and there are still many unknowns to this devastating spill. Fortunately, some Diné communities including the Shiprock community are coming together to assist with delivering water and supplies for those in need, but more support is needed from the federal government.
“This tragedy underscores the danger posed to our communities when mining companies continue to walk away from mining operations without proper reclamation and remediation,” says Colleen Cooley of Diné C.A.R.E. “All the mining companies that are currently operating and who have a stake in these abandoned mines should pay their fair share of cleanup costs.”
A copy of the letter to President Obama from the Colorado and New Mexico Delegations is available here, and the letter to the EPA is available here.
About Diné C.A.R.E.
Diné CARE is located on the Navajo Nation and is a non-profit organization that works with many Navajo communities affected by energy and environmental issues. Since the late 1980s, community people have stood up and demanded for environmental protection and sustainable development practices, bringing systemic changes in tribal politics and making the grassroots voices evident in the realm of energy development.