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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

COAST SALISH TERRITORY -- Aerial Warriors End Two Day Blockade of TransCanada Oil Tanker


 Mike and Will are first climbers to be released from police custody
after a 40+ hour blockade of a tar sands oil tanker from a Vancouver bridge.
They're doing well and getting hydrated!
You can join the support rally at 147 E 14 St, North Vancouver. 

Photos and article by Greenpeace Canada
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July 4, 2018
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(UNCEDED COAST SALISH TERRITORIES/VANCOUVER) — The Greenpeace Canada aerial bridge blockade in the path of the Trans Mountain tar sands oil tanker, Serene Sea, has ended. The tanker was loaded with oil from the Alberta tar sands and waited at anchor while the blockade prevented it from leaving.
After spending more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in Vancouver, the climbers who rappelled from the bridge and supporting blockade members were peacefully removed from their positions. The RCMP are taking the activists to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment. [1]
The two-day blockade was made up of twelve people hailing from the Indigenous Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, the U.S.A (Washington state), Mexico and the U.K.
Will George, an Indigenous Coast Salish member joined the blockade as a climber. He is also the spokesperson and leader of Kwekwecnewtxw. He said: “I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all my son’s future is at stake. I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”
Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace Canada spokesperson and climber, said: “No one should need to spend almost two days suspended from a bridge trying to protect something as essential as water but that’s exactly what the Prime Minister Trudeau has driven us to do. The Prime Minister still has a chance to make the right decision and stop this pipeline. But whether it’s by his pen, in the courts, or the global resistance, the pipeline won’t be built — and this movement of people isn’t going anywhere.”
Opposition to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans to buy the existing and proposed Trans Mountain pipelines has been intense, given the $4.5 billion cost to taxpayers. The blockade followed months of escalating protest against TMX and other pipelines by Indigenous communities in B.C., down the Washington coast, and across Canada.[1] In recent months, more than 200 people have been arrested in B.C., while protests abroad have happened in the U.S.U.K.Switzerland, and Spain.
To support the resistance against TMX and other controversial pipelines, more than 280,000 Greenpeace supporters around the world have called on 12 major banks (“the Dirty Dozen”) to refrain from financing these pipelines. A number of banks have made commitments along these lines, including HSBC and BNP Paribas (Europe’s two largest banks).
If built, TMX would increase tar sands tanker traffic in Vancouver seven-fold to about 400 tankers each year. This could push the remaining 75 endangered Southern resident orcas to extinction and threaten coastal communities, as well as the coastal marine ecosystem, with devastating oil spills.
[1] Less than half of the 120 First Nations along the route signed agreements with Kinder Morgan (43 First Nations). Indigenous Coast Salish unceded territories include the B.C. coast at the end of the proposed pipeline, as well as the waters of the Salish Sea, through which tankers loaded with oil from TMX would pass. As TMX has not received consent or agreement from more than half of potentially impacted Indigenous communities, the project is in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Trudeau government officially supports the declaration.
Jesse Firempong, Communications Officer, 778-996-6549,
Loujain Kurdi, Communications Officer: 514-577-6657,

On the Fourth of July, Leonard Peltier Still in Lockdown

Greeting Friends, Family, and Supporters,

July 4th is a national holiday which should mean an extra visiting day in July for Leonard. Normally, Leonard would be spending today with members of the ILPDC or possibly members of his family would have made the trip to visit him. Today, no one will be able to visit Leonard as the lockdown at USP Coleman continues - it has been over 30 days so far without a social or legal visit for Leonard. The ILPDC applied for a legal visit on June 5th and as of today we have not been granted permission to have a legal visit with Leonard. The ILPDC staff and board members that go in on a regular basis to visit Leonard are Paulette Dauteuil, co-director of ILPDC and Sheridan Murphy, vice chairman of ILPDC. We need your help, please call Mr. Brown, Leonard’s case manager at USP Coleman (352) 689-6000 and inquire into how Leonard Peltier (89637-132) is doing and please state that you are concerned about his health during this lockdown.

Our FOIA/ Freedom of Information attorney in Buffalo, NY will be filing an appeal later this month to have the U.S. Government release specific documents that have been withheld from Leonard’s legal team for over 40 years. We are told that these documents have been withheld for reasons of national security, but after 20 years they should have been released. Here we are in 2018 and still trying to get the court documents that are important to his legal struggle for freedom. It is evident that Leonard has not and will not receive fair and equitable treatment on any legal level. In order to change this travesty of justice please join the Twitter blast every Wednesday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm asking President Trump for clemency for Leonard Peltier. Let’s make this a huge national and international Twitter Campaign !! We are asking ILPDC supporters that don’t use twitter to write a letter to the President asking for clemency for Leonard. You can find an example of a letter on the ILPDC website

Moving Leonard’s legal work forward and maintaining a national ILPDC office would not be possible without your support. We have developed merchandise that we hope you will check out on our website and buy for family, friends, or work colleagues. Some of the newest items are:

• “The Freedom Coffee Mug”
• Paintings & a lithograph of Leonard’s that can be put on a photo slate
• Red “Free Peltier” T-Shirts will be back in July7, 2018
The ILPDC website is updated weekly please look at our new items on the store page. staff and board thank all of you for taking the time to call the office to show support for Leonard’s fight for freedom.


International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Board and Staff

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