“I’m here taking these risks in this system that seems so hellbent on destroying itself and destroying all life, because it’s time to do something different. We’re not going to get that done comfortably or easily. Someone has to take a stand.”– Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation Member & Founder of Giniw Collective
Dear Catalyst community,
As we write this, the struggle to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 and protect Anishinaabe sovereignty is escalating dramatically. Line 3 would bring one million barrels of tar sands a day over the border from Canada, running through unceded Anishinaabe treaty territory, destroying wetlands and threatening the Mississippi and all the connected waterways.
Anishinaabe organizers are risking everything to stop this and have put out an urgent call for people to join them on the front lines. State repression is escalating — more than 500 people have been arrested so far, as Water Protectors from across Turtle Island are joining the call to stop this destruction. Andrea, an alum of our Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program, says this about their reasons for going:
Climate chaos is further destabilizing a world already fraught from the effects of capitalism and empire. As a white settler who calls Appalachian Ohio home, I see clearly the direct lines between what is happening on stolen land at the headwaters of the Mississippi River and the challenges we experience here in the foothills of the oldest mountains in the world.
I fear everyday not only for the health of the forests and creeks right outside my door, but also for my human community here, poor folks and working people already suffering from the legacy of coal mining and current day war on drugs policies, who will be impacted by rural gentrification as rich people from coastal areas flee from increasing hurricanes and wildfires. I know in my bones that a better world is possible, and I believe that we can choose to accept the mandate to fight like hell for it, or not. I invite you to ponder some questions: what is my own, deeply personal stake in stopping this pipeline? What will I put on the line? What gives me hope for the future?
- Join the frontlines! Learn more on virtual orientation calls to join on the frontlines, happening once a week on either Sundays or Tuesdays
- Donate generously – there is an urgent need for funds to keep the camps functioning, as well as money for bail. Here is one fund we suggest donating to. Funds will be used to meet the direct needs of water protectors, including supplies, housing, bail funds, food, and self-care:
- Venmo – @dcmnwaterprotector (last 4 digits: 0350)
- Cash app $dcmnwaterprotector
- You can also donate online to support the Stop Line 3 bail fund: https://www.stopline3bailfunds.org
- Learn about the many ways you can support this fight: www.stopline3.org/ and tinyurl.com/ResistLine3