tar sands blockade


BREAKING: Two blockaders - Glen Collins & Matt Almonte - have barricaded themselves inside the Keystone XL Pipeline to protest its inevitable environmental destruction.

Police are threatening to lift the pipe to remove them and to bring in canine units, as well as tear gas them out of the pipe. “Doing so would cause serious harm or even death; Matt and Glen are locked between two barrels of concrete which weigh over six hundred pounds each.”

“I’m barricading this pipe with Tar Sands Blockade today to say loud and clear to the extraction industry that our communities and the resources we depend on for survival are not collateral damage,” said Collins, another blockader inside the pipe and an organizer with Radical Action for Mountain Peoples Survival (RAMPS) and Mountain Justice, grassroots campaigns in Appalachia working to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.

Alden has been the face behind 1919’s tumblr since it was created.  Alden is gone fighting oil companies out east with the Tar Sands Blockade.  I’ve been doing this tumblr business for about a week which explains it’s lack of normal professionalism and more pronounced sarcasm.  Keeping this dude up to date is hard…shout out to Alden!  -lacey

one dumb way i’ve thought of not completely wasting the time before i get out to la is gathering a bunch of materials about kxl and tabling/street canvassing around here myself, just telling people what’s going on and giving them resources to look into it more themselves. people around here are so damn complacent and privileged i don’t expect much success but i can’t see how it would hurt and maybe one person would go home and throw the tar sands blockade some money


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Witness: To The Last Drop - disturbing Al Jazeera documentary on the Tar Sands Project.

Part 2

TransCanada commits fraud when it lies about the substances in its toxic tar sands slurry pipeline. East Texans have been documenting TransCanada’s deceit for over four years now. Rural and neighboring families have been treated as nothing more than collateral damage by industry, political and regulatory leaders on all sides of the aisle. The truth is TransCanada will do or say anything to ram this pipeline through, regardless of who gets hurt along the way.
—  Tar Sands Blockade spokesperson Ron Seifert

Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade

Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade is an hour-long documentary film written and directed by Garrett Graham in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade and features exclusive video footage shot by the blockaders themselves during the course of over six months of sustained resistance.

In 2012, Texas landowners and environmental activists came together to organize resistance against a dangerous pipeline being built by a Canadian corporation to bring tar sands oil from Alberta Canada to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. This hazardous project continues despite unprecedented opposition from indigenous communities, local farmers and even global environmental movements. From this struggle, a community of resistance was born that has attracted volunteers from around the continent who have successfully defied this multi-million dollar corporation with the power of non-violent direct action.

The film is meant to be both a celebration of the blockades’ achievements and a primer for those interested in joining the campaign. It explains the dangers of tar sands extraction and the risks to public health posed by the pipeline as well as the strategy of non-violent direct action that has been delaying the pipeline so far.

The story takes place in the backwoods of East Texas where the pipeline crosses farmlands and homesteads as well as aquifers and old growth forests. You will hear the voices of the blockaders who are risking their lives to stop this pipeline. In the Texas heat, they have locked themselves to heavy machinery, and braved the elements by living in trees. Hear these courageous folks in their own words.

Blockadia Rising is just the opening chapter in this ongoing movement to stop this pipeline and halt the extraction of the Canadian tar sands, but the blockaders see themselves as a part of a larger struggle against the consequences of run-away climate-change caused by unchecked extraction of natural resources by industry at the expense of both human and non-human communities. This film speaks to all movements for environmental and social justice and showcases direct action techniques that have never been attempted before.

Blockadia Rising: Voices from the tar Sands Blockade (2013) was written, edited and narrated by Garrett Graham, an active participant of the Tar Sands Blockade who continues to support their efforts. This film is dedicated to them, and everyone fighting for environmental and social justice.

The Campaign: tarsandsblockade.org
The Filmmaker: garrettgrahamonline.wordpress.com