Update: Watch the video about our Tar Sands Blockade solidarity action last week. Much thanks to Mike and the Occupy Eugene Media Group.
Monday, November 19th: Today, communities around the country took action against extractive industry, with a specific focus on the “largest industrial project ever undertaken by humankind” – the tar sands of Alberta, Canada.
Cascadia Forest Defenders started the day off with picketing outside of Shell which owns more than 60% of the tar sands operations in Alberta. Later we moved to Chase Bank in downtown Eugene. J.P Morgan Chase is actively financing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline which would transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Houston, and Port Arthur, Texas.
“We are standing here today with the indigenous people fighting for their land, the Tar Sands Blockade and all those who are resisting extractive industries in their homes.” -Ben Jones
“Communities around the world are working together to expose the threat that the fossil fuel economy poses to families everywhere,” said Erin Grady of CFD. “As extractive industries grow increasingly desperate for profits, they are resorting to the most dangerous of energy reserves, like hydro-fracking, tar sands exploitation and mountain top removal coal mining.”
This week’s actions are happening in more than 35 locations including the following:
Saturday, November 17 – Occupy Sandy and Stop Spectra Pipeline Coalition takes action to respond to the devastation of the climate super powered storm, Hurricane Sandy and put an end to hydro-fracking.
Sunday, November 18 – Over 3,500 people rally at the White House to call on President Obama to reject the permit for the Keystone XL northern segment. Event organized by 350.org, Sierra Club, and other allies.
Monday, November 19 – Dozens of community members rally in Nacogdoches, Texas to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from endangering their homes. Tar Sands Blockade will be taking nonviolent direct action to halt its construction.
Monday, November 19 – Community organizations in St. Louis are taking action to target JP Morgan Chase for bankrolling the tar sands extraction. Event organized by Missourians for Empowerment and Reform and Climate Action St. Louis.
Monday, November 19 – Residents of Salt Lake City are performing theatrical exhibitions outside The Bureau of Land Management for its approval of public lands for the first tar sands mine in the US. Event organized by Peaceful Uprising and Utah Tar Sands Resistance.