Ramping up the pressure
It’s been a while since we last updated the blog. Sorry for that. We’ve been busy as usual: some of us working on maintaining vehicles, others on putting together our next newsletter, and a few of us participating as trainers, cooks, action coordinators, and general logisticians at direct action campaigns targeting extreme energy projects in West Virginia and Texas. We’re currently in the process of solidifying our winter and spring action plans and we’ll let you know our schedule as soon as we can. For now, we thought we might give a shout out to our friends and colleagues working on the front lines, and link to some important upcoming events. If you are not already involved in these campaigns, think about helping out however you are able (participating directly, sending money or supplies, spreading the word).
RAMPS Winter Action Camps in St. Louis, MO (January 7th – 20th): Organized by Radical Action for Mountain Peoples’Survival (RAMPS) and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Black Mesa Indigenous Support (BMIS) and members of the Black Mesa/Big Mountain Communities. This MORE-RAMPS-BMIS collaboration is yet another part of the growing national uprising against economic and resource extraction. Participants will learn new skills and use them to engage in current campaigns through direct action and community organizing.
Texas Tar Sands Blockade (Ongoing): A coalition of climate justice activists are converging from across the continent with local organizers and landowners to put a final stop to the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.
The Unist’ot’en Camp (ongoing): The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region.
Tar Sands Blockade Mass Action Camp in East Texas (January 3rd-8th): Kick off the new year by demonstrating your resistance to Keystone XL! Join the tar sands blockade for another mass action in East Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.
2013 Earth First! Organizers’ Conference in Southeast Ohio (February 14th-18th): This week-long event will consist of strategy sessions, trainings, action planning, and celebrations with the general prupose of strengthening the Earth First! movement and supporting ongoing campaigns to stop hydro-fracking and the injection of fracking waste in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and other impacted areas. For more information on the direct action campaign against injection wells in southeast Ohio, check out Appalachia Resist!