Time to Organize and Stop Line 3 - plus, a video with Winona LaDuke

Action Alert from: Showing Up for Racial Justice - SURJ– Twin Cities Chaptershowingupforracialjusticemn@gmail.com

We are focused on the immediate need to stop the destructive and unjust Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. We are not powerless, and there are many, many ways we can support the Stop Line 3 effort. Read on for info, actions, and more: 

What is happening with the Line 3 pipeline?

For an interview with Winona LaDuke (1/26/2021) you can watch the recording by clicking here or watch it on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixzYRzPE3PA.

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The Biden administration took decisive action in January to cancel the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and we are calling on him to do the same for Line 3 in northern Minnesota.

While a state level court decision is expected any day on a stay of construction until the judicial process plays out, Gov. Walz has shown that he is turning his back on Line 3, despite his own words during his campaign, and his renewed effort this month to get the state back on track for its carbon-free climate goals. His hypocrisy has drawn well-deserved satire, and though the legal fight continues at both the state and federal levels, we are turning our focus on President Biden. 

The Army Corps permit was issued by the previous administration and bypassed environmental review, and Biden can revoke it with the stroke of a pen, and immediately halt Enbridge’s ongoing construction. Line 3 would carry more than 90% as much tar sands crude as Keystone XL would have, crossing the Mississippi twice, along with hundreds of wild rice waters, and hundreds of miles of Anishinaabe treaty lands. We must make our voices heard to bring the national spotlight to Line 3 now, and to show the indigenous water protectors and others putting their bodies on the line to disrupt construction that they don’t stand alone.

Actions this week Jan 27 - 31

Friday, Jan. 29, 3:30pm at Kellogg Park: The Land Stewardship Project, MN350, and other groups will gather on the downtown St. Paul riverfront to send a message to President Biden to Stop Line 3. We will march to the Army Corps of Engineers building four blocks away to call for the federal permit they issued in November to be revoked by the new administration. Please join us and invite those in your circles to come as well. Read more here.

Learn more at one of these virtual events coming up tonight and in the next week:

Wednesday 1/27 at 2pm: Virtual Tour of "Welcome Water Protectors Center" with frontlines organizers at the resistance camp near Palisade and Q&A

Wednesday 1/27 and Thursday 1/28 from 6-8pm: Non-Violent Direct Action Training over two sessions focused on skillbuilding to Stop Line 3

Sunday 1/31 at 7pm: Film Conversation on First Daughter and the Black Snake with Winona LaDuke and filmmaker Keri Pickett, free, film available to stream for $5 from 1/28 to 2/7

 Hear the latest updates and options for getting involved on MN350’s Action Calls, every other week starting this Thursday 1/28 from 7:30-8:30 pm. These calls will be a brief and impactful way to share knowledge and urgent calls to action and resistance, both ongoing and one-time, for those in Minnesota and beyond who are new to and experienced with Stop Line 3 alike. Register here.

Make a trip to the pipeline route for Watch the Line, an all-volunteer effort to legally monitor and document construction and report problems, that has already contributed to Line 3 legal challenges. Fill out this form to join the training on Thursday 1/28, 6-8pm or be notified of the next training date.

Join the resistance on the frontlines by signing up for a direct action orientation call, offered Tuesdays at 7pm or Sundays at 10am starting next week. Register here.

Follow updates and requests from the frontlines, especially these indigenous-led resistance camps:

Camp Miigizi, a new frontline camp near Cloquet launched by Fond du Lac water protector Taysha Martineau

Red Lake Treaty Camp near Thief River Falls

RISE Coalition cofounder and MN350 Northern Minnesota Organizer Nancy Beaulieu is helping lead the formation of a White Earth camp

Contribute:

Friends of the Headwaters has been funding legal challenges by partner organizations and is in need of support

Find the latest frontlines supply needs and information: FLS Supply Drive and Water Protector Supply Needs

Volunteer for a time slot to take in donations at the MN350 office: contact bernadette@mn350.org

More options for direct contributions: https://linktr.ee/stopline3

Support Stop Line 3 in the Twin Cities:

Come to the Stone Arch Bridge every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 2-3 PM for casual and friendly outreach and protest - bring your Stop Line 3 signs and art!

Request a Stop Line 3 yard sign from MN 350 and donate so more can be printed


Add your name to the Pledge to Honor the Treaties and receive a series of weekly emails with resources to learn about the history of our treaties and our obligations to be good neighbors and good stewards as treaty people.

Find and share these and more options in this doc compiling a variety of entry points for everyone to join the movement to Stop Line 3.

Read firsthand accounts from the frontlines published recently in the New York Times by award-winning Minnesota author and Turtle Mountain band member Louise Erdrich, and in The Nation by Honor the Earth cofounder and White Earth band member Winona LaDuke

Get more involved with SURJ-TC:

SURJ-TC action alert phone/text tree: Receive information about specific, time-sensitive actions that you can take for racial justice. We aim for about one each week. You can get more information and sign up with this form.

SURJ-TC welcome gatherings: Welcome gatherings are small group conversations with new and existing members (6-10 people) to welcome you into our chapter. The conversation will focus on how you can get more involved with SURJ-TC and how we can support you in deepening your commitment to racial justice work, even if that’s not directly through SURJ’s initiatives. Click here to sign up for a welcome gathering.