Categories Archives: Obstruction & Occupation

What It’s Like to Watch a Harpooned Whale Die Right Before Your Eyes

Author Paul Watson has no problem with critics calling him and his marine-life-defending colleagues pirates—it’s far better than helplessly standing by and doing nothing in the face of the violence against animals they have witnessed. This excerpt is from Death of a Whale, by Captain Paul Watson (GroundSwell Books, 2021). This web adaptation was produced by … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch a Harpooned Whale Die Right Before Your Eyes

“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

This piece was first published at Democracy Now!     By AMY GOODMAN In response to the completion of the contested Line 3 pipeline, which is now reportedly operational, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate justice advocates are kicking off the “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’ mobilization, an Indigenous-led five-day action of civil disobedience at the … Continue reading “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

Settlers Have an Obligation to Defend Treaty Rights, Too

This article originally appeared in YES! Magazine. BY ALEC CONNON & ERIKA LUNDAHL Shanai Matteson, a 39-year-old White settler, sat in the stuffy overflow room watching the packed Public Utility Commission meeting, along with more than a hundred others, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in June 2018. Over several hours, she listened as dozens of people—Native elders, local … Continue reading Settlers Have an Obligation to Defend Treaty Rights, Too

Line 3 Resistance has continued in Minnesota and around the Country

Over the past three weeks Line 3 resistance has continued in Minnesota and around the country. Since our last weekly recap… The harm Line 3 has already caused Minnesota’s land and waters became more clear… The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that it had ordered Enbridge Energy to pay $3.32 million for breaching an aquifer … Continue reading Line 3 Resistance has continued in Minnesota and around the Country

WET’SUWET’EN BLOCKADES ERECTED TO STOP COASTAL GASLINK DRILLING UNDER SACRED HEADWATERS

Editor’s note: Premise One: Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization. Premise Two: Traditional communities do not often voluntarily give up or sell the resources on which their communities are based until their communities have been destroyed. They also do not willingly allow their landbases to be … Continue reading WET’SUWET’EN BLOCKADES ERECTED TO STOP COASTAL GASLINK DRILLING UNDER SACRED HEADWATERS

The RCMP’s War in the Woods [Dispatches from Fairy Creek]

Featured image from the Fairy Creek Blockade Facebook page. On August 9th, exactly one year after the first Fairy Creek blockades began, the RCMP went on a rampage that appeared to be a tyrannical temper tantrum. They bulldozed down the kitchens at HQ, destroyed the pedal bikes, stole our medical supplies, fire-fighting equipment and communications … Continue reading The RCMP’s War in the Woods [Dispatches from Fairy Creek]

Legal update and hearing this week / Press Conference on Thacker Pass Lawsuits [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

On Friday, August 27th at 2pm Pacific, attorneys for Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and Atsa Koodakuh wyh Nuwu (People of Red Mountain) will hold a virtual press conference updating supporters and media members on the lawsuits against the Bureau of Land Management and Lithium Nevada Corporation. Earlier that morning, there will be a hearing in Federal … Continue reading Legal update and hearing this week / Press Conference on Thacker Pass Lawsuits [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Webinar with Will Falk: Protect Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Dear Friend, Please join NCRN on Wednesday August 25, 8 pm ET for a Webinar with Will Falk: Protect Thacker Pass. Will Falk is an attorney, writer, poet, activist, and organizer with Protect Thacker Pass. Protect Thacker Pass is an “independent, grassroots collective of people” protecting the land and all life from a proposed lithium … Continue reading Webinar with Will Falk: Protect Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Electric Cars and Oil Both Accelerate Us Towards Ecological Collapse: From Line 3 to Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

This article originally appeared in Protect Thacker Pass. By Max Wilbert The great poet and playwright James Baldwin wrote in 1953 that “People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction.” Perhaps never has this been truer than in this era of converging ecological crises: global warming, biodiversity collapse, desertification and soil … Continue reading Electric Cars and Oil Both Accelerate Us Towards Ecological Collapse: From Line 3 to Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Protecting Your Community From Mining and Other Extractive Operations

A Guide for Resistance By Carlos Zorrilla with Arden Buck and David Pellow Resistance to mining is growing worldwide. Although extractive companies are powerful, they are also vulnerable. About this guide This guide is intended for leaders and organizers who can work with communities to carry out local actions, and who can also work at … Continue reading Protecting Your Community From Mining and Other Extractive Operations