Two Charged with Felonies for Disrupting Keystone XL Pipeline Construction from Trees

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 5:25 pm

(update below) Two young women from New England who attempted to start a second tree blockade to stop TransCanada’s construction of the Keystone XL pipeline have been charged with felonies. They were arrested in the last twenty-four hours. As this blog reported yesterday, in Sacul, Texas, Pika of Vermont and Lauren of New Hampshire climbed up onto [...]

The Problem with ‘Safe State’ Strategies or Strategic Voting

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 1:21 pm

During the 2008 election, the late great people’s historian Howard Zinn wrote about “election madness.” He said every four years it “seizes the country” because “we have all been brought up to believe that voting is crucial in determining our destiny, that the most important act a citizen can engage in is to go to [...]

After Helping to Resupply Tar Sands Blockade, Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein is Arrested

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:33 pm

In an effort to connect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline being constructed by the multinational corporation TransCanada to extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein showed up to support the Tar Sands Blockade. Stein chose to risk arrest by taking supplies to the tree sitters. Backpacks and warm winter clothing [...]

Grand Jury Resister Released Reportedly Cooperated with Investigation of Pacific Northwest Activists

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 6:11 pm

(update below) There are people who by choice describe themselves as anarchists, who are being jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Seattle. They have been subjected to surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They have been issued subpoenas to testify to a grand jury or be held in [...]

Gulf Coast Mother Arrested After Chaining Herself to Keystone XL Pipe Yard Gate

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 6:37 pm

In an act of nonviolent direct action, a Gulf Coast mother Cherri Foytlin was arrested after chaining herself to a gate to the multinational energy corporation TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipe yard. She was brought before a judge hours after and charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for “criminal trespass of a habitation, shelter, superfund, or [...]

TransCanada’s Paid Goons Arrest Ten Tar Sands Blockaders

By: Monday October 15, 2012 6:30 pm

More than fifty people reportedly risked arrest in Winnsboro, Texas, today, as they walked on to the area where TransCanada is constructing its Keystone XL pipeline and engaged in civil disobedience. Multiple individuals chose to defend and show solidarity with people who have been in the trees for the past three weeks taking direct action [...]

Guest Post: The New York Times Got It Wrong With the Tar Sands Blockade

By: Sunday October 14, 2012 1:18 pm

The Tar Sands Blockade has been resisting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by the multinational corporation TransCanada for over twenty days now. The Blockade was recently featured in the pages of the New York Times.  Alexandra Mara wrote a letter to the New York Times originally published at the blog, Documenting Resistance. The letter to [...]

Daryl Hannah & Eleanor Fairchild Defend Family Farm from Tar Sands Pipeline (VIDEO)

By: Friday October 5, 2012 5:43 pm

On the eleventh day of action against TransCanada’s demolition of forest, land and family farm property in East Texas, actress Daryl Hannah joined Eleanor Fairchild to defend her farm from the heavy machinery TransCanada is using to prepare the environment for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two ran out and put their [...]

Delegation of American Activists Confronts US Drone Strike Policy in Pakistan

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 1:35 pm

A delegation of around thirty-five people from the United States is in Pakistan for a week of action in opposition to drone strikes by the United States. The group of delegates, organized by CODEPINK, has had a positive and welcoming response so far. They met with Acting US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland and had [...]

What’s at Stake as TransCanada Moves to Forcefully Suppress Tar Sands Blockade

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 4:46 pm

Nine activists have committed themselves to blockading construction by TransCanada of the Keystone XL pipeline project through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. The activists have established a position in trees that TransCanada must cut down in order to build the pipeline. They have decided to engage in nonviolent direct action to stop TransCanada from [...]

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