In Part 1 of “Into the Sugar Bush” Bill Paulson walks us through the Anishinaabe cultural way of setting taps in the Maple trees on the White Earth Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota.View Full Post
We recently had the honor of joining Bill Paulson of Camp Turtle Island on the White Earth Reservation to harvest sap from the Maple Syrup trees, a central component of the Spring season which, according to Paulson, is the “New Year” for the Anishinaabe People.
The gathering of Maple Syrup is one of many the many rights protected by treaties between the Anishinaabe and the United States Government. We’ll be uploading some video we captured of Paulson speaking on this topic in the next day or two – check back in a bit!
We’ve posted photos from our day in the Sugar Bush to facebook and non-watermarked, higher resolution images to our smugmug (links below).
Photo Gallery Links
Facebook Photo Gallery (Watermarked): https://www.facebook.com/pg/SEEKJOYco/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1227006644149341
Smugmug Gallery (High Res): https://seekjoy.smugmug.com/Event/White-Earth-Sugar-Bush-with-Bill-Paulson
Happy New Year – Sending Love from SEEKJOY Camp!
URGENT!!! Appeals of the PUC’s conditional approval of Line 3 have been DISMISSED and now it’s up to Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan to instruct their new Department of Commerce to re-file a “Petition for Reconsideration” of the FINAL PUC order approving the “Replacement” project before the February 12th, 2019 deadline.
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In the late morning of Monday, February 4th, 2019 four Catholic Workers participated in a non-violent direct action (NVDA) which forced the shutdown of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 & 4 pipelines in Northern Minnesota.
The day before Minnesota’s Department of Commerce announced their filing of an appeal of the Public Utilities Commission’s Certificate of Need Permit for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 “Replacement” Pipeline, about a hundred two-leggeds gathered just south of Duluth Minnesota to expose a hidden pipeyard where Enbridge is storing a massive pile of pipeline sections to be used in construction of the Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project.
The action was organized by the Ginew Collective and supported by MN350, who chartered a bus from the Twin Cities in solidarity with the indigenous-led action. After a handful of beautiful speeches in front of a large banner that read, “NO PERMITS NO PIPES” the Carlton County Sherriff’s Department called for the group to disperse.
This extended video recap is available on our facebook page as well as on the video playlist as part of the #StopLine3 initiative page on this site.
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Did you know that in 2015, according to the EPA, Americans discarded 16.03 million TONS of textiles into the municipal solid waste system? Did you know that 10.53 MILLION of those TONS ended up in landfills? We didn’t either, until we did, which got us thinking and…
So – without further ado… We’re super stoked to introduce a new line of SEEKJOY merch into the community marketplace! These little sleeves, designed to slip snuggly over a standard BIC™-style lighter, are upcycled from remnants of landfill-destined jeans that we have begun to intercept, seam-rip and re-purpose for various merch & goods.
Why lighter sleeves? Well, because many times when a lighter is pulled out of a pocket it is being used in a social setting – smoke breaks at work, candle-lighting, maybe even (dare we say) smoking a joint where it is not illegal…
What better of a time could there be to talk about what we must do, as two-leggeds, to bring about radical social change and transform how we interact with each other and our natural environment?
Okay, okay, okay…. We get it. Yes, we understand that lighters contain gas, a fossil fuel, and that seems to contradict our #SYLFFIRE (Support Your Local Fossil Fuel Industry Resistance Effort) initiative. But hey, maybe this is one of those things that can be talked about when someone sees your awesome, SEEKJOY-afied lighter and asks you “hey, what is SEEKJOY?” and you say something like, “well, it’s a small community-based project calling for radical social change pledging to catalyze immediate efforts towards the long-term, sustainable cohabitation of all people, nations and cultures.”
If, after looking into all this, that person you were speaking with brings to light this paradox it’s another chance for open dialogue and conversation, which is one of the first steps we believe is necessary in bringing about this radical social change.
Anywho – back to these little lighter sleeves. As with most all of our merch, they’re manufactured using alternative energy. Yes, the embroidery and sewing machines are running completely off-grid on solar. As we come across and intercept denim fabric from being buried in landfills, we’ll be making these Lighter Sleeves in small, unique batches and adding them to the SEEKJOY Community Marketplace. We’ve listed the sleeves for $12 each, but if you enter the discount code “keeptalking” (without the quotation marks) you’ll get $2 off each one so they’re really $10 each!
The sun’s currently shining so we’re going to follow the age-old adage, “Make hay while the sun shines” and keep on sewing.
Sending love to everyone out there supporting our work! Click the link below to view the current selection of SEEKJOY lighter sleeves from our pilot batch!
Link to View Current Style: https://seekjoy.myshopify.com/collections/merch/lighter-sleeve
Source on EPA MSW Facts & Figures: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/2015_smm_msw_factsheet_07242018_fnl_508_002.pdf
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It’s October 11th, 2018 and snow has fallen on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
If you haven’t heard about the Enbridge Energy Proposed “Line 3 Pipeline” we’re encouraging you to get up to speed. Long story short, we as Minnesotans, Midwesterners & Mississippi River’ers have the choice to let a Tar Sands Oil Pipeline cross our headwaters or not. This pipeline is a 50-year investment in wrong direction.View Full Post
The Long Walk Home to Leech Lake for Nawacomig honoring Dennis Banks crossed through the White Earth Nation on July 4th, 2018.View Full Post
A direct action kicked off in the early morning of the State of Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission’s 5th day of deliberation regarding approval of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project.
The message, “Expect Resistance”, was displayed loud and clear as news agencies continued to arrive and document over the course of the 3-hour action which shut down 7th. Place East in Downtown St. Paul.View Full Post