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Block (Line 3) Party @ the PUC Event Recap & Photos

A two-day event called the “Block (Line 3) Party” was organized at 121 7th Place East in front of Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission by MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota, Sierra Club Northstar Chapter, Honor the Earth and the Power Shift Network to raise awareness about the upcoming decision by the PUC to either approve or deny the permit for Enbridge Energy’s proposed Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project in Northern Minnesota.

The Line 3 Replacement Project has been undergoing regulatory approval in the State of Minnesota for over three years. At present, the final decision on whether it can cross the Mississippi Headwaters comes down to whether or not the PUC approves two permits, a “Certificate of Need” and a “Route Permit” for the proposed route south of the existing line and the Leech Lake Reservation.

The Block (Line 3) Party began at 2:30pm on Friday, May 18th, with a march from the State Capital to the PUC building in Downtown St. Paul where a free Wild Rice meal was offered at 4:00pm. A free “Concert to Block Line 3” began at 5:30pm featuring Thomas X, See More Perspective, Jayanthi Kyle & Annie Humphrey.

Midway through the concert a thunderstorm broke out, similar to the storm that seemed to sweep the Oceti Sakowin Camp on February 21st, 2017, the day before the scheduled “Raid”.

A brief video recap of Day 1 was published via the SEEKJOY Facebook page and has been made available on the #StopLine3 Initiative Page.

Day 2 of the event began with a Water Ceremony on the bank of the Mississippi River at Shepard Road and Sibley Street. A “Pledge of Resistance” gathering began at 10:00am and included a couple words by the organizers of the event and encouraged the public to make a quick statement of why they will stand in resistance against the pipeline and to sign a large banner that will be displayed over the course of the coming weeks leading up to the to PUC Decision.

The event closed with a Direct Action Training from noon to 4pm.

As part of #SYLFFIRE (Support Your Local Fossil Fuel Industry Resistance Effort) SEEKJOY assisted in promoting the event by distributing flyers across the Twin Cities Metro and providing media support during the 2 day event at the PUC.

The most comprehensive page available to convey information about Line 3 can be found at StopLine3.org. Scott Russell’s Healing Minnesota Stories page is another extremely informative blog on StopLine3 legislation.

A photo gallery of the March from the Capital and Day 1 of the Block party has been posted to facebook in low resolution and made available to the public in high resolution via SEEKJOY’s SmugMug Portal. If you would like to use any of the photos, please just let us know how they’ll be used and credit the SEEKJOY Community where credit’s due.

All photos and footage captured has additionally been provided to MN350, Honor the Earth and the Sierra Club Northstar Chapter for use as seen fit. Stay tuned for a video recap of the two-day event.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityBlock (Line 3) Party @ the PUC Event Recap & Photos
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#BringBackTheHanky – A SEEKJOY Community Initiative

Imagine: You just used a public restroom facility. You’ve finished your business, washed your hands with soap and water, and you turn to look for a way to dry them. What’s on the wall? A paper towel dispenser. You reach forward to grab a towel and then you… don’t!

Think about it… If every time a human in today’s world washed their hands in a restroom facility and chose NOT to use one of the disposable paper towels from the dispenser, what would happen?

Would the paper/pulp manufacturers continue manufacturing disposable paper towels? Would the trees needed for the demand we currently generate be cut down? Remember – one tree provides the oxygen for three people to breathe*. One less tree … You see where we’re going with this.

Now, there was a time before tissues. There was a time before disposable paper towels and their dispensers. Yes, indeed, we’re bringing hankies back.

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The SEEKJOY Community#BringBackTheHanky – A SEEKJOY Community Initiative
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Press Release: #ForgetFastFood – A Community Initiative

We are in the early stages of launching an initiative to combat the rampant destruction caused by factory farming and the fast food industry. We’re looking for your help!

This most recent community initiative, #ForgetFastFood, is simply a declaration to avoid consuming any and all products from the Fast Food industry indefinitely, no matter what.

We’ve setup a “group” on Facebook to allow for discussion about this topic, and we’re hoping you will take the time to share an experience (or two) which could inspire/motivate others to join the Pledge to stop consuming fast food.

The vision behind this initiative is to disrupt an industry and force the major corporations behind Fast Food to adopt new, alternative and sustainable means of providing industrial-scale food offerings to budget-conscious consumers.

To explore the initiative post, CLICK HERE.

To view and/or join the public group on Facebook, CLICK HERE.

Thank you all for your support. We look forward to hearing your feedback & stories – together we can take the first steps to #ForgetFastFood.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityPress Release: #ForgetFastFood – A Community Initiative