Much of our focus throughout the spring of 2021 was providing support to the organizing efforts behind the “Treaty People’s Gathering: Rise, Protect Stop Line 3” which took place June 5-8, 2021 on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
The Treaty People Gathering was a multi-day event which lead into a series of non-violent direct actions to stop the active construction of the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, the largest expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure underway in North America being built across Northern Minnesota.
The central theme of the event/gathering was that “We Are All Treaty People” – a phrase spoken often by the indigenous women leading the RISE Coalition.
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A Video Illustration laying over data from the active Line 3 Pipeline Corridor in comparison to the “Severe Drought” zone that went into effect July 1st in Northern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permitted Enbridge Energy to appropriate roughly 5 billion gallons of water from along the proposed route to construct the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline over the coming weeks/months (Permit 2018-3420).
Footage captured June 24th at the proposed Mississippi River crossing of the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline featuring Justin Keezer, a local Earth community member.
Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission, when approving the contested Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline, included a clause that requires Enbridge to have a Tribal Monitor onsite during construction in sensitive areas. Keezer and local members of the Rise Coalition made an effort to speak with the Tribal Monitor and were denied.
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400+ humans convened at a scenic overlook on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota for Rise by the River to Stop Line 3, a multi-faith gathering to stand in solidarity against the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline being constructed approx 150 to the North.
Video Footage captured during the ‘Protect the Water, Revoke the Permits” demonstration in Downtown St. Paul on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 encouraging the Biden Administration to take Federal action to Stop Line 3.
A Rally & March took place in Downtown St. Paul on Friday, Jan. 29th, 2021 to raise awareness and encourage the Biden Administration to revoke Federal permits which have been issued for the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Replacement Project in a similar way to the recent actions taken on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Several hundred people marched from Summit & Milton Ave in St. Paul on Saturday, January 9, 2021 in a demonstration against fascism, the lack of financial support provided as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, police brutality & the Line 3 Tar Sands Oil Pipeline.