Fwd: film on current defense against Pipe Line 3

Good information! and links/video on an urgent issue of Climate Resistance.

Thanks to Steve Benson for sharing. — JR

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benefit-screening-of-film-necessity-oil-water-and-climate-resistance-tickets-138863443297 is a link to an announcement of an online film screening and fundraising for activists resisting the building of a new pipeline crossing indigenous land in Minnesota. Extinction Rebellion nationally and locally is focusing attention on this crisis and the use of this film to encourage financial and moral support to protesters at the site. Tickets and donations that will go to the activists joining at the construction site are being serviced through Eventbrite for the period from February 5 through 21. A special panel will discuss issues raised by the film on February 15. Details are at the website identified above. Also worth seeing immediately is a video less than 3 minutes long, with Winona LaDuke explaining – What is line #3? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S9hfiXcl_Q&t=19s
(In this brief video, Winona LaDuke explains Enbridge’s proposal for a new tar sands crude oil pipeline called Line 3, which would pierce the heart of Anishinaabe territory in the Great Lakes and endanger our precious fresh water, wild rice, and way of life.)
Eventbrite notes:
The fundraising movie screening is available multiple days from February 5-21st. The panel on Monday February 15th at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 5 pm PT will unveil a series of trainings and resources leading up to possible actions.
Extinction Rebellion US (XRUS), in conjunction with other climate justice partners, is organizing a two week fundraiser for Indigenous water protectors and an educational panel on Indigenous action at the Minnesota Line 3 resistance sites.
When: The online movie fundraiser will take place February 5th – February 21st. Registrants can donate on a sliding scale and then watch within that time frame. Proceeds will go to Indigenous water protectors in the Giniw Collective and Miigizi Camp.
What: The documentary, Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance by filmmakers Jan Haaken and Sam Praus, highlights the work of Tara Houska and other Water Protectors who have been fighting Line 3. Please help spread the information about this fundraiser through all of your social media connections and register on Eventbrite.
In addition to the film screening, there will be a separate zoom educational panel about the Indigenous action to Line 3 in Minnesota. The hope is to present a first-hand overview of the current Line 3 situation as well as gauge interest in car caravan pods of activists going to join them in early spring. The panel will outline a series of trainings and resources leading up to possible actions. The webinar will take place Monday, February 15th at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT / 5 pm PT. The zoom link to this event will be sent out to our Eventbrite attendees five days prior to the panel. See panelist information below.
Indigenous leaders who are fighting the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota have put out a call asking folks to come in support of their work on the frontlines to stop Enbridge’s construction of this tar sands project endangering the waterways, defiling the land, and contributing to the climate crisis. The defeat of Line 3 could be a death knell for tar sand pipelines in general as there have already been some flights of funders. This pipeline will transport for export 1 million barrels of tar sands a day—the equivalent of 50 new coal fired plants. In addition to destruction of Canadian boreal forests, it endangers Anishinaabe and other tribal wetlands and rice fields, the headwaters of the Mississippi, and with 22 river crossings, is at great risk for spills and leakages for which the company has a sordid and non-transparent history. There is no local market need for this pipeline, and it comes at a time when we need to be transitioning to renewable, sustainable clean energy and decreasing, not increasing, carbon emissions. It is critical to buy time for court challenges to be heard and put pressure on the new administration to weigh in against this horrific project. Since December, over 44 water protectors have been arrested, and the company is rapidly trying to complete the project. In support of the water protectors’ call for support, covid-protective caravans are being organized to show up to the frontlines of this historic climate battle.

About the filmNecessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying highly toxic tar sands oil through Native lands and essential waterways in North America. Front line communities–Native Peoples and communities of color–suffer the most immediate and severe consequences of the climate crisis: impacts on physical and mental health as well as territorial desecration and displacement. Yet with painful histories have come deep insights, forms of resilience and modes of resistance. This feature-length documentary follows Indigenous leaders and white allies, using direct action to protect the sacred and demand justice. Legal experts discuss the record of disparate treatment in the justice system and the legal strategy of the necessity defense, which makes a moral case for acts of civil disobedience, while medical and scientific experts address the health effects of fossil fuels and dangers of pipeline and refinery infrastructure. Capturing the natural beauty of the region as well as the vulnerability of local habitats, aesthetic and stylistic elements drive the action forward, including animated maps with illustrations. The filmmaking team builds collectively on their training in psychology and anthropology.

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