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Call for Activities and Events of the Week Against Police Brutality

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Jan 232020
 

From the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality

Each year, the COBP organizes a week against police brutality built on a specific theme.

The theme this year is “Police Everywhere, Justice Nowhere:
International Solidarity!”.

Revolts are multiplying worldwide: Chili, Colombia, Algeria Ecuador, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, France, Hong Kong, India… And the common point in all these revolts is police brutality. A brutality supported by colonial forces, who do not hesitate to equip police everywhere with more and more lethal weapons.

We encourage collectives and individual to contribute to this week of activities through the organization of your own events denouncing police brutality.

This year, the week of activities goes from Monday, March
9th, to Sunday, March 15th.

You can send us your events at cobp@riseup.net before February 24th 2020.

Note that there are already events at the following times:

– Wednesday, March 11th, in the evening,
– Thursday, March 12th in evening
– Friday, March 13th, in the evening,
– Sunday, March 15th, in the afternoon.

High-Capacity Rail Line Sabotaged

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Jan 192020
 

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A few nights ago, an anarchist settler sabotaged CN’s main transcontinental rail line. If TC Energy wanted to transport anything from southern Ontario or further east to CGL sites in BC, it’s likely that this they’d use this line. I was careful to choose a secluded site since it would take longer to work alone. I used the copper wire method described here. To ensure a good connection, I used steel wool and vinegar to remove rust from the tracks. I think the disruption was successful because wire sparked when I connected the tracks. I left quickly – you should still get out as soon as you can, even if you don’t feel stressed or rushed – and went home. This action was easy to do, even for a completely inexperienced person.

And especially as settlers, we should continue finding opportunities to disrupt this project. CGL continues to threaten destruction of Wet’suwet’en lands and their way of life.

Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en! We’ll continue showing the violent colonial state and CGL that we won’t back down. It’s so easy to block the infrastructure that enables exploitative projects like CGL.

Disruption of Port of Montreal during Rush Hour in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Fighting Coastal GasLink (video)

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Jan 162020
 

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This morning around 7:30am, about sixty people enraged by the invasion of Wet’suwet’en land by Coastal GasLink and the RCMP gathered in the east of Montreal. They blocked the intersection of Pie-IX Boulevard and Notre-Dame Street East in the middle of rush hour, in order to disrupt access to the Port of Montreal as well as downtown via Autoroute 720.

Banners were deployed reading “GTFO of Wet’suwet’en land” and “Solidarity with Indigenous Sovereignties”, and flyers explained the reasons for the action to motorists.

Leaving flaming barricades, the group marched westward on Notre-Dame, forming a roving blockade and building more barricades on its way.

The repressive anti-demonstration arsenal of the Montreal police fortunately did not show up, because the call to action was not spread using social media. A couple cop cars showed up toward the end.

Faced with a state seeking to destroy all relationships to the land that are not submitted to the economy, especially indigenous stewardship of indigenous land, disrupting the colonial economy is an appropriate and necessary response.

For the proliferation of offensives against the Canadian state, its economy, its social peace, and each facet of the colonial catastrophe!

Montreal Macdonald Monument vandalized with paint, in solidarity with anti-pipeline Indigenous Land Defenders

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Jan 162020
 

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January 16, 2020, Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal — Earlier this morning, a small group of anti-colonial artists attacked the Macdonald Monument in Montreal with blue paint, marking at least the 12th time in the past three years that the statue has been attacked in such a fashion, with clear anti-racist, anti-colonial motivations.

We undertook our action in solidarity with frontline Indigenous Land Defenders, who continue to oppose and resist the construction of pipelines on their traditional lands. We are thinking specifically of the Wet’suwet’en and Secwepemc, among others, who for years have maintained on-the-ground opposition to the construction of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) and Trans Mountain projects on their respective territories. They are not involved, directly or indirectly, in our action, but we vandalize the John A. Macdonald statue as a simple message of anti-colonial support from across Turtle Island. We encourage others to do the same.

We hit the Macdonald Monument, but our message is specifically for Justin Trudeau and the federal government (which is directly responsible for Dominion Square and its monuments in downtown Montreal). John A. Macdonald was an open racist who advocated the genocide of Indigenous peoples. While Trudeau pays lip-service to reconciliation, the reality is that the corporate-capitalist imperatives of pipelines and resource extraction trample over any meaningful and respectful engagement with Indigenous nations.

The full force of the Canadian state — militarized police, court injunctions, criminal charges, exclusion zones, police checkpoints, and compliant mainstream media — are currently being deployed against Indigenous Land Defenders (and their accomplices) on the frontlines of anti-pipeline resistance. The least we can do is symbolic gestures of solidarity; what we non-Indigenous residents of Turtle Island NEED to do is engage in meaningful acts of economic disruption. Let’s get going!

– Some Montreal anti-colonials.
info: MacdonaldMustFall@riseup.net

To Settlers, by Settlers: A Callout for Rail Disruptions in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

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Jan 142020
 

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It’s important to know that settlers have written this. We don’t have the lived experience of any Indigenous person, including the Wet’suwet’en. We do write from a place of heart and affinity within this struggle – personal, political, and/or relational. In that we feel responsibility to act against the systems and corporations that harm the people and land within it. We acknowledge our settler responsibility and complicity in this, and look for opportunities and strategies that align politically as a way to enact solidarity. This does not mean we speak for them, or should be closed to critiques.

First, let’s address that for various reasons there has sometimes been a lack of clarity around what is being asked for by folks out west.

We want to gently remind friends reading this that some individuals have been restricted in providing any kind of direction or encouragement – or even speaking against the project. The gag is set by court orders which wield the threat of financial ruin and the loss of a ten year land-based healing project for an entire community. We remind ourselves that the people we may put into “leadership” positions may not want to be experiencing the pedestalization and fetishization of expectant settlers wanting firm answers – at great risk – on behalf of many.

Within and outside of this struggle, settlers are consistently directed to take responsibility for their fellow settlers and the ongoing processes and harms of colonization. As settlers hearing that, we are compelled to act in defiance of – and take an offensive position against – the state and industries that are willing to kill for profit, and pretend to be doing so in our interests.

We also want to acknowledge the lingering hopeless feeling that some of us felt when, after a decade of affirming a hard line, chiefs allowed for the Unist’ot’en gate to be opened. We know you know that compliance under threat of violence is not consent, but consideration exists even beyond that, like the RCMP delivering veiled and not-so-veiled threats to Chiefs at their homes in the middle of the nights.  We encourage curiosity about whether hopelessness and disappointment went both ways here; to what extent did the low numbers of supporters who couldn’t or wouldn’t make it out after a decade of promise have impacts on positional outcome and aftermath? The writers of this personally take action when we feel at our strongest – rested, fed, grounded, encouraged, and supported. So what is our complicity – as settlers or allies or supporters who weren’t there or weren’t taking action from afar – in that gate opening?

Despite all of this the Wet’suwet’en never stopped asking for support and solidarity actions, and never stopped occupying their territories.  And earlier today, the Wet’suwet’en and their supporters have again taken a physical stand to protect the Yintah, their way of life, and living for generations to come. They defend their very existence against the imperialist violence and colonialism of the Canadian state on behalf of private entities, and reject Canada and CGL’s authority and jurisdiction over their unceded lands.

We stand with them and are prepared to enact solidarity.

Further, we aim to inspire you to act friends & comrades!

Anarchists, comrades, radicals and likeminded folks in so-called Ontario have a longstanding history of solidarity actions with, for, and inspired by indigenous blockades and land projects.  The enactments of support have been beautiful and courageous moments that have built lasting networks and relationships.

Dream big and help make it happen again!

The last year  on the territory has seen large swaths of trees clear cut, wildlife displaced, a man camp established, artefacts and trap lines  moved and destroyed, and the installment of an RCMP staffed “industry protection office” on unceded lands. The year also unveiled to all that the RCMP is prepared to kill Indigenous peoples to carry out the will of corporations.

Further, in a move that deliberately continues a legacy of genocide against all Indigenous peoples, justice Marguerite Church recently approved an interlocutory injunction against the Wet’suwet’en making it illegal for them under colonial law to defend their own lands against industry or Canada, as an invading Nation. Her decision states that “Indigenous law has no effectual place in Canadian law.” The injunction will allow for the destruction of Gidimt’en camp, cabins throughout the territory, and presents risk to the healing lodge.

Unsurprising and absolute imperialist bullshit.

Do you need more reasons? We didn’t think so.

Which leaves us with what we do.

As geographically distant allies the logical conclusion is that we will likely never get explicit, widespread permission or an “official” thumbs up (and we should certainly strive to understand our inclination to ask or want for those things), but with a few considerations we can get a fair sense of what’s needed, and wanted.

1) The intensity of the current situation. Today, Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership have gathered to take a final stand and remove industry from their territory as a way to prevent further destruction of the land and water, ensuring their safety and livelihoods. Legal challenges have failed, and this is perhaps “it” – the final possibility of protecting their Yintah.

2) With this development will come new, increased and incensed calls for solidarity actions.

3) Actions that have received support or excitement previously include large militant disruptions such as highway and port blockades, occupations and attempted shutdowns of pipeline facilities, and the closure of a Shell terminal. No actions have yet been denounced.

4) Previous requests have included guidance to respect the agreements and responsibilities of the territory you are on, to respect the land, water, and life of it, and to honour and centre Indigenous messaging.

There is no shortage of existing opportunities, but thinking back to what we’ve seen work in this area, what is relevant, and what is strategic and what can embrace many tones and tactics, we think of rail disruptions.

Rail traffic creates excellent opportunity for state and economic disruption; infrastructure is so sprawling it’s relatively indefensible – particularly outside of cities. Geographical features create thousands of natural bottlenecks across Turtle Island which lend themselves as targets for maximum effectiveness using a broad range of methods. Historically even short disruptions – by actions or rail strikes – have had large economic impacts. After just two days of a recent rail strike the Federal government started drafting emergency legislation out of concern for the economy. In 2012, a 9 day disruption dropped the local GDP by 6.8%.

Imagine allies disrupting and damaging rail infrastructure and bottlenecks in Northern BC between Kitimat-Chetwynd-Houston-Stewart; it would orphan pipe stockpiles in ports, preventing their delivery to construction areas.

There is no need to chase the frontline; we can fight where we stand.

Rail sabotage works as both a tactic and a strategy, and so we’re calling for ongoing rail disruptions in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people who are currently defending their unceded territory from industry and police invasion.

Our suggestions include using copper wire to trip signal blocks, and the destruction of signal boxes and rail tracks – but even large public NVCD groups stopping essential rail lines is better than no action at all. Read on for details, safety tips, and links.

As always, we encourage folks to think about your heart, as well as the longevity of these actions and overall struggle; a gentle reminder that you are being careful with yourselves, fingerprints and DNA – for everyone’s safety – and that repression often follows action.

Prints

Fingerprints can be removed from hard surfaces with isopropyl alcohol. Wipe each item thoroughly in case something gets accidentally left behind or discovered. Store in a brand new, clean bag and only remove if wearing gloves.

DNA

DNA can be transferred in a number of ways. Ensure you’re being diligent; don’t touch your face and cough you’re your hands while wearing gloves. Keep your hair brushed (to remove loose hair) and tied back. Don’t smoke or spit anywhere near your target area. Don’t leave anything behind. Be careful not to injure yourself. Properly dispose of masks, hats, gear, or clothing (bleach, heat, or burn). Rainy days can be messy but good; they can help wash away, displace and contaminate fibre and DNA evidence. Bleach can destroy DNA by keeping it from being replicated in a lab for analysis. Heat and fire also destroy DNA well.

If you’re not sure, be sure.

Copper Wire Method
– DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ON SUBWAY TRANSIT LINES; they carry electricity.
– You can use this method when engaging in group NVCD to immediately send a signal to stop all train traffic.

The steel rails of tracks act as part of a track circuit for something called “automatic block signalling” (ABS). A very low voltage is sent through the rails to track sensors to create a loop in sets of geographic blocks. When a train moves along them, the train axle disrupts or shortens the circuit and sensors pick that up to indicate the block is occupied, automatically closing traffic in that area to other trains.

By using a high gage (thick!) copper wire and wrapping it around and then across the rails one can replicate the tripping of the circuit sensors. Note: you don’t need to locate and connect the actual block sensors.

TIPS: the copper needs to be touching areas on both rails that are NOT rusty/oxidized and still conducting. HIGH gage copper wire is necessary. Have a lookout for trains and security patrols. Have a plan before you start wrapping. You may need a small tool to clear some crushed rock under the rail before wrapping the wire.  Find a good spot, dig out both rails, and wrap one rail first. Remember as soon as you trip the circuit by connecting the wire to both rails the ABS will be tripped indicating something is up. Get out as soon as you can. Burying the cable with crushed rock, snow or dirt will make it harder to find/spot within the block.

Destroying Signal Boxes

Signal boxes are part of rail circuits. If you walk railways, you’ve probably seen them as large grey shed like structures, or small grey boxes affixed to poles. These boxes are the receptors and interpreters of ABS circuit signals. The casings are metal and typically secured closed somehow, and the small boxes on posts have cables that emerge, trail to the ground and run to the tracks. Since these wires have electrical components we would advise against simply cutting them unless you have a fair handle on electricity. Another method to damage wires and electrical circuits is hot fire. This means more than just dousing the cords in a fuel and walking away – it means building and ensuring a hotter, longer lasting fire.  On good way to extend the burn of fibre tinder (cotton fabric or cotton balls are favourites with us) is to add petroleum jelly and work it in. You’ll be able to just light that, which acts as a wick. To increase the heat of a fire you can add rubber from bicycle inner tubes or tires. Getting a small established fire like this going either in the circuit box/house or where the cord enters the ground should take care of the circuits and do a fine job delaying rail traffic by activating the ABS system in a longer-lasting way.

Notes: Practise building this kind of fire to see what’s possible. Burning rubber creates toxic fumes. This is arson – which authorities will investigate more seriously than the copper wire method. Be careful: find a good spot, have lookouts and an entry/exit plan that doesn’t expose you to people, ensure you’re being careful with fingerprints & DNA, properly dispose of any equipment used, have EXCELLENT security culture & practises with your crew.

Destroying Steel Rails

How do you destroy steel rails that hold a lot of tonnage every day? The same way they put them together: thermite.

Thermite is a fuel/oxidizer ratio that can be adjusted to burn hot enough to destroy car engine blocks. It’s not particularly dangerous to mix BUT it does burn very hot, and very brightly so take precautions. This method requires very little on-site time: just place, light and walk away. It also provided maximum physical property damage as the rail or signal box will need complete replacement.

The simplest fuel to use is aluminum powder. This can be collected from older etch-a-sketches or manufactured with (real) aluminum foil in a coffee grinder.  The finer the flakes/powder the faster the burn.

The simplest oxidizer to use with aluminum powder is iron oxide – red iron rust. Again, you can collect this and turn it into a fine powder, or easily manufacture it by soaking ‘0000 grain’ steel wool in bleach. Let it sit for a day to create a paste, which can then be dried and used.

You will also need an ignition wick. It takes a hot burn to ignite metal fuel so a lighter won’t work, and a firework fuse likely won’t either. Use either a common fireworks sparkler, or a homemade wick of match heads rolled into aluminum foil. Sparklers may present some risk of early ignition if the sparks coming off them hit the thermite before anticipated.

Thermite Powder

Mix a ratio of 3 parts iron oxide to 2 parts aluminum powder. Cut or puncture a small wick hole on the side of a container (i.e. tin can). Insert your wick a couple inches so that there will be contact with the mixture in the can, and then fill the container with powder. Place and light where needed.

TIPS: unless the powder mix is fine and compacted, the burn will be less efficient and produce less heat!

Hard/Cake Thermite

3 parts iron oxide, 2 parts aluminum powder, 2 parts plaster of paris. Mix the powders together, mix with plaster of paris. Pour into mold (can, etc.), insert wick into cake a couple inches on an angle. Let dry and remove from mould.

Mouldable Thermite

8 parts aluminum powder, 3 parts iron oxide, 4 parts clay. Mix the powders well then add to clay. Insert wick a couple inches. Place where needed and light.

Notes:  Because this method damages the rail itself it presents a risk of derailment. To avoid this risk you may want to trip the ABS circuit by applying copper wire across the rails as well (method one). Again, this is a method police are likely to investigate thoroughly. Make sure all items you’re leaving behind are free of fingerprints and DNA. Have lookouts and careful off-camera approaches.  Dispose of or destroy clothing and boots. Thermite burns hot and bright – do not stare after ignition. Very fine aluminum powder is reactive to oxygen and can ignite easily. If water (rain, snow, puddles) is added to burning thermite it will cause an explosion that sends molten iron flying outwards. DO NOT try to extinguish burning thermite with water.

Sherbrooke Against the World and Its Prison

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Jan 132020
 

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To begin our 2020s, with the onslaught of disasters they will bring, in a combative way, our small crew of determined accomplices made a surprise visit to Talbot Prison in Sherbrooke/Nikitotegwak (at the river that forks) this December 31st a little before midnight.

Well hidden in the nearby woods, we waited until the clock struck 2020 to send our New Year’s greetings, by lighting and shooting our festive pyrotechnics towards this freedom-destroying, miserable infrastructure. Quickly we heard coming from the prison enthusiastic cheers from detainees, and we hope that this instant of joyful surprise allowed everyone to momentarily forget the violence of the carceral world and its rotten justice.

Solidarity with the prisoners of the entire world. With particular attention for indigenous people, including the Mohawks and Abenaki to whom the land we’re now squatting belongs, addicts, women and the LGBTQ+ community, people living with mental health problems, houseless people, immigrants and racialized people, marginal proletarians and other subjects over-criminalized, confined, assaulted, surveilled, ostracized, and assassinated by the armed forces of capital.

As a resolution for the decade to come, we have committed to no longer wait to affirm and maintain a relation of permanent conflictuality towards bourgeois and colonial institutions. The Old World will not collapse on its own.

Fuck the Well Sud project of accelerated gentrification and the police repression targeting downtown residents to make space for investors, bourgeois and other tech-industry yuppies.

This police occupation develops and takes root in daily life in a number of ways, from the extension of video surveillance to all of downtown, to municipal laws that discriminate against or advantage certain groups of residents, to supremacist profiling during police controls, to the arbitrary, often violent arrests by the forces of (dis)order. It’s always the same people who pay the biggest price and are systematically targeted. In these spectacular projects that privatize social-collective space, houseless people, drug users, sex workers, marginalized youth, racialized people, and precarious renters are at greater risk than an already perilous average of ending up trapped in the justice and/or prison system.

In response to this repression, we heard that some colleagues used projectiles filled with paint to attack the police training pavilion of Sherbrooke Cégep several weeks ago, and this seems to be just the beginning.

Against the new Laval migrant prison and all other projects aiming to uphold the lethal system of international borders, that leads to people’s deaths by the thousands at sea or in the desert, while commodities have no trouble crossing oceans!
For the abolition of the penal system and the authoritarian and disciplinary institutions of the state!
For a creative and conflictual future!

Réseau Autonome de Sherbrooke -Le-Bol !
[Autonomous Network of Sherbrooke – Enough!]

Tkaronto Solidarity Actions with Wet’suwet’en

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Jan 102020
 

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On the one-year anniversary of Canada’s armed invasion of Wet’suwet’en territories, and in response to a call for solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people currently facing threat of another attack, a number of actions were taken in Tkaronto.

This report does not intend to claim responsibility for any of the actions and may not have covered everything. We merely hope to summarize actions we are aware of and state clearly that supporters here have their eyes on Wet’suwet’en and are ready to act.

Posters were plastered around a Toronto neighbourhood calling out the hypocrisy of the kkkanadian “reconciliation” narrative and directing attention towards national leaders who are poised to again invade unceded Wet’suwet’en lands.

A message was left at the door of Minister of Indigenous-Crown Relations Carolyn Bennett’s Toronto office.

Activists occupied the offices of AIMco and RBC, two major beneficiaries of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Finally, hundreds gathered and took to the streets in Toronto’s financial district to stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en peoples and to tell CGL and its backers to stay the fuck off Wet’suwet’en land.

May these be the first of many more actions. Every opportunity and every weakness of the state should be seized upon. Every skill, tactic and talent we possess should be used to fight this horrific colonial project as hard as we can.

Love and solidarity to Wet’suwet’en land defenders and fuck capitalism and colonialism across Turtle Island.

Hamilton: Simultaneous Rail Sabotage at Bottlenecks in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

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Jan 092020
 

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A decade ago in a move that has inspired many, Wet’suwet’en people reoccupied their unceded territories as a way to begun healing and ensuring the land is protected in the ways she needs to sustain Wet’suwet’en people’s lives, practices, and continued existence in their traditional territories.
A year ago the RCMP violently invaded those territories to provide access for industry.
One week ago, the canadian state criminalized Anuk’ nu’at’en – Wet’suwet’en hereditary law – by granting an injunction which criminalizes Indigenous people and their allies should they protect the Yintah from the destructive forces of industry.
We honour these anniversaries with a giant fuck you to the state.
Early this morning settlers responded to calls of action coming from multiple Wet’suwet’en house groups after they bravely evicted industry from their unceded territories, as well as a call to action for settlers by settlers.
As one small way of pushing back against the colonial violence being enacted by our government we simultaneously disrupted three natural CN and CP railway bottlenecks at strategic locations with the intention and impact of shutting down all rail traffic going in and out of so-called Hamilton. We did this by using copper wires and jumper cables attached to fishplate wires as a way to interfere with the block circuits – see a video here (opens with TOR). The method is safe, easy, relatively low risk, and widely replicable.
CN rail has been and will continue to ship out pipe to storage yards in preparation of construction and have vast, isolated stretches of infrastructure. The first installations of rail had deep, lasting impacts on the colonization of Turtle Island and targeting it today directly effects so-called canada’s economy.
While these actions will only serve as a temporary disruption, we hope it sends a strong message: Respecting Indigenous sovereignty – anywhere on Turtle Island – is not optional. We will not be passive.
We hope others throughout Turtle Island – especially settlers – will join us in ensuring this is only the beginning, and make the Coastal GasLink pipeline untenable to both industry and the state in every way they can.

Dream Big: a Call to Action for the Wet’suwet’en

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Jan 052020
 

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See also: Nothing (Much) Changes: Analysis of Changes in Ownership of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline

Where have you gone?

Last January there were so many of you. Of us!

In the streets. Shutting down bridges, ports, highways, railways, centres of capital, fuel terminals, and even storming TC Energy facilities. We were rushing office buildings, hanging banners, harassing politicians, police, courts and more. Informing, engaging, inciting. Undoubtedly meeting late into the nights, kept awake by our dreams. Strategizing. We were angry, passionate, strong, and determined. It was beautiful! Inspiring – hopeful!

What happened?

We’re not done – this is still happening! Force is not consent. The RCMP – the same commanders who argued for lethal oversight – are still in Wet’suwet’en territories harassing people. They’ve had the audacity to set up a temporary detachment in a place they don’t belong, aren’t welcome, and have no jurisdiction over.

Man camp 9A is already operating beyond Unist’ot’en and CGL is hoping to build another, bigger one nearby this spring. Some 100 industry people are currently living at 9A, and more get shuttled in daily with trucks, while others are brought by helicopters that pollute the area with particulates and noise.

CGL and subcontractors are actively destroying the land every day by clearcutting the pipeline right of way and blowing holes through mountains with explosives. The activity has stressed wildlife, pushing them into new areas and onto roads which now have increased human traffic.

None of it should be happening.

This land is unceded Indigenous land.

For anyone who’s been there, the yintah is easy to want to defend and easy to be inspired by.

You drink straight from glacial headwaters of the Skeena-Bulkley system, which are the breeding grounds for 30% of the salmon. Pines tower over you in the sky, collecting and shedding snow into the silence of winter days with soft wooshes as giant ravens tree hop. In August, glacial mountains remain snow-capped, the Wedzin Kwah runs ice cold and turquoise, and blooming magenta fireweed paints the land as bald eagles race the length of the river.

It’s very picturesque – and all of it is a necessity to maintain as-is for the Wet’suwet’en to survive and thrive there. Right now, in these very moments, we all have a chance to help make that a possibility. And people are asking for our help; they never stopped. We did.

Why?

If you stopped because you weren’t sure what camp to support – support them all.

If you’re confused about what’s being asked for;

  • They need boots on the ground, especially long term boots (there is funding for Indigenous people to travel out there)
  • Action in line with the natural laws and ally agreements in place for territories on which you would be acting (this is different from permission).
  • The camps also have individual wish lists on their sites.

If you’re confused about where to start, start here:

  1. Cracks in the Pavement: an informational site that provides tips and tricks for action prep, actions, and security.
    https://seedingresistance.noblogs.org/
  2. Another End of the World is Possible: an in depth guide that provides information of examples of resistance against extractive infrastructure.
  3. Weak Points of Canada’s Resource Extraction: a site that talks about natural infrastructure bottlenecks and opportunities
    https://mtlcounterinfo.org/weak-points-of-canadas-resource-exploitation-economy/

The alternative to simply not trying (different than ability) is complicity. Many of us enjoy our lives and the privileges within them be it travel, advancing careers, going to class, or leisure time.

This is not a guilt-inducing argument for you to “give it all up for the rev” – it’s an argument for you to prioritize and treat this struggle as you do the other things in your life; jobs, careers, classes, socialization, adventures, and travel. It’s an argument to take this seriously because it is serious and we need to take ourselves seriously; this is people’s actual lives and cultures at risk. This is Indigenous sovereignty and healing. In those this struggle is anti-colonial. And it is also anti-capitalist and anti-state where there’s room for many people taking many actions.

Consider this a call to action.

Consider it a timely encouragement to start building networks and momentum capable of adaptation, risk-taking, and energy capture.

Get together with your crews and start talking:

What are the things that allow you each to take risk? How can you build them and put them in place? How can we incorporate more energy and capacity in our actions without compromising security? What security practises and cultures do we want to make sure are in place as we proceed? What has worked well – here or elsewhere? If elsewhere, can it appropriately translate here?

What is the state? What is it comprised of – physically and symbolically? What are the weak points –they exist! What are the other components and players in this struggle? If capital is driving the project, how do we inhibit either capital itself, or profit?

Sleep tight friends, and dream big. Another end is possible.

All Eyes on Wet’suwet’en: International Call for Week of Solidarity!

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Jan 052020
 

From Unist’ot’en Camp

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TUES JAN 7, 2020 (anniversary of RCMP-CGL raid) until SUN JAN 12, 2020

We call for solidarity actions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities who uphold Indigenous sovereignty and recognize the urgency of stopping resource extraction projects that threaten the lives of future generations.

Unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en land is under attack. On December 31, 2019, BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting our traditional territories from the destruction of multiple pipelines, including Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline. Hereditary Chiefs of all five Wet’suwet’en clans have rejected Church’s decision, which criminalizes Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law), and have issued and enforced an eviction of CGL’s workers from the territory.  The last CGL contractor was escorted out by Wet’suwet’en Chiefs on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

We watched communities across Canada and worldwide rise up with us in January 2019 when the RCMP violently raided our territories and criminalized us for upholding our responsibilities towards our land. Our strength to act today comes from the knowledge that our allies across Canada and around the world will again rise up with us, as they did for Oka, Gustafsen Lake, and Elsipogtog, shutting down rail lines, ports, and industrial infrastructure and pressuring elected government officials to abide by UNDRIP. The state needs to stop violently supporting those members of the 1% who are stealing our resources and condemning our children to a world rendered uninhabitable by climate change.

Light your sacred fires and come to our aid as the RCMP prepares again to enact colonial violence against Wet’suwet’en people.

We ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the laws of the Indigenous nation(s) of that land.

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