climate catastrophe draws near, we are impressed and encouraged by
the movement that Extinction Rebellion is building. This mobilisation
has reinvigorated environmental activism at a time when we most need
it. XR has been bold in its aims when much of the established
movement has been cynical, and has managed to tap into a broader
sense of alarm over environmental degradation, and mobilised many
people not previously involved. XR has grown at a speed that many
people would have thought impossible before we saw it happen. XR has
also been far more radical in this broad appeal than many people
would have thought, pursuing a strategy built around both local
direct action while maintaining an international orientation. We
cannot overstate the overwhelmingly positive effect that XR is having
on environmental politics.
of us already involved in various radical and green movements have
been attending XR meetings and actions…
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Police car burns on the Akwesasne Mohawk territory, Feb. 22, 2019.
by Alan S. Hale, Standard Freeholder, February 23, 2019
AWKESASNE — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is pleading for calm after a protest in front of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service headquarters became violent on Friday night, resulting in a police SUV to be stolen by protesters and burned on an international ice bridge that connects different portions of the community.
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A brief summary of some recent actions in Coast Salish Territories on Southern Vancouver Island, in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders under attack in northern BC by the RCMP and Coastal Gaslink pipeline:
January 8, Victoria — Hundreds of people blocked Belleville Street in front of the BC Legislature before marching to Finance Minister/Local MLA Carole James’ constituency office on Fort Street. Victoria Police barricaded the entrance to prevent marchers from entering the office. According to a report, at least one person entered the office prior to the march and locked himself to office equipment, causing the office to be shut down completely for at least a few hours.
January 16, Langford — A wildcat street march shut down traffic and various major intersections as it wended its way from the Millstream shopping area to NDP Premier John Horgan’s office, with a convenient stop at the Westshore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue. The RCMP admitted to several local media outlets that their operations were disrupted by the march, which blocked an entrance to the detachment with the aid of three electric vehicles.
January 21, Sooke — According to local media, a solidarity rally was scheduled for the Sooke Town Centre Kiosk, 6660 Sooke Road on Monday, Jan. 21 between 4pm and 5pm.
January 30, Victoria — A $250 per plate BC NDP fundraiser dinner was disrupted at Heron Rock Bistro on Simcoe Street. Finance Minister/Local MLA Carole James and her assistant attempted to flee the restaurant, at the first sight of a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous protesters. James and her assistant were chased down the street, and confronted for their hypocrisy and complicity in the colonial fracking pipeline project. While many of the moneybags and big-wigs had to abandon their own fundraiser due to the disruption, leaflets were distributed throughout the restaurant to those who remained. Banners and signs included slogans such as “NDP: Frack Off!”. Handfuls of leaflets were tossed in the air within the restaurant and through its entrance, and anti-pipeline, anti-NDP anarchist graffiti was visible directly outside the venue.
February 4, Victoria — In response to a call from Unist’ot’en for occupations of politicans’ offices starting on Jan. 31, dozens of local residents turned up and blocked traffic at NDP Finance Minister Carole James’ office on Fort Street, and NDP Education Minister Rob Fleming’s office on Hillside Avenue. These particular actions were not publicly announced, yet both offices were preemptively locked during their normal opening hours. This may indicate that the government’s constituency offices (often branded as “community offices”) are being disrupted on an ongoing basis — under threat of occupation — and perhaps even shut down for indefinite periods of time defensively, as has been reported about the frequently besieged and occupied office of Nelson MLA/NDP Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall.
Huge shout outs to these nearby actions!
For more information on this ongoing struggle:
RCMP officers look on as contractors pass through their roadblock as supporters of the Unist’ot’en camp and Wet’suwet’en First Nation gather at a camp fire off a logging road near Houston, B.C., on Jan. 9. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Company blames shutdown on hunters accessing animal traps within work boundaries
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