Occupy Denver has been continually inspired by the nonviolent direct action campaigns against Transcanada’s toxic Keystone XL Pipeline carried out in Texas and Oklahoma by the Tar Sands Blockade & Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance. Some of us have had the chance to visit the blockades in person, and participants in Occupy Denver have engaged in civil disobedience to stop the pipeline in its tracks.
Occupy Denver calls on all occupiers & occupy networks to attend and support the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance training camp in Oklahoma from March 18-22. If you cannot attend the action camp, you can attend or organize a solidarity action targeting tar sands investors in your own community. If there are no investors close to you, take action against other harmful energy extraction methods such as fracking. While the Keystone XL pipeline does not come through Colorado, fracking for natural gas has already decimated Colorado’s ecology and the fracking industry here has imposed political dominance over the direct welfare of our citizens. Natural gas from fracking is a necessary ingredient in the toxic tar sands extraction process; and direct action against both tar sands AND fracking are crucial elements of the emerging extraction resistance movement. All of our struggles are connected.
Sign up for the GPTSR Direct Action Training Camp here.
Find a local tar sands investor to host your direct action here.
More detailed information on tar sands and fracking profiteer/eco-terrorists here.
You can donate to Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance here to help them bring indigenous organizers & participants to the camp, as well as to secure bail funds for direct actions.
Information about the camp from Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance:
“A coalition of Great Plains residents against the Tar Sands is excited to announce a training camp in March, this time in Oklahoma. Long a stronghold of the oil empire we must ignite a fire of resistance in the belly of the beast. See you there!
Please, begin to make your travel arrangements today for the Ponca City, Oklahoma area and we’ll be contacting you with more details soon. $0-50 sliding scale donation Food, climbing gear, camping gear and other in kind donations are well appreciated.
Sunday, March 17th – Travel & Arrival
Monday March 18th-Thursday March 21st – Training Camp
Friday, March 22nd – Debrief and Cleanup
Come prepared to camp out. Bring warm clothing and sleeping bags/blankets and tents. Meals will be provided. This camp will be a drug and alcohol free environment. Questions? In the meantime if you have any questions about travel or details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we have the power to stop this toxic tar sands pipeline!”
Occupy Denver also stands in solidarity with the following groups engaging in related struggles:
-Red Lakes Blockade, an ongoing blockade carried out by members of the indigenous Red Lake nation against an Enbridge tar sands pipeline illegally built on their tribal lands. #RLBlockade
-Protect the Sacred, a group of indigenous nations that signed a treaty committing to halting the Keystone XL project.
-Stop the Tennessee Pipeline, an awesome group in Pennsylvania that has been using civil disobedience to halt construction on a fracking natural gas pipeline being built there. #NoTGP
-The Poudre Canyon Sierra Club Group in Fort Collins, CO, who are engaged in a power struggle to get the national Sierra Club organization to demand a nationwide ban on fracking:
Idle No More, both here in Denver and Internationally
Across the country and across the world, let’s SHOW the toxic extraction industry that we will no longer sit idly by as they poison our communities and our planet.