Dear Friends and Supporters,
It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an escalation point. Chevron has set up a base in Houston in order to do work on the secton of Pacific Trails Pipeline that crosses our traditional territory.
In recent days a low-flying helicopter has flown over the camp several times following a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP pipeline. We were also visited by the head of the RCMP detachment who clearly stated to Freda that they intend to “ensure the work crews can do their work safely.”
Our supporters maintaining an Unist’ot’en check point on Chisolm Rd were also visited and threatened by the police. In both cases, the officers asserted that we could be arrested for blocking a “public road”.
It is clear by the timing of these recent police actions that they are working in tandem with the pipeline companies.
We have made it clear to the police and industry that we are not blockading the road. We are establishing check-points on the boundaries of our unceded Unist’ot’en territories. People and companies who gain our consent are allowed to enter.
Many of you have visited our yintah (territory) and have experienced first-hand our critical infrastructure of water, salmon, berries and medicines. We are determined to protect this land for future generations, and in the process do our bit to shut down the toxic fossil fuel infrastructure that threatens all forms of living life on this planet.
At this time we would like to ask our supporters for the following things:
1) If you have been to our camp before and/or if you feel comfortable to put your self on the front-line to stand with us against Chevron, you can register here: http://www.jotform.ca/unistoten/actioncamp
2) If you are unable to assist in person but would like to send financial support to help us with equipment and operational costs, donations can be sent by email transfer to email@example.com
Or if you would like to donate online you could contribute to the Healing Centre fundraiser: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/axsMd/ab/24dGu0
Cheques can be made out to “Tse Wedi Elth”, 620 CN Station Rd, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N1.
3) You could organize solidarity actions where you live, either against Chevron directly or one of their investors.
Sne Kal Yah!
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a secret EU/US trade agreement that “puts the right to profit above all other rights,” in the words of one MEP.
Like its cousin, the Trans Pacific Partnership, TTIP is being negotiated by trade officials and industry reps, without any oversight from elected legislators and without any participation by citizens’ groups, environmental groups, or labor groups. And like TPP, it is expected to arrive with Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions that lets offshore corporations sue your government to overturn the democratically enacted environmental, labor and safety laws that undermine their profitability.
At a pro-TTIP congress where the Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister was promoting the treaty, a flashmob of attendees stood up singly and then in bunches, singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” a rousing revolutionary song from Les Miserables, as the moderator sputtered with comic ineffectualness into the microphone. It’s a hell of a video.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, well, so what? It’s not like interrupting this one meeting will stop TTIP from grinding on.
You’re right. This won’t stop it.
The reason TTIP and TPP are steamrolling on is that, like all the most dangerous evils in the world, they are profoundly boring. It is virtually impossible to get anyone out there interested in them, and so there’s virtually no discussion of them, even though they will affect every bit of your life and your kids’ lives, in ways large and small, ranging from whether the water in your tap comes out literally on fire to whether you’re entitled to compensation when your employer’s negligence maims you for life.
Dullness is a huge fitness factor for bad stuff. And what these brave, singing people have done is make TTIP slightly less dull. They have created a video that you can show to your friends, which is intrinsically interesting, if only because it’s not every day you see high-level business meetings get disrupted by flashmobs with showtunes. And once you’ve got your friends watching this video, you can tell them about TTIP.
These folks have not ended TTIP. That’s up to us. They’ve given us one of the tools to do it.
The ultimate goal of our Whaler Watching campaign is to put an end to the commercial whale hunt in Iceland. It is our firm belief that this cannot be achieved without the help and support of the Icelandic public. Ideally, change will come from within Iceland. The support that we received from many locals for our peaceful protest in 2014 has shown that it is not only foreign governments and animal welfare groups who oppose Iceland’s commercial whale hunt, but that in fact many Icelanders are either critical of or outright opposed to the industrial killing of whales. By connecting with local communities, we want to encourage and support those who share the wish to speak up against this killing and to advocate for a respectful treatment of marine wildlife in Iceland. Many Icelanders do care about the plight of these animals, and we look forward to building strong alliances with people who want to become active and help us put pressure on the government and the whaling industry.
As an organization dedicated to the protection of some of nature’s most vulnerable creatures, we intend to build on the victories that other organizations have scored in recent years in the fight against commercial whaling. With our Whaler Watching Campaign we are following what we believe is the most promising approach to ending the commercial whale hunt. At the same time we at Hard to Port believe that there is strength not only in numbers but also in diversity, and that a plurality of campaigns and tactics will increase the movement’s impact. We therefore want to express our full support for and solidarity with any person or organization who actively opposes this annual carnage of marine wildlife. We are happy to contribute our expertise and manpower to the realization of the common goal of protecting these amazing animals.
Less than eight months ago, a small but determined group of people wrote the words “No New Animal Lab” in black paint across a flannel bed sheet. Although they were preparing late into the night, the full impact of their efforts would last well beyond…
The following morning the Board of Regents of the University of Washington prepared to approve the construction of the Animal Research and Care Facility (ARCF). This move came after a lawsuit against the Regents for hosting private dinner meetings in violation of Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act. It was under this shroud of secrecy that the Regents developed and approved the ARCF contract with Skanska USA. As a hollow gesture towards accountability and transparency, UW decided to produce this spurious re-vote to skirt public criticism. As the Regents prepared to review and approve project construction, the group unfurled the ad hoc banner and began a disruption.
That day marked the beginnings of the No New Animal Lab campaign. In a little over half a year, it has made a transformation from that first small disruption into a high-profile campaign that spans over a dozen cities, multiple countries, and two continents, employing a diversity of tactics–letter writing, petitions, public comment, office protests, office disruptions, home protests, mass demonstrations, and direct action. The campaign’s dynamic tactics, expanding momentum, accumulating pressure, and radical foundations have aroused the animal liberation movement.
Now with the arrival of summer, UW and Skanska leadership likely hope that they have weathered the storm. They could not be more wrong. No New Animal Lab is launching two big pushes in order to escalate pressure even further.
The first is the No New Animal Lab Tour. We will take this campaign around the US with two goals in mind–to stop the lab and to build a movement. We want to distribute the pressure model, build a network, and foster organizational skills and resources. Please watch for further details as we announce them.
Following the tour, please join us for the 2nd March on the University of Washington on Friday, October 2nd. UW will be in its first week of Fall Term, students and faculty will be returning, and freshman will be starting anew. University administration would like the new academic year to kick off without a hitch, and they celebrate this homecoming with their annual Dawg Daze week of events. Public pressure will follow them well into the new year. There is no turning back. The 2nd March on the University of Washington will make that abundantly clear.
On April 25th we had 500 people in the streets showing mass public advocacy for animals and opposition to UW and Skanska’s plans. On October 2nd, we want to increase those numbers, increase the pressure, and employ mass action to stop this lab. There is no distance that is too far to travel. Take off work. Skip class. Join us in Seattle. We will show solidarity. We will stop this lab. Where will you be?
Imagine a society in which animals are no longer exploited for human use. Where the rights and needs of animals are respected and taken into consideration. And where our relationship with them is one based on compassion and understanding instead of domination.
The End of Meat is a feature documentary that explores the idea of a post-meat world. It will include interviews with philosophers, scientists, artists and activists who offer their insight and progressive ideas about the role of animals in our society. Watch and learn how you can help make this film a reality