Last November Lizzie Alvarado, Ben Reynoso and Julie Henry launched a short lived tree sit to blockade the Keystone XL pipeline being built through Texas. The local constabulary removed them from the trees using a cherry picker, after pepper spraying supporters on the ground to disperse them, and they are now being charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, felony mischief, and felony use of a criminal instrument. A quick description of the action:
Today[November 19, 2012], four people locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route. They were joined by several others forming a human chain to block the movement of heavy machinery onsite, while more than 30 people walked onto the same construction site to halt work early this morning. Meanwhile, three others launched a new tree blockade at a crossing of the Angelina River, suspending themselves from 50 foot pine trees with life lines anchored to heavy machinery, effectively blocking the entirety of Keystone XL’s path. Today’s Day of Action is in solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.These brave protesters in Texas need our help! Their legal fund is seeking donations to help with the fines from the misdemeanor trespassing charge. They don't know exactly what the fines will be but any additional money they take in will be used for the legal funds of the other protesters arrested that day.
Ultimately, they are facing the potential of years in jail with all of these charges for an act of civil disobedience. So let's help them out so we can get back to stopping the pipeline.
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