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Line 3 Direct Action stops Tar Pipeline in Minnesota Victory

Direct Action in Minnesota as Line 3 Pipeline Approval Reversed
By Lorenzo Serna,  at Unicorn Riot   shared with thanks
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Resist Line 3 @ResistLine3

Application for permit from Great River Energy to build a transition line to power @Enbridge Line 3 pump station. Work on this site has been shut down for over 4 hours!

See Resist Line 3’s other Tweets

The language in the permits states that the the power lines are for Enbridge’s proposed project that’s part of a replacement project.

“115 kilovolt transmission line that is needed to provide electric power to a new petroleum pump station being proposed by Enbridge Energy. The Enbridge pump station is part of a pipeline replacement project.“

That proposed pump-station is intended to be attached to the new tar sands Line 3 pipeline that as of Monday morning is no longer approved in Minnesota.

While water protectors took action to shut down Line 3 construction, the paper war continued in the state as the Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed with a coalition of tribes, indigenous rights groups and environmental groups with an opinion which stated,

“We agree that the FEIS [Final Environmental Impact Statement] is inadequate because it does not address the potential impact of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed. Accordingly, we reverse the commission’s adequacy determination and remand for further proceedings consistent with this decision.“

Enbridge stated their disappointment in a post on their website but also pointed out that the court had sided with them on eight of the nine disputes. Enbridge ended their response post by saying,

“We are in the process of a detailed analysis of the court’s decision and will consult with the MPUC and other state agencies about next steps.“

The courts decision wouldn’t  have stopped the construction the three water protectors took direct action to stop.

A press release from the Ginew collective which describes itself as a, “a grassroots, frontlines effort led by indigenous women to protect Anishinaabe territory from the destruction of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands project,” gave statements on why the three water protectors took action.

Frances Weatherall stated,

“Enbridge pretends to follow the process while it is busy bulldozing through our forests and wetlands,”

Frances’ sister, Mollie Weatherall, locked to same machine said,

“This is a years-long plan to send more dirty tar sands through Minnesota, don’t be fooled into thinking they won’t destroy as much as they can while they wait for their final state permits,”

Jonas, the third person who took direct action stated,

“This is a step towards decolonization, Enbridge is carving up the planet and our government doesn’t care. Today it’s my turn to put my body between the planet I want to protect and the attacks against our water, our climate, and Native sovereignty.”

The water protectors who shut down the construction site prepping ground were arrested and released from jail June 4, 2019. A bail fund was organized to support the water protectors with legal fees.

Northfield Against Line 3

about 2 weeks ago

They’re free!! These are the three water protectors who stood up for the planet yesterday by locking themselves to machinery to stop its operation in building line 3. We are so thankful that they are out of jail and back with their friends and comrades. However they still will have legal and court costs in the coming weeks. Please donate to their legal support fund here paypal.me/nfldal3 .

To support more actions like this to stop the black snake Line 3, donate to https://bit.ly/stoppipeline3

https://www.facebook.com/StopLine3 for video/info

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The Ginew collective’s statement also pointed out that this ongoing construction continues despite Enbridge not having water crossing permits,

“Minnesota has not issued the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) or DNR permits required for Line 3 construction across wetlands or water crossings. Minnesota announced the 401 water quality certification process will not be complete until fall 2019.“

These actions and decisions are just the latest in a ongoing resistance in Minnesota against Enbridge’s tar sands oil project. This latest direct action, comes on the heels of years of multifaceted resistance in court rooms and in the forests of Minnesota to #StopLine3.

By Lorenzo Serna,  at Unicorn Riot

Unicorn Riot’s Line 3 Oil Pipeline Coverage:

German Boat Captain Faces 20 Years in Prison For Saving Refugees

By Eoin Higgins / Common Dreams

A German boat captain faces a long and costly trial in Italy for charges targeting her humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees.

Captain Pia Klemp, 35, told Basler Zeitung on June 7 that her upcoming trial in Italy for years of efforts with the civilian lifeboat “Iuventa” that saved at least 1,000 lives will take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Klemp faces up to 20 years in prison, but, she said, whether or not she ends up in jail—she would challenge any conviction in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France if necessary—the damage has been done.

“The worst has already come to pass,” said Klemp. “Sea rescue missions have been criminalized.”

Along with helping refugees, Klemp works with ocean conservation group Sea Watch.

The Italian charges against Klemp come as part of an anti-immigration crackdown by far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who ran on imposing harsh penalties on refugees.

“Italy’s fascists are using this case as a showcase to deter others from aiding migrants,” journalist Rula Jebreal said on Twitter. “They would prefer to let people drown in the Mediterranean.”  /continues below


Facebook blocks sharing of this Post

Today 15th June Facebook has blocked me for a day for trying to share this post to various solidarity groups. I have sent them the following complaint: ”This woman faces 20 years jail for SAVING THE LIVES of desperate refugees. ”Klemp would have been in violation of the U.N. Law of the Sea (pdf) if she didn’t help migrants, pointed out Twitter user lifelearner47”… I am publicizing a PETITION to drop the illegal and inhuman charges. Now YOU at Facebook are blocking me and so cutting the number of complaints against a clear breach of the Law of The Sea. This makes you FACEBOOK an accessory to mass murder. Really! Think again please”.


Klemp is banned from sailing along the Italian coast due to her activism in favor of refugees. In her comments to Basler Zeitung, Klemp addressed the notion that sea rescues like the ones she did are in any way motivating for refugees to come to Europe.

“People come because unfortunately there are so many reasons for flight,” said Klemp. “And they come over the Mediterranean, because there are no legal entry routes.”

Commentators on social media noted that Klemp’s actions in the Mediterranean were in keeping with the U.N.’s policies on rescues at sea and the humanitarian duties of a ship captain.

Klemp would have been in violation of the U.N. Law of the Sea (pdf) if she didn’t help migrants, pointed out Twitter user lifelearner47.

Klemp agreed.

“We have only followed international law, especially the law of the sea, where the highest priority is to save people from distress,” she told Basler Zeitung. 

Her activism was put into historical context by Peter Scott Smith, son of famed World War II vet Harry Leslie Smith.

“In another era, Pia Klemp would have saved Jews from extermination,” tweeted Smith. “That she faces 20 years in jail in 2019 for saving refugees lost at sea, indicts the EU for hypocrisy and abetting crimes against humanity for allowing Italy to conduct a show trial.”

A petition on Change.org calling for the charges to be dropped has already received over 77,000 signatures.

Klemp told Basler Zeitung that she hopes the trial is over quickly—the captain has been working full time on the case.

“The sea is the most beautiful place for me,” said Klemp.

“Every sunset is great, if you accompany dolphins or the water looks like it’s cooking because you accidentally picked up a tuna swarm,” she added. “Just that way of being away from the sound, from the many, from everything.”

OMG No! The Fucking Brits Are Really Going To Do It

DESPITE all available facts which should act as a deterrent, the fucking Brits are really entering into the finals stages of creating such a morally bankrupt society that Boris Johnson can waltz into the position of prime minister.
Johnson, who has dedicated his life to only providing proof of his insidious ineptitude, finds himself topping the votes in the first round of Tory leadership voting, even though his two brain cells lost touch a long time ago and refuse to speak to each other.
While Britons look to pin the blame on the members of the Tory party, it has been pointed out that Johnson was the directly elected Mayor of
London, twice, and elected as an MP, so no one is getting out of here without acknowledging their culpability.“Don’t overestimate us, we voted for Brexit,” confirmed one fed up Briton.
Britain, not blessed with political leaders of substance for some time, have failed to come together and plot a way to keep the serial liar from the highest political offices.

Even with myriad scandals and actions which serve as a constant source of national embarrassment for Britain, Johnson still has 3 years left to run on his ‘well, it’s okay ‘cus he’s a funny kind of posh’ card which covers him for acts of racism, corruption, classism and naked self advancement.

The fact that his rivals for Tory readership include that creepy uncle your family doesn’t talk about anymore, a looped video of car crashing into a wall, a wolf who keeps saying ‘I’m going to eat you’, cocaine and a particularly strong strain of Gonorrhea, is seen as no excuse for still being in this position.

Comments *at original post HERE ( 6)

Conrad Brunstrom

Yup. But where’s the satire?
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Bill Bowlin

WTG, Brits! You have a Trump. If left untreated, it will grow and fester. before you can say, “Wait. What?”, there will be a cancer across the land. Take it from me. You should excise that tumor now, before it becomes malignant.
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Kenny Cooper

Great news for WWN. This should be comedy gold!!
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Boris Johnson. Heir to the British Ruling Caste

Tim Griffin

A serious news piece from WWN. WTF.
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Les Lawrence

Not my choice but then I am not in the Tory party. Trouble is the Tory’s will probably think he is the best chance of them getting in at the next general election. The Brexit brigade love him. But then does that split the vote between Farage and Boris and thus let Corbyn in? It’s like choosing to be buggered by the broom or the mop.
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Graeme Duckworth

Sorry we’re so shit …
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From WWN, shared with thanks, illustrations added . 7k shares

Greek Anarchist Prisoner Escapes .. Giannis is Free!

Giannis Michailidis, one of the Greek Anarchist Prisoners Escapes from Prison

 Giannis Michalidis “the archer of Syntagma”escaped from prison in Tyrintha on June 7th.   Grecia: L’anarchico Giannis Michailidis è evaso dal carcere di Tyrintha

The anarchist prisoner Giannis Michailidis [sometimes the name is reported as Yannis and the surname as Mihailidis] escaped a few days ago from the so-called rural prison of Tyrintha (Tiryns), in thr Peloponnese.

Jeremy Hammond: Anarchist Hero sends Message from Prison

June 11th 2019 statement

A special message from anarchist prisoner Jeremy Hammond

A raised fist to you all this June 11th! May this letter find you in revolutionary health and spirits. Although I am unable to be with you physically on this occasion due to being held in captivity by the BOP, I still feel connected with you on this day of solidarity. It was nice to run the 5K with you a few days ago for Running Down The Walls. I also sent out a few dozen origami models decorated with June 11th anarchist tattoos; you should be receiving those shortly.

Big ups to the other anarchist comrades behind bars. We have been through a lot of trials and tribulations over the years: harassment from abusive guards, solitary confinement, diesel therapy, the mind-numbing frustrations from battling the brutal bureaucracy for so many years. Never have we been alone, however. Continue reading “Jeremy Hammond: Anarchist Hero sends Message from Prison”

Carribean climate chaos, dead zones, plastic dumps, coral collapse, predatory Capitalism ..

”World Oceans Day also offered us an opportunity to showcase new and emerging opportunities e.g. wave and tidal energy potential, international telecommunication (through submarine cables) and for making the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources an integral part of our development agenda and in so doing ensuring that measures are put in place to safeguard this resource for future generations.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day? To remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. To inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean.  .. To develop a worldwide movement of citizens, towards the Ocean. …To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the Ocean” …..

STOP Predator Capitalism Destroying the Carribean

Christopher Corbin interviews CARICOM’s Secretary for CARICOM Today.   …Mr. Corbin: What are some critical issues that the Region needs to address ?

  1. 1.POLLUTION: We must prevent, reduce and control the level of pollution entering the Caribbean Sea from both land and marine based sources. These include pollution from untreated sewage, from garbage which eventually ends up as marine litter, from agrochemical run-off – pesticides and fertilisers, from the run-off of soil from poor land-use practices and from maritime transportation including oil spills and discharge of ballast water. Continue reading “Carribean climate chaos, dead zones, plastic dumps, coral collapse, predatory Capitalism ..”

Call for Solidarity with General Strike after Massacre of Sudan Uprising

A call for solidarity with activists in Sudan from the Black Autonomy Network.

Originally published by Black Autonomy Network.

Since the middle of December last year there has been an ongoing revolt in Sudan. This outbreak of rebellion a continuation of earlier struggles against the regime of Omar al-Bashir. In April, escalating protests led to a round the clock sit in occupation of the Military HQ demanding the fall of the regime.

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Sudanese protesters mock al-Hadath TV’s coverage with fake cameras and joke interviews (MEE/Kaamil Ahmed)

The military – under the pretext of siding with the revolutionaries – used this unrest to stage a coup and oust al-Bashir and install themselves as the Transitional Military Council(TMC), many of the people on this council had ties to the old regime and to the notorious Janjaweed – an Arab ethno-nationalist militia (re-branded under al-Bashir as the Rapid Support Forces or RSF) involved in war crimes and genocide in Darfur.


  Update.. Support General Strike

Many shops and businesses in Khartoum were closed on the second day Monday of the general strike and civil disobedience campaign, aimed at putting pressure on TMC to relinquish power. Opposition and protest groups called for the campaign after security forces stormed the protest camp on June 3, killing scores of people and dealing a blow to hopes of a peaceful transition. The US is supporting the military via its Saudi and UAE proxies. Several protest leaders have been deported and more protestors murdered. Sudan uprising: updates from Al Jazeera English


The TMC tried to negotiate with the movement to form a government, but the people of Sudan saw this for what it was, and while negotiations were ongoing people were determined to hold the sit in. Negotiations broke down as the movement demanded a full civilian government and  Saudi Arabia, the UAE – regional powers who contributed to the counter-revolution to the Arab Spring – and Egypt pledged political and economic support to the military council (of over $3 billion) as they pushed to hold onto power.

  Janjaweed.. the notorious militia were set loose on the protestors

The TMC began to criminalize the protests and declared the sit-in a “security threat”. Only days after the declaration the RSF attacked and cleared out the sit in with live ammo and burned down the tents at the sit in while the army watched. The RSF continued on a rampage all over Khartoum with a confirmed count of over 100 dead and 650 wounded.

More pictures of barricades built yet the RSF patrolling through them on the streets of Khartoum. Exact location/time unknown, but taken today and been circulated around. @BSonblast @YousraElbagir @daloya@AJEnglish @ReutersAfrica #SudanUprising#Google_Open_Internet_For_Sudan pic.twitter.com/VPgDAi1Cry

— Anavi mxb (@ana_fi_anavi) June 4, 2019

The RSF occupation of Khartoum is still ongoing and the TMC has had the internet shut off for over 72 hours making reports of what’s going on hard to come by, but calls have come from the movement for “total civil disobedience” and there is sporadic video and text of people resisting all over Sudan.

“current situation:

– resistance activities at peak, w/ most roads barricaded
– intermittent sound of gunfire heard across neighborhoods
– call to prayer made in most neighborhoods; in some, RSF prevented ppl from attending, in others people insisted on fasting”#SudanUprisinghttps://t.co/Jg7BChIbHw

— Munchkin (@BSonblast) June 4, 2019

Why Does This Matter

Let’s be clear, what’s at stake is the spreading of a rebellious energy across the Middle East and the African Continent that threatens the political order. That’s why regional powers and allies of the US – Saudi Arabia and the UAE – have supported the TMC and their repression of Sudanese rebels.

We find ourselves in a moment of international right wing reaction with fascistic, white supremacist, and other authoritarian movements and states seizing or consolidating power all around the world. Our enemies have spent many years networking and building internationally, capitalizing on both human and environmental crisis, but these crises don’t have a single road out that leads to authoritarian power that we try desperately to react to. These moments also give us opportunity to link and build power with others, who may or may not be or call themselves anarchists but who share the anarchic spirit for total freedom.

We think it is no accident that the height of the anarchist movement – to what ever degree we identify with that history – was precisely when it was an internationalistmovement. Just as capitalism and state power are global – and generate global crisis – so too must the fight against it be.

Call for Anarchist Solidarity

We are calling for immediate acts of solidarity with rebels in Sudan (and against the Sudanese & Saudi state) – whether that’s banner drops, graffiti and wheat-pasting, informational tabling, rowdy marches & demos, fundraisers to help Sudanese doctors get medical supplies, or other creative acts of intervention that make sense in your context.

Sudanese protesters burn tyres as they block Nile Street for the second consecutive day during continuing protests in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on 13 May 2019 (AFP)

Sudanese protesters burn tyres as they block Nile Street for the second consecutive day during continuing protests in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on 13 May 2019 (AFP)

While this call is for immediate reaction we should be taking time to look at our local terrain to find private or state run entities with economic ties to the Sudanese or Saudi state and act against them to move our solidarity from what is most likely symbolic actions to show the people of Sudan they are not alone to a combative solidarity that impedes the smooth functioning of the TMC, the states that support and supply it, and the logistical flows of the supplies used to repress the uprising.

Solidarity is never a one off action, but a constant process of building relationships with other anarchists and movements for liberation, of examining, acting, and learning to build a materially effective practice of attack. International solidarity is key because Capital, it’s defenders, and it’s reaction fights globally and so should we.

Against Authoritarianism Anywhere

For Total Freedom Everywhere

Additional Resources on the Uprising

A Siege, Then a Storm: How Sudan’s Sit-In Was Cleared 

Revolutionaries Call for Total Civil Disobedience After Massacre by Military in Sudan

Sudan Sit-In: How Protesters Picked a Spot and Made It Theirs 

Algeria, Sudan, and the Arab Spring

On Shared Struggles: From Sudan to the Gilets Jaunes to #MeToo

Sudan: Revolution Til The End

Women Led Protests Are Shaking Up Sudan