Elgin Illinois Water Protector Fund

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Raised by 22 people in 19 months
Water Protectors Preparing for the Worst Hoping for the Best

The Elgin, Illinois Water Protector Fund has been helping out the Water Protectors for a couple of years now.  We are now working with Camps A Rising (campsarising.org) and still accepting donations of all types as well as monetary donations too.   The monetary donations go directly to the Water Protectors and the pipeline resistance camps.

We are now preparing for the worst but hoping for the best with regards to the Line 3 project that runs through and feeds pipelines through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, with additional flow all the way to Texas where probably at least half of the oil is sold to foreign markets. 

Camp Makwa and Camp Turtle Island are our best hopes currently that are standing in opposition to Line 3.  They will stand their ground with our help and fight this pipeline until the very end, until the "black snake" is dead.  They still need supplies and money and reinforcements and we will continue to support.

Update: Mike Barr has just recently procured a large-sized trailer for Camps A Rising and donated thousands of dollars of his own camp equipment to the camps!  You can view a video of this on Facebook here:  https://m.facebook.com/groups/249048095557017?tsid=0.2793732339663011&source=result
I would love to reimburse him and continue to support him in his new job at Camps A Rising helping Water Protectors and camps that are specifically intended to stop the ridiculous, unnecessary, and extremely harmful fossil fuel infrastructure that we should have stopped a long time ago!

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As most of us know by know by now, the American Indians have joined together at Standing Rock and are putting up a tremendous fight against the anachronistic fossil fuel empire, the likes of which are unparalleled by any environmentalist efforts in the near present term.  Indigenous People, Justice Activists, Environmentalists, and Veterans have joined forces and together we represent one of the last hopes for humanity in the face of the threat of eventual complete obliteration of our water supply (if all of these pipeline projects are not stopped) and the continued blanket of carbon in our atmosphere leading to droughts, rising sea levels, famine, climate refugees, and global catastrophe (if all of these pipeline projects are not resisted against).

Mike Barr of Rockford, Illinois led a group of pipeline fighters from Illinois to North Dakota in December and successfully setup a tent in the Oceti Sakowin camp in which Water Protectors are living and continuing the fight.  However because Spring is approaching when a known flood will occur, and because of mounting threats from law enforcement, we need a return trip to help clean up camp and move some of the tents in the camp to higher ground to get everything possible out of the impending flood and to help with cleanup and relocation activities.  To aid Mike and his Environmentalist and Veteran friends in this effort, and for future pipeline fighting efforts, I have setup a fund and donation site in Elgin, Illinois for people to contribute money to cover costs of gasoline, firewood, propane, food, and other emergency supplies for the camps of pipeline fighters.  I am hoping that Illinois can join together and contribute to this extremely important cause.  Mike and additional Veterans and possibly Environmentalists as well from the area will also be travelling up there soon.  On their way there, they will stop in Elgin and pick up all accumulated supplies and money from me to bring to Standing Rock and help directly with this cause and those from Illinois who are helping.  This fund will continue for as long as the fight at Standing Rock continues and also for other pipeline fights that may come up in the future.  All of the funds contributed will go directly towards fighting anachronistic oil pipelines.

The powers that be must be made aware that we are serious about protecting the environment, our water supply, and the transition away from fossil fuels.  Until the powers that be who control the media and the laws seriously takes this on, we will be faced with indifferent, irresponsible capitalists who will continue to destroy our future for the sake of their short-term lifestyle, and the people will never be able to pull themselves out of fossil fuel dependence, and the very water that we depend on to live will become a scarcity and our lives will be ruined forever.  We must stop this from happening by standing with our Indigenous, Environmental, and Veteran brothers and sisters.  That is why I am asking you to contribute to our fund, when you can.  If you cannot contribute on-line, then please contact me (Paul Berland) to arrange for an in-person pick-up or drop-off of donations.
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Update: Mike Barr, a true Water Protector in Illinois, has just managed to procure a big trailer for Camps A Rising and also donated thousands of dollars of camp equipment! You can view a video of this on Facebook here:


We will continue to support Mike Barr's efforts, Camps A Rising's efforts, and the efforts of all the courageous Water Protectors that we can! I would especially love to reimburse Mike Barr for the many selfless contributions he has made and to continue to support his efforts!
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Hello All Clean Energy, Brighter Future People!

We are now officially working with Camps A Rising (campsarising.org) and still supporting the pipeline resistance camps and the pipeline resistance efforts.

Our hopes are still with Camp Makwa and Camp Turtle Island that they will continue to stand up to the colossal fossil fool "black snake" Enbridge.

I have updated my "go fund me" page and will be sending out an "e-mail blast" soon.

Thanks for your support so far!
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Hello! I give thanks to the many friendly people who make the world go around! I have been able to use some of the more recent funds as well as some of my own money to help out from time to time on an emergency basis for some of the Camp Makwa and Camp Turtle Island relatives who are taking their brave stand. I will continue to be a resource that will be available to give funds to these great resistance camps!
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More Camp Mawka and Camp Turtle Island Funds and Supplies on Their Way

Today, January 4, 2018, I gave to Mike Barr the next round of donations including gloves and scarves and money to be delivered to Camp Makwa and Camp Turtle Island. I would like to say thank you to all the people who have been helping out. Mike is going to take the physical donations, divide them up for the 2 camps, and ship them in boxes to the 2 camps. The money he is going to send to Bill who is a member of Camp Mawka so they can continue their work and resistance to the pipelines.

Mike reports that the camp is still going strong: they are camped mainly in houses made of curved saplings and are keeping warm with stoves and propane heaters and dogs. He says they are being harassed by local police officers but they are continuing to hold their ground.

The camps have been organizing various non-violent resistance efforts against the pipelines. The most recent one that I heard about was a big protest with hundreds of people protesting the stockpiling of pipe parts for line 3 in yards in Cromwell, Minnesota in below zero weather even though the pipe isn’t even approved: https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2017/rally-against-line-3-minnesota-pipe-yards/

Mike is very low on funds and unable at this time to travel in person to the camps, and myself and others are also short of a time window in which to travel to these camps, but we hope to raise more funds and continue to support these efforts. You can always send money through this fund but can also send money directly to the camps. Right now they are trying to raise money to bail a brave activist out of jail in South Dakota. Here is a link to the Camp Makwa Facebook page where you can see the latest news and also ways to help: https://www.facebook.com/makwainitiative/
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Raised by 22 people in 19 months
Created February 12, 2017
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