Can you help send local grandmothers Shirley, Sharon, Joycie, and Janie to support the Anishinaabe people at the headwaters of the Mississippi River? The Anishinaabe are calling on allies, niijiiwag (*friends), and those of strong hearts to come and help them protect their sacred land and waters from the desecration and pollution of Enbridge corporation’s new Line 3 Canadian tar sands crude oil pipeline.
Anishinaabe grandmothers have invited the Bay Area’s 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations to join them. Four of us grandmothers from the Nevada County area are honored to be included in this request, and plan to take the train to meet our Bay Area sisters on Anishinaabe land in Minnesota the last week of May.
Line 3 would transport nearly a million barrels of toxic tar sands oil per day as it snakes from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin through sacred sites and wild rice beds, crossing over 200 bodies of water and under the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Grassroots resistance to the pipeline has resulted in hundreds of actions across the country and around the world.
Climate activists are joining as allies to oppose the new Line 3 pipeline expansion, which would have the equivalent climate impact of 50 new coal-fired power plants or 38 million additional gas-fueled vehicles! This would “create carbon pollution that far outweighs any gains Minnesota plans to make on climate change.”(see article below) It would also vastly increase transport and therefore the likelihood of spills of highly-polluting tar sands oil.
Are you willing to help send us to the front lines? The bulldozers have already cleared forests, destroyed wetlands, and violated the Treaty Rights of Anishinaabe peoples. The pipes have been laid out. It is critical that we support the Water Protectors before the rivers completely thaw and drilling commences underneath the Mississippi.
Thank you so much for your concern and support!
PS — Tax deductible donations go to the Peace and Justice Center of Nevada County, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If we receive more than we need, remaining funds will go to an Anishinaabe group working to stop the pipeline.