Protect Water: NO TPPL! NO DAPL!
In North Dakota the Standing Rock Water Protectors have been maced, attacked by dogs, and shot at with "safe bullets" simply because they believe they have the right to protect their water, the Missouri River, from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for future generations; they have the right to protect their sacred burial grounds; they have a right as citizens of the United States to the protections of Democracy.
We of the Big Bend also have the right to define our community and say no to fossil-fuel expansion, destruction of our environment and our property rights, and the risks of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of highly flammable, explosive, toxic gas pumping through unregulated pipelines, snaking past our homes, through our creeks and the Rio Grande.
The Big Bend is a beautiful, wide-open, desert region of West Texas where the people of its small communities have chosen peace and natural beauty over money. This same region is part of one of the most biodiverse, pristine desert regions of the world--the Chihuahuan Desert and has remained untouched by big industry until now. At it's southern border is the famous Rio Grande River, now threatened by the looming injection of the 42" Trans Pecos Pipeline (TPPL) under its riverbed to deliver Fracked natural gas to Mexico for foreign export profit.
TPPL will tunnel under the Rio Grande only 50 to 75 feet above an acquifer that supplies water to the nearby town of Presidio. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), despite pleas from Big Bend National Park, deemed it unnecessary to do an Environmental Impact Study to safely regulate this pipeline to protect endangered species and the drinking water of Presidio. FERC has also unconscionably ignored close to a 1000 public comment requests and numerous intervenor appeals to evaluate the environmental impacts of the entire 148 miles of the TPPL.
On Sunday November 20th in Marfa, TX, Defend Big Bend, the Society of Native Nations, the Big Bend Defense Coalition, and local allies marched 2 miles from the Marfa Lights Viewing Center to an ETP Trans Pecos Pipeline Constructin site. Tensions rose and interactoins with the local police escalated when the Water Protectors crossed the fence line onto the ETP easement to pray and dance for healing of the sacred land.
Big Bend Defense Coalition will be continuing direct actions that impact the construction and funding of the TPPL, CTPL, and DAPL. Our big goal is to construct a Winter Camp for Water Protectors from Texas, Standing Rock , and across the nation.
The black snake must be resisted at both ends, North and South, to stop the brutality of corporate greed.
Please help us to use this crucial moment in American history to redefine, reshape, and reinforce democracy, human rights, and environmental health.
Together we CAN make a DIFFERENCE!
NO VOTE was taken -- his nomination will be taken up once again at their next meeting on April 20th.
We have until the 20th to contact our state senators about Warren... let's all make another round of calls to all the offices!
TEXAS NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Kirk Watson (14th, North Austin, with us)
José Menéndez (with us)
Borris L. Miles (with us)
Red Hawk, a Northern Arapaho from Wyoming, and Christian, a Lakota from Cheyenne River, SD, served on the front lines at Standing Rock through the harshest winter months. They withstood water cannons on the Backwater Bridge in temps 20 degrees below freezing. They withstood tear gas, mace, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and water cannons to protect the rights of the indigenous, the rights of mother earth, and the rights of the American people.
Christian says he grew up roaming free along the Cheyenne River without the threat of police. He remembers the stress and fear of building the bridge to Turtle Island on Thanksgiving Day. "Because of this, I will fight till I get old."
Red Hawk is proud to have protected elders as they were praying on the front lines and, like Christian, will continue to resist: "This fight has become a human rights issue for me because of the brutality we faced everyday at Standing Rock."
The couple spent days traveling by bus to join Two Rivers Camp to continue the fight against the company responsible for building both the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Trans Pecos Pipeline (TPPL). Now that TPPL is in the ground, Two Rivers Camp must transition to south Texas where new pipeline projects will soon begin.
Red Hawk and Christian hope to travel home to Wyoming to rest and spend time with family after helping Two Rivers Camp transition. Then they will return to the front lines to fight construction of DAPL in Iowa.
"Remember there are people fighting for clean water everywhere because there are pipelines being built everywhere." --Red Hawk
There's no doubt Fracking poisons groundwater and aquifers and its injection wells cause earthquakes. There's no doubt oil and gas pipeline leak, poisoning the land and water nearby, and explode causing fires, property destruction, and sometimes deaths. There's no doubt that fossil fuel extraction and production exacerbates global warming at alarming rates and industry is NOT regulating emissions.
We must stand together to protect our country and our planet for the next 7 generations. We must stand together and protect our air, land, and water and our rights for TODAY.
PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT BRAVE WATER PROTECTORS WHO STAND STRONG AGAINST A SYSTEM WITHOUT SUSTAINABLE VISION, A SYSTEM OF GREED.
#nopipelines #notppl #nodapl #transpecospipeline #waterislife #standingrock #resist #climatechange #noetp #stopetp #peopleoverpipelines #tworiverscamp
"I became involved with this direct action because I heard that indigenous communities were making a call to join them in their fight against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. I knew that this fight was not just about pipelines, it represented a threat to people's way of life, to water, and to indigenous sovereignty. As an indigenous person whose family has been separated by the US-Mexico border, I recognize that any threat to indigenous people is a threat to me. In this fight, we have never been able to rely on the consciousness of corporations or the state to do right, and I will continue to fight however I can for our right to exist freely on this land."
Liliana Sampedro, locked down at Trans Pecos Pipeline work yard in Alpine, Texas, in February. Her bail was over $500. Six other Water Protectors were arrested that morning.
"I choose to do direct action because through the FANG Collective and Black Lives Matter I have seen how powerful direct action can be. Part of that power is the effectiveness of direct action, in work and highway stoppages, but it is also the tremendous support that goes into direct action, putting your safety into other peoples’ hands knowing they will come through for you. I also think it is our duty, my duty as someone whose family immigrated onto stolen land, to put our bodies on the line in service of Native fights for sovereignty and for the sacredness of water."
August Guang, Two Rivers Camp Water Protector
Two Rivers Camp is putting out the call for monetary assistance. As the movement continues to stand in the face of corporate power for rights to clean water, air, and land, Two Rivers Camp will need more funds to bail out brave Water Protectors like Liliana.
The movement is growing and gaining momentum across the nation. To fight the oil and gas industry in West Texas is to fight from within the belly of the beast. The oil and gas industry rules Texas and hope to rule the world.
As our numbers increase at Two Rivers Camp, so has the attention of the local law enforcement: Sheriff's department, Texas Rangers & Border Patrol. As we stay in Prayer and Stand strong, we are filled with Hope. Non-violent, prayerful, direct action will continue to flow out of Two Rivers Camp.
In our last big direct action, 7 Water Protectors were arrested including Liliana. Legal funds, such as Big Bend Defense Coalition Legal Fund, that support Two Rivers Camp are depleted. Big Bend Defense Coalition is a sponsor and organizer of Two Rivers Camp.
Your contributions are welcome and needed more than ever now. We will not be silenced nor will we disappear. Thank you for being with us in heart and prayer. We are grateful.