Mass Civil Disobedience To Stop The Suwannee River Crossing

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By Staff of Sabal Trail Resistance and Water is Life Camp – Join us in putting a wrench into the gears of the pipeline machine. This will be a mass sit-in to stop the Sabal Trail fracked gas pipeline construction from drilling under the Suwannee River in Live Oak, FL. Exact location for training, parking and protest TBA. There are several options for camping in the area. The night before we will hold a direct action training for all participants (not just people risking arrest.) The night after we will likely hold a vigil at the jail if people are held there. Not everyone who attends needs to risk arrest, but we ask all to consider their role in making this a successful event. It will be a “power in numbers” moment.

The Political Significance Of Being Inconvenienced

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By Benji Hart for Radical Faggot – Last fall, Black Youth Project 100 along with Fight For 15, Organized Communities Against Deportation, and #Not1More shut down the International Chiefs of Police Conference in Chicago. Coordinated teams of protesters locked themselves into blockades all over the McCormick Place convention center. They strategically took over major streets, building entrances and passageways, in an attempt to make access to the conference as difficult as possible.

When Protest Becomes Sacrament: Grady Sisters Heed A Higher Call

The We Are Seneca Lake campaign is perhaps the nation’s longest-running act of environmental civil disobedience. (Photo: Nicholas Kusnetz)

By Nicholas Kusnetz for Inside Climate News – On a warm May morning, two dozen people wearing blue shirts formed a neat line in front of the gates of a natural gas compressor station in central New York. The facility lay hidden somewhere in the trees behind them, and just beyond was Seneca Lake, a 38-mile azure gash through deep green hills that provides drinking water to 100,000 people. The sun crept over a ridge on the far side of the lake. It was still early enough to intercept the day’s first delivery.

Civil Disobedience Is Only Way Left To Fight Climate Change

Protesters close Ffos-y-Fran opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfill, south Wales, earlier this month. Photograph: Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock

By Kara Moses for The Guardian – Right now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the world. We kicked off earlier this month by shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales. Last Sunday, around 1,000 people closed the world’s largest coal-exporting port in Newcastle, Australia and other bold actions are happening at power stations, oil refineries, pipelines and mines everywhere from the Philippines, Brazil and the US, to Nigeria, Germany and India.

Climate Disobedience And New “Public Trust” Laws Of Nature

Young people involved with the Break Free movement stopped an open-cast coal mine from operating for the day during a demonstration at the Ffos-y-fran coal mine in Wales on May 3, 2016. (Photo: Break Free)

By Ted Hamilton for Truthout – If you think there’s something odd about the US committing itself to at least a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025 even while federally owned landsproduce a quarter of the nation’s fossil fuel energy, you just might be a believer in an old legal concept: the public trust doctrine. This ancient idea, applied since Roman days, is pretty straightforward: The government has an affirmative duty to protect natural resources that are shared by everybody.

Press Release: Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience

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By Chad Nicholson and Stacy Long for CELDF and Grant Township – Grant Township, Indiana County, PA: Tonight, Grant Township Supervisors passed a first-in-the-nation law that legalizes direct actionto stop frack wastewater injection wells within the Township. Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) has sued the Township to overturn a local democratically-enacted law that prohibits injection wells. If a court does not uphold the people’s right to stop corporate activities threatening the well-being of the community

Revolution Is In The Air

Actress Rosario Dawson demonstrated Friday on Capitol Hill. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

By Chris Hedges for Truth Dig – WASHINGTON, D.C—The sustained, daily civil disobedience at the Capitol by demonstrators denouncing the capture of our political system by corporate money is part of one of the largest and most important movements for social justice since the Occupy uprising. Join it. Six hundred of the protesters have been arrested, and I was among 100 arrested Friday. The protesters, organized by Democracy Spring, have converged on Washington from across the country.

How Montanans Stopped Largest New Coal Mine In N. America

Protesters block a coal train from entering downtown Missoula in 2015. (Blue Skies Campaign)

By Nick Engelfried for Waging Nonviolence – Montana communities won a victory against one of the world’s biggest coal companies earlier this month, when Arch Coal abandoned the Otter Creek mine – the largest proposed new coal strip mine in North America. The story of how the project imploded is one of people power triumphing over a company once thought to be nearly invincible. To many observers, the Otter Creek project once seemed unstoppable.

Civil Disobedience And Free Speech Tested By Prayer In Ferguson

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By Sharmini Peries for The Real News – On February 9 of 2016, after 20 minutes of a jury deliberation, Ferguson civil liberties protester Rev. Sekou was found not guilty on charges stemming from an arrest back in September of 2014, during the Ferguson uprisings. Rev. Sekou was detained when he knelt in prayer outside a local police department where police officers claimed that he was resisting orders. On to talk about his ordeal and what it means for the democratic right of civil disobedience and the right to protest is the man himself, Rev. Sekou. Rev. Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, pastor, theologian, and of course a political activist. Rev. Sekou, good to have you back on the Real News.

US Vets Lead Civil Disobedience Protesting Seneca Lake Gas Storage

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By Dan for We Are Seneca Falls – Watkins Glen, NY – Eleven veterans representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces, were among 13 arrested on Tuesday morning in a human blockade at Crestwood Midstream on Route 14 as part of We Are Seneca Lake’s ongoing civil disobedience campaign against gas storage in underground lakeside salt caverns. The protesters blocked all traffic entering and leaving the facility. Among them was former NY gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins (Green Party), a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lessons From the Delta 5 Necessity Defense

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By Patrick Mazza for Cascadia Planet – What we did expect was that our act of civil disobedience, positioning on a tripod and blocking a fossil fuel train, would help generate a rising crescendo of actions spurring the public pressure needed to address those deadly threats. After many years when political response that scales to the challenge has been blocked by big money and corporate power, we believed that to make the political system work again, it needs the shock, dissonance and friction of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Activists To Defy Protest Ban With Giant Civil Disobedience

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By Martin Lukacs for The Guardian – As negotiators try to finalize a UN climate pact being hailed as dangerously insufficient, a network of groups will express their outrage and pledge continuing action in the new year with massive civil disobedience at an iconic French site. Organizers hope to send a message that leaders should not try to claim the agreement is a success – with industrialized countries refusing to commit to a fair share of emissions reductions, putting the world on a path toward a catastrophic 3 degrees of warming.

Activists Arrested Protesting Genetically Modified Trees

Police in Ridgeville, South Carolina arrest Anne Petermann (on ground, left) and Ruddy Turnstone (right) after the Campaign To Stop GE Trees activists attempted to inform ArborGen CEO Andrew Baum that over 250,000 people have signed a letter rejecting genetically engineered trees.

By Global Ecology Justice Project – A plan by activists to inform Andrew Baum, President and CEO of ArborGen that over 250,000 people signed letters and petitions [1] rejecting Genetically Engineered (GE) Trees was interrupted when police arrested the two people who intended to deliver that message. Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the international Campaign to Stop Genetically Engineered Trees, Anne Petermann, and Global Justice Ecology Project’s GE Tree Campaign organizer, Ruddy Turnstone were stopped by police and arrested. The letters and petitions rejecting GE Trees and international protests mark a growing concern about the dangers of GE Trees and the threats they pose to the environment.

Decriminalize Dissent

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By Cecily McMillan in Al Jazeera – Yet, from Lower Manhattan to Ferguson, Missouri, and from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter, such nonviolent movements continue to be met with paramilitary tactics and military-grade weaponry meant to maintain “law and order” at any cost. Targeted for arrest, assault and detention, young activists have been equated with criminals, dissidents with domestic terrorists. This equation has not made us any safer. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that such tactics lead to more violence, not less, in our streets. A forthcoming study of 192 Occupy protests by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Data Science finds that protest violence tends to be provoked by aggressive police tactics — not the other way around. By contrast, when police stand down, protests tend to persist, but with lower rates of arrest and a lower incidence of violence.

Climate Disobedience Launched

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By Climate Disobedience – The following are the guiding principles of the Climate Disobedience Center. We aim to… 1. Use creative conflict to break up business-as-usual, forcing attention to the underlying, fatal conflict between global survival and blind adherence to fossil fuel powered mass consumption, and unrestrained economic growth. 2. Replace symbolic, mass, photo-op climate protests with peaceful confrontation at the point of injury in order to create moral clarity, cutting through the numbing tangle of climate half measures, deceit and self interest, as the lunch counter sit-ins clarified and elevated the civil rights struggle. 3. Engage individuals who see no alternative but to use our bodies in a final effort to avoid the abyss, who approach the task of re-centering society imbued with the hope, joy and serenity which only flow from living in the truth. . .