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Occupy Denver Calls On All Available Occupy Networks to Mobilize Against Keystone XL Pipeline January 7th

Posted 11 years ago on Dec. 22, 2012, 12:05 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: environment, denver, tar sands blockade

you shall not pass!

Occupy Denver stands in solidarity with The Tar Sands Blockade, and is calling for national and international mobilization and solidarity actions against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Tar sands giant TransCanada has begun construction on the southern leg of the Keystone XL. Leading NASA Climate Scientist James Hansen has called the Keystone XL “game over” for the climate, and Americans are already feeling the heat. The pipeline will make TransCanada rich while encroaching on ranch lands, poisoning Texas’ working class communities, and destroying the environment that makes the lone star state so beautiful.

Kick off the new year by demonstrating your resistance to Keystone XL!

Join us for another mass action in Southeast Texas on Monday, January 7th, including a 3 day training camp leading up to the big event. Our trainings and events are open and include roles for everyone ready to defend our homes from toxic tar sands.

RSVP right now so we can know how many people to expect.

SCHEDULE (Jan. 3rd – 8th):

Thursday, Jan. 3rd – Travel & Arrival
Friday, Jan. 4th – Day 1: Direct Action Training Camp
Saturday, Jan. 5th – Day 2: Direct Action Training Camp
Sunday, Jan. 6th – Day 3: Direct Action Training Camp
Monday, Jan. 7th – Mass Action to Stop Keystone XL
Tuesday, Jan. 8th – Debrief and Depart

Questions? Contact: 972-439-5310, TSBComms@riseup.net

Tar Sands Blockade is a coalition of Texas and Oklahoma landowners and climate justice organizers using peaceful and sustained civil disobedience to stop the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

As a grassroots campaign, we are funded entirely by the generosity of individual donors. Meaning that every dollar of your contribution goes directly into stopping TransCanada and the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline where it matters most. The Tar Sands Blockade is one of the most important resistance actions in the nation. If you can’t join us, you can still help. Please consider donating.

Wish List tarsandsblockade.org/donate-3/wishlist/

WePay wepay.com/donations/tsbdonate

And please join our E-Action to help continue to spread awareness and support our people on the ground.



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[-] 4 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

Please bring this to my state too!

My congressman works for the keystone pipeline and Transcanada.

[-] 3 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

8 College students have locked and glued themselves together inside TransCanada's offices in Massachusetts. This is just one of many solidarity actions underway across the country today.

For updates on this and more actions click here: http://tarsandsblockade.org/houston-action-transcanada-offices/

Awesome civil disobedience!

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 11 years ago

Just checked out the link you gave. Wow. Great actions.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 11 years ago

This is fantastic. Any updates?

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 11 years ago

A friend of mine posts about these protests on facebook all the time. He shared another good one today

From his post today

"As many of you know, the Unist'ot'en have been defending their sovereign territories in Northern BC against tar sands and natural gas pipelines, in solidarity with those fighting tarsands expansion and fracking. In order to do this, they have built a camp along the route of the proposed Northern Gateway and Pacific TrailsPipeline (PTP) and have occupied these lands to defend them. Already twice this fall,the Unist’ot’en uncovered and evicted surveyors working for the Pacific Trails Pipeline company.We are raising funds to cover operating expenses and keep the camp growing through the winter and to help prepare for an emergency mobilization if one becomes necessary. This is a terrific opportunity to support a frontline community that is putting so much on the line to defend their land and water! Please spread the word and support this campaign as much as you are able! (Tweet this link too!)"

these pipelines are just another push for more sacrifice zones in the name of CEO profits

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 11 years ago

Solidarity to those brave folks fighting for us nonviolently.

[-] 3 points by jonandlisa (4) 11 years ago

The blockadetarsands.org site is down

[-] 2 points by scvblwxq (155) 11 years ago

An article at Mother Jones reviews research that indicates the 90% of the violence in the US and other countries is from brain damage caused by leaded gas which is release in the exhaust and especially injured residents in large cities in most countries. Since it has been replaced with unleaded gasoline the rates of violence has been dropping but there is still lots of lead dust in cities. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/lead-crime-link-gasoline

[-] 2 points by JohnWa (513) 11 years ago

The groundswell is rising in spite of the all controlling fascist 1%

The 1% backed propaganda doesn't do a thing for the real world.


[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago


People please share/circulate far and wide.

Fundamental change for the better - FOR ALL - will come through the involvement of and actions of The People.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 11 years ago

What's in that pipe that they're that they're pumping?


It's not your Grandfathers fuel oil.


[-] 1 points by tankcoil (37) 11 years ago

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[-] 2 points by JohnWa (513) 11 years ago

Good Stuff.

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[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 9 years ago

Portland bans loading tar sands


Small, temporary victory. But shows people stirring.

[-] 0 points by TheFold (1) 11 years ago

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[-] 0 points by crossley (6) 11 years ago

We got people complaining about little work but now you don't want this pipeline that can create jobs. At first I believed in the occupy movement, protecting the common man and punish those who take advantage of the government system. But the more I look at this movement the more it sickens me on how petty people are. I'm aware that this comment will get taken down because, let's face it "if I'm not with you I'm against you" mentality is strong here. When it comes down to it all you can do is take care of yourself and family. What we need is food on our tables, clothes on our backs and food on our plates. Ideals can't do that. Sure it's nice to say "don't do that". I say ok so what should we do? Most of the 99% say this is wrong have no answer. Those few that do have one that works in theory. Now before you say I'm a "troll" or "1%" supporter I'm just a regular Canadian that needs a job, nothing more. If you truly a believer in free speech keep this comment up on the site. I'm aware of the many "boos and hisses I'll receive but this is the real world not a make believe one. DEAL WITH IT!

[-] 2 points by grapes (5232) 11 years ago

Pipeline transportation of fluids (liquid or gas) is the most efficient form of transportation in terms of money spent per unit of the fluid moved and employs the least number of workers (remember that workers cost money?). Can you see where you fit into this scheme if you are looking for jobs? Do you share in the money saved? No, unless you own stocks of TransCanada. The bitumen will be moved by other means without the pipelines so there would be lots of other very long-term jobs created and maintained to support these other means. Construction jobs for the pipelines will be relatively short-term so it will fit you well if you are a builder-type and ready to be laid off when the pipelines are done.

Besides, the Keystone XL pipeline will be transporting highly corrosive and toxic fluids at very high pressure and temperature, ultimately destined for the international markets, NOT the U.S. domestic refined hydrocarbon market. Tell me what the Americans really gain from this scheme if they are not shareholders or C-level-staffers of TransCanada?

I see fewer jobs for the U.S. populace operating the pipeline than transporting the bitumen through railways. I see more potential for large-scale toxic leaks that are nearly impossible to clean up because the bitumen is a very "heavy" hydrocarbon that has to be diluted with some of the cheapest (i.e., likely the dirtiest) hydrocarbons available for it to be moved through a pipeline. Because the refined hydrocarbons such as gasoline will likely be shipped overseas (why the push to the Gulf Coast if the U.S. has refineries in its mid-section already?), I do not see much lowering of gasoline prices in the U.S.

Just to share with you of what we in the U.S. already know of gung-ho Texas. If Texans become fearful of the pipeline threading through their land, we should probably take it very seriously because Texas is very renowned for its love affair with Texas tea (also known as crude oil).

[-] 1 points by crossley (6) 11 years ago

Finally an educated answer! The reason I see more jobs in the future is simple. Canada is already "jumping ship" when it comes to trade with the US. Mind you to completely stop trading with the US is economic suicide due to cheap trade cost, We (as in our Canadian government) are starting to trade with other booming nations such as China and South American countries. We got the recources in spades and people want it. In turn the money we recive can create new jobs such as the Halifax ship building (contracts recently opened up by our military), new diamond mines up north as well as other improvement to our infurstructure. The problem with the US is with your senate. They're mostly rich so they look out for each other, not the common man. Also not enough Government and crown run (not party run) regulators that make sure that situations such as your fiscal cliff won't be born here (thank god for our parliament system, flawed yes but...) That is what I mean by more jobs. Not the pipelines, but the money coming in by Canadian ventures. I thank you for your educated response and it gives me some hope that there're some occupires with a brain and not the hippy types. Also recently that idle no more brought light to the plight on our native populations. In this I mean the money thanks to an independent adult showing that money given to native reservations by the government is terribly miss-managed by the chiefs. Look it up on the CBC website for more details and tell me what you think.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 11 years ago

Canada is the most important trading partner of the U.S. China is also up there in importance but the U.S. trade imbalance with Canada is vastly smaller. We in the U.S. may seem crazy at times but we are rational enough to know the importance of trade with Canada.

Beware of trading with booming countries because Canada can "import" the pollution. For example, China's coal-fired power plants (for a long while, China was boasting of finishing a NEW coal-fired power plant a week!) spill out black carbon that can coat and melt the ice deposits on the western coast of Canada's, exacerbating climate change. Similarly there will be vast environmental damages in Canada due to exploiting the oil sands on the route of the ancient Mississippi emptying into the Arctic Ocean. The Keystone XL pipeline will allow the acceleration of this environmental damage. The money that the Keystone XL pipeline will accrue to the rich but there is no guarantee that the rich will put the money to use in Canada. A number of the multinational corporations of the U.S. are truly global so their profits can stay overseas. This led to trillion(s) of dollars of profits being controlled by the U.S. rich but nearly no jobs created in the U.S. from this money. Can Canada avoid the same problem?

The problem in the U.S. is not entirely with our Senate although it has arcane rules that often wrap it up in a cocoon. I surmise that our political constituents are not facing the harsh reality to deal with it so we defer the debt burden to our children. There is absolutely a limit, albeit ill-defined, on how much debt will not spook the investors. It will nowhere be as high as Japan's debt limit because the U.S. populace is spendthrift, unlike the Japanese people who hold much of the debt of the Japanese government.

Where are the new diamond mines up north? I remember that a huge diamond was found in our Mid-West that was supposedly swept south from Canada by the ice-age glaciers. Has the diamond's mother-lode been found?

Money mismanaged by the elites is a global problem, not confined to First Nations even if true. People speaking up is mostly good for a society. Canada can deal with it. Perhaps Canada's charisma that had worked on Sitting Bull and his warriors after Wounded Knee can still work its magic. A happy nation needs justice, harmony, and peace but these take work.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

You want work? Well then Push for healthy work - work that won't end up poisoning your food/family/environment. Or I suppose you could always get work as a grave digger.

[-] 2 points by crossley (6) 11 years ago

slow clap if it's and but we're candy and nuts.....


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[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

The 7th approaches quickly - Re-TWEETED.

People please share/circulate far and wide.

Fundamental change for the better - FOR ALL - will come through the involvement of and actions of The People.


[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I will spread the word.