Novasutras has been actively involved in efforts to stop Line 3: a pipeline being built through norther Minnesota to carry toxic and climate-catastrophic tarsands oil, in violation of the treaty rights of indigenous peoples.
Dr. Michelle Merrill, Novasutras founder, led the organization for a rally and march on August 13. This event, in response to a national call for a day of action by Stop the Money Pipeline, was the third in a series of local actions to stop Line 3.
We stand in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, calling to #StopLine3. We demand that banks stop funding Line 3 and other destructive fossil fuel infrastructure. We urge President Biden and the US Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the permits for Line 3 construction.
For Novasutras, holding actions to #StopLine3 are a full expression of agaya and ubuntu. The climate implications of maintaining or expanding tar-sands oil extraction are catastrophic, and the destruction of habitat associated with tar-sands mining is devastating. There is a high likelihood of leaks along the pipeline threaten over 200 bodies of water, including the headwaters of the Mississippi River (Enbridge has a terrible record of pipeline leak disasters). This treaty violation is a willful denial of indigenous rights.
We choose to stand in solidarity with the indigenous leaders who are using nonviolent direct action and sacred ceremony to uphold their rights.