Why the Efforts to #StopLine3 Matter

The proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion would despoil the sacred land and water of Minnesota. It is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to increase their exports of climate-destabilizing tar-sands oil. Line 3 construction violates treaty rights of the indigenous people to fish, hunt and harvest manoomin (wild rice, Zizania palustris).

Michelle offers closing after arrest at San Francisco action July 16th 2021.

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.

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.

Resist Line 3 National Info Hub

A up-to-date collection of links to news, actions in Minnesota, national petitions and calls is available at tinyurl.com/ResistLine3

Santa Cruz #StopLine3 Events

Next Santa Cruz Stop Line 3 / Climate Justice event September 24th

EARTH IS ON FIRE!
so we will RISE UP to save our future

JOIN US
Friday, September 24th

Our action plan has expanded to include Santa Cruz High and UCSC. Please join us at any of these locations and times:

UCSC
12:00pm
 – Action in the Quarry with Flames & Selfies
1:10pm – #19 Bus from Bookshop

Santa Cruz High
1:20
pm Students walk out from SC High

All
1:45 Meet at Metro Center – walk quickly to Clock Tower
2:00 Town Clock Brief – Intro to Line 3 – Plans for action
2:30 Action at Wells Fargo – River St
3:00 approx.  Bank of America
3:30 approx.  Chase – Free open Mic

GET LOUD! HAVE FUN! Learn about the connection between banks and the fossil fuel industry and what we can do!

This event is being organized by Novasutras, Santa Cruz Climate Action Network and Youth for Climate Justice, with assistance from other local climate activists, in response to Fridays for Future‘s call for a Global Climate Strike to #UprootTheSystem on September 24th.

Are you ready to join our next chance to have some (COVID aware*) FUN, make some fossil-fuel-funders uncomfortable, and stand up for climate justice!

Friday August 13th, 4pm

We rallied at the corner of River St and Water St, downtown Santa Cruz (at Bank of America – one of the main fossil-fuel funders). After demonstrating there for a while, we will continue into town, stopping for some street theater down and up Pacific Avenue. Novasutras is planning this event with the help of Santa Cruz Climate Action Network and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (we’re happy to bring other groups on board – contact Michelle for more info).

Friday July 30th, 4pm

We rallied at the corner of River St and Water St, downtown Santa Cruz (at Bank of America – one of the main fossil-fuel funders). After demonstrating there for a while, we walked down River St (to oilyWells Fargo – another major fossil-fuel funder), then down and up Pacific Avenue.

Tuesday July 27th, 4pm

We rallied at the corner of River St and Water St, downtown Santa Cruz (at Bank of America – one of the main fossil-fuel funders). After demonstrating there for a while, we walked along Water St to the corner at Ocean St (Chase Bank – another main fossil-fuel funder).

From the Novasutras blog

Working to #StopLine3

We stand in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, calling to #StopLine3. The proposed tar sands oil pipeline expansion would despoil the sacred land and water of Minnesota. 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.

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Screen capture from Democracy Now! broadcast on 8 June 2021 from Treaty People Gathering and action to #StopLine3 at Two Inlets site. Video at https://www.democracynow.org/2021/6/8/line_3_protests_treaty_people_gathering

Treaty People Gathering Defends Sacred Land and Waters in Minnesota

We stood in solidarity with indigenous water protectors, affirming treaty rights & blocking construction of Line 3. Line 3 must not be allowed to carry toxic tar sands oil through the sacred land and water of Minnesota. Learn more about what happened at the Treaty People Gathering, and what you can do to #StopLine3.

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Recent Santa Cruz Call to Action to #StopLine3

The Line 3 pipeline is a project of Canadian fossil fuel company Enbridge, to expand their exports of tarsands oil. Enbridge is more than 60% done constructing their proposed Line 3 project, and on July 15 the last restrictions keeping them from drilling under waterways where wild rice grows were lifted. We anticipate Enbridge attempting their final river crossings, including one under the headwaters of the Mississippi, in late July.*

We were part of a team that went to support indigenous water protectors in Minnesota at the beginning of June. We joined an action in San Francisco on Friday July 16th, where Michelle was among the five who willingly risked arrest and were cited at the Army Corps of Engineers offices, doing what we could to draw attention to this critical issue. This letter explains the intent of that action; the Army Corps of Engineers issued the permit to Enbridge, and they or President Biden could act to immediately revoke it. 

We envision a big push for publicity locally, starting as soon as we can manage (starting this weekend, as soon as we settle on timings). The Anishinaabe women of the RISE Coalition are now calling on people to join them in northern Minnesota to protect the wild rice waters July 19-31.*  We’d like to offer an option for those who aren’t ready or able to travel to Minnesota to be acting in support locally. We’ve set up a sign-up form here – https://forms.gle/qcQdrSbxMocZRBSc9  

Our vision is to have one or two demonstrations around town, perhaps on Pacific Ave. or at the local branches of banks that are funding Enbridge’s Line 3 project.  We have a beautiful collection of posters to use as signs. We’d like to pass out small flyers with info about moving money out of these banks, plus info about petitions to sign, and/or a short script to call White House and Jaime Pinkham, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, the key decision-makers who could halt the project immediately. 

This link takes you to a national petition from the Sierra Club to the key decision makers.

This is urgent. This matters, for our integrity as a country, and for the future well-being of people in Minnesota and all around the world. We must protect the sacred lands and waters from the potential of pipeline leaks. We must honor our treaties with indigenous tribes. We must stop tar sands pipelines to prevent climate catastrophe. We must halt construction on Line 3. 

Please join us in this call to action, and share widely with local climate activists.

In Solidarity,

Batya Kagan
Michael Levy
Michelle Merrill
Paula Terui

*These paragraphs borrow some language directly from the email by Resist Line 3 sent July 17th.

Oil Pipelines Are No Picnic

Water defenders link arms to block construction of Enbridge's Line 3 in Minnesota

Monday, June 21st
Amphitheater behind Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA  

Batya Kagan, Michael Levy, Michelle Merrill and Lisa Swartz just came back from Minnesota, working to stop the Line 3 oil pipeline on Anishinaabe treaty lands. Thought you’d like to picnic with us and hear personal stories from the FRONTLINES.

Bring:  Picnic dinner for yourself, layers of clothes, a pillow or chair to sit on, a writing pen, bathing suit if you want to dunk in the ocean afterwards (Solstice dunk)
Children:  Welcome (they can run around on the grass)


This event is free, it is NOT a museum event, just a gathering spot close to the beach.  There will be pictures and some juicy stories.  A chance to TAKE ACTION will be offered. 

Learn more about the actions to #StopLine3 in our blog posts from June 3rd and June 17th.