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Good afternoon, and welcome to Eco-Defense Radio. Today’s news brings updates on pipeline resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux, as well as actions in solidarity with #NoDAPL.
People are taking more actions to halt the Trans Pecos pipeline. Georgia’s annual Rattler Round-up which needlessly kills hundreds, is being challenged. And a California judge rules that Monsanto must label its Roundup as a possible carcinogen.
We’ll continue our coverage on efforts to sabotage sport hunting in England. People protest bullfighting in Colombia. And Mongolians brave freezing temperatures to protest health-damaging air pollution.
“We’ll begin today’s show by acknowledging some of this week’s significant anniversaries.”
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North Dakota Update
Events surrounding the Standing Rock Sioux and the Dakota Access Pipeline are transpiring rapidly. After last week’s request from the Standing Rock Sioux Council, the new US administration has made it clear that it will support both the Keystone XL pipeline and the DAPL. Since then, authorities have been escalating violence at the camps. Chase Iron Eyes, lead attorney for the Lakota People’s Law Project has put out an emergence call for able bodies at the camp now. QUOTE:
“Whatever is going down on the ground right now is extremely concerning to all us. If you are able-bodied and can be an asset and not a liability because it is going to take discipline…The Fight is on. Right Now. We are not going to back down. The power of peace requires us to stand in our own spiritual dignity and it does not allow us to back down. We don’t have a choice. Our children are looking at us in the eyes right now. Asking us if we are going to stand up or if we…have foresaken them in their futures and their birthrights.”
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The group ‘Veterans Stand’ is answering that call for support. They are preparing to mobilize to North Dakota as well as for ‘support missions’.
Their press release states QUOTE “In the past two weeks the turmoil and uncertainty at Standing Rock has increased significantly. We have continued to stay in contact with indigenous and camp leadership and have identified several areas where the Veterans Stand network can continue to serve the needs of the camp and local community.” UNQUOTE
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is alerting folks that the public comment period for input on allowing the pipeline infrastructure is open now through February 20th. Yes Magazine says QUOTE:
“If Trump’s order is not legally actionable, now through Feb. 20 is the only chance we will have to push for a full review of the pipeline’s climate impacts. Consider that Trump’s picks (and lack thereof) have not yet been appointed to the Army Corps. This means there may still be decision-makers on the inside who are committed to fully analyzing the project.” UNQUOTE
To learn more about how to add your comments in support of a full EIS, or environmental impact study, of the DAPL, follow the link at ecodefenseradio.org
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The Native American Rights Fund, or NARF, has issued a statement reinforcing its opposition to pipeline infrastructure, especially on First Nations Territories. NARF is increasing its resources and aid to several tribe’s attorneys.
Dallas Goldtooth with the Indigenous Action Network exclaimed QUOTE: “Make no mistake: resistance to the toxic Keystone XL pipeline will only grow stronger. We will mobilize, fight back, and resist the Keystone XL pipeline. We plan to create camps along the Keystone XL pipeline route to fight this pipeline every step of the way. If Donald Trump doesn’t back down, expect a massive unified resistance from Indigenous nations across North America,” said Dallas Goldtooth, Keep it in the Ground organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
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Actions in Solidarity with Standing Rock continue. Even Fox News reported on a march in Minneapolis in protest of the presidential executive order to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Folks also held a #NoDAPL rally in Los Angeles.
And at the E.P.A. Scott Pruitt hearing in Washington D.C., Joann May Spotted Bear attended dressed entirely in her traditional clothing. She was arrested for stating her opinion about the panel not allowing the public into a public hearing.
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Tribal Chair Robert Flying Hawk of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has sent a letter by official courier to Trump.
He writes QUOTE: “On behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe…I respectfully call upon you to immediately release and make public all correspondence and communications received by your office pertaining to the Memorandum on Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Memorandum on Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline issued January 24, 2017.
He continues QUOTE:
“The memoranda appear to have been drafted not by the U.S. Department of Justice or White House counsel, but by the attorneys for the pipeline companies themselves. In light of your decision not to relinquish your business interests prior to taking the oath of office, our Nation has grave concerns that these memoranda serve to fulfill commitments to your personal business interests rather than adherence to the United States’ long-standing trust responsibility to Indian tribes.” UNQUOTE
and concludes QUOTE “our Nation calls upon you to release the afore-mentioned correspondence and communications forthwith and without reservation.” UNQUOTE
That was Tribal Chair Robert Flying Hawk of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota in an official letter to Trump.
By Shelly Neuman
A statement from the group ‘Grand Jury Solidarity Actions’ wants to alert folks to the series of Grand Juries being convened with Water Protectors at Standing Rock. If it continues, Water Protectors will be subpoenaed at the court’s leisure every month for up to sixteen months or more. Grand Juries have a history of being used as a tool for harassment of activists.
The group is calling for a national day of action, February First. They suggest dropping a banner, holding an action or a workshop. QUOTE: “We ask you to join us in shining the light on this grand jury. Where the state and the pipeline have only death and loss to offer, the vibrancy of our solidarity and fierce spirits show we will never cooperate. We will not stop until the land, its spirits, and its forms are liberated.
With joyful rage and the utmost solidarity,
Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew” UNQUOTE
UPDATES on Nicole and Joseph:
We have a couple updates on Nicole Kissane and Joseph Buddenberg for you. Nicole and Joseph are prisoners charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act – They allegedly conspired to commit crimes against the fur industry, releasing mink and causing damages.
Anyways, a group has mobilized to support these activists – you can find more at www.supportnicoleandjoseph.com – friends and supporters on the website are calling for letters of support and demanding that Joseph be granted vegan food while in prison. Currently Joseph is being held in Solitary Confinement, but he is still able to receive books. A wishlist is published on their website so you can buy books to support him.
Trump-Affiliated Alt-Right Website Labels Earth First! Terrorist Group; Right-Wing Readers Foam at Mouth
By Ryan Clover
Radical environmental groups organizing under the banner Earth First! Have been called terrorists before. Eco-terrorism was a buzz word in the early two-thousands, with FBI led campaigns like the Green Scare. But now, with the Trump administration and the so-called “Alt-Right” movement, earth-firsters are getting their share of name-calling.
The article was published around Trump’s inauguration by Breitbart “News.”
Breitbart is a far-right “”news website with close alignment to the “alt-right” (neo-nazi) movement. This fascist alignment was facilitated by Breitbart’s former executive chairman Steve Bannon, who is now the Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor to President Donald Trump.
Hundreds of comments to the article called for killing earth-firsters, and targeting Earth First Journal’s staff. One of the comments said QUOTE “Going to take another ‘Kent State’ to stop this nonsense!”
So, this isn’t the first time Earth First has been a target, and it’s to be expected, a radical eco-defense movement that calls for direct action and maintains a stubborn connection with the land… So rather than being threatened, let’s consider this a call to action and a call for solidarity with all targeted peoples.
By Ryan Clover
Last weekend a group of water protectors gathered in prayer as a sixteen year old Sicangu Lakota youth locked herself to a bulldozer for an hour. Her name is Destiny Wilcuts, and she locked down to halt construction on the Trans Pecos pipeline in West Texas. She was ultimately arrested by the Presidio County Sheriff – but the action caused significant disruption on the pipeline.
This press release comes from the Two Rivers Camp, a water protector camp established in Texas opposing the Trans Pecos Pipeline.
In a statement, Destiny Willcuts of the Rosebud Sioux tribe said QUOTE “This fight means that my kids and my nieces and my nephews will have drinking water for their kids when they get older. … UNQUOTE.
She said that she endured the repression inflicted on the water protectors at Standing Rock, and that the movement motivated her to take action. She said QUOTE “For all you youth out there who are wanting to become organizers, do it. Youth rise up. We do it for our children, for our loved ones. Rise up. This isn’t the first fight and it definitely won’t be the last UNQUOTE.
Finally, she added QUOTE “I pray that for all of those who are greedy, that they get what they need and not what they want” UNQUOTE.
By Ryan Clover
In Georgia, an annual rattlesnake roundup is being challenged by the Center for Biological Diversity. The rattlesnake roundup is a cruel contest in which hunters compete for prizes by capturing rare eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.
The Center for Biological Diversity has presented a petition with more than 44,000 signatures to the Whigham Community Club opposing the contest and asking that it be replaced with a wildlife-friendly festival. The Center also presented more than 4,300 letters with the same message to Whigham’s mayor.
The rattlesnake roundup usually results in snakes being sold for for venom extraction, meat or skins.
Right now this is the last wild snake roundup in Georgia, as other events have made the transition to more educational events. Just a side note, the educational, wildlife friendly events are better attended, and more beneficial for the communities that host them.
By Shelly Neuman
A judge in California has set an important precedent by ruling that the state has the right to require a warning label on the popular pesticide Roundup. The label informs buyers that it is a ‘possible cancer threat.’
Mega-corporation Monsanto is suing California to over-turn this court ruling. Monsanto’s flimsy case is based on the source of the judge’s ruling. Monsanto’s lawyers admit that the label will hurt company profits. In court though, the lawyers contend that the ‘World Health Organization’ or ‘WHO’ is a foreign entity and therefore their scientific evidence should not be valid in the United States.
California regulators are waiting on the formal court ruling before they pounce on requirements for the new labeling of the pesticide.
By Ryan Clover
In England, the Bristol Hunt Saboteurs have released an exciting account “Sabbing the Tedworth Hunt” . A hunt sab is an event where people essentially crash the party for rich hunting clubs in England. The hunting clubs use trained dogs to attack foxes and other wildlife. The hunt sab group followed the hunt, disrupting their every move.
Here’s an excerpt from their account.
QUOTE “We kept on them despite their attempts to lose us, with the hunt bolting any time we got close. We came across hounds in cry, incidentally next to a sign which read “Conservation Area: Keep dogs on leads.”
A fast and ferocious downpour of hail added to the atmosphere as sabs intervened with the use of a Gizmo, horn and voice calls.
Persistence paid off; at first we got the hounds heads up and a few heading in our direction (see video), before getting most of the pack with us and riders coming over to try and retrieve them.
They finished their statement by pledging to the Tedworth Hunt “See you again soon!”
By Ryan Clover
Also related to hunt-sabotage – a hunting club famous for brutally killing fox cubs announced a hunt this weekend – but their plans are already being stalled. They’re called the South Herefordshire Hunt, and they’re currently being investigated after employees of the hunting club were filmed throwing fox cubs to hounds before disposing of their bodies.
Hunt sabotage activists captured the footage, which is causing problems on both sides of the issue. Hunt organizations like the Masters of Foxhounds Association is investigating the South Herefordshire hunt, and anti-hunting organizations are also focusing on shutting them down – and have begun rallying opposition.
By Ryan Clover
Moving on to Colombia, Bullfighting there was recently DE-criminalized. As a result animal rights activists staged a rally against bullfighting. Over a thousand people demonstrated in the streets to protest a bullfighting event – but were confronted by police. The rally included animal defenders, ecologists, and other collective members.
The protesters chanted and distributed flyers which described the cruelty of bullfighting. Riot police protected the bullfighting fans, who paraded through the streets as well. Eventually police began shooting tear gas at the demonstrators, trying to prevent a group of animal liberation activists from forming a black bloc.
For more information, see the Earth First Newswire, or the vegan anarchist blog : Vegan XS linked on our website ecodefenseradio.org
By Ryan Clover
In Mongolia, thousands of people stood in frigid weather to protest the government response to smog that routinely blankets their capital.
An estimated 7,000 people, many of them wearing air masks and gas masks underneath thick winter hats, braved negative 4 degree temperatures. One banner read: QUOTE “Wake up and smell the smog.” UNQUOTE
Ulaanbaatar is one of the world’s coldest capitals, and more than half of the city’s one-point-three million residents rely on burning raw coal, plastic, rubber tires and other materials to stay warm and cook meals in their homes.
The group is protesting the lack of action and solutions being provided by the government – the lack of action incentivises poor residents of the city to burn whatever fuel they can find.
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