We are rising against Line 3
By Emily Murphy and Jennifer Linton
As fellow climate activists and concerned citizens, we’re asking you to participate in an action, June 5-8, to stand against the Line 3 pipeline and protect our Great Lakes and our future. A group of us from the chapter are planning to attend and we need more of you to join us.
Enbridge is currently building Line 3 through Anishinaabe treaty land and the Mississippi Headwaters in northern Minnesota. The proposed new route endangers precious land and water and cuts directly through the wild rice beds that are sacred to the life of the Anishinaabeg. This land is the only place in the world where this rice is grown.
Indigenous women have been leading this fight against Line 3 for years. They are calling on everyone — from the White Earth Reservation to Washington D.C. and coast to coast — to come to the frontlines and fight alongside them.
Let’s rise together in solidarity to protect the land, water, and treaty rights.
Now is the time for you to answer the call
There are many different types of roles in this action. Some will put their bodies on the line to halt construction and make our voices heard. Some will join a mass vigil bearing witness to the dirty destruction by the fossil fuel industry.
A mass mobilization — including direct action — is necessary to propel this issue to the top of the nation’s consciousness and force President Biden to act.
We must not stand by and watch a fossil fuel corporation line its pockets while so much is destroyed to transport more oil we don’t need, most of which is exported abroad.
The darkest side to this story is that Enbridge’s construction of this new pipeline — which brings man camps to the region — has a direct correlation to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives. Every pipeline has a body count. Indigenous women are murdered at 10 times the rate of other ethnicities.
We will gather in northern Minnesota on June 5–8, to create the largest protest yet to stop construction of Line 3. Let’s show the world that the days of tar sands pipelines are over.
Share this call to action with your organization + network
If you are interested in having us speak about this event at one of your meetings, we would be happy to do so. Below are some resources including a link to frequently asked questions.
If you and supporters in your network can’t attend, please consider contributing funds using the links below. This will assure the event is a success. We look forward to hearing from you!
• Official sign up for Treaty People Gathering, June 5–8 in northern MN
• Illinois interest form to get more information if considering the event
• FAQs on the event
• National call on May 18. Be sure to register. The national call will include additional information and an overview of actions people will be taking together. Tara Houska, Dawn Goodwin, Winona LaDuke, Taysha Martineau and others will speak.
• Sharable PDF flyer with Illinois contact information
DONATE TO THE FRONTLINES
• Doom to Line 3: A Film Fundraiser for the Frontlines. Sign up for film fundraiser via Action Network to attend this event hosted by Rising Tide Chicago on May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
• Stop Line 3: Donate to the frontlines via Squarespace
• Line 3 Legal Defense Fund: Donate to legal defense via fundrazr.com to assist those participating in nonviolent direct action against Line 3.
• Taysha Martineau, Indigenous activist. Donate to frontline indigenous camp leader Venmo @Taysha-Martineau
Emily Murphy was trained in July 2020 and is serving as an at-large chair for the chapter. She has been very involved with the Zero Waste Warrior committee, helping to raise awareness on the importance of plastic reduction and low waste/sustainable solutions. She’s passionate about stopping pipelines and new fossil fuel infrastructure from being built.
Jennifer Linton resides in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. She co-founded the chapter and now serves as the membership co-chair. She’s a graphic and web designer with experience in art direction. When she’s not working hard on climate solutions, she loves time with family, live music, weaving and photography.