Enbridge

On Saturday, March 4, more than 200 people—mostly youth under the age of 30—took to the streets of small-town Whitewater, Wisconsin, in a March Against Pipeline Expansion.

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Members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society—who had traveled all the way from St. Paul, Minnesota, to participate—led the march. Starting from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus, marchers made their way through town, down Main Street, and eventually to the scenic Cravath Lakefront Park.

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Watching the footage of armored military vehicles rolling through the remains of the Oceti Sakowin camp last week was a powerful reminder of the lawless brutality still wielded by the oil companies and their purchased politicians.

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859 The Dakota Access Pipeline is covered in the filthy fingerprints of half a dozen corporate oil giants, but the biggest and ugliest are those of Enbridge. Enbridge Energy Inc., a Canadian mega-corporation, recently purchased a 28% share in the pipeline from Energy Transfer Partners, making them the largest single financial contributor to the project’s bottom line.

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Often on a hot summer festival day, I'd hear a friend sigh, "I wish we could go swimming," gesturing towards the Kalamazoo River. I'd laugh and say "No one goes swimming in the Kalamazoo River unless they want to grow an extra limb or eye." I repeated this phrase frequently to my out-of-state Kalamazoo College friends walking by the river beneath Kalamazoo Valley Museum, but I didn't fully understand the origins of the toxicity until very recently.

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Thursday afternoon April 3rd, 300 protesters from across the Great Lakes region from multiple generations, marched with high spirits through the final fits of winter, to a contested case hearing, holding Enbridge on trial to re-examine the need to expand tar sands infrastructure, specifically Line 67, the Alberta Clipper, which would transport 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil per day across MN to Lake Superior.

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SJSF Goes North

October 31, 2013

    On the long drive back from Pittsburg to Boston the other week, hyped up on empowerment and ready to change the world, my friend Abbie and I decided we wanted Students for a Just and Stable Future, the group we work with in the Boston area, to take some action against the proposed Enbridge Trailbreaker pipeline project.

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