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Spectacular Aerial Tree Blockade Halts Construction in Solidarity with Idle No More First Nations Movement

UPDATE: 11:50 am – Police detaining supporters standing on side of highway; one direct supporter arrested

We have confirmation that one direct ground support person for the tree blockade has been arrested, and another placed in handcuffs. Police have been detaining and checking ID’s of people who have been standing on the side of the highway, protesting in support of the blockade.

Call the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department and demand that they stop detaining people for standing in public areas and exercising their constitutional rights: (936) 634-3332.

UPDATE: 11 am – Police and workers getting dangerously close to life-lines of eastern platform.

The lines spanning the perimeter of the blockade are directly connected to the platforms in the trees, and even touching them can cause the platform to shake. Cutting the lines could cause serious injury, or even death, to the people occupying the platforms in the trees. Without direct support in the immediate vicinity, this is a potentially very dangerous situation for the two aerial blockaders.


Dec. 3 Police threaten protesters w Tear gas – Tar Sands Blockade Winona TX

BREAKING: Two People Barricade Themselves Inside Keystone XL Pipe To Halt Construction, Winona TX

December 3, 2012


UPDATE: 9:20 am – Police threaten to use tear gas on peaceful protesters

Several sheriffs are shining flashlights into the pipe and threatening to use tear gas on the people inside. The blockaders are standing strong and remain barricaded inside the pipe.

UPDATE: 9:00 am – Police warn blockaders to leave the pipe or face arrest.

Police are demanding that the blockaders leave the pipe or be arrested. The blockaders refuse to comply.

UPDATE: 8:45 a/m – Sheriffs arrive on site and are consulting with workers and talking into the pipe.

UPDATE: 7:30 am – Workers arrive. Construction is effectively halted.

Twenty-two trucks and over thirty workers are on the scene with nothing to do.




BREAKING: 40 People Stop Keystone XL Construction: Four Lock to Machinery, Nacogdoches Student and Two Others Launch a New Tree Blockade

Tar Sands Blockade Details here


Nov. 14 – scott crow – Breaking Down the Barricades – Common Ground Collective Co-founder

Breaking Down the Barricades

Author and community organizer, scott crow will be speaking at East Side Social Center  on Wednesday, November 14th. scott is the co-founder of the Common Ground Collective in post-Katrina New Orleans; the largest non-hierarchical/anarchist inspired organization in modern US history.

Pick up a copy of scott’s book “Black Flags and Windmills”, published by PM Press.

Wed. Nov. 14
Eastside Social Center – 4202 Canal St. 77003
Doors at 6:00 pm
Presentation at 7:00 pm
Suggested $5 donation

“I believe in fighting for, and building a world built on collective liberation that is inclusive, sustainable and free of coercion and domination by the state or multi-national corporate interests. Within these pages is information on resistance to oppression and destruction of the natural world as well as alternatives and tools for building something other. Some information will be useful and others will be a waste of time. Take what you want and leave the rest.”




Nov 15 Occupy to buy debt & cancel it. Strike Debt, Rolling Jubliee

The Rolling Jubilee is a bailout of the people by the people – we buy defaulted debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, we abolish it. Our goal for the launch is to raise $50,000, which will likely allow us to abolish more than $1,000,000 dollars worth of personal debt. The more money we raise, the more debt we can abolish. Donations can be made online at beginning around November 15.

The Rolling Jubilee is a project of Strike Debt, which emerged out of Occupy Wall Street and is dedicated to raising public awareness about predatory debt practices, debt resistance and mutual aid. Debt is the tie that binds the 99%, from recent graduates paying hundreds of dollars in interest every month on their student loans, to elderly homeowners underwater to the banks, to teachers and firefighters forced to take pay cuts because their cities are broke, to countries that that have to slash school and hospital budgets to pay back bondholders. Strike Debt links diverse individuals and communities to resist the debt system. Initiatives include publishing The Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual, hosting teach-ins and debt assemblies, supporting the Occupy Student Debt Campaign‘s pledge of student debt refusal, and creative direct actions across the country.


Nov 3 Having Our Say: The Art of Occupy

Having Our Say: The Art of Occupy  Saturday, 6:00pm – 11:00pm at WAR’HOUS Visual Studios

This is an art event showcasing a unique variety of music and artwork including sculpture, prints, paintings, and screened objects from a diverse and well-rounded group of both traditional and local street artists that seek to illuminate the many aspects associated with the Occupy Movement worldwide. Our talented artists are united in their support of, and have agreed to donate 50% of the sale of their works toward local chapters of the Occupy and Food Not Bombs Movements. Expect the unexpected!

Emmanuel Nuño Arámbula
Dom Bam
James Burns
Yamin Cespedez
Sergio Cornejo
Rosie de Riveteur
Matthew Douglass
Robert Estep
Tito Fabian
Vincent Fink
Nathan Gabriel
Jere Guillory
Duke Huberman
Nyssa Juneau
Catherine Kleinhans
Chris Litherland
Lynet McDonald
Dae One
Emmanuel Oni
Mandy Peyrani
David ‘Lowbrow’ Pilgrim
Justin Ransburg
Nick Weiss
Michael Wooten

*And featuring selected works from fabled Zap Comix artist S.Clay Wilson !!

Keystone XL’s Impact on Houstonians – Teach-in Oct. 27

Teach-In: How the Keystone XL Pipeline will Impact Houstonians

Saturday, October 27th, 4-7pm @ East Side Social Center (4202 Canal St)

Join T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service), Houston Sierra Club and Tar Sands Blockade for a presentation and discussion on the effects the Keystone XL pipeline will have on residents in the greater Houston area.

We will be covering a range of topics including air quality, the health effects of toxic refinery emissions, pipeline spills, environmental racism and climate change.This event is free. We will be passing the can/laptop for donations to cover ever-mounting legal expenses for Tar Sands Blockade arrestees.

International Seed Dispersal Oct. 24 in Houston

4 Locations in Houston! See below for times and locations.

In addition to being National Food Day, October 24th is also the official United Nations Day and, as a counter to this events irrelevance to human interests as well as the ongoing malpractices of groups like Monsanto; OH Sustainability Work Group, in solidarity with Occupy movements everywhere, is helping to host an International Seed Dispersal!Information regarding crops most likely to do well in your region will be made available, here, beforehand allowing each Occupy or affinity group to decide their own specifics on dispersing: whether it be along major highways, country roads or within neighborhoods or at a local farm or garden.This event also seeks to be part of the answer to the vision of “local food production, community gardens, & permaculture agriculture” as seen in the visioning session results of NATGAT!This Earth belongs to us, and it’s time we reclaim it! Redistribute far and wide!!!

Stay tuned for more updates and conference call times.


8AM-Eco-Tone: At this humble garden we’ll be taking on the tasks of labeling, harvesting, weeding, tilling, dispersing new seeds and overall garden maintenance! LOCATION: Eco-tone, 3616 St. Charles St

11AM-Marcus Garvey Garden: Come experience and be apart the growing efforts of this local initiative and, be sure to stick around as we tackle building out the irrigation system to accommodate future expansion! LOCATION: 5309 M.L.K. Blvd.

4PM-The Silo: Learn about the feasibility of growing food in less spacious settings using container gardening. Pots, seeds and seedling will also be available for purchase! LOCATION: next door to LOO Last Organic Outpost

7PM-Last Organic Outpost: Help harvest fresh organic produce, disperse seeds and get a chance to tour this vibrant urban community farm and learn about all that it has to offer including bee-keeping, aquaponics, worm ranches; and lots more! LOCATION: 711 N. Emile St.

Light breakfast at Eco-Tone @ 8AM. Finger food potluck at Last Organic Outpost @ 7PM.

We encourage everybody to stay hydrated throughout the day! Water will be made available.

*Remember to bring gloves, work shoes, and any tools you thing would be handy!

Conference Call Tonight at 7PM EST
Follow this link below to register: