News and Events: Interfaith rally to stop Line 3 at the Capitol Feb. 19; Trump’s border wall construction threatens disturbs sacred Indigenous graves

In this blog:

  • Interfaith rally to stop Line 3 Feb. 19 at Gov. Walz’s office
  • Trump’s border wall construction harms sacred Indigenous grave sites
  • Corporate capture: Canadian energy company pays for Sheriff’s unit in North Bend Oregon that monitors pipeline opponents

Interfaith rally to stop Line 3 Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Gov. Walz’s office

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light is organizing an interfaith rally to stop Line 3 on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul. According to the announcement:

The Walz administration is poised to issue permits for 227 water crossings for this pipeline against the clear evidence of oil spill risk, broken treaties, and climate catastrophe. We as people of faith are called to take a stand against this threat to water, indigenous sovereignty, and our children’s future. …

Together we’ll lift up our voices in prayer, song, meditation, and sacred ritual to send our moral message to the Governor: to protect our sacred water and climate, we must Stop Line 3.

Will you join? RSVP to attend here.

Trump’s border wall construction disturbs sacred Indigenous grave sites

This, according to a Feb. 9 story in The Washington Post:

Construction crews began blasting sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of the construction of President Trump’s border barrier, and the affected areas include sites sacred to Native American groups, according to a congressman from Arizona and advocates.

The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an internationally recognized biosphere reserve — meaning it has plants and animals so rare that the United Nations has given it a special designation. It includes about 330,000 acres of designated wilderness and is home to ancestral grounds sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, one of at least a dozen Native American groups that claim connections to grounds within the monument.

Corporate capture: Canadian energy company pays for Sheriff’s unit in North Bend Oregon that monitors pipeline opponents

The Intercept has uncovered another example of corporate capture, in its article: Paid by the Pipeline: A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit. It starts out:

At a casino in the small coastal town of North Bend, Oregon, dozens of law enforcement officers and corporate security personnel gathered for a two-day training on how to wage propaganda battles against protesters. The November 2018 event was organized by the National Sheriffs’ Association, one of the country’s largest law enforcement organizations, and hosted by the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, which has spent years monitoring opposition to the Jordan Cove Energy Project — a proposed liquid natural gas pipeline and export terminal that the Trump administration has named one of its highest-priority infrastructure projects.

The cost of the event, however — totaling $26,250 — was paid by Pembina Pipeline Corp., the Canadian fossil fuel company that owns the Jordan Cove project.

In fact, for nearly four years, Pembina was the sole funding source of a unit in the sheriff’s office dedicated to handling security concerns related to Jordan Cove — despite the fact that there is not yet any physical infrastructure in place to keep secure.

Corporate capture refers to: “the means by which an economic elite undermine the realization of human rights and the environment by exerting undue influence over domestic and international decision-makers and public institutions,” according to Friends of the Earth International.

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