"Two Members of Cross Timbers Earth First! Shut Down a KXL Construction Site" | May 14, 2012 | Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance:
The Great Plains has long been considered a “sacrifice zone” by the petro-chemical industry but today a staunch resistance is growing in response to the expansion of Tar Sands infrastructure. Holly and Bailey are part of an ongoing wave of local Oklahomans who have been resisting the KXL by has using direct action. Yet, local Oklahomans explain they aren’t only resisting the KXL but resisting the apathy that has existed for too long in the face of these destructive petro-chemical industries. Bailey explained, “I am blockading tar sands because I am blockading indifference. I am blockading passivity.”
From the growing indigenous resistance that is fomenting against the KXL across the plains to the newly formed Cross Timers Earth First in Oklahoma, the heartland is now firmly refusing the idea of a “sacrifice zone.”
Today’s action is a part of a broader struggle happening across North America. New connections and coalitions are being made as the movement for indigenous sovereignty and against extraction gains momentum. From the Idle No More Movement, to the three year long- Unis’tot’en Camp blockade of the Pacific Trails Pipeline, to the newly forming coalition in Utah, determined to stop the first Tar Sands Mines proposed for the U.S., many are banding together to call for a #Fearless Summer and a #Sovereignty Summer. Both call for coordinated direct actions against industrial extraction and for indigenous sovereignty.
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