Posted 31 August 2011, by Sparki, It’s Getting Hot In Here, itsgettinghotinhere.org
UPDATE from Wild Idaho Rising Tide: “Last night the city of Moscow was a police-state, with close to 30 police officers lining a 3-block radius in downtown. We’ve been tipped off that Exxon put in a phone call to the City police department and is now paying the force’s overtime pay. The load was not blocked and people are just sick to their stomach. A community meeting is being planned and we need as much help as we can get.”
The fight against the tar sands is hot!
In the past week and half, over 700 people have been arrested sitting in at the White House in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline. Also today, Indigenous Canadians took action at the Canadian embassy in Washington D.C. More actions are planned everyday until Saturday and it’s beginning to spread around the world with solidarity actions in Cairo and Durban, South Africa.
And in Idaho, Wild Idaho Rising Tide has already taken multiple actions blocking the tar sands megaloads bound for Alberta.
Last week, 9 were arrested fighting the megaloads. More actions are planned. 67 more loads will be rolling and they need some help!
Oil companies like Exxon are transporting massive pieces of oil extraction equipment from South Korea to Portland Oregon via ship, up the Snake and Columbia Rivers by barge to Lewiston Idaho and plan to truck them to Alberta over Idaho and Montana’s scenic highways and byways. The megaloads have been fought in the legal and regulatory arenas in ID and MT. Exxon has used every trick and loophole in the book to move that equipment. Now they are moving and Idaho’s residents are responding with non-violent direct action.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide put out this call for support today:
“Keep up your creativity and resolve under pressure, dear comrades! Allies elsewhere, we are under escalating siege and need you by our sides, either physically or fiscally. Please come to Idaho or contribute your aid to our resistance of another 67 transports that build tar sands hell.“
Contact Wild Idaho Rising Tide at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook
They need support funds and people to help plan and carry out creative non-violent direct action. Please support however you can.
They plan another action tonight to intercept the 2nd megaload truck:
“Moscow Megaload Madness, Round 2
If you missed the mega-protest last Thursday or just cannot get enough of rebuking Big Oil’s abuses of Idaho roads, First Nations people, and our global climate, this is your chance to monitor and protest the ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil transports. Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and community members are meeting at the Pie Hole, 125 East Second Street in Moscow:
* At 9 pm to monitor the second full-size half-height megaload between Lewiston and Moscow,
* At 10 pm to organize WIRT’s practical tactics, overarching strategies, and organizational development with visiting activists,
* At 11 pm to wait for the Moscow arrival of the second megaload and to learn from visiting activists how to know your rights, interact with police, and form affinity groups
When the ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil component of an Alberta tar sands upgrader reaches Moscow, we trust that you will join with your fellow Idahoans, bringing your protest signs and chants, friends and family, and heartfelt actions plans. Because inspiration takes many forms, we do not know where and what demonstrations will materialize on Wednesday night, but we welcome your participation within certain parameters.
This ninth Imperial Oil equipment shipment on Highway 95 weighs 322,800 pounds, obstructs two lanes of traffic with its 24-foot width, and looms at 14 feet high and 193 feet long. It will depart the Port of Lewiston and travel between 10 pm and 5:30 am on Wednesday night, north on U.S. Highway 95 to Interstates 90 and 15 and Canada.
At an average speed of 35 miles per hour, the convoy will limit traffic delays to 15 minutes at 25 previously identified locations. Over the course of three days, the transport will stop near the Latah/Benewah county line, at the Interstate 90 milepost 33 pullout, and by the Idaho/Montana border. Pilot vehicles and Idaho State Police patrol cars will accompany the load.
Come out and express your opposition to Alberta tar sands development and associated ecosystem destruction, to oil companies’ establishment of a permanent Highway 95 industrial corridor, and to their exploitation and degradation of our taxpayer maintained rural roads, rivers, bridges, and historic structures and sites, and of North Americans’ road safety and access, community character, human rights, and civil liberties.”
Scott Parkin is a Senior Organizer with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.