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Feb 7, 20

San Francisco, CA: Call to Defend the Yintah – Wednesday Feb 19th

Call for a solidarity mobilization with the Wet’suwet’en in so-called San Francisco, California on February 19th.

We are a group of Indigenous, Indigenous-descendent, and supporting organizers, loosely affiliated with the formation known as Abolish ICE San Francisco in so-called San Francisco, California. We are demanding that JPMorgan Chase immediately withdraw all financial support for the Coastal GasLink project.

Coastal GasLink is a project of TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada Pipelines, an institution leading multiple extractive energy projects on Indigenous land. Coastal GasLink is a pipeline intended to go across the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in so-called Canada. For years, the Wet’suwet’en Nation and supporters have voiced and enacted their opposition to this project, an opposition which has been unrecognized by TC Energy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the extended Canadian government.

In early January 2020, all five hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation evicted Coastal GasLink (CGL) from their homeland. In the following weeks, the RCMP maintained an aggressive presence nearby. Meanwhile, Indigenous youth-led resistance across so-called Canada was sparked, such as the Youth for Yintah’s 18-hour occupation of the Ministry of Energy and Mines office in so-called Victoria, BC, and the ongoing occupation of MP Dan Vandal’s office, a minister of Northern Affairs, in so-called Winnipeg, MT.

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Emergency Rally to Defend the Yintah! *Updated Flyer* . Join us on Wednesday Feb 19th at 1pm in front of the Chase Building (560 Mission) to stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. In the middle of the night on Feburary 6th, several people defending the Gidimt'en Yintah @gidimten_checkpoint were violently arrested while defending themselves and their land from the nonconsenual Coastal GasLink project. We need to act now in solidarity, and take on our responsibility to support those on the frontlines of this struggle. Join us to help support the autonomy of Indigenous communities defending their homelands and unceded territories. . Our Demands: . 1. Chase withdraw all support for Coastal GasLink (CGL) 2. Acknowledge their breach of Wet'suwet'en consent 3. Make a commitment to respect Indigenous autonomy 4. Consult with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs for best ways to support their efforts . #DefendTheYintah #WetsuwetenStrong #ShutDownCanada #AllEyesOnWetsuweten #NoTrespass . @seedingsovereignty

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The morning of February 6 2020, the RCMP violently arrested multiple Indigenous people on the unceded Gidimt’en Yintah, in Wet’suwet’en territory. After continually refusing to respect Wet’suwet’en leadership prior to these arrests, the RCMP clarified their stance by violating Wet’suwet’en protocol and bodily autonomy.

Our focus on JPMorgan Chase is because they have provided financial support for Coastal GasLink for millions of dollars throughout the years. By demanding that Chase withdraw all support for Coastal GasLink, commit to respecting Indigenous autonomy, acknowledge their breach of Wet’suwet’en consent, and consult with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, we hope to lift some of the burden weighing on Wet’suwet’en frontlines.

As a group, our position is and always will be in support of Indigenous autonomy. The forces behind Coastal GasLink are the same government and capitalist institutions which violently enforce colonial borders, facilitate climate chaos, fuel forced migration, and incarcerate millions of people. As a group of people who stand firmly against these institutions, and firmly in solidarity with Indigenous self-determination, we are unable to watch idly while Wet’suwet’en people and homelands face such repression.

We consider our solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, and our resistance to all institutions related to Coastal GasLink, to be a responsibility inherited from our ancestors. We invite you to stand with us in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, and Indigenous autonomy globally, at 560 Mission, Wednesday February 19th at 1pm, in so-called San Francisco, California. We urge everyone across Turtle Island and beyond to launch similar actions in their city, in alignment with Wet’suwet’en protocol.

It’s time for us to kill the pipeline, and to save the land.

In solidarity,

#WetsuwetenStrong #AllEyesOnWetsuweten #DefendTheYintah #NoTrespass #ShutDownCanada

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