In this episode, we speak with Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc First Nation who is a life long land defender and currently is involved in the ongoing campaign of the Tiny House Warriors. In the summer of 2018 in so-called British Columbia, out of a ceremonial gathering, the Tiny House Warriors launched a protest encampment aimed at stopping the construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, (to listen to our interview with people at Camp Cloud fighting the same pipeline, go here).
Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline currently transports Northern Alberta crude through British Columbia to Metro Vancouver ports. The pipe crosses through more than 500 kilometres of Secwepemc territory – land…never ceded to Canada.
The protest camp is taking shape weeks after Canada took ownership of the Trans Mountain project, which has faced massive opposition from First Nations and environmentalists. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared the $7.4 billion pipeline a matter of “national interest” while opponents say it’s an ecological disaster waiting to happen.
In our discussion, we talk about how the Tiny House Warriors have used the space they have created to not only fight back against the construction of the pipeline, but also create a new world worth defending. We close by discussing the future of the movement against climate change, how people can support the struggle, indigenous sovereignty, and much more.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.
Living and Fighting:
In the last several weeks, we’ve seen large turn outs to antifascist actions. In at a State park in Burns, Tennessee, over 100 people protested against the American Renaissance conference, which led to several arrests. In June, another white nationalist gathering will take place, featuring speakers including Richard Spencer and David Duke. Last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, over 1,000 people took to the streets against the KKK, despite a massive police build up and local politicians telling people to go home. In the end, only a handful of KKK members actually showed up.
Anti-racist activist @DLamontJenkins of @OnePeoplesProj spoke at the state park's entrance about the history and context of people coming out to protest American Renaissance.
Lastly, today on May 28th, neo-Nazi and owner of the Whitewater Grille, Rick Tyler, spoke in front of a tiny crowd while over 100 people protested outside. Rick Tyler is most well known for running for public office and losing numerous times, and promoting his failed campaigns with large billboards that read, “Make America White Again.”
Today the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3557, which as one report wrote:
Texas lawmakers voted to approve a controversial measure that would make it a felony for protesters to interrupt the construction of oil pipelines. Under House Bill 3557, “impairing or interrupting” a pipeline would become a felony punishable by up to two years behind bars. Damaging a pipeline during construction would carry even stiffer penalties, becoming a third-degree felony with up to 10 years in prison time. Gov. Greg Abbott’s is expected to sign the energy industry-backed bill into law.
In Miami-Dade, about 100 school children and supporting adults converged on the Homestead child detention facility, the sight of daily protests, in order to deliver over 1,000 letters and other messages of solidarity to the children locked inside. The Miami Herald reported that guards rejected the letters. Currently around 3,000 children are held in the facility and numbers are expected to grow.
Finally, tomorrow is the start of the trial of Dr. Scott Warren of No More Deaths and there is a call to pack the court in solidarity. Check out the No More Deaths website for info on how to support him during the court proceedings.
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