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Resistance Heating Up — And You Can Too

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Things are happening quickly as physical destruction in our home towns has begun in Spectra’s construction of the AIM pipeline. Resistance has quickly become intense, and that intensity will just keep heating up.

Yesterday Nancy Vann, president of Reynolds Hills (here) and founder of Safe Energy Rights Group (SEnRG) (here) couldn’t take it any more. Surprising everyone, including herself, she sat down on Reynolds Hills property and wouldn’t get back up. Spectra wrenched land from Reynolds Hills through eminent domain and were cutting down trees. The tree cutting stopped. County police threatened arrest but when their bluff was called they backed down and left. There was coverage on WHUD, News 12 and Fios.

Nancy Vann says she ought not be arrested

Nancy Vann says she ought not be arrested

Some of the big destruction equipment she stopped

Some of the big destruction equipment she stopped

Support from the like-minded

Support from the like-minded

And this morning, the Montrose 9 who were arrested blocking access to a Spectra staging area had their day in court. They held their banner with peaceful presence when they were arrested, and they stood in calm and self-possessed dignity before the court. In between, they were honored at the Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir’s show at the Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub.

Montrose 9 stopping work at dawn

Montrose 9 stopping work at dawn

Montrose 9 honored & celebrated

Montrose 9 honored & celebrated

Montrose 9 after court

Montrose 9 after court

After court, there was a much larger action at the site of yesterday’s Nancy Vann sit in. This time, Channel 2 came up from the city and Channel 4 sent their helicopter.

For absolutely up to the minute news visit the “Resist AIM Pipeline” Facebook page (here).

The protests so far have mostly involved people from Brooklyn and Southern Westchester. It’s time for locals to start getting involved. So: Peekskill, Verplanck, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Yorktown: it’s time. To get involved in direct actions – in roles that risk arrest and a wide variety that don’t – sign the pledge (here) and attend an Intake Meeting – there’s one tomorrow afternoon (Saturday November 21st) right here in Peekskill.

To begin working in other ways – and there are nearly as many ways as there are people tempted to get started – drop us a line at the Peekskill Pipeline Project (here). There will be an informational and brainstorming meeting in Peekskill right after the “Peekskill to Paris”- Global Climate Rally (here) Saturday November 28th.

5 comments to Resistance Heating Up — And You Can Too

  • And don’t forget to join us!
    Sign the AIM Pipeline pledge of resistance http://www.tinyurl.com/resistAIM
    We’ll connect you to one of many upcoming events that can help you get up to speed on all that is happening.

  • Kathleen Kourie

    I think this pipeline is a danger to our community and I would like to help.

  • Elizabeth Browning

    There are artists in NYC that might come to paint trees blue, sing, and more to create publicity and visibility. If there were one big event we could focus on, let me know and I will start writing to artists in the theater community.
    My son Elijah also will bring students from SUNY Purchase to paint trees and have their voices heard
    We need advance notice to gather a large crowd.
    Thanks
    Elizabeth Browning

  • Elijah Shaheen

    This is about more than just saving trees. It’s about the safety and health of our families, our loved ones, and ourselves. Putting in this pipeline means risking the lives of 20 million people and given the times we are in, it’s a chance we just cannot take. I am willing to get the students of SUNY purchase collage involved in the resistance and block the bulldozers from doing anymore destruction! Just keep me up-to-date with what’s going on, and I will help!!!

    • admin

      That’s really good news Elijah — at our first meeting of People Preventing Pipelines (previously Peekskill Pipeline Project) we were talking about how to get younger people involved, since we’re almost all over 50. Your offer won’t be forgotten. PPP is at http://ppp-fights.org/ and there’s a wealth of information at http://sape2016.org/ Talking to people is always a really important first step and it’s very easy to do something else first (a blog post, a website, a handout …)

      Welcome aboard!

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