KW Solidarity Action With #SwampLine9!

Kitchener-Waterloo community members, their families, friend, and far-flung guests are all invited to come out and show solidarity with the #SwampLine9 occupation happening just south of us in Westover ON!

We are meeting @ Kitchener City Hall tomorrow at 12:30pm, where we'll be handing out flyers, talking to the public about the occupation and Enbridge's plans for Line 9, as well as unveiling banners in solidarity with the action. Please join us if you can!

For more information or media inquiries, email decolonizethegrandriver@gmail.com.

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June 25, 2013

Kitchener picket joins cross-Canada actions on
June 25 in support of Tar Sands blockade in Ontario
Direct Action occupation of Enbrige’s Line 9 construction site sparks solidarity actions #swampline9 #sovsummer
Local action: Kitchener City Hall - Start time: 12:30pm

Kitchener, ON (Haudenosaunee Territory) – At 12:30pm this afternoon, concerned residents of Waterloo Region will gather at Kitchener to demonstrate local opposition to Enbridge Energy Inc’s controversial Line 9 pipeline. Called by the local grassroots anti-colonial action group Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, it’s one of the many protest actions being organized today at Enbridge offices, government buildings, and other key locations in a dozen cities across Canada. These actions comes in response to a call-out for support for “Swamp Line 9” activists, who took over Enbridge’s North Westover Pumping Station just outside of Hamilton this past Thursday and have continued to hold their position there.

Line 9 is an existing pipeline that currently runs east to west from Montreal to Sarnia; however Enbridge has applied to reverse the direction of the pipeline in order to ship tar sands oil from Alberta to the East Coast.
This pipeline crosses the territories of 18 Indigenous nations along its route, including the Six Nations of the Grand River who have not given free, prior, informed consent to the project. Only the first leg of the reversal has been approved by the National Energy Board, and public consultations for the second section are scheduled for the fall. However, Enbridge has already begun construction on this project.
Line 9 crosses dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, including, the Grand River and the Beverly Swamp in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Hamilton's largest watershed, putting the drinking water of millions of people at risk of an oil spill.
Sovereignty Summer is a campaign of coordinated direct actions to promote Indigenous rights and environmental protection in alliance with non-native supporters spearheaded by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.

For quotes: http://www.mediacoop.ca/newsrelease/18046
National Media Contact: Elysia Petrone, 905 865 6819 (at Swamp Line 9 Occupation)
Kitchener Media Contact: Dan Kellar, 519-616-4462 (for Grand River Indigenous Solidarity)

For the full directory of solidarity actions being planned today across the country, please check www.swampline9.tumblr.com for updates as more are announced.

fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/552106554852267/

Dates: 
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 08:30

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