Updates on Stop Line 3 in Minnesota

This week saw some extremely ominous news from Giniw Collective:

This is yet another major escalation in police repression and transparently illegal…but who enforces the law when it’s “law enforcement” who are the criminals?

In more uplifting news, 1000 Grandmothers led a rally at the mansion of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, calling him out to #StopLine3. Watch the video.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has chosen to continue the Trump administration’s policy and decided to approve permits to Enbridge for Line 3. From Democracy Now:

Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke responded in a statement, “This is a racist pipeline project forced down the throats of our people, an ecological time bomb and a giveaway to a Canadian multinational oil interest.”

And in less uplifting news, Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota has deployed the state’s National Guard to the U.S.-Mexican border. While this might seem to be unrelated, the deployment is being paid for entirely by Tennessee billionaire Willis Johnson (a major Republican Party donor). This is exactly the same dynamic we’ve seen in Minnesota, where armed branches of government are officially being paid by private entities to pursue their private interests.

While the government committing atrocities on behalf of corporations isn’t new (see the United Fruit Company/Chiquita and Halliburton), the fact that this corruption is happening so out in the open is chilling.

The fight against climate change is deeply connected to the struggle against all oppression. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

About Austen Lethbridge-Scarl

Austen Lethbridge-Scarl (he/him) is the editor of the XRPDX newsletter. Besides climate issues, he focuses on racial justice, police abolition and antifascism.


Updates on Stop Line 3 in Minnesota

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