Pacific Trail Pipelines: Overview and Resistance

Grassroots Rendering

This project was created to support the efforts of the Unist’ot’en Clan to oppose fracking and tarsands Pipeline development in Northern British Columbia.  3D Animations were created by generating terrain with real world height data, and by animating Industrial Abstraction and Forest Rendering Project features.

Full transcript with reference links posted bellow:

Recently, there has been wide spread resistance against Tarsands Expansion, especially In opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines.  The BC government is upholding the project on economic grounds, and the Canadian government is set to approve the Noerthern Gateway in June.

Enbridge anticipates its development to start  in early 2015.  But before then, the Pacific Trail Pipelines will be constructed, transporting fracked gas from British Columbia’s shale formations to numerous export terminals in Kitimat.

unistotenmap

The Pacific Trail Pipelines, known as PTP, will literally carve a path through vast forests and  mountains, establishing maintenance roads along the route…

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Mexico, 5E: End of the arraigo, terrorism case falls. Comrades now detained under charges of damages and attacks on public peace

from fuegoalascarceles
translated from Spanish by sabotagemedia

Yesterday February 17, marked the end of the 40 days of arraigo* decreed by the Attorney General of the Republic against our compañerxs Carlos López, Amelie Pelletier and Fallon Poisson.

During these forty days they tried to put together a case for Terrorism and Organized Crime against them, however, and despite intimidating and inquisitorial methods, they were unable to mount their case, so that at the end of the arraigo our compañerxs were released for lack of evidence. The Local Police of the Federal District has since detained them on charges of damages and attacks to public peace.

Amelie and Fallon are now in the women’s prison Reclusorio Femenil de Santa Martha and were visited by their lawyers, while Carlos called and said he is in Reclusorio Oriente, however it wont be until tomorrow that he can receive visitors.

Since the charges they are facing aren’t for major crimes, it is possible for them to reach bail, although we should remember that Mario González facing the same situation has had bail refused systematically, arguing that he is a danger for society.

Let’s continue solidarity with our sisters and brothers kidnapped by the State!

Freedom for Carlos, Amelie and Fallon!

Freedom for Mario, Salvador and Fernando!

Freedom for all!

Down with the prison walls!

*arbitrary preventive detention in the Mexican justice system

5E3 : Seattle solidarity demo at Mexican consulate for the arrested comrades accused of molotov attack

From Anarchist News

This afternoon, February 11th, there was a demonstration at the Mexican consulate in Seattle, in solidarity with Carlos Lopez and other prisoners of the Mexican state. A group of about 20 people chanted Carlos’ name as well as anti-border and anti-prison slogans, and a synopsis of the case and a statement by Carlos were read over a megaphone. There were two banners that said “Solidarity to all captured comrades” and “Solidaridad es mas fuerte que los carceles! Presxs a la calle!” We stood around and handed out leaflets to passers-by for about 15 minutes, then went inside the consulate and read Carlos’ statement again, and left and dispersed on our own accord.

Carlos is one of three people arrested on January 5th in Mexico City in relation to a firebomb attack on a Nissan Dealership and the Ministry of Communication and Transportation. Collectively known as the 5E3, they are being held on a special 40-day extension and are being investigated for sabotage, organized crime, and terrorism.

Capitalism, domination, and control are global, therefore anarchist solidarity is international as well. All prisons and borders must be destroyed, whether Mexican, Canadian, US, or any other. We feel particularly inspired by the 5E3′s resilience in the face of state repression because we have also faced intense state repression in the last year and a half in the Pacific Northwest. Much like civil contempt in the United States is used in an attempt to break us, the 40-day arraigo is a similar attempt by the Mexican state to force compliance on the part of those physically locked up as well as those who might be inspired by attacks on the state and capitalism.

Compxs, we wish you continued strength in the battles to come. With solidarity, non-cooperation with the state, and care for each other, you will get through this.

Call-Out for Comox Valley Anarchist Book Fair ( May 3-4, 2014)

by Screech Owl Organizing Collective

ANARCHY IN THE COMOX VALLEY

Callout for the 2nd Annual Comox Valley Anarchist Book Fair

(Sat May 3 and Sun May 4, 2014)

 

Last year, in the spirit of rising anarchist resistance, and with a nod toward honoring our fallen comrades from the past, we organized the first Comox Valley Anarchist Book Fair for one day on the weekend immediately following May Day. Once again, the book fair will be hosted on May Day weekend in conjunction with the Village Muse Bookstore and located in Cumberland (a rural village on Vancouver Island in Coast Salish territory). However, this year it will be expanded to two days (May 3 and 4, 2014) because one day of anarchy simply wasn’t enough!

 

As we enter 2014 there is even more reason to focus on resistance as we greet an ever growing number of anarchist revolutionaries and radical indigenous communities that are fomenting an escalating movement against capitalist development and the Canadian State. While the book fair is a place to check out and distribute publications, kick back and have a laugh, it is also a place to communicate face to face between comrades and further our individual and collective struggles towards personal and social transformation.

 

We welcome proposals for workshops, presentations, facilitated discussions and distro/book tables related to all aspects of anarchy; especially decolonization, subversion of patriarchy/gender relations, autonomous subsistence, and anti-resource extraction/corporate development schemes. All proposals must be sent to us by Mon Mar 10.

 

We seek to provide a kid-friendly space with a child-care zone, and workshop proposals directed specifically at kids are encouraged. On Sat night, there will be an open mic and DIY stage for all kinds of performances. In providing hospitality, we are working on setting up an outdoor camping site in the area and providing limited billeting for those who have special needs and no contacts in the Valley.

 

Screech Owl Organizing Collective

Comox Valley Anarchist Book Fair

Contact: Matta     asmattamay@hotmail.com

Inmate in segregation at Kent Prison injures deputy warden and guard with punches to face

Except from mainstream swine:

The deputy warden and a correctional officer at Kent Institution in Agassiz are recovering after an inmate locked up in the segregation unit punched them in the face.

The officer was rushed to hospital on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. after the inmate came out of his cell and sucker-punched him at the maximum-security federal prison in the Fraser Valley.

“They were very concerned about him because he hit his head on the wall and floor,” said Gord Robertson, the Pacific Regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

It is unclear when the officer will be healthy enough to return to work.

Kent’s deputy warden, Mark Noon-Ward, was also punched by the inmate. After the initial assault, Noon-Ward went in to talk to staff and while the inmate was being escorted away from the scene he then punched Noon-Ward in the face.

He was treated for a facial injury and had a black eye from the punch. Another correctional officer, who had a glove on, was bitten in the hand by the inmate.

Robertson said it is still unclear what triggered the assault on the employees at Kent. The inmate is serving a two-year sentence for assaulting a peace officer.”

Unclear? You put a human being in segregation. Fuck you!

What Is Segregation?

From: Segregation at Kent Maximum Security – The ‘Cadillac’ of Canadian Penitentiaries

“H unit consists of twenty-four cells which are the same size as all others in the institution, being ten feet long, eight feet high, and six feet wide; in each cell a solid door contains a small window that looks out on the corridor and a window on the outside wall that lets in natural light. The cells, which originally had no furnishings in them, have each been equipped with the same steel bedframe, sink-toilet combination, and table-chair combination introduced into the penthouse at the British Columbia Penitentiary after the McCann case. These furnishings were transferred to Kent when the British Columbia Penitentiary was closed. A prisoner who has spent a substantial amount of time in H unit has proved this description of the regime.

In this place people are virtually buried alive in concrete tombs for periods of up to 231/2 hours daily. The exercise area itself is only about 20 x 30 feet encircled by cement and bars with wire fencing covering the roof. At no time are more than three prisoners allowed to exercise together, and the exercise they do get only consists of a brisk walk back and forth.

Prisoners in H Unit are not allowed open visits with their families. All they receive are brief telephone visits, where the visitor is on one side of a glass parti- tion and the prisoner is on the other side. Even though the prisoners are skin- frisked both before and after the visits, they are still refused human contact with their loved ones. Unlike the main population, the prisoners in H Unit are not allowed to watch any television or see a movie. The availability of a newspaper is restricted. The only library that exists is a small box of books that is made up of spy stories and westerns, which are exchanged weekly by the guards. Treated differently than the main prison population, the prisoners of H Unit do not have easy access to a telephone for outside calls. Where prisoners in the popultion are allowed to phone both family and lawyers, prisoners in H Unit can only occasion- ally telephone their lawyers. That is, if their request forms are not lost or mis- placed as the case has been. Prisoners placed in H Unit receive little or no funds to purchase the items they require for basic survival. They are classified as unproductive and receive the lowest scale of pay within the prison. Thus writing paper, envelopes and communication with the outside world is a major concern. People in the H Unit are not allowed a pen. They are supplied a three-inch-long pencil for their written communication which must be returned to the guards after its use. Sanitary arrangements for prisoners in the H Unit are completely inadequate. They are only allowed two showers per week and are restricted to only one set of clothes and bedding that are exchanged weekly. Also, disinfectant is not allowed inside the cells, nor is there even a mirror inside the cell area. Most everything required for appearance and grooming is dependent upon a guard bringing it to you for brief periods of time once a day. The only time a prisoner gets to clear his cell is a ten-minute period, usually each morning. There is no educational programme or instruction for prisoners in the H Unit. Where the general population, as a whole, have access to this type of programme, the prisoners entombed in H Unit do not. Nor are there any hobbies allowed to H Unit prisoners to help with the idleness and boredom. Unlike other segregation areas in Canada that allow prison population committees access to the segregation area to hear fellow prisoner complaints, grievances and concerns, the administration in Kent will not allow this; all they will allow is written censored communication between the dissociation inmates and the prison inmate committee. Contrary to other penitentiaries that have segregation units, Kent Penitentiary houses both prisoners on disciplinary punishment and dissociation inmates not on punishment together in the same unit. The consequences of this [are] that the Kent staff treat all inmates in the H Unit as if they were being punished due to a breach of the rules and regulations …In the B.C. Penitentiary, that type of confinement was ruled to be cruel and unusual punishment contrary to the Canadian Bill of Rights. It’s shocking to see a new prison like Kent carry on the bad practices that made the B.C.”

Joel Bitar sentenced to 19 months

Today, February 13th 2014, Joel Bitar was sentenced to 19 months minus 17 days for his participation in the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto. As soon as we have his address we will publicize it, and Joel welcomes letters and visits. GABC is also collecting funds for his canteen and to help folks to visit him. Joel – our hearts are with you!

Here is his statement:

Hello,

I have not been able to speak much since my arrest last February so I appreciate the opportunity to make a statement today. I only plan on taking a small amount of your time. At the end of my statement I am going to to issue an apology to some of the individuals who were affected by my actions. It is my hope that this statement better contextualizes the choices I’ve made that have led me to this courtroom.

I came to Toronto four years ago for many of the same reasons as the tens of thousands of other people who marched on the streets that day. These are many of the same reasons why hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in Seattle against the World Trade Organization, in Genoa against the G8, in Quebec City against the Free Trade Area of the Americas, in Gothenburg against the EU summit, in Rostock against the G8 and in Pittsburgh against the G20. They are many of the same reasons why people are now protesting in the streets of New York, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain. It is only really possible to understand the events that took place in Toronto in the context of the global movement against neoliberalism and the corporatization of the planet. It is my belief that this movement is best explained as an individual and collective response to various forms of domination and exploitation. My politics are inseparable from my own life experiences, which I would like to briefly speak about now.

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Vancouver: 23rd Annual Women’s Memorial March

Warrior Publications

23rd Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2014. 23rd Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2014.

Several hundred people gathered at Vancouver’s Main and Hastings intersection for the 23rd annual Women’s Memorial March.  The march originated in Vancouver’s Eastside in response to the growing list of missing and murdered women, primarily Indigenous and poor.

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Left Bank Books republishing Letters of Insurgents

Left Bank Books is republishing Fredy Perlman’s classic novel Letters of Insurgents. Originally published by Black and Red in 1976, and out of print for several years, this epistolary novel tells the story of two individuals living on distant continents resume contact through correspondence. They describe meaningful events and relationships in their lives during the twenty years since their youthful liaison, comparing the choices each took. Yarostan lives in a “workers’ republic”; Sophia in a “Western democracy.” They both make efforts to lead meaningful lives. Along the way, they encounter bureaucrats, idealists, racists, flaunters of social convention, labor militants, professors, jailors, hucksters and more. In important respects, Sophia’s biography parallels that of Fredy Perlman.

Copies can be pre-ordered from leftbankbooks.bigcartel.com, copies should be ready by the end of March.

Unist’ot’en Call to Action: Pipeline Construction Has Begun

Warrior Publications

From our friends at Unist’ot’en Camp: “[We have] recently learned that the construction phase of the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline has started from the East and also from the West. They intend to have the pipeline finished to the Eastern and Western borders of our unceded lands with us as the last obstacle.

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