Picnics Not Pipelines Rally

Yesterday, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs crossed a police line and was peacefully arrested on Burnaby Mountain, where Texas-based oil giant Kinder Morgan is conducting test drilling to facilitate their proposed pipeline and tanker project.

In the last week, more than a hundred protesters, including David Suzuki’s daughter, granddaughter and grandson, and several First Nations elders have been arrested in acts of peaceful civil disobedience.

By gutting our environmental laws, shutting the public out of pipeline hearings, and failing to respect and consult First Nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has created a situation where many pipeline opponents feel they have few avenues left to make their voices heard.

The courageous First Nations and grassroots activists leading the protests on Burnaby Mountain are standing up for all of us, and now we need to show that we support them.

This weekend, organizers are planning a series of big events on the mountain on Saturday and Sunday. If enough of us join these lawful events, we can show Kinder Morgan and the Harper Conservatives that our movement is strong enough to stop this pipeline and renew our democracy. There will be a clear safe zone where you can show your support without risking arrest.

SATURDAY: 11:30AM – 4PM. Tar Sands 101 and Frontlines Beat Pipelines: Click here for more details and to RSVP.

SUNDAY: 12PM – Rally on Burnaby Mountain: Click here for more details and to RSVP.

There is so much at stake. Kinder Morgan’s tar sands pipeline would cross hundreds of salmon rivers and streams and bring hundreds more oil tankers through Vancouver’s harbour every year. The project would put communities along the route at risk of toxic spills and huge economic consequences.

And that’s only part of the story — it would also facilitate massive expansion in the tarsands, an industrial megaproject that’s poisoning downstream communities and is on track to produce twice as much global warming pollution as all the cars and trucks in Canada combined. [1]

We need to show the Harper Conservatives and Kinder Morgan that when they try to shut people out, they will only make more of us stand up. Remember, you do not need to risk arrest to join these lawful events. Can you join an event this weekend?

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