Update: Arrests November 20, 2014

Dear Friends, PLEASE PASS THIS ON

The Climate Change protests are starting to grow, world wide. Big Oil is advertising like mad on TV, but the voice of young people, First Nations, and elders is starting to be heard.

We (I primarily affiliate with BROKE: Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion) are doing our best to continue our peaceful protest, without getting arrested. If this follows the Clayoquot Sound script, we will have arrests day after day for a long time, even tho the RCMP and the Kinder Morgan private security police will try to protect the Kinder Morgan contractors. They brought in equipment to the Borehole 1 site (The Clearcut) late this afternoon.

But there were 20 arrests today. According to our Facebook site, that included Tamo Campos, son of Tamiko Suzuki, grandson of David Suzuki, who happened to be in town for fund raising for the Klabona Keepers. The Klabona Keepers are fighting polluters in the Sacred Headwaters of the Nass, Stikine, and Skeena Rivers. This is the far north of B.C. http://klabonakeepers.org/ Tamo and his friends from up north served us soup and bannock at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver last Sunday. He is a fine young man, learning film making and more on the front lines.

Without warning, as he and 4-5 young women sat on the trail, the police roughly dragged them off the trail to make way for 14 police carrying one protester, who had camped in a tree over Borehole 1, “The Clearcut”. They were not asked to leave. They offered no resistence. Yet now I understand Tamo and friends are still under arrest. I was with Tamo at Borehole 1 for a couple hours, when the police tried to talk the protester to come down from the tree. I don’t think Tamo or the others had any intention of being arrested today. A friend and I had tied a banner across the trail “Picnics Not Pipelines”, but that was purely symbolic.

Tamo had a small dog with him. Another reason why I don’t think he intended to get arrested.

For more information go to our website and bookmark it:
http://brokepipelinewatch.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/BurnabyPipelineWatch

Also to get an economist’s view on Kinder Morgan’s successful strategy to reduce its taxes (in the U.S.A. and Canada) see Robyn Allan’s article here:
http://www.vancouverobserver.com/opinion/kinder-morgan-s-pipeline-expansion-wont-bring-fair-share-revenues-bc-open-letter

and her 8 page analysis (very readable) here:
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/11/17/Tran-Mountain-Pipeline-Investments/

Robyn Allan was CEO of ICBC.

And if you haven’t already, please donate any amount to our legal defense fund: BROKE Against Big Oil. Kinder Morgan his us with a SLAPP suit (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation).
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/broke-against-big-oil

Thank you, Karl

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