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With some of the only video from behind police lines, subMedia.tv witnessed the brutal raid by the Royal Colonial Mounted Police on the Mi’kmaq blockade of fracking equipment. But the fierce response of the community in defense of the warriors was also captured on camera. We bring you the real story about what really went down on Highway 134, the story that the corporate media doesn’t want you to see.
Mi’kmaq Warrior Suzanne Patles speaks at the SWN blockade site (background) just two days after a violent raid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Even though the SWN trucks are gone, supporters keep streaming in from as far west as Vancouver. Suzanne was featured on our video Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines
Holy shit what a day! The day began with a rude awakening courtesy of the RCMP. Yep the pigs raided a 2 week old blockade of some fracking equipment owned by SWN. If you need some background watch my report about the blockade before the raid or read my twitter feed for my updates from today. A video report should be up early next week, but in the meantime, here’s a photo essay. Big ups to all the brave warriors defending the land!
For over two weeks now, a coalition of people including local Mi’kmaq residents, and anglophone and Acadian settlers, have blockaded the road leading to an equipment compound leased to South Western Energy or SWN.
SWN is a Texas based energy company, that has been attempting to conduct natural gas exploration in the area’s shale formations. It is believed that if significant deposits of gas are found, SWN would then employ the controversial extraction method of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. But since this past summer, protests, direct actions and sabotage have thwarted their work, and have turned public opinion on the side of the protesters.
Throughout the summer, police arrested dozens of people conducting non-violent civil disobedience. But since the arrival of members of the Mi’kmaq warrior society, the police have not been as keen to come near protesters.
The blockade is preventing SWN from operating thumper trucks, massive vehicles that gather seismic data to determine the location of natural gas.
During my short stay here I’ve witnessed the co-operation between natives and settlers, a partnership that has kept this blockade fully stocked and operational. Food, wood, hot coffee, tents and other supplies keep streaming all the while SWN berates the police in the media for not arresting the protesters.
In two days time, several people named in a court injuction are due to appear before a judge. In the meantime supporters keep arriving, but the warriors have also issued a callout for further support.
The “Line 9″ and “Energy East” pipelines threaten to bring tar sands “crude” from Alberta for export through ports in the Atlantic. These pipelines will traverse through many Indigenous communities and natural areas, threatening not only the health of the land but the sovereignty of these territories and their peoples. We have teamed up with Indigenous organizer Amanda Lickers to produce a Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines. This video will focuses on Indigenous resistance and seeks to build capacity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by providing an educational and accessible resource to build awareness across communities. Featuring stories and perspectives from land defenders in Athabasca Chipewyan, Aamjiwnaang, Six Nations of the Grand River, Kanehsatà:ke, and Elsipogtog First Nations, this video will not only educates the public on the issues being faced by pipeline construction and expansion, but showcases Indigenous resistance and provide an anti-colonial lens for understanding environmental destruction.
2. Akira was right
4. Brazil Black Bloc
5. Mescal Molotovs
7. Colombia’s farmers revolt!
1. North Pole Freakout
2. Global Warming Greening the Planet
3. Obama’s strip tease
4. Dick Branson’s Plan B
5. Steward Brant’s Mutant Future
6. Tepco nukes the Pacific
7. Frack Off!
8. Stink bombs for miners
9. You can’t drink money
10. Di Nigunim
11. The Endgame of the Tar Sands
Vieques is a small Caribbean island that boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is home to generations of men and women, who survive from the bounty of the ocean and the land. It is also the stomping ground to thousands of feral horses. Vieques is a municipality of what is now known as Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States of America.
In the 1940′s the US Navy forcibly evicted the people of Vieques out of the east and west sides of the island and installed naval bases and used its pristine beaches, as heavy weaponry target ranges.
After 50 plus years of bombings, abusive behaviors by US servicemen, and general disinterest by the Puerto Rican government, the people Vieques had had enough. They launched a campaign of civil disobedience and sabotage that was joined by thousands of international sympathizers, with the departure of the navy as the main objective.
On May first 2003, As US President George W Bush boasted of a victory over Iraq aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, the same Navy was quietly closing its doors on Vieques. This year people in Vieques are supposed to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of this victory
***SPOILER ALERT*** Game of Thrones plot-line revealed in the video. You have been warned.
What’s ironic about this post, is that I just started watching “Game of Thrones.” As I usually do when dealing with heartbreak, instead of escaping into substance abuse, I escape into the world of TV for a day or two and binge on two or three seasons of a tv show. Yep, probably not the healthiest, but it helps me cope. Yet, I’m glad I’m not the TV addict I was in my teens. So much time wasted watching stupid shit, fills me with regret.
Last year I took a break from activism, to work on my website, quit smoking, and get in some sort of shape. In the evening I would curl up with my laptop and watch hours of TV shows to relax. Then I caught myself “holy fuckin shit, it is happening again”
All this to say, that the promise of the personal computer / mobile phone + the internet, as tools of two way, global communications, free information, blah-fuckin-blah, have become the new passive one way mass hypnotizer that TV once was, sedating billions with non-reality, while the fuckers up top laugh all the way to the bank. “Feel of poppies” reminds us of this. Words by A. Person, music and edit by Jordan B.
For over 6 years subMedia.tv has been talking shit about the Muthafuckin Tar Sands. But for the first time, we actually fuckin went there. So as a gift to video ninjas out there doing work to stop this bullshit, here’s some anti-copyright footage to use in your productions.
The fight against the muthafuckin tar sands has intensified in the US Empire. Greedy land destroyers want to bleed the earth out of the last bits of oils, that are encrusted in the soil, this time in Utah. But the Muthafuckin resistance was there to greet the corporate death machine and to say “You shall not pass!” On the day of the action, US Oil Sands stock dropped 13%
From Peaceful Uprisings:
Dozens of individuals peacefully disrupted road construction and stopped operations today at the site of a proposed tar sands mine in the Bookcliffs range of southeastern Utah. Earlier this morning, Utahns joined members of indigenous tribes from the Four Corners region and allies from across the country for a water ceremony inside the mine site on the East Tavaputs Plateau. Following the ceremony, a group continued to stop work at the mine site while others halted road construction, surrounding heavy machinery with banners reading “Respect Existence or Expect Existence” and “Tar Sands Wrecks Lands”.
This short documentary tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, the eviction on July 15, 2013, and the protests that have continued in the aftermath. It includes interviews with many participants and footage never before seen.
Even though this came out over a year ago, this trace by Dead Prez, Yasiin Bey and mikeflo is as timely as ever. In the wake of the bullshit ass not guilty verdict of the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of 17 year old african amercian kid Trayvon Martin, “Made You Die” reminds us to not just be reactionary but to :
Let’s do more than protest
Let’s make a commitment, to be pro-active
Not just emotional reactin’. Move like G’s never passive
Organize safe teams, martial art classes
Get to the gun range and make your aim accurate
Self defense is a must by any tactic
Security protocol, make it a daily practice
Egyptian revolutionary media collective, Mosireen, bring us an timely video with incisive analysis of the recent coup in Egypt, and challenges the popularly accepted notion that what happened on June 30th was a step in the right direction. Make sure you press the CC button for english subs.
I fuckin miss Zach de la Rocha and RATM. But revolutionary hip hop artists keep sprouting up, and rejecting the corporate music maquiladora in favor of subterranean networks of distribution. And that makes me happy. Like Jarred Paul, who rocks “Six is Nine” from what looks like a living room show, pushing us to smash the banks while rejecting liberal who “talk shit then run and hide” Dopeness.
From the YouTube Page:
“Six Is Nine,” is the second single from Jared Paul’s upcoming Occupational Hazards mixtape project. “Six Is Nine” remixes Jimi Hendrix’s legendary counter-culture anthem, “If 6 Was 9,” adding fiery new lyrics that speak directly to the rising tide of worker’s rights, human rights, environmental justice, anti-war, and anti-capitalist movements sweeping the post Occupy, post Arab Spring world. Remix and additional production by Sacramento based producer, Tommy Fox. Jared will be releasing new tracks from Occupational Hazards throughout the year via Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and www.JaredPaul.org