TREATY PEOPLE GATHERING

On March 23, I posted about the Enbridge Line 3 that I had visited. Now, again, I want to call people’s attention to this travesty because we must stop it.

Line 3 is a proposed pipeline expansion that will bring nearly a million barrels of toxic tar sands oil per day through untouched wetlands and the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, through the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior. The pipeline is a climate bomb — with a carbon impact equal to 50 new coal plants.  All pipelines spill, so it is also a pending disaster to the drinking water of 18 Million people who depend on the Mississippi River.  And it brings tremendous risk to Anishinaabe women in Northern Minnesota—a population most likely to be victims of sexual assault— as two pipeline contractors have already been charged in sex trafficking.

For years, Indigenous women have been leading the fight to stop Line 3. As tensions have risen and construction has begun, I visited Line 3, Mark Ruffalo went on social media to get word out and Bonnie Raitt recorded a song to amplify the fight and to support the frontline water protectors.

In early June, thousands will join them to lay their bodies on the line at the Mississippi River and call on the President to stop construction. We need your help to get them there and to ensure that people across the nation and the world see what is happening.

Over the next few weeks we are seeking: 

1)  Public and private calls on President Biden to Stop Line 3, by revoking the faulty Trump Pipeline permit for Line 3. 

Amplifying social media such as this:

For those with direct access to the Biden administration we are asking for private notes or calls.  We can provide any supporting materials/arguments as needed.  (Line 3 Talking Points) 

2) Amplification of the call to gather.  

Frontline indigenous leaders in Minnesota are calling on allies to join them on the banks of the Mississippi River to StopLine 3 from June 5-8 at a Treaty People Gathering.  All are welcome, we are all treaty people, and folks will be coming from across the country.

We are looking for influencers to lift up this call by amplifying social media calls to gather.   A full social media kit is here.

3) Celebrities who are willing to join us in Northern Minnesota the first week of June.  

We realize this is a big ask!  But it was prominent folks who visited Standing Rock in 2016 who lifted the fight of Indigenous water-protectors into the national consciousness.  The situation in Minnesota is building to a similar crisis point. My visit to Northern Minnesota in March was a major breakthrough for the movement to StopLine 3.  Now that many more people are vaccinated we are working to build the momentum necessary to stop the pipeline in June.

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  1. I talked my mother into letting me go and I’m very excited bud super nervous. This will be my first time traveling to a protest and staying by myself without a family member. I also don’t know which location I should go too, as there are several. Any suggestions?

    • Check the weather. comfortable not fancy shoes. layers. See you there. xxx

      • Kennedy, looks like it’s pretty warm up there. Today it’s in the 60s and next weekend it may be in the 90s!!!!!!

  2. Hi Jane, I think its wonderful that you are going to Michigan again! I also feel it’s awful that you need to because Enbridge so destructive. And how great you put the message out there. It’s going to be interesting and exciting to see how many people come together for this “fight”. I’ll be there in thought and spirit. You are going to crush it! Be safe and be careful 🙂
    Kathy
    P.S. Oh- and I need you to know: When I give you S–t for my comments not being approved, I am just joking around. It’s no big deal. Have an awesome day!!

    • Thanks, Kathy. It’s Minnesota, not Michigan xxx

      • Duh!!😂😂 I promise I really do know it’s MN but my mouth keeps saying Michigan!😉

  3. Hi Jane,
    Congratulations to your friend Gloria Steinem for the Communication and Humanities’ Princess of Asturias Award. I live here in Asturias and I’m very very happy that she has been honored with this important award, It’s recognized her life as a promoter of the feminist movement and the equality of women and men. It’s nice and fair to recognize the efforts and the struggle of people like her who’ve helped so much in the empowerment of women, you all are a brave and clever women’ generation.
    These awards are giving throughout weeks and when the list is completed you will see that the winners are always very very interesting people and I suppose it’ll be very attractive for Gloria to spend time with them. The awards ceremony is always held in October and I trust the sanitary conditions have been normalized by then (we are already much better because the vaccine) and she can come without problems to pick it up. As she likes traveling I think this trip she cannot let it pass by because Asturias is one of the most beautiful places in Spain, …sure! It’s away from the usual Spain’s clichés, it’s a very green place with truly beautiful sea, beaches and mountains, fantastic food and lovely people ha,ha,ha, I’m not kidding, the Asturians, we’re the most valued by the rest of Spaniards, there are many interesting visits that can be made, towns, landscapes, monuments, …. we even have a princess ha,ha,ha, this title corresponds to crown’s heir, these are Monarchy’ stuffs that for those who live outside this system they could sound exotic, they really are!, and this stuffs bring to Asturias a certain notoriety especially because of this Awards. We’ve a kind of fool’s pride and something to brag and joking about.
    The prize-giving is in Oviedo, a small city where fortunately we do everything on foot, that week’s full of cultural events that revolve around the prizes and the winners, conferences, concerts, cinema, books, … it’s a very lively week. I hope that I’ll be able to attend some Gloria’s acts if they finally take place. The winners are honored in a big way, does her like the sound of the bagpipes? If is not, she’s lost!!! , it’s our traditional instrument, a heritage of Celtic culture and those days it sounds everytime and everywhere. Any other information? Ha ha, I’ll be here for whatever you want!. Anyway, I say all this to encourage Gloria to come here because I’m sure that she will enjoy the days that she spends among us. Tell her!, we’ll not let her down!
    You could come with her too!, why not?

    • Floren, I am copying this from you and will send to Gloria. It sounds right up her alley. Thanks. xx Jane

  4. And thanks again for another great movie night! Can’t wait to watch the other 3 acts of that amazing film!

  5. Jane, this movie is beautiful for your FDF movie night:
    https://www.apple.com/tv-pr/originals/the-year-earth-changed/

  6. You know, it really has only felt like a very small amount of time since virtual FDF’s took this community by storm. I’m so excited to see the next step into the new chapter and join with my fellow firefighters on the street in D.C., Houston, and wherever else I can make the trip to!

    This year has opened up an incredible amount of opportunity to change the way I think about things and to take action. I have been taught so many different things by you, FDF guests, and the friends I have made within the FDF community and Greenpeace. One of the most important things I have learned during this time is to not be afraid to step out and put myself on the line. Most importantly, empathy.

    I had the privilege to watch a video by Tara Houska during an orientation meeting for the Treaty People Gathering. She encouraged us to, before we gather at the sacred lands, to find out where we come from, address our fears and our prejudices and to take time to be grateful for what we have, to reflect on our trauma so we can understand and stand in solidarity. Do I’ve been taking the time to reflect on my journey so far and want to acknowledge the people in my life who have (knowingly or unknowingly) affected me.

    Your stories and advice (whether it be through your books or otherwise) your acting and the way you connect to your characters, coming out about your past trauma and your empathy have all made a significant impact in my life, especially since I have never really had anyone in my life talk about the world’s important issues, let alone personal trauma or feelings. It has been very helpful hearing your story and how you have grown from all of these things. It gives me hope for myself.

    I’m certainly going to miss the FDF family every Friday, but I’m incredibly excited for what’s next. In the meantime, I’m going to lobby my representatives, continue to call people to action, and volunteer and join the Treaty People Gathering! I would have never had the courage to do these things if it weren’t for the amazing guests on Fire Drill Friday’s and the stories you have shared about your own life, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    All the best,
    Kennedy

    • Oh Kennedy, this is so beautiful from you and I am very moved and grateful. Deep gratitude. xxx Jane

  7. Jane,

    Do you happen to know when the exact locations for the event will be released? I just checked treatypeoplegathering.com, but still couldn’t find anything more specific than Northern Minnesota… I want to try and come, but would have to do so by train or bus, and would need to know an exact destination for a trip.

    Rosie

    • Rosie, Well we stay in the town of Park Rapids in northern Minnesota, about 3-plus hours north of Minneapolis. I don’t know yet where the gathering is taking place.

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