Here is the update that I promised all of you last night. I’m sharing with you a clip of the Rachel Maddow Show describing our efforts to block Shell Oil’s icebreaker ship, the Fennica, from reaching the Arctic for as long as possible. At 14:04 in the video Rachel interviews Oregonian reporter Jessica Greif who very accurately describes something that happened to me: the police and coast guard pulling activists out of their kayaks and into their ships for detainment or arrest when they wouldn’t stop trying to block the ship.
I was one of those activists who refused to move out of the way of shell’s ship and was physically pulled out of the water. I was sure that I was going to be arrested. Instead I was detained, along with six others, by the U.S. Coast Guard and released with no charges.
We were lucky. Many of our fellow peaceful protesters were arrested and we are now trying to raise money to help them with the legal fees and charges. Please, please consider donating whatever amount you can (big or small) to help the people who literally risked their safety to save our futures. Many of you offered to help me pay for bail should I have been arrested and it meant the world to me to have your support. Please consider helping my kayactivist friends instead. Donate here: https://portlandrisingtide.org/donate/
Global climate change is arguably the biggest issue of our time and it was an honor and a pleasure to be able to do something large and spectacular about it. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS THAT YOU AND I CAN CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. (In no particular order.)
1. Call or write Senator Merkley and thank him for leading the call on the White House to rescind shell oil company’s arctic permit.
2. Stop buying from Shell.
(I realize that the other oil companies are awful as well, but by making the switch to a different oil company we can send all of them a very clear message: that we are fed up with the destruction and devastation caused by their actions.)
3. Ride your bike to work! Use public transportation! Reduce the amount of trips you make to the gas station all together. Your investment will speak volumes when combined and multiplied with all of our actions
5. Remember the actions of the various elected officials in our area who stood against the people of Portland on this issue and be sure to vote against them in the coming elections.