Tar Sands Blockaders tell their own story in a new documentary
If this past Sunday’s Forward on Climate rally showed a lot of love for President Obama, it showed even more for the nonviolent direct action going down in East Texas. Throughout the day, activists blockading construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline received big support from even the most law-abiding demonstrators.
But though their civil disobedience might seem mainstream within the climate movement, the blockaders are taking some seriously big risks out there, and a new documentary shows just how big. The nearly hour-long film by Garrett Graham was produced in collaboration with the blockaders and includes footage they shot themselves, from some places where journalists might fear to tread lest, you know, pepper-spray, choke-holds, etc.
You can watch the whole thing right here:
And if President Obama approves the northern leg of the pipeline and construction moves forward? Well, this sign from Sunday’s rally might be prescient:
Pretty straightforward on climate action, eh?
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