Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Salem No LNG Rally Yesterday---A Report From The Front Lines With Photos

Some of us attended the No LNG rally in Salem yesterday. It was a strong rally led by First Nations people and we were gifted by being able to be there in solidarity. Here is a report from an organizer and some photos. 

1) Over 200 people came, many from the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe. True North Organizing, the Yurok Tribe, Klamath Riverkeeper, and the Klamath Justice Coalition did an amazing job bringing folks up, and leading the rally at the capitol and the march to the DSL building. The Karuk Tribe issued a statement on Nov. 14th in opposition to the pipeline (attached) and the Yurok Tribe is also officially (and has been) against the pipeline. 

2) We had folks at the capitol from across Oregon! Roseburg, Coos Bay, Salem, Corvallis, Klamath Falls, Medford, Ashland, Chiloquin, Portland, Eugene, etc. were present!  What an awesome statewide effort. 

3) Four women did a peaceful sit in in the lobby of the Department of State Lands that resulted in a 2 hour meeting w/ director Jim Paul.  Thanks to Paula, Renee, Sarah Westover, and Beth, (with Graces awesome police liaison guidance) for taking that step. Francis and Deb then tapped in to talk with Jim Paul as well and asked him some tough questions.  Deb and Sarah will be sending out notes from that meeting.

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