Preparatory to the Week of Action, Marisol Cortez of Esperanza Center advises:
What: From Idle No More to Eagle Ford and Beyond: A Teach-In on Native Rights and the Rights of Mother Earth
Who: People’s Power Coalition and San Anto Activists in Solidarity with Idle No More – facilitators Diane Wilson and Antonio Diaz
When: Saturday, March 2nd, 10am – 3pm
Where: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave 78212
“From Idle No More to Eagle Ford and Beyond: A Teach-In on Native Rights and the Rights of Mother Earth.”
Feed-back from Rachell Tucker of SUSJ: Just wanted to share how the teach-in went and to tell you all the great news that SUSJ’s action on the 22nd of March has a lot of support already!
We heard from Marisol Cortez, Ray Rios + Antonio Diaz (Texas Indigenous Council) and Diane Wislon (Shrimper and Enviro. Activist). They all shared their stories and knowledge of the Eagle Ford Shale and KXL pipeline.
Many of the panel speakers shared inspirational direct action experiences, such the Tar Sand Blockade. They set up platforms on the trees along the KXL pathway blocking the demolition crew as well as standing in solidarity with property owners who did not sign an agreement with TransCanada. (acknowledged the illusion of choice and how privilege is demonstrated by actually having the choice of signing an agreement versus having low income homes and communities have no voice/choice). Presentation explaining what fracking exactly is and what/how it affects humans, non-human beings, the environment (water,soil, air) and the future of our planet.
Diane Wilson demonstrated and expressed how a realization of ‘soul power’ drove her to confront corporate polluters in order to protect her community and way of life (shrimping) from chemical runoff. She has been very successful in her protests using hunger strikes & nonviolent tactics, and has worked side by side in the Manchester fight against Valero.
Key points to check out are:
-Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
-SA indigenous rights (prohibited from using land by missions because of National Park status- one of the many “reasons” given to them)
-Texas Railroad Commission being a big player in fracking transpo.