(Updated 14th September 2018)
(At the site of the West Roxbury, MA, Spectra/Algonquin explosive pipeline)
Cry out! Cry out! Wail in lamentation for all that climate change has wrought … And will wreak upon the children and grandchildren, upon the poor and the disenfranchised, upon the dreams of families who wanted coastal homes to pass to future generations, upon communities, once thriving, decimated because Nature took their land back, according to Her inexorable Law.
The most foolish response to the fact of climate disruption is continuing to expand fossil fuel infrastructure. It is imperative, and it is morally imperative this be stopped.
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A moral group, a brave group, choose to say No, “You … shall not … pass!”. And, on 29th June 2016, a group, including my beloved Claire, were the latest in hundreds to risk arrest, to use arrest to stop a malevolent intrusive upon a peaceful community, one completely opposed to the act.
In the morning, an attempt to stop construction was met with a wall of police presence. This could not be challenged, since touching a police officer is a very serious offense.
Accordingly, the group retreated to a nearby church to regroup, and to plan.
And in the afternoon …
My beautiful wife, Claire, stopping construction, ready to get arrested (in red shirt, left):
Claire’s Support, Andrea, and Claire’s arresting officer:
In the holding cell:
And upon bail payment and release, later in the day, the brave group:
Update, 2016-06-30, 21:04 EDT
An excellent Vimeo video of the entire day:
I neglected to mention yesterday, that Karenna Gore, the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, whose movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” was the first popular introduction to many people regarding the climate crisis, took part and was arrested at this action along with 22 others.
Update, 2016-07-01, 17:47 EDT and 23:40 EDT
Sweeet! News coverage:
Update, 29th March 2018
Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of West Roxbury District Court decided it was necessary for the protesters to engage in civil disobedience to block the construction of Spectra Energy’s high-pressure fracked gas pipeline and acquitted the activists of civil infractions, according to media reports.
The judge made the decision after hearing each defendant’s testimony. They argued the threat of climate change necessitated their civil disobedience.
Major article on the West Roxbury Lateral protests and the decision above in The New Yorker.
Distribution line fires in Lawrence and Andover, Massachusetts, 13th September 2018, on Columbia Gas lines.