May 19

Oh, wow: what a weekend….

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700 strong blocking T5 at the Port on Monday, and 300+ boats (and 1000+ people on land) on Saturday. Do you think maybe the Commissioners, Foss, and Shell are getting the message that Seattle stands strong against Arctic drilling?

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Also check out this great video from our friends at Greenpeace:

 

May 16

Why We Oppose Arctic Drilling

May 16

The Polar Pioneer Has Been Unwelcomed to Seattle!

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MSNBC story here (and if you want more, check out this search–the story of our resistance to Shell has gone out worldwide).

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May 13

The Noble Discoverer has been Unwelcomed to Everett!

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May 12

Help the Plant for the Planet Kids get to Germany!

 

Then donate: scroll down to “donate” on the left, and specify that it’s for the trip!

May 11

A Beautiful Solidarity Letter from the Pacific Climate Warriors Just Arrived:

 

To the ShellNo! activists and community members of the Pacific Northwest,

 

The Pacific Climate Warriors want to send a statement of gratitude and support for your upcoming rallies and actions on May 16-18th opposing Shell’s attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic.

 

Last year, 30 of our Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 different Pacific Island countries paddled our traditional hand-carved canoes into the Port of Newcastle in Australia to blockade one of the largest coal shipping terminals in the world. We were supported by hundreds of Australians in kayaks, and from thousands of people on land  as we declared that we wouldn’t allow the fossil fuel industry to destroy our cultures and lands. We Are Not Drowning – We Are Fighting! 
 
This action marked a turning point for us, in realizing that we cannot merely hope that the governments of our small countries will save our communities from the climate crisis. Rather, our focus must be on building large social movements that can work across cultures and differences – creating  the political power  necessary to challenge the world’s largest corporations. Science tell us that we must keep carbon in the ground and end the age of fossil fuels, but companies like Shell and their relentless pursuit of drilling in the Arctic set us on a path of catastrophe. Just as our tiny canoes stared down giant coal ships, your kayaks will stare down Shell’s massive oil drilling rigs – a modern day battle of David vs. Goliath. A battle that together, we will win.

 

Thank you for your hard work and organizing. The climate crisis is a global one, and it demands that we build movements that are global as well. As you are confronting Shell’s massive Arctic drilling rig in Seattle just as we confronted massive coal barges in Newcastle – we stand together in solidarity so that neither of our communities are destroyed by the reckless drive of the fossil fuel industry.

 

With love and solidarity,
The Pacific Climate Warriors
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Apr 27

The Shell No! Facebook event page is up….

Sign up!

 

And here is the FB event page for the #PaddleinSeattle

Apr 27

Think the Port Got the Message?

17096488108_00b0454d33_zOver 1000 people joined us at Myrtle Edwards as we showed our resolve against Arctic drilling. The event featured an amazing lineup of speakers and performers who highlighted the impacts of climate change on the global south, both globally and locally: Katrina Pestaño of Bayan USA, Precious Butiu of Gabriela Seattle, Sarra Tekola of Divest – UW, Jill Mangaliman of GotGreen?, Annie Leonard of Greenpeace, Tsleil-Waututh Sundance Chief Rueben George, and Aji and Adonis Piper and Saiyana Auzumura with Plant for the Planet.

Following the speakers and performers, we marched a half mile to the Port Commissioner’s office to deliver 8,000+ comments from constituents asking them to rescind the lease. We also delivered a “Shell No” kayak, in a nod to the new symbol of resistance here in the NW, and to invite the commissioners to the next family-friendly event – the Paddle in Seattle – on May 16th.

More from The Stranger here.

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Apr 22

Join us on Sunday!

Don’t forget the big “Shell No! Seattle Draws the Line” event on April 26th at 2pm at Myrtle Edwards Park; we’ll have terrific speakers, including Annie Leonard (ED of Greenpeace and the brains behind The Story of Stuff), Sundance Chief Rueben George of the Tsleil Waututh, Jill Mangaliman of GotGreen, and others.

 

Apr 17

This Monster….

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If it weren’t for Shell’s wildly irresponsible plans to drill in the Arctic, it would have been a fine day: kayaking, sun, sea, and excellent people. But each glance at the hideous behemoth in the water rededicated us all to this fight. Be ready to #PaddleinSeattle!

 

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