Pledge of Resistance Blog

Pledge of Resistance Blog

Head, Heart, and Hurricanes

by Valerie Costa Six years ago, I lived in rural Vermont -- a good 150+ miles from the ocean. When the weather forecast said to prepare for Hurricane Irene, I ran out and bought a bottle of wine (in case the power went out!) and thought little of it. How bad could a...

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Divestment 2.0

  Wells Fargo Center, downtown SeattleBy Alec Connon To Stop the Flow of Oil, We Need to Stop the Flow of Dollars Earlier this year, a broad coalition of Indigenous-led groups teamed up with 122 First Nations and tribes to launch Mazaska Talks: a campaign calling...

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Why I was arrested outside of Chase Bank

by Lucas Vargas Zeppetello As May 8th turned into May 9th, I sat in a holding cell watching police officers shuffle papers and stride slowly through the booking facility of King County Jail. I had been there since the late afternoon, after being arrested outside a...

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We Definitely Did #ShutDownChase…..

Twenty-six 350 Seattle activists were arrested today in an incredibly successful disruption of business at thirteen Chase Bank branches across the city-- a major escalation in our campaign to keep banks from financing projects catastrophic to the climate and to...

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On Climate Change, Interconnectedness, & Tolerating Risk

by Emily Johnston. Cross-posted from the Climate Defense Project.  The Climate Defense Project is part of the legal team providing support to Emily and the other valve turners. ______ A certain kind of anxious question comes almost every time we give a...

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We CAN stop Keystone XL!

  Now is the time to take action against KXL. Indigenous leaders, ranchers, and climate activists--all are fighting this devastating project. Locally, our best leverage is to target the banks loaning to this devastating project. Let's do our part. The Plan: Shut...

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On Risk, Anxiety, & Reward

by Nicole Bradford Risk: On October 11, 2016, my husband Ben was among those supporting the 5 activists who shut down all five tar sands pipelines into the US in an action called #ShutItDown. Theirs was an unprecedented act of climate direct action, and the biggest...

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An act of conscience: Break Free arrestees go on trial

‘I am an ordinary person. I am not a radical. I’ve never broken the law, and I had to think long and hard about that.’ — Susan Monson, retired 6th grade teacher testifying at her trial for criminal trespass. Last week, six people were tried for misdemeanor criminal...

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