Pledge of Resistance Blog

Pledge of Resistance Blog

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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Why Direct Action?

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”— Rev. Dr. Martin Luther...

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