BREAKING: Maine Trans and Women’s Action Camp Solidarity Action With Mi’kmaq

from TWAC

photo-5 MAINE TRANS AND/OR WOMEN’S ACTION CAMP OCCUPYING IRVING CORPORATION’S PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE HEADQUARTERS In solidarity with New Brunswick First Nation’s Fracking Protest

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MAINE TRANS AND/OR WOMEN’S ACTION CAMP OCCUPYING IRVING CORPORATION’S PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE HEADQUARTERS
In solidarity with New Brunswick First Nation’s Fracking Protest

BREAKING Portsmouth, New Hampshire Irving Corporation Headquarters: this morning dozens of activists participating in the Trans and/or Women’s Action camp (TWAC) are occupying an Irving Corporation Headquarters. Dozens of activists are currently occupying the office to present their demands to Irving officials. Ten activists are “locked down” using a combination of lock boxes and u-lock kryptonite bike locks. These activists will occupy the office until demands are met or they are forcibly removed. This action comes after a three day long event where women, transgender, gender queer, and gender variant activists from Maine and other parts of the North East come together to learn political organizing skills with a focus on direct action civil disobedience, Protesters have brought a list of demands and refuse to leave the building until they speak with Kevin Flemming, Chief Strategy Officer, David Glassberg, Chief Legal and Governance Officer, or another high ranking Irving official.

This office occupation is in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq First Nation’s current road blockade in Elsipogtog, a protest against fracking exploration by SWN Resources Canada that is currently taking place on their traditional lands without their consent.

“Irving, exploiting native land and water”

“Irving, exploiting native land and water”

The Mi’kmaq First Nations have been defending their land with a road blockade since September 30th. On October 17th there was a violent attempt to raid their encampment by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Irving oil supports fracking exploration on First Nations land by allowing SWN Resources to store their equipment in an Irving owned compound, and reports state that natural gas that comes off of Elsipogtog land would go to the Irving refinery in New Brunswick. Please see our attached list of demands for more information on Irving’s practices.

“Fracking: Drilling, Killing, Spilling”

“Fracking: Drilling, Killing, Spilling”

“What is happening to the Mi’kmaq and Elsipogtog First Nations in New Brunswick is horrific. The indigenous people of this continent have

experienced violent occupation and genocide for over 500 years, and the situation in New Brunswick is a continuation of that occupation and genocide. The very least we can do as non-native allies is put our legal status on the line to expose Irving’s connection to this horrific situation and learn how to most effectively be non-compliant to the colonial domination of indigenous people. The Canadian government and all corporations involved need to respect indigenous sovereignty and immediately stop

any fracking exploration.” -Christine Allium, TWAC Organizer.

TWAC Maine supports indigenous sovereignty, community self reliance, healthy and flourishing ecosystems, an end to corporate domination, and racial and gender justice.

UPDATE 11:21am Chief of police has just arrived

UPDATE 11:18am Two banners dropped at near by bridges

UPDATE 11:12am protesters, pushed out of building by police leaving lockdowners with out any support

Call Portsmouth police to demand they release the arrested protesters with out charges (603) 436-2511

UPDATE 11:05: Direct support for the lockdowners have been arrested, other support pushed

outside the building.

UPDATE 11:02: First arrest has been made

UPDATE 11:01am: police have arrived, threatening arrest.

UPDATE 11:00am: banner  inside Irving headquarters

More updates at http://twac.wordpress.com

More Mi’kmaq solidarity actions at http://sacredfirenb.com/

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