Yesterday our comrades in Boston spoke the ultimate truth to power when they locked down in TransCanada's Massachusetts office to protest the Keystone XL pipeline.
They are organizers for fossil fuel divestment at Brandeis, Tufts, and Harvard, members of Students for a Just and Stable Future, and activists in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade. But more than that, they are passionate students who have been impacted by our climate crisis. They come from communities poisoned by fracking, from costal communities ravaged by Sandy, from farming families impacted by drought.
These eight students are fighting back against the industries that caused the crisis and infiltrated our government with their dirty money. They are fighting them on campus through divestment campaigns and yesterday they took a step further, directly confronting TransCanada in their corporate offices.
A friend introduced me to a new phrase yesterday - digna rabia. Dignified Rage. In the face of climate disaster, these students are channeling their dignified rage toward resisting the fossil fuel industry in their communities. They are organizing for divestment, taking direct action, and calling on you to do the same.
Meet the eight brave students who took action yesterday on their website. Below is the group's public statement, authored by Ben Trolio.