Last night, I received this email from my friend Ethan Nuss who is an organizer with the Tar Sands Blockade and spent the day in jail (on his birthday no less) after disrupting a TransCanada executive's presentation at a tar sands conference by locking himself to the projector. Please read his letter and join the Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week of Action!
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You might be wondering how I’m sending an email from jail. I’m not, at least not literally; I entrusted a friend to hit the “send” button for me.
You might also be wondering why I’m in jail.
I was arrested today because I interrupted a TransCanada exec’s speech at a tar sands marketing conference. I locked myself to the projector and told a ballroom full of tar sands profiteers that Keystone XL is a toxic investment.
I told them that I would not watch silently as TransCanada bullies the honest, hardworking folks of East Texas in order to pump some of the most toxic stuff on the planet through their front yards. Nor will I be silent as they send those poisons to Houston’s toxic East End where Latino children whom I’ve met suffer abnormally high rates of respiratory illness and are literally dying in the shadow of the refineries.