Injustice and environmental exploitation is occurring on a massive, global scale, and in so many different ways. Frontline communities are facing rights violations, health problems, increased cancer rates, and death. While being systematically removed from the political dialogue. We wish we could just file a complaint or march in the streets. But the companies destroying the planet will not stop. So neither will we.
MI CATS has been organizing action and campaigns against Enbridge and tar sands since 2013. Together, we work towards uniting people towards the common goal of stopping all transportation and refining of tar sands oil in the Great Lakes Basin and surrounding bioregions.
Join us in creating a safe(r) space this summer to collectively learn about resistance and community building. Learn more about campaigns going on around you, and connect with other like-minded folks so that our collective efforts are greater than each of us acting alone.
We’ll be teaching and learning lots of cool things from each other. We’ll explore issues like environmental exploitation in the form of tar sands, fracking, strip mining, refinery pollution, and climate change overall. We’ll also discuss other overlapping issues that affect us all like patriarchy, racism, capitalism, imperialism, police brutality, etc. And we’ll learn various forms of expression and resistance, like direct action, paper wrenching, community organizing, art in activism, media, protesters’ rights, etc.
In addition to these general topics, we’ll explore a few specific issues in more depth.
Enbridge is gushing crude oil through the 62-year-old “Line 5″ pipelines running directly under the Straits of Mackinac. In response to mounting public pressure against these pipelines, instead of assuring the public that Enbridge is concerned about public safety, Enbridge has pushed for legislation to prevent the public from finding out about the safety–or lack thereof of–its pipelines in the form of the “Pipeline Secrecy Bill”, HB4540.
Enbridge is held afloat by many investors, among them, some well-known banks like Bank of America and Chase. So we think we’ll do some protesting in an effort to push for divestment from Enbridge.
We recognize the intersectionality of our collective struggle. If you feel passionate about other issues, get in touch with us asap so we can talk about incorporating them into the action camp in the form of skillshares, workshops, teach-ins, or other activities.
This summer, we also want to be more intentional about being more family-friendly and inclusive to kids! We’ll have kids’ programming and activities tailored to those who sign up… things like skits, arts and crafts, and kid-friendly workshops!
Sign up here! We’ll contact you privately with the location, but we can say it will be in southeast Michigan. We’re camping out! So bring your sleeping bag, tent, toothpaste, and bug spray. We’ll be taking care of food. If you have any special needs, let us know. We’ll have vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and omnivore options available.
If you’d like to come but are intimidated by camping, get in touch with us! Accommodations of various sorts are possible.
We’re excited to help build a community of resistance with you this summer! We hope to see you there!