We are calling on your stalwart perseverance in leading frontline efforts to halt Cascadia-wide tar sands megaload shipments to further stop the creation of a new Northwest industrial corridor and all new fossil fuel infrastructure construction. To meet these goals, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies are advocating direct action opportunities in challenging but exhilarating circumstances – during consecutive, dark, cold, winter nights along a remote 315-mile route. Please join 350, No Keystone XL, Oregon All Against the Haul, Portland Rising Tide, and WIRT, and Northwest activists of Deep Green Resistance, Earth First!, Idle No More, and Occupy on Sunday, December 1, to make a stand, a difference, and history. We plan to confront the first of purportedly three tar sands megaloads traversing Oregon, national forest, and Umatilla and Warm Springs tribal lands this winter. Currently parked at the Port of Umatilla, Oregon, near McNary Beach Recreation Area, the first Omega Morgan-hauled transport will encounter our rally in Umatilla on Sunday evening and further protesting and monitoring activities during the six or more nights when it crosses Oregon, before its two-week trip across southern Idaho and western Montana. Everyone is welcome to participate in any of the direct and solidarity actions that people in Portland and throughout the region are coordinating, as we follow and observe the shipment and demonstrate our outrage with the Alberta tar sands mining expansion that it facilitates.
Sunday, December 1 Rally Schedule:
4 pm: Scout the megaload route in daylight from the Port of Umatilla, Roxbury Road, Umatilla
6 pm: Meet for an information session at the Desert River Inn conference room, 705 Willamette Avenue, Umatilla
7:30 pm: Rally at the Port of Umatilla and beyond, Roxbury Road, Umatilla
If you are attending, please respond to WIRT and fill out this RSVP form, to stay well connected to happenings.
As megaload locations and situations unfold, organizers will update information in this event description and at associated website and facebook pages:
(Also see these WIRT reports and action alerts.)
No Tar Sands Megaloads in Oregon! (November 23)