The Frontline Is Everywhere: Water Protectors Anti-Repression Workshop

Please join regional climate and indigenous activists of the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew, RADAR, and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) for The Frontline Is Everywhere Workshop, from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 27, at the East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar Street in Sandpoint, Idaho.  From pipelines and other fossil fuel invasions to courtrooms and prisons, we plan to discuss how to build strong movement defenses, resist grand juries, and expand anti-repression efforts, by learning from experiences of participants in the Standing Rock and allied camps opposing the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

This spring, NoDAPL water protectors and legal team members are facilitating trainings across Turtle Island (North America), sharing knowledge about resistance to the grand jury convened against water protectors at Standing Rock, and about building network capacities for defense against this instance and other cases and forms of state repression.

As extractive industries and governments escalate their repressive tactics against activists who stand in resistance, this two-hour workshop provides valuable information for everyone who struggles for indigenous sovereignty, Earth liberation, and a future without oppression.  It is open to all who have participated in the movement at Standing Rock, who have supported its on-the-ground efforts from their homes and territories elsewhere, and who fight on the many frontlines that constantly emerge across the continent.

Active resistance to DAPL has not ended at Standing Rock, as nearly 800 water protectors persevere with battles in courtrooms, some facing federal felony indictments that carry potential, 15-year, federal prison sentences.  The grand jury targeting water protectors – and resistance to it – continue.

Vibrant movements and interdependent relationships make activists and communities resilient to attempts to shut down struggles against oppression.  Join us in talking about ways to together strengthen our movements!  For further information or to print and post a PDF version of the tabloid-sized, color The Frontline Is Everywhere Workshop Flyer (with artwork by Jackie Fawn Illustrations), please contact WIRT and/or visit the website and facebook pages of the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew and WIRT (at the enclosed links).

Trainer Backgrounds

Josie Shapiro: A non-attorney, legal worker on the ground at Standing Rock since early November 2016, Jose has organized for the defense of social and political movements over a decade.  In coalition with the Water Protector Anti-Repression Crew and the Freshet Collective, they currently work in assisting the defense of Standing Rock movement water protectors.

Stuart: An Indigenous Dream Defender from Florida, Stuart has been involved in activism for about ten years.  He came to Standing Rock after receiving a call from Mother, to defend the water and stand in solidarity with his relatives.  After police arrested him for praying on the frontline, his efforts have supported other water protectors through their legal processes.

James: An attorney and organizer in movement defense work for over eight years, James brings a unique experience of both sides of the law.  He has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, and was part of a crew targeted by the FBI during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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