BREAKING: Water Protectors, journalists and community members join land owners, environmental organizations and the best legal team ever in filing a federal lawsuit today in the District Court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana challenging the constitutionality of the critical infrastructure law aimed at criminalizing pipeline construction protests.
Similar laws are being passed across the country as 15 water protectors and journalists are facing 5 years in prison since this law was enacted in Louisiana in August 2018.
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L'eau Est La Vie Indigenous Women's Advisory Council Leader Anne White Hat will give more information about being the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed today challenging the constitutionality of Louisiana's "critical infrastructure" bill HB727. ALEC is pushing this legislation across the country with a similar bill just passed in Texas. Indigenous communities across America have been leading the fight to have these unconstitutional bills overturned in higher courts.
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“H.B. 3557, which is under consideration in the state Senate after passing the state House earlier this month, ups penalties for interfering in energy infrastructure construction by making the protests a felony. Sentences would range from two to 10 years.”
Beginning in 2017, water protectors and land defenders in so-called Louisiana came together to form L'eau Est la Vie, an indigenous led resistance camp and campaign to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. To date, hundreds of people have come through to support our camp, and collectively we were able to successfully prevent the Bayou Bridge Pipeline from completing its planned route through the camp land!
As L'eau Est la Vie's campaign transitions to focus on a legal strategy, our camp is also experiencing a transition of its own. We're calling it a Crawfish Revolution!
Since opening camp over a year ago, we have been working with volunteers to transform the land from a former mono-crop field to a sustainable food forest with accessible accommodations for guests and volunteers. Inch by inch we have made tremendous progress restoring native plants and landscapes as well as developing accessible housing and facilities.
The Crawfish Revolution is our transition from one vision of camp to another, shifting to focus on food sovereignty and mutual aid while maintaining its roots in indigenous knowledge and leadership. Your contribution will help with the following projects:
* Completion of our large bathhouse with multiple bathrooms, shower stalls and changing area
* Excavation of additional pond(s) for fish habitat and sustainable aquaculture
* Seeds, baby trees, medicinal herbs and native plants
* Equipment and supplies for food programs, community gatherings, and ceremonies
* Room and board for our rotation of dedicated volunteers and program participants
With your support with can continue to utilize our camp as a movement resource in the continued struggle for justice across the Gulf South region and beyond. Thank you!
Beginning in 2017, water protectors and land defenders in so-called Louisiana came together to form L'eau Est la Vie, an indigenous led resistance camp and campaign to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. To date, hundreds of people have come through to support our camp, and collectively we were able...
Last October, security for Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge Pipeline intentionally put L'eau Est La Vie Camp water protectors in danger by passing their boats at aggressive speeds, intentionally causing a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk their boats.
Little did ETP know that a film crew with Comedy Central was also on board filming for Jordan Klepper’s new show.
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