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For those of you who have been asking, here's links to the events we have scheduled so far! Please link, share and invite your friends! We are very excited to see old friends and connect with new ones.

Sept. 23rd: Oakland

Sept. 24th: Sacramento https://www.facebook.com/events/961212484222504/?notif_t=plan_user_invited¬if_id=1568263082651611

Sept. 26th: Southern Oregon https://www.facebook.com/events/677414612756994

Sept. 27th: Portland https://www.facebook.com/events/1435406046621633

Sept. 29th: Seattle https://www.facebook.com/events/2477564988992112

Sept. 30th: Kitsap
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L'eau Est La Vie Camp
Here's a trailer for "L'eau Est La Vie: From Standing Rock to the Swamps", the film thats accompanying us on the west coast tour!

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This is "L'EAU EST LA VIE Trailer" by Sam Vinal- Mutual Aid Media on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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L'eau Est La Vie Camp
Mark Tilsen will also be with the L'eau Est La Vie West Coast Tour! Come out to an event and meet this amazing poet and organizer.

Mark K Tilsen is an Oglala Lakota Poet Educator from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At Standing Rock he stepped into the role of a direct action trainer and police liason. Since then, he has led trainings and teach-ins about the lessons learned from Standing Rock. He recently spent six months at the L’eau Est La Vie Camp fighting against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. He recently released his collection of frontlines poetry It Ain’t Over Til We Are Smoking Cigars on the Drillpad.
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L'eau Est La Vie Camp
Cherri, Mama Julz, Jim, and 1 other water protector were arrested this morning after stopping Mountain Valley Pipeline work 3+ hours! Here are some amazing photos of the action from FightingFox Photography.

The combined bail for these courageous folks was $6,000. 💸💸💸

All 4 people have been bailed out, but we still need your help to support their court costs and ongoing resistance. Can you help us raise that $6,000? Please consider donating at bit.ly/supportmvpresistance

#nomvp #nopipelines #noacp #nobayoubridge #mmiw #stillhere
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L'eau Est La Vie Camp
Cherri Foytlin will be on our upcoming West Coast Tour! Come out to an event, invite your friends and meet Cherri.

Cherri Foytlin is an afro-indigenous (Din’e) organizer, writer, speaker, and mother of six who lives in southwest Louisiana. She is the author of “Spill It! The Truth About the Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Explosion,” and regularly contributes to BridgetheGulfProject.org, and other written platforms. In the Spring of 2011, she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans (1,243 miles) to educate and call for action to regarding the BP Deep Water Drilling Disaster. More recently, as a founder of the L’eau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp she has helped to lead an inspiring direct action campaign to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. She is also the executive director of Louisiana Rise, an organization dedicated to a just transition for local Louisiana communities, and an active advisory member for Another Gulf is Possible, the National Poor People’s Campaign, and a National team member for Extinction Rebellion US.
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L'eau Est La Vie Camp
From Appalachians Against Pipelines:

BREAKING!! Three water protectors have SHUT DOWN work at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in Greenbrier County!

Two Indigenous women and one other water protector have locked down to 3 separate excavators. Banners at the site read, “VIOLENCE AGAINST MOTHER EARTH IS VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR SISTERS” and “AIN’T SCARED. STILL FIGHTIN.”

DONATE to help cover legal costs and support ongoing resistance: bit.ly/SupportMVPResistance

And/or join us on site in support — message for directions.

Cherri Foytlin, afro-Indigenous mother of 6 with Extinction Rebellion, explains: “A little under a year ago, while I was fighting to keep the Bayou Bridge Pipeline from crossing our land, I was attacked by someone who thought their threats and acts of violence would quiet my sensible demand for clean water for generations yet to come. I am here today to say: I will not fear cowardly men when it comes to protecting Unci Maka (our Grandmother Earth). As our planet boils, our children are caged, and our women are disappeared, we must accept that violence against the Earth is the same as violence used against our women and children. Therefore, in the name of all that is good, we have a moral obligation to halt the harm. This is why we cannot, and will not, stand down. Stop MVP!”

Mama Julz, Ogala Lakota, land defender, water protector, and founder of Mothers Against Meth Alliance, stated: “Today I’m here to bring awareness to the issues of man camps and their connection with the drugs and sex trafficking that leads to missing and murdered Indigenous women. These issues are really important to me because I fight meth, not only in my territory but in a lot of Indigenous territories across Turtle Island. Any time you desecrate Mother Earth, raping Mother Earth, it’s raping our sisters, too. It’s all one big connection, and that’s why we have this rise in our missing and murdered Indigenous relatives.”

“Man camps,” as Mama Julz is referring to, are housing complexes that provide accommodations for hundreds (often thousands) of temporary workers, commonly associated with the fossil fuel industry. They’re frequently seen in remote locations along pipeline construction routes and near oil and gas fields. In any small or rural community, a massive influx of transient men is a recipe for disaster. Man camps have a devastating impact on Indigenous communities in particular, where they contribute to a surge of substance abuse, sexual assault and other violent crimes, leading to a rise in the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women — a continuation of the lethal violence and abuse that European colonizers have imposed on Native women for hundreds of years.

More action updates coming soon.

#NoMVP #NoPipelines #MMIW

Mothers Against METH Alliance, @j