Two locked down climate protectors in West Virginia Arrested shutting down work of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Nearby, a rally of over 20 people gathered to show support for the protest.

This action came on the anniversary of the start of the Yellow Finch treesits which stopped the destruction of the last stand of trees in the pipeline’s way for over 2 1/2 years! MVP is now over 5 years past their goal in-service date of 2018 and are billions over budget.


One protestor who locked to equipment said: "For me, blocking construction on MVP is joyful militancy. It is feeling the expansive power of disrupting capitalistic extraction and protecting the mountains and waterways that began their formation a billion years ago.
This protester references the book "Joyful Militancy" by Nick Montgomery and Carla Bergman. The book explains, "Joyful militancy, then, is a fierce commitment to emergent forms of life in the cracks of Empire, and the values, responsibilities, and questions that sustain them."


A banner at the site read: "STOP COP CITY NO MVP." The phrase "Stop Cop City" is a slogan used by a nationwide movement against the construction of a militarized police training facility, dubbed "Cop City," on 381 acres of urban forest in southeast Atlanta.


The movement to stop MVP parallels the movement to stop cop city. Both projects have been pushed through by politicians who bow down to corporations against the pleas of their constituents. Both projects inflict violence against local communities and worsen the climate crisis.


After being extracted and arrested today, climate protectors face $2000 and $3000 bail. At the rally, 1 person was cited for trespassing after moving to where police instructed & 2 people received traffic violations for stopping briefly in a public road to load/unload passengers.


Editors Note: I was at one of the camps for about 5 days prior to this protest. What I can say about this group is that they are incredibly passionate, imaginative and powerful. Although their method of organizing is quite different than Extinction Rebellion or #A22Network, I’d still say that folks can gain some invaluable experiences and friendships by making the time to visit and participate in these actions. Not to mention, it is working. Just like Stop Cop City campaign is working.

 

In Solidarity, Will Regan

 

 

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Will Regan has been a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion in the US and Declare Emergency. He's editor in chief for the Daily Rebellion and has been arrested 4 times since taking that role.