Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds came out to the Cedar Cultural Center to support the resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline on Friday, December 21. Immortal Technique headlined a set list comprised of water protectors, rappers, and artists who work with and give back to their communities. Earlier in the day, Minnesota’s Department of Commerce filed a lawsuit appealing the “certificate of need” granted to Enbridge in June by the Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission for constructing Line 3.
The third installment of ‘Water: A Collaboration of art and music to support the movement to Stop Line 3‘, featured:
- Immortal Technique, rapper
- Darren Sipity, rapper from the Fon du Lac Reservation
- Twin Cities legends; Muja Messiah, alongside DJ Tony Trouble, and Maria Isa and the Maria Isa Band
- DJ Michel Be
- Water protectors and rappers Tufawon and Nataanii Means
- Live art from Jordan Hamilton
Unicorn Riot livestreamed the ‘Water’ concert (watch below) and spoke with many of the artists, as well as Andy Pearson of MN350, who told us that more legal wranglings may be setbacks to Enbridge’s completion of the Line 3: “Today, we had a massive step, a huge thing happened, the Minnesota Department of Commerce sued the Public Utilities Commission that approved this. And the Governor came out behind the D.O.C. … and said that decision was wrong and we don’t need this pipeline.”
In a statement released on December 21, 2018 about the seventh lawsuit against the State of Minnesota over Line 3, Governor Dayton said:
“Enbridge failed to provide a future demand forecast for its product, which is required by state law. Instead, the company presented its analysis of the future oil supply from Canadian tar sands extractions. It failed to demonstrate that Minnesota needs this pipeline to meet our future oil demand. In fact, most of the product would flow through our state to supply other states and countries.“
The activists, artists, and water protectors that organized the show are attempting to push the resistance to pipelines that threaten the water supplies and way of life of tribes in Northern Minnesota to the broader mainstream and get other artists to amplify the struggle for clean water.
Last year, Unicorn Riot spent some time in Northern Minnesota speaking with people at resistance encampments, preparing to defend the land and water, about the effects of pipelines like Enbridge’s Line 3.
Watch Unicorn Riot’s livestreams of the concert below.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) December 22, 2018
Unicorn Riot's Line 3 Oil Pipeline Coverage:
- Direct Action Ramps Up Resistance to Line 3 - Sept. 18, 2017
- Resistance to Line 3 Pipeline Seeks to Save Sacred Manoomin - Oct. 9, 2017
- Rally Against Line 3 Minnesota Pipe Yards - Dec. 11, 2017
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Requests Line 3 Schedule Change - Jan. 10, 2018
- Interfaith Community Delivers Letter of Line 3 Opposition to Minnesota Government Offices - June 4, 2018
- As Line 3 Oil Pipeline Decision Looms, Indigenous Resistance Increases - June 26, 2018
- Line 3 Oil Pipeline Approved By Minnesota Regulators - June 28, 2018
- Judge Accepts Water Protectors’ Climate Change Necessity Defense - July 18, 2018
- Minnesota Police Train at Military Base as Line 3 Pipeline Protests Escalate - Oct 25, 2018
- Arts, Culture, and Hip Hop Resist Line 3 as Lawsuits Against Approval Continue - Dec 29, 2018
- ‘Valve Turners’ Shut Down Enbridge Oil Pipelines in Minnesota - Feb 4, 2019
- Multi-Agency Task Force Prepares “Rules of Engagement” For Line 3 Protests - Feb 11, 2019