direct action

  • ‘Valve Turners’ Shut Down Enbridge Oil Pipelines in Minnesota

    February 4, 2019
    Itasca County, Minnesota – Today four people calling themselves the “Four Necessity Valve turners” shut down Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 4 tar sands oil pipelines in Minnesota citing “imminent and irreversible damage being done to the planet.” The activists entered pipeline service locations and…...
  • New Years Blockade at Youth Detention Tent City

    January 2, 2019
    Tornillo, TX – Indigenous people, migrant rights activists, and their allies are entering the second week of a protest occupation at the gates of the USA’s largest detention facility for immigrant children. The controversial prison camp, which exclusively holds immigrant minors, is based in Tornillo,…...
  • Charges Dismissed in Pipeline Shutdown Case

    October 10, 2018
    Bagley, MN – Charges were dismissed against Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, and their support person Ben Joldersma in a criminal case stemming from an October 11, 2016 action that shut down tar sands oil from flowing through Enbridge’s Line 4 and Line 67. Tuesday’s dismissals…...
  • Journalist Dies During German Police Sweep of Hambach Forest

    September 19, 2018
    Hambach Forest, Germany – One person has been confirmed to have died during police operations to clear the Hambach Forest to make way for a coal mine. The injury leading to the man’s death took place Wednesday afternoon as officers were attempting to remove protesters…...
  • Police Move to Clear Activists from Ancient Forest on Behalf of Coal Mining Company

    September 13, 2018
    Hambach Forest, Germany – One of the largest police mobilizations in recent North Rhine-Westphalian history is currently underway in Germany to evict activists protecting Hambach Forest. Thousands of government forces from all over Germany have descended onto the forest in recent days, bringing with them…...
  • Judge Accepts Water Protectors’ Climate Change Necessity Defense

    July 15, 2018
    Duluth, MN – On Friday, July 13, the St. Louis County court accepted the use of a climate change necessity defense. The decision comes from a court case stemming from a January 12th, 2018, lockdown by 3 water protectors at a Wells Fargo Bank in…...
  • Survivor-Led Guerrilla Teach-In Highlights Rape Culture in Progressive Spaces

    March 13, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – In April 2017, in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, a direct action took place inside a local progressive cafe. The guerrilla teach-in was conducted in response to cafe management silencing employees who were attempting to center the needs of survivors of sexual…...
  • Three Arrested in Action to Stop Buffalo Slaughter in Yellowstone

    March 8, 2018
    Yellowstone National Park, WY – On March 6, two members of the group Wild Buffalo Defense locked down to Stephens Creek Capture Facility in a direct action to stop the slaughter of bison in Yellowstone National Park. After being arrested, they were charged with federal…...
  • Police Divestment Activists Blockade Minneapolis Mayor’s Residence During Super Bowl Week

    February 2, 2018
    Minneapolis, MN – With Super Bowl LII three days away, dozens of community members blockaded the streets around Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s condo to implore the mayor to divest resources from the police and invest into communities. Protesters dropped a banner that read “Frey, Cops…...
  • Direct Action Ramps Up Resistance to Line 3

    September 18, 2017
    Superior, WI – Resistance against Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline expansion is ramping up. Near the Fon du Lac Reservation, at the frontline camp, Makwa, water protectors, land defenders, warriors, and others have participated in a wave of civil disobedience that has resulted in 16 arrests…...