$15,000 for Bail Bonds Raised for Those Arrested in December 16 Blockade — We Still Need your Support!

The public along with our friends and allies has rallied in solidarity with  those arrested in a second December blockade of a giant tar sands equipment shipment.

Rising Tide thanks all for your incredible support!

Despite the excessive $10,000 bail  for each of the 15 people arrested in Monday’s “megaload” action, your contributions and commitment also demonstrate robust public opposition to the Alberta tar sands extraction.  Together we will continue to oppose the corporations that profit from  environmental devastation and the US and Canadian governments that subsidize the fossil fuel industry.

The December 16 arrest and detainment in John Day, Oregon of sixteen people included individuals who were merely in proximity to the Omega Morgan megaload now making its way through Montana– only some of those arrested were actively protesting.  Others were observers and reporters who were standing nearby on the shoulder of the road, well within the law.

The action was the sixth in the region against the Oregon megaloads in two weeks. The actions started when two were arrested successfully preventing the megaload from leaving the Port of Umatilla on December 1st. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla was arrested December 2nd trying to block the megaload. Office occupations and disruptions have taken place at Omega Morgan’s offices in Fife, WA and Hillsboro, OR, as well as the General Electric subsidiary that designed the machinery moving towards the Athabasca oil fields in Alberta.

The people arrested Monday night blockading the tar sands megaload were arraigned Wednesday, December 18, in the Justice Court of Grant County. Fourteen were charged with five misdemeanors, one with six and the minor arrested in the action was released Monday. Each person has had bail set at $ 10,000 for a total of $150,000. The arrests stem from the two blockades that were set up Monday night using two disabled vehicles to stop the controversial, 450-ton, 376-foot long tar sands megaload transported by Omega Morgan, which was delayed for several hours.

Rising Tide has been planning further resistance all along the route and locally in Portland.  At the same time, members the Umatilla have been working within their community to galvanize resistance and take the lead in this struggle.  Nearly the entire Oregon leg of the proposed route cuts through the Umatilla tribe’s ancestral lands.

If you’d like to get involved in any way, whether locally or along the route, let us know by filling out  this form!

And with legal fees mounting, we still need your cash! Please share this link and donate if you can!  

This is an important opportunity to take action to block or delay equipment headed for what many have called the most destructive project on the planet. The next few weeks will be a perfect time to expand all of our activist skill sets, and we look forward to collaborating with you.

In Solidarity,

Portland Rising Tide

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