Our latest communique provides detail in regards to the new Unicorn Riot documentary, BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ featuring the #NoDAPL water warriors along with information in regards to the newest oil blockade camp, Camp Makwa standing against Enbridge’s Line 3 and issuing a firm warning against any attempt to build in Minnesota. Also detailed is information in regards to the #J20 Trump Resistance defendents, currently activists, journalists, and medics are facing decades of prison time for a mass kettle maneuver performed by a corrupt police department which is currently being investigated, itself.
IN THIS ISSUE:
-BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ – FREE ONLINE PREMIERE
-WATER PROTECTOR ENBRIDGE LINE 3 PRESS RELEASE – MAKWA INITIATIVE
-DEFEND #J20 RESISTANCE DEFENDANTS – MEDICS & PRESS FACE PRISON
-PAPER REVOLUTION COLLECTIVE UPDATE
BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ – FREE ONLINE PREMIERE
UNICORN RIOT PRESENTS:
BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ: A #NODAPL STORY
WATCH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BLACK SNAKE KILLAZ!
AVAILABLE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION ONLINE NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017
FOR VIEWING & DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION VISIT:
[ https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/ ]
Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock throughout 2016 and brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions to protect the water. Although the Dakota
Access Pipeline is completed, the impact of the movement will be long-lasting. As fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the United States of America, the importance of the water protectors story grows.
Black Snake Killaz (2017) was produced for non-profit educational purposes and is not to be sold or commercialized for any reason. Public screenings are allowed for non-commercial purposes only. This film is protected under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial license CC-BY-NC-ND.
WATER PROTECTOR ENBRIDGE LINE 3 PRESS RELEASE – MAKWA INITIATIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WATER PROTECTORS SHUT DOWN WISCONSIN LINE 3 CONSTRUCTION & ISSUE WARNING
TO ENBRIDGE – STAY OUT OF MINNESOTA
MEDIA CONTACT. [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
On the morning of Wednesday, November 25th water protectors from Camp Makwa stormed an Enbridge construction site, and delayed progress on the last unfinished Wisconsin segment of their proposed line 3 pipeline project. One individual from the Diné Nation descended into the muddy trench, climbed onto the pipe, and locked himself to welding equipment. A Leech Lake Tribal member then climbed atop an excavator and attached himself to a hydraulic arm. Construction was halted for approximately six hours, costing the company thousands of dollars, as the individuals put their bodies on the line to protect the water and the futures of their children.
Later in the day two more water protectors were arrested, while standing on the side of the public road. They were both tackled to the ground by Sergeant Kirchhoff of the Superior Police Department. For one of the arrests, when asked on what grounds he was acting, officer Kirchhoff cited a warrant that he could not produce. Later investigation found that the warrant he cited was unsigned and improperly filed. Last Week Sergeant Kirchhoff received media attention for tackling a woman to the ground without warning at a similar protest. The woman’s charges were later dropped.
The Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project is estimated to carry almost one million barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin; Enbridge has received approval in Wisconsin, but has not received approval in Minnesota, which would be the largest segment of the proposed project. The non-violent direct action came after a week of evidentiary hearings in Minnesota, where Enbridge revealed that it had already paid for 100% of the pipe for the project. The same day as the action it was discovered that before her time in public office Judge Ann C O’Reilly, the individual in charge of holding public hearings on the Line 3 Project, worked for a firm that represented oil companies on multiple occasions.
One water protector stated “Enbridge doesn’t have their permits for Minnesota and they have already started chopping trees down for their easement and filling its pipe storage yards. We went to the public hearings and found them full to the brim with Enbridge employees who were paid to be there. We fought again and again just to have 3 minutes to speak. Now we watch as truck after truck come into our communities carrying pipes and out of state pipeline workers. We made our comments, but they didn’t listen. The project is already bringing violence to our land and our women and children. We know that with these man camps comes increased levels of drugs, rape, and missing and murdered indigenous women. Enbridge will not take no for an answer so we have to stop them. We want to make clear in no uncertain terms, Enbridge is not welcome in Minnesota.”
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CAMP MAKWA DONATION & SUPPORT INFORMATION
CAMP SUPPLIES. [ https://www.youcaring.com/makwainitiative-961485 ]
FACEBOOK. [ https://www.facebook.com/makwainitiative ]
DEFEND #J20 RESISTANCE DEFENDANTS – MEDICS & PRESS FACE PRISON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL SPEND MILLIONS TO TRY INAUGURATION DAY DEFENDANTS, EACH FACING DECADES IN PRISON
Trials begin November 15 despite an ongoing investigation into questionable arrests, police misconduct
MEDIA CONTACT. Sam Menefee-Libey – DC Legal Posse
EMAIL. [ email@example.com ]
PH. (909) 576-3113
The first bloc of trials include seven defendants—Jennifer Armento, Oliver Harris, Britt Lawson, Michelle “Miel” Macchio, Christina Simmons, Jayram Toraty, and Alexei Wood.
In addition to protesters, the first trial bloc includes a photojournalist and two people being identified by the prosecution as street medics. Alexei Wood was documenting events that day, and is one of two journalists still facing charges. Many volunteer medics were in DC during the inauguration weekend to provide care for people engaging in political expression. Several of these medics were caught up in the mass arrest on Inauguration Day and are still facing charges.
In a recent hearing Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff reduced the charges against seven defendants scheduled for trial on December 11, 2017 to three misdemeanors: engaging in a riot, conspiracy to riot, and property destruction. The reduction of charges to misdemeanors for these defendants means that the trial will be held before Judge Leibovitz without an empanelled jury.
In an indictment issued in April, each of the more than 200 defendants at the time were charged with at least 8 felonies–rioting, inciting a riot, conspiracy to riot, and multiple counts of property destruction. But, on Wednesday, Judge Leibovitz issued an order correcting the ‘rioting’ and ‘conspiracy to riot’ charges by reducing them to misdemeanors. Each defendant is still facing as much as 60 years in prison.
The first trials begin more than a month after an independent investigation was initiated by the DC Mayor’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC) into the questionable arrests and violence carried out by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on Inauguration Day. The OPC issued a report in February critical of MPD conduct, recommending that the district hire an “independent consultant” to investigate MPD misconduct. The District Council responded by allocating $150,000 to the investigation which began last month.
To clear up apparent confusion over the sequence of events on Inauguration Day, Defend J20 Resistance has published a graphic timeline. Specifically, the timeline indicates how police wantonly attacked protesters, journalists, medics, legal observers and bystanders soon after the march left Logan Circle. The timeline refutes claims by MPD Chief Peter Newsham that the police attacks were in response to a damaged limousine, something that occurred more than five hours after people were trapped and detained by MPD.
The next trial bloc is scheduled for December 11, 2017, and remaining trials will take place over the next year, through the fall of 2018. The roughly 20 trial blocs will typically consist of 8-9 defendants each.
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MORE ABOUT THE J20 RESISTANCE
Defend J20 Resistance is a large group of felony defendants arrested on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC and their supporters who have all agreed not to testify against each other and are working together to collectively defend themselves. DefendJ20Resistance.org is a product of their work.
FULL RELEASE & MORE ON DEFEND J20 RESISTANCE AT:
[ http://defendj20resistance.org/2017/11/14/trump-will-spend-millions.html ]
PAPER REVOLUTION COLLECTIVE UPDATE
While our volunteer operations vary in cost, we are currently and most imminently in need of acquiring a Secure Socket Layer [SSL] CERTIFICATE for our website operations. We are wanting to be able to provide a more secure experience for all of those who consider themselves a part of our wonderful, and most empowered collective as we continue to curate and distribute revolutionary content.
In these times of mass surveillance and censorship it is imperative that we protect the data of our 210,657 annual international website visitors. A SSL certificate will allow us to provide expanded website features and tools for activism.
We need to raise at least $45.00 today to allow us to do this. We understand that this is asking a lot out of our community… to put it
simply, the added annual costs for obtaining such technology would otherwise drain the pockets of our volunteers who work to continue to provide our international community with our many resources.
Any additional funds received will be used for continued operation costs along with the expansion of available resources for our collective community.
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