Debrief and report backs Portland Vs Shell
On Sunday our rally to action was opened by an Indigenous brother who performed a prayer and drum chant to welcome his ancestors. We were privileged to have his ancestors to be called and join us, and we are thankful for his offering. Afterwards, we had a moment of silence to honor them and received medicine from their presence then we began to open the rally with check ins. After check ins we started collaborating and brainstorming how to build capacity to take action while everyone had a welcoming packet with ideas to discuss and discover how to implement. Groups were formed to build infrastructure and capacity to take action. Everyone was encouraged to meet each other and circle in groups to start visioning how to build our movement against Shell. Everyone had good ideas to share and wanted to them bring to the table. In the ending of the rally/meeting we agreed to meet again with report backs and in closing we formed a circled for a moment of silence to pray with the presence of indigenous people and their ancestors.
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We are Portland Vs. Shell by Idle No More Washington. We are a community organization against Shells Arctic drilling project. Here is why:
According to the U.S. Government; there is a 75% chance of major oil spill and according to the Coast Guard Command there is no way to clean an oil spill in the Arctic. Moreover, Shell will be in the Chukchi Sea and their drilling location will be at least one thousand miles away from any Coast Guard Outpost for help. Shell has made promises they will do a good job, but they are not good at keeping their word. They were involved with perpetuating the Vietnam War, created misery in the Niger Delta for over fifty years and murdered five-hundred people from different tribes in Peru. These are few examples of their failed promises and shows our future if we do not not stop them. Climate change is already affecting poor and people of color, but loosing the Arctic will be bad for everyone. There are tribes who live in the Arctic; they will be immediately affected by this including people who live on small islands and the Pacific Northwest, because when the ice melts sea levels will rise and the planet will warm more rapidly. Essentially, the whole world will be devastated. We must come together to stand behind every person they have hurt and say "no Arctic drilling" for generations to come. We will have a call to action this Sunday the 19th, because one of Shells assisting ice breakers vessels called the "Fennica" will coming to the Vigor Shipyard, Swan Island, Portland Oregon this Monday. The Fennica experienced significant damage to its hull and will be in Portland for permanent repairs. Lets rally this Sunday Noon at Portland City Hall against Shells evil plan. Please bring everyone. Solidarity!