A few active groups to follow, join and support.

Attached below is a non-exhaustive list of a few active groups to follow on social media, join in-person as requested, and also offer resource support.  These include migrant survival support and hospitality, disaster relief and community mutual aid, solidarity with Indigenous Peoples movements, and the various battles against extraction of fossil fuels and natural resources — including human resource extraction in the forms of  human trafficking, labor exploitation, and cultural theft.

Jimmy mentioned this list in his recent email to BXE family. You can read the email here, and chip in to support Jimmy’s ongoing work and the work of BXE here.

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West Texas:

Christmas in Tornillo: The Occupation (December 23-January ??, 2019)

“There is a concentration camp for children in the middle of the desert!! Currently 3000 children between the ages of 13 and 17 are being held behind barb wire and fencing in Tornillo, TX. The camp is expanding rapidly. We want to do something about this prison camp because what we saw shook us to our core. This fund is to help a team of 30 experienced St. Louis activists  occupy Tornillo between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1 in collaboration with local El Paso organizations including Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee and Cosecha. Our hope is that it will inspire others to do the same.”

This is a brown led coalition of resistance against the Tornillo prison camp and corrupt system that devastates our families on both sides of the border.”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/creativebrownresistance/

Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/christmas-in-tornillo-stl

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Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska:

Keystone XL halted temporarily:

“On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Honorable Brian Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana in Great Falls, issued a Supplemental Ruling in favor of the lead Plaintiffs in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline–the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), and other groups.  Judge Morris’s 16-page Supplemental Order denies TransCanada’s motion to relax the Court’s November 8 Judgment that overturned the Trump Administration’s approval of the KXL Pipeline and issued a permanent injunction against its construction. Judge Morris specifically rejected TransCanada’s request to engage in the following construction activities: (1) preparation of pipe storage and contractor yards, (2) transportation, receipt and off-loading of pipe at storage yards, (3) preparation of sites for worker camps, and (4) mowing and patrolling areas of the pipeline right-of-way to discourage migratory bird nesting. Judge Morris only allowed TransCanada to conduct limited cultural, biological, civil and other surveys that do not harm the environment, and to maintain security at existing TransCanada sites.”

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South Texas:

Somi Se’k Village Base Camp: “Under the leadership of the Esto’k Gna (Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas), the Somi Se’k Village Base Camp’s mission is to populate and support a network of front Line Encampments (Wolf Pack) villages along the so called Mexican-American border. These villages will be active in providing aid to our asylum seeking relatives, protecting indigenous sacred sites, resisting construction of the #LNG (fracked gas) terminal, accompanying pipelines, and stopping the Border wall. We fight to stop the senseless endangerment of people, animals, and the environment.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Somi-Sek-Village-Base-Camp-2452609318101453/

Feel free to contribute with confidence: https://paypal.me/CampsARising

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Louisiana:

Resistance to Energy Transfer Partners and the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (#NoBayouBridge #StopETP)

StopETP Coalition: http://StopETP.org

L’eau Est La View Camp:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/LeauEstLaVie/

WEB: http://NoBBP.org

Update from Dec 6: Judge Rules Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has trespassed and constructed without permits, but allows them to seize private land using eminent domain.

And this recent piece regarding law enforcement serving and benefiting directly from corporate interests and the extractive industry. READ the report here: http://bit.ly/BayouBridgeMoonlighting

As we continue to resist ETP and the State, we need your support: http://GoFundMe.com/NoBBP

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West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina:

Appalachians Against Pipelines, defense against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and more:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/appalachiansagainstpipelines/

IG: @AppalachiansAgainstPipelines

Donate: http://bit.ly/supportmvpresistance

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Minnesota:

Ginew Collective Frontline Resistance Camp, “a grassroots, frontlines effort led by indigenous women to protect Anishinaabe territory from the destruction of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands project”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ginewcollective/

IG: @Ginew__ (two underscores)

Donate: https://bit.ly/stoppipeline3

The cold has been creeping in, with temperatures reaching -6 and -19 with the wind. Help provide gear: https://amzn.to/2EacYqE

Anti-colonial Land Defense, “a collective of Indigenous/non-Indigenous Water Protectors/Land Defenders under the direction of both indigenous elders & indigenous youth cooperating together; we are centered around protecting & reclaiming ancestral homelands via mutual aid…”:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AnticolonialLandDefense/

IG: @AntiColonialLandDefense

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Southern Oregon:

Stop Jordan Cove LNG and the Pacific Connector Pipeline

FB: https://www.facebook.com/noLNGexports/

IG: @NoLNGExports

WEB: http://StopJordanCove.info & http://NoLNGExports.org

More Info and to send a comment to Oregon Department of State Lands to Stop Jordan Cove LNG:

https://nolngexports.good.do/DSL/DSLComments/

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Communitized Decentralized Disaster Recovery (WI, TX, LA, FL, PR, etc):

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR), “Solidarity, Not Charity. Recent events have shown that the effects of climate change are not distant fears, but current realities. From historic flooding in Louisiana to Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Irma, and Maria we need each other more than we ever have before. Immediately after floods and other disasters, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief listens to affected community members and responds with supplies, work crews, and amplifying the grassroots community-led initiatives that blossom following disasters.”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/MutualAidDisasterRelief/

IG: @MutualAidDisasterRelief, @MADRLumberton, @MADR_tour

WEB: http://MutualAidDisasterRelief.org

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Arizona and Immigration Reform:

No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, “The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes: • Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance • Witnessing and responding • Consciousness raising • Global movement building • Encouraging humane immigration policy.”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/nomoredeaths/

IG: @NoMoreDeaths_NoMasMuertes

WEB: http://nomoredeaths.org

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Labor and the Border:

Movimiento Cosecha, “Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Our name, “harvest” in Spanish, honors the long tradition of farmworker organizing and the present-day pain of the thousands of undocumented workers whose labor continues to feed the country. Committed to winning real victories for our community, Cosecha believes in using non-cooperation to leverage the power of immigrant labor and consumption and force a meaningful shift in public opinion.”

This organizing body is active nationally and also specifically organizing in San Diego supporting refugees and migrants:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/movimientocosecha/

IG: @Cosecha_Harvest

WEB: http://LaHuelga.com

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People’s Media:

Hecate Society, “an art and media collective that was birthed out of necessity by a group of QTPOC* and accomplices.”

FB: https://www.facebook.com/hecatesociety/

IG: @HecateSociety

WEB: http://HecateSociety.org

Recent article, “Divided People: connecting Black Mesa with the Central American Refugee Exodus”: http://bit.ly/DividedPeople

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Announcing the BXE Frontline Community Support Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of our Frontline Community Support Fund – through which we’re able to make small grants (up to $1000) that support frontline community action to stop fossil fuel infrastructure.

Click here to fill out an application for your group today.
OR click here to download a  1-page application guide.

In general, we hope to fund actions that strengthen you or your group’s engagement with the entities you are opposing, like FERC, Spectra, Dominion, etc. That means we’re more likely to support a rally, protest, event, or a civil disobedience training; as opposed to a conference, a legal review, or general operating expenses like staff and rent. We do not reject any application out of hand – tell us what you need and how we can help.

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We had a few ideas

What’s really exciting about the frontline fund is is how it can connect us more closely with frontline groups around the U.S. At our retreat last weekend, members of the BXE community had lots of ideas and drew inspiration from a wide array of fights being waged –from the Gulf Coast of Louisianna, to the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota, to the East Coast fights to stop Spectra and Dominion and other companies.

We hope that you’ll join us in inspiration and action by filling out an application and telling us how we can support your next action,

Final decisions on what to fund or not fund, and how, are made by the BXE Fundraising and Budget Committee. That decision is based on the advice of a council of Frontline Advisors  — we’re honored to welcome Michael Bagdes Canning, Cherri Foytlin, Johanna deGraffenreid and our own Jimmy Betts as our first four FLCF Advisors. And of course every proposal is considered by the BXE General Meeting – which is open to all – to make sure we honor our commitment to horizontal leadership and the motto “To leave no one behind, we must all lead.”

For more details on how to apply, and tips on what to expect, download the 1-page support guide above, or just click on the application to get started. We look forward to working with you!

Summer heat: On the Streets in DC and Philly

In case you missed it, during a record breaking heat wave on the east coast, Beyond Extreme Energy was heating up the streets of our nation’s capitol and the City of Brotherly love with a series of actions challenging polluters and politicians over fracked gas, eminent domain and more. Below is a re-cap of the last few weeks’ worth of work – including video, press clips and more.

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But first, a message from our sponsors – you! BXE is at a critical juncture this summer. We’ve raised money in the past to support specific actions and events – the vast majority of it donated in small, individual contributions by people like you. We’ve also been able to secure some limited funding from foundations to underwrite our 2 traveling staff Lee and Jimmy and directly fund some of the front line communities we work in partnership with.

But our existing funds will be exhausted by the end of the summer or early fall. To keep fighting, and putting on even more events like the ones below – we need your help. Please, can you chip in $15, $25, or $100 to keep BXE fighting through the fall and far into the future?

Now, back to our previously scheduled re-cap:

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On July 21, dozens of BXE-ers met up with friends from Greenpeace and Environmental Action to pressure the DNC to stand on the side of people and the planet instead of the fracked-gas industry. Activists visited the Congressional office of then-DNC-Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and then blockaded the doors at the Democratic National Committee office for nearly three hours. Read more about it here, and see and hear coverage from local media below.

Next it was off to Philadelphia for big conferences, rallies and the Epic, 10,000 Person March for a Clean Energy Revolution — all during a sweltering, 100+ degree heat wave.

You can see a recap of the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution and PowerShift Philadelphia in Environmental Action’s blog, and a short Recap of the massive Sunday march below. Check out the amazing in-frack-structure banners painted and designed by our friends Kim and Seth (with lots of help from Ellen and other BXE friends)!

But it didn’t stop when the DNC started either! BXE staffer Jimmy Betts was in Philly all week, working with the Democracy Spring team and others to organize creative, non-violent direct action protests to the DNC’s position on fracking, fossil fuels and money in politics. One of the most dramatic events came when environmental activists, Indigenous youth, and other concerned citizens disrupted a Politico event sponsored the American Petroleum Institute, the leading American trade group of the fossil fuel industry. The event, “Energy and the Election at the DNC”, featured prominent Democratic lawmakers and energy advisors including, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Ed Rendell, former PA Gov., Trevor Houser, Hillary For America Energy Policy Advisor, and Heather Zichal, former Obama climate official.

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And even after the convention, Beyond Extreme Energy can’t stop and won’t stop fighting for climate justice. Volunteers and staff are on their way to Florida to support a pipeline-stopping conference there. We’re making our first organizational donations through the Frontline Community Support Fund we established to raise funds for frontline communities from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian Border (and beyond)  that are carrying out creative actions to keep fossil fuels and extreme energy in the ground.

But we’re seriously in danger of having to stop our plans mid-motion if we can’t raise an additional $5,000 this summer. And that’s why we’re asking for your help. If you click the link now, we’ll ask you to pledge to support BXE’s organizing work this fall. You will not be charged right away – only if enough people pledge will the campaign “tip” and our collective funds donated to BXE.

Note: Donations made through the Tilt platform are not tax deductible, but if you prefer, you can send a donation to our new fiscal sponsor by mail:

Make Check out to “Earthworks” and write “Beyond Extreme Energy” in the memo line.

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