On this very important episode of Hot Mamas, I talk to two fierce mothers and a grandmother putting their bodies on the line to stop the Line 3 pipeline, a proposed pipeline expansion to bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Canada to Wisconsin. Each of these powerful women are fighting with all their might to protect our water, the treaty rights of Native Americans, and for a safe climate future. Anishinaabe tribes and allied groups have been resisting the construction of Line 3 across Minnesota since it was proposed in 2014.
First, I was honored to hear from Nancy Beaulieu, an enrolled member of the Leech Lake reservation, co-founder of the Resilient Indigenous Sisters Engaging (RISE) Coalition, and one of the leaders of Fire Light Camp at the pipeline’s first planned crossing of the Mississippi. Nancy has been demonstrating and holding ground to stop the pipeline and is currently monitoring "frack-outs" and the contamination of the water her community depends on. She explains how her people's existence and all life is being threatened by Line 3, why we are all "treaty people," and how to support the struggle.
Then in part II, I speak with Jill Ferguson (aka "Badass Grandma") and Cheryl Barnds. Both have demonstrated and been arrested in solidarity with their Native American brothers and sisters. Both women talk about why they are willing to put themselves in harm's way to stop the construction of this pipeline and why they refuse to give up. They share their journeys to activism, their fears and their hopes, how you can be in solidarity to stop Line 3, and how we may be able to heal all that is broken.
Recommended resources for this episode:
Donate to RISE coalition
Stop Line 3
Reach Jamie Pinkham & Joe Biden
Support the front
Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Pressure the banks
Stop HR 1374 - Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2021