B12 Solidarity with Anti-Coal blockade in White Rock BC

Posted: May 7, 2012 by birdsofpreyasana in Uncategorized

The Bellingham 12 raises their fists in solidarity with the actions taken this past week in White Rock. Thirteen folks were arrested for refusing to leave BNSF railroad property. The blockade successfully delayed or cancelled 6 coal trains headed for shipping ports. Our comrades to the north remind us that our local anti-coal struggle transverses many other communities.

We are continually inspired by actions taken against this earth destroying arm of the capitalist machine. Our united resistance makes us strong, never stop fighting.

Awesome Video from the Bellingham 12 Action

Posted: December 26, 2011 by birdsofpreyasana in Uncategorized

Interview with the Bellingham 12

Posted: December 21, 2011 by thebellinghamtwelve in Uncategorized

Two members of the “Bellingham Twelve” — Andy Ingram and Bonnie Barker — were interviewed by the Joe Show on KGMI this morning. Listen to the interview online at:

http://www.kgmi.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5607885

On December 12th, 2011, Occupy Bellingham protesters joined Occupy Oakland’s call for a shut down of West Coast ports by halting trains en route to ports in Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, WA.  For more than five hours, about 100 protesters stopped train traffic on lines operated by Burlington Northern-Santa Fe.  This action targeted port companies like SSA Marine and EGT for poor labor practices and their participation in the destruction of the environment.

Five individuals, using U-locks, locked themselves to each other on the tracks and an additional seven people linked arms around those who were locked together, effectively forming a blockade.  Bellingham Police officers physically removed the seven who were linked in by their arms. Police then used angle grinders to cut the locks from the necks of the remaining five.  All twelve were arrested and held overnight at the Whatcom County Jail.

Occupy Bellingham’s shutdown of the railways was one in a series of direct actions carried out by other #Occupy cities on the West Coast that day.  This national day of action was called forth by Occupy Oakland in an effort to disrupt the flow of capital which benefits the 1% through the exploitation of resources, workers and communities.

Jon Robitaille, an organizer with Occupy Bellingham said, “Ports are publicly funded but corporate controlled– they are Wall Street on the waterfront.  Companies like SSA Marine, and EGT frequently attack workers economically and engage in environmentally destructive activities for their own private interests.  The 1% profit while the rest of us suffer for their actions.”

Two BNSF trains were halted as a result of the blockade, one of which was carrying coal headed for BC, thus highlighting the effectiveness of the physical action.  While protesters were optimistic about the success of the blockade, they underscored the long-term outcomes of the action in the community.

“We want to show those in power that our community has the ability to stand up to the economic and environmental injustice in our own backyard,” protester Eric Jensen said.  “We are working as a community to create an economy that is rooted in environmental, social, and economic justice. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to future generations to stop those in power who wish to maintain these forms of oppression.”

The twelve who were arrested were released the following morning at around 10:00 a.m. on personal recognizance.  More than twenty supporters attended the arraignment, waiting with breakfast and coffee for the arrestees as they were released.  All twelve were charged with trespassing and obstructing an officer, and will appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on February 13, 2012.

Occupy Bellingham has created a legal defense fund to cover the court costs of the protesters who were arrested.  The Bellingham 12 support team has begun organizing fundraising and other outreach to gain further momentum in the struggle against the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal.

Intro

Posted: December 17, 2011 by thebellinghamtwelve in Uncategorized

On December 12, 2011, in solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown and in protest of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, twelve protesters were arrested in Bellingham, WA. This is the blog for their support team.

There is a pre-trial hearing scheduled scheduled for 1:30 PM, February 13, 2012.