Hopeful resistance has been abundant throughout the long 7-year public process to Stop Line 3. Despite the deplorable inactions by state and national officials, resistance to all pipelines and fossil fuel projects continues!
Inspirational Stories Throughout the Resistance
The stories below are just some of the ways this movement has brought healing, hope, and community to our region.
Marianne Comfort, a justice coordinator with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, shares a powerful reflection that can help us feel the anticipated grief we might feel at the loss of a treasured body of water or patch of land and all the life it holds. And how that can spur us to protective action.
On Aug. 31, 63 state and federal electeds delivered a letter to Biden asking for "urgent intervention to protect Indigenous sovereignty amidst the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota." Read the letter, Star Tribune coverage, and Rep. Ilhan's tweet.
Soto Zen priest Ben Connelly, an MNIPL community leader, shares why we must listen to the call from Indigenous leaders to stop Line 3 in an article he wrote for Lion's Roar, published 8/10/21.
Faith leaders are preaching about Line 3, the need to divest from fossil fuels and to honor the treaties.
- MNIPL's Rev. Buff Grace preached on 7/18/21 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis.
- Rev. Dana Neuhauser preached on 7/25/21 at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis (Facebook video; start at 38:37 timestamp).
MNIPL's North Minneapolis Youth 'N Power Team delivered an Amicus Brief to Attorney General Keith Ellison at the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, June 1 demanding a stop to the destructive Line 3 oil pipeline. Read the amicus brief and the press release. Plus, check out the Facebook video of the press conference!
Get educated about how Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources has allowed Enbridge to move 10 times as much water as originally approved. That's 5 billion gallons of dewatering during a drought! Read a 4-page fact sheet.
The Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution opposing Line 3. Click to read the statement.
The Minnesota State Bar Association explored structural bias and racism within the law in the context of Line 3. Part 1 examines the agency approval process and the role of the public in that process. Part 2 explores the racialized impact of that facially neutral approval in the context of MN's legal history.
Over 370 groups from the United States and around the world, including MNIPL, sent an open letter to President Biden, urging him to stop Line 3 by suspending its improperly issued federal permits. Read the press release and full letter.
On April 1, 2021, Indigenous youth and organizers from the frontlines of the Line 3 & Dakota Access pipeline fights traveled to the White House to demand President Biden #BuildBackFossilFree and stop these climate destroying projects. Watch and share the video about this youth-led action.
Giniw Collective and allies have pushed forward direct action along the pipeline route, at Enbridge offices, and at the biggest banks in the world, pushing to stop the tar sands once and for all.
Youth have taken to the streets and to the banks to Stop Line 3.
Ordinary citizens have been speaking up in public hearings for years, even through a global pandemic.
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples movement has brought international attention to the disproportionate violence and injustice perpetrated against Indigenous women, which is linked to large construction activities like Line 3.
A group of 13 young people (under 25) are legally intervening as a party in the case to stop Line 3, representing themselves in a room full of lawyers.
On Sept. 28, 2020, MN350 and 1,200 people from all corners of Minnesota, as well as many neighboring states, came together in Duluth for the Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3
More than 400 religious and spiritual leaders signed a letter calling on government leaders to rein in law enforcement responses to the inevitable protests against Enbridge Line 3. (August 2020)
Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben sat down in April 2020 for a discussion about Line 3 in light of the collapse of the oil industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A group of Indigenous youth fighting Line 3 went on a 250-mile canoe journey to stand for the water. (July 2018)
At the Public Utilities Commission meeting in June 2018, 550 faith leaders said no to Line 3. They then gathered at the Headwaters of the Mississippi for an interfaith prayer gathering to Protect Sacred Water. In February 2020, many returned to the Minnesota Capitol to pray for that same water in the Governor’s Office.