Boston Phoenix: “‘Digging Us a Hole’: Student climate activists descend again on TransCanada in Westborough, protesting Keystone XL” – March 12, 2013
In other words, these kids aren’t just fighting to stop a particular pipeline or to protect “the planet” — they’re fighting for themselves, and for everyone else on the front lines of the climate crisis, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. They’re fighting for climate justice.
I say “kids.” I mean leaders. I mean the young people (as I wrote recently for Grist) who are out in front of the climate movement, showing the way, with their bodies. They’re the vanguard of a generation putting itself on the line, helping the rest of us get our moral bearings. There were 70 college students in this Westborough action — from Tufts, Brandeis, UMass Amherst, MIT, Middlebury, Hampshire, Green Mountain College — and at least another 18 recent grads and twentysomethings, many of them involved with 350 Massachusetts, Students for a Just and Stable Future, and the fossil-fuel divestment campaigns on their campuses. They were joined by about a dozen fellow activists over 30, including a group of five older mothers representing their children.
Tufts Daily: “Three arrested at TransCanada headquarters protest” – March 15, 2013
“I chose to stay because I felt that people have tried to get this project stopped through all the legitimate political channels for a very long time,” Jubelirer said. “I felt like I sort of had the privilege and opportunity to be more direct and put my body there, in the way.”
BostonInno: “3 Tufts Students Arrested Following Mock Funeral in Protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline” – March 17, 2013
“The point of our action was to send a clear message to TransCanada that approving and building the Keystone Pipeline would lead us further down the path of irreversible climate change,” said sophomore Dan Jubelirer to The Tufts Daily. Jubelirer was arrested alongside Pearl and junior Anna Lello-Smith.
This isn’t the first time local students have protested the pipeline, however. In January, a group of eight area college students staged a sit-in at the same TransCanada office. They used locks, chains and superglue to band themselves together “in an act of nonviolent disobedience” before police appeared.
Rolling Stone: Keystone XL: State Department Dodges the Big Questions – March 13, 2013
The pipeline’s fate still isn’t certain: There’s another comment period before the report is finalized, followed by a report from State on whether the pipeline is in the country’s national interest, then a decision from the White House. Pipeline opponents, if anything, are ratcheting up their defense: Twenty-six people were arrested for holding a “funeral for our future” at the offices of TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, on Monday, and protesters are planning similar actions over the next few weeks.
Democracy Now!: 25 Arrested at Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in Massachusetts – March 12, 2013
In the latest protest against the Keystone XL oil pipeline, 25 people were arrested after handcuffing themselves together inside a TransCanada office in Westborough, Massachusetts. More than 100 students, mothers and clergy members staged a “funeral for our future,” saying TransCanada’s pipeline would spur devastating climate change, pollution and potential spills.
Protesters: [singing] “They are digging us a hole. They are digging us a hole, six feet underground, where the pipeline will go.”
Huffington Post: ‘Funeral for Our Future’ Results in More Arrests as Keystone XL Protests Escalate – March 14, 2013
I was honored and humbled to play a part in Monday’s action. Not because I’m a radical who loves arrests, but because, faced with the combination of a lame-duck government and an existential crisis, I now understand them to be necessary. More and more people feel the same. If we felt we truly had a choice, we would stay at work or school, rather than risking our careers. Especially in this economy, none of us want an arrest record. But we do want–and deserve–a livable future, and we will fight for it. From across the border in Alberta at the site of extraction to Texas, to Massachusetts, to Washington DC, people are mobilizing. Front-line communities have stood up, and inspired others to do the same. We have become a force to be reckoned with, and we will not back down.
Our friends at Tar Sands Action in Massachusetts are at it again! This “Funeral For Our Future” comes just after a successful action on Jan 7th in which eight students were arrested for locking down in the TransCanada Westborough office outside Boston. Below is press release they sent out this morning. You can follow more on their website funeralforourfuture.wordpress.com . Today’s action helps kick off an upcoming Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers, March 16-23.
Maddow Blog: “[T]ar sands oil should be among the first fossil fuels we decide to leave alone” by Laura Conaway – March 11, 2013
As a political question, Keystone seems almost impervious to dissent or protest. Today a couple dozen protesters got themselves arrested at the Massachusetts office of Transcanada, which wants to build the pipeline. Below, telling the story for themselves at Moccasins on the Ground, in Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
Crooks & Liars: “Live: ‘Funeral for Our Future’ at TransCanada Office Outside Boston” by Diane Sweet – March 11, 2013
On Monday morning, over 100 students and community members marched into TransCanada’s Westborough office and held a funeral mourning the loss of their future at the hands of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport the tar sands that climate scientists say will lock us into irreversible global warming. More than 25 protesters were arrested for refusing to leave the office in an act of civil disobedience.
Climate Connection: “BREAKING: 26 arrested at Transcanada office occupation outside Boston” – March 11, 2013
Carrying a coffin emblazoned with the words “Our Future,” the protesters held flowers and sang an elegy as they marched in procession. Massachusetts Methodist clergy members and a group of mothers holding photographs of their children joined the youth in protest.
It’s Getting Hot In Here: “Over 100 Youth March, 26 Arrested Escalating Fight Against Keystone XL Pipeline” – March 11, 2013
Things are getting rowdy and the street heat is turning up. This morning, TransCanada got a wake up call from Boston area students and climate activists. Over 100 marched on the company’s Westborough, MA offices with 26 being arrested for sitting in. Thesame group organized a lock down in TransCanada’s office back in January.
The Milford Daily News: “26 protesters arrested today at Westborough office” – March 11, 2013
More than 50 others surrounded the perimeter of the building and sang verses like “You are digging us a hole, 6 feet underground where the pipeline will go.”
The Westborough Patch: “25 Arrested in TransCanada Protest” – March 11, 2013
Interrocuppy.net: “26 ARRESTED FOR REFUSING TO LEAVE, AFTER LOCKING ARMS OUTSIDE WESTBOROUGH, MA TRANSCANADA OFFICE” – March 11, 2013
On Monday, March 11, over 100 people representing a coalition of students, members of the Massachusetts Methodist clergy, mothers fighting for their children, and concerned community members marched into the Westborough, MA office of TransCanada Corporation and held a funeral mourning the loss of our future at the hands of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline will transport the tar sands that climate scientists say will lock us into irreversible global warming.
Dig Boston: “First Hand: Funeral for the Future” – March 19, 2013
The MetroWest Daily News: “‘Very fair deal’ for TransCanada protestors” – March 13, 2013