Red Line Salish Sea: Defend the Defenders Legal Support Fund

For: Water protectors near and far facing legal repercussions
Bellingham, WA
Organizer: SalishSea Protectors
Red Line Salish Sea: Defend the Defenders Legal Support Fund (Water protectors near and far facing legal repercussions)
$2,360
of $10,000 goal
23% Complete
Raised by 40 donors

The Story

We are humbly asking for solidarity during this time, and request donations to pay for legal support. Please support the Red Line Salish Sea - Defend the Defenders Legal Support Fund that will assist targeted water and land protectors.

The Red Line Salish Sea is an Indigenous led organization. We hold a red line to defend our environment, our homes our families and our future generations. The red line represents a figurative point of no return, a line which represents catastrophic climate change.

On January 30th 2018, the Whatcom County Prosecutor's office placed charges on water and land protectors who they allege participated in an I-5 protest in response to Trump's Illegal Executive Memorandum. Trumps Memorandum approved immediate drilling below the Missouri River, expediting the DAPL, and illegally ignoring the Environmental Impact Statement order by former president Obama. We are humbly asking for solidarity during this time, and request donations to pay for legal support. Please support the Red Line Salish Sea - Defend the Defenders Legal Support Fund that will assist targeted water and land protectors.

Our members and supporters are Salish Sea water and land protectors who believe in keeping our Salish Sea oil free now and for future generations. We are in solidarity with other Indigenous movements that protect Indigenous land and sovereignty. We stand in alliance with activists speaking out and rallying against dirty fossil fuel extraction projects such as the planned Liquid Natural Gas Plant in Tacoma, WA, the North Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Tar Sand projects just to name a few. The Red Line Salish Sea supports the protection of the health and safety of the Salish Sea from fossil fuel disasters and pollution that will harm Indigenous cultural ways of life and life as we know it for all people in the Pacific Northwest.

In the last 8 months the Red Line Salish Sea has been tirelessly working to protect ourselves, our allies and our followers on Facebook from a corrupt warrant submitted by the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office.  Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office sought help from the US Department of Justice on how to craft the third warrant issued on our page. This collaboration is the epitome of how local corrupt government works hand in hand with the Trump Administration to curb free speech and any political activity that may be against Trump’s policies. The US Department of Justice used the same method in an attempt to serve a warrant to access the webpage J20 where they sought names of people who attended anti-inauguration events when Trump took office. However, the Whatcom Superior Court judge granted the prosecutor’s request, allowing the State to invade the Bellingham #noDAPL Redline Salish Sea Facebook page.

We have done everything in our power to protect our allies and Facebook followers from this corrupt warrant. For more information regarding this struggle please read "Justice Department Helped Washington State Prosecutor Target Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists," a news article published on The Intercept. Link provided below

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/14/facebook-warrant-pipeline-protest-whatcom-county-justice-department/

The U.S government has a long history of unjustly detaining political activists, while utilizing tactics to surveil and target nonviolent grassroots organizers while colluding with corporations seeking to extract Indigenous land for capitol gain. Without a doubt these efforts are directed at silencing public dissent against the current administration. We urge you to continue to fight for Mother Earth.

Please support the Red Line Salish Sea - Defend the Defenders Legal Support Fund, which will assist targeted water and land protectors to fight to protect our community from anti-Indigenous companies that extract resources and put our communities in danger.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 27, 2018

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Posted on February 27, 2018

We wanted to thank all of you who have so generously given to the legal support fund and let you know that we will greatly appreciate the support.  

The last two Fridays some of the seven people charged had court arraignment. They were all charged with two gross misdemeanors and one misdemeanor.  All 7 defendants are fighting these trumped up charges and the Whatcom County injustice system that is collaborating with the DOJ to criminalize those who speak out against the current government.

This photo is of the great court supporters from the Friday court arraignment.  Thanks for the solidarity!  

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