The Next #ClimateTrial

In the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Spectra Energy was building a lateral fracked-gas pipeline to a new compressor station off of their existing AIM pipeline. Several groups emerged working to stop construction of the now-completed pipeline. Beginning October 7, 2015, Resist The Pipeline began a campaign of climate disobedience, getting in the way of active pipeline construction. Climate Disobedience Center founder Marla Marcum provided training, logistical and jail support for Resist the Pipeline.

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The campaign grew, and eventually 198 people were arrested and days of work stalled or stopped for many days over the course of a year. The tactics escalated as well, beginning with just a few individuals in front of equipment and ending with large days of mass occupation, and other more disruptive actions.

On June 29, 2016, faith leaders including Boston's Mariama White-Hammond, Union Theological Seminary Center for Earth Ethics director Karena Gore, and Climate Disobedience founder Tim DeChristopher joined an unprecedented action in the campaign: they entered the trench of the pipeline and in silence lay down, evoking the mass graves that were then being dug in Pakistan in response to a massive heatwave which killed thousands.

15 activists from the campaign, including 6 who participated in the "mass graves action," are taking their defense to trial in West Roxbury, supported by the Climate Disobedience Center. Their cases are currently scheduled for trial March 27th. The activists are committed to mounting a climate necessity defense, arguing that they had no reasonable alternative to putting themselves in the path of the pipeline's construction.


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  • commented 2018-02-14 16:40:26 -0500
    Keep up the good work. You are the front line and we both need and support you!