Democracy Now: Jay O'Hara and Afrin Sopariwala Discuss #SHUTITDOWN Action

Watch Jay O'Hara and Afrin Sopariwala discussing the #SHUTITDOWN action on today's episode of Democracy Now! Transcript and full episode audio and video are available here.

DemocracyNow! Show Notes:

Ten climate activists were arrested Tuesday for attempting to shut down all tar sands oil coming into the United States from Canada by manually turning off pipelines in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and Washington state. The group, which calls itself Climate Direct Action, includes five activists and five other supporters and videographers. They posted pictures and videos online that showed them cutting chains and turning the manual safety valves to stop the flow through the pipelines. The activists issued a statement on Tuesday saying the action was in support of the call for International Days of Prayer and Action for Standing Rock. They also called on President Obama to “use emergency powers to keep the pipelines closed and mobilize for the extraordinary shift away from fossil fuels now required to avert catastrophe." While all 10 activists remain in jail, we speak Jay O’Hara, co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and Afrin Sopariwala, a member of Climate Direct Action and a part of Women of Color Speak Out, a climate justice collective.

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  • Dylan Smith
    commented 2018-01-02 06:37:43 -0500
    It’s good to fight for the climate but it’s not good to do illegal things, just make people have bad opinions about activists.
  • Jerre Lynn
    commented 2016-10-12 22:59:12 -0400
    Thank you for taking the actions necessary to shut down the pipeline. It has to be done by someone; if not our government then by our communities. You’re the best 👍🏽 Home run ‼️
  • Ruth Uppena
    commented 2016-10-12 20:15:12 -0400
    I call on President Obama to release the 10 activists from jail! And use emergency powers to keep the tar sands pipelines closed and mobilize for the shift away from fossil fuels now.