I heard about a pipeline protest, what's going on?
There is a proposed pipeline expansion being currently constructed that will bring nearly 1 million tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.
It's known as the Line 3 Pipeline. Indigenous ppl have been protesting it with the help of allies. As of recently though the situation has escalated to police brutality and suppression of rights, including treaty rights.
Why is Line3 so bad?
Good question. A brief peek at this map makes it very clear to see why the Ojibwe ppl would be upset.
Pipeline 3 violates several treaties with the Ojibwe people. Treaty rights surpass the authority of even the constitution.
But that hasn't stopped police from breaking those rights and making over 600 arrests since the protests started.
The placement of it puts at risk the water that 18 million humans and wildlife rely on. That's 23% of all of public freshwater, nearly 1/4 of our entire supply. x
It also will be carrying several kinds of tar sands crude. which is a carbon intensive oil which contains 37% more carbon than conventional oil, meaning worse for our environment than normal oil.
The pipeline would have the climate cost equivalent to 50 coal power plants
The company in charge if it is infamous for it's spills. They've already spilled drilling fluid more than 5x. x
Theyre even abandoning their first attempt at the pipeline once the replacement is constructed because of all the issues it's had (that's right, they've failed once already) x
As such, Water Protectors have been protesting against it. Going so far as locking themselves to equipment, crawling in pipes, and getting arrested. Anything to stop construction.
Not only that but the pipeline has given cause for concern that there would be an increase in MMIW2SG (Missing and murdered Indigenous Women, 2 Spirit, & girls, a national crisis) The concern is not unfounded.
In March, the anti-violence and anti-human trafficking nonprofit Violence Intervention Project requested reimbursement from Enbridge’s public safety fund for anti-human trafficking efforts associated with the project. x
Recent Timeline of Events & Escalation
July 27th it was found Blue Lives Matter was going to start organizing to "help" the police. x
July 28th the White Earth Nation ordered a 48 hour cease & desist, which Enbridge ignored. x
July 29th HR- 1374, a bill that would allow foreign corporations (like Enbridge) to publically hire state officials to brutalize/kill protesters that disrupt "critical infrastructure" (like pipelines) passes the House and goes on to the Senate. x
July 29th police started using rubber rounds & pepper spray. x
July 30th A vehicle swerved into Water Protectors. x
July 30th Additionally, Enbridge spilled drilling liquid again (called a frac-out) on the same day. x
July 30th 2 Enbridge workers are found in a sex trafficking sting x
August 1st we learn Water Protectors have not been allowed to change out of the clothes covered in the chemicals law enforcement used, their dietary needs have been ignored, and they've been treated poorly while in custody. A call to action is posted x
What Can I Do?
Get educated, firstly
Sign this petition to tell Biden to take action
Sign this petition against HR-1374
Follow Indigenous creators/media. A good place to start are the ones I've linked through out this post & going through the #StopLine3 tags
We're having a very hard time trying to spread awareness due to media suppression so please spread this like wildfire
Leave comments under (big) creators that pride themselves on being green or eco-friendly asking them to raise awareness.
Answer the call for action and contact the Pennington County Jail and demand humane treatment of Water Protectors. Read the script too if that's easier:
I am calling today to demand that water protectors are treated humanely and fairly, that their dietary needs are respected and their medications be given properly.
Tweet their accounts as well. Demand humane treatment
And contact your state representatives & tell them you WILL NOT vote for them again should this HR-1374 pass. That this bill is against your interests as a constituent & NOT a reflection of your states values.
Find your Congressperson: x
Find your Senator: x
Donate to the Red Lake BF venmo: Stars_On_Stone
Donate to Honor the Earth
Donate directly to the frontline
Join the front lines
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Join Us in The Fight to Protect Our Water
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Totally random and not my usual topic, but my skin issues have gotten loads better since I started doing at home skin peels. If you have acne or other skin issues, this is an affordable and powerful option to be aware of.
I’m not gonna endorse any brands or anything, but here's some info for anyone interested:
at home skin peels are way more affordable than the same treatments done in spas/clinics. They are available online without a prescription, can cost as little as $15, and last up to a year (depending on how frequently you use it).
however, many of these are professional strength, so you have to do your research and follow the guidelines, and always patch test. at home peels can be remarkably effective, but can cause real damage when not done properly.
you also need to follow proper aftercare procedures (e.g. moisturizer and sunscreen are mandatory).
fortunately, these things are not that difficult to learn! I learned by reading a bunch of online how-to guides. Here is a beginner’s guide to get you started, and here are examples of more detailed instructions: link 1 link 2
I don’t know anything about different brands (I just chose products with decent reviews in my price range), but the main things to keep in mind when choosing a peel are the acid type and solution strength.
choose the acid type based on the skin issues you want to treat. for example, I alternate between salicylic acid (for acne), and glycolic acid (for acne scars and texture issues). There are plenty of other options.
chose the solution strength based on how strong you want the effects to be. For example, a 10-15% solution probably won’t cause peeling or redness, but the results will be less dramatic (but it is a good place to start if you are unsure what your skin will tolerate). I use 30 to 40% solutions, and experience minor peeling for 2-3 days afterwards. there are stronger options, such as 70%, but these require experience and serious research before using, as they require different prep and aftercare, and come with a much higher risk of accidental misuse (read: chemical burns). PH and acid type also factors into true peel strength.
When choosing a peel strength, keep in mind your own knowledge of your skin’s sensitivity. Not everyone's skin responds the same; when in doubt err on the side of caution. It’s better to work your way up to stronger peels as needed. (And you can use the weaker ones more frequently/leave them on longer as needed).
I’m also a fan of using peels to spot treat (as opposed to doing the whole face at once). I do a full peel every 3-6 weeks, and use q-tips to spot treat individual breakouts as needed.
You can also buy kits, which are more expensive but may be easier to use, and include extra products. For example, some include a neutralizing spray (I just use a baking soda-water mixture), and hyaluronic acid serums (very good for moisturizing afterwards, but you can use generic moisturizers too, which you may already have lying around at home).
Skin peels also work for body acne and other body skin issues. Apparently some peels are also a treatment option for eczema.
final note: be sure not to use retinol products in the days before and after a skin peel, since that thins the skin and increases the risk of damage. treat your skin very gently as it heals, avoiding other treatments (such as facial waxing, depilatories, etc).
anyway. I have spent very little money and gotten very good results, much better than with drug store products. so if that appeals to you, do your research!
personally I'm just fantastically smug that for like $45 bucks a year I'm getting the same stuff people pay hundreds a month for at spas. nothing makes my skin glow like the sheer malicious pleasure of cheating the system
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