Camp/Direct Action Fund
Organized by: Arkansas Rising
Arkansas Rising is a collective of water protectors working to STOP the Diamond Pipeline through non-violent direct action, working tirelessly to organize, educate, inform, monitor, gather information, and train people in non-violent direct action. Funds are needed to aide in this process. Tools have made all these efforts possible, and are costly.
Pipeline construction continues each day, bringing us closer to completion. Time is of the essence and we need to mobilize more quickly to effectively stop construction. Please do your part, show solidarity, and pitch in to Stop the Diamond Pipeline.
We will not stop until this pipeline is stopped.
The Pipeline route crosses over 500 waterways in Arkansas alone, including 5 Major Watersheds: The Arkansas River in Franklin County, The Illinois Bayou in Pope County, The White River in Praire County, The St. Francis River in St. Francis County and the Mississippi River in Crittenden County. These waterways supply drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Arkansans and water associations. They are home to many species on the endangered species list. NO Environmental Impact Statement was made or required under the nation wide permit they were granted by the Arkansas Corps of Engineers, and other entities put into place to protect our water, but have failed miserably at doing so.
This 20-inch Diameter pipeline will run approximately 440 miles from Cushing, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee. Please help us STOP DIAMOND PIPELINE. The Department of Homeland Security projects the an quake of magnitude 5.7 could significantly damage the oil torage tanks in Cushing and a breach in the integrity of the Cushing pipelines and storage facilities could be catastophic for both the environment and the national energy system given the more than 80 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity. The Memphis Valero refinery in Tennessee already has more than enough oil flowing into it. The benefits of this new, uneccessary pipeline, DO NOT outweigh the risks to our Natural State. Arkansas Rising is in full support of the efforts in Oklahoma and all the other states. We are against all pipelines because they all leak and are killing our planet.
Water Protectors update:
The Valero 12: Memphis, Tennessee: 4 remaining Water Protectors will go to trial April 30th. This will be a trial by jury. The Valero 12 were arrested on Martin Luther King Jr Day in 2017, for locking down to concrete-filled barrels blocking the entrance and exit to the Memphis Valero refinery. They successfully stopped the flow of gas and oil from the refinery for hours upon hours, before they were removed from the barrels with great difficulty and then were arrested. Citizens who remained on the sidewalks and out of the way, but filmed the event, were also arrested. After many charges were dropped for wrongfully arresting innocent bystanders and media trying to capture the police state, the 7 who locked down, remained with charges. Some plead guilty or no contest to obstructing a passageway, but 4 plead not guilty. Those four will appear before a jury, at the end of April, for the charge of obstructing a passageway. THANKS TO DONORS (you) Arkansas Rising among others, were able to bail all the water protectors out of jail, pay their fines (if they were not wrongfully arrested) and pay for them to return for court, as most of the Water Protectors came from out of state to help save all of our water. Water protectors gained no financial burdens due to their selfless actions, and that is thanks to your amazing contributions. The Working Law Firm in Memphis VOLUNTEERED their legal services for all 12 who were arrested, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you donors and volunteers!!!
Tyler: Russellville, Arkansas: On Wednesday Sep 20th, a felony charge and two of the three misdemeanor charges were dropped in the case of Water Protector Tyler Hamilton, from Fayettville. Arkansas Rising paid his fines of $850, and his court costs of $150 and the booking fee of $20, after a guilty plea to a reduced charge of Criminal Mischief-1st degree. Patrick Benca, from the Little Rock law firm Benca & Benca, conducted Tyler's defense with funding from the Arkansas Rising Legal Defense Fund. THANKS TO DONORS, we had enough to bail him out of jail and pay his fines and legal aid. Tyler was arrested on the first day of Spring, March 20th 2017, for criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental operations, failure to submit to an officer and criminal mischief, after protecting our water from the Diamond Pipeline. He locked down to the feeder track hoe which provides the drill with pipe for a horizontal directional drilling machine, to punch a hole under the Illinois Bayou. The Bayou provides drinking water for the City of Dover and 88,000 residents of Pope County. In addition, the water from Illinois Bayou feeds into Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River, and the cooling water for Arkansas Nuclear One- and atomic power plant with two reactors. After the arrest, Delta Directional Drilling sent an invoice alleging that the incident caused a loss or damages in the amount of $7,242.75. They pursued a charge of 2nd degree criminal mischief- a felony. Tyler put his body on the line in interest of public safety for all Arkansans. The pipeline will cross 5 major rivers, 100s of streams, and critical sensitive watersheds which provide drinking water to THOUSANDS of Arkansans.
St. Francis duo: St. Francis County, Arkansas: Frank and Amber, in the interest of public safety and for the future of their children and grandchildren, locked down to the tracks of a track hoe and halted construction for hours, on the Diamond Pipeline for the first time, at the end of 2016. They pled not-guilty, but were found guilty of criminal trespass by the county judge and Arkansas Rising paid fines of $500 each. THANKS TO DONORS they didn't have any financial burdens. They paid the consequences in other ways, but thanks to generous compassionate donors, they were not out any money, and they had legal representation by Caleb B Baumgardner, from El Dorado Arkansas.