Southern California Native Community to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline in Los Angeles

Keystone SnakeLOS ANGELES – On Wednesday afternoon, January 14, 2015 many Southern California organizations are gathering in front of the Worley Parsons Engineering Consultant office as an organized effort to demonstrate solidarity and resistance against the Keystone XL Pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corporation.

The coalition that is spearheading this effort include Native and non- Native organizations like: The Harmony Keepers, American Indian Movement Orange County, AIM Southern California, Indigenous D.R.U.M., ChICCCAA (Chicano Indigenous Community for Culturally Conscious Advocacy & Action), Idle No More Los Angeles, and the Sierra Club.  The Worley Parsons Engineering Consultant office, located in Arcadia, California, and is a contractor who has been hired by Transcanada for the KXL pipeline project.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is planned to run from Canada, through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and all the way to the Gulf Coast of Texas.  In South Dakota, Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation have publicly spoken out against the proposed pipeline. Despite the supposed financial “benefits” that the pipeline is said to provide, it will be at the expense of human lives, wildlife and have devastating environmental consequences.  Huge concern among Native people and supportive organizations is the displacement, the disruption of sacred sites, and spiritual important archaeological material with in regard to the development and building of the pipeline and future threats of oil leakage causing contamination around the pipeline.

“This is a present day battle that needs to be taken seriously, as it affects not only the Native communities, but the future of everyone!” – John Jairo, a Native American Studies student – University of California, Berkeley.

“All lives matter! this is what separates us from other environmental organizations, we are not just seeing this as an “environmental issue” this is a life and death issue, that affects all life- not just human, it affects ALL our relatives; we have to do what needs to be done to help stop this,” states Corine Fairbanks, Director of AIM Southern California.

“We all need clean air, water and land – no matter where you live or how you live. Period,” states Lydia Ponce representing Idle No More Los Angeles, “It’s the seven generations forward -globally- this must be our common priority, our common goal.”

The public is invited to attend and participate at this profound and peaceful demonstration at the office of Worley Parsons Engineering Consultants 125 W Huntington Drive,  Arcadia, California 91007 on January 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm – PT.

For more information, please contact Hector Pacheco, Harmony Keepers (213) 247-3131/ Corine Fairbanks (805) 539-3002/ socalwarcouncil@gmail.com

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