My thoughts on Keystone XL and the expansion of tar sands infrastructure is well known to the NSA, the FBI, the DHS, the JTTF, and a number of government agencies. I won’t rehash.
Instead, I am presenting to you a list of demands that cannot be met should the oil industry continue its corrupt reign in Washington.
I DEMAND the right to breathe deeply and feel the rush of sweet air against my lungs
I DEMAND the right to raise water to my lips without fear of drinking poison
I DEMAND the right to know that my home, the land that holds the ashes of my loved ones, won’t be swallowed by the rising ocean
I DEMAND the end of exploitation of the people of the Gulf Coast, and an end to the slow industrial genocide being carried out in front line communities
I DEMAND that my birthright, the right of all beings who walk or crawl or fly or swim across the Earth be honored, that you immediately cease the whole destruction of the planet, the biosphere, the only home the human race will ever have
I DEMAND the right to look to the future without fear
I demand that you stop destroying any future for us to look towards
All oil is blood— blood of the earth, blood of our mother. Blood of the people who die slowly, choking to death on refinery row. Blood of the children of Manchester, eaten from the inside by cancer. Blood of Fort Chipewyan, where indigenous people die again for the greed of the West. The blood of children not yet born, the centuries-old blood that still cries out from the ground, screaming for justice.
Any revenue you will receive from the oil industry is blood money.
Any revenue you receive from the petro-state is blood money.
Your billions earned will never add up to anything other than thirty pieces of blood stained silver, when you sold your children’s hope to your god of greed.
This is my truth, these are my demands.