Fitzgerald Scott has been arrested after encasing his arm in cement and blocking construction on Keystone XL as part of the Red River Showdown
The Red River, which marks the border between Oklahoma and Texas and is a major tributary of the Mississippi, is sacred to the indigenous people of the area and supports the livelihoods of thousands of Texan, Oklahoman, Arkansan, and Louisianan farmers and ranchers. Keystone XL puts the whole watershed in terrible danger.
Fitzgerald, who has a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois, Chicago, is a longtime activist for social and environmental justice. While organizing against Keystone over the past five months, he has met many people struggling to protect their homes from TransCanada’s abuse of eminent domain.
“I am doing this for the people who don’t have the financial resources to protect themselves from a bully like TransCanada,” explained Fitzgerald. “Imagine how much worse it is for them – like the mostly African American neighborhood in Winona, TX, where protesters with the Tar Sands Blockade found holes in welds of the pipeline section that runs right behind a children’s playground, and neither TransCanada nor the government will do anything about it!”