President Biden has taken important steps for the climate by rejoining the Paris climate accord and canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. We need his administration to go further and also cancel other dangerous projects like Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipeline. These pipelines threaten our environment and disrespect Indigenous sovereignty. Today we’ll be talking with our guests on the frontlines about the history of these pipelines and what President Biden needs to do to stop them.
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About the guests:
Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples.
She is a TED speaker, the 2017 Harvard “Public Interested” keynote, received an “Awesome Women Award” from Melinda Gates, a 2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award and is featured in “Women: A Century of Change” by National Geographic. Tara has written for the women-led climate anthology “All We Can Save”, the New York Times, the Guardian, Vogue, and Indian Country Today. She lives in a pipeline resistance camp in Northern Minnesota.
At age nine, Nalleli Cobo engaged in community activism for the first time. Growing up across the street from AllenCo Energy, an oil well in her community, Nalleli noticed her health took a turn for the worse. She worked with her community to create a grassroots campaign called People not Pozos (wells) in hopes to permanently shut down AllenCo energy. Nalleli is a cofounder of the South Los Angeles Youth Leadership Coalition, a member of STAND LA, who works tirelessly to establish a 2,500 foot buffer between oil extraction, homes, and sensitive land.