Report-Back from #ShellNO Protest

Canoes, kayaks, and other vessels approach the rig.

Canoes, kayaks, and other vessels approach the rig. Click to view larger.

As many of you no doubt know, the Port of Seattle is currently hosting Shell Oil Company’s enormous arctic drilling rig. In several weeks, the rig will leave Elliot Bay and be towed to the Arctic Ocean, where Shell plans to begin oil drilling operations.

The chances of an oil spill occurring due to rough weather conditions has been estimated at 75%.

And, of course, even oil drilling without spills is ecocide (as this biting satire points out).

Members and allies across the region have been participating in protests and actions against this project. Please contact us if you want to get involved further. On Saturday, several members of Deep Green Resistance Seattle attended the ShellNo protest at Jack Block park, near where the rig is parked. The photos here are from that event. Max Wilbert was also interviewed about the promotion of eco-sabotage:

More photos from the event follow:

 

Future generations at risk.

Future generations at risk.

Members of the Duwamish, Lummi, and other local nations in beautiful traditional canoes.

Members of the Duwamish, Lummi, and other local nations in beautiful traditional canoes.

Bayan, a Filipino community and activist group. Land is life.

Bayan, a Filipino community and activist group. Land is life.

Industrial civilization threatens all life on this planet.

Industrial civilization threatens all life on this planet.

Downtown Seattle, directly across Elliott Bay.

Downtown Seattle, directly across Elliott Bay.

The fleet moving towards the rigs.

The fleet moving towards the rigs.

Police defending the rights of corporations.

Police defending the rights of corporations.

The people vs. Shell. We need to take political consciousness to the next level, and educate that ALL industrial technologies (including so-called "Green Tech") is unsustainable. Click the picture for more info.

The people vs. Shell. We need to take political consciousness to the next level, and educate that ALL industrial technologies (including so-called “Green Tech”) is unsustainable. Click the picture for more info.

The area around the rig should be the 1000+ acre Duwamish estuary, but due to industrial pollution and development, it is encased in concrete and has been thoroughly poisoned.

The area around the rig should be the 1000+ acre Duwamish estuary, but due to industrial pollution and development, it is encased in concrete for the sake of the Port of Seattle, and has been thoroughly poisoned. This is the basis on which global trade occurs.

The rig is being housed at Terminal 5, a massive expanse of concrete and piers.

The rig is being housed at Terminal 5, a massive expanse of concrete and piers.

Police helicopter.

Police helicopter.

Native rose bushes near the Port.

Native rose bushes near the Port.

Heavy police presence near the protest.

Heavy police presence near the protest.

About Deep Green Resistance Seattle

We are the chapter of Deep Green Resistance covering the Seattle area, as well as Renton, Kent, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Federal Way, Tacoma, Everett, Bainbridge, Vashon, Bremerton, the Eastside, Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, and all surrounding regions. This is occupied land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Snoqualmie, Tulalip, and Puyallup nations.

Deep Green Resistance Seattle is about stopping the destruction of the planet. We work to stand in solidarity with oppressed communities. If you’re interested in joining our collective, participating in our organizing work, or supporting in any other ways, get in touch. For ongoing news, check out our blog.

Seattle has a long history of social struggle and revolutionary politics that spans many decades. The indigenous people resisted European colonization in several wars in the 1800′s, including the Puget Sound War. Labor struggles have been a huge part of the history of this city, as have been immigration issues, especially in Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian communities. In the 1960′s and 70′s, the second strongest chapter of the Black Panther Party — after Oakland — was built here.

Our goal is to build a strong chapter of Deep Green Resistance here in Seattle. This will help us contribute to the broader movement against industrial civilization, and for the planet.

We need warriors, healers, communicators, supporters. We need you. Contact us to get involved in DGR Seattle, or to learn more about our work.

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1 Response to Report-Back from #ShellNO Protest

  1. Dayna says:

    Great report and compelling photos! Thank you for doing this work!

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