TransCanada Attempts to Reroute Keystone XL Pipeline, But Tar Sands Blockade Activists Halt Construction
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Stuard told Truthout that he is thrilled to be a part of the burgeoning Summer of Solidarity movement. Stuard says a long spiritual and philosophical journey gave him the strength to lock down. He was a Zen Buddhist monk for more than four years.
"I was brought up in an evangelical fundamentalist congregation. As a gay person, that did some serious damage to me psychologically. At the same time, being exposed to the life and example of Jesus of Nazareth made a very powerful and deep impression on me," he says. "I'm no longer religiously affiliated, but I still live by the above principles."
In Texas and Nebraska, conservative ranchers and landowners, as well as Republicans, are joining hands with the likes of environmentalists and occupiers to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, no matter what path it takes.
If the Blockade movement reaches its goal, the pipeline won't take any route at all.
Candice Bernd is an organizer with the Tar Sands Blockade.