On June 10th 2015 I will set out to ride across the North American continent on a 145 cc Bajaj Chetak scooter from Philadelphia to west central British Columbia, Canada. I am doing to oppose TransCanada's plans to build pipelines across the unceded indigenous lands of the Wet'suet'en First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. I will be in solidarity as a non-indigenous ally with the Unist'ot'en (one of the five families of the Wet'suet'en) at their action camp which is surrounded by British Columbia. I will help them patrol their lands and build permanent structures designed to prevent TransCanada from building pipelines with will compromise their way of life by colonizing some of the last original lands in the world.
Here is my video that explains more.
You can ride with me by adding your support to this fund. I will present your contribution along with your name to the Unist'ot'en when I arrive after two weeks of riding from the East Coast to the camp (3000+ miles).
Why the scooter? I know there is a ridiculous quality to this form of transport, but there are compelling reasons. First, I have been riding these scooters year round for the last eleven years. I know them very well. Plus, I could not justify the amount of fuel it would take to fly on a plane or even driving a car. There is something compelling about the little guy driving down the throat of big oil. They are bullies who justify their greed with the rhetoric of progress, but it is nothing more than greed and the colonial impulse to strip the land from its people. We will never be able to outspend TransCanada. What we have is our bodies, but they are powerful.
Bayard Rustin, one of the most influential but still invisible, organizers of the civil rights of movement in America once said: “We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers. The only weapon we have is our bodies, and we need to tuck them in places so wheels don’t turn.” This quote has empowered me to put my body into a place that will stop the wheels of aggression against one of the few remaining indigenous cultures in North America.
I hope this will inspire you to become a part of this process. Even if you are unable to put your body at the camp, you can still contribute to the effort by supporting the presence of their bodies, both physically and spiritually.
Your contribution will be a statement of protest to the aggression of Big Oil and the forces of corporate colonialism. Follow my ride at Twitter @DrTimHorner.
Blue Highways across North America
Ardmore, PA 19003
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