Water Protector's Legal Defense Fund
Organized by: Arkansas Rising
Arkansas Water Protectors
September 24, 2017
EVENT DATE Dec 01, 2017
DAYS TO GO: 68
Diamond Pipeline Resistance Efforts: Construction has been delayed and is far past it's permitted completion date of March 17th, 2017 with delays due to weather (keep wishing for rain in Oklahoma and Arkansas), civil disobedience (read below), and faulty construction. Non-violent civil disobedience against the Diamond Pipeline is encouraged and we support citizens who protect the water in The Natural State. Our Direct Action Fund now needs a boost. Direct Action Funds pay for training, monitoring and the gathering of information which is shared and then picked up by selfless people who want to protector our sacred water, but don't have the resources. Please donate to the Direct Action Fund, so we can continue to fuel this movement in Arkansas. We have enough in our Legal Aid Fund to help water protectors, but we cannot monitor the Diamond Pipeline or provide information or training in non-violent civil disobedience without funds. We have spent almost all of the camp funds raised at this point, so if you have a few dollars to spare, it will go very far. Arkansas Rising cannot express enough, the gratitude we have for our donors. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We have very few people volunteering their time to keep Arkansas Rising moving forward, so if you need to get a hold of us, the best way is to email us at: email@example.com
Water Protectors update:
Tyler: Russellville, Arkansas: On Wednesday Sep 20th, a felony charge and two of the three misdemeanor charges were dropped in the case of Water Protector Tyler Hamilton, from Fayettville. Arkansas Rising paid his fines of $850, and his court costs of $150 and the booking fee of $20, after a guilty plea to a reduced charge of Criminal Mischief-1st degree. Patrick Benca, from the Little Rock law firm Benca & Benca, conducted Tyler's defense with funding from the Arkansas Rising Legal Defense Fund. THANKS TO DONORS, we had enough to bail him out of jail and pay his fines and legal aid. Tyler was arrested on the first day of Spring, March 20th 2017, for criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental operations, failure to submit to an officer and criminal mischief, after protecting our water from the Diamond Pipeline. He locked down to the feeder track hoe which provides the drill with pipe for a horizontal directional drilling machine, to punch a hole under the Illinois Bayou. The Bayou provides drinking water for the City of Dover and 88,000 residents of Pope County. In addition, the water from Illinois Bayou feeds into Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River, and the cooling water for Arkansas Nuclear One- and atomic power plant with two reactors. After the arrest, Delta Directional Drilling sent an invoice alleging that the incident caused a loss or damages in the amount of $7,242.75. They pursued a charge of 2nd degree criminal mischief- a felony. Tyler put his body on the line in interest of public safety for all Arkansans. The pipeline will cross 5 major rivers, 100s of streams, and critical sensitive watersheds which provide drinking water to THOUSANDS of Arkansans.
The Valero 12: Memphis, Tennessee: On Thursday October 5th, 4 remaining Water Protectors will meet at the court house. The Valero 12 were arrested on Martin Luther King Jr Day in 2017, for locking down to concrete-filled barrels blocking the entrance and exit to the Memphis Valero refinery, where trucks fill up with gas. They successfully stopped the flow of gas and oil from the refinery for hours upon hours, before they were removed from the barrels with great difficulty and then were arrested. Citizens who remained on the sidewalks and out of the way, but filmed the event, were also arrested. After many charges were dropped for wrongfully arresting innocent bystanders and media trying to capture the police state, the 7 who locked down, remained with charges. Some plead guilty or no contest to obstructing a passageway, but 4 plead not guilty. Those four will appear before a jury, on October 5th for the charge of obstructing a passageway. THANKS TO DONORS (you) Arkansas Rising among others, were able to bail all the water protectors out of jail, pay their fines (if they were not wrongfully arrested) and pay for them to return for court, as most of the Water Protectors came from out of state to help save all of our water. Water protectors gained no financial burdens due to their selfless actions, and that is thanks to your amazing contributions. The Working Law Firm in Memphis VOLUNTEERED their legal services for all 12 who were arrested, in honor of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you donors and volunteers!!!
St. Francis duo: St. Francis County, Arkansas: Frank and Amber, in the interest of public safety and for the future of their children and grandchildren, locked down to the tracks of a track hoe and halted construction for hours, on the Diamond Pipeline for the first time, at the end of 2016. They eventually plead guilty to criminal trespass and Arkansas Rising paid fines of $500 each. THANKS TO DONORS they didn't have any financial burdens. They paid the consequences in other ways, but thanks to generous compassionate donors, they were not out any money, and they had legal representation by Caleb B Baumgardner, from El Dorado Arkansas.