Water Protector's Legal Defense Fund
Organized by: Arkansas Rising
Valero 12 Update
March 05, 2018
EVENT DATE Dec 01, 2018
DAYS TO GO: 259
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 civil disobedience, weather, 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Protectors update:
The Valero 12: Memphis, Tennessee:
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. January 22nd was supposed to be their week in court but another case was more pressing than this misdemeanor charge for obstructing a passageway. Now the four will meet again on April 30th for the week long jury trial process, 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 half a dozen times (or more, we aren't done yet), as most of the Water Protectors came from out of state to help save all of our water. Water protectors gained no financial burdens from 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!!!
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.
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 pled not guilty to criminal trespass but were found guilty by the county judge 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.