Over the past five years we have supported 15 unique, but interrelated land defense campaigns across the western part of the US and Canada. The networked connections between these movements continue to build new and creative ways to oppose oppressive systems and build new worlds that are not distant utopias but worlds as present as these frontlines.
Nihígaal bee Iiná (Walk for Existence)
Nihígaal bee Iiná is a group of young Diné people that carried out a series of prayer walks across the Navajo Nation to assert their cultural existence, decolonize, and take action against extractive industries and other forms of exploitation on their ancestral lands. This was a formative and foundational campaign for anyone who took part and the lessons learned continue to inform our work.
Utah tar sands resistance
The Tavaputs Action Council is the outcome of Peaceful Uprising and the Utah Tar Sands Resistance and represents a coalition of grassroots groups that organize and take action to heal the land and intervene in destruction of the Tavaputs Plateau that is taking place as a result of the construction of the first tar sands mine in the United States.
The Utah Tar Sands Resistance has maintained a "vigil" camp for (x) years next to the mine to monitor and report on activities and the group has carried out numerous actions and field trips to the site over the past six years.
Predator Trapping - Rocky mountain region
There are over 15,000 predator traps currently in use in the state of Wyoming alone. The purpose of these traps is to "cleanse" ranch land of predators that are portrayed as a threat to the property of ranchers, cattle.
This long-standing anti-predator culture has perpetuated since settler-colonization of this land and continues to decimate entire populations of coyotes, martin, foxes, bobcat, and the inevitable by-catch of wolves, mountain lion, lynx, and birds of prey such as eagles and owls.
Dyspatch conducts field investigations to document illegal practices in predator trapping and make reports to wildlife authorities. We also support advocacy organizations who are working to end the policies, mentality, and practice of exploitation of these animals.
ongoing opposition to the dakota access pipeline
Dyspatch continues to support the historic movement of indigenous Nations and water protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Throughout this struggle, our efforts have been to stand in solidarity with the Native Nations by providing supplies, materials and transportation; today we primarily contribute to legal support, analysis and reflection.
Standing Rock is now much more than just one pipeline as it represents the culmination of relationship-building and capacity-building over decades. The strength of a space held in prayer and defense of the water and Native lands is a strength that even the most destructive forces cannot contend with.
Other movements have emerged from NoDAPL and Dyspatch is committed to the interrelated frontline efforts to resist fossil fuel extraction, transportation and processing in an age of climate catastrophe.
What has been called the largest land defense movement in North America, led by First Nations and accompanied by supporters, numerous land re-occupations in British Columbia have been established to stop extractive industries from threatening the land and people. Unist’ot’en Camp is one of the longest lasting of these.
Dyspatch is part of an ever-growing solidarity network to ally with such efforts and demand free, prior, and informed consent of any use of First Nations territories. On-site support is needed on a regular basis to build communities of resistance and true alternatives.
The protection of Lelu Island on the Northwest coast of (so-called) British Columbia is one of the greatest success stories (for the time being) of direct land defense of our era. Five indigenous women originally occupied the island in 2015 just days before it was to be fenced off and construction was to begin on a 13 billion dollar liquefied natural gas export terminal. A long term community effort ensued to prevent leveling of the island and destruction of the Flora Banks, the Skeena River estuary, the most significant salmon hatchery on the West Coast.
Mattole Forest Defense
Since at least the 1990's, Earth First! and other forest defenders have protected this ancient forest made up of old growth Douglas Firs and an entire thriving ecosystem in the most remote part of Northern California, near the King's Range and the Lost Coast. The Humboldt Redwood Company and others have continuously tried to log this area and 2017 was no different when a Dyspatch team supported tree sits and other efforts in this coastal temperate rain forest.
Boulder County Protectors
This local direct action-oriented group is made up of community members that protect the families and environment of Boulder County by taking a stand against all new oil and gas drilling in the County. Boulder County Protectors has carried out multiple imaginative and effective actions targeted at pushing for a "Climate Bill of Rights", which emphasizes the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) community rights model - that communities have the right to decide.
wild Buffalo defense
Dyspatch supports two active campaigns to defend North America’s last wild Buffalo in and around Yellowstone National Park — Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) and Wild Buffalo Defense. BFC is one of the longest standing, most well established, yet grassroots environmental protection groups in North America. BFC works in the field and on policy change to stop the harassment and slaughter of Buffalo.
WBD is a decentralized direct action collective of indigenous and non-native activists dedicated to seeing wild buffalo roam free again and the repatriation of wild buffalo to the first peoples of this continent. WBD takes action to intervene in Yellowstone’s slaughter of the buffalo.
Save our st vrain valley campaign
Dyspatch is working on many fronts to stop a proposed 600+ acre open pit gravel mine planned by transnational mining conglomerate, Martin Marietta Materials. No one in the St Vrain River Watershed, neither human, mouse, cow, or eagle wants this mine to destroy the unique St Vrain Valley situated just North of Boulder, Colorado.
Visit the campaign web page here!