Yesterday I took part in a powerful symbolic action at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters in Washington DC.
A few weeks ago, FERC allowed Megan Holleran’s maple syrup farm to be cut down to make room for the Constitution pipeline, sending in marshals with AR-15s to make sure Holleran and her supporters didn’t get in the way of the guys with chainsaws.
Holleran responded by bringing the very last of the maple syrup from her farm and asking FERC employees to sit down and eat with her. There was some lightheartedness as we made pancakes on the sidewalk, which gave the protest a genuinely inviting feel. But it was radically confrontational with raw vulnerability.
Holleran refused to leave until they arrested her and seven others, including Josh Fox and Bethany Yarrow, forcing FERC to visibly act out their assault on her livelihood. This represents the best of symbolic protest--confronting forces of destruction with a radically different paradigm of generosity, love and vulnerability.
Megan Holleran arrest, photo by Tim DeChristopher
Josh Fox arrest, photo by Lee Ziesche
BXE organizer Don Weightman
Ashfield (MA) Selectman Ron Coler
News coverage says we were protesting the clear-cutting of maple trees on the Holleran family farm for the construction of the Constitution Pipeline. That's the local fight. On a larger scale, this action was part of the growing movement to resist all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
Building new natural gas infrastructure is a commitment to not solving the climate crisis.
- EcoWatch: 7 Arrested at 'Pancakes Not Pipelines' Protest at FERC
- Alternet: 'Gasland' Director Josh Fox Arrested at 'Pancakes Not Pipelines' Protest
Also see our posts compiling photos and videos live tweeted during the action:
- Breaking: Civil Disobedience, Arrests at FERC #PancakesNotPipelines Protest
- Concerned Citizens Serve #FERC Employees Pancakes and Maple Syrup for #PancakesNotPipelines!