Scott Martens, a father of two young children from Middletown, saw folks protesting outside the construction site, stopped by and has been involved in the fight to stop CPV ever since. He says he’s been out there almost every Saturday for a year letting people know about the threats CPV poses to his community and the planet.
Now Millennium, the company building the Valley Lateral Pipeline (VLP), a 7.8 mile pipeline that will transport fracked gas to the CPV plant from the larger Millennium transmission line, is trying to silence Scott.
“We are fed a lie by the white man. I’ve seen that lie being swallowed . . . not only that but our elders have swallowed that lie of the white man. They say were a vanishing people . . . No! We will be here for another 500 years. We have no intention of giving up, and vanishing, assimilating into this society as if we haven’t our own.” Carter Camp, American Indian Movement leader, August 1941- Forever.
Jackie is a Native American (Yurok and Wahsho) and Filipino, indigenous and environmental activist and artist. Janet W MacGillivray from Seeding Sovereignty commissioned Jacki to create a piece on behalf of the organization. This is the beautiful artwork that she came back with.
This past week I attended the Native Organizers Alliance annual training in Kyle, SD. I made a lot of great relationships in this training. I went into this training hoping to learn how to be a better community organizer. Not only did I learn how to better my community, I came out of the training with a better sense of who I am as a person.
This is a whole-system approach to helping the community, offering housing that is far more affordable once developed than standard reservation housing. The power bills in the older homes are outrageous, the walls are too thin to hold heat if there is power available. The homes are built with prefabricated panels that come complete with insulation, the solution they found worked best.