Update – Glen, Matt and Isabelle are all out of jail! Thanks for all the support!
Update – Wednesday December 12
Glen is doing alright in jail. We are keeping him supplied with books to read to fill the time. He is on his 4th book – he’s currently re-reading Game of Thrones. He has also been receiving “lots of letters,” thanks to everyone for the support.
Today is haircut day – so he’ll have a nice new do when he gets out. He is hoping that will be soon.
Great news!!! All three now have lawyers! A local Texas lawyer wrote to the three of them in jail and offered to represent them, along with two other local lawyers. Glen has met with his lawyer and is hoping to move the process along quickly.
Thanks to everyone who has supported Glen, Matt and Isabelle!
And to remember why Glen took this action…
“I’m barricading this pipe with Tar Sands Blockade today to say loud and clear to the extraction industry that our communities and the resources we depend on for survival are not collateral damage. This fight in East Texas against tar sands exploitation is one and the same as our fight in the hollers of West Virginia. Dirty energy extraction doesn’t just threaten my home; it threatens the collective future of the planet.”
UPDATE: Our 3 brave friends that barricaded themselves into a section of KXL pipe are being held in the Smith County Jail on an outrageous and illegal $65,000 bail each. The charges are criminal trespass, resisting arrest, and illegal dumping, all of which are misdemeanors. Lawyers are working to fight this illegal bail amount.
Supporting those who choose to risk arrest and are given jail time is a critical component of direct action. Jail is oppressive, dehumanizing, and boring. Your messages of love and support will help lift their spirits.
Send letters to Glen Scott David Collins, Matt Almonte and Isabel Brooks!
C/O Smith County Jail
206 E. Elm
Tyler, Texas 75701
Letters must have a return address with a full name. Each letter can go to only one inmate, so mail three different ones! Letters can be no larger than 12” by 15”. The only things which can be enclosed are 4 or fewer unframed photos no larger than 4” by 5”. Be mindful that the authorities will likely be reading your letter.
This morning Matt Almonte and our very own Glen Collins climbed inside a mile-long section of the Keystone XL pipeline under construction in east Texas. Although they had barricaded themselves between two huge barrels of concrete, the police forcibly removed them earlier this afternoon.
Glen’s arrest follows weeks of collaboration between RAMPS members and the Tar Sands Blockade. Those fighting Tar Sands Strip Mining in Canada and the infrastructure that will transport the oil from there are members of a brave and desperate global anti-extraction movement.
RAMPS stands in solidarity with movements that resist the corporations that put profit before people, that have positioned themselves to destabilize out climate and destroy our planet. We support movements around the nation directly, with our bodies; solidarity is most strongly demonstrated with actions, not only in lip service.
Please support the bold fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline. You can follow their struggle on their website and learn more about Glen’s experience on ours as soon as he’s out of jail.