The Rockaway Pipeline is being built this summer – right now. Despite the best efforts of many of you, a trench is being run offshore from Riis Park/Fort Tilden, and the construction is spewing materials into the ocean. The pipeline will run right under the beach. You can see the staging platform from shore. Sadly, whales migrate through these waters at this time of year, birds summer in Gateway National Recreation Area, and Rockaway communities, still affected by Superstorm Sandy, are trying to make the best of the season.
But this story is not yet over. Please join the No Rockaway Pipeline folks on Sunday, August 24. We’ll have a tour (led by Ken Gale of Eco-Logic on WBAI), a discussion and training, and then rally our voices. Let’s keep speaking out. See you then – details as follows, from the Facebook event, Demonstration Against the Rockaway Pipeline:
1:00 – Tour of Jacob Riis Park, highlighting the ecosystems threatened by the pipeline and the social ecology of efforts to build autonomy in Rockaway since Hurricane Sandy.
3:00 – Visioning/coalition building discussion on adversarial community control of land/reclaiming space. Participatory art-making and locally grown food on the beach.
4:00 – Non-violent Direct Action Training
5:00 – Demonstration
Last month a demonstration of 70 people shut down construction temporarily. Let’s take action again, and also demonstrate the kind of world we want to see in place of the pipeline.