Confluencing of Allies, to protect water, become like water…

Starhawk (Credit- Stephan Readmond)

Confluencing of Allies, to protect water, become like water…

Caroline welcomes Starhawk, who be filing her scouting report, upon returning from the

1000 Grandmothers group in Minnesota, to stop the Line 3 pipeline which is threatening the pristine lakes where wild rice grows and the headwaters of the Mississippi. 


“Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern earth-based spirituality and ecofeminism. She is the author or co-author of thirteen books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess and the ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and its sequel City of Refuge.

Her most recent non-fiction book is The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups, on group dynamics, power, conflict and communications. 

Starhawk founded Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirituality and with a focus on activism. She travels internationally, lecturing and teaching on earth-based spirituality, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism.” 



1000 Grandmothers for Future

**Press Release below

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**Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 19, 2021

1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations:

Grandmothers Supporting Grandmothers to Stop Line 3!

Grandmothers from around the US are journeying to Minnesota this month to support the Anishanaabe Water Protectors at their camps along the route of Enbridge’s proposed new Line 3 pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands crude oil through pristine watersheds, wild rice lakes, and sacred lands.  26 members of 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, along with five Lakota grandmothers will converge on May 22 to support indigenous elders and Water Protectors who have encamped along the proposed route to stop construction of Line 3.

1000 Grandmothers is based in Northern California, and their sister group of elders will be coming from South Dakota.  The grandmothers are teachers, writers, homemakers, gardeners, ranchers and health workers, and include newcomers to environmental causes along with longtime activists.

Enbridge, a multinational energy transportation company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, was responsible for the largest inland oil spill in the U.S. It now seeks to build a pipeline corridor through untouched wetlands and sensitive Mississippi River headwaters, violating the treaty rights of Anishinaabe peoples and nations in its path. The pipeline expansion would allow Enbridge to abandon an older cracked and compromised pipeline, avoiding cleanup and restoration.  The new line would bring nearly a million barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin, contributing more to climate change than Minnesota’s entire economy.

Our traditional responsibility as matriarchs requires us to go to Line 3 and visually show our support for the Water Protectors who are standing the line for Mother Earth,” says Lakota elder Madonna Thunder Hawk, a veteran of struggles for indigenous rights for more than half a century, from the Alcatraz occupation in 1969 to the No DAPL Pipeline encampments at the Standing Rock Reserve.

“You know how people say that a mother has the strength to lift a car up to save her baby?” adds Dr. Nancy Feinstein, a Bay Area organizational consultant and founding member of 1000 Grandmothers.  “That is how we feel about the climate crisis – We will stop the fossil fuel industry because it is stealing our grandchildren’s futures.”

The Grandmothers will spend four days at the camps, and then take their message directly to the Governor’s Residence in St Paul for a noon rally on Wednesday, May 26, in coalition with 350 Minnesota and Interfaith Power and Light. They will follow up with an ongoing Grandmother-to-Grandmother letter writing campaign directed at Dr. Jill Biden, seeking her support to protect indigenous sovereignty and environmental sanity by stopping the pipeline and preserving clear waters and untainted land for all peoples’ grandchildren.


Carol Rothman  510-684-1931

Pat St. Onge  510-604-9309

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