Happy Birthday to the Tar Sands Blockade (2013)

Shall Not Pass

Meme by Garrett Graham

This Thursday, August 15, was the one-year anniversary of the very first Tar Sands Blockade day of action, and resistance to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline has only grown as more people follow the example that we set one year ago.

To celebrate the “birthday” of the Tar Sands Blockade, I’ve put together an improved final cut of my documentary film, Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade, which covers the first six months of the blockade, and resistance continues today. More direct actions are being organized around the country, and not just against the Keystone XL pipeline. Expect resistance to take root everywhere.

The documentary has been viewed over 9,300 times since it was released earlier this February, and it’s been screened across the country by various organizations working for environmental and social justice. The greatest reward is when people tell me that they got excited about participating because they saw the film. Those are my favorite compliments.

This new cut has very few changes, but the overall video quality is much higher. I’ve also corrected some captions and tweaked a few transitions here and there. The main difference is the addition of some violin and piano cues that I felt were necessary.

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