Updated: Stand Up Salt Spring, an event to raise funds for the nine Salt Spring Islanders who were arrested for protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, was held last Saturday at Fulford Hall. A standing room only crowd heard speakers, musicians and poets — featuring the Salt Spring Nine — share their stories and reasons for their actions. It was an evening to remember, full of community spirit, encouraging information, warm goodwill, and generous support for each other.
The recent story in the Exxhange about Stand Up Salt Spring needs clarification. The event, organized by four volunteers with a lot of help, raised $11,500 towards the arrestees’ legal expenses. The nine arrestees from Salt Spring are in various stages of working through the court process. The legal retainer of $4,000, mentioned on the Exchange, has already been paid by the generous donors to the GoFundMe campaign.
The organizers are deeply appreciative of the generosity of all the donors to the Stand Up Salt Spring evening and the GoFundMe campaign.
168 protestors who have been arrested for blocking the gate to Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project in Burnaby are facing possible criminal charges. Nine from Salt Spring Island are included.
When arrested, they were charged with civil contempt. Now, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck( who issued the initial injunction for Kinder Morgan’s property), has called on the Attorney General to take over prosecution of pipeline protesters and lay the much more serious charge of criminal contempt.
Now, the Salt Spring Nine need help to cover unexpected and extensive legal bills. They need $4k for a lawyer who will represent the group, and another $2-3k for anticipated appeals and expenses related to multiple trips to Vancouver to attend court.
Funds will be dispersed as needed: immediately issuing a cheque to pay the initial lawyer costs. Local supporters are collecting receipts and tabulating expenses so they can re-imburse arrestees for other additional expenses which really add up when faced with multiple trips to court. Any additional/remaining funds will be kept in an account for possible appeals or to pay fines levied by the court.
Stand up Salt Spring! A chance for the community to get behind the brave islanders who were willing to be arrested in order to help stop construction of the Kinder Morning pipeline expansion say hundreds of locals come out and support their cause.
Here’s some video from this past week’s event courtesy of Bill Warriner