Stop I-69

More Solidarity Actions Against I-69
June 30, 2008, 6:40 pm
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The approach of construction and the eviction of the tree-sit have unleashed a wave of solidarity actions against I-69 across the region and beyond.  Whether close or far, these actions seem to convey similar things:  that people everywhere recognize how destructive I-69 will be to their lives and to the lives of people in Indiana, that the two decade long struggle against the road by farmers and diverse community members is inspiring and merits solidarity, and that the repression of this struggle will not be tolerated.  Here are reports from Michigan and New York.

From Michigan:
Press Release for Friday June 27th, 2008 from Kalamazoo residents opposed to I-69

We are everywhere.

On Monday, June 23rd at 1:30 PM the Kalamazoo residents opposed to I-69 visited the DLZ Corporation in Kalamazoo for an office demonstration. They entered the building prepared to read a statement but were instantly harassed by an employee.  He screamed obscenities, shoved the woman reading the prepared statement, and insisted that there was no office manager or anyone to discuss the impact of I-69
with.  The Kalamazoo residents opposed to I-69 marched through the office with drums and whistles and exited the building.

The office seemed to instantly be aware that they were being protested. They did not want to talk or hear a word of what the residents had to say.  The following letter was left on several desks and at the main desk.

Dear Kalamazoo Neighbors,
We are writing to inform you of something that is of great importance. Though you maybe unaware of this, your current place of employment, DLZ is in league with some very dark and disturbing things that are happening to the world we live in. You might be aware of the fact that DLZ is one of many companies
that is helping in the formation of highway development in Indiana, the extension of Interstate-69. Now though this may seem to be “Business as Usual” or “Just another development in a long line”,
this particular project is so much worse.
Interstate-69 is part of a massive undertaking that is spreading across states, countries, and indeed continents. It has been talked about for decades and gone under many different names. The NAFTA Super Highway, the North American Corridor, and Plan Puebla Panama are only a few.This expressway is a small
part in the globalization of our world. To explain this further, jobs here at home are being moved across borders, the products of which will be shipped here, via I-69, to those currently unemployed. These jobs of course are going to be exploiting the global South. Not only will this further harm some of the most super-exploited people on Earth, but miles upon miles of forests, wetlands, farms, and homes will be destroyed and/or displaced from the construction of this expressway.
Between jobs going over borders, products being shipped in, farms being destroyed and the utter destruction of the natural world here at home and abroad, it seems obvious to those of us in Kalamazoo that the completion of this expressway is an atrocious, repugnant act. It is opposed by those in its line of destruction, those in other countries, and now by us in Kalamazoo.
It is with this in mind that we write you. We want you to be aware of the fact that what DLZ is doing is wrong and under the watch of people throughout the country, and the world at\ large. Rather than just bear witness to this injustice, we demand that this project be stopped and that it be discarded. We stand in Solidarity with our brothers and sisters who will lose jobs because of this. We stand in Solidarity with those
whose homes are being destroyed. We stand in Solidarity with those who are being exploited in Central and South America. We stand in Solidarity with the farmers who will now be putting down their tools and who will be left in the gutters of development because of the actions of DLZ.
We as residents of Kalamazoo, as friends, as neighbors, and acquaintances of yours demand that YOU stop this highway.
And in Solidarity with those oppressed,
The Residents of Kalamazoo Opposed to I-69

From New York:
On the morning of Tuesday June 24, employees of HNTB arrived at their Hicksville, NY office to find the building defaced with spray paint. DEAL WITH I-69 DEAL WITH US was written across the front of the building. When they went to the front door, the lock was glued and the door was covered in paint. They walked around  to the back and the back doors were glued too. Other slogans were painted on the sides of the building and all the windows were covered in paint. They called the locksmith to break in for
them and then called the cleaning people. The cleaning crew told them there was nothing they could do about the windows, the paint was etched into the glass.

HNTB then removed the address of the Hicksville office (40 Commerce Pl) from their website.


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this is formatted wierd, but dope anyway. keep up the actions!

Comment by bear

Rock on y’all! We are in total solidarity with you here in Humboldt.

There are actions in the works here as well as ongoing tree-sits that will not be threatened anymore after October when the logging plans expire.

Obviously our work is not done though, clearcutting and old growth logging and development continue and we are mobilizing to confront this destruction.

Your actions are inspirational, keep at it.

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