Reviews | Defund Line 3 Art Solidarity: We will paint the future


When we get up

You will hear the music

When we get up

We will paint the future

– The poets of peace

“By funding line 3, the big banks are funding the violation of treaty rights, police violence and the climate crisis. But next month, in July, three major loans to Enbridge, worth nearly $ 5 billion, are due to be renewed. like Wells Fargo, Citibank, JPMorgan and Bank of America must seize this opportunity not to renew these loans and to withdraw from their complicity in this horrible project ”, explains Alec Connon, co-coordinator of Stop the Money Pipeline, the global network is fight to finance fossil fuels.

This is why the NDN collective and the Stop The Money Pipeline network are calling for solidarity – a week of arts visibility actions to fund line 3 – from July 12 to 17.

We’ve created art resources: poster designs, sheet music, mural instructions, and a FUNDLINE 3 ART KIT to help support arts-based resistance actions.


The use of the arts (visual art, music, song, poetry and speaking, performance, crafts and culture) can perhaps most effectively change the stories or narratives needed to achieve change. Art can powerfully strengthen participation, groups and movements, while keeping our spirits strong.

As longtime Minneapolis artist-organizer Ricardo Levins Morales explains, “Humans are guided by stories. We make choices based on how we understand the world. Art speaks directly to those deep interior spaces where stories are stored. “

“Bringing art and song into the movement and the Defund Line 3 campaign is how we bring joy and beauty to our organization. Art reminds us that we are not alone and that we can create the world we want to see together. Says Amy Gray of Stop the Money Pipeline, coordinator of the Week of Action.


Poster art journal project cover. Design by Cy Wagoner

Eleven artists engaged in the movement have created a powerful set of designs that people can use during the week of action; they can be downloaded in the Defund Line 3 art kit, or request copies already printed in newspaper form for groups who will use them publicly; wheat dough, make action signs, public display. As artist Isaac Murdoch puts it, “It is with great respect and dignity as artists that we share our visions and hearts with the world. The power to unite people through art for change is undoubtedly one of the most important acts on the planet. “


Painting ready for the street mural at Wells Fargo Bank. (Photo: Brooke Anderson)

Over the past decade, street murals – giant sidewalk murals actually painted on the streets – have spread as a creative tactic for climate justice and other movements. It is powerful to take over and maintain public space, and to create beauty and art with multiple hands, often by singing or listening to songs and music. Street murals are widely used by climate justice movements to stop Line 3 and will be part of the week of action. Here are some recent examples, and a little bit about what painting street frescoes involves. Street muralists mainly used tempera paint, the water-soluble paint often used by children in schools because it is non-toxic and washable. They also used clay paint in earth tones, which can be made from dried ceramic clay, powdered clay, or clay soil that can be mixed. Using permanent latex house paint is a bigger challenge for authorities than tempera paint (used in many Black Lives Matter street murals – some are allowed, some are not), and chalk alone is a less difficult option. The chalk can be covered with water to smooth it out and make it look more like paint. Using barbecue charcoal briquettes for black and gypsum scraps for white (ask lumber or building material yards and renovate yards if they have gypsum scraps) can reduce costs sidewalk chalk and give you deep black. Location can make all the difference; sidewalks are less difficult than streets, and some groups may choose to have a mural in a parking lot or driveway with the blessing of the church, community center, or owner.

Here are some examples of murals from line 3:

Last February in Oakland, Calif., Community groups, organized by Idle No More SF Bay, 1000 Grandmothers C. MMIW & P and others took to the streets outside the Oakland Federal Building to call on Biden to reject the pipeline.

In April 2021, the Bay Area climate justice movement painted “WELLS FARGO DEFUND LINE 3” all over a three-lane block of the street, with ten community groups making smaller murals in the space. .

Moira Villiard designed a chalk mural in Gichi-ode ‘Akiing as part of a march and rally against Line 3. (Photo: Akilah Sanders-Ree)

1000 Grandmothers Mural for Future Generations in Wells Fargo. (Photo: Brooke Anderson)

Community members closed banks as part of the Defund Line 3 Global Day of Action on May 7. San Francisco. (Photo: Arthur Koch)

At the May 2021 Treaty Peoples Gathering, a chalk mural was created across the road. (Photo: Ron Turney @blackcloudstudios)

Mural of June action @libertymutual demanding they stop insuring oil sands pipelines. Wall design by Adonis Piper. (Photo: 350 Seattle, June 2021)

We have a step-by-step guide to street wall painting tips in the Defund Line 3 Art Kit, which goes over the details and encourages you to practice together first.


Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota is mounting. This month, thousands of people from across the country joined frontline activists and organizers at the Treaty People Gathering, using well-organized mass direct action to both stop construction and force the problem to be done. the front page of the company. Many remain, strengthening forces with long-term frontline activists.

Resistance has also intensified geographically, spreading far and wide and using arts-based resistance tactics; from wheat-stuck street posters, to sidewalk murals, to actions and creative actions and disruptions of the banks that fund and profit from Line 3 and fossil fuels. As the Seattle-based song People’s Echo says. “If we stop the flow of money, then we stop the flow of oil. Stop the pipeline of money!”

On May 7, in 8 countries, 4 continents and 50 US cities, hundreds of climate and indigenous rights activists took action with the 20 banks that supported loans for Enbridge, the company that builds the pipeline. Oil Sands Line 3 through Anishinaabe Territory in Minnesota.

In the wake of the Biden administration siding with big oil and destruction on Line 3 last week, Tara Houska tweeted, Today, @POTUS @TheJusticeDept supported the Line 3 oil sands pipeline and urged the court to dismiss tribal and environmental concerns. This is a horrific dereliction of duty by the government to tribal nations , towards climate science, towards the sacred. Line 3 opens another lever to stop line 3 – finance, as it also demonstrates the outrage of the public to simultaneously push the Biden administration, in the words of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, “to make this nation’s power structure say yes when they may feel like saying no”

We will paint the future!



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