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Today the Firedoglake Watercooler is in solidarity with the Michigan Cats. On Monday they ‘locked down‘ in support the First Nations’ fight against the Enbridge Pipeline:

This action is in solidarity with First Nations communities in Canada exploited at the point of tar sands extraction in Alberta. This action is in solidarity with everyone and everything displaced by Enbridge’s illegitimate abuse of eminent domain to seize land for this pipeline expansion. This action is in solidarity to the thousands of families and uncountable creatures in the Kalamazoo watershed that were injured and killed because of the 2010 pipeline spill. This action is in solidarity with residents in Detroit, especially those in 48217 where these dirty tar sands are refined, sacrificing health and life for the sake of corporate profit. This action is in solidarity with all those resisting and persisting in the face of uncertainty to #WageLove to fight the systemic extraction and exploitation of life.

At 7:30am on the morning of Monday, August 25th, 2014, two protestors with the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands locked themselves with bicycle U-locks to a truck while it was exiting a pipeline storage facility ran by Precision Pipeline. Precision was hired to work on the expansion of Enbridge Line 6B, the same pipeline which ruptured in 2010, spilling 1 million gallons of toxic tar sands into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo river. That spill is now commonly known as the largest in-land tar sands spill in US history.

Instead of choosing to double-down on clean-up efforts for that spill, 4 years later the spill is still not clean and Enbridge is dragging their feet. Meanwhile, Enbridge is expeditiously expanding its tar sands pipeline infrastructure throughout the midwest as well as all over the continent. Today, Duncan and Dylon took action in opposition to Enbridge’s criminal dealings with dirty tar sands. Direct action is a crucial tactic that must be utilized when the common systems of governance fail to protect us or recognize our basic rights.

And solidarity with San Antonio, Texas activists who protested against discriminatory anti-toplessness laws.

About forty protesters, both men and women, marched through downtown San Antonio Sunday afternoon as part of what was called ‘Go Topless Day,’ Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports. The women who were leading the march said the goal is gender equality.

‘What this is about is gender equality in all matters governed by civil law,’ one protester told Newsradio 1200 WOAI’s Stephanie Narvaez.

The women say it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution to allow men to appear in public bare chested while women face arrest if they do the exact same thing.

‘In any public space where a man is allowed to walk around without a shirt, a woman should be allowed to do the same,’ the protester said. ‘It is a violation of the Constitution to do otherwise, to be honest.’

Some men participated in the protest, by wearing bikini tops over their chests. There were no arrests, because the women weren’t exactly topless. They wore thin strips of red tape over their nipples. Otherwise, they would have been in violation of a city anti nudity ordinance, which the women say is also unconstitutional.

Bonus: Should You Catcall Her? a flowchart via Playboy 

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