Water and the Environment
Water issues and environmental justice are cornerstones of equity and community health in our region, as well as long-time points of racial contention. Historically, influence shaping public policy in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties was closely connected to large resource extraction industries, which in turn were facilitated by the genocide and displacement of indigenous people. Our vision for positive change in this region involves responsible stewardship of the land that we call home and the water that gives us life.
#NoLNG Jordan Cove Pipeline Project Opposition
True North organized more than 120 people from Orleans, Weitchpec, Klamath and Hoopa to take a series of actions to prevent the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline, that would cross under the Klamath River.
Klamath River, CA and OR
January 2017 - Present
Hoopa River Warriors Meeting
After a series of one-to-one meetings, youth fellow Mahlija kicked off her work on water issues with a community meeting, calling all River Warriors in Eastern Humboldt to the table to collaborate for positive change in their home along the Klamath and Trinity Rivers.
Water is Life Rally
While organizing on the ground at Standing Rock, True North leaders also built energy for water issues on a local level and provided trainings and opportunities for education.
Defending Standing Rock
A plea for assistance went out to allies and Tribal communities, asking us to gather near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, and True North responded. Over 150 Tribal Nations and allies were in a standoff at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers over plans for a 3.7 billion dollar crude oil pipeline that would run just outside of the boundary of the reservation.
Sioux Territory, North Dakota
August 2016 - December 2016
Research Summit and #NoLNG Pacific Connector March
More than 250 leaders gathered in Hoopa for a community meeting focused on racial inequities and the need to unravel racist power structures across the region. During the meeting, 25 youth organizers organized a march to the Trinity River and made powerful speeches about the need to stop the construction of the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
Controlled Cultural Burns in Yurok Territory
The Weitchpec to Wotek Local Organizing Committee hosted a local action and announced that all of the needed approvals had been gained for a coordinated cultural burn in Yurok Territory. Their organizing resulted in the first coordinated, cultural and controlled burn with the Cultural Fire Management Council, Yurok Tribe and the California Conservation Corp.