When the Police Came, I Didn’t Risk Arrest. So What Was My Role at the Break Free Climate Action?

Rise Up Times

I had held at bay the question of whether I wanted to participate in direct action. But I also knew it was the heartbeat of this diverse movement.


I woke up Sunday at 5:15 a.m. to police in full riot gear shouting from every direction, “Get out of your tent! Hands in the air!” More than 60 police officers, who had arrived in two buses, flooded a camp of more than 100 activists who had been occupying the railroad tracks leading to the Shell and Tesoro Oil refineries in Anacortes, Washington.

I wasn’t really prepared to be arrested—not yet anyway.

My adrenaline immediately spiked. My heart was pounding. This was a first for me. My hands were shaking as I put in my contacts; I stepped out of my tent…

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