Construction here is likely to start in the next 1-3 months, and continue at least into next year. We're asking for 2 month commitments. This fight is all volunteer (we'll happily working with fellows from other organizations) but we'll feed, house, and give you the resources and support to do some seriously cool shit with your time here.
What We're Up Against
Williams Partners is a multi-billion dollar company with experience in dealing with protests and resistance. They have much influence over environmental agencies and regulators because of their financial advantage. Williams employees have already directly attacked members of Lancaster Against Pipelines by sending a letter to their employer, claiming the LAP member was an eco-terrorist and should be fired. More of these instances are to be expected in the future. Williams has been known to hire private security when protesters are expected. These private security, like the ones at at Standing Rock, can and most likely will get physical with peaceful protesters. Williams can also win favor of the local police, causing them to be more aggressive with non-violent resistance.
Williams Partners also has the worst safety record of any other gas company, paying nearly four-hundred thousand dollars in fines in the year 2013. Sadly, these fines are little more than pocket change to massive companies like Williams partners. If the pipeline is installed, Williams cannot be trusted to keep us residents safe.
What We've Been Doing About It
For the past 3 years, Lancaster Against Pipelines has been laying the foundations in our local communities for a massive civil resistance. We’ve built inroads with faith communities, amish farmers, and local indigenous groups. To date, more than 600 local residents have pledged to put their bodies on the line when construction begins. Many of our most dedicated members have never considered the idea of being 'an activist'.
We’ve received calls for assistance from dozens of landowners facing eminent domain, including among others a local order of nuns.
'The Stand,' a barn and field we’ve built into a staging ground sit directly across from a critical drill pad for the pipeline’s passage under the Conestoga river and its 'access road' - the driveway to our amish neighbors farm. Here, and across the county, the pipeline equipment will roll over community roots going back generations. When it does we'll be in its path, articulating a bold vision of civic power that is both distinctly local to us, and universal to middle America.
Why We Need YOU!
As pipeline construction gears up to start this summer, we’ve built the infrastructure to launch a massive resistance. Among the usual blockade equipment, our community has sewn lines of quilts to march into actions. We've built a deployable chapel to place in the pipeline's path. We're working with barn raisings, and deer stands. We have builders, and welders, and access to heavy equipment. We have cooks, and medics, legal support, and a beautiful campground lined up to go.
But this movement is growing fast, opening opportunities we simply do not have enough coordinators to take on. so before we open the camp we’re putting out a call for a few more core organizers. We'll house, feed, and plug you in to local resources. Our movement is currently all volunteer, and unfortunately our grants are not allocated to pay staff, like y'all deserve. We do however promise to give you the resources and support to do some seriously cool shit with your time here.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Experienced and comfortable stepping into point positions
Excited to take ownership over areas we’re too stretched to cover and run with them
Comfortable engaging with people outside the activist community
A willingness to take strategic leadership from locals, and an appreciation for the power of a mass community uprising - especially when it’s a slow and frustrating process.
- A 2 month commitment
Some Of What We Need More Hands On:
These roles are co- coordination with respect to our local leadership
Coordinating Outreach Drives
Coordinating regular phone banking events
Updating our contact database (Nationbuilder) for action organizing (who knows construction, has a truck, is free on Saturdays?)
Developing communication systems for things like shift sign-ups, donation lists, and other specialized events
- Effective social media campaign
- Experience in writing proper press advisories, releases.
- Rapid response messages in coordination with our messaging.
- taking point on social media publicity for various events
- Working with all teams
- Facilitation of on demand meetings
coordinating our videographers & photographers
- setting up media teams to post-process content
helping articulate powerful narratives of who we are and what we’re standing for
Action Planning & Preparation
organizing & tracking the various action teams operating at any given time
coordinating logistical and material support for the action teams
working with the leadership to maintain strategic direction in the overall campaign
- (our crews have equipment construction covered, but can always use ideas on new ways to hold the land)
Maintaining & Expanding the Camping and Staging Areas
Day to day day work on camp
- Filling shifts and making sure task gets done
Making sure kitchen is maintained
As actions grow, we’ll start opening the Stand to camping. We need an experienced crew to keep it organized and safe.
(In respect for the seriousness of this work, and conversations with the local community, the campsite and staging areas are drug & alcohol free.)
- Evaluating our constituents readiness for action, and needs
Organizing training event logistics
Expanding our trainer network, and following up on current connections
And a whole LOT more.
To apply please send
- Statement of Interest
- Why you would like to work with our community
- Work you have done in the past
- Work you are doing now
- 2-3 Contacts that we can reach out to
We'll be bringing people on throughout the fall starting slow, but someone will get back to you within two weeks.