We will use no physical violence towards any person:
We will take action and conduct ourselves in a manner that avoids violence and the threat of violence towards other living things. We will attempt to conduct ourselves in a way that matches our moral force, recognizing that ideas of proper conduct and verbal violence are heavily influenced by culture and racism.
We will carry no weapons:
We will carry no object with the intent to use it to harm another person or living thing.
We will not destroy other’s property:
We take no responsibility for property destruction by law enforcement, Shell or Tesoro.
We will prioritize safety in our actions:
We will take care to avoid placing others in danger, including coordinating our actions to avoid placing each other in unexpected situations. We understand that the refinery is a complex and dangerous facility and we will take care in our actions not to create unsafe conditions for workers or the surrounding community. With this in mind we will not block refinery workers from entering or exiting their job site.
We will plan our actions with an understanding that some communities risk more than others by participating:
People of color, trans people, disabled people, indigenous peoples, poor people and other historically marginalized groups are often treated differently by law enforcement and legal systems than white activists. We will take these disparities into consideration when planning our actions.
We will not cooperate with surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and violence by law enforcement:
given the history of law enforcement dividing social movements to stymie their effectiveness. During the actions we will communicate with law enforcement only through designated police liaisons.
We will act with respect for the indigenous peoples whose land we occupy:
Understanding the complexities and history of settler colonialism, we will do our best to not use language that further invisibilizes native histories and presence. We will also not presume to speak for indigenous people or other communities unless we are explicitly asked by them to do so.
We will respect and uplift the voices and power of those that have been traditionally marginalized, especially indigenous people, women of color and trans people of color:
Through this action, we will continue to build momentum to fight the systems of oppression — capitalism, racism, patriarchy, colonialism — that are the root causes of climate change. We recognize that we cannot overcome the climate crisis without ending these oppressions.
We will avoid unilateral public denunciations of fellow activists participating in Break Free:
Our opposition to climate chaos and our commitment to hastening a just transition is unified. Concerns and criticism will first be addressed internally and directly, and will be mediated within an anti-oppression framework.
It’s hard to know exactly what the consequences will be because that’s up to the county prosecutors, however here’s what we do know:
- The most likely charges for anyone committing Civil Disobedience are all misdemeanors.
- There is always the possibility of more significant charges.
- The most common are criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct.
- There are a few misdemeanors related directly to trains and ports like obstructing a train.
- The likely consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are a fine.
- Everyone arrested MAY have to return to Anacortes for a later court date/s. If you plan to take your charges to trial the process could last as long as a year or more
The Break Free PNW Coalition does not have the resources to cover bail for everyone who may be arrested taking action over the weekend. We also believe that refusing to pay bail is an act of non-cooperation that strengthens our moral cause. We encourage those who can, to be prepared to remain in jail overnight or pay their own bail.
We understand that not everyone who wants to take action is able to stay in jail overnight. We will work to raise a limited fund to cover bail for people who cannot spend a night in jail and who do not have the financial means to pay their own legal costs. If you are in this situation you will need to contact us in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacting us does not guarantee that we will have the resources to support you, but helps us plan.
Our friends at the Civil Liberties Defense Center have created these excellent legal resources to give you more information. We strongly recommend you read them before the action.
With three days of workshops, actions and events there’s a lot to do. We ask that affinity groups respect all coalition action agreements and contact the tactical working-group to coordinate their actions.