Last year we defeated Shell’s scheme to pillage the Arctic. Now we need to confront the fossil fuel expansion in our region with a fresh wave of people and paddle-powered action!
Push for a pivot away from dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable powered society that stabilizes our climate and protects the health and well-being of our communities!
May 13th through the 15th people from Eugene, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, Sandpoint and beyond are converging at Anacortes, WA for an uplifting celebration of the beauty of our bioregion and the need to be good stewards of it by demanding a just transition to 100% Renewable Energy society.
Showcase the power and beauty of principled on water-based direct action as we launch the exciting next chapter of our movement for climate justice.
If you are participating in water activities, please read the ecosystems protections page closely. We are also asking that you do not bring a motorized boat unless you’d like to be a safety or media boat (please connect with Bill first). The schedule of events and information on how to obtain a boat are below.
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Get Ready and Learn
8:00am – 10:00am: Check-in and boat drop-off
10:00am: Kayak training
11:00am: Kayak training
12:00pm: Raft up and banner raise
3:00pm: Presentation on local ecology preservation (eel grass, etc.)
4:00pm: Cultural Competency session with Swinomish cultural leaders Eric Day, skipper of Swinomish canoe family & Shelly Vendiola of Community Alliance & Peacemaking Project. Eric and Shelly will do a presentation to help prepare water team and other Break Free NW organizers to engage respectfully and constructively at March Point throughout the weekend, but particularly during the Saturday Indigenous Action Day. They will review protocols, share some teachings and help non-Native participants understand how our impacts can be most positive in building meaningful relationships with our Coastal Salish allies.
7:30pm: Luminary flotilla event launches. We will be on the water after the sun goes down. Bring windbreakers and warm undergarments.
Indigenous Day of Action
8:00am Check-in, boat/gear fitting
10:00am: First group launches
12:00pm: All boats land at March Point beach to join ceremony
2:30-4:30pm: All boats launch for paddle back to Seafarers (time determined by Swinomish ceremony and weather/safety concerns)
6:00pm: Join the dinner and events at the Transit Shed
8:00am: Check-in & breakfast
9:00am: Launch in groups
Variable risk levels. Everyone invited!