Sophia Wilansky, third from left, stands with fellow defendants in the E-13 Police Station in Jamaica Plain.

Local Pipeline Protester Gravely Wounded in North Dakota Standoff

A young woman who had been arrested during protests against a natural gas pipeline in southwest Boston may lose an arm from wounds sustained during civil disobedience in North Dakota. Sophia Wilansky, 22, of New York, suffered grievous injury on Sunday in the ongoing confrontation near a Sioux reservation between "water protectors" and law enforcement officers. Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say the route - which goes under the Missouri River - threatens the water supply and sites sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux. Both sides blame the other for Wilansky's injuries, as reported by The Guardian. Protesters say a concussion grenade fired by police is to blame.


Join a ‘Human Chain’ to stop the West Roxbury Natural Gas Pipeline

Spectra Energy has broken ground on the construction of a natural gas pipeline that passes through Dedham and West Roxbury. Residents of Dedham and Boston are joining forces on Sunday July 26th to keep Spectra Energy from starting construction in Boston. 100+ people will be linking arms along the Dedham/Boston city line in order to symbolically block the pipeline. This event will be preceded by a worship service and a rally. Come join your fellow residents, concerned for our safety and future.

JP residents Andreé Zaleska, left, and Chuck Collins donned road worker gear to carry out a pavement-marking protest of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Protesters Paint ‘Freedom Trail’ Along Gas Pipeline Route

Jamaica Plain residents carried out a creative protest against what they see as a dangerous high-pressure gas pipeline slated for next-door West Roxbury. Here's part of a press release from the opponents of the project:
In the spirit of Paul Revere, a group calling themselves the “Parkway Pipeline Prevention League,” have drawn attention to the dangers of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. On the morning of May 15, they painted a bright red “Freedom Trail” along the pipeline route with several signs saying “No Spectra,” a reference to the Houston-based energy corporation slated to start work digging up West Roxbury streets in June. The paint is water-soluble. JP residents Andrée Zaleska and Chuck Collins carried out the protest garbed in road-worker gear.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, District Six, speaks at a JP Forum teach-in about the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, Monday, May 11, 2015.

O’Malley on Pipeline: ‘This is the Biggest Issue in Southwest Boston’

A crowd of more than 100 — including a strong JP contingent — gathered Monday to learn more about a proposed gas pipeline that would run beside an active quarry in West Roxbury. JP Forum and Theodore Parker Church hosted a "teach-in" about the project, called the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Despite the name, some residents of JP and Roslindale are also wary of the proposal. "This is the biggest issue in southwest Boston," City Councilor Matt O'Malley told the crowd. The project has clearance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but Boston-area politicians, prodded by grassroots efforts, are starting to turn against it.