Update: Are you interested in learning more about the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe’s history and the fight to protect their sacred land? Click here to learn more.
UUSC’s partners in the borderlands are fighting back against injustice. For years, the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of South Texas (Esto’k Gna) has defended their lands from the triple threat of militarization, desecration, and environmental racism. In 2019, they took the Trump administration to court, resisting the government’s efforts to run a “border wall” through the heart of a local cemetery. Now, they are facing down corporate attempts to build Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals on the land of their ancestors.
These fossil fuel projects risk exposing thousands of local residents to toxic fumes and environmental damage, while contributing to the long-term evil of climate change. Outrageously, one LNG export terminal is also slated to be built over part of Garcia Pasture—a site with historical and spiritual significance to the Esto’k Gna that has been recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.
Dishonoring Tribal lands and poisoning communities is wrong. Yet, under the new “critical infrastructure” law in Texas, it is Tribal members and their allies who face criminal liability—just for protesting near the LNG project. To this, the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe responds: “Our land, our air, our water, our climate, & our people are the ‘critical infrastructure’ we need to protect- not LNG.”
Native peoples and all members of our society have a right to resist extractive projects that threaten their lands, health, and ways of life. Take action now in solidarity with the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe:
- Witness the historic Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights, which will be held May 22-23rd, 2020. Grounded in a Native perspective, the Tribunal will examine past, present, and future harms caused by extractive industries and border militarization to the inherent rights of the Esto’k Gna. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event will be held virtually. Please see this link for details.
- Learn more in this video from UUSC Senior Grassroots Organizer Ana Maria De La Rosa.
- Sign our solidarity pledge to show support for the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe and their struggle to protect their inherent rights – add your name below (or just hit “submit” if you’ve taken an action with us before and your information is already in the box) and keep scrolling to read the full pledge text!
We, the undersigned, pledge our solidarity with the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas/Esto’k Gna, in their efforts to resist the violation of their territory and desecration of their Tribal lands by the planned construction of three Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals. As people of faith and conscience, we recognize the inherent rights of the Esto’k Gna as original inhabitants of the areas designated as construction zones for export terminals by the Texas LNG, Annova LNG, and Rio Grande LNG corporations.
We honor the Tribe’s courage in resisting these harmful extractive projects, which expose countless community members to the risk of toxic pollutants, threaten jobs and livelihoods, and will contribute to fueling the climate crisis. The planned siting of these dangerous projects near the predominantly working class Latinx communities of Brownsville and Laguna Madre is a stark example of environmental racism.
We endorse the Tribe’s demands for a halt to construction of LNG terminals and pipelines on Tribal lands and burial grounds, including the Garcia Pasture, which has been recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. We also support the Tribe’s call for recognition globally of Indigenous sovereignty and Indigenous rights, including the Right to Survival, the Rights of Nature, and the inherent rights of First Peoples.
Finally, we commit to following the leadership of the Tribe and other Native communities in advancing a just transition away from polluting and extractive industries, and toward an economic system that honors the Earth and sustains life. We pledge to respond to the Tribe’s calls for further actions and to act in a spirit of humility and followership, should this call arise.
Photo Credit: Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas Facebook page