Code Pink Houston stands in solidarity with the Tar Sands Blockade and with Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey in their Hunger Strike to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline and the pollution of Manchester.
On Thursday, November 29th, lifelong friends, Diane Wilson and Bob Lindsey, participated in an action with members of Tar Sands Blockade and Code Pink Houston and Dallas. Diane, a founding member of Code Pink and other advocacy groups such as the Texas Jail Project, locked her neck to an industrial truck hooked on to a pumping station in front of the Valero refinery in the Manchester neighborhood of Houston. Simultaneously, Bob Lindsey, the San Antonio Bay Waterkeeper, locked his neck to an industry truck directly in front of the Valero smokestack that dominates the Manchester skyline.
Bob was held in the Harris County Jail for 2 nights and Diane spent 5 days in torturous and inhumane conditions. She was denied water for the first 2 days. Diane and Bob are now out of jail and are continuing steadfast on a sustained hunger strike. They demand that Valero divest from the Keystone XL Pipeline, of which Valero has committed to buying 75% of the tar sands that are pumped through. They also demand that Valero vacate the neighborhood of Manchester that they have been poisoning for decades.
In Solidarity,Code Pink, Houston