Last month, local activists staged a series of actions against Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas plant under construction in Tacoma. Meanwhile, a jury acquitted two of six activists who had locked down at the site months earlier. The two grandmothers, Cynthia Linet and Marilyn Kimmerling, were acquitted on all charges after a jury agreed that felony trespassing charges might not apply on land that may rightfully belong to the Puyallup tribe, which opposes the LNG plant.
According to a KUOW report:
Kimmerling says she wasn’t trespassing because the protest was on the the Tacoma Tideflats, which is part of Puyallup Tribe of Indian’s ancestral land.
“We couldn’t be found guilty of trespassing because we were there by invitation of the Puyallup people, and the land is in dispute,” Kimmerling explains.
Members of the Puyallup Tribe have also participated in protests, saying the project puts their water, salmon and treaty-protected fishing rights at risk.
Tacoma’s News Tribune reported:
“We were the perfect defendants,” Linet said. “Two little old ladies — one a grandmother, one a great grandmother — who felt very strongly on this issue.”
Linet, 79, said she believes the verdict will encourage others to take part in civil disobedience when they believe community safety is at stake.
Here’s Linet discussing direct action, the climate crisis, indigenous rights, and her opposition to the LNG plant. Video courtesy of Elliot Stoller.