Since April, Grassy Narrows First Nation activist and grandmother Judy DaSilva has faced mounting legal costs from a CN railway lawsuit, meant to intimidate her and other Indigenous activists who are working to protect waterways from oil spills and contamination.
Please join us in challenging this corporate bullying tactic and supporting Judy’s work to protect the water by contributing to her legaldefence fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in the next 2 months.
Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:
- Please donatenow.
- Please share this request with your friends, family, and colleagues.
- 3.Listento Judy speak out on CBC radio.
Judy was served with a lawsuit and injunction by CN railway on April 10, 2015 after she organized an Anishnaabe water ceremony near train tracks in Grassy Narrows. The ceremony was intended to protect waterways from contamination from train derailments. In the month prior to the ceremony, CN had reported three polluting train derailments.
Although a judge has thrown out the injunction, Judy continues to face a lawsuit from CN. Simply by fighting CN’s lawsuit, Judy is at risk of being ordered by the courts to pay CN’s legal expenses. Judy has also been saddled with the costs of mounting a defence including travel expenses for her and her pro-bono lawyer, filing fees, copying fees, and long distance charges.
CN is trying to bully and penalize Judy for organizing a traditional ceremony to protect the water. Please join us in supporting her legal defence fund.
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Grassy Narrows activist and grandmother Judy DaSilva faces mounting legal fees from a CN railway lawsuit, meant to intimidate her and other Indigenous activists working to protect waterways from toxic oil spills. Support Judy by making a contribution to the legal defence fund.
Judy DaSilva faces CN intimidation tactics, support by donating to legal defence #freegrassy http://judydasilvadefencefund.causevox.com/
Listen to Judy Da Silva speak on CBC radio
See national TV news coverage by APTN
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