Dear Editor: We all need to find issues that can breach complex divisions in these divisive, polarizing times across our state and country. Many Americans view a political landscape which offers little promise for collaboration or compromise. It is not hard to see why.

Nevertheless, the imminent threat of tar sands expansion has brought diverse people together. So clear and certain are the dangers of tar sands oil pipelines, that rural, urban, Democratic, Republican, and indigenous people are reaching across the table once again to defend what we love most: life here in Wisconsin. Recent natural disasters are reminding us, at an alarming rate, what is at stake in a world disrupted by climate change. In Wisconsin our natural environment is intrinsically linked to our identities. We should be alarmed and outraged at any attempt to submit us to increased risk and exploitation as pipelines do.

On Friday, Oct. 27, come add your voice to the People Over Pipelines conversation in Marshfield. People Over Pipelines will be a convergence of landowners, indigenous peoples, environmental activists, and concerned individuals. The evening will commence with a panel discussion led by key leaders in tar sands resistance, and will lead into an open discussion on tar sands resistance in the Midwest.

William Backes

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