Support the Brunette River 6 and their action for a livable climate

Support the "Brunette River 6"
Photo: Laurel Dykstra, Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community

Join KAIROS in rallying in support of the Brunette River 6. 

Ruth Walmsley, Janette McIntosh, Catherine Hembling, Tim Takaro, Bill Winder and Zain Haq face charges of “criminal contempt of court” and 14 to 28 days in jail for peacefully stopping tree-cutting at a Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline work site in Burnaby last fall.  

All of them belong to a long-standing multi-faith prayer circle called Prayer Circle Direct Action Group, associated with Protect the Planet.    

One will likely spend her 80th birthday in jail.  

Their sentencing takes place on February 14 and 15. To learn more, read their op-ed printed in the February 10 issue of the Vancouver Sun:  Why we face jail time for safeguarding a livable climate.  

Catherine, Janette and Ruth expect to be sentenced and taken into custody on Valentine’s Day. Catherine turns 80 on February 23. Zain and Bill expect to be sentenced and taken into custody on Tuesday, while Tim’s sentencing is expected to be delayed. 

You can support them in several ways: 

Write a Letter-to-the-Editor 

Write a brief letter (150 words max) to the Vancouver Sun in response to the group’s op-ed. To assist you, read KAIROS’ Letters-to-the-Editor Tips. The more people who submit letters, the greater the chance that at least one will be printed. Submit your letter to 

Join the Court Support Rally  

Join in person or Facebook livestream, Monday, February 14, 9:00-10:00 a.m. PST. The Rally will be held at the B.C. Supreme Court (corner of Hornby & Nelson) in support of the Brunette River 6. RSVP & share Facebook Event. View Livestream on February 14 starting at 9:00 a.m. PST. This event takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. 

Write to your Member of Parliament 

Write to your Member of Parliament in support of cancelling the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline.  

Resources to assist you: 

Mail letters of solidarity and support to the Brunette River 6 

Let’s flood the correctional centres with messages of solidarity and support for those who have put their bodies on the line for a livable climate.  

Letters will need to arrive by February 21 or 22. 

Letters to the women 

Send letters to Ruth Walmsley, Janette McIntosh, and Catherine Hembling at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, 24800 Alouette Road, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 7G4. 

Letters to the men  

Send letters to Bill Winder and Zain Haq at North Fraser Pretrial Centre, 1451 Kingsway Avenue, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3C 1S2.

Thank you for your support! 

Filed in: Ecological Justice


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