Since June 1, 2021, Brooklynites have been striking against National Grid, the company behind the North Brooklyn Pipeline, by withholding $66 from their National Grid gas bills in an effort to prevent the expansion of the pipeline, which is already under construction and operational from Brownsville to East Williamsburg, according to The City. The next portion of the pipeline is currently pending.
On Saturday, organizers will attempt to get more Brooklynites to join the strike. They will meet at Kávé Espresso Bar at 1 p.m. to write notes to neighbors to stick on to gas bill strike flyers. Then, there will be a march through the neighborhood.
“Why a Gas Bill Strike? National Grid wants to raise our monthly bills to pay for the North Brooklyn fracked gas pipeline. We must refuse to pay for a pipeline that will harm Black and Brown working-class communities and our climate,” reads a statement on the No North Brooklyn Pipeline’s website, the organization behind the strike.
The fight against the North Brooklyn Pipeline, which started construction in 2017 but is still not finished, is backed by many progressive local politicians, including Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, City Council Member-Elect Jennifer Gutiérrez and State Senator Julia Salazar, who recently retweeted No North Brooklyn Pipeline’s tweet announcing Saturday’s march.
Featured Image: via No North Brooklyn Pipeline’s Twitter.
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