Dedicated Staten Island Superstorm Sandy relief worker to be jailed
for defense against Enbridge Pipeline construction in Michigan
Staten Island relief workers and environmental activists rally Friday to support her
2/20/14 MIDLAND BEACH
Media contact: Ilya Geller 646-474-4713
Staten Island Superstorm Sandy relief worker Lisa Leggio is one of the “Enbridge 3,” three women arrested during a peaceful protest against the completion of a 285-mile crude oil pipeline in Michigan. Staten Island relief workers and activists are rallying to her support with a campaign to shed light on Leggio’s enormous good deeds during Sandy.
Friends and supporters of Leggio will gather in Staten Island Friday to share a dinner in her honor. They will write letters, raise funds, and discuss pressing issues of environmental justice and fair access to natural land. On hand will be local activists, those who have worked to preserve Mt. Manresa as natural habitat, to talk about their recent struggle.
Solidarity Dinner for the Enbridge 3
Deep Tanks, 150 Bay Street, Staten Island
Free: all invited to join
Leggio, 35, is a native New Yorker, mother of two, and works as an artist and musician. She worked between February 2013 to April 2013 in the Cedar Grove and Midland Beach areas of Staten Island, the went to support relief after the Oklahoma Hurricane Moore. Later she returned to Michigan, where she worked with MI-CATs activists.
Staten Islander Michael Sciaraffo worked closely with Leggio in his “Sandy Claus” project, delivering donations to relief hubs and personal families from Long Island, Rockaway, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey. In this project Leggio was invaluable: she ran donation drives, wrapped gifts, and scheduled visits with families. She also did mundane things–finance reports and database management- and of course, she demolished quite a few moldy walls.
Sciaraffo writes, “Not only did Lisa help me ensure that I did not lag behind in my relief work…but she instantly became my pillar of strength in one of the most personally distressing and difficult periods of my life.”
During her time with me doing this work, Lisa had put her personal on hold. Donna Graziano, of the Cedar Grove Community Hub, wrote that, “It’s not easy giving up your life for others in need. We leave behind our families to do so. It takes someone with an amazing heart, and that is Lisa. I know it hurts her to be in jail and away from her kids. They mean the world to her.”
The Enbridge 3–Lisa Leggio, Barbara Carter and Vickie Hamlin–work as part of MICATS – the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands. The group raised awareness to the dangers of tar sands and their contribution to climate change, and protested the Enbridge construction project that replaced a pipeline that burst in 2010, dumping 800,000 gallons of oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.
The three were found guilty of misdemeanor and felony charges and have been in jail since late January, when Judge William Collette denied bond. They will be sentenced March 5. The judge will hear please for leniency, including personal letters from thankful relief workers and residents who knew her, such as those from Staten Island.
For more information:
Enbridge 3: http://freeenbridge3.com/
Michigan Coalition Against the Tar Sands: http://www.michigancats.org/
NY Solidarity with the Enbridge 3: https://www.facebook.com/NYforMICATS3