Even the River Starts Small with Emma “Haze” Harrison

About the Book: Even the River Starts Small is a collection of stories from the movement to stop construction of the Line 3 pipeline through northern Minnesota. It features anonymous writing, art, and photos spanning nearly a decade, and includes reflections on many of the diverse experiences that made up this grassroots resistance. There are 300 pages of writing and visual art in the collection published in full color.

About the Editors: The collection was compiled and edited by a group of young activists that have been fighting pipelines in Minnesota for the past many years. Among them, Emma "Haze" Harrison is a born and raised Missoulian who is excited to be coming back to her hometown to share some stories about her work in the climate justice movement. Emma moved to Minnesota for college in 2017 and has been living in the Twin Cities and working as a community organizer ever since. 

Book website: https://www.line3anthology.org/ 

What is Line 3Line 3 is a tar sands oil pipeline that threatens communities, land, and water along its route, as well as the future of our climate. In 2021, despite fierce resistance, Enbridge completed construction of Line 3 through northern Minnesota. Anishinaabe water protectors led the fight, asserting their sovereignty to oppose construction of this extractive project through their lands. For the better part of a decade thousands of people in Minnesota and around turtle island submitted public comments and testimony about the risks of Line 3, organized mass marches and rallies, protested the banks and funders of the pipeline, coordinated sustained direct action and ceremonial protest along the pipeline route to halt construction, and so much more.

The Line 3 Storytelling Anthology team received more than a thousand submissions to this collection. We weren't able to capture every story or perspective, and we know that this project cannot speak for or record the entirety of the movement, but we are honored to uplift some of the stories people chose to share with us about their time resisting this extractive project.

The book was first released in April of 2023 and distributed for free as a gift to people who had participated in the resistance. Now that the book is available for traditional sale, we’ve worked with Haymarket to keep the price as low as possible. All profits will be spent on printing and distributing further copies of the collection.

Book reviews: 
“If Earth could write a book, this would be its Magnum Opus.”
—Debra Magpie Earling

“This collection sets the bar high for what collaborative frontline literature can be.”
—Mark Tilsen, Oglala Lakota Poet Educator and author of It Ain't Over Until We're Smoking Cigars On The Drill Pad

"A stunning assemblage of voices and visions, Even the River Starts Small perfectly mirrors the sacred beauty of this self-organized struggle against resource extraction: it takes an ecosystem to defend life. This volume, overflowing with the art of remembrance and resistance, makes crystal clear—tenderly, lovingly, as a gift—that it takes innumerable “molecules” to make up the waters of other possible worlds."
—Cindy Barukh Milstein, author of Try Anarchism for Life

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Fact and Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Even the River Starts Small: A Collection of Stories from the Movement to Stop Line 3 By Team Line 3. Storytelling Anthology Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888902042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - February 20th, 2024