Defend Our Water – Day of Action in Pittsburgh!

Posted Oct 18, 2018, by Sarah Martik

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The petrochemical industry will be holding its annual Shale Insight Conference from Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA — and local groups are organizing to send a message that they are unwelcome here. Join us for three days of action around the city of Pittsburgh! See below for a schedule of the events open to the public.

If you have any questions about these events, please contact Sarah Martik at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org or 724-229-3550×1


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Native Water Ceremony: 10 a.m.at the Fountain at Point State Park, the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers

Led by Degawenodas, Wolf Clan of the Seneca, and Ojibwe “water walker” Sharon Day.

Stand in Solidarity with members of the Seneca community and other Native and faith leaders to protect our rivers and waters.

About the Water Ceremony with Ojibwe leader Sharon Day: Women make the offerings for the water. Bring a small amount of water from upstream of the river or creek near your home to add to a pail of water we will carry. Women wear long skirts to show our respect for the grass, for mother earth, and for ourselves. Men support the women and carry the eagle feather staff. Even if you do not wish to participate in the ceremony directly, everyone can be present to support the ceremony!

Rally: Noon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Allegheny River side)

Join with Indigenous leaders and impacted community members for a peaceful rally to defend our waters from fracking, pipelines, and petrochemicals. Take action on land or water (bring your own kayak!)

Film Screening: 5 p.m. at the Harris Theater

Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL

Join Seneca filmmaker Tami Watt for the Pittsburgh premiere of the documentary film about the Dakota and Northern Access pipelines. Q&A will follow.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

SPECIAL EVENT: 6 p.m. EDDY Theater at Chatham University


A special presentation by Dr. Sandra Steingraber and screening of the award-winning documentary film Unfractured at the EDDY Theater on the Chatham University campus in Shadyside. Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes will introduce the film and Dr. Steingraber will take your questions.

To RSVP for any of the actions, click here.

To RSVP specifically for the Thursday October 25th event here, click here.


  • Sarah Martik

    Sarah joined the CCJ team as a Community Organizer in 2017 after previous work in performing arts and foreign language education, and became our Executive Director in 2023. A resident of Coal Center, PA, she is excited to work on issues related to legacy coal mining and the connection between the Appalachian petrochemical buildout and increases in fracking in southwestern PA communities like hers. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy but often says that her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the California University of Pennsylvania has been more useful in her work than anything else (ask her why sometimes!). When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her fiancé, niece, and nephews, and going on walks with her "fur kid" Lucy. Contact Sarah at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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