Holy waters: Prayer and protest against Line 3 pipeline at Mississippi headwaters

By Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
August 18, 2021

The Mississippi River begins her 2,340-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico as a clear stream spilling off a small glacial lake in northern Minnesota, then zigzags north before looping like a question mark ending at the city of St. Paul. South of the state capital, the river carves, cleanses and widens, fed by tributaries that together drain 1.2 million square miles of land in 31 states — about one-eighth of North America.

In the summer of 2020, I traveled to the lower Mississippi to report on a local fight to stop construction of a huge plastics manufacturing complex planned for a Black majority district of a Louisiana parish north of New Orleans.

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