If anyone ever tries to tell you that resistance is futile, just point them in the direction of the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota. This is the ultimate David and Goliath story. It’s the Standing Rock Sioux against the financial interests of about 17 firms, which all loaned Energy Transfer Partners $2.5 billion dollars to complete the massive Dakota Access oil pipeline.
So it was more than a big moment last week when shortly after a federal judge denied the tribes request for an injunction, the President, Department of Justice and the US Army Corps of Engineers released a joint statement that put a temporary stop to all construction in that area.
Not only that, but the statement went on to say...
"This case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects. Therefore, this fall, we will invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations…"
After thousands protested across the country this week, the pressure is on and the president is listening. Now is the time to double down and let Obama know that the people stand with Standing Rock - and all native tribes who have been abused, exploited and neglected by America’s government since it’s founding. You can submit your message to the president through 350.org by going to President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can also call the White House directly at (202) 456-1111 and, of course, spread the word on social media using the hashtag #NoDAPL.
This isn’t the first pipeline battle and it sadly will not be the last. So make fighting for a sustainable future and the rights of front lines indigenous people part of your theory of change before and after the election by getting involved in the long term with organizations like 350.org, or a local climate action organization near you.
You can also find upcoming #NoDAPL actions near you through the NoDAPL Action Network map.
So, if protecting our land and water is important to you, then be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about telling the president to revoke the US Army Corps of Engineers permits and stop the DAPL via social media so that others in your network can get involved too.
Tell President Obama to revoke USACE permits by sending him a message.
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OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT
Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp legal defense fund
Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp supply fund
"'We are Protectors Not Protestors': Why I'm Fighting the North Dakota Pipeline" (Iyuskin American Horse, The Guardian)
Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene (Indian Country Today)
What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (Moyers & Company)
Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman.
Hear the segment in the context of the latest Best of the Left Edition #1042: Protecting from the black snake (Dakota Access Pipeline)