Yesterday, unreported by most media outlets, the front line camp of the No DAPL movement was raided by militarized police and the National Guard. Around the world, people watched as Water and Land Protectors stood in peace and prayer against these violent state forces. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous leadership are blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through their sacred land. If built, the risk of an oil spill from the pipeline is high. And when such a spill occurs, water will be permanently contaminated, causing devastating harm to ecosystems and all life.
The No DAPL movement is a fight against modern day colonization of Native lands. The hxstory of colonization and genocide against Indigenous people in this country is long and violent. The Dakota Access Pipeline shows us that this hxstory is not yet over. Native people are still being ignored, oppressed, and criminalized by the U.S. government. And unless WE stand up and fight back, we are complicit in that oppression.
Please join us this Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the weekly Peace Vigil (corner of Cornwall and Magnolia) for a solidarity peaceful march through the streets of Bellingham to raise awareness for this issue. March begins at 5 p.m.
LIVE UPDATES ON CAMP: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2016/oct/27/north-dakota-access-pipeline-police-protesters-live-updates
MORE INFO: http://www.democracynow.org/topics/dakota_access
PLEASE BRING TO ACTION:
*signs with messaging about water protection, protecting treaty rights, Indigenous sovereignty
*a water bottle and snacks if you need
*warm enough clothes, rain gear
*supplies on the Sacred Stone Camp wishlist (we have someone going to camp this weekend who can bring supplies down) http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
*Lights, candles, etc. for after dark
*This is a family friendly event – bring your kids and friends
ACTIONS TO TAKE NOW:
*Call The White House and urge President Obama to demand the National Guard be called off: 202-456-1111, 6 AM – 2 PM PST.
*Call North Dakota Governor, Jack Dalrymple to call off the National Guard: 701.328.2200
*Call Morton County Sheriff Dept. PHONE: 701-667-3330 JAIL: 701-667-3318
*Call your elected reps and senators asking them to publicly support the Water Protectors and to oppose the construction of DAPL through sacred land
*Share #NoDAPL #waterislife and #StandingRock on Social Media
*Donate to fund for Standing Rock Camp http://standingrock.org/news/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakota-access-pipeline-donation-fund/
*Invite ALL YOUR FRIENDS to this event and SHARE this event!