Monday, November 21, 2016

The Time to Stand with Standing Rock is NOW

Photo from nativenewsonline.net/
Something heartbreaking happened at Standing Rock last night. Police tear-gassed water protectors, used the noise gun, rubber bullets, and a water hose (in sub-freezing temperatures) on the bridge on highway 1806 – the same one I talked so much about when I returned from my own brief trip.

The mainstream media is saying little about what happened last night – and for the most part interviewing the sheriff and getting his side of the story, which is quite different from the water protectors’ story.

The fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline got a bit lost in the fallout from the election, but it might be more important than ever to get President Obama and the government to intervene now, as soon as possible, to stop militarized police actions against the Standing Rock Sioux and to reroute the pipeline so that it does not go through Sioux territory, threatening their water supply and going through their heritage sites. 

Here are some actions you can take now (among many suggestions that I have found out there):

1. Write to the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
Write to the Governor of North Dakota: https://www.governor.nd.gov/contact-us
2. Sign ACLU's petition to demilitarize the Standing Rock protests. https://action.aclu.org/secure/Standing-Rock
3. Call the authorities to stop the harm being done to people at Standing Rock:
North Dakota National Guard: 701-333-2000
North Dakota Governor's office: 701-328-2200;
Morton County Sherriff: 701-328-8118 & 701-667-3330;
Obama: 202-456-1111
Army Corps of Engineers: 703-614-3992
ND Emergency Management: 701-667-3307
4. Contact your Representatives in Washington, ask them to do everything in their power to end this situation by stopping the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) from going through Standing Rock. Go here to find the contact info for your representatives:
Senators: http://www.senate.gov/.../contact.../senators_cfm.cfm
House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
5. Donate to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: http://bit.ly/nodapldonate

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