Standing Rock anti-pollution protesters don’t give up

This video from Oregon in the USA says about itself:

1 November 2016

Demonstrators marched in the streets of Portland on Monday in solidarity with the Dakota Water Protectors who were forcibly removed by National Guard troops while protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Thursday.

Security Firm Running Dakota Access Pipeline Intelligence Has Ties to U.S. Military Work in Iraq and Afghanistan: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

130,000 Use Social Media To Get Around The Media Blackout of Standing Rock

31 October 2016

Thom talks about how more than a hundred thousand people are checking in online to show support for the Standing Rock water protectors.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Is ‘White People TV’ Hiding Coverage of Standing Rock?

31 October 2016

Thom talks about the disparity in media coverage between the Standing Rock Protest and the Bundy Boys taking over public land in Oregon and asks whether the difference is an example of institutional racism.

By Kevin Martinez in the USA:

Popular support grows for anti-oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota

2 November 2016

A week after more than 140 demonstrators were violently arrested by police in North Dakota, protests are continuing against the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which will transport oil 1,200 miles from the state into Illinois.

The demonstrators, mostly poor Native Americans, have bravely stood up to private security guards, militarized police, SWAT teams, and the National Guard. The protesters have set up blockades and encampments in an effort to stop the pipeline’s construction, which will destroy tribal lands and potentially pollute the environment.

As the protests continue, the demonstrators have attracted support from all over the world. Some 90 percent of those arrested last week were mostly Native Americans from other tribes all over the North American continent. Online, the demonstrators are getting enormous support on social networking site Facebook. At least 1.3 million people have “checked in” to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation online.

An online crowdsource fund for the protesters has generated over $1 million in contributions. The donations go to mostly cover legal costs, food, and other supplies to keep the encampments going. Between Thursday and Friday of last week alone, more than $200,000 was raised after the protests and mass arrests made national headlines.

Tribal chairman Dave Archambault told CBS news, “I know the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is not alone; we have overwhelming support,” adding that their tribe would help others “in their fight against corporations.”

A New Hampshire donor who gave $30 to the fund was motivated because her community faced a similar battle against a natural gas pipeline. She told CBS news, “They are saying the same thing: This is our water supply. You run a pipeline through it and it leaks, you are poisoning us. That’s exactly what I spent two years of my life saying,” adding, “This really, really struck a chord with me.”

While the protests have gained more support among a broad mass of the population, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has until now only given silence and the most meaningless statements of non-support to the protesters.

Clinton spokewoman Xochitl Hinojosa released a pathetic statement that “all voices should be heard” and that all parties, protesters and government and corporations alike, “need to find a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.” In other words, the peaceful protesters are the same as the corporations behind the pipeline with their attack dogs, private mercenaries, helicopters, pepper spray, sound cannons, concussion grenades, batons, bean bag shotguns, tasers and tanks.

It should be noted that the Clinton campaign only bothered to make a statement after a group of Native American youth traveled to the presidential candidate’s headquarters in New York City seeking to get her support, but were forced to leave empty-handed.

Both Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are committed to expanding oil and natural gas production in the US, regardless of environmental or cultural considerations, or workers’ rights.

A United Nations group is investigating human rights abuses on the part of North Dakota authorities against protesters. A representative of the UN’s permanent forum on indigenous issues has been collecting testimony from protesters regarding excessive force during arrests and inhumane treatment at the jails.

Roberto Borrero, a representative of the International Indian Treaty Council, told the Guardian, “When you look at what the international standards are for the treatment of people, and you are in a place like the United States, it’s really astounding to hear some of this testimony.”

Activists told the UN investigators that the police weren’t prepared to hold so many people in the local jails. After they were released, protesters still had numbers and charges written on their arms in marker, and some were kept in cages they said felt like “dog kennels.”

Protesters were denied basic necessities, including an elderly woman who was diabetic and requested help. Phyllis Young, a member of Standing Rock Sioux tribe, intended to file a lawsuit against North Dakota police, saying, “We embarked upon a peaceful and prayerful campaign,” she said. “They were placed in cages. They had numbers written on their arms very much like concentration camps.”

Sympathy protests have also spread beyond the embattled state of North Dakota. In New York City, dozens of protesters briefly disrupted the morning commute at the Grand Central Terminal before marching on to the offices of major US banks connected to the Dakota pipeline. In San Francisco, 12 people were also arrested for protesting outside of Citibank headquarters.

9 thoughts on “Standing Rock anti-pollution protesters don’t give up

  1. As climate voters, we need to know where candidates stand on climate justice. All candidates need to take a clear stand on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and fossil-fuel infrastructure projects like it.

    Add your name: Tell candidates to take a stand on the climate injustice of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    The Dakota Access Pipeline is receiving worldwide attention, as a Native-led struggle against the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure through sacred land and water represents one of the most profound demonstrations of climate-change resistance. Despite the intersectional issues associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline—issues of environmental and racial justice, property rights and civil rights—the people have not heard from candidates across the country what their stance is on this pipeline and many others like it, under construction or slated to be constructed.

    We need to hear where candidates stand on projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline, which are accelerating the planet toward a catastrophic rise in global temperature. And we need to know all candidates’ stance on climate change, renewable energy and tax subsidies to Big Oil, Gas, and Coal corporations ahead of next week’s election.

    Sign the petition to all candidates for public office in the United States of America:

    We the people, concerned citizens and voters, demand that you publicly disclose your position on the Dakota Access Pipeline and other fossil-fuel infrastructure projects. We demand that let the people know if you support projects like these or not, so that we can make informed choices when we head to the polls through November 8th.


    Thank You,

    Anthony Rogers-Wright


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