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Quakers NYC solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux


The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day, and it’s time for all of us to rise up and play a role in this fight. Quakers NYC organized a gathering on Tuesday, September 13 for a solidarity action and rally at Washington Square Park, NYC, calling on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline and to call attention to the brave water and land protectors at Standing Rock.

In western North Dakota, the Camp of the Sacred Stones and the Red Warrior Camp have called for solidarity actions from 9/3-9/17 to support their frontline, indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

NoDAPL is a movement for the recognition that water is life, that climate change can only be slowed if fossil fuels are kept in the ground, that a just future based on a renewable energy economy is possible, that frontline communities of color and native peoples continue to bear the brunt of environmental injustice and racism, and that brutality by security forces against the bodies of peacefully protesting people harms civil liberties everywhere.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7 billion, 1,100-mile, fracked-oil pipeline currently under construction from the Bakken shale fields of western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa that will connect to an existing pipeline in Peoria, Illinois. DAPL is slated to cross Lakota Treaty Territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where it would be laid underneath the Missouri River, the longest river on the continent. Once operational, the DAPL would carry 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day across Indian Country, aquifers, sacred land, indigenous burial sites, wilderness, and agricultural land.

Construction of the DAPL would spawn a renewed fracking frenzy in the Bakken shale region, and endanger a source of fresh water for the Standing Rock Sioux and 8 million people living downstream.

The resistance to the DAPL began in April, but escalated two weeks ago when four women risked their bodies to physically stop construction of the pipeline. Since then the UN has said that denial of a say in the pipeline to the Standing Rock Sioux is a violation of their human rights. One hundred and fifty tribes from Canada and the U.S. have joined the resistance at Standing Rock — the largest gathering of Native peoples in the United States in decades — with thousands occupying two camps on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The protectors have been met with concrete barriers, lines of armed police, helicopters, security vehicles, arrests, and threats.

#Activism #ActOnClimate #ClimateChange #climatejustice #DakotaAccessPipeline #DAPL #FERC #FirstNations #FossilFree #Fracking #IndigenousRights #KeepItIntheGround #Methane #NewYork #NoDAPL #NoPipelines #SacredLand #‎Solidarity #StandwithStandingRock #StopEnbridge #WaterisLife ‪#‎weareallconnected

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