I said in my last post that I would be looking at important campaigns to get involved and there are few more important than the campaign right now to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect the ancestral homelands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
There are plans to build a pipeline dubbed by many as “The Black Snake” under the Missouri River immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. The pipeline aims to carry up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil a day. This threatens the water supply, sacred places and future of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is also a disaster for the climate.
A camp has been set up to oppose the pipeline by indigenous people and activists collectively known as “The water protectors”. These people have been met with shock grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons. Their crime; peacefully occupying land that is rightfully theirs under a US treaty.
December has been declared a global month of action against the pipeline. There are events and campaigns all over the world in solidarity with standing rock some of which can be found here.
There is a demonstration in Oslo this Thursday that I will be attending
Hope to see all my readers from Oslo there! Let me know if you are going!
I also have an ambitious plan of trying to do something every day of this month that directly or indirectly supports Standing Rock.
Does anyone want to join me in my ambitious plan? Who’s with me?
Ideas so far aside from demonstrating on Thursday are
- Donating money to Standing Rock
- Signing the petition against the Dakota Access pipeline
- Posting pictures on the Solidarity with Standing Rock tumblr page
- E-mailing a member of parliament to ask them to pledge support to Standing rock and condemn the DAPL
- Requesting that banks withdraw their funding of the DAPL project
This still leaves me 25 days short. Anyone got any other ideas of things that could be done? Post them here in the comments!