As most of you are aware, the US Army Corps announced on Sunday afternoon that they would suspend construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to conduct an environmental impact study and explore alternative routes. Victory chants are being spread, and that's valid and well deserved. This was undoubtedly a massive step towards the total prevention of a looming and terrifying threat towards both the environment and Native lives. It proved how influential a united group can be: that it isn't useless to call federal offices and local representatives, or attend protests, or ceaselessly spread awareness. It proves people have power, which should ring as a call to arms to those reluctant to fight, and an affirmation for those who have started. But now the already relatively quiet mainstream media is not circulating that a suspension does not inherently imply a permanent halt. The companies behind the proposed construction released a statement via Buisnesswire that reads as follows:
[We] are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.
Therefore, it is necessary to continue to keep the fight going and stand with the water protectors. A police roadblock on a North Dakotoan highway is delaying the timely evacuation of patients and vulnerable populations, and the second blizzard has just hit the water protectors, as Linda Black Elk describes:
Activist, actress, and co-founder of the Luck You Collective India Salvor Menuez has complied a list of necessary resources. You can all access the Google Drive folder, aptly titled "STAY ACTIVE", but let us break down each document. (N.B - this post was made on December 7th)
- "Oh My God What Now? A Post-election salon for survival last edited on Saturday, Dec 3rd
to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
Explains how to find and call local representatives, provides a script to discuss the appointment of white supremacist and misogynist STEVE BANNON with Democratic and Republican reps. Provides optimistic articles, lists of fears and concerns, dates for gatherings/meetings protests and info on boycotts, petitions, anti-Trump organizations that collect donations or need volunteers.
- How To Explain last edited Thurs, Dec 1st
"We all have friends or family members who are just now starting to learn about what’s going on at Standing Rock. Here are some starting places to help them get informed..."
Exactly what it sounds like. Provides links that describe DAPL concisely, break down federal laws that DAPl is violating, give historical background/graphic footage of police responding violently to peaceful water protectors/article about UN investigation into human rights violation at Standing Rock.
WEBSITE RESOURCES last edited Thurs, Dec 1st
Helpful links from sites including StandingRockInfo, Action Groups, Rezpect Our Water, Defund DAPL, Congresswomen fighting back. Resource for those thinking of going to Standing Rock.
No DAPL Full Info last edited Thurs, Dec 1st
More general info, links to gofundme for Sacred Stone Camp, excerpts from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Resolution, proof of Federal Law violations.
Emailing Your Congressional Offices last edited Mon, Nov 28th
Explains what letters should address, includes sample emails and a guide to finding general email addresses as well as a specific + comprehensive list of emails of ETP staff, ND government reps, and Morton County police department.
Share this folder with everyone you know. KEEP UP THE FIGHT.
The Teen Eye Staff